Call to Action from Gluten Free Watchdog

Gluten in gluten free food??? The FDA appears to be doing a less-than-stellar job at holding companies accountable for complying with their regulations concerning gluten. For the safety of the Celiac and gluten free community, this needs to be taken seriously.

Many of you know about Gluten Free Watchdog, aka Tricia Thompson. GFW is an incredible resource to the gluten free community, and she believes that we all need to come together to encourage the FDA to do their job. In the link below she explains the situation and outlines her action plan.

https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/encouraging-the-fda-to-investigate-when-products-labeled-gluten-free-appear-misbranded/

They need to hear our voices! Share – retweet – make your voice heard!

To stay informed I encourage you to follow Gluten Free Watchdog on Facebook and Twitter. Also, subscribing to the valuable resources on her website is only $7/month – I’m a subscriber myself. I’ll be sharing on Facebook and retweeting articles as GFW Action Alerts are released to the public.

GFW’s first Action Alert was just posted. It describes several instances where regular wheat-containing soy sauce is stated in the ingredients list of products that were labeled gluten free. FDA – are you going to investigate???

THIS IS SO DANGEROUS. We trust the FDA to make sure that our food is safe. When they do not enforce their rules, it is our lives at stake. 

Please join me in encouraging the FDA to investigate when products labeled gluten free appear misbranded.

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Red Apple Lipstick Lip Gloss Review & Summer Sale

Red Apple Lipstick has released new products! This is not a drill! My favorite gluten free lipstick/cosmetic company has released a new set of stunning glosses that are perfect for summer – and they are on sale through July 7th! AND I’m going to share with you some secret tips to help you take advantage of this sale to the fullest.

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The three colors (from top to bottom) are Gemazing, Tangomint, and Razzberry. I’m LOVING these glosses. I’ve always loved Red Apple Lipstick’s commitment to their gluten free customers, and I use their lipstick exclusively. The glosses are very fun and vibrant in color. The color might change slightly depending on what lipstick you’re wearing as a base, but they can be used on their own for a delightful pop of color. They are incredibly smooth. I normally don’t use lip gloss because of how sticky most brands are – not Red Apple Lipstick! I’ll use these glosses again and again. They also include gluten free Vitamin E to help combat chapped lips. Tangomint is part of the “Mint to Be” lip gloss line and offers a lovely hint of mint as you apply.

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(Me rocking Tangomint with no base color underneath)

Fast facts about Red Apple Lipstick:

  • Gluten free
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Soy free (except retractable lip pencils) 
  • Corn free
  • Dairy free
  • Contains no GMO’s 
  • Preservative free
  • Toxin & chemical free
  • Petroleum free
  • Mercury free
  • Lead & talc free
  • Made in the USA
  • Free shipping in continental US when you buy $50+

Here are the secrets to getting an awesome discount this week:

  • Visit Red Apple Lipstick’s website  (affiliate link) and click “Shop the Summer Sale Now Through July 7th”
  • Use code “TastyMeditation” for 22% off orders of 50+
  • Get free shipping in the continental US on orders $50+
  • And buy 2 lipsticks get the 3rd 1/2 off OR buy 4 lipsticks get the 5th free!

With all that savings you could….buy more lipstick! Let me know how you like their new colors!

 

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. 

Everybody Eats Review & Giveaway

There is a gluten free bakery that is all the rage in NYC, and their bread seems to be everywhere. The next time you visit a gluten free restaurant in NYC and are presented with a fluffy plate of delicious gluten free baguette, ask for the name of the bakery – it might just be bread from Everybody Eats.

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Pedro Arroba (diagnosed with Celiac Disease in his twenties) and Bruce Bassman launched Everybody Eats in 2004 in hopes of bringing delicious gluten free baked goods to the Celiac community across the country. Pablo Arroba, Pedro’s son, has since joined the family business. Focusing on taste and texture, Pedro and Bruce worked tirelessly on their technique to create some of the best gluten free breads on the market.

