BFree Foods Review

About a week ago, a 12 pound box from BFree Foods arrived at my house, and ever since my family and I have been trying a variety of tasty allergen free products! 🙂 You see, BFree Foods doesn’t just make products free from Gluten, their products are also free from: Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts and Soy. Which makes the entire line of BFree products free from major allergens, as well as vegan.

Let me start by showing you all the products the folks at BFree Foods were nice enough to send me!

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This included:

1 Pack of Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps

1 Pack of Multigrain Wraps

2 Packages of Soft White Rolls

2 Packages of Brown Seeded Rolls 

2 Packages of Multi Seed Bagels

2 Packages of Plain Bagels

2 Loaves of Soft White Sandwich Bread

2 Loaves of Brown Seeded Sandwich Bread

Upon suggestion of BFree Foods PR Agent, I put the products I wasn’t immediately going to try in my freezer, resulting in this:

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With all these yummies, I’ve spent about a week trying products, and still have yet to try the Multi Seed Bagels, Soft White Sandwich Bread, and Multigrain Wraps, so reviews for those will come later. 😉

Let’s talk about the Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps first! This is one of the first things I tried as I was SO excited that when I took them out of the box they were soft and pliable. I decided to one out for a breakfast burrito, and here’s the result:

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I used eggs, cheese, bell peppers, onions, and ham as my filling, and it was super tasty with the slightly nutty flavor these wraps add. The texture is perfect. I was a touch worried that the quinoa or chia seeds would result in an odd, gritty texture, but quickly learned that didn’t cause any problems. And, you get all this great flavor with only 110 calories per wrap. 🙂 Other ways I’ve used/ plan to use these wraps: Quesadillas, Personal Pizza, Burritos, Migas, and maybe even this recipe for Italian Enchiladas.

Next up, we’ve got the plain bagels, which I’m pretty sure we’ve used solely for breakfasts. Again, texture is great. They’re soft, and lack any pesky crumbling. They’re fine plain, as well as toasted, and we’ve topped them with everything from PB&J:

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to Eggs, Ham, and Cheese for a Breakfast Bagel Sandwich!

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Next up we have: Brown Seeded Sandwich Bread! This bread is awesome, and really different from other Gluten Free breads I’ve tried. To start with, the slices are much longer and thinner, as the cut their loaves of bread lengthwise opposed to horizontally. The only flaw I’ve found is that because the slices are so long, they don’t fit in the toaster unless you cut them in half. However, if that’s the only issue it has, I’d say it’s a win. It’s really yummy, and I used it for quite a few sandwiches. Such as this PB&J:

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(Yes, our Christmas tree is still up. It’s just so pretty! Ha.)

Onto the rolls. . .

These may be my family’s favorite thing they sent. In fact, we ate the first few so quickly, I didn’t even get pictures of them (they’ll be in my second BFree Foods post) They’re great with soup, awesome as mini sandwiches, and would probably work really well as hamburger buns.

I believe that’s all for now! Check back soon for the second part of this post!

Thanks to BFree Foods for providing these products for me to try. As usual, in spite of the fact that I received these products for free, all opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

Have an awesome day!

Love,

Olivia

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We’re having a party!

Foster Farms has been around for quite some time, but they’ve only been part of the Gluten Free Community for two years. In order to celebrate their two year gluten free anniversary they’re teaming up with a group of bloggers to share the diversity of their products. Over the next couple months we’ll discuss different aspects of their products and different ways to switch them up. Today though, we’re going to discuss the party I threw to celebrate their two year gluten free anniversary, and how I made their corn dogs into a breakfast buffet item. 🙂

What you need to know though is that my kitchen is TEENY TINY, which means that my breakfast buffet is kind of disjointed, but it all worked out!

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What you see above from left to right is: Sausage Balls and Cheese Grits, Simple Truth Waffles from Kroger, and Gluten Free Foster Farms Corn Dogs (which were in the oven when these pictures were taken and why you don’t see pictures of them, but I promise they were there!)

Anyways, here was the breakfast buffet menu:

  • Cheese Grits
  • Sausage Balls (I used Gluten Free Bisquick, and this recipe)
  • Gluten Free Simple Truth Waffles
  • Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs
  • Orange Juice

As usual, the Foster Farms corn dogs were terrific. . . the party consisted of both Gluten and Non-Gluten eaters, and no one could tell the difference.

Wanna know how I added them to my breakfast buffet? Bake them a couple minutes longer, and serve them with syrup . . . they’re almost like Gluten Free Pancake on a Stick!

Overall, it was a GREAT party, and the addition of Foster Farms products made it even better!

Find out where you can get their products near you here.

Have a great day y’all!

Love,

Olivia

I got mail!!

Well y’all, it’s official . . . Livie’s Gone Gluten Free has officially relocated to Georgia. Why is it official today, you ask?? Well . . . that would be because WE GOT OUR FIRST PIECE OF MAIL!

Yay!!

And no, you don’t get to see what it was . . . yet. (It’s a secret)

I have some AWESOME things planned for the rest of August!! So keep your eyes peeled. 🙂

Love,

Olivia

Enchiladas . . . a preview!

I made enchiladas for dinner this evening, and served them with Chuy’s Jalapeño Dip and chips. I thought I’d share a preview picture of that with y’all, before sharing the enchiladas (and their recipe) on Monday! 🙂

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Have a Splendid Saturday!

Love,

Olivia

An Open Letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Dear Jennifer**,

I understand you have created a reputation based upon your crass, sarcastic and thoughtless remarks, but I believe you took it too far this time. This time, you didn’t just diss Miley for inappropriate behavior. No, this time, you decided to pick on all the people who get incredibly sick if they eat bowlfuls of spaghetti like you so excitedly announced you had before calling Gluten Free living the “New Cool Eating Disorder.”

