Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nature's Pharm Sampling Gluten Free Product Review

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Brooke’s Candy Co. will be showcasing their gluten free products just in time before Valentine’s Day!! Come out and try samples of their gluten free brownies, chocolates and hot cocoa. They will be at Nature’s Pharm/Castleton on Feb. 8th, 5-7:30 pm and Feb. 9th, 12-3 pm.                                 

Gluten Free Product Review by:

Truly Wize Gluten Free Bakery

Truly Wize makes a variety of gf treats and specializes in high quality gluten free, dairy free and allergy friendly baked goods from cookies, cakes and brownies. For Valentine’s Day they have available a gf double chocolate heart shaped and gf vanilla frosted cake. We tried both of these…..our favorite is the chocolate but the vanilla is good too! Nature’s Pharm/Castleton just ordered these so look for them next time you stop in the store.

 The Gluten Free Oven


The Gluten Free Oven bakes products that range from breads, buns, cakes, cupcakes, ravioli and perogies. We are a huge fan of their crème filled fingers which come in vanilla, banana and raspberry. Their vanilla crème filled fingers are so much like”twinkies” you will absolutely love these. We loved the banana and raspberry too! Their products are made in a dedicated facility and they use dedicated equipment.  Nature’s Pharm/Castleton just ordered these… they should be in sometime next week. 

Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet

Russo’s products range from gf Italian bread, bread crumbs, cannoli shells, lady fingers, tiramisu, mozzarella sticks and eggplant parm. Products are made in dedicated facility and bear the CSA gluten free certification stamp. 

Tiramisu- So good, rich and creamy….you will ask yourself, “Who needs gluten?”

Mozzarella Sticks- These were awesome……pair these with your favorite tomato dipping sauce and you have yourself a winner!!

 Eggplant Parm- This is one of the best eggplant parms we have tried that is gluten free!! Truly scrumptious! You may have to bake the eggplant for a longer amount of time than is designated on the box.  Russo’s if you are reading this blog, we can’t wait to try your gf breads and gf cannoli shells. 

Nature’s Pharm/Castleton is carrying these 3 Russo products listed above.

Tonya's Gluten Free Kitchen

This company makes gluten free soft pretzels. Their products are made in a dedicated gluten free facility. We tried their cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites……so good!! Tonya’s products are a hot selling item and you can find them at the Nature’s Pharm/Castleton and Greenwood locations.

Mr. Sips


This company makes a variety of gluten free products for schools and will soon be carried in the GFS retail stores.  You may purchase their products online.  Their gluten free products range from brownies, pizza, rice crispy treats, Italian melt sandwiches, chicken chunks and includes a variety of gluten free lunch boxes for your child. Their lunch boxes are currently being purchased by Noblesville schools and are available through GFS (Gordon Food Service) and other distributors.  Products are certified gluten free by the CSA. We tried their gf chicken chunks which are made with all white meat chicken. Yum!

 Healthy Snack Options

Freshly Wild Super Foods

Kale Joy

 Okay…..I have tried Kale snack chips before and have always been disappointed by the flavor. The Kale Joy “Must Eat Mesquite” and the “jazzy Sweet Mustard” are two of my new favorite gluten free snack products. They also have a line of Onion Joy……this is their line of crunchy dehydrated onions which we can’t wait to try!

Nature’s Pharm/Castleton is currently carrying their Kale Joy products. Nature’s Pharm/Greenwood will be carrying their Onion Joy products

Nature’s Path Organic Gluten Free Selections

Trail Mixer Chewy Granola Bars are certified organic, non-GMO and gluten free. This product includes ingredients like cranberries, almonds, quinoa, amaranth and gluten free oats. At only 140 cal., low in sodium, 3g protein and 9 g sugar, this is a great gluten free go to snack when you are on the run. All 3 Nature’s Pharm locations are carrying this product.

Recipe For Chocolate Covered Strawberries


1 lb of fresh strawberries (preferably with stems, or you can use bamboo skewers)

16 oz of chocolate chips

2 TBSP of shortening

1) Make sure strawberries are dried well after washing

2) In a double boiler melt chocolate chips and shortening. Stirring until smooth. Remove chocolate from heat. Hold strawberries by their stem or bamboo skewer and dip into the melted chocolate. Roll strawberries with chopped nuts, sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

3) Set rolled strawberries on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on a tray. Let them cool before placing tray in the refrigerator.


