National Oatmeal Day

I kind of love how there seems to be a celebratory day for everything nowadays. Why not celebrate the little things in life, right!?

Like oatmeal…

The top five reasons I love oats:

  1. Gluten-free oats exist – thank goodness!
  2. Oats make the best desserts – I love crumbles and crisps.
  3. Granola is one of my favourite foods. I like it with yogurt, on top of salad (try it!), as a dessert and straight from the bag as a ‘trail mix’.
  4. Overnight oats…they’re the best breakfast creation!
  5. Oatmeal is one of my favourite comfort foods. The smell is very nostalgic and reminds me of my grandparents house in the morning – they love their oatmeal!

I used to love Quaker Oats Chewy Oatmeal Bars…but sadly they aren’t gluten free. I always carried them around in my bag in case I needed a snack and I didn’t think they were too sweet or too crunchy. They were just the perfect combination of everything.

I had tried many different gluten free granola bars looking for the similar tastes and textures of my favourite Quaker Chewy Bars but it wasn’t until I stumbled across No Nuttin’ Granola Bars by Libre Naturals and found the gluten free equivalent (that was a great day).

They may not be exactly the same as Quaker, but they’re very close.

I just love them. They’re chewy, flavourful and similar in size.

The flavours include: Raisin, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip. Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip are my favourite. YUM – I am craving these as I type this review.

Gluten Free Granola Bars

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The unfortunate part is that they’re not very accessible. I have had a hard time tracking these bars down!

Many health food/specialty stores have them, but they’re not in the big grocery store chains yet.

Check out their store locator to find a store near you

I usually buy mine at FEAST on Queen St. W, but I’ve also found them at The Specialty Food Shop located in SickKids.

Not only are these bars gluten/wheat free, they’re also free of the top ten allergens. No eggs, fish, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, mustard, sesame seeds, shellfish, soy, or sulphites. Pretty great eh? You would think without any of these ingredients they may be tasteless, but they are the total opposite – they’re amazing.

The only thing I would love is if they were sold in boxes of five or six – I’ve only found them to be sold individually.

Libre Naturals also makes amazing oatmeal to go. Pop off the lid and follow the instructions – which includes pouring in boiled water and letting it sit for a few minutes with the lid on – and voila, your breakfast is ready. The flavours are delicious and the oatmeal is nice and filling.

Gluten free oatmeal
Happy National Oatmeal Day, oatmeal lovers! What is/are your favourite thing(s) about oats?

The Perfect Lunch Bag Cookie

Vegetables in cookies…not the typical ingredient, is it? I’ve heard of parents sneaking veggies in mac & cheese or fruit smoothies for their kids, but veggies in cookies was a first for me.
I first learned about Hidden Garden Foods last year in an article by The Globe and Mail: Lawyer leaves practice to launch gluten-free cookies with hidden vegetables. Not only was I curious about what a ‘vegetable’ cookie tasted like, but I loved the fact that they were Canadian made and of course gluten free.


Catherine Anderson founded Hidden Garden Foods in 2012, in Horseshoe Bay, B.C., when she was struggling to figure out creative ways to sneak veggies into her children’s diet. She was kind enough to send me a variety of her cookies to test out and share with you. Hidden Garden Foods cookies are all gluten and nut free (which make the perfect school-safe snack), made of high quality ingredients, and are free of preservatives, artificial flavours and colours. 

I must admit, I was a bit hesitant at first. I didn’t think a chocolate chip cookie would taste as good with pumpkin added into the mix and I thought the overpowering taste of beets would surely ‘beat’ out the flavour of chocolate.

Beets + Cocoa
Red Velvet Bites

Each 40 gram serving of the Red Velvet Bites have 1/4 cup of beets. The flavour is amazing. You can definitely taste the cocoa flavour and there is a slight undertone of the sweetness from the beets – but not noticeable if you weren’t aware of the secret ingredient. I really enjoyed them. I love the fact that the rich red beets bring out the red velvet colour in the cookies without the addition of artificial colours.

 

Squash + Ginger 
Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps are probably one of my favourite cookies, they also remind me of the autumn and winter seasons. A serving of cookies is about four, which are each the size of a ping-pong ball. A serving includes 1/4 cup of squash. Trust me, you would never know there was squash in these sweet, spiced-ginger cookies. I loved these!

Pumpkin + Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just like the above cookies, each 40 grams have 1/4 cup of pumpkin. Again, there was no inkling of any pumpkin flavour, just sweet chocolate. These were delicious and made a great accompaniment to my afternoon tea.

