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Fabulous Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza May 20, 2010

Gluten Free and Fabulous Frozen Pizza I’ve been disappointed by frozen pizza for a while now. I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, and haven’t felt like I could enjoy pizza at home for a while now. I even tried making pizza from a few different GF pizza mixes, without much more success. From yucky gluten-free crusts, to bad texture, to just overall gross taste, I have had a hard time enjoying pizza since going gluten-free!

It hasn’t stopped me from trying, though (believe it or not). I went to my local Kroger the other day and saw a grocery store employee stocking a new gluten-free frozen pizza. Despite all my let downs, I still had to try it. Perhaps it’s the part of me that just wants to support anything and everything that makes gluten-free food for us Celiacs that need it and appreciate it… another part of me JUST WANTED TO EAT SOME GOOD PIZZA, DARNIT! 🙂

I laughed when I read the name of the frozen pizza brand: Gluten Free & Fabulous. It sooo sounds like what I would name my company if I had a gluten-free food line! But with a name like that, I thought, “It better really be fabulous!!!” You can’t name your brand that and have nasty food… I would hope, at least!

Anyway, Gluten-Free & Fabulous is a little pricey- it’s over $7.00 for a small (4-slice) pizza. And I was surprised how thin the crust was when I pulled it out of the packaging. But, let me tell you, this pizza did not disappoint! It truly is fabulous!!! Here’s why:

1. It only took 10 minutes to bake. That is awesome. For a hungry pregnant lady that wants pizza when she wants pizza, that was a cool product bonus.

2. I usually like thick crusts but I was surprisingly just fine with this thin crust. I guess the moral of the story is that if something tastes good, it tastes good- thick crust or not.

3. It was SOOO yummy and satisfying. I think it was something in the sauce. It’s seasoned really well. That, the gooey, delicious cheese & pepperoni and this pizza totally hit the spot and satisfied my craving. …And it’s been a LONG time since frozen pizza did that.

You really gotta try this FABULOUS gluten-free pizza if you have been missing this yummy comfort food on weekends or movie-nights at home.  If you can’t find Gluten-Free and Fabulous at your local grocery store in the all-natural frozen foods section, try going to the Gluten-Free & Fabulous ‘Where to Buy’ page… And request it at your grocery store if they don’t stock it!  They’re SO worth it and totally tasty!

Yay for pizza night again! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. What frozen pizza brands do you love? Or do you have a local pizzeria near you that makes AMAZING gluten-free pizza? Give them a shout out and leave a comment on this blog article so that others near you can drop in and eat some yummy GF pizza when their cravings hit too!

 

Gluten-Free Vintage Creme Vanilla Soda May 13, 2010

Boylans Vanilla Creme Soda I don’t drink sodas very often, but when I do, it’s because a craving hit and it’s hit me hard.

Certain foods also make me crave other foods or drinks. Like if I’m craving chips and salsa, I might also crave a yummy cheese dip. And whenever I crave pizza (gluten-free of course), for some reason, I always want a root beer or cream soda. It’s become my own little tradition.

You would hope that most (if not all) sodas would be naturally gluten-free (umm, why would anyone feel the need to put wheat or gluten into a carbonated beverage??!! Really.), but you never know. I always read labels before buying or consuming anything, and a lot of times I’m scared away from soda with mentions of ‘caramel color’ and ‘natural flavors.’ Those two questionable ingredients oftentimes mean GLUTEN in regular foods, so why should soda be any exception?

That’s why I am always happy when brands make a point of writing, “Gluten-Free” on their packaging. It’s great to just have that confirmation, without having to take a guess and make a choice you might regret, or bother calling the company directly to ask if it contains gluten (what a pain!).

I’m even happier when the confirmed gluten-free food or drink is delicious, made with all-natural ingredients… and hey, if it’s cute too, that always fun. And Boylan’s All Natural Vintage Creme Vanilla is all of the above!

Boylan Bottling Co

This soda is absolutely delicious and has a lot of positives:

  • No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives
  • No Fructose, Gluten Free, Sodium Free
  • Kosher Pareve
  • Made with pure cane sugar, Twist-off Crown
  • 100+ year old bottling company
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    It comes in an adorable vintage glass bottle (yay! no plastic or aluminum) and hits the spot on those fun pizza and a movie nights! It’s light, sweet, and super-tasty with real extracts of bourbon vanilla! MMMmmm!

    Try this yummy soda the next time you crave a sweet drink, or like me, crave soda that pairs well with pizza, and enjoy!

