Glamour & Green's Gluten Free Blog

Gluten Free Gals Living Glamorously AND Green!

Best Gluten Free Gifts for YOU this Valentine’s Day January 31, 2011

Spoil yourself this Valentines Day Yay for Valentine’s Day!

Let’s get real here. Valentine’s Day is all about us ladies. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, it’s time to spoil yourself with a few extra special gluten-free goodies this Valentines day.

Shower yourself with roses, indulge in some tasty chocolate truffles, and sip on champagne decorated with couture sugar. You deserve it.

Here is our list of spectacular, must-have gluten-free goodies just for YOU this Heart Day:

Organic Wine from the Organic Wine Company: You eat organic… so drink organic too! And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have a glass of vino! “The Organic Wine Company makes wines made of certified organically grown grapes, is committed to environmental responsibility, has top-rated quality wines at great value prices, offers amazing personalized attention and customer care, and also features organic, vegan, biodynamic wines and an international selection!”

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles from Cocopotamus: This is not the time for Hershey’s. C’mon! You deserve better than that on V-Day. Who says you can’t indulge in decadent chocolate on Valentine’s Day? You can! Cocopotamus has GF truffles in amazingly delicious and unique flavors that satisfy even the darkest of chocolate cravings. Their chocolate truffles are all natural, wheat-free, and gluten-free. They have banned using preservatives, anything artificial, and anything they can’t pronounce in their chocolates either.

Organic Roses from Organic Bouquet. “The red roses are eco-friendly and gorgeous! Freshly picked and arriving right at the start of their prime, with plenty more ‘bloom’ to go!   Best of all, their red roses are of the finest quality and from a floral certified farm, making them a rare and truly special gift for any occasion!” Ps. Don’t feel like you need to wait for someone to send you flowers this holiday. Valentine’s Day is about loving yourself too, and sending yourself a big vase full of luscious, red roses is the perfect calorie-free “me” gift!

Bath Bombs from EverAfter Naturals: Nothing is more relaxing than a nice, hot bath. Pop in a gluten-free bath bomb from EverAfter Naturals and drift away into relaxation bliss. Give the Lovestruck scent a try. “It’s made of Lavender, Ylang ylang, & Geranium. All three oils have reputations for calming anxiety & helping to elevate moods. Ylang & Geranium are also said to be aphrodisiacs!”

Bath and Body Products from 100% Pure: Celebrate Valentines Day with Cocoa Kona Coffee! All 100% Pure Products are packed full of anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants and skin nourishing nutrients. Scented with 100% natural aromas and never polluted with artificial perfumes, chemical preservatives or any other toxins. Smell like your favorite dessert (chocolate) this Heart Day!

Make a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Digital Scrapbooks and More: Want to show someone you really care? Then take a few minutes to make them a personalized Valentine! Digital Scrapbooks and More has instantly downloadable tutorials that are incredibly easy and teach you how to digitally scrap beautiful digital scrapbooking pages or cards! They also have adorable Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking kits. Try the Valentine and Love Tea Kit– perfect for Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking albums, cards, etc! Digital Scrapbooks and More also has photo editing tutorials for only $1.99! That’s less than a cappuccino! Learn how to make a special photo picture-perfect this holiday! Just include the pic in a beautiful photo frame this V-Day and give as a gift to mom, dad, friends, or your hunny!

Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Tea from Mighty Leaf: Quality loose-leaf tea is like fine wine. It’s amazing and a luxurious little indulgence. It doesn’t hurt that you can treat yourself to rich chocolate flavors without all the calories, right? Try the Chocolate Collection from Mighty Leaf, which contains 6 tins of loose leaf tea: Mayan Chocolate Truffle, Masala Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Mint Truffle, Chocolate Orange Truffle, Mocha Pu-erh Truffle and Pear Caramel Truffle. And if your a real tea enthusiast, like myself, adorable heart-shaped tea cups and saucers from Nordstrom don’t hurt either….

Mojo Makeover Book by Dana B. Myers: It’s time to feel sexy, ladies! And this book has the answers. “The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover will help women of any age identify their Mojo Model—Pleasure Virgin, Frustrated Fox, Adventure Seeker, Busy Mommy, or Late Bloomer—and lead them through a first-of-its-kind transformation. Its purpose: to light up your inner spark and increase sexy self-confidence! Filled with inspiring and practical advice, how-to tips, interactive exercises, and real-life anecdotes, this fun, four-week program leaves women feeling happier, sexier, and more fulfilled—whether they are in a relationship or not.” And what’s Valentine’s Day without a little naughty? The Booty Parlor also has sexy, but tasteful, lingerie and bedroom accessories that will make your Valentine’s Day even more fun!