I’ve been able to find Hidden Garden cookies in a variety of health food stores, including Nature’s Emporium and Whole Foods. I would highly recommend trying these, they are a healthier alternative to your typical cookie and make a great snack or easy dessert.

Not only are these kid friendly but adult approved!

*Photos supplied by Hidden Garden Foods 

Pretzel Love

February 14th: the day of pink, red, chocolates, roses and love. Happy valentine’s day!

It’s a chilly February 14th in Canada, lots of snow on the ground and frosty air – it makes a great excuse to cozy up with your loved ones, sip on hot chocolate and eat Glutino Pretzels. Glutino kindly sent me their new pretzel flavours to try and they are definitely a treat. I have a huge sweet tooth, so if I had to choose my favourites out of the bunch, I’d have to pick the Fudge and Salted Caramel (yum!). Although theses pretzels are flavoured, they are very versatile. You don’t just have to snack on them from the bag, you can incorporate them into various recipes.

Try the following pretzel incorporations to jazz up your next snack or meal.

Honey Mustard
Notes: lightly dusted with a sweet honey flavour and a zest of mustard.
Try crunching them up and coating chicken or fish with them before baking.

Fudge
Notes: creamy, milk chocolate goodness surrounding a salty crunchy pretzel – the perfect combination of sweet and salty!
Try chopping them up and topping greek yogurt with berries – a healthy dessert parfait.

Buffalo Style 
Notes: Have you had buffalo wings? You know the flavour I’m talking about then – a little bit of heat with a lot of flavour!
Try dipping them in hummus or guacamole.

Salted Caramel
Notes: crunchy, sweet, caramelized and salty – the best flavour combination you will ever try!
Try pairing these gems with the Fudge variety, it makes for a tasty salted-caramel-chocolate treat. They’re also delicious crumbled on top of apple sauce.

There are so many delicious pretzel variations, but the easiest is by far snacking straight out of the bag! What is your favourite way to eat pretzels?

A ‘Free-From’ Gum

I would have never known that gum could contain gluten…or animal by-products, nuts and/or dairy. To my surprise, some gum does, which can make it tricky for those who are gluten free, vegan, etc. Many of us know that a variety of gums don’t contain sugar, but their artificial counterpart aspartame. Aspartame may be harmless to our teeth (according to our dentists who sneak us sugar-free gum after dental appointments), but aspartame may also be causing harm to other parts of our body (such as causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, etc.).

It’s tough to find gum that is allergen free, but it’s harder to find gum free of aspartame. Fortunately there is PUR Gum, the world’s #1 selling aspartame-free gum that is also vegan, gluten free, nut free, dairy free and non-gmo. The alternative sweetener they use is xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from corn fibres. 



To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of most natural gums because they get stuck in my teeth and lose flavour within seconds. However, PUR Gum is nice because it has the same consistency of any other mainstream gum and the flavour lasts longer than other natural brands. If you’re looking for something to quickly freshen your breath, I would recommend PUR Gum, but if you want something to chew on for a while, I wouldn’t recommend it. The one downside to PUR Gum is that the flavour only lasts five to eight minutes. I like popping a piece of PUR Gum after a meal or if I feel like chewing on something for a couple of minutes, but it doesn’t deliver a long lasting fresh taste.

As the name indicates, PUR Gum is truly very pure and only includes a few ingredients, such as xylitol (natural sweetener), gum base, natural flavours (spearmint, peppermint, etc.), gum arabic, caranuba wax and tocopherols. The gum comes in a variety of flavours, including wintergreen, peppermint, spearmint, pomegranate mint and their two new flavours, which I got to review, cinnamon and cool mint.

The cinnamon flavour reminds me a lot of Valentine’s day cinnamon hearts. The cinnamon is very strong and is a tad bit spicy. There aren’t many natural cinnamon flavoured candies or gum, so this is a welcome addition to the world of natural, allergen-friendly products.

I didn’t love the cool mint flavour. It’s not very flavourful and doesn’t last as long as their other mint flavours. It’s nice if you want a subdued mint flavour, but I wouldn’t choose this as my first choice.  

My favourite PUR Gum flavour is the spearmint. It’s not overpowering but offers a kick of freshness after a meal.

Have you tried PUR Gum? What is your favourite flavour? 

