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YES! It Tastes Great Too!

My son said these are awesome, you could probably order them by the case – like we can through our health food store. Just ask! They come in GF/dairy-free too.

Since I have a marketing background, I’m big into first impressions, how things look… how they’re packaged – and sold.

I’m definitely drawn to things that appear simple, clean, easy to read… marketed well.

Many of things I admire about a great marketing campaign – whether it’s politics, or food – is how it’s being sold.

It’s amazing what great marketing can do to the perception of the product or idea being placed in front of you. It can bring to mind images that give the “buyer” confidence in what they’re purchasing.

When we went gluten-free, it was a major GAME-CHANGER. I didn’t know any of the brands… nothing looked familiar. They aren’t “big” names that I’d see in ads, or on television (if I watched it anyway…)

So, it left me wondering… how does the food TASTE? It looks….

Different.

When you’re already not good at different… you wonder…

Different bad?

Different good?

Oh please be different good….

Well, it’s comical to me now… my kids actually say, THIS food tastes BETTER! (and they’re RIGHT!)

It can’t be “just good marketing” to my kids, because they don’t buy the products I pick out.  They just eat what we put in front of them.

I wonder… is it that there aren’t so many preservatives, obviously no gluten? Food shouldn’t have a shelf-life longer than a cat’s-life.

Maybe it’s the other ingredients…. vs. high fructose corn syrup in almost every product….

Maybe it’s the lack of GMOs?

Whatever it is…. my kids are right. A majority of the food is really great, it’s just different.

Definitely – different GOOD.

Someone gave me some advice… of brands they liked – and it was super helpful for me, as I searched for everything unfamiliar. Currently some of our favorite brands include:

Amy’s, Udi’s (which is said YOU-DEEs, not YOU-DIE like my nephew coined, that would be the other bread), Pamela’s, Enjoy Life, KIND, EnviroKids, Gluten Free Mama, Justin’s, Larabar, Nastasme, Applegate, Van’s, Food for Life, Annie’s (GF bunnies and Mac and Cheese)… although truthfully – we mainly eat fruits, veggies and organic meats. I make our own bread – and I’m still in the process of perfecting that. Stay tuned for some updates on bread and the garden this week!

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits–

Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”

Psalm 103:3

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Our BIG Weekend!

We had two big events this past weekend.  One was attending our first wedding …  eating gluten-free!

We packed our picnic dinner in a cooler, and away we went!  {I packed extra treats for the kids, to make up for no wedding cake… okay, maybe that was for myself.  The guilt was creeping in.}  The wedding was outdoors, so that was perfect!  We choose a table a bit secluded outside, and enjoyed our picnic dinner of sandwiches, lettuce turkey wraps, carrot chips and fruit!  Perfect!

Next, my husband has been wanting to take us to a Royals baseball game, so he bought the tickets on Friday to surprise our children Sunday morning after home church.  They were SO excited!  I was excited too – and had planned our lunches… but dinner was going to be a bit more tricky – Chick-fil-a is CLOSED on Sunday.  (Which by the way, I think is awesome…  I just didn’t know where we were going to eat – quickly, before going home!)

The game was awesome!  (Royals won!)  And other than having to go to the moon to get an iced tea at the stadium…  (Apparently people don’t drink TEA at baseball games?) – it was a fantastic experience.  The staff at the stadium was more than willing to lead me to where I needed to get my top-secret tea!

After the game, we started searching our FREE GF app (Find Me Gluten-Free) for dinner and came across some great reviews for Minsky’s pizza!  While their regular menu says, “Ask about our Gluten-Free menu.”  The one we went to said they didn’t have a specific menu, but the waitress was super helpful to point out our options.

We ordered 4 gluten-free mediums, one with lactose free Daiya cheese (which was delicious!)  The crusts were similar to a hand-tossed, and delicious!!  We will definitely be going back again!  We had brough plenty of other fruit and veggie options – so I was happy we could have a filling meal and enjoy some pizza that didn’t make us sick!

Success!

I look forward to the day when I’m not consumed with what and how we’ll eat!! (When do you suppose that will happen?) 🙂  Oh Lord, please come soon!!

 

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called  children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is  that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1

Pizza – THAT Sounds Good!

I’m all about great tasting food.  After settling for bland the past few months, I have been excited about tasting some things I was missing.

While scouring my 4-ingredient cook book, I stumbled upon some great ideas that seem more like other things we’ve eaten in the past.  Things that would work for myself – and my whole family (so I wasn’t making two meals when avoidable!)  Not to mention, it was also an affordable option.

So I gathered up my ingredients for these easy, healthier pizzas:

Food for Life GF Tortillas 6pk – these were SUPER yummy.

Some Amy’s Tomato Basil Sauce. (Also GF, and for me, this made the punch – YUM!)

So, I added some shredded chicken, prepared with GF chicken broth, from our meal the night before and topped with cheeses.

Now here’s where things went wrong for me…  and I guess I had to make the mistake to figure out what my body was thinking buuut….  I had read most hard cheeses are ok (and gluten-free), but mozzarella wasn’t on that list [I realized later].  As if that wasn’t bad enough,  I know I’m lactose intolerant but I was just hoping, on a whim, that might have been a fluke due to my body being disgruntled about the gluten.

Organic cheddar and mozzarella that we shredded.

So you see here I put only cheddar on a few pizzas, and I was going to keep mine with just cheddar.   However, in the mix of making dinner, and being hungry, and 500 questions, and tripping over feet like an obstacle course in my kitchen (why again did we build a larger home if we were all going to live in a 2 ft square?)…  Anyway – I forgot.  Call me a rookie.

It hit me about 5 minutes into eating it… but I was thinking about how GOOD it was at that point – and I shut out that I was going to regret eating it.  I had 3 small pieces of the whole pizza.

And they were VERY good.

But I felt like I was trapped in my skin all night… and I was swollen and sore for 2 days and back came the head fog.  Boo to the cheese!

How’s that for color? Wa-lah!

I spent that night and a majority of the next day beating myself up for making such a silly mistake, that hurt myself again.  I need to give myself a little grace… it is a lot to remember – I just wish the effects didn’t last so long, or you could just take an epi-pen and make them go away, once you realized it!

Silly cheese, you won’t trick me again!

I will be going back to cheese-less pizza from now on.  I will continue making this for my kids because it was great, and we all loved it.  We just baked them at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; 
He will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Psalm 55:22

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