Bake Valentines Day Treats with Heart Measuring Cups: Baking homemade gluten-free goodies for Valentines Day  is awesome. So are these heart-shaped measuring cups. Use them for Valentine’s day treats or any time you want to add a little love to your recipe. And there are heart-shaped measuring spoons to match! And if you really want to glam-it-up in the kitchen, get a sexy apron from Flirty Aprons! Perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner cooking? The Sugar and Spice Flirty Apron. This is the little black dress version of an apron! Ridiculously cute!

Champagne Sugar Charms from Home Sweet Home: Cheers to gorgeous & delicious champagne this Valentine’s Day! Make your champagne flute look oh-so pretty during a romantic V-Day dinner or with your favorite gal-pals. “These Champagne Sugar Charms are made from the finest organic ingredient and cooked to a perfect caramel candy crisp.  Each piece is unique in shape….like a snowflake. The charms can be served plain or customized with monograms and can be created to perch on the edge of the glass or simply placed inside your glass. Fill your glass with sparkling wine or champagne and watch your charm dissolve slowly (usually around 20 minutes or so) as it creates swirls of bubbles.” How exciting!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Mmmm! Tasty Gluten-Free Granola: Bakery on Main January 25, 2011

Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola As you know, I’ve been working hard to eat better. But just because I want to eat better, doesn’t mean I want to sacrifice on flavor. I’m just not one of those girls that can be perfectly happy snacking on carrot sticks and lettuce leaves all day (…do those kind of girls really exist?!!). A diet of deprivation is not OK with me. But turn those lettuce leaves and carrots into a tasty salad rich with almonds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, raisins, some fresh, organic chicken, and lightly drizzled with olive oil?… Ooohhh! I’m SO “that” girl.

I believe that choosing healthy foods that are satisfying are the key to eating well-success. So far, it seems to be true.

That’s why my latest gluten-free discovery, incredibly-tasty gluten free granola from Bakery on Main is my new must-have item. Bakery on Main is good stuff!! Around 11 am and 2-3 pm every day, my hunger starts to show up and it’s “make or break time.” It’s not quite lunch and it’s not quite dinner. It’s up to me to choose a healthy snack that will help me feel full and satisfied until my next meal. This is also the time that sweets and treats sound so good.

But my yummy gluten-free granola has been helping me keep on track. One of my favorite healthy snacks is making myself a cup of gluten-free organic vanilla yogurt, with 1-2 tbsp of Bakery on Main’s GF granola, and some blueberries. Omg. So awesome. I feel like I am eating ice cream with fruit and a crumbled candy bar on top. And I really mean it! It really takes away my cravings for junk food away and replaces it with a nutrient-rich alternative that is actually satisfying!

So what makes it so satisfying? It’s filled with all-natural, good-for-you ingredients like corn flakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cranberries, almonds, pecans, and much more, it’s impossible to have a few bites without feeling great. Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean that they have to use weird ingredients or flours to make it. Nope. Just gluten-free oats & corn flakes, delicious, all-natural nuts and fruit. The nuts in this tasty granola fill me up with healthy protein and fat (and don’t be scared of healthy fat, my gluten-free friends! Getting these essential oils from healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts are what keep us full, satisfied, and are great for our skin, nails, and hair).

Two of my Bakery on Main favorites? First, the Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola. OMG, ridiculously good!!! The Maple Cranberry has the perfect combination of slightly salty from nuts with the hint of sweet maple. It’s absolutely delicious! Every bite is filled with crunch and chewy bits of natural goodness. These satisfying snacks just totally hit the spot.

And second, the Chocolate Almond bar is incredible! When almonds are in their natural state, have you ever noticed that they have slight taste of cherry to them? Well, the fresh almonds in this bar have that ever so slight-cherry taste, and it’s amazing! The bar is the perfect little snack to satisfy my sweet-tooth without blowing my diet, and helps curb my appetite for an hour or two. I like the bars because they’re great for tossing my in purse or car and eating them on the go or when I’m out and about and need a snack.

There are a bunch of delicious different flavors of Bakery on Main GF granola and GF granola bars. They are ALL good. Try them all and decide on your favorites by ordering the Bakery on Main Gift Box for an assortment of flavors, and even get a free eco-friendly tote bag with your purchase!

