Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

I met the folks from Tamari at the GFAF Expo, and though I’d heard about their products before (I even had a bottle of their Gluten Free Soy Sauce in the cabinet) the product I was most excited to learn about was their Gluten Free Soy Sauce Travel Packs. These are perfect for going to your favorite Asian restaurant, using for lunches at school/ work, or when going to dinner at a friends! 

You receive 20 Travel Packets per box, and can purchase them here. I’ve loved all the products I’ve tried so far from Tamari, and would definitely recommend them to y’all! 🙂

Have a lovely day, and check back here tomorrow for a new post!!

Love,

Olivia

Snackity Snacks

Today we’re going to talk about some quick and easy Gluten Free snacks. Specifically I want to highlight things that would be easy to toss in your bag, eat on the go or have with you in case there’s no safe (gluten-free) food wherever you’re going. By the way, all of these opinions are my own. No one asked me to promote these products. I just really like them all. Without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?

1) GoPicnic Boxes: 
These have quite a few Gluten Free options for BreakfastLunch, and Snacks. We’ve bought lunch varieties of them before and eaten different components as snacks. They’re great to keep in the car for a quick meal on the go or just a boost of energy during the day. The one pictured below is my current favorite. If you can’t find these at your local grocery store, try Amazon. We got them at Target.

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2) Pamela’s Products Whenever Bars:
These are great. They aren’t dry and crumbly like most Gluten Free granola bars, and they’re decent sized. My personal favorite is the Blueberry Lemon flavor. Y’all can find them on Amazon or in your local Kroger store, which is where I find them. 😉
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3) Pirate’s Booty, Aged White Cheddar:
This stuff is really great. I don’t know if y’all have tried it yet, but you should. SUCH a great snack! I buy it at Kroger, and sometimes can find it at Aldi, but you can find it on Amazon as well. 😀
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4) Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies in Snickerdoodle:
Random tidbit, I’m obsessed with all things Snickerdoodle flavored–including these cookies from Annie’s Homegrown. They’re so delicious. They’re cute, and they’re Gluten Free. What more could you want? I’ve bought them from Target, but you can find them on Amazon as well.
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5) GoGo SqueeZ Apple Cherry:
Okay, I understand that my snack choices are looking a wee bit like a 5 year old’s, but those kids know what they’re doing when it comes to snacks. I’m not kidding. This applesauce tastes like cherry pie, which is pretty cool. If you don’t like cherry pie, (which may hurt our friendship, but I’ll get over it) 😉 they have a bunch of other flavors. Find those here. I get them at Target, but if you don’t have a Target close  . . .  (and I am so sorry for you if that’s the case) you can find them on Amazon!
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6) Larabar Mini Bars:
I personally love Larabars, but I usually only eat a whole one in place of a meal. So, what to do when you want a Larabarfor a snack? Buy the minis, obviously. Plus they’re adorable, which is a HUGE factor in snack choosing, right? I buy them at Target or Kroger. You can find them on Amazon too! 😉
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7) Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps:
If y’all have read my blog for a while, you know I wrote a review on these. If you’re new here, I wrote a review on these y’all!! Find it here. 😉 I love them and think they’d be yummy with my next featured snack. I bought them at Ingles, but I am sure you could find them on Amazon . . . oh wait, you can. ‘Cause I found them for y’all. You’re welcome! 😉 I love these, and they’re great with cream cheese, or. . .
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8) Justin’s Honey Almond Butter:
I’m in love with Almond Butter. Between it and Sunbutter, I could honestly have little to no use for Peanut Butter. This Almond Butter would be great on the snack above or on celery. Goodness, it’d be great alone. Find It on Amazon, or at Target.
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Hope y’all have found some great snack ideas!

Happy snacking, y’all!
Love,
Olivia

Gluten Free on the Road!

Okay, so, eating Gluten Free isn’t necessarily always a picnic in your own town. There’s the constant label reading, the complicated ordering process at restaurants, and the constant trips to the store for obscure ingredients like tapioca starch to create basic things like pancakes.  On a side note, until I started eating Gluten Free I had no idea that tapioca had forms other than this, which looks disgusting:

So, in short, traveling to a totally different city and eating Gluten Free can be a challenge.

Here are some basic tips I learned over a recent month-long trip to Colorado:
I’ll preface this by saying I was incredibly lucky to have access to a kitchen THE WHOLE TIME I was out in CO, therefore, these tips will be based on having that available.

1) If you get in after five in the evening, plan to eat out for dinner.
If you’re a superhuman and can get off a three hour flight and still make yourself a delicious, Gluten Free dinner afterwards, more power to ya! That’s not my style. Qdoba on the other hand? Far more my style. I got a Naked Burrito Bowl, which is basically a burrito minus the tortilla, served in a bowl. Pretty self-explanatory. Just make sure they use clean gloves, and ask if any toppings are not Gluten Free.

2) Go to the store. ASAP.
I got in to DIA at six in the evening, and after getting luggage, driving to the house I stayed at, grabbing and then eating dinner, and unpacking it was 10:30. Can you imagine trying to go grocery shopping at that point? I couldn’t. So, my first full day in Denver included a trip to Sprouts. Y’all! Why do we not have these in The South?!? It’s similar to Whole Foods, but cheaper, and with more local produce. It’s a great little store, and if you find yourself in the Denver area it’s totally worth a trip. Anyways, I grabbed some flours and xanthan gum as well as some Gluten Free bread, and I was in business.

3) Larabars are your best friend.
Or any Gluten Free bar for that matter. I stashed one in my purse in case I got hungry/had few Gluten Free options while eating out or shopping. And let me tell you, it may have been the best idea I had.

4) Use your phone.
If you have a smart phone, you’re never more than a few clicks away from a restaurant’s nutritional info. For example, I found out that Noodles and Company offered Gluten Free pasta on their website before I even walked into their restaurant. It’s worth researching any restaurant ahead of time to find out what your options are, or if you need to pack a Larabar. 😉

5) Try out new recipes.
You’re already outside of your comfort zone, you might as well have fun with it. Why not try new recipes while you’re in a new place? If nothing else, you can say “Oh yeah, I tried that out while I was in fill in this blank with a city.” It may not turn out all that great, but the memories will be fun.

6) Relax.
Do what you do at home. Read labels, interrogate waiters, cook. Don’t freak out about being away from home. You’re capable of eating Gluten Free there; you can do it while traveling. When in doubt; eat a Larabar. But don’t fill your trip up with anxiety over food.

Happy traveling!
Love,
Olivia