Expo 2013 is coming October 5th.  Vendor registrations are being accepted now.  Email for additional details.

Register now for Camp Gluten Freedom Now!  June 25-28, 2013.  Email for additional details.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Craig Pinto, Former Pro Football Player & 2 time Guiness World Book Record Holder joins Gluten Free Expo Oct 5, 2013

Gluten Free Living Now Expo

October 5, 2013


Craig Pinto
President, Kicking4Celiac Foundation

Join this Former Pro Indoor Football player, Football Hame of Famer, and two time Guiness Book world record holder

Topic: Believe in Yourself & Accomplish Your Goals
Schedule: TBD

Craig is a former professional indoor football player for the New Jersey Revolution Arena football team, where he was also a team captain from 2008-2010. He became a 2010 Guiness Book of World Records record holder for most field goals kicked in 12 hours, shattering the mark during a charity event to raise awareness for Celiac Disease by making 717 forty yard field goals. In 2011, he set his second Guiness World Record within a year, by making the most field goals kicked in 24 hours, making an unbelievable 1,000 forty yard field goals in that time frame. Recently Craig was elected in to the American Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, recognizing his World Record accomplishments as well as his dedication to the community through the game of football.

After starting his undergrad as a student-athlete at Hofstra University where he played both football and ice hockey, he completed his B.A. at NYU and is a current M.S. candidate in Fundraising and Grant Making at NYU as well. Celiac Disease is something that is close to his heart, as Craig has been living with Celiac Disease for over 12 years, after also being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as a 12 year old. He has a passion to give back to the community, has been a guest speaker at various events, and was recently featured on TLC’s
NY Ink to tell his story about living with Celiac & Crohn’s Disease. Craig has also appeared on tv’s ABC, Bravo, News12, and as a guest multiple times on the SiriusXM radio shows “Dr. Radio” & “BroadMinded”, to raise awareness and education about Celiac Disease and the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation.

Outside of his devotion to the Celiac & Crohn’s Disease communities, he coaches both youth football and ice hockey at local area schools. Craig is an avid New York Islanders hockey fan, a fan of the Portuguese National Soccer Team, as well as a USC Football fan.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Charles P.B. Vanderpool, MD returns to Gluten Free Living Now Expo Oct 5, 2013

Gluten Free Living Now Expo

October 5, 2013


Charles P.B. Vanderpool, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pedatrics
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Topic and Schedule: To be announced

Charles P.B. Vanderpool, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children.  Dr. Vanderpool joined the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Riley Hospital in 2011. While a native Hoosier, Dr. Vanderpool had spent the previous 6 years at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Vanderpool’s main interest is in pediatric nutrition and he chairs the Nutrition Support Team at Riley Hospital. He is also the medical director of the Pediatric Intestinal Care Clinic, managing children with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. His interest in nutrition includes a special interest in Celiac disease and its impact on the lives of children and their families. Dr. Vanderpool is currently participating in clinical research with Dr. Alessio Fasano on the effect of timing of gluten introduction in children and its effect on the development of celiac disease and associated autoimmune conditions.



Mrs. Alaska International returns to Gluten Free Living Now Expo Oct 5, 2013

Gluten Free Living Now Expo

October 5, 2013


Brandy M.H. Wendler, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
Mrs. Alaska International 2012

Topic & Schedule: To be announced

Brandy M.H. Wendler is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who works at a local Anchorage hospital. She is married to the love of her life, 1st Lt. JohnRoss Wendler, a pilot in the United States Air Force.  Together, they live in Eagle River, Alaska with their two beautiful dogs. She enjoys rock climbing with friends, photography and scrapbooking. Her current talent is cooking and baking gluten-free meals! Brandy was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over five years ago and she is proud to represent her platform "Against the Grain: Raising Awareness for Celiac Disease.”

She currently manages,  and a support group for people who live a gluten-free lifestyle in Alaska. She is also a representative of Udi’s gluten-free foods and in her spare time designs gluten-free menus for restaurants.