Friday, March 30, 2012

CloSYS Oral Mouth Rinse

Did you know that most mouth washes contain alcohol, and because of that promote bad breath, rather then tackle it?

CloSYS Oral Mouth Rinse is gluten-free and contains 0 alcohol content.  It is recommended by dentists and actually works long term.

Oral  health is important, and having Celiac Disease can sometimes compromise healthy teeth and a healthy mouth.

Closy's can be found at Walgreens, or directly from the CloSYS website.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The new "It" Veggie-Brussels Sprout

I gotta tell you, I am just loving Brussels sprouts (Can be spelled many ways, but the s should always be at the end of Brussel since the plant was named after the Belgium city Brussels)!  Of course as a kid or even a teen or college grad, I was disgusted by this vile veggie (first known use of Brussels Sprout was used in 1796 ) (and some sources go further back to the 1500's and even earlier).  My sister on the other hand loves Brussels Sprouts, and I decided that I would continually eat them no matter how much I hated them, so I could in turn learn to like them.  Brussels Sprout seems to be the new innovative veggie!  Different sauces from different lands, popular chefs at popular restaurants serving them roasted or grilled or even steamed, caramelized and candied.  I guess you could say I forced myself to like Brussels Sprouts, and now I'm loving them!  It's the perfect side dish and for some weird reason no one can turn down a side order of an interestedly concocted dish of Brussels sprout.  Who would have thought this veggie (actually a plant derived from the mustard family that bears small edible green heads on its stem and part of the cabbage family) would be the "now" and "on trend" veggie.

Hot spot restaurants like ABC Kitchen in Gramercy and Beauty and Essex located on the Lower East Side, NYC have some mean sides of roasted Brussels sprouts (yum, so good!), so does Jane a fabulous brunch spot in Noho, NYC amongst a plethora of other restaurants world wide.  I went to a great restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana called The Domenica and they had a fabulous side of Brussels sprouts as well! 

And...tons of bloggers are posting yummy recipes!  Brussels Sprouts are everywhere, and as I see are making a major comeback.

I now even buy them in the supermarket, easily put them in the oven at 400 degrees with a little salt, pepper, splenda and olive oil and roast till the outer leaves are crisp/brown about 10-35 minutes depending on how roasted you want them-and you have yourself a healthy side dish to your meal.  Sprinkle some Balsamic Vinegar on those babies and you have yourself a treat!

And I think with all the hype these days on the sprouts I think they can even be kid-friendly if they are candied or roasted in a delicious sweet sauce.

Here are a few tantalizing recipes for Brussels Sprouts:

ABC Kitchen Restaurant's Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe (for this recipe swap out the red wine vinegar if it bothers you for cider vinegar, and swap out the brand they use for a gluten-free version such as Annie's GF Mustard (Dijon or Yellow).

And for a simple recipe found in the March 26th, 2012 issue of People Magazine that I happened to find:

Brussels Sprouts
Serves 4-6

2 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved
4 tbsp. olive oil Juice and zest of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
6 basil leaves, torn
1/2 chili pepper, chopped (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  2.  On a baking sheet, toss sprouts with olive oil and 1 tsp. salt.  Roast for 35-40 minutes.  Outer leaves should be crispy.  3.  While hot, place sprouts in a mixing bowl.  Stir in 1/2-1/4 cup sweet chili vinegar (see below homemade recipe).  Stir in lemon juice and zest.  Add salt to taste.  Garnish with basil leaves and chili pepper if desired.

Sweet Chili Vinegar:

Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup white wine vinegar (can also use Cider vinegar if sensitive), 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1 1/2 tsp. crushed dried red pepper, 1/2 tsp head garlic, minced in a saucepan, and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed your lesson on Brussels sprouts today!
xoxo Julie

Monday, March 26, 2012

Vitamin D, Calcium and Estrogen Levels

Did you know that 99% of your calcium goes to your bones and your teeth?  

Did you know that Vitamin D works hand in hand with Calcium by helping your intestines digest Calcium (a major building block for your bones)?

