Grocery Health Packaged Food

Kraft Mac & Cheese Goes Gluten-Free To Close Out 2020

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The gluten-free and Celiac disease communities just got a second hit of good news to cap off 2020. In addition to gluten-free OREOs launching at the start of next year, gluten-free Kraft Mac & Cheese is now available in stores nationwide.

Kraft made the pasta using brown rice and corn, and tailored the blend to meet the FDA’s standards for gluten-free. This means that the ingredients used to make the mac and cheese do not come from gluten-containing grains (ie. wheat), or are processed to remove gluten to the point where there is less than 20 parts per million of gluten in the final cheesy pasta.

The mac also retains the original’s consistency and cheesy flavor, meaning that gluten-free consumers should be getting a comparable experience to those who’ve been eating Kraft’s mac for years.

With two of the world’s most ubiquitous brands moving to add gluten-free versions of their signature products, accessibility to these types of foods just became a whole lot easier.

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Gluten-Free OREOs Are Officially Launching In 2021

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For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance issues, finding snacks that cater to those diets on the shelves is difficult, and may even come at a slightly steeper price. Studies have shown that gluten-free snacks can often cost significantly more than their counterparts.

Such snacks are about to get a lot more accessible though, as OREO, one of the largest cookie brands globally, is releasing their own line of gluten-free treats.

Available in standard and Double STUF variety, both sets of cookies will come certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), one of the most trusted and widely accepted standards worldwide. While they have no regulatory or enforcement authority, the set of audits companies have to go through to receive this certification are stricter than the rules set for “gluten-free” definitions by the FDA, the EU, and other governing bodies.

This ensures that for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, these cookies should provide minimal risk. It also gives OREO a whole new market of customers to purchase their cookies.

Gluten-free OREOs will arrive in markets starting in January 2021.

Fast Food Health What's New

IHOP Is The First Major Restaurant Chain To Add Gluten-Friendly Pancakes And Waffles

While there’s been a lot of buzz around eating gluten-free or without gluten at the local restaurant level, not many major chains have incorporated these options into their menus. IHOP, however, just took a big step forward in that regard, adding a permanent lineup of gluten-friendly pancakes and waffles to their repertoire.

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The new breakfast items are made with a base of rice flour, sugar, milk, and eggs, and are tailored to have IHOP’s recognizable buttermilk pancake flavor. While IHOP doesn’t call these gluten-free due to potential for cross-contamination in the kitchen, the batter is made with entirely gluten-free ingredients.

With these new gluten-friendly options, IHOP becomes the first major diner chain in the country to have such a dedicated menu. The only other major chain of comparable size and scale with similar options is Chick-fil-A.

Granted, those with Celiac disease will probably want to wait until IHOP dedicates specific griddle space to limit any chances of cross-contamination. For those without the condition that desire gluten-free foods, however, this is an addition that is readily available just about everywhere.

You can get the new pancakes or waffles on their own, or as part of a breakfast combo with eggs, sausage or bacon, and hashbrowns (which are also gluten-friendly). There’s also a menu of six burgers with gluten-friendly buns available for lunch or dinner.

Packaged Food

Chex Cereal Just Released A New Peanut Butter Flavor

peanut butter chex cerealPhoto: Taste of Home

You should be on the lookout for this new Chex cereal!

Ready to kick your love for peanut butter up a notch? General Mills is changing up its most famous cereal by bringing us Peanut Butter Chex. It should be perfect in a bowl with milk (or as a tasty addition to your favorite cereal bar recipe) and we can already tell this is going to be a hit with peanut butter fans!

Plan to buy more than one box? Check out all of our most mind-blowing ways to use cereal.

The Secret Roll-Out

This Chex cereal is so brand new that it’s not even listed on Chex’s website yet. But that hasn’t stopped grocery store sleuths from finding the cereal on shelves and sharing their thoughts on social media. Over on Instagram, @mnmtwinzsays: “The pleasant texture of sweetened corn Chex, plus the taste of real peanut butter is a combination that makes you wonder; ‘why didn’t this release sooner?’

We couldn’t agree more! Plus, we’ll definitely be mixing it with chocolate Chex.

Bonus: It’s a Gluten-Free Option

Like many Chex cereals, this is a gluten-free breakfast or snack. Plus, it’s made with no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup. The sweetened corn cereal is made with real peanut butter, and retails for $3.29 at Target per box. Count us in!

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Article by Jacqueline Weiss for Taste of Home. View the original here.
Health Packaged Food Plant-Based

Next-Level Waffles Are Designed For Anyone Who Suffer From Food Allergies

It seems that processed sugar is unavoidable when you’re looking for something ready-to-eat at the convenience store. Even moreso when you’re trying to indulge in the sacred ritual known as breakfast while combating food allergens.

