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Just look at the smile on his face! Nick was absolutely thrilled that I found him some Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Corndogs from S’Better Farms.

When I told him I was writing a review, I asked what he wanted me to say about the corn dogs. He said, “Tell them that they are SOOOO Delicious!” Nick also said he’d give them 100 Thumbs Up!

Although I don’t want to feed him corn dogs every day, if I have to give him them sometimes – at least these are pretty healthy. The beef for the corndogs is actually from grass-fed cows and you can see the other ingredients at the link above.  Pair these with some organic ketchup and you’ve got a great treat for kids, or even husbands (my husband had a few bites and said they were excellent too!).

I purchased the corn dogs at Sprouts, but they are also available at Whole Foods and these other locations. I noticed that S’Better Farms has some other allergen-free products, like Party Wings, Chicken Ballontine, Chicken Fingers, and Chicken Siciliano. Based on the success of the corn dogs, we’ll definitely be trying more of S’Better Farms’ products!

gfcf online shoppingIf your schedule is hectic, you live in a more rural area, or you just want to save some money, you may want to consider shopping online for GFCF foods.  In order to accomplish GFCF shopping online, all you need is a computer, Internet capabilities and a credit or debit card. Do remember that you should still check ingredient lists for anything you purchase to be sure that something labelled “Dairy-Free” actually doesn’t contain casein or that there isn’t other allergens in products that you don’t wish to consume, like corn.

Here are 6 websites to help you get going –

1.  Amazon – their selection of specialty foods is growing all the time. If you purchase things under their Subscribe & Save program you can even have scheduled deliveries and free shipping every time! (This is a great plan for purchasing things like flours that you know you will use and can freeze until you do.)

2. Gluten-Free Mall for Gluten-Free Foods – this site is linked to celiac.com and has everything from cookbooks to food to vitamins. Join their mailing list and you’ll get regular coupons and discounts sent to your inbox!

3. Savorfull – this is one of a few companies that will send you a box of allergen-free goodies each month for a flat rate. (I will be reviewing this company very soon here on the blog!)

4. Penzey’s Spices – an amazing variety of spices available in many formats from gift boxes to individual containers. I think I could spend a LOT of money with them! (It’s tough to choose only a few things because everything sounds so good.)

5. Gluten-Free Saver – this is similar to Groupon, but for gluten-free foods. I’ve seen some casein-free products offered too, but be sure to read ingredients.

6. Katz Gluten Free – this site has mostly bakery items that are gluten-free. They allow you to search by specific allergy which is great. And, you can even order sample boxes for only the price of shipping!

Got any others you’d like to add? Please mention them in the comments below so others can enjoy them too. Thanks!

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I thought I’d change things up this week and do a restaurant recommendation. Believe it or not, Chipotle Mexican Grill has actually been around since 1993, but I admit that it’s really just gotten onto my own radar. They have many locations in the USA, Canada, and the UK.  There are many things to love about Chipotle – almost everything is gluten-free, their meat has no antibiotics in them, and all the produce is organic. It’s a fast-food restaurant where you can actually eat healthy!

For the gluten-intolerant, here’s a look at their allergen menu. However, the only item that has gluten is the flour tortillas. Imagine, going to a restaurant and not having to worry about gluten for the large majority of the menu; it definitely makes it fun to order food there! The fact that all the produce is organic and the meats have no antibiotics is just icing on the (figurative) cake.

Last night, I took Nicholas to Chipotle for his birthday dinner. He loves to order the Taco Kit on the kids menu – two hardshell tacos, his choice of meat (uually Barbacoa, the spicy choice), beans, and guacamole. Since we are also dairy-free, we always splurge to get the additional guacamole (believe me, it’s worth it!), in lieu of cheese and/or sour cream. I ordered two hardshell tacos for me as well, but I chose the carnitas topped with generous dollops of guacamole. Sometimes, I will order the taco salad which is salad, meat, rice, and guacamole (in my version, at least). I skipped this last night because my son is not able to have rice at this time and he does get upset if we eat something in front of him that he isn’t allowed to eat.

Nicholas and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner from Chipotle Mexican Grill last night. I definitely recommend Chipotle as a terrific option for dining if you have to avoid gluten and other allergens. The food is tasty and healthy and with many locations to serve you – it’s the perfect choice for a dinner (or lunch) out!

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I’ve been playing around with this fabulous mobile app, Find Me Gluten Free, for about a month now.  I really like it a lot and have found it to be very helpful, especially when traveling. The free app is available on both the iPhone and the Android.

Find Me Gluten Free helps you find gluten-friendly restaurants and stores by address, map, or chain. It offers reviews by users, photos, and even website links to menus.  I love that I can pull up a menu at a restaurant I’ve never been to and determine if my son will eat anything there, BEFORE we even try to go there! I think most parents can understand just how many meltdowns can be avoided this way.

If you have a smartphone, I strongly encourage you to download this app.  It’s amazingly handy to be able to find a place to eat in a city in which you aren’t familiar. We used it recently after my son had to have a medical procedure in another city and we were looking for a good lunch spot. I opened the app and within about 5 minutes, I had several hundred options to choose from; we ended up at a wonderful local restaurant whose menu I had already previewed online and knew my son would have multiple choices to eat. It was a success – no meltdowns!

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