Gluten Free Scanner for Android
Awhile ago we reviewed an iPhone App for local restaurants (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=86). Since then, I have purchased a Sprint Evo 4G, which runs a different operating system than the iPhones. It runs the Linux OS Android. Much like iPhone, Android possesses the ability to run all types of free and for-cost applications or apps.
Once I received my Evo, the first thing I did was begin looking for Celiac/gluten apps. I found the Gluten-free Scanner at http://preview.tinyurl.com/2e68nnq. What this app does is allow you to scan a barcode with your camera and it determines whether the product contains gluten or not. I think this app has a lot of potential. At this time, it still needs some development and additional products. Some items I scanned showed up, mostly mainstream products. Some did not. I scanned Schar (sans umlaut), thinking it would come up, as it is a gluten free noodle. Nope, it did not recognize it. When I scanned Symphony candy bars, it came up with a variety of chocolates, but no Symphony. At this point, that scares me a little, as not all chocolate or products are made equally. Yes, it contains HUGE amounts of potential. I would easily fork out $5-10 for an app with a large product database. Hopefully they will continue to develop it, and I will update Raleigh Cel-Kids blog if/when they do.
Snyders--Another Gluten Free Pretzel!
A large reason why the Raleigh Cel-Kids helps parents is the sharing of information. At our most recent event, I talked with some parents, discussing various products. One mentioned finding Snyder’s gluten free pretzels at Whole Foods. Yes, the mainstream pretzel/chip manufacturer. For a Celiac family, this represented huge news. While we love the Glutino pretzels, at $7.00 a bag, I am sure Snyder’s will come a little cheaper.
After the event, we stopped at Whole Foods to stock up, but could not find them yet. So we hope to grab a bag and check them out. I hope that the girls will like these as well. Another good treat for snacks, lunches, and car trips!
Gluten Free Cheese Puffs
Snyder’s really seems to be gluten free friendly these days. Many of their chips/products seemed to be gluten free, according to the ingredient lists, but we noticed, in puchasing the Naturals Corn and Rice Puffs recently, they clearly mark the package as gluten free. Yeah!
Also, we heard rumors of Snyder’s gluten free pretzel. Check back here soon for further information…
Even Andy Warhol Would Be Happy With Campbell's Gluten Free Offerings
Pat, our Cel-Kids sponsor and member of the Raleigh Adult Celiac Support Group recently passed on this great resource–Campbells’ Gluten Free Product List.
The list (click the link below) does a nice job first explaining gluten and how Campbell’s verifies gluten in their products. They also go into a nice explanation of how they identify gluten-free products:
The following list contains products in which every ingredient in each product was verified as being gluten-free. As a further safeguard, we analyze each and every gluten-free product to ensure compliance with our strict gluten-free standards. We are also continuing our review of new products for their gluten-free status and will update our list accordingly.
Nice information there from Campbells, that definitely helps us look at them as a choice for gluten-free products. Then they share their current products, including many flavors of Prego’s spaghetti sauce, Swanson’s broth, Pace salsas, V8, and Tomato juice. I was surprised not to see any Campbells’ soups (obviously without noodles), but I do appreciate them keeping safe in not listing any as gluten-free. More and more main stream companies cannot avoid the growing market of gluten-free diets/lifestyles, so we’re happy to see this from Campbells.
Campbells Gluten Free Product List
Creme Savers--Now Gluten-Free
While shopping recently, we stopped in the yogurt section to look through all the brands and flavors. Years ago, before our oldest was first diagnosed, she loved Breyer’s Creme Savers. If not familiar, Creme Savers yogurt taste just like the Creme Savers hard candies. Yum! But alas, at that time, they could not guarantee they did not contain gluten.
When just picking up the package the other day, low and behold…they were clearly marked gluten free on each cup! Not sure if they started making them on an independent line, or changing their recipe, but now they advertise as gluten free. You can find these at pretty much any grocery store. Now I will need to check the candies!
Get Your Happy Tummy Crusts at Whole Foods and Harmony Farms
Maria from Happy Tummy Baking Company recently donated pizzas to our group. A group of about 50 Cel-Kids members sampled the pizzas at PlayNation and by the number of ‘seconds’ and ‘thirds’ by the kids, we think they liked the crust.
