Jackie’s Carrot Cakes

Jackie's Carrot Cakes

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/

Sun Cups

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Sun Cups are the perfect chocolates for people with allergies and sensitivities… and I’m newly obsessed. They’re nut-free, gluten-free, Certified Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. Not only are they all natural, but they are environmentally conscious, too… the cacao comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms! The signature Sun Cups are made in dark chocolate and milk chocolate and are filled with delicious, creamy sunflower seed butter. I love the dark chocolate variety; the sea salt in the sunflower butter perfectly compliments the bitterness of the chocolate. Sun Cups also has a line of dark chocolate mint cups that are the answer to your Peppermint Pattie cravings! I’m also obsessed with the milk chocolate caramel cups. They are gooey and sticky and everything you want out of caramel! The plain Non-GMO chocolate bars are awesome and I keep them in the freezer for a nibble after dinner! You can find Sun Cups at Whole Foods and smaller health food stores. Check out their website for a store locator or to order a variety pack online! I predict huge success for Sun Cups; they’re the perfect NOBREAD and nut-free chocolate!

Where to buy: http://suncups.com/

Battenkill Brittle

If you’re the kind of person who is constantly on the run, and always looking for a quick, healthy snack that you can grab on the go, then I have the product for you! Battenkill Brittle is a low sugar, high protein snack that is especially great when you need a little energy boost. I had the opportunity to sample some of the delicious treat and I’m so excited to report that Battenkill Brittle has become one of my go to snacks. The brittle is naturally gluten free and just the right amount of sweet, so it can be eaten all by itself.  If you’re like me, you’ll want to add it to your salad, oatmeal, ice cream, or just about anything that you would like to add a little extra protein to. Battenkill Brittle, produced in Vermont, is made with organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic brown rice syrup, pure Vermont syrup and pecan meal. Battenkill is made in 2 forms, the brittle and brittle crumble, and can be purchased from the online store and a a limited amount of health food stores on the east coast. Check out battenkillbrittle.com for store locations. You have to try it…it’s addictive!

 

Where to Buy: battenkillbrittle.com

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District is home to awesome shops and even better food. Generally, the restaurants and stalls at the Market are outposts of popular NYC restaurants, as having a location in popular/crowded markets is the perfect way for restaurants to increase their presence. Chelsea Market is crowded and lively, and given the Market’s rise in popularity over the last few years, the NOBREAD team decided it was time to go on an adventure to find the best gluten free eats!

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Sohha yogurt was our first stop.

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You can make your own parfait with fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds.

IMG_9094I added a drizzle of honey to mine! BTW-The granola is subject to cross-contamination, so be careful if you are sensitive. They also serve salads and bowls for lunch!

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Grab a pint to go!

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The Filling Station has giant jugs of olive oils, vinegars, and salts. It’s a great place to buy some NOBREAD approved cooking supplies for yourself or as a gift! The purple jug is full of merlot sea salt- how fancy is that?

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Unsatisfied with just one breakfast, we hopped up on a stool at Bar Suzette and ordered a gluten-free crepe!

Huevos Rancheros at Bar Suzette

Huevos Rancheros!

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Bellies full, we took the elevator upstairs to Inglot Cosmetics and ogled over their amazing eyeshadows. Next it was time to scope out some lunch spots!

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Takumi Taco has a separate gluten-free menu! They serve Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine; my favorite were the tuna tacos on corn tortillas. It’s definitely worth a stop! Next, we wandered around The Lobster Place.

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It’s a marketplace where you can buy lunch or take home a giant fish for your evening’s dinner party.
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The prepared items are delicious and they have plenty of NOBREAD choices.

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Craving some sugar, we checked out the lineup at Liddabit Sweets.

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One Lucky Duck also makes sweet choices- like these faux oreos!

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We couldn’t fit another bite of food- the true sign of a successful day!

 

Polvilho Bakery

Polvilho Puffs

Polvilho Puffs

I am always looking for new healthy snacks; there is something so satisfying about a bowl of crunchy and salty chips or crackers. However, it’s tough to find snacks that are not only healthy, but gluten free, too! I first discovered Polvilho Bakery on a visit to FeelFood, and I couldn’t get enough! The puffs are NOBREAD approved and made with cassava flour; a Brazilian staple that Polvilho creator, Daniela, is introducing to the American snack scene! The puffs are super light and airy and almost dissolve in your mouth! They are also all natural and low in calories, and come in plain, parmesan, flax seed & coconut oil, and cacao flavors. The parmesan flavor reminds me of a grown-up, healthy Cheeto! I also love the flax and coconut flavor; the hint of coconut is so delicious and perfectly savory. The cacao puffs might become my new late night NOBREAD snack, as they remind me of the cocopuff cereal I used to eat when I was a kid! The puffs are made in Brooklyn and you can order them online (link below) and have them shipped anywhere in the US. You can also find them at FeelFood and in several health food stores on the Upper East Side. Check them out and happy NOBREAD snacking!