    You can find Boylan’s at Whole Food grocery stores, or buy Boylan’s soda online through Amazon or VitaCost,com.

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Check back soon for a great gluten-free pizza G&G just discovered!!! 🙂

     

    Oh-la-la! Little Bites of Gluten-Free Bliss: Melange Sucre Macaron Petits April 21, 2010

    Melange Sucre Macaron Petits- Gluten-Free Bites of Bliss! When going gluten-free, one of the hardest things to find is great-tasting desserts. So often gluten-free sweets are too dense and don’t have that light, fluffy, or moist texture that gluten-filled goodies have. So when I find a gluten-free dessert that’s FABULOUS, I need to share it with the world.

    And that is why, my friends, you NEED to know about this super-glamorous, completely delicious little treat: Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! (Yes, they really are as luxurious as they sound).

    These delicate cookies have nothing in common with the dense coconut confections that Americans know as “macaroons.”

     

    Mélange Sucre macarons are prepared in the traditional Parisian style, sandwiching two light cookies together with a flavored cream or marmalade. Each macaron is made by hand and skillfully baked to achieve the perfect blend of natural ingredients to produce an authentic French macaron. Mélange Sucre macarons are crafted to be lighter and more petit than the traditional macaron. The chewy and crunchy cookies surprise you with each bite.

     

    Now as much as I love my gluten-free bakeries, I have to say, it’s great when you find a dessert that’s gluten-free JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT GLUTEN. And that’s how it works with Mélange Sucre. They made these incredible little treats using fresh, delicious, all-natural ingredients and without seeing the need for gluten.

    So, what are these little bites of pure bliss made from? Mélange Sucre macarons are made with egg whites, sugar, natural almond flour, milk, cream, and butter.

    Sweet… literally. 🙂

    These cookies are totally high-maintenance (kinda like me- haha!), and that’s just another thing that I love about them. When you receive your package of Mélange Sucre cookies, you know it’s something special… and that this isn’t your average gluten-free treat:

    Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits are shipped frozen, so to ensure freshness, and to maintain the quality the Chefs intended for the macarons, these perishable items are shipped via overnight or 2 day express.

     

    For optimal flavor, Mélange Sucre macarons are best if consumed within 1-2 days. Store in refrigeration up to 7 days at 41 degrees F; before consuming, remove the macarons from refrigeration and allow them to reach room temperature. (Approximately 30 minutes). See… this gluten-free delicacy is a treat to be treasured; not something you can just pick up at your local grocery store any ol’ boring day. 

     

    Raspberry Macaron Petits from Melange Sucre Each box includes 12 macarons with two of each flavor. Flavors include: Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Pecan Caramel, Cinnamon and Coffee. 

    I melted over the chocolate and raspberry flavors, but all of them are absolutely delicious!! Light, airy, flaky, creamy, and chewy all the same time. They are almost impossible to describe how fabulous they really are… Just a must-have goodie for any dessert-loving gal that wants to try something extra special.

    These gourmet cookies pair nicely with gourmet teas or a delicious, frothy cappuccino. They’d work well with a little tea party or an afternoon get-together with your favorite gal-pals. Another occasion that would suit Macaron Petits perfectly? Mother’s Day. Their beautiful presentation (the box the macarons come in is long, gorgeous and made from environmentally-friendly materials that’s also reusable as storage for other special things!!) and phenomenal taste makes them a fabulous gift to give to that special mom of yours. And with only 130 calories for 2 cookies, they’re a treat she won’t feel bad indulging in!!

    You can buy a box of 12 Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits on the Mélange Sucre website for $28.00 (though you should read on for more info about the fabulous discount that they are extending to you, loyal Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers!), and are more than worth it. They are the kind of shi-shi cookies you’ll want to have on hand 24-7 for guests, they’re so classy and impressive. Ooh-la-la!

    So, give them a try this spring! Host afternoon tea and serve this delicate little cookies as your tea-time treat. And give them to mom as a Mother’s Day surprise. You really don’t need a special occasion to indulge in these amazing cookies. Simply buy them for yourself and try one of the best gluten-free/non-gluten-free treats you’ll ever eat! MMMMMMmmmm!!!

     

    Mélange Sucre has also given YOU, our fabulous Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers, an EXCLUSIVE discount! Enter the coupon code: GGREEN for 15% off your next purchase of Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! 🙂

    Bon Appétit!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

     

    Gluten-Free Virtual Make-Overs! April 16, 2010

    Afterglow Cosmetics

    Last chance to bust out of the rut with a virtual makeover!

    Yodit

    Before Yodit’s Afterglow makeover.

