Hola amigos! So I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m up late studying or working or whatever, I could really just go for a delicious, chocolatey snack! So here is a ridiculously simple recipe to throw together in under 10 minutes and for the cost of the change in your couch cushions.
Without further ado, I present to you “Gluten-Free Pretzel Kisses”:
Here’s what you’ll need:
Here’s what to do:
Other delicious substitution ideas:
-Try different Hershey kisses (holiday ones, theme ones), but make sure they’re gluten-free first!
-Use Rolos instead of kisses! A delicious (albeit messier) alternative.
-Nuts or chocolate covered espresso beans make for fun alternatives to the M&Ms
**An important word of advice: Try this out on a few pretzels first because everyone’s ovens vary a little. And it’s better to go with a lower temperature for longer time, or your chocolate is going to crack (like mine did when I took the pictures… Whoops!) and it won’t be as pretty. If you dont care about pretty, just melt em up and eat!
Also: Don’t try to speed things up like I did and try to melt the chocolate in the microwave… It doesn’t work…
Comment with your thoughts and share any tips or fun substitutions you’ve discovered while making these yourself!!
So if you’re following my every move (and I mean ya should be on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), you would know that a few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to blog for the 2014 GFAF Expo in Secaucus, NJ. The GFAF Expo is a fantastic gluten- and allergen-free expo that has multiple stops around the country to showcase off lots of international, national, and local gluten/allergen-free companies and products!
This is my second year as a blogger at the event and I decided to switch it up and do something a little different. My team and I did a bunch of interviews with some of our favorite companies and are launching our newly updated Youtube Channel to share them with you! Make sure to subscribe to the channel and comment on the videos- we love your feedback!
Below is our quick compilation video of all the favorites that we interviewed, and you can check out our new Facebook Albums to see pictures and quick blurbs about EVEN MORE products that we loved!
Hope you like what we’ve put together for you all, and thank you SO much to the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo and all of the great vendors that we got to know for making this experience AMAZING!!!!
Now, if you’ve made it all the way to the end of the post, I’d like to applaud you and THANK YOU by doing another Grab Bag Giveaway: GFAF Expo Style! I will be picking two winners to win a big bag full of samples from the Expo. All you have to do is enter the contest below! The contest will run until Halloween (October 31st), and is limited to individuals living in the continental US. Good luck!
Heyyo Anti-Wheat Peeps!! So you all know how much I love food, and if you follow me on Twitter (if you don’t, you’re missing out!!), you might have noticed that I’ve been a little depressed about eating these days. But y’all, this was a great pick-me-up for me today!
I was recently sent a box of gluten-free, organic pizzas from the awesome people over Pizza Fit’n Free, and I was super duper excited to give them a try.
Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was the size. Now I’m a big eater, so one of these pizzas would probably only work for me as a snack, but it could definitely be a good quick dinner for the kids (it takes less than 10 mins to make in a toaster oven!), or for fun, personal-sized pizzas for the whole fam! The only other issue was that a few of the pizzas were kind of broken apart when I opened the box, but that could have just been something to do with the mailing process. But luckily! I found an intact pizza that I took some lovely photos of for you all, and then tried out for myself.
So all pizzas have very three important things that must be in perfect balance: The crust, the sauce, and the cheese. Right? And this pizza has a FANTASTIC combo of the three.
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve tasted a pizza crust that had a little crunch but was also soft! Too many gluten-free crusts are either as hard as a rock or so soft that I could roll it up into a tube (and yes… I have done that. Why? I do not know). But this pizza hits a happy medium that was quite enjoyable. The cheese and the sauce were ON POINT. They tasted so real and not at all overly sweetened or any of that junk, which makes sense considering all of the ingredients are all-natural and all words that I can pronounce. This is what Pizza Fit’n Free has to say about their ingredients:
“Our pizza is unique because not only is it gluten-free, but all of our ingredients are NON-GMO, and our cheese is non-homogenized, non-pasteurized, A2, grass-fed dairy - which is so important for anyone who suffers from lactose intolerance issues! PLUS, our aged raw cheese contains all of the important vitamins (A,D, K) and essential fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6) that are lacking in pasteurized, homogenized dairy products.”
So if you ask me, this sounds like not only is the pizza delicious, but it’s also good for you too (or as good as a pizza can be, I suppose).