There are many cases of Celiac Disease that come with vitamin deficiencies especially D and Calcium.  Prior to my diagnosis-I was so utterly deficient in Vit. D and Calcium!  My number was so low once I got my blood levels tested with an endocrinologist (at the time the norm was a level of 40, and I was in the teens.  Now most doctors want your levels to be anywhere from 70 and up.  I do best when my levels are around 90).  And for those older, or even as young as your mid 30's-Osteoporosis (thinning of bone tissue and bone density over time) could become a concern over time whether it runs it the family or not and especially if you have Celiac Disease.  The same goes for cavities.  I notice that when my Vitamin D and Calcium levels are low I am more prone to cavities.  Every 6 months to a year I go for a dental check-up.  When I have no cavities I know my levels are great.  But when I come out of the office pouting that I have 3 cavities I know I need more Vitamin D and Calcium.  It all goes back to how your body is absorbing the nutrients.

Without the proper amount of Vitamin D, you will lose calcium and vise versa.  Since these two vitamins work together and do not work properly without each other, its is extremely important that you get your levels checked to either maintain your deficiency or find out if you have one, especially if you have Celiac Disease.  This is so important!

Makes you think about taking your vitamins doesn't it?

My Endocrinologist saved me!  Dr. Susan Thys-Jacobs.  She is an alternative Endocrinologist in NYC who specializes in Celiac Disease/and/or Gluten-Intolerance (among many other medical issues such as Thyroid etc).  She even has created her own product called Premcal.  It is a pill that combines higher dosages of Vitamin D3 and Calcium mixed with Magnesium (another natural vitamin that helps your bowels, especially since a high dosage of Vit. D can cause constipation (I know oh so gross!)).  Premcal comes in 3 levels (and should not be taken unless discussed/directed and seen by Dr. Susan Thys-Jacobs or monitored by another doctor aware of the product).  This is the one Vit. D/Calcium product that doesn't hurt your stomach.  There is Premcal Regular (is 1,000iu Vit. D and 500 units Calcium per pill), Premcal Extra-Strength (I take this one-(2,000iu Vit. D and 500 units Calcium per pill) and Premcal Ultra (4,000iu Vit. D and 500 units Calcium per pill).  I take 2 x pills per day.  What a difference!  Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 are different, please note.

Did you know that replenishing your dosages of Vitamin D and Calcium by taking Premcal, reduces your PMS symptoms and Periods by 50%?  I can only speak from experience.  I have been taking Premcal for many years now, while being monitored by Dr. Thys herself.  If I hadn't found her during the time I did I would have been in big trouble.  Between the combined help of Dr. Thys and Dr. Monica Peacocke (who has linked Celiac Disease with Vulvodynia and Estrogen levels)-I was saved.  I was so utterly deficient it affected my entire body, my immune system and my PMS.  Do you remember that episode of Sex & The City (Fox News article on Vulvodynia and HBO television show Sex & The City) where Charlotte goes to her gynecologist and finds out she has Vulvodynia?  In that episode it was not linked or connected to CD however, there can even be general symptoms "downstairs" related to how your vitamins are being absorbed in conjunction with Celiac Disease.

After starting this product and also going gluten-free my life changed.  Once I was on Premcal for a few months I noticed many positive changes.  Because guess what?  I'm not so tired anymore, my moods are more leveled and balanced, I don't have mood swings or frequent changes of mood anymore.  I'm more lively! And to be honest I am not that bitchy anymore for unknown reasons.  (Women, you know what I'm talking about).  My PMS (and I am sure my parents are thrilled, as they used to tell me I had PMS 24/7) has not only decreased but those 10 day periods with 24-26 day cycles have changed.  Now its 29-31 days with 6-7 day cycles with barely any cramps.  I went from taking Valium and Advil for the pain and missing work because I couldn't get out of bed to taking a few Advil tablets and never missing work.  I'd say an improvement!  Because it was seriously a doozy!.

Unfortunately if you have a Vitamin Deficiency like D-those few moments of sunlight or even hours or days will not be enough for you.  Drinking 4 glasses a milk per day won't help enough either.  If you are deficient in Vitamin B no amount of greens or kale or spinach or any veggie for that matter will help enough.  At this point you are too far beyond.  Of course eating greens and getting sunlight is an added bonus-but you will need that vitamin routine to bring your levels up and maintain them.

