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Bakery on Main: Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal September 29, 2011

Bakery on Main Instant Oatmeal I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, I’m starving. I’m definitely a breakfast-kind-of-gal. Whenever I meet someone who says they skip breakfast, I’m always so surprised! My body needs food after 7+ hours of sleeping… pronto!

 

Not only do I want to eat the minute I wake up, but I usually don’t have time to sit around and make an elaborate meal. I am a mom (‘nuff said, right?!) and the mornings are busy (my entire day/week/life is busy)!

 

I do my fair share of cooking, don’t get me wrong. I chop fresh, organic vegetables at lunch for salads, I make home-made dinners most nights of the week, and I love to bake… But with breakfast, I’m hungry, it’s early, I’m still trying to wake up, and something quick, easy, but delicious, is just much more appealing.

 

One of my favorite gluten free newest-finds is Bakery on Main’s Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal. You want fast? You can’t get much faster than instant oatmeal. Pour hot water over oatmeal or pop in the microwave for a minute and enjoy. It may be simple, but boring it is not. Bakery on Main’s GF Instant Oatmeal is tasty! It comes in three delish flavors: Strawberry Shortcake, Maple Multigrain Muffin, and Apple Pie. I thought I would like the Strawberry Shortcake flavor the best, but honestly, I just can’t pick a favorite. I liked all of them… all three were so yummy!

 

Don’t expect a super-sweet, instant oatmeal loaded with sugar or artificial flavorings either. Instead Bakery on Main uses real, super-ingredients and spices for a slightly sweet, flavorful, and nutritious meal. Each flavor is packed with good-for-you ingredients, certified gluten free oats, fruit, quinoa, flax meal, even amaranth! The list of other benefits continue: High Fiber, Non GMO, Dairy & Casein Free, Soy Free, Low Sodium, Trans Fat Free, Cholesterol Free, and of course, it is Gluten Free.

 

Sprinkle a few walnuts or pecans, and some fresh fruit on top of these gourmet flavors (though I liked my oatmeal plain too) and you’ve got yourself a pretty fabulous breakfast. Warm, yummy… a perfect breakfast choice this fall and winter. You can buy Bakery on Main’s Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal at $5.99 for10.5 oz. box of 6 packets online or in stores around November 1, 2011.

 

Now there is no excuse for skipping breakfast, my friends!

 

-Glamour and 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