Where to Buy: http://polvilhobakery.com/

5 Quick GF Tips

 

  1. Plan your meals around protein and produce. This mindset will help you focus on foods that are naturally gluten free and healthy.
  2. Embrace the potato! Whether you want the root vegetable for a healthy meal (roasted sweet potato) or for an indulgence (truffle fries), let the potato be your go-to filling carbohydrate! *Always make sure fried potatoes are cooked in a separate fryer from other foods containing gluten*
  3. Invest in a spiralizer. Your friends and magazines are right- it’s worth it. Learn to make noodles out of everything from zucchini to carrots. The key to a delicious GF noodle dishes is the sauce. Make your own or pick up a jar at Trader Joe’s; I promise you everything tastes better with a little peanut sauce or pesto.
  4. Master the art of risotto. It’s everything you might miss about pasta, but has so much potential for variation. Try melting a hunk of parmesan cheese into your risotto; you’ll burn the calories from the cheese off as you stir away at your dish as it cooks on the stove!
  5. Eat out NOBREAD style! Check restaurant menus to see what your options are. Restaurants are getting more GF-friendly everyday. Another tip: the gluten free dishes chefs create can be downright brilliant. Use restaurants as a source of inspiration for your cooking, whether it be by experimenting with a new grain, trying a new veggie, or creating a unique spice combo!

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i heart keenwah

When quinoa emerged on the health food scene a year or two ago, it without a doubt became the most popular grain on the market for both the gluten-free and gluten-full crowd. The grain is a complete source of protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids. For those of us who are gluten free, quinoa in an incredibly popular pasta substitute, but now GF food companies and chefs have found more uses for the superfood. Quinoa oatmeal is now a popular menu item, and quinoa is also used in snacks!

The team at i heart keenwah LOVES quinoa, and has introduced a line of quinoa bites that are sweet and healthy! These quinoa-based bites are natural, gluten-free, and really good! I had the opportunity to taste three flavors; chocolate sea salt, cashew cranberry, and peanut butter cacao. The chocolate flavor was my favorite, but I’m bias and love all things chocolate. The cashew cranberry was my runner-up, and the cranberry flavor meshed very well with the cashew crunch. The quinoa clusters also come in an almond flavor and peanut ginger flavor. The bites are packed with protein, too, so they’ll keep you nice and full. I recommend trying these bites for yourself; I recently put them out at a party I was hosting and within minutes the bowl was empty!

Where to Buy: http://shop.iheartkeenwah.com/

Squish Marshmallows

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Marshmallows are one of my favorite nobread friendly snacks; however, for the first few years that I was gluten free, I avoided marshmallows as I assumed all things delicious contained gluten. When I discovered several gluten free marshmallow brands, I was thrilled, but my excitement was short lived. Generic marshmallows contain a plethora of ingredients (mainly artificial) and although gluten free, the little white puffs often upset me. 
 
Recently, I discovered Squish Marshmallows, a brand of all natural marshmallows! Squish marshmallows are delicious, and each marshmallow is made from scratch and hand-cut. The company uses as many natural and GMO-free ingredients as possible, doesn’t use corn syrup, doesn’t use food dyes, and doesn’t use eggs in the marshmallow base. An allergy friendly marshmallow? Sign me up!
 
Gluten free flavors include birthday party, rocky road, gingerbread and peppermint. The birthday party marshmallows were SO delicious, and they are both gluten AND dairy free; right up my alley! There is also minimal ingredients used in this flavor; they just contain sugar, water, honey, salt, gelatin, cornstarch, pure vanilla extract, and rainbow sprinkles. My favorite marshmallow was rocky road; but chocolate lovers beware, you will be addicted to this chocolatey puff. My friends and I couldn’t get over the taste, and everyone commented that they would be PERFECT with our next cup of hot chocolate. 
 
Squish Marshmallows is on to something great, and I’m excited for the company’s success. Shelf life is best within 4 weeks for most flavors, but can still be enjoyed 4-6 weeks later. Check out Squish’s site to order!