If you have issues with gluten or have Celiac Disease you may notice that your body without the proper vitamins, doesn't feel so good.  If you notice that your period cycles are too close together and your PMS feels over the top or off the charts and cramps are utterly painful, you may want to make an appointment with Dr. Thys.  (Keep in mind there are many people in life who just have plain vitamin deficiencies and it's also very important for those without CD to maintain their deficiencies.

Dr. Thys is amazing.  She is a tough cookie who knows her stuff.  She got me back on track and I guarantee she can get you back on yours.  When I say she is an Alternative Endocrinologist, I mean the following...She looks beyond what the blood labs say.  She reads between the lines and really gets to the bottom of the issues at hand by providing vitamin supplements and other forms of treatment, and really looks at natural ways to help your body get where it needs to go.  Dr. Monica peacock on the other hand also specializes in CD and has connected low amounts of Estrogen and low amounts of Vitamin D to be the cause of some vaginal symptoms.  She is also a miracle worker.  These 2 doctors know there stuff!  And if you are fortunate to get an appointment your life will change for the best!  (book ahead of time, these doc's have wait lists!)

Dr. Susan Thys Jacobs is located at 243 W. 58th street between 8th and 9th Avenue.  (212) 765-2260 or (212) 506-0246

Dr. Monica Peacocke is located at 16 E. 90th St.  (646) 672-0528

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gluten-Free Watercooler-CO OP Restaurant

Another fabulous spot that caters to those whom are gluten-free!  This by no means is a gluten-free restaurant, but the chef (John Keller) and wait-staff and even the owner are very savvy!  I attended my sister's bday party last year at this fine Lower East Side dig and uber popular lounge.  We sat down and I immediately noticed the menu was asian fusion and sharing.  Sh*t I thought.  But then when I mentioned this to the waitress she went to ask the chef and she came back with a list written on a piece of paper that I actually still have and had taped it to my desk.  I will share it with you.  (see below, the list).

This restaurant is located on 107 Rivington between Ludlow and Essex, right in the Rivington Hotel.

A post long overdue, and a fabulous restaurant that needs recognition!

Here is the NO GLUTEN list from the chef on the Dinner Menu

Fluke Crude
Tuna Salad
Kale Caeser
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Baby Octopus
Chopped Salad
Paper Cut Salad
Lobster Cappuccino
Uni Risotto
Shisito Peppers
Chicken Lollipops
Shrimp Tacos
Grilled Asparagus and other grilled veggies
Fried Oysters-though I'm pretty sure this one is a mistake-or maybe they batter these babies in a gluten-free flour.
In addition to this list, they also have a "Simply Grilled" menu-meaning a list of fishes they prepare by grilling and not using sauces. 
Steak (no sauces)

I had the Shisito Peppers, Simply Grilled Salmon, Grilled Asparagus and the Tuna Salad.  Everything was delicious and for a tapas style sharing menu, these plates were quite large.  I had ordered too much!  About two plates too much.

                                 *all sauces used are gluten-free with the exception of the sauce
                                   used with the Salmon.  That one I did NOT use.

Their brunch menu looks delicious too!  But total bummer between the zillion pancake, waffle, biscuits and french toast there doesn't look like there is much for the Gluten-Free with the exception of the omelette, so I will not even post the brunch menu.  At least they have the dinner down pat with gluten-free options.  Win some, loose some.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

4 Ways To Enjoy Grapes

**found in September 2011 Real Simple Magazine

1. Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini
Toss whole red grapes with olive oil, fresh thyme springs, salt and pepper and roast at 450 degrees until their skins burst, 7-9 minutes.  Slather slices of GF grilled country bread with ricotta, top with the grapes, and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

2.  Arugula, Fennel and Grape Salad
Toss arugula, thinly sliced fennel, halved red or green grapes and crumbled blue (if you can tolerate) or Feta or Goat cheese with olive oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.

3.  Wild Rice and Grape Salad
Toss cooked GF wild rice with chopped pecans, sliced green or red grapes, chopped flat-leaf parsley, olive oil, cider vinegar (recipe calls for red wine vinegar); season with salt and pepper.

