NOBREAD Top 5

1. NuGo 

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Most of NuGo’s bars are gluten free and vegan and most importantly, they are all coated in real dark chocolate. NuGo Slim bars are high in protein and low in sugar and come in flavors such as brownie crunch, roasted peanut, raspberry truffle, and espresso! They have less than three grams of sugar and more than fifteen grams of protein, and they will absolutely keep you full and energized. The NuGo Dark bars, my personal favorite, are higher in sugar but richer in taste. The best flavor is the Dark Chocolate Pretzel, which has a sprinkle of sea salt on top. The NuGo Free line is completely GF, vegan, and soy free, and perfect for people like myself who are free of all three. Try the dark chocolate trail mix and thank me after!

2. Chia Warrior 

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Chia Bars are GF, soy-free, vegan, all natural, and non-GMO. Chia seeds are trendy for a reason: they are an absolute power food packed with protein, fiber, omega-3s, minerals, and antioxidants. They also expand in your digestive system, making you feel full longer. Bonus: the bars are only 100 calories! So diet friendly! The flavors are delicious- apple cinnamon, mango, chocolate peanut butter, banana nut, coconut, coffee, acai berry, and dark chocolate cherry. My favorites are banana nut and apple cinnamon. They are delicious and have less than five grams of sugar. In addition, they have three grams of protein and four grams of fiber!

3. KIND 5g sugar

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KIND bars are a longtime favorite amongst those in the health food community. All KIND Healthy Snacks are gluten free, and some of the most delicious flavors are peanut butter & strawberry, blueberry vanilla & cashew, and dark chocolate mocha almond. My personal favorite is the almond and coconut; it is perfectly sweet and filling. The dark chocolate nuts & sea salt only has five grams of sugar and packs seven grams of protein. With high quality ingredients and unique varieties, KIND bars are an awesome choice.

4. Mediterra 

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Mediterra’s savory bars are absolutely brilliant and they are the perfect snack for when you need a little fuel. The Mediterra sundried tomato and basil bar is made with ingredients like pea protein, cashews, and olive oil. It has six grams of protein and only four grams of sugar. Mediterra’s second flavor- black olive and walnut- features hints of green pepper, chive, and rosemary extract. Pick up these GF, non-GMO, and all natural bars for a unique and nutritious snack.

5. The GFB 

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The GFB products are certified gluten-free/vegan/ kosher, GMO free, and soy-free. The bars and bites are made with nuts and dates and they’re a great source of Omega-3 thanks to the use of flaxseed. They have an average of twelve grams of protein, but have up to twenty grams of sugar. You don’t have to worry about cross contamination because the facility is dedicated gluten free! The bars come in flavors like cranberry toasted almond, dark chocolate coconut, and coconut cashew crunch. The dark chocolate coconut is my favorite- it tastes like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie! The company also makes GFB bites that are amazing as well; they make for the perfect snack or dessert and they are packed with protein, just like the bars.

NOBREAD Top 5

Here are some high quality, simple, and delicious products that are perfect for the younger gluten free foodies out there!

1. Enjoy Life Foods

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Enjoy Life is an amazing company whose products are all gluten free, non GMO, and free from the major allergens: wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish! The products are also Kosher and Halal. There’s nothing artificial and the ingredients are top-notch. Enjoy Life makes cookies in flavors like snickerdoodle and double chocolate, crunchy cereals, bars, chocolates, and lentil snacks. Their bars are the perfect kid-friendly snack to keep stashed in purses or cars- the s’mores flavor is my favorite!

2. Van’s

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Van’s has the best line of GF breakfast foods. They make frozen pancakes, waffles, and french toast sticks. Their waffles have a huge variety of flavors: ancient grains, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon, and flax. Kids will love the cinnamon french toast sticks and they are perfect for dipping! Van’s also makes GF cereals, cheesy crackers, granola, pasta, and snack bars!

3. Amy’s

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Amy’s Kitchen is dedicated to making organic vegetarian food and has an extensive selection of GF products! Amy’s frozen pizza on rice crust is offered with dairy and vegan cheese, and the frozen mac and cheese has both options as well. Kids would love their broccoli and cheddar bake made with gluten free pasta. It’s a perfect balance between yummy and healthy! Amy’s also has excellent GF burritos, and enchiladas, along with Indian dishes like red curry and paneer tikka! For dessert, the mint chip vegan ice cream is excellent, as well!

