Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery Giveaway

I have been a fan of Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery for years. They are always a delight to see at the GFAF Expo in New Jersey every year. Apparently many other gluten free folk agree with me because Izzi B’s always seem to be one of the first booths to completely sell out of their products.

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About Izzi B’s:

  • Allergen-free facility!
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Peanut/tree nut free
  • Casein free
  • No preservatives
  • No trans fats
  • No refined sugar
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Cholesterol free
  • Vegan
  • Kosher certified

Looking at that list one may wonder how on earth they get their products to taste so good. I think I have the answer – magic. That’s most definitely the secret ingredient in their vanilla cake – it’s out of this world! (Okay I do know one of the special ingredients and it is not anything that you’d expect – organic butternut squash puree! I’m not surprised that real food makes for really tasty treats).

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Izzi B’s specializes in holiday items (remember last year’s GF gingerbread house?), asserting “everyone deserves a treat”. Surely no one will feel left out with Izzi B’s around.  Also on their menu – MANY different kinds of cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies, donuts, pies, muffins and cake pops. I’m dying to try their cake pops next (hint hint, Izzi B’s please bring them to the next expo?)
Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery is located in Norwalk, CT. There is no storefront, but they have pick-up options and ship all across the country! Visit www.ibcakes.com.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a cookie & brownie gift from Izzi B’s! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday June 2nd 11:59PM EST.
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Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Does My Lipstick Need To Be Gluten Free? + Red Apple Lipstick Giveaway

“I have Celiac Disease. Does my lipstick need to be gluten free?”

I get this question a lot. The answer is YES. Think about it – you put on lipstick before dinner. You eat dinner and find that your lipstick has faded away completely. Where did it go? It certainly hasn’t vanished into thin air. You ate it along with your gluten free ravioli. 

Not all lipstick is gluten free, and it’s hard to get a straight answer out of many companies. You’ll probably often hear, “No our products are not gluten free,” or “We cannot guarantee anything because we have so many suppliers.” All the more reason to go with a trusted company. 

My favorite – Red Apple Lipstick. 

I have been using Red Apple Lipstick exclusively for years. I simply love their products. They offer a wide variety of colors to suit every skin tone and even have a handy new shopping guide where you can choose a model with a complexion similar to yours and get a handful of recommendations that would fit you perfectly. 

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Fast facts – Red Apple Lipstick is:

  • Gluten free
  • Contains no GMO’s 
  • Preservative free
  • Toxin & chemical free
  • Petroleum free
  • Lead & talc free
  • Vegan
  • Made in the USA

Vogue is my absolute favorite lipstick color, but I recently got to play around with some fun new looks:

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Top left – Mauve Me. Top right – Barely Pink Lip Liner + Vogue Lipstick.

Bottom left- Vogue. Bottom Right – Wine & Dandy

For more information and to order visit Red Apple Lipstick’s website.  (affiliate link)

GIVEAWAY – One winner will receive a $50 store credit to Red Apple Lipstick! Head over to my Instagram to enter!

 

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love. This post includes an affiliate link. As an affiliate I get a small kickback if you make a purchase. This comes at no extra cost to you, and it helps me fund this website. 

Gluten Free Prairie Review & Giveaway

Last year I had the good fortune of meeting Deb Wheaton, founder of Gluten Free Prairie. Deb is incredibly passionate about increasing Celiac awareness, spreading the word about purity protocol oats (see my previous blog post about gluten free oats), and creating products that are truly safe for the Celiac/gluten free community. Among her notable accomplishments, she is on the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors and was recently awarded the CDF’s highest honor, the Blue Butterfly Award, for her years of service. A portion of the proceeds from Gluten Free Prairie go to the Celiac Disease Foundation for their programs to raise awareness.