4.  Grape Tart
Fill a pre-baked GF tart or pie crust shell with vanilla pudding.  sprinkle with red and green grapes and chill until firm.  Dust with confections sugar before serving.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Twist

***found in September 2011 issue of Real Simple Magazine

A kid-favorite with grown-up flavor: It's the oozy, gooey, new-y way to enjoy a classic.

Classic Grilled Cheese
Melt 2 tbsp. unsalted butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.  Form a sandwich with 2 slices Ceddar and 2 slices white GF bread.  Cook, covered, 2-3 minutes per side, until the gf bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.

California Grilled Cheese
Prepare the classic grilled cheese recipe (above) and add 1/2 small avocado, thinly sliced and 1/8 small red onion, thinly sliced.

Pear and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Prepare the classic grilled cheese recipe (above) and add 2 tbsp. currant or fig jam (make sure gf), 2 slices cooked bacon and 1/4 small pear, thinly sliced.

Pesto and Tomato Grilled Cheese
Prepare the classic grilled cheese recipe (above) and add 2 tbsp gf pesto and 2 thin slices tomato

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Glee's Jayma Mays GF Treats

**found in Glamour Magazine, March 2012

Jayma Mays, 32 who plays the prim-and-proper Emma Pillsbury on Glee, is known for epic get-togethers she has with her friends.  They have girls-night-out, "boys' night out" (which is actually burgers and beers without the boys), and stay-in parties at her place, like the one here with friends Andrea Aguilera, Amanda hunter and Sarah Coomes.  "People just want to be together", says Mays.  "You don't have to spend a ton of money on food".  So how do you do that?  Mays teamed up with Rebecca Riker, a chef at L.A. hot spot Animal, to serve an easy menu loaded with fun twists on old favorites.  Try them all!

                                         Italian Lettuce Cups
The perfect App
Converted by moi
Serves 6

Italian Lettuce Cups

Store bought roasted half chicken or chicken pieces (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup italian dressing (remember to buy gluten-free)
1/4 cup fat-free mayo
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup canned chickpeas
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
A mix of baby romaine, butter lettuce, radicchio and/or endive, washed and dried
1 jar roasted red peppers, for garnish

Remove skin and shred chicken.  Whisk together Italian dressing, mayo and sugar in a large bowl.  Add in chicken, parsley, chickpeas, onion, salt and pepper to taste.  Let marinate for at least 1 hour or up to a day in advance.  When ready to serve, scoop chicken salad onto lettuce leaves, and arrange on a platter.  Garnish with roasted red peppers that have been julienned (cut into short, thin strips).

                                       Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Brown Rice Crispy Treats
converted by moi
Serves 6-8

1/2 cup dried cherries (make sure gluten-free because some can contain gluten_
1 tbsp. amaretto (optional) (contains caramel coloring-has under 5ppm and considered GF, but some are sensitive to this, like myself)
1/3 cup natural maple syrup
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup creamy almond butter
2 cups crisped-brown-rice-cereal or chocolate cereal (make sure you choose a gluten free brand like Envirokidz)
2 dark chocolate bars, such as Hershey's or Dagoba
Vegetable oil

Place cherries and amaretto (if using) in a bowl.  Stir, and let stand uncovered for 1 hour.  Chop cherries, and reserve liquid.  In a small saucepan, heat maple syrup and salt over low heat until liquefied.  Add almond butter and cook, stirring until well combined and heated through but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
Pour cereal into a large bowl.  Using a rubber spatula, stir almond butter mixture, chopped cherries and reserved amaretto into cereal.
Lightly oil and 8x8inch baking pan.  Transfer cereal mixture to the pan, pressing it into an even layer with a spatula or wax paper.  Refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
Melt chocolate in the microwave, by using a double boiler, or by stirring constantly in a non-stick pan over low heat.  Cut cereal mixture into squares with a sharp knife, and drizzle chocolate over in any desired pattern.  Return to fridge and let set at least 1 hour or up to a day before serving.