A Simple Vision, A ‘Pure + simple’ Brand

When a brand claims that it’s pure and/or natural, I wish to believe that they are telling the truth. When a brand’s name states a claim, I want to trust that the ingredient list reflects the name. Sometimes company’s will state that their product is pure or natural, when really there are only a couple of ingredients in their list that are. Pure + simple, a Canadian skincare line and holistic, Ayurvedic spa, delivers the promise that their name on the bottle states. 
Within the past year, I have become more aware of ingredients in beauty and skincare products. I am very conscious and aware of what I put in my body, but I haven’t always been mindful of what I put on my body. It’s crazy to think of all the chemicals and harsh ingredients that are in everyday beauty products that may not be causing visible damage externally, but could potentially cause harm internally in the long run. Our skin soaks up everything we put on it!  
When I discovered Pure + simple online, I did my research and read into their ingredients to determine if they were actually ‘pure’ and ‘simple’. True to their name, all ingredients were simple to understand and extremely pure. They also are natural and some ingredients are even organic. I read several reviews to gauge what other Pure + simple users were saying about the product and the majority of reviews were very positive. I was excited to try the brand. 
They say it takes a couple of weeks to a few months to see any drastic changes in skin when beginning a new skincare regime or using a new product, so I took that to heart when starting the line of Pure + simple skincare products. 
The products I reviewed are all gluten free, vegan and nut free (except for the Pure Skin Face Oil, which contains nuts). 
I really love this mask. It’s cooling, calming and my face feels very refreshed when I wash it off. Sometimes I find that a mask will leave my face feeling stripped and tight, but this does the opposite. My skin feels nourished. I actually have it on while I’m writing this post! The mask is suitable for all skin types and is best known for its hydrating and calming properties. When I first got the mask, I was using it once a week, now I only use it a couple times a month. It has lasted quite a while and you don’t need too much to cover your face. It’s a gel consistency and smells like cucumber and aloe. The bottle indicates to keep it on for 15-20 minutes, but sometimes I will get wrapped up with what I’m doing and will leave it for 45 minutes. I would recommend this mask to anyone, but particularly those with breakouts who want a bit of relief. It doesn’t magically cure your breakout after 20 minutes, but it does help in calming inflamed skin. 

The one thing that frustrates me with skincare products are moisturizers. I find that moisturizers will either be too oily, or not oily enough and leave my skin feeling dull and dry (something that a moisturizer should not do!). I am so excited to say that the Pure + simple Skin Softening Moisture Lotion is the best face lotion I have ever used. It is lightweight, without being too light and not doing the job. My skin doesn’t feel oily after I apply it and it soaks into my skin nicely, allowing me to apply makeup without having my face feeling heavy. The aroma is very lovely, with an underlying rose scent, while not being overpowering. Before I was using this lotion, I had tried another all-natural lotion that unfortunately clogged my pores and didn’t do anything for my skin. I began to wonder if ‘all-natural’ actually had any benefits in healing skin. Fortunately it does and I have to say that since using this lotion, my skin has become more clear and soft. The bottle has lasted me about four months, and I use two pumps twice a day. I will definitely be getting another bottle once this one runs out.
I’m not going to lie…I was a little nervous using this at first because I thought that it would add extra moisture that my face didn’t need. After my aesthetician told me I should start using it prior to applying moisturizer, I did and I am very happy with the results. I’ve been using it for three weeks now and I can confidently say that I have seen an improvement in my skin tone. My skin is beginning to look more even and it feels more hydrated. The Pria Cocos Extract in the ingredients is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and skin sensitivity. I can vouch for that – it has made a huge difference in my sensitive skin. I apply one pump after cleansing my skin and once it’s soaked in I apply the Skin Softening Moisture Lotion. 
This mighty bottle of pure oils can be another addition to your skincare regime. I don’t apply it to my face due to the fact that I find the three-step regime I’m doing now works well for my sensitive skin and I’d rather not add in a fourth product to disrupt any of the improvements that have been happening so far. I have been using it as an overnight hand moisturizer though and my hands have never felt more soft! The oil is supposed to be great for helping to reduce breakouts and congestion and contains ingredients that help balance the skin’s own oil production. I’m planning on introducing it in a couple of months after I see how well the serum has worked. 
Everyone’s skin is very different, so these four products I tried may not work for your skin. There are, however, several products that Pure + simple has for a variety of different skin types and conditions. The price of the products is high, but a little goes a long way and the quality reflects the price. I would highly recommend checking out their site, or taking a trip to one of their stores in Toronto. They also offer a variety of spa services…their ‘Urban Renewal Facial’ is on my list of things to-do! 
Have you tried any products from Pure + simple? I would love to hear what you think – add any reviews in the comment section below!