    Send in your photo to Afterglow Cosmetics TODAY ONLY and receive a Virtual Makeover! The offer ends at 11:59 pm on April 16th!

    We’re all guilty of it; we find our favorite makeup shades and never stray. This week we invite you to take advantage of Afterglow’s Virtual Makeover Appointment, which offers you a complete makeover without having to leaving the house. It’s time to experience new shades. Let’s bust out of this rut!

    Here’s what you do:

    1.) Send a close-up photo of yourself to Support@afterglowcosmetics.com between now and 11:59 pm tonight

    (Don’t worry about primping; you wouldn’t put on a full face of makeup before a makeover, would you?)

    2.) Along with your photo send a list of your favorite shades to sport during spring.

    3.) Click send!

    Upon receiving your photo one of Afterglow’s Beauty Advisors will send you a list of shades to complement your individual skin tone and features!

    Afterglow’s make up collection is entirely gluten-free.

    Yodit

    After Yodit’s Afterglow makeover. Afterglow suggested Yodit try our Organic Mineral Blush in Tickle, Mineral Eye Shadow in Whisper and Sage, Ultra Matte Eye Shadow in Cocoa and Organic Lip Love Lipstick in Afterglow.

    -Glamour and Green Gluten-Free

     

    Don’t Be Glum- Try Gluten-Free Glee Gum! April 12, 2010

    Gluten Free Gum Besides regular bread, one of the things I’ve missed most about going gluten free is gum.

    Gum seems like such a staple-item, doesn’t it? When you’re out and about, tiny designer clutch in hand, it might only include a few things, but you never leave home with some sort of small wallet, your cell phone, your favorite lipstick… and gum.

    Or what about date night? If your single or dating, gum is simply hands-down a MUST-HAVE, without-a-doubt item.

    Thank goodness I’ve been married to the most precious man for a few years now and don’t have to have perfectly minty-fresh breath after scarfing down a grilled steak and onion dinner with a big side of delicious garlic mashed potatoes! But c’mon, let’s be honest: Poor guy. I am sure my after-dinner kisses just aren’t as sweet. haha. 🙂

    Besides worrying about the gluten-contamination that gum could have (wouldn’t that be such a sad way to ruin date night? A little piece of gluten-filled gum and the fun is totally over as I writhe in pain), but nowadays I’m so aware of what goes in my mouth, gum seems so toxic.

    What the heck is in gum, anyway?! Most of the ingredients in gum I can’t even pronounce! But the ingredients I do know of are artificial sweeteners that just can’t be good for my body. I’d rather eat organic sugar by the spoonful than consume that scary artificial sweetener stuff. How many artificial sweeteners have been linked to causing health problems- like cancer?! I know several have. I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but in my opinion, it’s not worth it.

    And as normal as it seems to chew gum, perhaps it’s a lot more hazardous than most of us realize?

    If your like me, avoiding gum since going gluten free, and have been totally depressed about suffering with troll-breath after eating your favorite, potent-smelling foods, be glum no longer, my friends…

    Gluten Free Glee GumI was SO ridiculously excited to discover GLEE GUM (what a perfect name, huh?!).

    Glee Gum is gluten-free and made with wonderful, ALL-NATURAL ingredients!! WHOO-HOO!

    Glee Gum is all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners nor preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest. Chicle is also what gives the gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture! Glee Gum is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. So chew with Glee, naturally!

     

    It comes in SIX great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, and triple berry. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! With no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners (no aspartame), or preservatives, it’s easy to chew Glee-fully!

     

    This is BY FAR the best gluten free gum, I’ve ever found. And besides being gluten free, it’s so comforting to know you’re not chewing a piece of toxic waste (and being good to the earth at the same time)! Whenever I pop a few pieces of gum in my mouth, I feel happy knowing I’m making a healthy choice to keep my health in tact!

    Not to mention, Glee Gum tastes great and the packaging is absolutely adorable! It has a very retro-type look about it. I can envision myself wearing a pink poodle skirt and sitting at a cute 50’s diner every time I pop a few Glee Gum’s in my mouth. 🙂 It makes me happy.

    The packaging is cute enough you’ll totally want to keep some in your purse, your car- everywhere- and show it off to your friends. This gum ends up being more than just gluten-free gum- it’s a fashion statement that goes well with bright red vintage-looking lipstick. 🙂

    I’m a huge fan of the Peppermint flavor; it’s great to use as your “default” gum. After dates, dinner/meals, when you need a “quick lift” to refresh your palate, this is the flavor to pick.