                                                   Mixed-Veggie Pizza
Mixed-Veggie Pizza
converted by moi
Serves 6

1/4 cup store-bought pesto, at room rep.
1/4 cup cider vinegar (recipe calls for red wine vinegar)
Zest of 1 lemon
Mushroom mix (we use 10 shitake and 2 portobello)
extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
Boursin Light Garlic & Herbs cheese spread 
1 large pre-cooked pizza (use gluten-free pie crust such as Whole Foods, Udi's, Gillian's or Schar...)
1 medium yellow squash, shaved lengthwise with a vegetable peeler
12 asparagus spears (bottoms trimmed), shaved
About 2 quart-size bags salad greens (we use frisee)
8 chives, cut into 1-inch pieces

To make a vinaigrette, whisk together pesto and cider vinegar.  Add lemon zest, set aside.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Remove stems from mushrooms, and cut caps into 1-inch pieces; mix with a few tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
In another bowl, toss zucchini with a few tablespoons oil and salt.  spread mushrooms and zucchini in a single layer on separate baking sheets, and roast, flipping occasionally.
Bake zucchini 10-12 minutes and mushrooms 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven, and set aside.  Spread cheese on crust.  Top with mushrooms and zucchini.  Bake at 450 degrees, about 8 more minutes or neil crust is golden.  Meanwhile, toss squash, asparagus, greens and chives with the vinaigrette.  Remove pizza from the oven, top with salad mixture, and serve.

xoxo Julie 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Lilli and Loo Restaurant

Just wanted to share some fabulous pics of these delicious dishes I ate at Lilli and Loo (sister restaurant is Lili 57 located on 57th st. and 7th avenue (To-Go Menu).  Lili and Loo is located near bloomingdales on the Upper East Side on Lexington Ave between 61st and 62nd street.  This location has the largest Asian GF menu I have ever seen!  Here is a link to their to-go menu, but the actual menu at the restaurant is so much larger.  Pictures of the menu would not even do it justice.  And it's soooo good.  I have to be honest it's better then its sister restaurant.  Both locations deliver, and both locations are on

                                      GF Spring Roll-I have never had a GF one before-Sooo Good
                                                                                   GF Beef Pad Thai
                                                                  GF Sesame Tofu w/ Mixed Veggies

Gluten-Free Watercooler-The Hurricane Club Restaurant

I just posted a great review on YELP for this restaurant.  And my post below is more detailed with pics.  First off it's very gluten-free friendly-there is no gluten-free menu but the waiter and chef will tell you exactly what they can do for you and how.  Phew!  A while back I posted a fabulous naturally gluten-free recipe from this fine NYC trendy restaurant menu...GF Chickpea Lettuce Wraps and now I am going to post the review from Yelp.

                                  **picture taken in 2011-that's me on the far right

The Hurricane Club is a transporting experience!  You walk in to what appears to look like a business and you are instantly transported into high ceilings, chandeliers and exclusivity.  It's Tiki Glam!  Drinking out of coconuts and lots of other fabulous concoctions.  You feel important when you dine there.  This is not your average restaurant, this is NYC...Gotta make it glam!  Written up many times in many magazines including Time Out Magazine, InStyle and many more it reminds me of Tao, but TIKI.  How cool is that?  It's easy to get to and the space inside is huge!  You feel like a million bucks without a million bucks leaving your wallet.

The food is meant to be shared, but I am gluten-free and therefore do not share (the portions are small enough that you can share or not or you can just order their larger entree's and not do any tapas).  It makes me so glad that I can go to such a trendy NYC spot and every waiter there knows and understands what a gluten-allergy or Celiac Disease is!!  This is major for me!! The chef and waitstaff are aware and on call, and can tell you exactly what can be prepared for you. Comfort for the gluten-free...  It rocks!  I cannot tell you how many people who are gluten-free are afraid to venture because of a gluten worry or a cross-contamination worry.  Fear not.  Mark my words gluten-free peeps! Venture.  It's well worth your time and tummy!  The menu is huge and the drink menu is super fun!  Think Gilligan's Island (a t.v. show aired from 1964-1967) meets glam and gluten-free friendly!  I don't think Ginger, Mary-Ann or the Professor had that luxury!  Can't top that.  A friend of mine even gets reserved seating!  He feels so special every time he goes.  And when there is a long wait?  They greet you with delicious glasses of champagne to thank you for your patience.  It's royal treatment when you dine at the hurricane club.