Whatcha waiting for? Begin eating gluten-free foods that are packed with nutrients and taste good too! Get Bakery on Main’s delcious gluten-free granola products and stock up. Trust me, once you try it, this granola will soon be a must-have item in your pantry too! 🙂

This is the Bakery On Main Story:

It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary need, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.

Late in 2003, after tasting a granola recipe one of the bakers was working on, Smulders said, “these gluten free people need granola!” He walked through the store and gathered ingredients and baked the first batch that day. It took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where we could make the product without risk of cross-contamination.
Three years and two bakeries later, their gluten free granola is made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.

Thank you Mr. Smulders!!!!!!!! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Jeni’s Spendid Gluten-Free Ice Cream- Perfect Any Day of the Year January 13, 2011

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream A lot of things seem to be happening in Columbus, Ohio right now… The homeless man with the “golden voice” is one example of that. And another is Jeni’s Ice Cream.

It might seem a little crazy to be talking about ice cream when 49 states have been experiencing snow lately.. but this ice cream is just too good not to rant and rave about- whether it’s 90 degrees outside or 9…degrees….

Here’s why:

Jeni is re-inventing your typical bowl of ice cream. Her ice creams are incredibly original, and she pulls it off. You may think you’ve tried new flavors with your visits to your local Ben & Jerry’s… but really, you don’t even have the slightest clue. Who wants Cayenne ice cream? Or how about lavender? Goat cheese, anyone? Well, I do if it’s Jeni’s. It’s incredible how good these interesting ice cream flavors can be. Each bite is ridiculously exciting.

My sister sent my husband and I a bunch of flavors as a belated Christmas present and my husband I practically ripped the containers in half trying to get to the next new flavor. It was so fun to explore such wild, different flavors in a little frozen treat that’s usually so good, but predictable. Predictable, Jeni’s is not.

Her motto? Make it less sweet and more flavorful. And it’s a good motto to have. Jam-packed with wonderful new flavors, it has the perfect amount of subtle bit of sweet that totally hits the spot. And this really means a lot, coming from a total sugar-ADDICT. I love sweet. I love desserts. I love sugar in my tea. I love white wines with the most amount of sugar-y aftertaste. Trust me, for a gal like me to love LESS SWEET in an ice cream, something must be right.

Jeni offered a seasonal ice cream flavor of sweet potato with torched marshmellows and it had just the right amount of sweet to it. Sweet potatoes are naturally slightly sweet, and marshmellows are definitely sweet, so why drench a good thing in extra mounds of sugar? Clearly you don’t have to, and Jeni didn’t.  And it was GOOD.

Fresh ingredients; “straight from the cow to the cone.” That’s what it says right on the container. And you can taste that truth. It’s deliciously fresh. 

Two of my favorite flavors? Chocolate Zin (dark chocolate and red zinfadel for the ultimate girly go-to flavor) and Riesling Poached Pear. The Reisling flavor is technically a sorbet, but it’s AMAZING.

So, have a birthday coming up and need a sophisticated ice cream to go with your adult bday cake? Or an ice cream lover and looking for something that will blow you away? It’s Jeni. You gotta try it.

And you don’t have to live in Columbus, OH to get Jeni’s ice cream. I don’t. She ships her fabulous ice creams anywhere in the US. It’s securely packaged and surrounded by dry ice so it’s still fresh and ice cold when it arrives on your doorstep. Visit Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Website to order.

So who is Jeni? Here is her Story:

Jeni Britton Bauer became inspired to make artisan ice creams while working at a French patisserie. Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni created her own techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful.

Each batch of Jeni’s ice creams is carefully tended to; each flavor artfully achieved with fresh ingredients found in the Ohio countryside as well as responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. All of Jeni’s ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni’s production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeni’s is family-owned and operated. Jeni Britton Bauer and her husband Charly Bauer co-founded the company in 2002; Charly’s brother Tom Bauer became a partner one year later. Together with their small team, they make every batch of ice cream that is served in their four (soon to be seven) stores in Columbus or shipped to doorsteps nationwide.

So there you have it. This is what Glamour & Green is all about. Fabulous, must-have foods and products that you just really need to try. And Jeni’s is that kind of an ice cream. I like full-fledge amazing, glamourous products in my life. I want ice cream made with real ingredients that are new and interesting, full of persnality and that will make a great impression on me & guests I have over at my house. Jeni’s is that kind of ice cream that I want to have on hand when I host a dinner at my house and want to offer a decadent dessert without slaving away in the kitchen.

And I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied picking up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store ever again. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you try a taste.

MMMM! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Ps. Not all flavors are gluten-free, so you will need to check with Jeni beforehand: contact@jenisicecreams.com