The Tootsie company does a good job showing what contains gluten in their products and what does not. We recently went to Five Below and found their Christmas Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints. They are like the original, the mint in the inside, chocolate on the outside, with bits of the Starlight Mints crushed through the chocolate. Yum!
Do you believe the luck we Celiacs and Celiac supporters find in Raleigh? At last count, we can get gluten free pizza from four restaurants: zPizza, Mellow Mushroom, Bella Monica, and Milton’s. Milton’s, a restaurant we did not yet review on this blog, has two locations in the Triangle–Wakefield off New Falls of Neuse and North Raleigh at 8853 Six Forks Road (See Both on Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map–Six Forks, Wakefield).
Milton’s is your typical pizza/Italian restaurant. Lots of pasta choices, pizzas, stromboli, Calzones, and more. PLUS gluten free pizzas! See their ample menu here! And you can substitute gluten free pasta for any regular pasta, for just a small upcharge. That, you do not see often!
And if it is good enough to hold the political campaign parties for the recent school board (Hill at Six Forks/Losurdo at Wakefield), it is good enough for us! Great to see so many options for us here in the Triangle!
When we recently went to another Kids Eat Free night at Earth Fare, one of my daughters selected Cascade gluten free yogurt. As you can see on the side, they clearly mark it gluten free. While we have not found it other than at Earth Fare, we definitely like seeing additional gluten free yogurts. Yes, you even need to watch yogurt–so contain crunch pieces, granola, or other gluten ingredients, so check those labels!
We recently went to an Earth Fare ‘Thursday Kids Eat Free’ night. If you never heard of these, we reviewed it awhile back (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1764). Yes, as many kids as you bring, they all eat free. Pretty neat too, they get to do up their order, and pretty much all the choices can be made gluten free.
While getting my dinner, I noticed Reed’s Ginger Ale. I remember one tour we did of Earth Fare–lots of Reed’s gluten free drinks like juices. I check the bottle, and sure enough, clearly marked–gluten free. It contains some honey, so you need to watch that if you have honey allergies, but not too bad. Of course my girls really did believe it to be beer, and after assuring them it was gf, they tried it. “Beer is sour, daddy!” Maybe we can wait awhile on the Redbridge and other gluten free beers…
We will soon celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks for many things, including the ability to live relatively normal with our Celiac Children. Over the years, we have look at many Thanksgiving issues, and we included some of our favorite below. Thanksgiving, while a great time for family, can be challenging to navigate with a Celiac, with some preparation, you should not have any difficulty!
As always, with any web posts, especially older ones, check the manufacturer’s website to make sure the ingredients have not changed!
Thanksgiving GF Turkeys: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1061
Sweet Potato Dippers: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=254
Kroger Turkeys: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=248
Do you struggle sometimes to find a large quantity snack for your Celiac? All the crackers and cookies are good, but most we see come in a small little bag. Have no fear–World Market will help us out. We recently were exploring the store at the Triangle Towne location, although Cary also possesses one (see Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map). If you’re willing to take the time, you will be able to find lots of different gluten-free items, some from around the world. One good find was the Snow Balls white cheddar cheese balls. Similar to the Planters and Utz ones, in the big clear tub.
One of the largest fears and challenges of parents with school-aged children with Celiac is school lunches. The majority of the people we talked with send in their own lunch, hoping to eliminate much of the possibility of contamination, although some could still remain. Many are not in the position to do this, whether time or financially. So what can you do? Well thankfully, if you go to Wake County Schools, their cafeteria staff seem aware of food allergies and can help you through this rocky road. The initial step is to visit this link:
http://www.wcpss.net/child-nutrition/special_diets.html and fill out the Diet Order Form. This form requires a doctor’s order, but I would think you would want copies of that anyway for other situations. After that, Wake County would be able to provide you with gluten free lunches. One of the Raleigh Cel-Kids Board Members discussed how the process went for her son:
He is not doing the gluten-free lunches this school year but he was the past 2 years & was happy with them at Durant elementary….he just prefers bringing lunch this year. I thought they did an excellent job with the menu choices.
So Wake County School cannot help with the ‘cool’ factor of bringing your own lunch, but many parents can take comfort that our school system can provide these as needed. Namely, when that cool factor of a lunchbox wears off in middle and high school!
Another BJs trip, another couple additional gluten-free foods. This time, the traditional sweet and salty snack of kettle corn. Popcorn, Indiana provides this classic snack, in many flavors, all of which are gluten free. From the sugar and saltiness of Original, through Aged White Cheddar, Movie Theatre, Sweet & Tangy BBQ, Bacon Ranch, Buffalo Cheddar, Touch of Sea Salt, Cinnamon Sugar, and Smoked Cheddar, you should be able to find a flavor that meets the tastes of everyone in your family.
We reviewed Snikiddy snacks in the past (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1606). We like the fact they are baked (a little healthier), they come in a variety of flavors, and they remind us of the old school Cheddar Fries. Recently at BJs, we found a box of 24 snack packs. We talked in the past how this really is not that big of a deal, as you can buy large bags of a snack and put them in a sandwich baggie for school lunches, but we all remember how it was in school, and when you bring a pre-packaged snack, it does make a difference. So we really like seeing these!