Swapples, waffles reinvented, is looking to change that for anyone suffering from food allergies yet seek the ambrosial delights of the time-honored breakfast cake.

Founded by Rebecca Peress, the waffles were created after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and blood sugar issues. Her doctor provided a solution: to cut sugar completely from her diet.

It was then she became aware of how much processed sugars were found in the foods she ate daily, and wanted to create something healthy for folks that didn’t contain some of the most common food allergens (gluten, grains, wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy).

That’s when Swapples were born.

Made from Yuca root, vegetables, fruits, and spices, the waffles are certified paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.

The yuca root provides tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, says Peress, and is highly digestible and easy on the blood sugar. This makes them an ideal option for athletes, children, and anyone who experiences gut/autoimmune issues.

Swapples come in both sweet and savory options. Savory includes flavors like Everything (Bagel), Garlicky Greens, Tomato Basil. While sweet includes classics such as Blueberry and Cinnamon.

Essentially, the waffles were designed to go with any dish and can be used as substitutes for breads or simply by themselves.

Swapples are currently found in 130 stores in the Mid-Atlantic area and Midwest, and plan to expand nationally. You can also purchase the waffles through their online store.

Health Recipes

8 Gluten-Free Recipe Ideas That Pack In On The Flavor

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Having gluten sensitivity or celiac disease doesn’t have to condemn you to a life of bland on a plate. There are plenty of gluten-free meals that you can try to make, juicy and dripping with flavor. Here are some of them. 

Okay, so maybe you can’t have any bread or pasta or a bunch of other things that you crave. But there are plenty of good-to-eat things out there for you to try. Bonus: they’re all pretty healthy, too!

8 gluten-free meals to try soon

1. Fried hot tofu

And now, a vegan dish coming to us right from the Asian cuisine. This one is centered on the protein-rich soybean plant. You’ll use it in the form of firm tofu, sweet-salty hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Spike with chili and ginger, stir-fry, and you won’t be sorry. It can be used in a low-carb diet, or even as a side dish over some meat. It’s up to you, really.

2. Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

Try your hand at the herby, aromatic, and warming Pho soup, a Vietnamese specialty. First, you prepare your own beef stock. It’s easy and besides, you can flavor it the way you want. This time try the spicy and tangy goodies in the ingredient list. Keep the remaining flavored beef stock for later use. Follow the serving steps and be amazed.

3. White bean stew

Welcome to a hearty side-dish made with creamy white beans and savory sweet onion. Flavor it with thyme, rosemary, and bay. Serve it as a dish in its own right or as a side to sausages or other meat. Either way, prepare for a warming and filling experience.

4. Spicy cashew and cauliflower puree

The distinction between puree and thick soup is not always a clear one. But regardless, this cashew and cauliflower dish is so soft and creamy, that it doesn’t quite matter. Also, soft doesn’t exclude spicy so, be generous with the turmeric, cumin, and smoked paprika. Enjoy a warming and flavorful experience.

5. Ginger mushroom oatmeal

When running out of time and when you are a big fan of oats, try this hot and spicy porridge for your breakfast. Make it hearty by mixing in mushrooms and topping it with a soft-boiled egg. We flavored ours with soy sauce and beef stock, but you can always make yours vegetarian.

6. Nutty leek and potato soup

This creamy leek and potato soup has “nuts” and “seeds” written all over it. It has coconut oil, it has cashews and it has almond milk. As for the garnishing, rosemary-flavored sautéed pumpkin seeds seemed to us like a glorious choice. Prepare to go nuts.

7. Bacon-wrapped cheesy prunes

Beware! These decadent bites are extremely delicious. Fried bacon rolls wrapped around cheese-stuffed prunes can turn you into a greedy gobbler. To make things even more delicious pair the sweet-tart prunes and crispy salty bacon with a sharp honey sauce.

8. Chocolate mousse with raisin wine jelly

What would you say about trying a smooth chocolate dessert inspired to us by the French cuisine? A mousse with whipped cream, yolks, and milk with a jelly served over it. You can increase your chocolate amount if you want an even more chocolaty experience. Give your mousse some texture and an interesting taste upgrade with a raisin and white wine jelly.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

Health Recipes

4 Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts You Can Make At Home

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Finding out that you have gluten intolerance or just constant bloating might diminish the joy of eating pizza whenever you want. This sounds so sad to us. That’s why we’re here to show you how to make a gluten-free pizza crust and once you’ve learned you can go on enjoying the little joys of life.