You can purchase the frozen crusts at Whole Foods (Google Maps Link) and Harmony Farms (Google Maps Link). You will find them in a ‘medium’ size, to which you can add your sauce, cheese, and other gluten free toppings. Definitely a fun way to have your children help you cook as well.
We received such a nice, informative email from Maria shortly after as well, which we wanted to include:
Thanks again for having me in to your meeting today. I didn’t get chance to convey a lot of information being busy with the pizza serving, but there is a lot of information about the company on the Our Story page of the website: www.happytummybaking.com. The crust recipe is free of gluten, yeast and the major 8 allergens so just about anyone can eat it. The ingredients are white rice flour, tapioca starch, sorghum flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, cane sugar, canola oil and water. It is sold in all the Whole Foods in the Triangle area and also at Harmony Farms in Raleigh. It retails for $6.99 at Whole Foods and surprisingly for less: $5.69 at Harmony Farms. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I enjoyed being with your group today and wish you all the best.
President, Happy Tummy Baking Company
9650 Strickland Road, Suite 103-256
Raleigh, NC 27615
Get a Free Back to School Guide!
Yup, it’s that time. Time parents love and kids don’t. Back to school. With a Celiac, that can pose difficult, but with some planning, you can make it through smoothly. Recently, Jules Shepard from JulesGlutenFree.com sent a free Back to School Guide offer. The guide contains lots of great information including how to approach teachers, prepare lunch, and even deal with sending a Celiac off to college. See below on how to get your free guide by August 17th:
Back to school means new school supplies, new clothes, new routines, a new lunch box…and for those eating gluten free, it can mean new anxieties.
To help make this time of transition a bit easier, I’ve written an e-book that will guide the newly diagnosed as well as the seasoned gluten-free eater back to school with confidence, variety, and good nutrition.
For a limited time, you can get this 17 page Back-to-School guide FREE, as our way of helping make the back-to-school transition easier. But this offer expires on August 17th, so click here and enter coupon code b2s (case sensitive) to get your FREE copy.
Happy Tummy Pizza Tasting Tomorrow!
We hope to see you tomorrow at our Raleigh Cel-Kids Family Event at PlayNation in Morrisville. Come out from 3-5 to enjoy some jumping, bouncing fun, and sample pizza from Happy Tummy Baking Company.
Please remember to bring SOCKS and you will sign a waiver at PlayNation
No entry fees, but please plan to buy drinks at PlayNation
Click Here for Directions to PlayNation
Hope to see you there!
A great opportunity was recently shared on our Raleigh Cel-Kids listserv from one of the Board members, Becky:
Hi there- There are 2 seats left for this wonderful opportunity at Rosie’s Plate; Cooking Demo; Easy Meals Kids Will Love, enjoy complimentary samples and recipes to take home! Saturday, August 28, 2-3:30, cost $35.00…Call to reserve your spot! 833.0505
If you are not currently on our listserv, send an email to the Gmail account on the right side of this page, and we will add you.
Rosie’s Map (from our Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map, full of GF options in Raleigh):
A Gluten-free Chocolate Cheesecake!
My father-in-law was out of town recently, so we invited my mother-in-law for dinner. She brought dessert–a most delicious gluten free dessert. When our oldest daughter first received the Celiac diagnosis, we only had one person in the family with Celiac, an adult cousin. Shortly after, her sister, Katie, was also diagnosed. This yummy recipe comes from Katie, changed slightly to replace mint chocolate chips for regular chocolate chips.
2/3 cup sugar
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
Slowly add the sugar to the softened cream cheese. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract. Measure out 1 1/3 cups of this mixture and add it to the melted and cooled chocolate chips, blending well. Add this back to the remainder of the cheesecake mix and marbleize it slightly. Fill 12 paper lined muffin with the mixture, making sure you get both the chocolate and regular mix in each. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of one muffin comes out clean. Chill in refrigerator. Can be frozen. Serve with or without whipped cream.
*recipe is a cut down and changed version from Katie’s Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Squares.