New Mainstream Gluten Free Bread

Does this look like an illusion?  I thought so when I first saw it, but apparently, it is not!

Want to know more?  Check out Tiffany Janes article over at Celiac-Disease.com!

Tiffany brought up some very good points in her article about how the bread *might* be displayed in grocery stores, especially the concern about potential cross-contamination if the Gluten-Free Nature’s Own bread is placed in the regular bread aisle (I usually try to avoid that aisle myself, it makes me itch just thinking about it! 😉 ).

What do you think? Be sure to leave Tiffany a comment!

Tribe All-Natural Hummus

On a recent trip to Costco, I found a package of Tribe Hummus Snacker Packs and I thought they would be great for tossing into the boy’s Easy Lunchboxes (a great “prepackaged” 100-calorie pack! Just toss in some carrots or other raw veggies and there you have it! 😉 ).  A box of 16 individual snack packs cost just under $6.00!  I read the ingredient label and could noticed that there were no gluten containing ingredients but the gluten-free label that used to be on packages of Tribe Hummus had vanished from the package.  I went ahead and bought it but decided to contact the company to inquire about the GF status before I presumed it was okay.  The simple removal of a gluten-free label that was once on a package can easily make one believe that the product is no longer safe to consume.

I emailed Tribe and received the following reply:

March 30, 2010

Hello Heidi,

Thank you for your interest in Tribe products.
Just wanted to let you know regarding your question,
“all” our hummus flavors are “Gluten Free.” Hope this
eases your mind.

I am sending you some money saving coupons toward your
next purchase. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Peg Volpe

Consumer Affairs Specialist
p.volpe@tribehummus.com
TRIBE MEDITERRANEAN FOODS, INC.
774-961-0000

A week or so after I received the email confirming that Tribe Hummus is still gluten-free, I received a letter and coupons (thank you Tribe!) further explaining why the gluten-free label is no longer on their packaging:

In case you have trouble reading the letter:

June 5th, 2009

To Our Valued Customers,

We recently removed the phrase “gluten free” from our packaging.” Our marketing department continually revises the claims and information on our packaging to keep with current trends and to provide our customers with the information we feel is most pertinent.

Nothing has changed in Tribes process or ingredients; hummus is inherently a gluten-free food, and Tribe will continue testing to ensure such.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Jesse Norris, Quality Control Manager

Tribe Mediterranean Food Inc.

774-961-0000 x 117

j.norris@tribehummus.com

They must not have known that gluten-free foods would be one of the hottest trends of 2010! In fact, it was rated as #3 back in January by The Daily Beast.

Is it just me (assuming you have been at this for awhile too), or did we just become part of the “cool kids?” 😀

Yoplait Greek Yogurt “Nourish Your Inner Goddess” Winner

Thanks everyone for entering the “Nourish Your Inner Goddess” Giveaway, courtesy of Yoplait and MyBlogSpark!

Total Number of Entries: 8

Random Generated Number: 7

So the winner is… Kathleen Schmitz!

Congratulations Kathleen, I will email you for your shipping information.

I have another review and giveaway that I will be posting later today, so be sure to check back! 😀

Yoplait Greek Yogurt “Nourish Your Inner Goddess” Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to sample the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt when the folks at Yoplait and MyBlogSpark offered to send me coupons for two free cups of Greek yogurt and a “Nourish Your Inner Goddess” gift pack.  Naturally, I was all over that one!  They have even offered to give one of my lucky readers the same gift pack, so read on! 😀

First, more on Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt (and yes, it’s gluten-free!):

With 12 grams of protein — twice that found in leading yogurts– new Yoplait Greek nourishes from the inside out. Available in four delicious flavors, Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and Plain, the brand´s newest offering has a unique thick and creamy texture with the unmatched taste expected of Yoplait.

To celebrate its new Greek yogurt and to encourage women to nourish their inner goddess, Yoplait has teamed up with actress Izabella Miko, who plays Greek Goddess Athena in the epic adventure new Warner Bros. Pictures´ and Legendary Pictures´ film “Clash of the Titans,” in theatres April 2 in 3D.

I love Greek Yogurt and it’s all I eat. Chobani is my personal favorite so keep that in mind (if you’re a Chobani fan, you know what I mean).  I’ve only tried the strawberry flavor of the Yoplait Greek Yogurt thus far, and I thought it was okay.  It is thick and creamy, just not as “velvety smooth” as the Chobani (if that makes sense).

The Yoplait Greek Yogurt is not a “fruit on the bottom” style of yogurt, so there are no fruit pieces in it.  My kids have not taken to “textured” yogurt yet, so this was right up their alley.  The sugar content of the strawberry flavor was a little high for me though, at 18 grams (which is why I usually just eat plain Greek yogurt and my own add fresh or frozen fruit and a fiber supplement to it).  I haven’t been able to find the plain variety of Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt yet, but will try it as soon as I do!

“Nourish Your Inner Goddess” Giveaway

Yoplait and MyBlogSpark have given me a “Nourish Your Inner Goddess Giftpack” to giveaway to one of my readers!

I love the bath wrap and it is perfect for those days when my guys are gone doing “boy things” and I actually have time to relax with a hot cup of my favorite Pomegranate White Tea and give myself a pedicure!

How do you like to “Nourish Your Inner Goddess?”

To enter this giveaway, simply leave your reply in a comment box!

I will pick a winner using a Random Number Generator on Monday, April 19th, 2010.

Good Luck! 😀

If you are interested in trying Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt today, you can click here for a downloadable coupon to save 30¢ on one cup of the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt.

Redbridge Gluten-Free Beer Is NOT Being Discontinued

Woo-Hoo!  After hearing and reading the rumors about Redbridge Gluten-Free Beer possibly being discontinued, I had to find out if this was true.  I just received an email from Michael Lourie, Communications Manager at Anheuser-Busch, Inc., that I wanted to share:

April 13, 2010

Heidi,

Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in Redbridge, our award-winning gluten-free beer.  Despite what you may have heard, Redbridge is not being discontinued.  In fact, we are looking at opportunities to expand the beer’s distribution to make it more widely available.

Thank you again for your e-mail and we hope you continue to enjoy Redbridge.

Michael Lourie

Manager, Communications

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Just in case you hadn’t heard the “rumors” that Redbridge might be discontinued or you have had trouble finding Redbridge lately, Tiffany Janes wrote a great article on it last week over at Celiac-Disease.com, check it out!

Nathan’s Famous Beef Cocktail Franks

Very cool find today, Nathan’s Beef Cocktail Franks are now GLUTEN-FREE!! This should make making gluten-free pigs in a blanket a little bit easier!

Activia Yogurt

I just received an email from Dannon regarding the gluten-free status of their yogurts, including Activia:

March 04, 2010

Dear Heidi Kelly,

Thank you for contacting The Dannon Company, Inc.  We sincerely appreciate your interest in Dannon yogurt products and gluten.

We do not use the term gluten free with respect to our yogurts. We separate our products into gluten safe or not gluten safe categories, depending on the specific brand of Dannon yogurt.

Dannon Plain yogurts (Lowfat, Nonfat and Natural) and Dannon Plain Activia (in the 24 ounce container) are all gluten safe. However, all other Dannon yogurts cannot be designated as gluten safe because we do not specifically test every ingredient or the overall finished product for gluten.

We hope this information is helpful to you.  As an additional resource, you may wish to visit the website: www.celiac.com.  Once again, thank you for contacting Dannon.

Sincerely,

Lisa Moore
Consumer Service Representative
Ref#:1201199N