4. Nature’s Path

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Nature’s Path makes products that are all USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and vegetarian. A large number of the cereal, granola, bars, and waffles are gluten free and perfect for kids! Their line of Envirokidz cereals are healthier, NOBREAD versions of popular brands- so your kids won’t feel left out! I love the frosted flakes, peanut butter puffs, and cinnamon munch cereal. Each has an exotic animal for a mascot! Plus, each bowl serves an excellent amount of whole grains.

5. Gogo Squeez 

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GoGo Squeez makes squeezable, portable fruits! Their products are gluten free, non-GMO, natural, kosher, vegan, and free of artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup. Varieties include applesauce blends like apple cinnamon, apple mango, and apple grape. Select apple blends are available organic, as well. GoGo Squeez also makes fruit and vegetable blends, which are my favorite! The pear and berry flavors have carrots, the peach and grape have sweet potatoes. What a genius way for kids to get extra nutrients!

 

Canyon Bakehouse

7-grain-lgCanyon Bakehouse has an amazing range of NOBREAD-approved baked goods! Their sandwich breads are awesomeI’ve used them to make everything from toast to grilled cheese. Their muffins are moist and delicious too! The products are 100% whole grain and are made with all natural ingredients. The bread is sweetened with organic agave syrup rather than white sugar, making the bread healthy too! Not only are Canyon Bakehouse products gluten free, but they are also nut free, soy free, dairy free, and casein free. They are not vegan, however, since eggs are used. The hamburger and hot dog buns are perfect for summer BBQs, and I’m obsessed with the rosemary and thyme focaccia. It tastes amazing with prosciutto and cheese, and makes for the perfect thick-crust pizza base! It’s an awesome, quick dinner! The sliced bread comes in mountain white, deli rye style, cinnamon raisin, and 7-grain. Canyon Bakehouse products can be purchased online; the bread comes in single bags or cases, which include 10 loaves of bread. The bread also freezes and defrosts really well so don’t worry about ordering in bulk. They have several store-fronts as well, so check out their website!

Where to find: https://canyonglutenfree.com

RECIPE

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PORTOBELLO ASPARAGUS RISOTTO 

Here’s an awesome NOBREAD recipe for a vegan risotto full of veggies! 

Ingredients

1 pound Asparagus

1 pound baby bell (cremini) mushrooms

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

4 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine

1 medium onion, minced

2 Cups Arborio rice

1 cup dry white wine

3 cups vegetable stock

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

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1. Preheat oven to 375. Snap off tough ends of asparagus stalks and cut into 1″ pieces. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Use hands to mix asparagus with oil and spread in single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wash mushrooms (a soft brush helps clean them) and cut into quarters. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Use hands to mix with oil and spread in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast asparagus and mushrooms for 10-15 minutes until tender.

2. Heat 4 tablespoons margarine in a medium sauce pan, add onion and  1/2 teaspoon salt and saute 5-7 minutes until softened. Add rice and sauté about 4 minutes until edges are transparent. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently, until it is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring every few minutes until liquid is absorbed, 10-12 minutes.

3. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, and adding 1/2 cup water at a time as needed to keep bottom of the pan from drying out, until rice is cooked through but still somewhat firm in the center, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and roasted vegetables.

Enjoy!

The Protein Bakery

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I have an awesome line of NOBREAD friendly desserts to share with you guys: The Protein Bakery! The treats are made with oat flour, but they are not certified gluten free because the baking facility uses gluten in other products. If cross contamination is not an issue, however, I highly recommend TPB products! I believe protein is the key to staying full; it helps you avoid mindless snacking and maintain a healthy weight. Let’s face it though—there are those times where we’re all craving a brownie. The Protein Bakery makes indulging responsible. Their cookies are thick and chewy and come in peanut butter, oatmeal cranberry, oatmeal chocolate chip, chocolate white chip, and chocolate chocolate chip! I’m a chocolate fiend, so I’m obsessed with the double chocolate! I also love their brownies, which come in black and white, peanut butter, and chocolate chip. The blondies are amazing too, in black and white, peanut butter, and my favorite of the bunch, coconut walnut dark chocolate chip! Seriously delicious, with six grams of protein! If you have trouble with portion control, definitely order the minis—these little bites only have around 100 calories per serving. The Protein Bakery makes awesome assortments for peanut butter lovers, athletes, and foodies! I think they’d be awesome gifts for your wellness-minded friends or anyone with a sweet tooth. You can find TPB at your favorite NYC spots like Equinox or Just Salad, and they can be ordered off their website as well.
Where to find: http://proteinbakery.com ​

