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Leslie - Mom to 7 y.o. with Celiac Disease. Navigating the Gluten Free world to find/share the best products. Gluten free advocte and speaker. DM for collabs and speaking opportunities! @zipkick influencer @siggisdairy brand ambassador

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Yesterday was the perfect day for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch (swipe for pumpkin pics) with a stop for a takeout dinner on the way home at @redrobinburgers Red Robin does a great job with allergies and their gluten free buns are delicious. If you ask Jax this is his favorite place to get a cheeseburger. And of course anywhere with a dedicated fryer is a win! The food comes out with a purple allergy toothpick as you can see. Everyone in the family can find something. I tried @theimpossibleburger We brought the dog to the pumpkin patch for the first time and he had fun! And this year Lexi led us out of the corn maze in 7 minutes (last year took about 30 and I thought we were never getting out!). All in all a fun family adventure. #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #redrobin #glutenfreeburger #glutenfreebuns #glutenfreefries #pumpkinpatch #fallfun #familytime #celiac #celiacdisease #celiaclife #glutenfreeeats #whatceliacseat #glutenfreelife #glutenfreefood #pumpkinpicking

As someone born and raised in Philly, you grow up eating cheesesteaks. It's not really a choice. And if you're gluten free, there is no better way to eat the classic Philly sandwich than on a @scharglutenfree roll! Of course there are many variations and ways to eat it. First, which type of cheese will you have? Generally provolone, American and Cheese Whiz are the options. Will you add fried onions? Some other customization options include mushrooms and hot or sweet peppers. I have to admit, in our immediate family, we are pretty basic - we just go with cheese! But you can definitely customize it any way you'd like! If you really want to be like a local, you can say you want your cheesesteak "wit" which means with fried onions. But I digress. We really enjoyed our cheesesteaks on Schar's hot dog rolls, and one other thing I forgot to mention is that if you don't eat red meat, you can also opt for a slightly healthier chicken cheesesteak option as well! In our supermarkets locally we are able to find both shaved beef and chicken (in the fresh meat and poultry aisle) that are perfect to use for homemade cheesesteaks! The Schar hot dog rolls are also the perfect size (if you get a cheesesteak at one of the famous local spots, it will probably be at least twice this size)! We used @fullflavorfoods Cheese Sauce to make something similar to Cheese Whiz that's gluten free. If you're from Philly and you haven't made your own gluten free cheesesteaks at home, what are you waiting for? And if you're not from Philly, definitely give this local favorite a try to see what you've been missing. #schar #scharglutenfree #scharpartner #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #glutenfreecheesesteak #glutenfreephilly #phillyflavors #phillycheesesteak #philllycheesesteaks #localflavors #cheesesteak #phillyfood #phillyfoodie #phillyeats #phillynative

GIVEAWAY Have you tried all of the flavors of @thegoodcrispcompany chips? Or have you had a chance to try any? We had only tried the classic and sour cream & onion, but as part of the @nourishedfestival, we were lucky enough to be #gifted all of the flavors! We liked the BBQ, but I still have to say I think Classic and Sour Cream & Onion are the favorites in this house. But I love the story behind the brand, and how an entrepreneur on a gluten free diet missed his favorite snack and so was inspired to create a gluten free version. Well, lucky us, right?? We are the beneficiaries and get to eat these delicious chips and whether you're gluten free or not, you will love them! So I am giving 3 winners a variety pack of The Good Crisp chips (all of the flavors pictured here EXCEPT Sea Salt & Vinegar - sorry!). All you have to do to enter: 1. Follow both @thegoodcrispcompany and @glutenfreefinds_pa 2. Like this photo 3. Tag all of your friends in the comments - each separate tag counts as an entry! 4. For a bonus entry, repost this in your stories and tag @glutenfreefinds_pa and @thegoodcrispcompany Giveaway ends 10/17/20. Winners announced 10/18/20. Must be 18 or older. USA residents only. Must enter on Instagram (not Facebook). Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram. #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #nongmo #glutenfreechips #thegoodcrisp #sourcreamandonionchips #seasaltandvinegarchips #bbqchips #cheddarcheesechips #potatochips #glutenfreechips #nutfree #celiac #celiacdisease #whatceliacseat #coeliac #glutenfreegiveaway #glutenfreelife #glutenfreeeats

If you’ve been following along on our account, I’ve been experimenting making pizza pockets with different types of gluten-free pizza dough. Jax has even been taking them to school for lunch wrapped in tin foil and in an insulated bag I got on Amazon that is keeping them semi-warm until lunchtime. Today was my first time making @simplemills pizza dough. It was very easy to work with and roll out, not sticky at all. All you have to add is Apple cider vinegar, olive oil and water. If you need my pizza pocket recipe, send me a DM, or it’s still online at the @nourishedfestival under my exhibitor booth (link in bio). I connected with Simple Mills through the @natprodexpo and they were kind enough to send us a sampling of their products, many of which we were already familiar with and some of which were new to us like the pizza crust mix. All of their products are almond flour based and gluten free. They sent us some of their chocolate chip cookies, crackers and delicious soft baked bars. And I can’t wait to make the brownie mix soon too! #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #glutenfreepizza #glutenfreepizzacrust #glutenfreepizzamix #pizzapockets #glutenfreefood #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreeeats #almondflour #healthyeats #healthyeating #simplemills #vegan #paleo #kosher

