Friday

Celiac Disease Explained For Kids

Has your child been diagnosed with Celiac Disease? Want a stress free, entertaining way of explaining the condition to your little one? Check out the video below! It's produced by Kumquats (named so because the original puppet was orange like the fruit).




Tuesday

Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Pizza Crust Review






Being a square is pretty awesome thanks to Kinnikinnick's Gluten Free Pizza Crust. This is by far  the best GF pizza crust I have ever eaten. Well worth the price in my opinion.


Why Do I love Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Pizza Crust?

  • 4 individual size crusts per box
  • Bakes in about 17 minutes via my toaster oven
  • Once created, these pizza's freeze beautifully.
  • The crust is tender with the right amount of crunch and feels light in your mouth. Not dense or cracker-like.
  • My non-GF hubby will eat this...happily!
  • Cost's about $8.99 per box




 The  holes in the top of the crust are not an imperfection. They  are there to help the pizza rise by creating air flow. The bottom of the pizza crust is dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking to pan.


My favourite GF pizza sauce to use is Primo Pizza Squeeze. Just the right amount of tang and sweetness. I prefer the squeeze bottle to the canned sauces for convenience.


Kinnikinnick is one of the largest gluten-free / nut free  manufacturing facilities in the world. Please visit their website for a complete product listing or to shop online. 




Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - Celiac Disease PSA Video




Friday

Air Canada Centre's Epic Fail Response To A Gluten Free Inquiriy



Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we are not able to send out autographed items or pictures. Autographs are done at the discretion of the players/staff, so you would have to write to them individually at the following address. We do not encourage fans to send in items to be signed as we cannot guarantee there return. 


Name 
50 Bay St, Suite 500 
Toronto, ON 
M5J 2L2 



Thanks again,
Fan Services
Your Comment @ 2011-09-14 13:30:40 
Subject Category: Fan Services
Good Afternoon,
Can you please tell me if there are any Gluten Free options available at the ACC. As a fan with Celiac Disease I would like be certain that there are Gluten Free options myself (along with other Celiac's) as well as staff trained about cross contamination.
1 in 133 Canadians have Celiac Disease. There is no cure and the only treatment is a strict Gluten Free diet.





**********UPDATE************

Below is a response (09/17/11) I received one day after 
 the one from above. Clearly someone ended up reading my email this time. Although ACC does not offer much, a proper response is a nice gesture.



Dear SANDRA,
Thank you for your email.Unfortunately there are not a lot of options at the Air Canada Centre in regards to gluten-free food items. Jamie Kennedy fries and our fruit cups are gluten-free and are available for most events. In addition to those, there are modifications we can make to accomodate you. Take for example we serve a prime rib sandwich, we could serve you prime rib without the bread. Also if you let us know ahead of time of when you are attending an event then we can prepare something in advance for you.Thanks for being a fan and hope to see you at the ACC soon!Fan Services   

Wednesday

How To Survive Halloween Gluten Free


It's best to discuss any school Halloween activities with your child's teacher. Prepare a special snack (ie: a cupcake or decorated cookies) for your child to eat during the celebration. 
I would also suggest giving the teacher a loot bag containing  Gluten Free goodies. This prevents temptation and the feeling of being left out as there can be a lot of that darn gluten at school.


There are numerous Gluten Free "safe" candy lists published online.  Although I had thought about researching and creating an updated list, in the end I decided not to. My reasoning for this is to encourage the constant checking of ingredients and not to create a so called safety net of sorts, that may inadvertently give a false sense of security. Sounds over the top right? 




  • Ingredients can and do change frequently
  • There may be confusion between a full size product and it's miniature counterpart as they often have different ingredients
  • American and Canadian versions of the same product tend to have different ingredients

It may be time consuming but reading the ingredients on the package is key to having a successful trick or treating experience. Keep in mind that some companies do post a Gluten Free label on their candy which can be helpful. I would still advise reading the label in it's entirety to be sure that there is no risk of cross contamination.  


Check ALL treats before they are consumed but have some fun with it. It's easy to make a game by grouping the candy into piles.
  1. Safe Candy
  2. Not Safe Candy - This group of treats can be donated to a sibling, perhaps as a trade or even designated as a treat pile for mom and dad.
If there is No Ingredient List-contact manufacturer or place in the Not Safe pile
    If you feel that there may not be enough "safe" treats handed out, create a Gluten Free goodie bag. Remember, not every treat needs to be candy. Think temporary tatoos, stickers, hair accessories, bracelets, glow sticks, Halloween themed story books and movie's. The possibilities are endless.



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