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Important facts about the Gluten Free Prarie

  • Supports the purity protocol – oats are grown in gluten-free fields then harvested/packaged in a designated gluten-free facility 
  • Certified gluten free by the Celiac Spruce Association 
  • Tests to less than 5ppm
  • Non GMO and Certified Kosher
  • High in fiber
  • Higher in protein than most traditional oats (17-22% compared to 13%)

Products include:

  • Oat Groats
  • Oat Flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Granola
  • Brownie Mix

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Lucky me! – I got to try their new Gluten Free Brownie mix! These were some of the best, chewiest brownies I’ve ever tasted. I admit that I ate more in one sitting that I should have, but an extra wonderful thing was that they didn’t feel heavy in my stomach. The oat flour was equally as splendid and made delicious pancakes and crepes. If you are an oat lover, you need Gluten Free Prairie in your life. They are my favorite purity protocol oat company, and I feel incredibly at ease knowing that Deb is committed to the highest standards of safety in the GF oat world. 

Find Gluten-Free Prairie products in stores nationwide and on amazon.com For more information visit www.glutenfreeprairie.com

GIVEAWAY! Two lucky winners will receive a prize from Gluten Free Prairie – one winner will receive a brownie mix, the other winner will receive granola. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Ends Friday June 2nd 11:59pm EST.

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Visit my Instagram for another chance to win – 2 more winners will be chosen there!

 

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Banza Pasta Review & Giveaway

Sure, I like pasta, but I prefer to have protein as the main component of my meal, along with vegetables. As a fitness instructor who is constantly on the go, I’m always looking for creative ways to get more protein, especially after hard workouts. That’s where Banza comes in. Banza makes a wonderful gluten free pasta that is high in protein and fiber, and guess what – it’s made from chickpeas!

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I hear your questions already – “What’s the texture like? Does it taste like chickpeas?” No, it tastes like pasta. As one would expect, because of its unique ingredients Banza does have a slightly different texture than wheat-based noodles, but I don’t mind. I would so much rather have the protein than junky carbs.

Fast facts:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Rotini, elbows, penne and shells are produced in a dedicated gluten free facility
  • Free of the top 8 allergens
  • Produced in a nut-free facility
  • Kosher
  • Made from over 90% chickpeas
  • High in protein – 14g in a 2 oz serving! (25g protein for a more generous 3.5 oz serving)

I am thrilled with this pasta and especially love how allergen friendly it is. I’ve paired it with my homemade pasta sauce as well as pesto and parmesan cheese. Any way you do it, Banza is a delicious, nutritious, allergen-friendly option that will give you a boost of protein. 

Banza is available in stores across the US as well as online. For more information and a store locator visit www.eatbanza.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a variety case of Banza Pasta! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Ends Friday May 26th 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Éclair Naturals #NeverAny Review & Giveaway

Even when you’ve been gluten free for years, there is always something to learn about Celiac Disease. I get asked quite frequently what my thoughts are on gluten free body care products like shampoo and lotion.

I think it’s very important. Many people have a skin sensitivity to gluten. I know someone whose eyelashes will fall out if she uses mascara that contains gluten. Another friend breaks out in a rash. And even though we don’t willingly eat shampoo or facial lotion, have you ever had a trickle of shampoo slide down your face and onto your lips? Have you ever put on lotion and then eaten a snack with your hands? There are so many ways that gluten can affect our lives and get into our systems that I’ve found it necessary for my skin products to be gluten free, as well as my food.

It is no secret that Éclair Naturals is one of my favorite companies. They are incredibly dedicated to the Celiac/GF community and make some of the best and most allergen friendly personal care products on the market today.

Fast facts:

  • Certified gluten free (tests to less than 5ppm)
  • 100% soy free
  • 100% vegan
  • Made with food grade ingredients
  • No animal testing/certified cruelty free
  • Non GMO
  • Handcrafted in small batches
  • Sustainably sourced and responsibly produced
  • Promotes no waste
  • Donates to charities
  • Made in the USA

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They’ve got a wonderful new campaign called #NeverAny – Éclair Naturals promises #neverany harmful ingredients, gluten, soy, or GMOs. Watching their video, I was shocked to learn about some of the ingredients that are normally found in body care products. Thank goodness Éclair Naturals is committed to safe ingredients! Watch the full video here: http://eclairnaturals.com/neverany/

What’s your #NeverAny? – Share yours in the comments! Here’s mine:

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Éclair Naturals is ready to for spring with one of my favorite scents – lavender. Their Balancing Shampoo/Conditioner is for dry, flaky or itchy scalps and features a relaxing Tea Tree & Lavender scent. Combine that with the French Lavender Handsoap and Dead Sea Salt Scrub – let’s just say that I’m in heaven. It feels like a spa experience for the body and senses. Perhaps the most relaxing part is that I know the ingredients will keep me safe.
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Eclair Naturals products is super budget friendly. I recently purchased several bottles of lotion on sale at target.com for less than $6.50 each. You can also find them at Rite Aid, Safeway, ShopRite, Stop&Shop, and directly on www.eclairnaturals.com.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a bundle of lavender products from Éclair Naturals! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Ends Thursday May 25th 11:59pm EST.