Let’s explore this for a minute, shall we?

An Eating Disorder is defined as “any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa)” which means that although it may begin as a choice, it takes over your mind, bit by bit until it’s an unconscious decision to not eat, or to eat and then emit the food from your body. An eating disorder, on average, takes three to five years of recovery with treatment. Unfortunately, without treatment, approximately  20% of people who suffer from an eating disorder can die. It is a very serious problem here in the United States.

In comparison, while the Gluten Free lifestyle is a choice for some, it isn’t a choice for everyone.  I choose not to eat the homemade flour tortilla at my favorite Mexican restaurant — not because I don’t want them, but because it makes me feel yucky for days after I make that impulsive choice. You see, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance can and do have a plethora of symptoms and related health issues, including, but not limited to:

We don’t avoid gluten to lose weight or because we want to look good; trust me. We’d like that quick and easy pizza fix from the local joint just as much as the next person, but the cons of making that impulsive decision far outweigh the pros. We didn’t choose for our bodies to reject gluten, but we know we feel and live far better when we avoid it altogether.

Did I want to have to pay exorbitant prices for basic things like flour, makeup or the safe gluten free pizza because they are made specially to adhere to my needs?

No.

Did I want every trip to the grocery store or a restaurant to turn into an investigation so I can ensure my food is safe for my consumption?

Not particularly.

I did not want to have to search through every food label for the rest of my life. Nor did I want to have to relearn how to bake and adjust every recipe to accommodate my need to avoid this ingredient that leaves me in daily pain and discomfort. The very thing my body decided to take offense at is what holds your bread together and helps pizza dough to stay elastic.

Jennifer, when you said what you did, for whatever reason you let it escape your lips — you didn’t just pick on a couple of people. You picked on roughly three million Americans suffering from Celiac Disease as well as about 18 million people living with Gluten Intolerance. That’s around 21 million people. It’s not some “New Cool Eating Disorder“. Instead, it is a serious issue for a significant segment of the population. One in every 133 people suffer from Celiac Disease, which can result in allergic reactions from cross contamination in shared kitchens. For example, if you put your knife in their jar of jam after touching glutinous baked goods; they could have a serious allergic reaction.

All of these statistics are to point out that the Gluten Free Lifestyle is more than just a choice; it is rather a necessity for those of us living with Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease. I choose not to wake up and eat honey wheat toast and or a cream-filled doughnut every morning. I choose not to load my lunch plate with glutinous spaghetti noodles. I choose not to order pizza from one of my local delivery establishments that offers no gluten free options. I eat differently every single day, because I am keenly aware of the consequences to my body if I do. I don’t follow a gluten free diet because it’s trendy or the “New Cool Eating Disorder,” or so that people like yourself can make uneducated statements about why I do or do not put certain kinds of food in my mouth. I do it because I like feeling my best. I do it because it is necessary in my world. In order to make that happen, I must eat Gluten Free.

Overall, what you said was inconsiderate and thoughtless. I’d suggest doing a bit of research next time before making a blanket statement about approximately 22 million Americans. I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with Googling unknowns before offering up opinions upon them.

Sincerely,
Olivia

** Jennifer Lawrence made some thoughtless remarks earlier this week. My letter is in response to that. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read the whole story here and here.

Udi’s New Gluten Free Products!

Y’all! Udi’s went public today with a few new products, and I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to try some of it.
Let’s take a look at their new products, shall we?

Italian Skillet Meals:

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Ziti & Meatballs
  • Chicken Florentine
  • Chicken Alfredo

Breakfast Burritos:

  • Egg, Sausage & Cheddar
  • Uncured Bacon & Cheddar
  • Chicken Apple Sausage
  • Egg White, Southwest Veggies & Cheese

Lunch Burritos:

  • Bean & Green Chile
  • Chicken
  • Spicy Southwest Veggie
  • Steak

I think these will be a fun addition to the ever growing amount of Gluten Free Options in your local grocery store.

The Chicken Florentine Meal sounds yummy!
What are y’all excited to try? Let me know in the comments!! 🙂

If you want descriptions of the new products, be sure to check out Udi’s Announcement!

Talk to y’all later!!
Love,
Olivia

You Are Not Alone: 10 Celebrities Who Live Gluten Free

Okay y’all, in light of the fact that Celiac Disease affects around 1 in 133 Americans and Gluten Intolerance affects nearly 1 in 20 Americans, it isn’t too surprising there are quite a few Gluten-Free celebrities and athletes. Today, we’re going to look into a couple of the best known people dealing with Celiac Disease or a Gluten Intolerance. I’ll count it down over the next couple weeks from 10 to 1, and will delineate whether or not they deal with an intolerance or Celiac Disease.
10) Zooey Deschanel 
In addition to allergies to dairy and eggs, Zooey is also allergic to wheat. Some of Zooey’s claims to fame are starring in the TV show The New Girl, where “she gets special meals delivered to her trailer because she doesn’t want her cast and crew to have to eat all her “weird foods.” and as Jovie in the Christmas movie Elf. She’s also the younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel from the crime show Bones.
9) Drew Brees
Yep, you read that name right. The famous quarterback of the New Orleans Saints was diagnosed with several food allergies in 2004, including Celiac Disease and keeps to a Gluten Free/Dairy Free diet to prevent adverse affects from these items. If you want to take a closer look at how he and his family manage some of their food allergies, check out this article.
That’s all for today! I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to see people in the spotlight dealing with some of the same kinds of things as I do and see how they manage. Our lives are very different, but our struggles are often the same.

Check back soon for more info on celebrities with Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease later this week. Keep watching for those upcoming posts on Aldi’s and their LiveGfree line.

Love,
Olivia