Soft, Chewy and G-Free!

When was the last time you had an un-toasted piece of gluten free bread that didn’t crumble? Good question, right? Last year when my family and I were in London, England, I was thrilled to find an amazing gluten free bread that was chewy, soft and didn’t crumble in my hand. I wanted to bring boxes of the bread back with me…but my suitcase didn’t have the space. 
A few months ago Glutino came out with their new, transformed bread. I was surprised at how big the slices of bread were, but I was even more surprised at how delicious the bread tasted. It is soft, chewy and has the elastic-y consistency that gluten bread has. The best part about it is that it doesn’t crumble…it doesn’t even crumble before it’s toasted. Hallelujah! 


The white bread is your typical, plain, white bread but it would be delicious for grilled cheese. It’s also good smeared with a bit of butter as a side to a big bowl of chilli or pasta (carb overload!). 
I really like the multigrain bread, the crunch from the rice bran makes it flavourful and it is the perfect base for a sandwich. I even like eating it plain with a bit of butter. 
My opinions for the best gluten free bread always seem to be changing, but I attribute that to the the ever evolving gluten free industry and the challenge to perfect the best tasting product. Six years ago when I purchased my first loaf of gluten free bread (for $8), the slice was the size of the palm of my hand and the texture was like dense banana bread that was only good when toasted and smeared with nut butter. The fact that this bread tastes good on it’s own and is almost the length of my full hand says a lot…it’s also only $5-6 (depending on where you shop). 

Have you tried Glutino’s new bread? How do you like? What is your favourite gluten free bread? 

Honey Bunny Love

In honour of the Easter Bunny’s big debut tomorrow, I thought I would share a delicious new product that not only is gluten free, but also organic and sweetened naturally with honey, enter: Honey Bunny.
Honey Bunny is a Canadian product founded by Gilbert and Sharon Wolfe from Guy, Alberta. Their stand-up, pouch containers with corner pour spouts are innovative with no mess. What’s neat about these recyclable pouches is that one truck load of empty pouches is equivalent to 25 truckloads of jars – what a perfect shatter-free alternative! 
It’s really tough to find a good gluten free BBQ sauce, but Honey Bunny nailed it. I love the fact that all of their products are naturally sweetened, made of organic ingredients and do not contain any artificial preservatives. I love the branding of the product and the graphics are really cute. It makes it a fun sauce that you would want your guests to see at a summer BBQ. It also makes a super healthy sauce that you would feel comfortable serving your family.  
Amazing Dad’s BBQ Sauce: It’s great on meat…just like the pouch says (“meat is good, meat is good, meat is good”). The ingredient list is as follows: organic honey, water, organic tomato paste, organic vinegar, salt, organic corn starch, liquid smoke, organic garlic, organic onion powder, natural colour, organic spice and xanthan. It has a great balance of flavours: sweetness from the honey, sour from the vinegar, smokey from the obvious liquid smoke and spicy. It makes a great sauce on ribs, chicken or steak and it also makes a great dip for potatoes. 
Amazing Dad’s Honey Garlic BBQ Sauce: This variety is more on the sweeter side – probably due to the combination of sugar and honey. The ingredients include: organic honey, water, organic sugar, organic vegetarian chicken flavoured broth powder, organic vinegar, organic cornstarch, organic garlic, salt, xanthan gum and natural colour. This isn’t is great for dipping as the Original BBQ, but it makes a good sauce on BBQ-ed chicken thighs or chicken breasts. 
Organic Bodacious Tomato Ketchup: I love ketchup. I love it on (gf) mac & cheese, as a dip for french fries and the occasional potato, with chicken (sometimes even steak…gasp) and of course on my BLT. The downside to loving ketchup that much is the fact that what you think may be healthy is actually not so healthy – as most ketchups are loaded with sugar and don’t even really taste like tomatoes. The best thing about Honey Bunny’s Ketchup is that it actually tastes like tomatoes with a hint of honey sweetness. There is no added sugar and it reminds me of a watered down tomato paste. The ingredients include: water, organic tomato paste, organic honey, organic vinegar, salt, organic onion powder, organic garlic powder, organic spices and natural flavour.
Honey Bunny also carries creamed and liquid honey in pouches, jars and pails; bee pollen and lip balm. I love their Buzz Balm. It is very light weight, not sticky, soft and it smells wonderful. I have the Tangerine Lime which smells more limey than citrusy and the Green Tea Ginger, which has a very distinct ginger scent. Both balms have an underlying beeswax scent to them and the ingredient list is short and simple (including: sunflower seed oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil and the corresponding flavours and scents).  