Fast facts:

  • Gluten free facility
  • Nut free facility
  • Dairy free & vegan options
  • Soy free (except for soy lecithin in chocolate items)
  • Made by hand
  • Ships nationwide & available for pickup in Brooklyn
  • Find at restaurants across NYC, Brooklyn & Long Island

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Everybody Eats offers:

  • Dairy free ciabatta bread
  • Cinnamon Sticky Buns
  • Dairy free hot dog buns
  • Pumpernickel loaf
  • Vegan/dairy free challah
  • Old fashioned bagels
  • Dairy free deli rolls
  • Dairy free banana bread
  • Dairy free hamburger buns
  • Pizza crust
  • Panini rolls
  • Multi-grain loaf
  • Dairy free white bread
  • Baguette
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Sugar cookies
  • Specialty cakes and cupcakes made to order

Having met the Everybody Eats family on multiple occasions, I can personally say that they are some of the most wonderful and delightful people in the world. If you ever have the good fortune to meet Pedro, you’ll note the kindness in his eyes, the passion in his voice, and you’ll get a sense of how much he loves both his work and the Celiac/gluten free community. An example of their kindness – they recently hosted a free Gluten Free Panini Party with the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group, and all of the bread sales during the party were donated to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. They are a company that cares about people.

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As for the bread itself – the moment you taste their baguette, you’ll be a fan of Everybody Eats for life. My mother and I first sampled their bread at Bistango (a favorite restaurant in NYC), and we fell in love with the taste and soft texture. Every time she visits NYC, her goal is to visit Bistango multiple times and eat as much baguette as possible. I’ll happily join every time.

Everybody Eats ships nationwide. If you are in the NYC area, their items are available for pickup at their bakery in Brooklyn (no traditional storefront). For more information and to order visit www.everybodyeats-inc.com

GIVEAWAY! Two winners will receive an Everybody Eats Backyard Grill Pack containing 2 bags of hot dog buns and 1 bag of hamburger buns. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. This giveaway is open to residents of NY, NJ, and CT only. Giveaway ends Thursday July 6th, 11:59 EST.

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

 

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

Thank you & American Gluten Free Giveaway

Thank you for spending your Celiac Awareness Month with me! Remember that spreading awareness happens all year round – so keep up the good work and feel free to reach out to me if you have specific questions or are looking for resources.

To finish off this year’s Celiac Awareness Month, we’ve got a bonus giveaway with American Gluten Free! An extra look at some of their fabulous gluten free, dairy free subscription boxes (not pictured below are their new vegan and kids boxes – all are available on their website):

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(Snack Boxes – includes 8-10 snacks from small businesses across the US)

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(Foodie Boxes – There’s a different theme every month! Includes 7-9 mostly full size ingredients perfect for baking/cooking projects. You’ll also find great recipes and the occasional fun cooking tool like the Loch Ness Soup Ladle!)

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

For more info visit www.americanglutenfree.com (affiliate link)

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a special surprise box from American Gluten Free. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Friday June 16th 11:59pm EST.

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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. 

Nibmor Chocolate Review & Giveaway

I have a new favorite chocolate bar, and if you want me to share you’re going to have to pry it out of my hands. Just kidding – while this chocolate is super tasty, it’s also super affordable, so I’m happy to share! Nibmor launched as a small business in NYC (now in Maine) with a commitment to making chocolate with high quality ingredients and a price tag that everyone can afford. 

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Quick facts about Nibmor:

  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Non GMO Project Verified
  • Certified Vegan
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified 
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Organic dark chocolate options

Nibmor’s chocolate varieties include:

  • Organic dark chocolate bars
  • Chocolate & cherry bars
  • Chocolate & blueberry bars
  • Chocolate & cocoa nib bars
  • Dark chocolate & mint squares
  • Drinking chocolate (traditional, mint, & six spice)
  • Snack bags (chocolate with cherries or blueberries – new 5.4 oz bag)

I am in love with the cherry and cocoa nib bars. Every bite is a little taste of heaven. The snack bags offer individual squares of chocolates that are the perfect size if you’re craving something sweet (about 40 calories per square – great for portion control and one square is very satisfying). I’m also thrilled with the drinking chocolate. It comes in an individual serving pouch, so it’s great for traveling. With perfect texture and sweetness, Nimbor is easily becoming my favorite go-to chocolate on the market. 

I often see their bars at my local CVS store (I catch them on sale, use a 20% off CVS coupon, and get extra cash back using the Ibotta or Checkout 51 apps for an amazingly sweet deal). I’m thrilled that Nibmor is committed to both utilizing high quality ingredients as well as keeping their products affordable. 

For more information, a store locator, or to order visit www.nibmor.com

GIVEAWAY! Two winners will each receive a prize pack of cherry/blueberry chocolate (new 5.4oz bag). Enter vis the rafflecopter link below. US only. Giveaway ends Wednesday June 14th 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 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!  

(affiliate link)

 

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!