Eclair Naturals Giveaway – Tasty Mediation’s Favorites!

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

Why do we need gluten free body care products? Scenario: you are in the shower, singing your favorite show tune, and a trickle of shampoo drips down towards your mouth. Are you panicking? Not if your shampoo was gluten free. Ever put on lotion and eat a snack with your hands shortly after? I’d rather not take any chances, so I load up on Eclair Naturals.

Awesome info about Eclair Naturals:

  • 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

What Eclair Naturals does NOT contain:

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I recall when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease and spent weeks trying to figure out if all of the brands in my cabinet were guten free. Many unused items were gifted to friends. Nice for my friends, but the workload and monetary loss sucked. It would have been so nice to take the guessing, phone calls, and emails out of the equation. I wish every company were as transparent and caring as Eclair Naturals. 

This is an extra special giveaway because it features my favorite products! I truly love both the quality of these items and the beautiful scents that help name relax after ridiculous or stressful days. Real question – how often do I use these products? Every day. They are staples that are always in my shower or on my nightstand. My favorites are:

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  • French Lavender All Over Lotion (my favorite scent)
  • French Lavender Shower Gel
  • Grapefruit Himalayan Salt Scrub
  • Mango Body Butter

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a bundle of my favorite products featured above! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Saturday May 26th 11:59pm EST.

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Krumville Bake Shop Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not paid nor giving product samples in exchange for this post. Krumville has provided me with samples in the past. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I use and love.

One of my favorite things to do on my blog is highlight small businesses that are dedicated to the celiac community and prove that gluten free food can be even more amazing than wheat-based counterparts. If you’ve been following my blog, you know how much I adore Krumville Bake Shop and its owner, Antonella. Here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s one of the best 100% gluten free bakeries in NYC
  • They make the most delicious and beautiful cakes, muffins, cookies, quiche, and focaccia
  • Cake flavors include chocolate with salted caramel, strawberry vanilla, cherry chocolate, raspberry chocolate, coconut, and even a ginerbread cake for the holidays (are you drooling yet?)
  • It’s an online bakery (no storefront). They ship nationwide and have local delivery/pickup in NYC (get 15% off when you pick up!)
  • They are the masters at shipping cake

Extra exciting news – Krumville has a new Carrot Cake flavor! I dare you to find a more beautiful carrot cake!

Which cake flavor would you most like to try? I remember trying their chocolate cake for the first time and was impressed with how moist it was (gluten free chocolate cake can be hard to do). I’ve also had their coconut bundt cake (AMAZING) and am dying to try the coconut layered cake (photo below) 

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For more info visit http://www.krumvillebakeshop.com and check out my interview with the owner, Antonella, HERE! 

GIVEAWAY!! One lucky winner will receive Krumville Bake Shop’s new Carrot Cake! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends Friday May 18th 11:59pm EST. Continental US only.

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Happy Celiac Awareness Month 2018!

It’s that time of year! First off, I want to thank everyone in the community for being amazing and supportive. Your voice matters to so many people. 

Our community has made many strides over the past year, yet there is still a whole lot of terrible information out there. Between people thinking that wheat-based sourdough is safe for celiacs (it’s NOT), to more TV shows and commercials making fun of people with celiac/food allergies, to GF facebook groups banning scientific information – it’s been kind of a mess. Every bit of advocacy matters, and the community needs your help. 

As I did last year, I’m inviting you to do one thing each week this May to help increase awareness or correct false information. For example, upon remembering I have celiac disease, my dentist asserted that baked goods without gluten are terrible. (First off – what??? Why would anyone think that’s a nice thing to say to someone with celiac???)  I politely explained that’s not true and told him I’d bring him a homemade cookie next time that would change his mind. 

More things you can do:

– Chat with staff members at a restaurant that offers contaminated “gluten free” food, explaining why that’s harmful 
– Explain to your family/friends why TV shows making fun of celiac/food allergies/the gluten free diet is not nice
– Share your struggles, success, and advice with others in a support group
– Start your own support group!
– Explain to the grocery store manager that organic wheat bread should not be shelved in the gluten free section
– For parents of young children – offer to chat with your child’s class about celiac disease
-Bring great gluten free food to a party and surprise everyone after they’ve eaten!

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you’re doing this month (or all year) to raise awareness!

I’ve been busy and stressed about a new diagnosis related to celiac, so this month you can expect a post about that journey as well as a handful of giveaways. Gotta support the companies that do it right and are here for the community! Also, be sure to check out the Hot Topics section of my website for articles written by me. “Positive Quotes for Kids with Celiac” is guaranteed to give you a smile. A few blog links below. 

The Celiac Project Podcast and Tasty Meditation at Tali Restaurant

Positive Quotes from Kids with Celiac

Opinion – Not a Fan of The Nima Sensor

Be Your Own Health Advocate

Celiac Disease and the Affordable Care Act

Navigating the Holidays with The Celiac Project Podcast

Gluten Free Dating Tips

Gluten Free Oats – perhaps not quite as pure as we think…

The FDA quilt has a whole lot of holes in it…

What does 20ppm look like?

