Cruncha ma-me

Cruncha ma-me is a healthy, NOBREAD approved snack made from freeze-dried edamame. Co-founder and Executive Chef, Peggy Collie, once worked as a private chef specializing in natural food, and wrote for Cook’s Illustrated magazine. She is dedicated to making nutritious snacks, and she is also a major proponent of a plant-based diet. Many veggie snacks are essentially glorified potato chips when you look at the nutritional content, but Cruncha ma-me is different. Pro: they are healthier and high protein. Con: they don’t taste like a potato chip! But they are still delicious, especially in the flavored varieties. Cruncha ma-me comes in sea salt and black pepper, jalapeno, lightly seasoned, and my favorite, onion and chive! I like to eat cruncha ma-me after the gym for a protein kick or toss them in my salads. Not only are they gluten free, they are non-GMO verified and vegan. Order them from Amazon and add edamame to your snacking arsenal!

Parmesan Crisps

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Is it a cracker? Or is it cheese? Well, it’s 100% cheese and it tastes just like a cracker! I like to call it a modern day and health conscious Cheez-It. Brought to us by Kitchen Table Bakers, these handmade parmesan cheese crisps are healthy, and most importantly, GLUTEN FREE. Developed in 2003, the crisps are pure cheese, NOBREAD approved, trans fat free, sugar free, and a good source of calcium and protein! I first tried the classic aged parmesan; it was delicious and had the perfect amount of crunch. If you like salt, you’re in for a treat as the chips are quite salty. I also sampled the caraway seed flavor, which I really enjoyed. The caraway seeds reminded me of rye bread, which I haven’t had in so long! The Kitchen Table Bakers make several cheese crisp varieties including garlic, everything, sesame, and chia seed. They are delicious alone, in salad, or topped with fig jam and prosciutto (just an idea!). I’m looking forward to trying the basil pesto and the jalapeno flavors, because I know I can make some awesome NOBREAD appetizers with those for my next party. You can purchase parmesan crisps online or check the Kitchen Table Bakers website for store locations and some awesome GF recipes!

 

Where to Buy: http://www.kitchentablebakers.com/wheretofindus.php

Matt’s Munchies

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Matt’s Munchies are one of my favorite NOBREAD snacks. Chef Robert, a former banker, developed the recipe after six months of testing, and named his creations after his son, Matt. The munchies are vegan, organic, kosher, and gluten free! I like to call them the grown-up fruit roll-up, except one package is only 35 calories and 8 grams of sugar. I stash them in my purse and gym bag because they are the perfect, and convenient, sugar craving fix. Plus, you won’t get bored of the flavors; offerings include like choco nana, apple pie, ginger spice, and more! My favorite flavor happens to be the most popular flavor: mango. The mango munchies are incredibly juicy and just the right amount sweet, and the only ingredient in them is mango puree! If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll go for island mango, which is mango topped with toasted coconut flakes, or mango acai. You can pick up your Munchies at most health foods stores or check out the website  below to find locations and order online.

Cocomels

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JJ’s Sweets Cocomels are NOBREAD candy heaven! Cocomels are made with organic coconut milk, which make them creamy and sweet. They have the same texture as regular caramels, too, so there are no compromises. Cocomels come in adorable packaging and delicious flavors. Original tastes like your standard caramel with a hint of coconut flavor. Vanilla and java are amazing as well, and the java has organic espresso beans! My absolute favorite is the sea salt; this flavor is just as buttery and sweet as the original, but every so often you get a fleck of salt on your tongue. I’m a sucker for salty and sweet!  JJ’s Sweets also makes chocolate covered Cocomels. They look and taste delicious- the java flavor has an espresso bean on top! The candies are veryyyy chewy, so although they are NOBREAD approved, they might not be dentist approved :/

Cocomels are all NOBREAD approved, vegan, corn syrup free, soy free, and non-GMO. Check out their website to order and find a recipe for NOBREAD Cocomel apples!

Dippin’ Chips

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There is something so simple about putting out chips and a dip when you have friends over, but that is not the case when you are gluten free. The founders of Party-Tizers Dippin’ Chips sympathize, and created the perfect NOBREAD approved snack! Even better, they made five flavors! The fiesta bean tortilla chips are perfect for salsa or nachos; they’re made with black, red, and adzuki beans. If you’re craving guacamole, reach for the super grains: quinoa, amaranth, and black sesame seeds. My personal favorite flavor is the veggie. I love the flavors of kale, carrot, and spinach. The chips are amazing on their own, but the picture on the bag inspired me to dip them into some spinach and artichoke dip. Party-Tizers also makes sea salt and sour cream and onion potato chips. Not only are these snacks gluten free, they are certified non-GMO, vegan, kosher, and free of cholesterol, trans fats, and artificial flavors and preservatives. Thankfully, you can buy Dippin’ Chips in most major grocery stores! Check out their website for some awesome, NOBREAD friendly recipes like mashed sweet potato brûlée chips and Dippin’ Chips crispy treats!