Friday evening usually means family or friend time. Whether you decide to spend the entire evening at home, watching TV, playing board games and relaxing, or going out for dinner and then a party, Friday is ‘The Evening’. The evening you allow yourself to be a bit more wild and careless. If you usually pay attention to the foods that you eat, this is the evening you might give up on rules and enjoy ‘forbidden’ dishes, and you can eat pizza, pasta, or cakes. But you can’t really do that if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance or if you feel bloated anytime you eat gluten.

So, because we feel you when it comes to pizza, we decided to give you some tips on how to make gluten-free pizza crust at home. Sure, you can use our gluten-free pizza crust recipes anytime you want a pizza (or a tart, or a quiche), not just on Fridays!

4 gluten-free pizza crust ideas

Gluten-free pepperoni pizza

Beyond what we’ve said earlier, you don’t need to have celiac disease to try a gluten-free diet. Some people avoid grains for other reasons. No matter your reasons, make this gluten-free pepperoni pizza, with a nice cauliflower crust. Even if you are a lover of gluten, you can try it just for fun and a new culinary experience!

You can also try this gluten-free pizza crust, also made of cauliflower, but without any garlic in the ‘dough’.

Zucchini pizza crust

If you’re looking for a gluten-free pizza crust recipe, try this zucchini pizza topped with lots of mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. The crust is 100% zucchini-based, which means that it’s not only gluten-free but also healthier.

Potato-crust pizza

Do you like potatoes and also love pizza? How about trying to make a potato-crust pizza? In our recipe, there’s no baking required, but you can cook it in the oven if you want. The cheese is very important because it’s what keeps the potatoes stick together. We’ve topped the pizza with prosciutto, arugula, and an egg. It’s an amazing combo, and we’re sure you won’t miss the classic pizza dough!

Quinoa crust

We’ve used this crust for a pie, but you can totally use the same recipe when making pizza at home! Use it if you don’t tolerate gluten, or if you just want to take care of your diet. Quinoa is packed full of protein and fiber, and it’s a great choice when it comes to limiting the flour in your diet. We also used almond flour and cornstarch as binding agents.

You can make other gluten-free pizza crusts by blending together spinach, mozzarella, and eggs; cooked sweet potatoes, almond flour, and baking soda; grated carrots, melted butter, and coconut flakes; cooked broccoli, ground oats, and egg whites. In fact, you can go for almost any veggie as long as you use binding agents like almond flour or mozzarella, which melts and holds ingredients together.

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.

Cravings Drinks Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss Products What's New

Hummus Shakes Are A Thing Now And Are Looking To Be The Milkshake Alternative

So we’ve all had hummus, it’s the best alternative to a cheese dip for any party platter, or a great healthy late-night snack. For a while now it’s been coming up in popularity, we’ve seen hummus on burgers and even in burritos, but it wasn’t until I heard about a new shake coming from the east coast made up of hummus that my attention was really piqued.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is debuting an original and justifiably questionable new product called the Hummus Shake starting May 13.

Right off the bat it sounds like you’re gonna be sucking down a tub of Sabra. But never judge a book by it’s chickpea cover.

While the shake might look like a Frappuccino on the outside, inside is an entirely different beast.

Rather than being made up of fats and sugars like a regular shake, this one is a combination of basically the same ingredients as hummus, with added natural flavors.

Chickpeas, tahini, frozen bananas, dates, almond milk, a little pure vanilla, and cinnamon are all that this healthy little dessert consists of.

And no, it won’t taste like Sabra either. There’s a variety of flavors, just as with any other shake, like butter pecan, chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry.

The Hummus Shake is an all-natural vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free treat that boasts many health benefits, including high amounts of protein and fiber.

Though I haven’t had the pleasure of satisfying my curiosity and trying the shake myself, food bloggers have had a great time detailing their reviews of the shake.

One in particular, David White, said, “the simple ingredients and the health factor of each individual ingredient create a two-fold feeling of comfort and ease in knowing that what you’re ingesting is good-tasting with benefits that are also good for you.” You can read White’s complete review here.

Seeing as this is primarily in NYC, an apt comparison could be to the prominent Shake Shack with their frozen custards.

A normal serving of frozen custard at the Shack is going to clock in at around 600 calories, with a heap of sugar and fat indicative of a traditional milkshake.

While the sugar levels are too close to call, the Hummus Shake is blessed with all natural sugars.

If any of those details are still not enough to convince you to try the new hummus shake, here’s a bit of incentive: From now until 5/20 you can buy one shake and get another free at any Hummus & Pita Co.

So go out and try the shake, let us know what you think, and maybe it’ll end up being the new worthy shake of the summer.