I am so impressed by this gluten free line of quality sauces, honey and beeswax. I think the easy to pour pouch is such a unique way of presenting a product and the fact that what’s in the pouch is delicious is a bonus. I would highly recommend checking out their list of retailers and I personally am eager to try more of their great product – including the Honey Lemon Rosemary BBQ Sauce and Organic Creamed Honey.

Now get out their and start up the BBQ!

Happy Easter fellow foodies!

I Heart You Hand Pies

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post. Life got busy! However, during these last few weeks I have been testing out lots of new products that I am excited to share with you. 
It’s been such a treat to have the snow melt and the robins chirp away the last couple of weeks. Until this morning when I woke up to snow outside! I didn’t think April snowfalls were such a thing. I guess that’s what you get for living in Canada, eh? With snow on the ground, it’s hard to imagine that Easter is just days away. Have you figured out your brunch, lunch and/or dinner menus? I thought I’d share with you a fun dessert that doesn’t take too much time to make and doesn’t require a serving spoon! Introducing: gluten free hand pies (which I love). 
If you were on Pinterest around Valentine’s day, you probably would have seen Pinterest exploding with various versions of the ‘hand-pie’. I thought they were way too cute to pass up, but I didn’t have a huge chunk of time to make gluten-free pastry dough. Fortunately Glutino pulled through with their Perfect Pie Crust Mix. The directions were very simple and it only took about an hour for the dough to chill in the fridge. The dough was easy to roll and the baked result was delicious. I was expecting the texture to be doughy and bread-like, but it was nice and flaky with a buttery flavour. For one of the fillings I chopped up a couple of apples (without the skin), mixed the pieces with brown sugar and caramelized them in a pan with some butter until tender – it was that simple! I cheated for the second filling and scooped some cherry jam out of a jar…easy peasy! 
11 steps to make your own hand pies:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
2. Prepare the dough as per instructions on the box (or use your own dough recipe)
3. Roll until half an inch thick 
4. Use a circular cookie cutter (about three inches in diameter) to cut the dough
5. Put a tablespoon of filling in the centre of one of the cutouts (bottom half)
6. With a second cutout (top half), cut a hole in the centre using a knife or a small cookie cutter (I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter)
7. Drape the top half (with the hole) on top of the filling to make a ‘sandwich’
8. With a fork, gently press the sides of the ‘sandwich’ to make pie indents 
9. Whisk one large egg with one tbsp of water to make an egg wash
10. Brush the tops and edges of the pies with the egg wash
11. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden 

PurelyGreat Deodorant – Gluten Free & Natural

I’ve never liked the fact that many “popular” deodorant brands are full of chemicals that shouldn’t be applied to the skin – especially under the arms. I remember when I was a pre-teen and all of my girlfriends were wearing strawberry scented deodorant, but my mom would only let me use Toms of Maine because it was natural and free of aluminum. Once I started actually needing deodorant I found that Toms of Maine wasn’t cutting it. I switched over to the common brands (ie – Secret, Dove, Speedstick) and was pleased by the results. ‘X’ amount of years later, I still apply the chemical filled deodorant. Why? Because none of the all natural brands seem to work. They also smell like potpourri. If I’m sitting around being lazy on a Sunday without wearing any underarm protection, I won’t break a sweat or smell, however, there was one natural deodorant brand I tried a few months ago and just wearing it on a day where I wasn’t being active made me feel sticky and unfortunately stinky. I was happy I had my stick of $4 chemical-filled deodorant in my bag to fix the situation.

A few months ago a friend told me about a product she uses called PurelyGreat. She told me that it actually worked. I had to try it to believe it though. The lovely people over at PurelyGreat sent me some samples to try because not only are they 100% natural, they are also gluten free…did you know that gluten can even be found in deodorant…yikes! PurelyGreat isn’t in the usual stick form, it comes in a little glass pot and needs a stir before you use your finger tips to rub it in to your armpit. Overall I felt healthy applying it, as I knew I wasn’t smearing toxins into my skin. I found that it did keep me smelling fresh throughout the day, but I didn’t find it was that great for working out.