Better Batter

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Do you feel left out when you’re in the grocery store, and you see an aisle full of baking mixes for every dessert imaginable? Don’t you miss the days when you could pick up a box, add an egg, and have warm cookies or cupcakes straight out of your oven? Finally, we have Better Batter to answer our NOBREAD dreams. Better Batter makes gluten free baking wonderfully simple. The products are gluten free, allergen free, kosher, vegan, GMO free, and halal certified, too! I made the fudge brownies and they were delicious. The recipe suggests using two eggs for a more fudge-like texture and three eggs for a more cake like brownie. I love the ability to customize and ensure my brownies are exactly how I like them (two eggs all the way)!

The brownies were so amazing; my friends couldn’t even tell they were NOBREAD friendly! Better Batter makes more products that I can’t wait to try, including a chocolate cake batter and pancake/biscuit mix. Chocolate chip pancakes on a Sunday morning anyone?

You can find Better Batter’s products in a few NYC stores or order them online. Let team NOBREAD know if you make any awesome Better Batter creations!

Jars by Dani

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Dani Beckerman is the mastermind behind Instagram’s favorite new dessert: Jars by Dani. You may have spotted her colorful, layered cakes served in mason jars on the gram or at your last NYC housewarming or get together. Mixed layers of rainbow cake, red velvet crumbs, candy, sprinkles, or even cookie dough; it’s no wonder why these jars are taking over New York City! They look amazing, but the catch? These cake jars are full of gluten. Until now! We were lucky enough to get our hands on our very own gluten free, NoBread jar! It was so cute, we had to take it for a photoshoot in Union Square. Once we snapped a ton of pictures, we popped the jar open for a taste. Moist chocolate cake, fluffy vanilla icing, decadent chocolate mousse, and a handful of chocolate chips. Heaven! And 100% nobread approved! Note: all the ingredients are gluten free, but the jars ARE made in the same facility as Dani’s other jars. 

The kicker- we have a major foodie crush on Dani. After graduating college, she decided to move to NYC and enroll in the Institute of Culinary Education. Now she’s in her twenties and running her own business. You have got to follow her on Instagram for a dose of sweet inspiration; she’s always posting jars that will make your mouth water, and she has flawless style.  
 
Jars by Dani makes for the perfect present or party favor. You can even customize the sticker on the top with a company logo or the hashtag for your wedding! Order online for Manhattan delivery and pickup or have your jars shipped across the country. I promise, the NoBread chocolate jar is just as delicious as the rest of her creations. It’s finally time for us to #getjarred! 
Where to Buy: www.jarsbydani.com

Jessica’s Natural

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For the five years I have been gluten free, I’ve hunted for quality gluten free granola. Well, I am happy to announce that my hunt has ended. Last week, I discovered Jessica’s Naturals Foods, a brand of all natural gluten free granola, and my life has changed.

Not only is Jessica’s granola gluten free, but it is non-GMO verified, has no artificial flavors, colors, refined sweeteners, or transfats, and there is zero cholesterol! The granola is available in 6 flavors, and last week I had the opportunity to try one of each flavor. I intended to try each flavor over the course of 6 weeks (one flavor per week), but the granola gift lasted me 3 days! The flavors include almond cherry, chocolate chip, vanilla maple, cherry and berry, pecan almond, and double chocolate chip. My two favorites were, of course, the chocolate chip and chocolate granola with chocolate chips; I had a feeling this would be the case given my chocolate addiction. The chocolate is dairy free, too; however, it does contain soy lecithin, so if you are sensitive to soy I would be careful. Runner up to the chocolate flavors, I loved the almond cherry and cherry berry. Dried fruit is another guilty pleasure of mine and the granola contained the perfect ratio of dried fruit to oats.

I’ve tried several varieties of gluten free granola, and Jessica’s is by far the best I’ve had. Other brands granola that consist of plain gluten free oats are exactly that, too plain, and other brands that try to be interesting and creative contain too much sugar or other ingredients that don’t make me feel great. Jessica’s granola is made with certified gluten-free oats and is loaded with delicious, HEALTHY ingredients like ground flax, coconut, honey and pure maple syrup. The granola is perfect at any time of day; add it to your yogurt or cereal in the morning for breakfast, take a handful with you to work for a snack, or (in my case) put some aside for a late night treat. Thank you Jessica’s for mastering the perfect gluten free granola!

Where to Buy: http://jessicasnaturalfoods.com/granola.php

Beanitos

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When I first went gluten free snacking was incredibly difficult! I was never one to pull out a bag of chips, and my favorite snacks (Nature Valley bars and other granola bars) all contained gluten. Thankfully, potato chips and tortilla chips (made from corn) are typically gluten free, and although these chips don’t have much nutritional value, they quickly became my snack of choice. Unfortunately, as delicious as potato chips and corn chips are, flavored versions of these chips almost always contain gluten, so my diet was left with little variety.

