Gluten Free

Sunday

The Gluten-Free Sunscreen List

Using a gluten-free sunscreen is a personal choice. Not everyone is going to want to and that's okay. I prefer to ensure gluten is nowhere to be found when it comes to skin, hair, and lip products. Call me old fashioned but, better safe than sorry is a term I happily roll with.


If It's On Your Face Or Hands, It's In Your Mouth



Think about those hot and sticky days where sweat is constant and unavoidable. That sunscreen is going to be sliding everywhere. How many times will your sunscreen coated hands wind up near your mouth without you noticing? Likely more than you think, meaning accidental ingestion is pretty darn probable. Not something that sounds appealing to me. 

This is why I prefer to stick with gluten-free protection. Some of the brands below are easily found in stores and others can be purchased online. I'm happy to see not only a decent choice in variety but, varying price points as well.






Let's Talk About Bread




Gluten-free bread has come a long way since I had my first slice, over ten years ago. No longer does it require cringing and toasting. Better yet, gone are the days of tasteless crumbs. Unfortunately, gluten-free bread continues to be haunted by its cardboard-like predecessor.

I know what you're thinking - there is no comparing gluten-free bread to the soft lusciousness of "regular" bread. To put it simply, you're right. Gluten-free bread will never be exactly like its wheat-filled counterpart because well, science. What I can tell you, is that although there will always be room for improvement, the overall taste, quality and texture has improved immensely!

Let's talk about some of the fantastic gluten-free bread options available across Canada.



All But Gluten

Canyon Bakehouse 

Compliments (Sobeys store brand)

Genius by Glutino

Gluten Zero

Kinnikinnick Soft Breads 

Promise Gluten Free

Rudis

Schar

Udis


I have had the opportunity to try all of the above brands over the years. While they are all good in my opinion, some are more easily found than others. Also worth noting, prices vary widely. No longer do you have to pay $6.99+ for gluten-free bread!

Kinnikinnick is tops in my book! No toasting necessary and it holds up pretty darn well. Promise Gluten Free is a staple in my home for hamburger buns and chicken sandwiches. All But Gluten offers wonderful buns as well. The Compliments brand via Sobeys is pretty impressive as well. They make really great rolls that can be used for hot dogs and subs.

Canyon Bakehouse is a recent addition to stores in my area and I am enjoying their products thus far. I would like to see Schar and Rudis more widely available. As they are so difficult to obtain, I don't get to enjoy them often and that really bums me out.

Remember that it's okay to have a preference that differs from other gluten-free bread eaters out there. We all have individual pallets and likes. While one brand may be great toasted, it may miss the mark for sandwich making. Gluten-free bread also varies in size for a variety of reasons, mostly likely due to varied ingredients. 


The gluten-free bread industry is massive and full of competition. I'm confident that future innovations will hold impressive improvements! I'm always on the hunt for new and great gluten-free products so I can't wait to see what the future has to offer!


What are some of YOUR favourite gluten-free bread's?! Let me know in the comments below.



Friday

My Gluten Free Bucket List







1. Master the art of Gluten-Free baking. Seriously, I need help.

2. Visit Feast in Toronto. I've known about this gem for some time now and I really need to get there!   *Visited July 2015

3. Read:

  • Gluten Freedom by Alessio Fasano, MD 
  • The Gluten-Free Revolution by Jax Peters Lowell
  • Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions by Joseph A. Murray


4. Take another Walt Disney World resort vacation, aka Gluten-Free paradise

5. Add final touches to the Gluten Free Doll website and officially launch it

6. Attend a Gluten-Free expo/conference


7. Cross-border shop for Gluten-Free goods which are not available in Canada


8. Encourage Rogers Centre to host a Celiac Awareness night


9. Help rid Celiac of the fad stigma


10. Find a delicious Gluten-Free croissant and eat it









Saturday

Good News With The Bad - Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispies






Bad News 

Kellogg's has decided to stop selling their Rice Krispies Brown Rice Gluten-Free cereal in the United States. This is BIG news. A lot of people are upset and rightfully so about it. I still can't even wrap my head around this.

Most people assumed that if production ceases in the United States, then it will here in Canada as well. 

I contacted Kellogg's to inquire about the status of this product in Canada. 