    But just for any time fun, I LOVE LOVE LOVED the Wee Glee- a 1 oz. loose gum box filled with a tasty mix of four fun flavors: Tangerine, Triple Berry, Bubblegum, and Banana! The fruit flavors were so yummy, fun to mix, and didn’t have any kind of weird after-taste. I felt like a kid again when I chewed this gum; I loved these all-natural fruit flavors!

    Tip: I find that three pieces (they come in little square gum pieces, not gum strips) works well for one gum-sitting. I also notice that the flavor fades sooner than with regular gum. At first I was a little bummed because the flavor is so yummy (and the gum is so good for me, health-wise), but then I thought… Ya know what? Maybe I should remember that it’s unnatural for something’s flavor to last and last and last… and last… If you had a real piece of food in your mouth, you wouldn’t expect the flavor to linger hours later!! I think this gum totally does it’s job- makes your mouth feel minty and fresh (or fruity and fresh) and lasts long enough to feel good about it. If you want more gum, get a few new pieces and start over again! No big deal. 🙂 

    Become a fan of Glee Gum and show your support by trying some awesome gum for yourself by buying online or finding a store near you, read their newsletter (you’ll get special discounts off your gum purchases!), and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace!

    Try Glee Gum and be gleefully gluten-free!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

     

    Spring Get-Aways: Travel with Fabulous Gluten-Free Toiletries March 29, 2010

    Gluten-Free Must-Have Toiletries After what seems like a looooooooong and cold winter, I am getting stir-crazy! I need to run away with my husband to somewhere warm, sunny, and by the beach!

    If you’re planning a spring vacation, a babymoon (like me), or a little weekend get-away, it’s time to stock up on gluten-free traveling essentials!

    And if you’re not planning a spring vacation, no worries! Plan a “staycation” and have fun at home! Indulging in a few gluten-free travel toiletries can still get you excited about warmer weather at home and can also become motivation to do something exciting and cost-efficient around town!

    Stock Up on These 8 Glamorous Gluten-Free Toiletries for Your Next Adventure:

    1. Gluten-Free Hand Sanitizer: We all know that it’s not easy to wash your hands as often as you touch dirty, germy things when you travel. That’s why hand sanitizer was such a brilliant creation. But it always freaks me out to think of the chemicals used in hand sanitizer, and what might be even worse, if the hand sanitizer includes gluten! The Solution? Try EO Hand Sanitizer–the organic, plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers and is also gluten-free. Organic Lavender Essential Oil is naturally cleansing and soothing. Organic Alcohol (non-GMO) sanitizes on contact. Soothing Jojoba nourishes and moisturizes. It keeps your hands clean as you travel, but even better than that, rest-assure that your hand sanitizer isn’t filled with gluten or scary, toxic chemicals!

    2. Gluten-Free Toothpaste (Travel-Size): One of my favorite toothpastes is Tom’s of Maine brand. Free from artificial sweeteners, it uses real, natural flavored oils for taste. It’s incredible toothpaste that fights cavities, controls tarter, and whitens your teeth too! They even have travel-size all-natural toothpastes that make it easy to toss pack in your toiletry bag. My favorite flavor? Try the refreshing orange-mango toothpaste flavor which feels light and clean! It’s an exciting alternative to regular minty toothpaste flavors and can become a fun flavor to use on tropical trips and turn into a personal traveling tradition!

    3. Gluten-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (Travel Size): Looking for a good gluten-free shampoo? Try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Shampoos– Trial Size, which includes 4 different shampoos that are designed to be used in rotation so that all aspects of hair and scalp can be nourished and maintained. Pine Shale (Air) and Apple Cider Vinegar (Fire) Shampoos nourish the hair and stimulate growth. Sea Essence (Water) and Earth Essence (Earth) Shampoos detoxify and regenerate hair and scalp. Rotate all four for maximum care — Pine Shale today, Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow, Sea Essence the next day, then Earth Essence, then back to Pine Shale Shampoo to continue the rotation cycle. Then try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Conditioners– Trial Size, which includes a 2-ounce bottles of Diamond Crystal Mist, Volumizer Mist, and Chi Instant Conditioners plus a 1-ounce bottle of Euro Organic Oil and a 1-ounce package of Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy. All shampoos and conditioners are gluten-free, color-safe, and organic! Truly fantastic!

    4. Gluten-Free Anti-Fizz Hair Serum: I can’t believe something that’s organic works so well, but Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone anti-frizz hair serum is phenomenal! After your usual shampoo and conditioner routine, apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair and banish traveling frizziness! It also helps detangle dry hair that needs extra moisturizing. This stuff works miracles (I use it every single day) and will be a life-saver if you plan to go out and sit by the beach and don’t want to end up with a unsightly fro. It’s a little pricey, but trust me, it’s worth the investment!