Hey there, it’s Nika here with another food review!
This time it’s from Green Plate Foods, a super cool company that makes awesome snacks. Their creator, Lisa Pounds, realized there are limited choices on the market for parents who want tasty, healthy foods, so she decided to make this company and create her own! This is so necessary and a great idea, and we are so glad that she decided to do it because the gluten free products are great. The company also sells products that aren’t gluten free, but we will only be reviewing the gluten free ones!
First up, we have the Nubblers, which are triangle-shaped, bite-size snacks. We tried two different flavors, Cherry Chocolate and Blueberry Pistachio. They were both really tasty! Both tasted fruity, but not too much, and it was apparent how healthy they are (we all need that sometimes!!!). Each flavor has only five ingredients, so it isn’t filled with any harsh chemicals, which is a great and healthy benefit. Another flavor that they have is Apricot Cranberry, which I am sure is just as delicious.
The second products we tried were their Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Zucchini cookies. These cookies have a sweet potato puree and a zucchini puree, respectively, in them, but you can’t even tell! My brother, who is very much against vegetables, tried them (without us telling him about the veggies of course!), and he said they tasted great! I absolutely loved these cookies and knowing that they aren’t as bad as empty calorie, fatty cookies just makes it 100% better! The Chocolate Chip Zucchini we received was gluten free, but those are currently unavailable on their website. Another line that they have that we didn’t try is their line of mini muffins, which come in three different flavors: Almond Butter, Super Brownie, and Banana Chocolate Chip. These all have veggie and/or fruit purees in them, so they are also really healthy and delicious!!!
Soooo basically, you need to check these products out. You can buy them online and in HEB and Whole Foods stores throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana! Next time you want something a little sweet but without all of the negatives that regular treats have, try Green Plate Foods!
Happy Celiac Awareness Day everyone!!
I know we all have busy lives, but let’s all take a minute today to think of how far we’ve come since being diagnosed. Whether you were just diagnosed yesterday or you were diagnosed 10 years ago, we all have taken important steps towards our health and have something to look back on and appreciate how far we’ve come.
And that being said, today, let’s help other people who may not even know what Celiac is or understand that it may be affecting their lives. I challenge you all to take at least a minute to share a fact about Celiac Disease with your followers on social media or your friends and family that you see today. Our team is doing it, and I would love to see it spread. You never know if you might reach someone who has symptoms and should get tested or that is diagnosed and needs someone to talk to right now. I’ve made up some sample tweets and Facebook posts from facts on the NFCA website, so feel free to take from here or make your own!
Today is #CeliacAwarenessDay! Did you know #celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects approx 1 in 133 Americans? Share to spread awareness and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
Today is #CeliacAwarenessDay! Did you know it takes 6-10 years ON AVERAGE for someone to get diagnosed with #celiac? Share to spread awareness and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
Today is #CeliacAwarenessDay! Did you know that #celiac can affect men and women from ALL races/ethnicities? Share to spread awareness and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
Today is #CeliacAwarenessDay! Did you know that the #glutenfree diet is the ONLY treatment for Celiac Disease? Share to spread awareness and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
Hola Anti-Wheat Peeps!
Today I want to share a super awesome gluten free restaurant in Baltimore, MD. I have been doing a decent amount of traveling (and eating!) this summer, and this was one of my favorite restaurants. Sweet 27 has a cafe and bakery area that is open all day and a restaurant and bar area for the night! My family and I went to the cafe for brunch one day and lunch another and let me tell you, this food was crazyyy delicious.
First, and most importantly, the restaurant is 100 percent dedicated gluten free! One of the owners of Sweet 27 has Celiac Disease and they are very very safe and careful. They’re a very allergen conscious restaurant and are able to accommodate other special dietary needs like soy and dairy free as well. Obviously, we don’t want to be eating the same old food every day, and the unique flavors of Sweet 27 are what makes it so special. The only way to describe this place is like a bakery, meets South Asian restaurant, meets a diner with a little Caribbean thrown in there too. Sounds weird, but it totally works!
I’m a dummy and only took pictures of the day we went to brunch, but let me tell you, it is totally worth it to go for a full meal too.
