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New product – Better4U! Gluten Free Pizza

Being gluten free for the pass year and half hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. I eat well and healthier but there are foods I miss. Pizza is one of them.

In Palm Beach County, there are only a few options for gluten-free pizza none of which are within 20 miles, (and being celiac, I don’t count the big D as one of them!) so if I want pizza I have to either make it myself or buy frozen. So far I have not been impressed with the frozen pizzas. They aren’t bad just ok, I think what happens is their crust fall flat! They are plain flavored and very crusty cardboard like. I tend to want to eat just the toppings.

I recently had an opportunity to try a new gluten free pizza made by Better4U! Foods. I have to say I found it very good and I think what set it apart from the other gluten free frozen pizza on the market is the multi-grain crust.

The multi-grain crust is a mixture pf white rice, brown rice, potato, buckwheat flour, and flax seeds. It gives it a nice flavor. Even the gluten eaters in my house liked it but lol said it tasted “healthy” (Important Note – the gluten eaters dont really eat healthy anyways so it wouldnt hurt them to eat better).

It really reminded me of frozen pizza that I ate quite frequently in my pre-gluten free life by kashi. Must be all the grains!

I sampled both the roasted vegetable and cheese. The vegetable was definitely my favorite but my picky toddler liked the cheese. I guess even on pizza you can’t convince the kids to eat their veggies.

The roasted vegetable was generous on toppings and had some premium veggies such as artichokes and eggplant. I also felt the pizza was pretty diet friendly at 200 calories per a quarter of pizza.

Locally, the pizza is available at The Healthy Way, 9704 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton 33496. We hope that it arrives in Publix or Whole Foods soon too!

Disclosure: Better4U! Foods provided me the above mentioned product free if charge in order to give an accurate review of their product. All opinions are my own.

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Finally a gluten-free baking attempt to be proud of

I have had many unsuccessful attempts at baking over the past year. But I finally found a recipe that works and even the gluten eaters loved.

One day I went to the woods walk publix on 441 and lake worth rd. Not my usual publix but i was in the neighborhood. I was very surprised to see a huge greenwise section at the front of the store with many products that my publix does not carry. I was very excited to find king arthurs gluten free flour. I have heard it is a nice mix.
My first attempt of some popovers with the flour failed. But the banana muffins turned out delicious! 20120505-165451.jpg

#GlutenFree Products I like

I mostly eat a lot of veggies, fruits and meats since newly starting my gluten-free diet. I have about 30 lbs that I would be happy to lose that a non-functional thyroid and pregnancy has put on me.  So I really try to limit my intake on yummy treats. But when I am craving some sweetness I have found the items below quite yummy.

I am definitely new to gluten-free baking. I have tried to make banana bread with not so great results. I have made some black bean brownies and those were ok too.  When my birthday came up last week – and so far no gluten free bakeries that I have found in WPB – I didnt want to chance my cake on another baking disaster. I made a devil foods cake using Betty Crocker Mix. It was pretty good – even glutenous husband liked it.  I have also recently made the Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookies too and they went over well.

One of the worse things to do is going to the store hungry and on a recent trip – hunger took over and these ended up in my basket.  I stumble upon these yummy gluten free oatmeal cookies in the cookie aisle at publix – the oats they use are certified gluten free – they were really moist and chewy (I hate dry cookies) and they were quite good too! there arent that many to a box though and I caught glutenous husband and kid eating them! They have their own stuff! dont eat mine! they are also only 55 calories per a cookie!! yum!
Unfortunately, becuase they were so good and the gluten-eaters ate them too- they didnt make it long in my house and i am out!

Also while shopping at my local publix, I was super excited to see new shelf labeling of products that are gluten-free. Definitely helpful but I still always check the box! But now I look for blue dots with GF on them!
Anything to make shopping with a toddler usually in tow easier.

Gluten-Free Cooking Class at Whole Foods Recipes Attached

What a informative, educational and fun night I had last night at Whole Foods in Wellington. I signed up for their monthly Gluten-Free Cooking class in their lifestyle center. It was my first one, and I learned a lot from Chef Joe – who is extremely knowledgeable on all things gluten-free and cooking too! Check out my photos – Chef Joe gives you ample and generous samples of everything he made – and the photos from my iphone probably doesn’t do the food justice! it was so good and healthy!! AND GLUTEN-FREE

The Menu (which was on a handy take home sheet and I scanned it in here to share with you) was Eggplant-Garbanzo Bean Dip, Salmon with Parsley-Horseradish Crust, and a delicious Chocolate Mousse (which was surprisingly gluten, free, dairy-free, vegan, low sodium and high in fiber!

Before Chef Joe even started cooking – he gave some great information about being gluten-free, about the importance of labeling, 3rd party certification of Gluten-Free facilities. And just because something says wheat-free doesn’t mean that it is gluten-free. and the risk of cross-contamination in kitchens. Words I didn’t want to hear – since I love to eat out – and I realize that it is risk. He stressed that even though a restaurant has a gluten-free menu – doesn’t mean they aren’t gluten-free and that in a kitchen it is very easy for dust from flour to get spread around. A few more of Chef Joe’s cooking classes and maybe I will be happier eating in!

Check out the gallery for some photos of Chef Joe cooking. The lifestyle center is such a great place to host the event, plenty of seating and two monitors with cameras above the stove so you can see what Chef Joe is doing.

This was my first cooking class – but I will definitely go to the next one – Chef Joe says they are on the calendar monthly

Peeps are gluten free!

I don’t really celebrate Easter but I LOVE Easter candy. My favorites are peeps and I love it when the package has been open and they are a little stale. Well I picked up a package at the store and right on the back says GLUTEN FREE! Yum! Still working on finding out if my other favorite candy -cadbury eggs are gluten free. I’ll report back. But if I had to guess I am going to say no. Happy Easter!

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