On Relationships….”Celiac Disease is Your Problem, Not Mine”

Is Kissing Gluten Free?

Cheerios Recall….Here We Go

Think You Don’t Have Celiac Disease? Well Think Again

 

Brazilian Cheesy Bread Recipe

One of my students is from Brazil and gave me her recipe for delicious cheesy bread. I recently posted a picture of my latest batch on Instagram/twitter/facebook an was flooded with requests for the recipe. So here it is! Enjoy!

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Brazilian Cheesy Bread 

-250g tapioca starch

-1/2 cup milk

-1/4 cup olive oil

-1 1/2 tsp salt

-1 egg

-1 cup shredded mozzarella

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place tapioca starch in a bowl.

3. Place milk, olive oil, and salt in a saucepan and heat until it just comes to a boil. 

4. Pour the milk mixture into the tapioca starch/bowl and stir with a spoon until combined. Add the egg and stir until combined. Add the cheese and stir again until evenly incorporated. The dough will be sticky.

5. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick pan). Scoop the dough into the muffin pan (this will make 9 or 10 rolls).

6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and let cool. 

The Celiac Project Podcast and Tasty Meditation at Tali Restaurant

(Disclaimer: I was not paid to participate in this podcast. I received a comped meal at Tali Restaurant to enjoy during the recording. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend restaurants, products, and food that I love.)

Did you catch the February 14th episode of the Celiac Project Podcast? I joined Mike at Tali Restaurant in NYC to chat about weddings, the GF restaurant industry, great NYC spots, sourdough, facebook groups and more.

Listen to episode 107 online HERE or find it in the itunes store! 

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Really Great Food Company Review & Giveaway

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

Do you know of a company that makes a gluten free coffee cake mix? I do! And it’s really great. Literally – it’s from The Really Great Food Company.

Founded in 1991, the Really Great Food Company gluten free mixes are free of the top eight allergens and are made in a dedicated gluten free, nut free facility. The owner has Celiac Disease, so safety is a top priority. They offer a wide variety of mixes along with tons of recipes online to keep you happily baking for ages.

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The mixes:

  • Coffee crumb cake
  • Irish soda bread
  • Pizza crust
  • Banana bread
  • Brownie
  • Cornbread muffin
  • Vanilla muffin
  • Pancake & waffle
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Yellow cake
  • Golden cake
  • Chocolate cake
  • All purpose flour
  • Tempura batter

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The mixes are very easy to prepare, and were all the rage at the GFAF Expo in NJ this fall. I loved seeing everyone’s eyes light up, which happened quite frequently when sampling the banana bread and coffee cake. That coffee cake! I am such a huge fan and don’t know of any other GF coffee cake mix on the market. For anyone who loves easy baking projects, it was very easy to make and not intimidating at all. It required a little extra gluten free flour for the topping – I used some brown rice flour and arrowroot starch that I had lying around, but I’m sure any GF flour will do. Kris raved about it, as well, and we devoured it before the week was out. I brought a slice with me to a wedding so I could eat cake with everyone, and Kris commented that my coffee cake was better than the desserts being served. It’s great and impressive treat to whip up for any occasion.

For more information and to order visit www.reallygreatfood.com

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive four mixes from the Really Great Food Company – pumpkin bread, banana bread, coffee crumb cake, and brownie. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday January 11th at 11:59 EST.

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Gluten Free Territory Giveaway

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

I have died and gone to gluten free brownie heaven. And I’m welcoming you to come with me, because next we’re featuring one of my most popular previous giveaways – Gluten Free Territory!

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Gluten Free Territory is a dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery (note: some products do contain coconut) run by an awesome family team. Their products are tested by the Celiac Spruce Association through University of Nebraska to less than 5ppm. Cue my happy dance!

By the way, you saw that brownie picture, right? Have you ever seen a more beautiful brownie? That’s the raspberry cheesecake brownie, and it is the perfect balance and combination of flavors. I hope you have an extra pair of socks handy when you try it – because it’s gonna knock your socks off.

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The sweets:

  • Brownies (vegan option available)
  • Raspberry cheesecake brownie 
  • Pumpkin cheesecake brownie (seasonal)
  • Mint brownie (vegan option available)
  • Pound cake
  • Lemon pound cake
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Coconut macaroon sandwich cookie
  • Orange craisin white chocolate cookie

(Note: I am only featuring their oat free cookies. While the oats GF Territory uses are gluten free, they are not purity protocol oats. Currently, I am only eating/recommending purity protocol GF oats)

All of their desserts are amazing, but I can’t stop thinking about that raspberry cheesecake brownie…..Try it. Best gluten free brownies you’ll ever taste, and you’ll be proud to support a small, family run business. 

Gluten Free Territory is based in New Hampshire, and they ship and do local deliveries! Their products are also available at select shops in NH and neighboring states. For more info visit www.glutenfreeterritory.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a gluten free brownie and cookie prize from Gluten Free Territory. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Tuesday January 9th at 11:59 EST.
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