Jackie’s Carrot Cakes

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Let’s admit it, gluten free desserts can be very disappointing. Nearly impossible to get right and often too dense, too dry, and too bland. Plus, us gluten free foodies are usually limited to basic flavors like chocolate and vanilla. If we’re lucky, someone masters a GF red velvet. We needed more variety. After years of searching, I’m so happy to announce that I’ve found a NOBREAD approved carrot cake! Jackie’s Carrot Cakes are seriously amazing. The cake itself is fluffy and moist- you could never tell that it’s GF! Cinnamon and walnuts make it flavorful, and the cream cheese frosting is to die for! Jackie is a powerhouse and an inspiration- she perfected this recipe during her battle with cancer and has been growing her carrot cake empire right here in NYC. You can order her cakes in various sizes from four to ten inches. Plus, Jackie has created adorable carrot whoopie pies that are the perfect bite-sized treat. Right now, her cakes can be found at a couple of NY retailers but you can place an order on her website and have one shipped to your door! Jackie’s Carrot Cakes are going to be huge- I know it won’t be long until every major grocery store will have them in stock!

Where to find: http://www.jackiescarrotcakes.com/

Start! Sauce

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How bad can ketchup or hot sauce be for you? We often don’t think twice about condiments. Unfortunately, the labels often reveal a long list of chemicals. Start! Hot Curry Sauce is different and I’m happy to share this gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and all natural sauce. It’s a unique blend of curry spices that can be added to practically anything. There’s no hidden ingredients: no sugar, preservatives, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup. I love to add it to guacamole, eggs, and salads or splash it into soups or stir-fry. I’m also planning on making an epic bloody mary with it! You can find it in select grocery stores or order several bottles online!

Where to Buy: http://hotcurrysauce.com/blog/

The GFB

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The GFB is an awesome, totally NOBREAD-approved company making protein bars and bites. Their products are certified gluten-free/vegan/ kosher, GMO free, and soy-free. The bars and bites are made with nuts and dates and they’re a great source of Omega-3 thanks to the use of flaxseed, a nutrient that vegans can’t get enough of. With an average of 12 grams of protein per bar, which comes from brown rice and peas, it’s no wonder why these bars keep me so full. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about cross contamination because the facility is dedicated gluten free! The bar flavors are awesome: peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, cranberry toasted almond, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate coconut, and coconut cashew crunch. The dark chocolate coconut is my favorite- it tastes like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie!!! The bars are perfectly chewy and complemented by bits of crisp brown rice. Texture heaven! The GFB bites are amazing as well; they are good for a snack or dessert and they are packed with protein, just like the bars. The bites come in chocolate cherry almond, dark chocolate coconut, coconut cashew crunch, peanut butter and jelly, blueberry almond crunch, and chocolate hazelnut. The flavors are incredibly rich, AND healthy enough to eat for breakfast!  You can buy GFB products online or check out their website to find a store near you.

Where to Buy: http://www.theglutenfreebar.com/

Dona Chai

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Dona Chai is a new chai tea concentrate from Brooklyn that I’m loving right now! It’s made with cold-pressed ginger and organic loose-leaf black tea with an amazing blend of spices like cinnamon bark, cardamom, vanilla bean, cloves, and black peppercorns. You can mix it with your favorite milk- I like vanilla almond- and either serve it warm or over ice. Not only is this chai delicious, the bottle is beautiful and looks so pretty in your fridge! And of course it’s gluten free. Their website is equally well-designed, so you should check it out to see which of your favorite coffee shops serve Dona Chai. You can also buy a bottle at your local grocery store. This tea has become a NOBREAD favorite and I’m excited for NYC to catch on to the craze!

Where to Buy: http://donachai.com/ 

Sweet Note Bagels

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Sweet Note Bagels are one of the best NOBREAD bagels on the market. Michelle MacDonald founded the company in 2012, after her grandfather and sister were diagnosed with Celiac. My local coffee shop, The Bean, serves them and I’ve been a fan for a while now. Not only are Sweet Notes gluten-free, they’re also soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan! Be warned, they’re slightly smaller than your average bagel. Personally, I like that because bagels can be so carb-heavy! Sweet Notes come in plain, everything, cinnamon raisin, poppy, and sesame. Plus, this winter they added snickerdoodle and pumpkin spice flavors! The dough is made from white rice and tapioca flour, and all bagels clock in around 300 calories. I use plain to make pizza bagels in the oven (how could I resist) and I love spreading almond butter on the pumpkin spice! You can find Sweet Notes in 16 states, or order them online. Their website is awesome, and they have creative recipes like french toast and bread pudding! I highly recommend checking them out!

Where to find: http://www.sweetnotebakery.com/