About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Monday, 30 April 2012

Bakery on Main: Products Review - Oatmeal and Granola Bars

Two new products I've been able to try in the last few weeks are made by a company called Bakery on Main. I picked up a box of the Maple Multrigrain Muffin flavour instant oatmeal while I was in Florida and found 3 varieties of their granola bars at Dominion on Blackmarsh Road over the weekend.

The instant oatmeal is made with uncontaminated oats and tolerance to oats may vary among gluten free goers. If you can tolerate it - recommendations are for 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of dried oats for adults. Click here for the article from Health Canada.

The maple flavour is very tasty, has the same consistency as a normal instant oatmeal package and is great if you are travelling or need a quick snack. The box of six packets was $4.99 when I purchased them.

I also tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate granola bars. There were 5 in a box for $4.99 - typical price for gluten free bars.

The bar itself had lots of chocolate chips, rice crisps and was full of flavour, however, it was hard as a rock. I actually thought I might crack a tooth. That being said, I did eat the whole thing and it was quite good. I think I'll leave them in the sun or microwave the next one for a couple seconds to reduce the extreme crispiness factor!

All in all - a good company to watch out for new products!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Home made Vegetable Soup - Gluten Free

Ahh Soup - nothing better than some warm soup for lunch - especially during the cooler months. One of my favourite soups is home made vegetable soup. This can have as many varieties as you like and you can make any size batch!

The basic ingredients are olive oil, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, canned tomatoes, gluten free stock (or cubes) and canned beans.

First dice the onion, garlic, celery and carrots to similar sizes. Then sauté in the olive oil until cooked (about 3 - 4 minutes).

Next add the canned tomatoes and stock (I usually use a 960 mL chicken or vegetable) and simmer for 30 minutes - or until the carrots are cooked to your liking.

Then add the beans (or other ingredients such as rice, quinoa, or pasta) and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. If you are adding rice, quinoa or pasta you may want to cook it first or add more liquid as they will absorb the liquid as they cook.

Season to your liking - I like spicy soup so I usually add a little hot sauce!


Nogii Gluten Free Protein Bar Review

While I was at the Gluten Free Expo in St. Pete's I received a sample of the Nogii Super Protein Bar. As a general rule - I don't like protein bars - they taste like sawdust and are just too dense.

I was actually shocked when I tried these! The flavour I had was Chocolate Peanut Butter Carmel Crisp. It was just chewy enough, and had a soft texture. It wasn't quite as sweet as a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but you could taste the peanut butter and chocolate quite well.

I only had the sample size  - but the full size bar packs a protein punch with 30 grams per bar. They also make a regular protein bar and kids protein bar.

Next problem to solve is where to buy them in Canada!