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BONUS GIVEAWAY – Visit my Instagram – a second winner will be chosen there!

 

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Bonus Giveaway – Better Battter

It’s hard to summarize how much I love Better Batter – their high quality, allergen-friendly mixes; the story of the founder’s autistic son speaking his first sentence after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and going gluten free; the fact that they donate 10% of their net profits to social and charitable causes; their financial aid program to provide discounted gluten free products for low income families, families that have children with autism, college students, and households with extraordinary circumstances – seriously how can you not love this company?

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Quick Better Batter facts:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Made in a facility that is free of milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean/shellfish, mustard, sesame, and corn.
  • Most products do not contain sulfites
  • GMO free
  • Kosher OU Parve
  • No dyes or artificial flavors/preservatives
  • Vegan appropriate
  • Packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes, printed with vegetable ink (cool!)

Better Batter’s product line includes:

  • All Purpose Flour (cup for cup)
  • Seasoned Flour
  • Pancake & Biscuit Mix
  • Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Corn Free Powdered Sugar
  • Gift Cards (great for the holidays!)

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As I make my way through trying all of Better Batter’s products, I recently baked their brownies for a wine & dessert night with a friend. I thought I was being productive by baking them in advance and freezing them, but you know what happens with delicious brownies are calling to you from the freezer for an entire week. These brownies were just TOO GOOD. Needless to say, they didn’t make it to the dessert night. #sorrynotsorry

To purchase Better Batter products – check local stores, order directly on www.betterbatter.org, or purchase on amazon.com (prime eligible).

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a $10 e-gift card for betterbatter.com! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday May 19th at 11:59 EST.

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Visit my Instagram for an extra giveaway! A different winner will be chosen there!


Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Bread SRSLY Review + Giveaway

Looking for the best gluten free sourdough on the market? Does such a thing even exist? It does! Look no further than Bread SRSLY – 100% gluten free and made in a dedicated facility in San Francisco.

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If you’re not familiar with sourdough, it’s tangy taste is unlike any other bread variation. While you can technically find sourdough across the country, there is something special about sourdough made in the Bay Area (I’ve been told that it has something to do with the yeast, water, and geographic location). Kristopher, a Bay Area native and self-proclaimed sourdough connoisseur, confirms this. Between their loaves, dinner rolls and sandwich rolls, Kristopher and I agree that Bread SRSLY is simply the best on the market.

Their products ship incredibly well and can be stored in the fridge for several days before you decide to freeze the rest (that is, if you have any leftovers at all). I recently sliced up a fresh loaf and was delighted by the incredibly soft interior. The taste and texture is incredible, even days after it arrived – it’s difficult to stop eating it. We’ll be ordering more this week. 

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Fast facts about Bread SRSLY:

  • 100% gluten free facility
  • Certified GF through the CSA (CSA certifications are only given to products that test below 5ppm)
  • Nut free facility
  • Allergen-friendly
  • Vegan
  • Made by hand
  • Non GMO
  • Gum-free options (the sandwich rolls contain psyllium husk instead of xanthan gum)

Bread SRSLY is available at various Bay Area grocery stores and cafes. As for the rest of us, we can order them online! During the month of May Bread SRSLY will donate $1 to the Celiac Disease Foundation for every Loaves + Rolls Sampler purchased.

Special offer for my readers from now until May 10th – get FREE SHIPPING on your order with code “tastymeditation”. Click here to order your Bread SRSLY! (affiliate link)

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a Bread SRSLY Loaves + Rolls Sampler. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends 11:59PM EST on Thursday May 18th.
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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love. This post includes an affiliate link. As an affiliate I get a small kickback if you make a purchase. This comes at no extra cost to you, and it helps me fund this website.