 I have been many times and I have never had a problem, whether its the chicken kebab or the Ceviche or even the veggies!  The entire space is gorgeous, and is well worth your time and efforts to go, especially if you are not from NYC-it's a great spot to report home about.  Try it.  Dine out and have fun!  To those that write negative reviews, you must be demented.  And I say this because the only downfall to this super fine dig, is that you may have slow service when its super busy-but when this happens? They compliment you with more food and drinks on the house!  You really can't go wrong here.

I didn't post this on Yelp, but I would even go the extra mile to say it is teen-friendly-if and only if your children are above the ages of 10.  If your family is posh or you are dining out on a special occasion I would say without fail you can bring your teens.

For those of you over 21? Well there is also a super cool night club/lounge below the restaurant, so eat well and get your dance moves on!

Check out their Menus and know your Gilligan's Island Chic retreat is only on 26th Street and Park Avenue South.  So close!  You don't need a boat to get yourselves to this trendy Tiki spot!

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Friday, March 9, 2012


Always love a good Gluten-free label!  Peeps if you didn't know are gluten-free, low in calories and just sooo good!! Great for Easter and Valentines Day!.

xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Beauty & Essex Restaurant

A fabulous dessert from Beauty & Essex Restaurant!  Chris Santos who is the chef at both Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex has not only a gluten-free menu but a GREAT one with fabulous desserts.  Below is what I had one night...Pot of Creme-Yum!

xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Goat Town Restaurant

A restaurant that celebrity Jennifer Esposito frequents, I went based on her recommendation.  A small cozy spot that is very neighborhood friendly in the village.  A more meat and potatoes kind of place where the owner makes his own gluten-free ice-creams and sorbets.  GF pancakes and waffles for brunch too!

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Murray Hill Food Emporium

My Food Emporium seems to be the only location that carries the LEAST amount of gluten-free.  But I think that is changing.  I am noticing more and more.  The Upper East Side location seems to have sooo much including GF Pizza, potato tots, veggie burgers and more.  

Here is what I have found so far!  In addition to the below pictures I also found all flavors of Mary's Gone Crackers, Lara Bars, GF Gummies, Vans GF Waffles, GF Peanut Butters, Almond Butter, Rice Milk, Soy Milk, GF yogurts, Laughing Cow Cheese and Skinny Cow Popsicles.  There is a lot that is naturally gluten free as well!  And the Betty Crocker GF frostings are available too.

What I love about Food Emporium is the labeling.  Labeling is important and it is nice to see that the products themselves have great labeling and the markets carrying them.  These are not all in one section, so you will have to rummage and sort through.

xoxo Julie

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Trader Joe's

Need a printable version of their gluten-free list?

Trader Joe's GF Market List

handy and ready to print!

Enjoy! xoxo Julie 

CrunchMaster Crackers

Ok so I tried these crackers a while ago and have kept the empty box in my fridge so I can blog it.  I didn't realize this brand was by the same manufacturer as my other favorite crackers by CrunchMaster!  

CrunchMaster came out with these fab crackers in many flavors such as toasted onion, rosemary and olive oil, sea salt, original, roasted vegetable and white cheddar.  The white cheddar is definitely new.  

While at Healthsmart located in Murray Hill on 37th St. and Third ave, I came across Ancient Grains crackers!  Soooo good!!!!!  I devoured them!.  So far they have Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper.  I devour all of these crackers I guess I should have know they were from CrunchMaster.  And what is so great is that you can have like 16 crackers and its only 140 calories-that varies-give or take depending on the flavor.  All gluten-free!  And certified GF.  Some are sugar free, some are vegan/dairy free and all are cholesterol free, and 100% whole grain.  All are also Kosher!  

And their latest news? BJ's Wholesale is now distributing their 20oz crunch master original multi grain crackers in all stores across the globe! How great is that?!!

And the Original flavor from Crunchmaster is Vegan and dairy free!  Sorry Vegan's not the other flavors!! But that one original version is.

All CrunchMaster crackers are peanut free however their processing plant uses tree nuts; hazelnuts, almonds and pecans.

All CrunchMaster crackers are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU) and can also be found in this Kosher List

For more FAQ click HERE.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm telling you, you won't be sorry!  These crackers rock!!  

I buy these babies at my Murray Hill Market called Healthsmart.  You can find these in varying places.  Click HERE for a store locator.  Here is the 10016 locator

And click HERE for some online cracker shopping.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Not All Advil Is Gluten-Free!!!