A self-proclaimed “chip-addict,” I was thrilled when I discovered Beanitos chips. Beanitos are made from fiber and protein rich whole beans and most importantly, they are gluten free! The chips are also made on dedicated-gluten free lines,  have 4 grams of protein, 5-6 grams of fiber per serving, no added sugar, are free of preservatives, and are made with only natural non-GMO ingredients! NOBREAD approved AND healthy! Better yet, Beanitos is available in multiple flavors and all varieties are gluten free! Sea salt, nacho cheese, white cheddar cheese, hot chili lime and more.

I’ve tried three Beanitos flavors, white bean with sea salt, black bean with sea salt, and pinto bean with cheddar, and I only have good things to say. If you like classic tortilla chips, the white bean chips with sea salt are calling your name! These chips are light yet flavorful, and not too salty. My favorite chip was the black bean chip with sea salt. Black beans aren’t for everyone, but the black bean taste is perfectly subtle and these chips remind me of blue potato chips.

Recently, I’ve been reading a ton on low glycemic diets and how those who follow them are less likely to develop obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Beans are naturally low-glycemic and Beanitos chips are packed full of nutritional value without any simple sugars. Beanitos are the only 100% bean-based chip on the market today, and the Beanitos team is absolutely onto something great. Move over Tostitos!!

 

Kelly Rutherford

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As head matriarch on Gossip Girl, Kelly Rutherford’s character, Lily Humphrey, ran New York City. So when we found out Mrs. NYC was gluten free, we knew we needed to catch up with Kelly and chat NOBREAD. Kelly explains why she went gluten free, how she is feeling now, and some of her favorite NYC restaurants!

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How long have you been gluten free? What made you want to go GF?
I am gluten free unless I am in Europe; then I do eat a little bread. I have been GF for about a year. I just feel so much better; I have more energy and feel clearer. Just lighter and really my digestive system seems happier.

Last time we spoke, you mentioned it’s tough to be gluten free when you travel, especially when you go to Paris. What is it about Paris that makes gluten free a challenge?
I give myself freedom. When I am home I eat all organic and do my best to find great organic restaurants like Le Pain Quotidien. Yet I also live my life. The same goes for GF… I will eat bread when in Europe sometimes really as a treat- it’s so good there. There are restaurants in Paris now that are GF… I just eat potatoes or french fries instead of bread.

How has NOBREAD made dining out in NYC easier?
Great ideas for those of us looking for options that make GF easy!

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**NYC RESTAURANT PICKS** 

Date night- White Street – 221 W. Broadway- TriBeCa- American- $$$$ (Map)

Girls night outAny New Place 

BrunchSoHo House- 29 9th Ave- Meatpacking District- Lounge- $$$$ *Members Only* (Map)

People Watching- White Street 221 W. Broadway– TriBeCa- American- $$$$ (Map)

Enjoy Life Foods

When I first went gluten free almost five years ago, the fact that I was no longer able to order dessert at restaurants or pick on the cookies and cakes my roommates kept in our apartment was absolutely devastating. What was I going to eat to satisfy my sugar cravings?? Thank you whoever suggested trying out Enjoy Life cookies. It was love at first bite for myself and the soft baked chocolate chip cookies. To this day, I always have a box of these on hand; the cookies are small, but taste better than the chocolate chip cookies of my childhood and it only takes one or two cookies to satisfy my cravings. They’re so good, my non-gluten free friends now buy them, too!

My favorite Enjoy Life product is the the crunchy chocolate chip cookies. Unlike their soft-baked sister (highlighted above), the hard cookies are larger and more filling. For essentially the same amount of calories, you get more chocolate and more cookie. More cookie= more happiness! Other favorite products: the soft baked snickerdoodle and gingerbread spice cookies, the crunchy vanilla honey graham cookie, the cocoa loco chewy brownie bar, and double chocolate crunchy cookie. Also, everyone who knows me knows how much I love chocolate. As much as I wish I could keep a bag of Enjoy Life’s addictive chocolate morsels in my apartment, as I said, they are addictive, and eating a large pack a day just isn’t healthy! Enjoy Life also has chocolate bars made from rice milk; these are absolutely addicting, as well!

I am thrilled to see that Enjoy Life Foods has ventured outside of the world of cookies and sugary treats, and has created a new line of chips: Plentils. Made from lentil powder and potato starch and offered in a variety of different flavors, Plentils put the classic potato chip to shame. The chips are light, flavorful, and unique, and I highly recommend them!

Thank you, Enjoy Life Foods, for making gluten free living easier, and more delicious! I’m excited to see what you come out with next.