April 16, 2014

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

Being Gluten-Free can be tricky, especially around holidays.  Here is a long list of Gluten-Free Halloween Candy so that you don’t have to miss out on the Halloween Fun!

Chocolates:

  • M&M’s
  • Milky Way DARK ONLY
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Baby Ruth
  • Butterfinger
  • Chunky
  • Dove
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Hershey’s bar – plain, almond
  • Junior Mints
  • Mounds
  • Oh Henry
  • Payday
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Miniatures, Pumpkins
  • Snickers

Non Chocolate treats:

  • Brach’s Candy Corn, Autumn Mix, and Pumpkins
  • Pez
  • Pixie Sticks
  • Nerds
  • Sweet tarts
  • Tic Tacs
  • Spree
  • Starbursts
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Tootsie rolls and pops
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lifesavers
  • Lifesavers gummies
  • Fun dip
  • Peeps Marshmallow Treats – (not cookie flavor)
  • Most gums
  • Haribro gummy treats
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Ring Pops
  • Skittles
  • Sugar Babies
  • Mary Jane’s
  • Charleston Chews

This is a list to the best of my knowledge.  I cannot guarantee that they are gluten-free nor do we know what measures are taken by the manufacturers to avoid cross contamination. 

Gluten Free Manufacturer Statements – How do you read the labels at the Grocery Store to make sure they are Gluten-free?

When first starting to eat Gluten-Free, learning how to read packages is crucial!  I found this out the hard way the other day – I thought that Corn Flakes would be Gluten-Free but I was WRONG!  There is an ingredient in there that I didn’t know contained traces of Gluten, which made me have a reaction.

There is a great list of Manufacturer Statements about which items are Gluten-Free and how they will label the packages accordingly.  There currently is not a uniform policy on how Allergen’s are to be labeled, which makes it very difficult for those of use who have allergies.

For instance – Kraft shared their statement on gluten-free labeling:

If a Kraft product contains gluten, a source of gluten will be listed in the ingredient statement, no matter how small the amount. For labeling purposes, we include wheat, barley, rye and oats as sources of gluten.” – Source

I do most of my shopping at Wegmans – since they clearly label every one of their store products with a G for Gluten-Free.  Many other grocery stores are following suite, so hopefully we will see more and more grocery stores accurately labeling their store brand products.

 What grocery store do you shop at and do they do a good job labeling their shelves and products?

A few of my Favorite Gluten-Free things……

Every week I want to highlight one of my favorite Gluten-Free Foods!  I am all about multi-purpose products around here!  Saving time is important to me – so I choose not to mix my own flour mixes, but instead purchase other products that serve as a multi-purpose item in my kitchen.

My first favorite gluten-Free thing is Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix! I buy mine off of Amazon – because I can find it for the best price there.  I buy it in bulk and 3 bags usually last us about 4-5 months.

Things that I use Pamela’s Baking Mix to make:

  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Coffee-Cake
  • Dinner Biscuits
  • Biscuits for Strawberry Shortcake
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Zucchini Bread

I actually made Waffles this morning with my Pamela’s Mix, topped them with strawberries and fresh maple syrup!  Delish!

Have you tried Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix?  What is your favorite thing to bake with it?

 

 

 

How to Start Eating Gluten-Free — Part 1 ‘Choosing to Live WITH not Without’

For six years I have been a big coupon user and have grown a very decent stockpile!  When I found out that I had to start eating Gluten-Free I panicked!  The first thing I did was look at this…..

And this…..

Those are pictures of my stockpile right before I went Gluten-Free!  I looked at this and cried, about 90% of the items in my stockpile I could no longer eat….So what do you do when this happens?  You can either choose to look at what you can’t have OR you can look at what you can have!

When first going Gluten-Free, you are overwhelmed at what you can’t eat, but I want to encourage you that if you look at what you CAN EAT, the transition can be much smoother.  When you are first going Gluten-Free, I recommend sticking to ‘naturally gluten-free foods’.

Some examples of Naturally Gluten-Free foods are:

  • Meat
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Fruits and Vegetables

Many of these foods are things that you are probably already eating, but the thought of going Gluten-Free is still overwhelming!  Think of things that you like to eat and then find Gluten-Free Alternatives to them.  Bread crumbs have Gluten in them, so replace them with Schar Gluten-Free breadcrumbs which are delicious!  By focusing on what you can have, it becomes a lot less overwhelming, because the truth is….You will not starve!  You will find ways to overcome and figure out how to feed yourself and your family!

What are ways that you choose to live WITH and not without?

Stay tuned for the rest of this series about How to Start Eating Gluten-Free.

 

 

The Correlation between Gluten Sensitivity and Coffee

My friend Sarah sent me an article today about The Correlation between Gluten Sensitivity and Coffee.  I have to admit that I am VERY addicted to coffee, not only do I love the taste of it, but it’s a social thing for me and my husband.

When I read this article about the correlation between Gluten Sensitivity and Coffee is made sense to me because I have stomach issues every morning after  I chug drink my morning cup.  But it also made me a little nervous to be honest.  How do I quit coffee – It’s almost like I am mourning even the idea of it.

So I am asking the readers – do you still continue to drink coffee or have you quit drinking it since finding out about Gluten Issues?  Any tips for me?

Knowing when the sale is HOT – Then Stock up!

Part of saving money while eating Gluten-Free has to do with watching the sale prices and coupons for your favorite foods.  Just by watching the sales (which don’t happen that often) and purchasing your favorite Gluten-Free Foods at their rock bottom prices, you can save HUGE amounts of money every year!

This week was one of those weeks I have dreamed about since going Gluten-Free 7 months ago – I found Udi’s Bread on Clearance at my local grocery store!

I purchased 5 Uid’s White Bread and 3 Udi’s Bagels for only $7.62!  One of these costs $6.99 at my local Organic Food Store – so this was a STEAL!

I used this $1.00 Udi’s bread coupon (zip code 33404) + a Special Double Dollar coupon to get each loaf of bread for only $0.99, and the bagels for only $0.89 each!

I purchased enough to last me for a long time.  I usually make my own Gluten-Free bread but feed my children the White Bread for sandwiches, and eat the bagels for breakfast!

I also wanted to point out that I have just added a Searchable Coupon Database so you can search for coupons for your favorite Gluten-Free Foods!

What has been your favorite Gluten-Free find?  I would LOVE to hear!

Welcome to Gluten-Free Couponing!

 

Welcome to my new site – Gluten-Free Couponing!  You can read about my story here – and I will go into more details about my Gluten Intolerance Diagnosis as we get to know each other better.

This site is going to be pretty simple – how to save money on Gluten-Free Foods.

I will be posting:

  • Online Deals
  • Coupons
  • Money Saving DIY Recipes

I will also be posting more personal articles about me and my family.  I have taken most of my family off of gluten and that has its challenges at times.  I hope to just give you a glimpe into my life as a blogger, couponer, and my gluten-free life!

You can also check out my list of Gluten Free Toiletries and Gluten Free Foods that we commonly see coupons for.

Thanks for coming and I really look forward to getting to know you all much better!

A Special Thanks to Dave Carey at DC Design for creating my awesome header and vision behind the site – and also to Jason and Jennifer Bruce at New Season Design for putting everything together for me!