Good News

I'm happy to report that Kellogg's Rice Krispies Brown Rice Gluten-Free will NOT be discontinued here. 

On another note, I have read some grumblings in regards to where the cereal will be manufactured, as the London, Ontario plant is no longer in operations. I sent a follow-up email to Kellogg's, inquiring about this. I also questioned why they would stop selling the Rice Krispies Brown Rice Gluten-Free in the United States. Once I have a response, I will post an update here.



You can read Kellogg's statement in regards to the status of Gluten Free Brown Rice Krispies in Canada below.




Dear Sandra,


Thank you for reaching out to us regarding Gluten Free Rice Krispies. We appreciate you letting us know how much you enjoy these!

We are happy to say that our Gluten-Free Rice Krispies are indeed available in Canada at most major retailers and have not been discontinued. 

We suggest that you speak to your local Store Manager about its availability. Our Sales department 
will then be able to work with the retailers in your area in an effort to make this product 
available to you. 

Thanks again for reaching out to us, Sandra. We wish you the best!


Sincerely,

Marie-Claude L.
Consumer Specialist
Consumer Affairs


* See Below for an updated response from Kellogg's *




Dear Mrs. Lajoie,

Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our Rice Krispies Brown Rice.

Most of our products are manufactured in Canada and the U.S. We do not manufacture product in China.Kellogg Canada has an excellent food safety record and we have confidence in the safety of our products. 

I wish I could give you better news about Gluten Free Rice Krispies, I am sorry to say it has been discontinued. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing constraints, we had to make the difficult decision to stop making it. Although it will be hard to replace this cereal, we hope our American fans might want to try our Special K Gluten Free cereal. We will share your thoughts with the team.

Thank you once again for taking the time to email us. 


Sincerely,

Yolande P.
Consumer Specialist
Consumer Affairs




Monday

The Gluten Free Diet Plate

Ever wonder how much of each food group you should be consuming? Check out this GF diet plate care of ChooseMyPlate.Gov . I'm quite happy the food pyramid is no longer. The plate and drinking cup make for easier visualization.

Thursday

Canadian Law & Cocoa Pebbles Treats




Last week I received a nice surprise from family members who had returned from an American vacation. Gluten Free food! It's always fun to see whats new and different across the border.


The Glutino wafer's were great as always (we have them here too).
Corn Chex is just AWESOME! 
I have yet to make the Betty Crocker cookie mix but noticed on the side of the box that it is manufactured IN Canada! Good news is this line will be sold here soon.
As for the Cocoa Pebbles Treats....YUM! What a great snack! This brings me to the rest of today's post-


I was so impressed with the Cocoa Pebbles Treats (it's a nice change to eat a snack that I don't have to make from scratch) that I sent an e-mail to Post asking if Canada will sell them soon.  Below is the response which really threw me for a loop.


June 08, 2011 
Dear Sandra Lajoie,
Thank you for your inquiry for Post Fruity Pebbles.

Due to character licensing and copyright issues, the Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles cannot be sold in Canada at this time. It is also due to Canadian law popular cartoon characters on the television cannot sell products such as cereal. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you for using Post.

Michael Carpenter
Consumer Response Representative

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A law that bans cartoon characters on food cartons? I have yet to confirm this but either way it's a shame. Why should we be punished because other people cannot limit / monitor their child's food consumption properly? I know a lot of the cereal out there IS pretty junky but banning it based on a cartoon character is silly. Why not encourage these companies to make their products healthier? 


****UPDATE****

After seeing the Gluten Free, Post Cocoa Pebbles in a variety of Canadian stores, I decided to email them to see if we will be getting the GF Cocoa Pebbles Treats any time soon.

Below is the response I received.


April 09, 2013 

Dear Sandra Lajoie,
Thank you for contacting Post Foods regarding Post Cocoa Pebbles Treat Bars. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued.The Cocoa Pebble Treat Bars have been recently discontinued and you will only see those for a limited time now. The Cocoa Pebbles Cereal is available in Canada at this time and currently that is the only Pebbles or Gluten Free product that we have available to be purchased there.

We appreciate your loyalty and patronage and invite you to try another one of our many products. Thank you again for contacting Post Foods.Kerri Jordan
Consumer Response Representative

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