Each deodorant is cream based and needs to be stirred each time before using, as the ingredients separate (so make sure you have a stir stick!). The main ingredients include: sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, glycerin and then the added essential oils for the scent. Pretty clean list, eh?

Women’s Lavender Cream Deodorant
This scent was my favourite. It obviously smells like lavender, but with a bit of a citrusy pop. With all of the deodorants, you only need a small amount for each ‘pit’. They suggest a dime-sized amount, although I guess depending on how big or small your armpits are, you may need a little less or just a bit more. The deodorant doesn’t feel sticky and doesn’t melt off from the heat of your armpits. It also didn’t seem to stain any of clothes white. As you can see, the label has disinegrated a bit. After a few days of the jar being on its side in a travel case, the oil seemed to seep out – despite the lid being tight. I’m not sure if this jar was a bit defected because it didn’t happen to the other three.

Women’s Citrus Cream Deodorant
I have to admit that this wasn’t my favourite scent. I kind of felt like I smelled of Pledge. Maybe it’s more of a Spring/Summer scent, perhaps I will give it another go when the weather is warmer.

The label was ruined a bit by the Lavender’s little leak. 

Unscented Cream Deodorant
It doesn’t smell like anything…not even baking soda. This is a good option if you are sensitive to scents.

Men’s Patchouli Cream Deodorant
This one smelled exactly like the Women’s Citrus one, but with a slight pine scent. I really don’t find this scent to be masculine. I asked the man in my life if he wanted to use it, but he was turned off by the scent. Everyone has their preference though, so maybe someone else’s nose is a fan of the citrus scent.

Pros:
– No aluminum
– Keeps your lymph nodes healthy
– Gluten free and vegan
– 100% all natural

Cons:
– You have to wash your hands after applying
– It doesn’t last during exercise
– The lid doesn’t have a great seal once you’ve opened it for the first time, the oil seeps out – so it’s not good to travel with

The cost of the jar is $13 – but PurelyGreat says it lasts up to three months.

My recommendation is that you try these out for yourself. I like them but I wasn’t a fan of them not keeping me fresh after a little bit of exercise and sweat. Everyone is different though, so what may work or not work for me, may be different for you. Give it a go!

Have you tried PurelyGreat? How did you like it? If you are a fan of another natural, gluten free deodorant, what is it? 

The Many Pretzels of Glutino (+Giveaway)

There are not many gluten free companies who make GF pretzels, but I don’t think there is really a demand for it. Glutino has it in the bag (literally). They make the best pretzels out there and I really don’t even realize I’m eating something that’s gluten free when I snack on them. What’s even more great about them is that they don’t just have original pretzels, they have Peppermint Yogurt, Fudge, Yogurt (no image above) and their newest, Honey Mustard. 
Honey Mustard: The pretzels are lightly dusted with a honey mustard flavouring. I like how they aren’t overloaded by the flavouring and there is just enough to taste it. If you like honey mustard, you will surely love these. It reminds me of the days when I used to be able to eat fresh pretzels at sports games with mustard on the side to dip. 
Fudge: Mmmm fudge…who doesn’t like fudge? I’d have to say that these are one of my favourite gluten free treats on the market. I love the sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness underneath. They have the perfect crunch to them too. These are definitely a special treat though, as the cost of them is a bit daunting – at $6.99 (CND) a bag.
Peppermint Yogurt: These are pretty wonderful. The smooth yogurt, chunks of peppermint and salty pretzel underneath create an amazing flavour for the tastebuds. They’re also pink, red and white…perfect for Valentine’s Day. I loved these, although they were very rich in flavour – which was good because I didn’t have the urge to eat the whole bag. 
A Valentine’s Day idea for your gluten-free love: empty a bag of Glutino Fudge Pretzels into a mason jar and tie a pink/red bow around the top. A little bit of DIY + chocolate = a perfect, thoughtful gift. 

Do you have a favourite gluten free pretzel? Please share! 
BONUS! Interested in trying Glutino’s NEW Honey Mustard Pretzels for yourself? I’d love to share some pretzel love with you! One lucky winner will get their own bag from Glutino. Here’s how to enter:
  • Tweet your favourite food duo (ie – honey + mustard, chocolate + salt, etc) to @gutgazette with #GFPretzelLove for your chance to win a bag of your own!
  • For an additional entry, follow @gutgazette and comment below saying you did (if you’re already a follower, simply comment below about your favourite food duo). 
Contest ends Feb. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Best of luck!