Back-to-School with Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods

School is back in session and coming up with gluten-free lunch ideas that won’t bore can sometimes be a challenge.

Let Udi’s make it easier (and more fun) with our selection of gourmet snacks and goodies that last will last in your child’s school bag and locker through all those morning activities and into lunchtime.

SONY DSCUdi’s Soft & Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites: Oh man, these are absolutely delicious! You’d never believe they are gluten free. The chocolate chips in the brownie give it a nice added texture.

SONY DSCUdi’s Ancient Grain Crisps with Aged Cheddar: Initially opening the bag it definitely smells aged, but once you get it into your mouth and chew it, they taste great. The family loved it so much, that my husband, who is not gluten free, requested that I make sure to pick up more bags when I’m at the store.

SONY DSCUdi’s White Sandwich Bread: Best gluten-free bread ever. I’ve tried many other brands, but this is by far our favorite. We load it up like a Subway sandwich for lunch, and the bread holds up great… not crumbly or dry at all. The kids even love it toasted in the morning spread with butter and jam.

SONY DSCUdi’s Mighty Bagel: These bagels are awesome! They are not crumbly and dry. The kids love these bagels for breakfast out of the toaster. I’ve also made mini pizza bagels with these as an after school snack, which was a surprise and a huge hit with the kids.

SONY DSCUdi’s Whole Grain Hamburger Buns: Soft, not crumbly, good taste. It’s nice to finally have a complete hamburger, bun and all.

SONY DSCSoft & Sweet Cinnamon Raisin Bread: Soft, sweet and delectable. Warmed up with a little bit of butter spread on with a cup of coffee. Mmmm… makes me think of autumn and all it’s beauty.

SONY DSCHarvest Crunch Muffins: Yummy!!! We had these for breakfast. Even better is that it’s so nutritious made with cranberries, sweet potato, quinoa flour, flax seed, and pepitas. Great way to start the morning.

SONY DSCUdi’s Plain Tortillas: I was so excited to try these, because I honestly miss flour tortillas and was tired of the corn tortillas. Last night, I tried the tortillas for tacos. I threw 4 of them wrapped in a damp paper towel in the microwave for 20 seconds. I wrapped taco meat into the warm tortilla, but disappointed it fell apart. The second time around, I wrapped the tortillas individually in a damp paper towel for 20 seconds and what a difference! Chewy warm tortilla that held all of its taco filling together. Absolutely delicious!!! Today, I made a sandwich wrap for lunch, and again, delicious, chewy and it held the lunch meat together.

SONY DSCUdi’s Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies: I brought a box of these over to my cousin’s house over the weekend. My cousin put them out and within 2 minutes they were all gone. Guests couldn’t believe these cookies were gluten free. They were a little crumbly, but soft and chewy. Extremely tasty!

SONY DSCUdi’s Cherry Walnut Granola Clusters With Omega 3: These are full of taste, great snack at home or on the go. These are clusters full of gluten free oats, ancient grains, fruits and nuts. It is good source of iron. My kids can’t get enough of theses clusters.

Because of Udi‘s products, I can honestly say my children and I don’t feel like we are on a gluten-free diet because of the variety of foods they carry. We can finally have food we have missed eating that actually tastes great and almost, or as close as it can get, to the wheat laden foods. When it comes to gluten-free foods, you can never go wrong with UDI’s brand. My only suggestion is to keep your breads, buns and bagels in the freezer to keep them fresh longer and just take it out when ready to eat it by heating it in the microwave for a few seconds and they come out warm, fresh and not crumbly.

Gratify Gluten Free Pretzels Giveaway

Osem USA Inc just launched a new line of gluten-free pretzels.  For those of us who have to eat gluten free, it is a welcome product on the market.  This new line is called Gratify and the first products from this line are pretzels.   The pretzels are wheat free, milk free, casein free, egg free, lactose free, and include non-gmo ingredients. The Yogurt Covered Twists and the Milk Chocolate Covered Twists do contain milk and soy and may contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and egg.  I was excited to try this line of products.

IMG_0248The first product we tried were the Gratify Gluten Free Sesame Seed Thins. These nutty thins offer the traditional crunch of a pretzel in a shape that’s perfect for dips, spreads, and other creative toppings.  I’m not really fond of sesame seeds, but I was surprised and actually impressed by the light airiness of the pretzel with a hint of sea salt, and the sesame seeds gave it a perfect blend of nuttiness. It is a nice twist to plain pretzels.

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Gratify Gluten Free Sea Salt Sticks and Gratify Gluten Free Sea Salt Twists taste just like gluten pretzels, but much better. I served a bag to family over the weekend and everyone asked what brand of pretzels they were, because they were very delicious. They were shocked to find out they were gluten free and preferred the gluten free Gratify product over their usual brand.  Shocking, I know!  Often times, gluten free products can be spotted a mile away.  Not these!!!

IMG_0256Gratify Gluten Free Salt Thins were just as good as the sticks and twists. The sea salt thins are flat and thin and light and airy to the taste.  They are rich in flavor and texture and make the perfect platform for cheeses, spreads, and dips of all kind.

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Gratify Gluten Free Milk Chocolate Covered Twists had to be the favorite in the house. The chocolate actually tastes like real chocolate and doesn’t have that artificial taste that can sometimes give you that waxy feel on the roof of your mouth. It was the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet and salty.

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Gratify Gluten Free Yogurt Covered Twists were very similar to the chocolate covered twists, but has a slight yogurt flavor to it. Actually, I’d almost say it tasted like a white chocolate covered pretzel, without it being overly sweet. Either way, they were delicious.

After trying the Gratify products, we are pleasantly surprised with the great taste of each bag. It is finally nice to add more of a variety to our gluten free diets without having to compromise our taste buds. All in all, Gratify Pretzels lived up to its name…… Absolutely gratifying!!!

Since we loved these so much, I have arranged for one lucky reader to win Gratify Gluten Free Pretzels prize pack, so you can try all these flavors!  Here’s what you need to do:

Apple Pie Slices (Gluten Free)

Sometimes I really like having a cooking blog. Tonight is one of those nights since I am eating some very delicious Apple Pie Slices while I write this post out for you all.

If you read my personal blog, you will know that I recently lost over 80 lbs. I went off what I was doing in January, and I’ve been maintaining ever since. I like to play around with recipes to see how to make them healthier. This Apple Pie Slices recipe is made using Vi Shake Mix. Yes, the protein shake.

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Just drinking their shakes can get boring after a while, so why not cook with it? You could probably replace the white sugar with stevia (or another sugar like that). I’ve seen several Vi Shake Mix recipes that all look way healthier than this. However, this is super yummy (and made me crave a scoop of ice cream to put on top which I didn’t!). As I have found, weight loss is accomplished with small changes in your life that you can continue to follow. This dessert will allow you to eat and not feel too guilty about having it!

Apple Pie Slices
 
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Ingredients
  • 2½ cups ViSalus Vi-Shape Mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 6 apples - peeled, cored and sliced (you can add more depending on how apply you want this)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour (using the Vi-shake mix) a 9x9 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine the egg yolks and ½ cup of milk. Stir into the flour mixture.
  3. Cover the inside of the pan with the dough. Spread dough with a light coating of egg white. Fill with sliced apples and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top. Spread the remaining dough on top of apples. Brush with a light coating of egg white.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crust is golden. In a small bowl, beat together the confectioners' sugar, salt, vanilla and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars, cut into squares.

This was such an easy replacement that I will probably be trying a few more recipes with the ViSalus products! However, I need to finish eating my apple pie slice first!

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Are there any recipes you’d like me to try with the Vi-Shape Shake Mix?