So first thing I had was the “Howard Street” which is a pancake/egg/bacon/hashbrown platter. Since I’m vegetarian, I traded my bacon for one of my cousin’s french toasts. Man that food was seriously rockin. The pancakes were nice and moist, not too dense, and didnt crumble under the syrup. and ooooh boy that french toast was on point! I really don’t love when french toast has too much of an “eggy” taste and this french toast was the perfect balance between too “toasty” and too “eggy”- ya know what I mean?
I also managed to grab of a bite of my sister’s blueberry pancakes in addition to my plain one and they didn’t disappoint either! I always worry that adding fruit to gluten-free pancakes is going to be a mushy disaster, but there was clearly the opposite as you can see in the pic!
So basically the entire meal was delicious but that was JUST the beginning of the awesomeness that Sweet 27 had to deliver. My absolute favorite part was the whole giant case of the fresh gluten-free baked goods. I got an AWESOME pumpkin muffin that was so moist that I was really nervous that it wasn’t gluten free! And it wasn’t so overwhelmingly sweet like we know a lot of GF products can be which was a big bonus in my book.
Seriously. look at that muffin. I’m getting a serious craving just looking at it…
If you’ve been there, comment below with your love for the place or suggest other Baltimore gluten-free restaurants that I should check out!
It’s Nika here, with a new post about a super awesome new product! Everyone loves a good old subscription box, but sometimes it can be hard to find ones that cater to our gluten free needs. But now, with Love With Food’s new gluten free subscription service, trying new snacks and still staying healthy has never been easier!
Each box has eight to 12 different gluten free snacks for you to try, and every box has a theme such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” This subscription service starts at $25 a month, and can be purchased on a monthly, 6-month, or 12-month basis, all of which can be easily cancelled at your preference.
Not only is it gluten free, quick, easy, and fun, but Love With Food is dedicated to making sure every snack is healthy and free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, artificial colorings, and trans fats, so every snack is worry-free. This box can be bought as a gift for a family member, friend, other loved one, or even as a gift for yourself… Everyone needs to be pampered every once in a while, right?
One thing I love that I saw in this month’s box, themed Fun at the Country Fair, was Toasted Coconut Chips by Dang! I only saw these on the website, so I don’t know what they taste like, but they sound so tasty and like a cool new snack!
Now you must be thinking there is absolutely no way this could get any better! Well, you would be wrong because for every gluten free Love With Food gluten free subscription box purchased, Love With Food will donate up to two meals for hungry children in the U.S. To date, the company has donated over 250,000 meals from all of its subscription boxes!
AND, keep an eye out peeps! We here at the Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl will be giving one of these amazing boxes away for FREE! So check back here for information on how to win one of your own!
YEP IT IS TIME AGAIN!!!!
I’m heading off to volunteer at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island, so pardon me if there are no posts for a while. See you all in a week!!
Don’t miss me too much (or do, i’m not complaning :D)
That’s right, Anti-Wheat peeps!
One of my favorite times of year is right around the corner and that time is… Expo time! Some of you may remember my coverage of the Gluten and Allergen Free, or GFAF, Expo from last year, but if not, have no fear! You can browse my coverage of last year’s expo here, or check out last year’s GFAF Expo Master Post.
The expo is such a liberating and amazing experience where you can literally walk up and have WHATEVER you want without fearing for your health and safety. (Now watch the number of cookies… You might starting fearing for your health again!) I’m so excited to revisit some of my favorite vendors, explore new ones, and share it all with you! Plus, I’ll be hanging out with my favorite people over at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Celiac Center booth (come find me!!), which is always a great time.
So just like last year, I’ll be a member of the Blogger Team for the NJ GFAF Expo, which means I’ll be bringing you all all kinds of coverage, product reviews, and updates from the expo throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on the Anti-Wheat Girl Twitter and Facebook!
There are also a couple other awesome perks… Like free and discount tickets from me to YOU! I have four free tickets to the Secaucus, NJ GFAF Expo, and am giving them away! You can enter to win them here, and even if you don’t win, guess what: you can still get 20% off the price of tickets by clicking and purchasing them here.
Since you don’t know, I reckon you ain’t familiar with these here parts. Allow me to direct ya to the about page of the site HERE. But to answer your question, I have Celiac Disease (was diagnosed in 2004)!
and little PSA here people: if you dont know if you have Celiac or not and you’re planning on “trying out” going gluten-free, please get tested first. Autoimmune diseases are not something you want to be messing around with!