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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This Low Carb Chicken Crust Pizza Went So Viral It’s Now In Grocery Stores Nationwide

Homemade pizzas were our jam growing up. We’d pop one in the oven and enjoy as we watched Legends of the Hidden Temple.

You may remember Real Good Foods as the company that creates ‘Real Good Pizza,” a low-carb pie that’s made with an all-natural chicken and parmesan crust, leaving it entirely gluten-free. Each serving only contains 4 grams of carbs and boasts 25 grams of protein.

The pizzas come in Uncured Pepperoni, The Supreme, and Three Cheese flavors. We tend not to pick favorites, but The Supreme is pretty damn good.

If you’re looking to grab a couple boxes for your next Friday night in, you’re in luck, because Real Good Foods just announced pizzas will be sold at all Publix Market locations across the country.

Next time you’re on the hunt for some low carb yet highly delicious pizza that’s easy to make, pick some up your local Publix and just pop it in the microwave or oven.

Pro tip: we highly recommend pairing these pies with some ranch dressing.


Created in partnership with Real Good Foods

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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Might Actually Ruin Your New Year’s Resolution Diet

Most of you would be lying if you say you’ve never had eating “healthy” foods as your New Year’s resolution. If you’re anything like me, that goal is probably already down the toilet.

Despite my daily trips to Whole Foods and Nekter, I wasn’t really eating healthy. But it’s not because I ate ice cream for the last 15 days (which I did). No, that’s not why I failed my 2018 resolution already. It’s because those “healthy” foods I was consuming were actually ruining my diet. All those times I chugged a cup of green juice and snacked on trail mixes? Well, no wonder I can’t diet properly to save a life.

Below is a top 5 “healthy” foods that may actually be ruining your diet.

1. Gluten-Free Food


Yes, some GF snacks indeed are healthier alternatives. But if it’s processed or packaged, even if it’s “gluten-free,” it can be significantly higher in calories and lower in carbs. So if I’m not gluten sensitive, why add the extra calories without the satisfaction of biting into a cupcake?

2. Green Juice


One word. Sugar.

Cold-pressed juices are loaded with veggies and fruits. But a popular bottled green juice has 260 calories, 60 grams of carbs and 52 grams of sugar! That’s more sugar than five Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts!

Alternative? Drink a green smoothie. Unlike the juice alternative, smoothies retain the fibers from the veggies.

3. Fat-Free Anything

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“Oh, it’s fat-free! It must be healthy.”

No. No. NO! Get that fat-free chocolate pudding out of your cart! Research shows fat-free/low-fat foods have up to 10% more calories and 40% more sugar. By removing fat, food loses its flavor. To compensate for the lack of flavor, companies add additional flavoring and sugar.

4. Trail Mix

Don’t say you never grabbed a handful of trail mix to pick out all the chocolate. Ok, maybe I tried to be a little bit “healthier” and ate the peanut butter chips too. Hey! Peanuts have protein, right? Well, it turns out that you are better off munching on some unsalted nuts. If you’re having a chocolate craving, opt for some dark chocolate.

5. Acai Bowls

You’re tempted. Those acai bowls are so pretty and totally Instagram ready. And you know what? It’s healthy for you, right? Nope.

You’re getting an acai bowl because acai is a superfood. You want that glowing skin and super immunity! Unfortunately, most acai bowls are high in calories and sugary. Why? Some bowls are made with frozen yogurt instead of a puree. It is also packed on with various toppings like fruit, granola, and honey. While acai itself is low in sugar and packed with antioxidants, think of all the extra calories the toppings and hefty portions add!

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How This Cheesy Bread Shark Tank Alum Became America’s Fastest-Growing, Woman-Led Food Business

In late 2015, Shark Tank investor Lori Greiner, known as the “Queen of QVC,” invested $200,000 in exchange for ownership of 16.5% of Brazi Bites, a company that specializes in making a gluten-free Brazilian cheese specialty known as pão de queijio. Since that episode, the cheesy bread Shark Tank alum has seen exponential growth margins, growing an astonishing 4,551% in 3 years and making the top 100 in America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

Co-founder and CEO Junea Rocha first had the idea for the business in 2009. After missing home after having moved away from Brazil for a few years, she asked her mom for her recipe for pão de quiejio. Traditionally, this bread is made with cassava flour (which is naturally gluten-free) and a traditional Brazilian cheese called Minas. While Rocha couldn’t get a hold of Minas cheese in the US, she eventually developed a blend of cheese that she was happy with that became the cornerstone of Brazi Bites’ success. In 2012, she and her husband Cameron embarked on a nationwide road trip to get their product into hundreds of grocery stores around the nation. They then appeared on Shark Tank and sold out almost in just a few days after the episode launched.

Now, Rocha and Cameron are ready to bring Rocha’s pão de quiejio into one of the largest grocery chains out there. Three of Brazi Bites’ six flavors are now available for purchase in 222 Target stores across the country as part of a major test for the brand. If successful, their imprint in Target stores could expand even further in 2018, according to Rocha.

Rocha’s success with her Brazilian cheese bread business has made Brazi Bites the third-fastest growing food company in the country, as well as the fastest-growing food business to be led by a woman. It’s a pretty remarkable journey for Rocha, whose cheesy bread product is now one of the hotter items in the frozen foods section.

If you haven’t had a chance to try these pão de quiejio out yet, check your area to see if a nearby Target is testing the gluten-free bread out. Additionally, there’s always any of the hundreds of organic and specialty grocery stores, including Whole Foods, that are already carrying Brazi Bites.