Tasty Meditation Teams Up with American Gluten Free!

Fun and exciting news! – American Gluten Free asked me to curate their next Foodie Box!

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(Previous AGF Foodie Boxes)

American Gluten Free is my favorite gluten free/dairy free subscription box on the market. I’ve been collaborating with them since before they launched (over a year ago). I can’t believe how AGF has grown! Starting off with just two different boxes, American Gluten Free now offers:

  • Foodie Box (great for foodies who love to bake and cook)
  • Snack Box 
  • Kids Club Box
  • Vegan Box
  • Pantry (single food items or kitchen gadgets from previous boxes)
  • One-time gift boxes
  • “Free of Gluten, Full of Life” shirts
  • AGF insulated tumbler

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(I L-O-V-E these shirts!)

I was thrilled when Erika, AGF’s founder, asked me to curate a Foodie Box this summer. It’s themed “Picnic in the Park” and is full of wonderful gluten free products (chosen by me!) to help you get your GF picnic game on! All of the products are certified gluten free and/or made in a dedicated gluten free facility. Also dairy free and very allergen friendly!

A special discount for my readers – use code “Tasty10” to get 10% off ANY subscription for LIFE – every box, every month, for as long as you are a customer. 

Click here to get your box!  

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this. 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. 

Vote for Your Favorite Gluten Free Bloggers!

Last year, I was thrilled and honored to be voted as one of the top 40 gluten free bloggers. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community of individuals who support each other. It’s that time again – the Gluten Free Buyer’s Guide wants to know who your favorite bloggers are!

The Gluten Free Buyer’s Guide highlights outstanding gluten free products/resources every year. Whether it’s me – no pressure – or someone else, please show your support for the bloggers you love by voting here. 

Please consider voting for Tasty Meditation! 

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.