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 :)

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Crisps - Product Review

I've mentioned how much I love Costco, and recently, they have been getting in lots of new gluten free products! One of the items I recently picked up was Glutino Bagel Crisps. Glutino is a pretty good company, and they are in the process of verifying many of their products as non-GMO. The bagel crisps are not listed yet, but they may be in the near future!

The package from Costco comes with 2 bags inside; I personally love the smaller packaging because the product doesn't go stale while you are trying to eat it. That being said, these are so awesome, I'm pretty sure I don't have that worry!

There are 3 flavours, but Costco currently only carries the original. The crisps are nice bite size pieces with a LOT of crunch. I personally love crunchy things, so this is a super tasty treat for me. They are slightly salted, but are good for dipping in sour cream or salsa as well.



I've listed the ingredients as listed on their website. Some of the ingredients are not super healthy, but over all, not too bad!

INGREDIENTS: Bagel (tapioca starch, corn starch, potato starch, egg whites, cane sugar, canola oil, dried egg whites {egg whites, yeast, citric acid}, salt, guar gum, glucono-delta-lactone, yeast, pectin, sodium bicarbonate, sodium alginate, modified cellulose), vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: sunflower oil, high oleic canola oil), salt.

I'll be buying these again - and stay tuned for more reviews from new Costco items! 




Friday, 28 June 2013

Starlite Crisy Taquitos - Product Review

Real Food Market had a new product in a couple weeks ago - Crispy Taquitos! These are not only gluten free but also vegan :D I was super excited to try them! While I don't eat too much packaged food - I'm always up to try a new treat!

These are made by Starlite Cuisine and their products are vegan, non-dairy, non-gmo, no transfat and no cholesterol. They also do some gluten free products  including the taquitos. The nutritional information provided by the website is as follows
Soy Taquitos - Meatless Chicken Style

Serv. Size: 1 pc (51g)
Servings:  8

Calories: 120
Calories from Fat:  35
Amount/Serving
% DV* 
Amount/Serving
% DV*  
 Total Fat
3.5g
5%      
Total Carb.
17g  
6% 
    Sat. Fat
0.5g
3%      
     Dietary Fiber
2g  
8% 
 Cholest.
0mg
0%      
     Sugars
1g  

 Sodium
160mg
7%      
 Protein
5g  

 Vitamin A   0%  •  Vitamin C   2%  •  Calcium   4%  •  Iron  6%
Ingredients: Corn Tortilla (White Corn, Water, Lime), Water, Texturized Soy Flour, Onion, Mushroom, Corn, Beans, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Yeast Extract, Salt, Celery Seed, White Pepper, Natural Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Expeller Pressed Canola or Soybean Oil.WHEAT FREE, GLUTEN FREE

Not too many ingredients, nothing hard to pronounce and of course - non-gmo :)

Each package comes with 6 taquitos and they sell for $7.95 here in NL. Like any specialty gluten free product, they are slightly expensive - but if you feel like a treat - these are awesome. 

Texture wise, they are similar to regular taquitos, potentially a little crispier due to the corn shell, but the center was still soft and chewy. If someone gave me these and didn't tell me they were vegan, I probably wouldn't have noticed. The taste was great, and the spices added that nice Mexican flavour. It was awesome to have a finger food snack! 

If you are looking for a quick supper, or great snack item - I recommend these for sure!


Monday, 24 June 2013

Visiting Toronto - Gluten Free

Last week I was in Toronto for my brother's convocation. I've been to Toronto before, and I love that it always has so many gluten free options and people don't look at you like you asked for some obscure item when you mention gluten free.

We stayed in the Yorkville area downtown, so we were walking to distance to lots of restaurants and shopping!

The first day I arrived - I checked out Pizza Pizza. Because they have to make the pizza to order - you should bear in mind you'll have to wait about 15 minutes for your order :). The gluten free pizza is a personal size one (10 inches) and is split in 6 pieces. It was enough for my Mom and I to share for a lunch. Also, they were kind enough to do two sides with different toppings for each of us :D For $9.99 - it was a great deal, and an awesome lunch!

For supper that day, we checked out a place called the Magic Oven. There are actually a few locations around the city, and they have an extensive gluten free menu with some vegetarian and vegan options as well. We wanted to sample a few things, so we tried the chickepea soup, the Caesar salad (no croutons) and a fettuccine alfredo pasta. The server was awesome, and they are very familiar with gluten free customers.

The next day, the University of Toronto had a reception after the convocation. What a spread. It was such as contrast to Newfoundland. They had lots of fruits, veggies, and a quinoa salad, and the best part? GLUTEN FREE desserts! And they were labelled with a sign. We almost fell over! There were cakes, muffins and cheesecakes! It is so nice to see these things at this type of event

We also checked out Il Fornello Italian Restaurant down on King Street (we took the subway down and walked back). They have gluten free pasta and pizza options on their menu as well as some salad choices.

Because I just can't get enough pizza - I had the Quattro - it came with Salami, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and olives. Because I'm not a huge meat fan, I skipped the salami and just went with the three items.

The pizza was AWESOME - thin crust, loaded with toppings, and so tasty!

Aside from Restaurants, every grocery store I went in had some gluten free products, and I also liked Noah's Natural Foods. They have a couple locations in the city, but I went to the one at 322 Bloor Street. I found some lentil pasta - review to come and they carried some Organic Works Bread which I love!

Overall, it was a great trip to Toronto - I miss all the food options already!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Van's Honey Nut Crunch Cereal - Review

Van's has redesigned and introduced new gluten free product lines. One of these new lines is cereal. There are 2 new cold varieties to choose from: Honey Nut Crunch and Cinnamon Heaven. 


Van's has been around for awhile, but the only product I've seen in St. John's is the waffles. These are really good, so when I was in South Carolina and noticed the new Van's products, I had to try them! 

Wal Mart carried the Honey Nut Crunch cereal as well as Van's crackers and granola bars. 

The cereal bits are quite small, and about half the size of a Chex piece of cereal. They are slightly sweetened, but overall, just have a hint of honey. The texture is nice and crunchy, and tastes great mixed with almond milk (or dairy milk). I also like these to snack on, or put in a trail mix for added texture. 

Per serving, there is 120 calories, 5 grams of fibre, 7 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fat. The full ingredient list is: Van’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Blend (Oat, Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa and Amaranth Flours), Cane Sugar, Oat Fiber, Inulin, Invert Cane Sugar, Salt, Honey, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors, Natural Mixed Tocopherols for Freshness.

If you are wondering what Inulin is check out this link. As with anything, there are mixed reviews on it, but basically it's a fiber extracted from chicory root. It is found naturally in foods such as bananas, onions and garlic. 

Van's cereals are non-GMO and registered with the non-GMO project

I'm not sure if they are available in Canada yet, but I'm headed to Toronto next week, and I plan to check out the Whole Foods supermarket to see if they carry them! 






Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Nice & Natural Granola Bars

I came across Nice & Natural granola bars at Costco a couple weeks ago. They are certified Gluten Free and carry the GF symbol.

The box from Costco has 3 flavours: Apples, figs & Walnuts; Pistachios & Mixed Berries; and Cranberries and Cashews. They are dairy free, have no refined sugars, and are low in sodium. Each bar is about 150 calories, so they make a great snack.

I like all the flavours, but my favourite is the Cranberry, followed by Pistachio. They have an excellent crunch and chewy factor, and they slightly softer than a traditional Quaker chewy bar.

It was $14.49 for a box of 24 - which is a really great deal for GF bars!
I can't seem to find a website link, but I've posted a picture of the box :)