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.

Celiac Awareness Month with Tasty Meditation

Happy Celiac Awareness Month! 

Our community has made huge strides over the past few years to help increase awareness. However, as far as we’ve come we have a long way to go, as show in these terrifying photos:

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So in honor of the month, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite “hot topic” posts:

Some other great resources for you:

  • Gluten Free Watchdog – Tricia posts a lot of amazing information on facebook about product testing, but I highly recommend becoming a subscriber of GFW – It’s only $5/month, and you support one of our most incredible advocates who is dedicated to making sure the products that are being marketed to the Celiac community are truly safe. Get access to hundreds of product reports – you receive about $2,000 worth of new testing data each month. 
  • Gluten Free Drugs A website maintained by a clinical pharmacist who receives no compensation for providing information on gluten in medication. 
  • NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group – If you are in the NYC area or plan on visiting please join our group! We have wonderful gatherings at restaurants/bakeries that are dedicated to the Celiac community. While we eat delicious food and drink cocktails and wine, we chat about everything in the Celiac/gluten free world. We are the largest gluten free Meetup Group in the world, and there is no cost to be a member. 
  • Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be reposting a ton of great articles from other sources. 

While this month is all about increasing awareness, I also believe that it is important to support the businesses that support us. If we don’t support the businesses that are making high quality products that are safe for the Celiac community, then we will probably be left with big name brands that have a lot of money but don’t have a real interest in the Celiac community beyond dollar signs. Remember – we as consumers propel the market forward with our dollars. What do you want the gluten free market to look like in twenty years? I want these small businesses that are doing things right to grow so that we will have more products like theirs in the future. This month I will be featuring some of my favorite small businesses that are here for the Celiac community – get ready for some giveaways. 

And now, my challenge to you – every week take one step towards increasing awareness. That may include:

  • Chatting with staff members at a restaurant that offers contaminated “gluten free” food
  • Sticking up for yourself and your needs at family gatherings
  • Sharing your struggles, success, and advice with others in a support group
  • Starting your own support group!
  • Having a conversation with someone at the grocery store check out 
  • For parents of young children – offering to chat with your child’s class about Celiac Disease 
  • Bringing great gluten free foods to a party and striking up a conversation with another guest. 

What will you do for Celiac Awareness Month? I want to hear from YOU! Leave a comment below. 

And as always, I am here if you have an questions or have an experience that you’d like to share/explore. Feel free to give me a shout at TastyMeditation@yahoo.com

American Gluten Free Twitter Party

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Celiac Awareness Month is almost here, and we are kicking it off with a twitter party featuring one of my very favorite small businesses – American Gluten Free! All of the items featured in their subscription boxes are certified gluten free and/or made in a dedicated facility. Also dairy free!

Come chat about Celiac awareness with other gluten free folk and win prizes!

Wednesday May 3rd

9:00pm EST

Follow the hashtag #AGFCrew

RSVP via the rafflecopter link below to be eligible for prizes.

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

Natural Contents “Good Food For Everyone” Cookbook Review & Giveaway

You may remember how much I loved the food from a small business called Natural Contents Kitchen. Now simply Natural Contents, duo Danielle and Jennifer have released a cookbook! I am beyond thrilled that I can now make their delicious, healthy creations in my own kitchen.

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Good Food For Everyone: Farm Fresh Clean Eating is entirely gluten free, grain free, soy free, mostly paleo, dairy-free friendly and vegan friendly. Once self-proclaimed fast food junkies, Danielle and Jennifer made a total food and lifestyle switch in an effort to change the health of their family. They embraced their local farmers market and everything changed for the better. They are now on a mission to inspire others on their journey to a clean and healthy lifestyle.

What I love about the book:

  • It is visually stunning. Flipping through the pages you’ll be transported to a rustic country house. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel incredibly relaxed and at peace. 
  • The recipes are very healthy and include lots of fresh produce. Even traditional desserts like apple tarts are made with healthier ingredients like almond flour and natural sugars.
  • All of the recipes are made with REAL food. No crazy fillers or junk items. Just nutritious food.
  • The book has a very personal flair – as if Danielle is a friend and made this book just for you.
  • It includes a list of handy pantry staples and recommended kitchen equipment.
  • The recipes are easy to follow and most recipes have a “Quick Tips” section to help you along. Cooking/baking healthy recipes from scratch does not have to be hard!

There are over 80 recipes including:

  • Rosemary Sweet Potato Quiche
  • Kale & Onion Fritata
  • Curried Kuri Squash, Apple & Pear Soup
  • Sweet Potato Rutabaga Casserole
  • Italian, Tex-Mex or Teriyaki Meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Short Ribs
  • Roasted Lemon Cauliflower No Bean Hummus
  • Rosemary Roasted Nuts
  • Coconut Chia Parfaits with Fresh Berries
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins
  • Pumpkin Panna Cotta
  • Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
  • Watermelon Honey Shrub

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I dived into the book and immediately baked the gluten/grain free Cheese Crackers. Made with almond and tapioca flours, I agree with Danielle when she wrote they are “crazy addictive”. She warns you that even thought the crackers have a shelf life of 14+ days, they will definitely be eaten much faster. Kris and I love them, and I’ve already baked them several times. And they are incredibly easy to make! I’m never buying store bought crackers again.

I can’t wait to cook my way through the entire book. 

Visit www.naturalcontents.com to order a physical or digital copy.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a digital copy of Good Food For Everyone. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends Wednesday May 3rd 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.

Tasty Meditation, where are you?

Hello! 

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since my last post, but I have been super busy on my other platforms! In case you’ve missed it:

  • I’ve been hosting Nima Sensor Group Discussion & Demonstration events with the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group. We chat about the pros and cons of the device and test food items that people bring in. We’ve definitely had some interesting results – I’ve posted about many of them on my Facebook pageso check them out and join the discussion. 
  • NYC area friends – join me and the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group for some incredibly fun and informative events! April is packed with events at Senza Gluten, See’s Candy, and Everybody Eats. May will feature a documentary screening of “What’s With Wheat”, a cocktail/appetizer evening at 99 Bank, and perhaps a GF Bakery Walking Tour. These events are great opportunities to learn and chat about everything in the Celiac/GF world. It’s free to join!
  • I’m gearing up for Celiac Awareness Month (May) and will be featuring giveaways from some of my favorite small businesses that are dedicated to the Celiac/GF community. Be sure to follow my blog, Instagram and Twitter accounts so you don’t miss out.
  • I’m also working on an exciting project with my friends at American Gluten Free, so stay tuned!

As always, my mailbox is open to YOUR questions, so feel free to drop me a line at TastyMeditation@yahoo.com.

Happy Spring!

American Gluten Free Twitter Party!

Winter got you down? Need a bit of pep in your step? Join American Gluten Free and I for a “Beat the Winter Blues” Twitter Party! Learn more about AGF’s fabulous gluten free subscription boxes, win prizes, and hang out with other cool gluten free/dairy free folk! 

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Wednesday March 8th

9:00pm EST

Follow the hashtag #AGFCrew

Register in advance via the rafflecopter link below in order to be eligible to win prizes.

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See you there!