    Must-Have Gluten-Free Traveling Toiletries

     

    5. Gluten-Free Soap: Using the Kauai Blossom Soap from the Dynamic Fragrance Soap Collection at EverAfter Naturals is an awesome, all-natural, and gluten-free choice to put you in the mood for a tropical get-away. Filled with island floral notes and a hint of ginger, this handcrafted soap will take you away to clear waters and white sand whether or not you’re really going on vacation! It smells great, cleans well, and leaves your skin silky and soft. Make sure you get a bar for your next trip! I’m a huge fan of this soap and this company- read my review of EverAfter Naturals here.

    6. Gluten-Free Lip Balm: EverAfter Naturals gets another shout-out here for the super-amazing Moisturizing Lip Balm. It’s all natural, gluten-free, and full-on fabulous. Flavored with only pure plant oils, this lip balm contains no petroleum, artificial flavors or sweeteners. You’ll be amazed at how incredibly smooth this lip balm goes on and how long it lasts! The applicator is also more oval (while most lip balm or chapsticks are more round) which I think is a cool feature and a better fit for real lips! My favorite is the Berry flavor which gives your lips a really pretty, all-natural tint, which makes it perfect multi-tasking product for avoiding slathering on heavy-feeling lipsticks during your traveling, but still getting a beautiful touch of lip color.

    7. Gluten-Free Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must-have product for regular, every day, daily life- so obviously- you wouldn’t dare go without it as you run away to your sunny escapes! That said, California Baby No Fragrance  SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion is the hands-down winner. Unfragranced, PABA free, non-chemical, California Baby® sunscreen is perfect for those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies. California Baby’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. This lotion is simple and elegant; it glides on smoothly and will not slip off when it comes into contact with water, so you may rest assured that it will last. Non-staining formula, very water-resistant, and contains no gluten (whoo-hoo!), nut oils, soy, oat, or dairy! Love this stuff and TOTALLY worth the price.

    8. Gluten-Free Body Lotion: I like my sunscreens to be scent-less so I can get crazy with the fun-stuff: body lotion. Get in the mood for fun and perhaps a pina colada (or two 🙂 ) with 100% Pure’s Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! This body cream will make you happy whether you leave the house or not! This highly nourishing luxurious cream is concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. It’s a delicious smelling body cream that will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. Truly, 100% Pure – never any toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals or anything else artificial Made only with highest quality, natural, organic nutrients for your skin. Vegetarian and gluten-free too! Yay.

    Happy & Safe Gluten-Free Traveling!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Ps. Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for the pics! Check out Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Scrap Shop for photo editing and digital scrapbooking tutorials! It’s easy and GREEN!

    Pps. Tomorrow is all-about creating “green” memory books for Spring 2010 Adventures, Vacations, and Travels with digital scrapbooking. Sooo exciting! 🙂

     

    Yummy Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread March 23, 2010

     

    Gluten Free Banana Bread When you’re craving comfort food, good banana bread really hits the spot. Try this super-moist gluten-free bread the next time you are in the mood for a yummy treat:

    Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

    Ingredients:

    ½ Cup Butter
    ½ Cup Sugar (Brown Sugar if you like) 
    3 Eggs
    2 Cups ALL Purpose GF Flour (Try Bob’s Red Mill)
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 Cup very ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas per one batch or 4 to 5 double batch)
    ½ Cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    *As usual, if you can pick organic ingredients and spices, you’ll always end up with a better-for-you, tastier version.

    Directions:

    1. Melt butter in microwave

    2. Combine in mixer bowl: GF flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine dry ingredients.

    3. Add bananas, eggs, vanilla and mix in mixer bowl with dry ingredients.

    4. Add melted butter and mix in.

    5. Stir nuts in

    6. Pour mixture into greased bread pans

    7. Bake at 350 for about 40 to 45 minutes or until putting a knife in middle and pulling out is clean

    8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before cutting.

    Makes 1 to 2 loafs depending on loaf pan size — (recipe above with the 2-3 bananas) — or (double all ingredients above with the 4 to 5 bananas option for 2-3 loafs).

    Recipe Tip: The next time you have very ripe bananas, peel them and freeze in zip lock bag. When you have enough bananas for this recipe, defrost them and add them directly to mixer! If you don’t have a hand mixer then make sure the bananas are mashed very good before adding them to bowl, and then mix everything completely.

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free