After last night's POST, GF Advil was on my mind and I decided to call Advil/Pfizer this morning to get some more clarification.  In response to my post last night I advised through the website that Advil Liqui-gels, Advil Migraine and Advil Liqui-Gels PM contain a wheat derivative.  After my phone call with a lovely representative I received more information.

-ALL ADVIL LIQUI-GELS contain a wheat derivative.  ALL LIQUI-GELS.  So stop these immediately if you are taking the Liqui-gels.  You maybe getting sick from a medication rather then a food and this is so important to recognize!  Just steer clear of Liqui-Gels.

-ALL FORMS OF ADVIL MIGRAINE contain gluten.  There is no further information if it is just the Liqui-Gels or the Tablets, Caplets and Gel-Caps.  Pfizer does not have this info therefore they informed me to steer clear of all Advil Migraine pills.


All Advil Tablets, Gel-Caps (which are different then Liqui-Gels) and Caplets are gluten-free and do not contain any cross contamination in their facility nor is there any ingredients in these forms.  So you are free to digest any of these.

In specific all tablets, caplets and gel caps from the below are gluten free:

Advil Cold and Sinus contains NO gluten and there is NO cross contamination
Advil Congestion and Relief contains NO gluten and there is NO cross contamination
Advil Allergy and Sinus contains NO gluten and there is NO cross contamination
Regular Advil Tablets, caplets and gel-caps do NOT contain gluten and there is NO cross contamination
Advil PM Tablets, Caplets and Gel-Caps do NOT contain gluten and there is NO cross contamination

The reason that Pfizer cannot stamp these bottles with the Gluten-Free Stamp is that at the end of manufacturing these Advil products Pfizer would have to do a raw materials test at the final stage of producing Advil to see if the raw materials that were given to them had gluten.  This is a test they do not conduct which is the reason you do not see a gluten-free stamp.  However, according to Pfizer there are no added gluten or cross contamination once these materials enter their facilities. But the Advil products listed above citing no gluten-means that there is no gluten or cross contamination in their facility.

As the representative mentioned to me, Pfizer takes Celiac Disease and a Gluten Allergy very seriously.  As this rep mentioned CD is becoming more prevalent and they take as many precautions as they can (with the exception of the final raw materials test).  Pfizer is very aware of CD.  

This is a huge eye opener!  Check your meds!!

I hope this helps!!

xoxo Julie

Advil-Is This Medication Gluten-Free?

Recently while in the NYU ER getting X-ray's on my fractured foot, the doctor I saw there mentioned that a patient he recently had seen said Advil was not gluten-free.  I was shocked!  Because the last time I checked on my drug list it was!  My mom and I who are both gluten-free and frequently use advil looked at each other, and the doctor then said maybe I was wrong!.  I said, "no, I need to research this for my blog and for myself"!!.  So I went to the advil website and there actually IS some truth to this!!!

I am just so happy I do not take the below meds, but for those that do...STOP!.

Advil Liqui-Gels, Advil Migraine and Advil PM Liqui-Gels contain a Wheat derivative and therefore are not gluten-free!!!!  All other advil products are.  So be careful on which ones you buy!

The annoying part about gf products is that their ingredients are ever-changing, which means that a product that may have been gluten free in years past, may not be now.  So always check with the pharmacist!

I will be reaching out to many drug companies to get more answers in the next few weeks and hope to have more specific answers soon.

If you have further questions pls feel free and contact Advil with questions
800-88-ADVIL or 800-882-3845
Mon-Fri, dam-5pm
Write to Advil:
PCH Product Information
Pfizer INC
PO box 1043
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

xoxo Julie 

Tulu's Bakery Opens In Dallas!!

Hip hip hooray!  For those of you who are gluten-free and live in the Dallas, Texas area, you are in some super fabulous luck!! Tulu's Bakery opens tomorrow March 7th in Dallas.  I just got an email from Tulu's notifying me of this.  So I naturally HAD to spread the word!!!

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The exact address is: 6055 Sherry Lane in Preston Center
Dallas, Texas 75225
(469) 206-3121

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Enjoy! xoxo Julie