It's October but temperatures are still getting up the 70s in the afternoon, and we're still enjoying @goodpop popsicles. No, we're no longer by the pool, but we can still put our feet up, swing in our hammock and enjoy the warm afternoons while they last. And we discovered another new @goodpop flavor - Strawberry Shortcake! A new take on your old childhood favorite, but just 100 calories, gluten free, dairy free and only healthy ingredients! Yes they even have gluten free shortbread cookies inside! #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #popsicles #organic #allnatural #healthytreat #glutenfreepopsicle #glutenfreetreat #glutenfreefood #whatceliacseat #glutenfreeeats #celiackid #momwin #organicpopsicle #goodpop #goodpops #realingredients #strawberryshortcake #dairyfreeglutenfree #vegan #fairtrade #gifted

Finding a gluten free kids protein bar that does not have oats and is not nut flavored? That's a tall order. But @thinkproducts has done it! When we cut out oats around February, it took us a while to find a good snack bar that Jax liked that didn't have oats. We finally found @enjoylifefoods Cocoa Loco bar and we are grateful. Jax probably eats one almost every day! But now that Jax is playing travel soccer, I started looking for a bar with a little more protein - especially since practices start at 5 and run until dinner time - Jax needed something that would keep him full. And he does not like peanut butter or anything peanut butter flavored! And you don't realize until you start shopping for protein bars how many are nut flavored! But luckily towards the end of the summer I discovered @thinkproducts Think Kids line of bars. Wow that was a long introduction. But anyway, Think Kids bars come in 5 flavors. And so far Jax has tried and likes 3 of them - his favorite is chocolate chip. He also enjoys cinnamon sugar cookie and vanilla cupcake. Of course he won't try the peanut butter cup and I am on a quest to find the elusive cookies & creme flavor (I am not ready to commit to buying 5 boxes on their site if I don't know if Jax likes it - please let me know if you see these in person in the Philly area). All of the others I have been able to find at @target (and can even do the curbside pickup which is so convenient if you haven't tried it). These bars are chewy and covered in either chocolate or white chocolate, and pack 7 grams of protein. They are also low in sugar which is a bonus, and non GMO. This is not sponsored in any way, just a product Jax really loves! p.s. Mom tip - I personally like the "adult" Think 150 calorie S'mores protein bar! Let me know if you have any other protein bar recommendations that don't have oats or nuts! #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #glutenfreekids #celiac #celiacdisease #celiackid #momwin #proteinbar #glutenfreeproteinbar #thinkkids #ithinkican #snackideas #healthysnack #lowsugarsnack #highfiber #soccermom

Yesterday was a double baking day! We had some overripe bananas that had to be used so I found a recipe on @erinliveswhole for paleo banana bread muffins. You definitely have to like the flavor of almond for these muffins because between the almond butter and almond flour they are almond-y for sure but delicious! I added @enjoylifefoods dark chocolate morsels and made a mixture or mini and regular size muffins. The minis are always the first to go but I only have 1 mini muffin pan that makes 12. I guess I should buy another. Then I saw a recipe on the @baltimoreglutenfree Instagram account that I couldn’t get out of my head. It was for a pumpkin apple cake using @traderjoesglutenfree pumpkin pancake mix which is Jax’s favorite and I have already stocked up on 7 boxes this year! I knew I had to make it. If you want the recipe check @baltimoreglutenfree ‘s account. The only change was that I made it in a loaf pan (instead of a square pan) and baked it for about 30 minutes instead of 20. It was good but not super sweet, so I added some @bonnemaman_us pumpkin spread and that made it perfect! What are you baking this week? #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #glutenfreemuffins #paleo #paleomuffins #paleobananabread #almondflourrecipes #bananamuffins #pumpkinbread #pumpkinapplebread #pumpkinseason #glutenfreepumpkinbread #traderjoesglutenfree #fallrecipes #erinliveswhole #bonnemaman #pumpkinspread #pumpkinbutter #pumpkineverything #minimuffins #glutenfreeeats

There’s a new gluten free brownie in town and it is yummy! These brownies we were #gifted from @ourspecialtybakery are so delicious you'd never know they're gluten free! They are moist, soft and delicious - and did I mention fudgy??!! And certified gluten free! What's awesome is that they come individually wrapped, so you don't have to open a box and have them get stale. They're perfect for packing in a lunch box, sharing, or using as a base for a brownie sundae - which is what we've been doing! Jax liked topping it with vanilla soft serve from our favorite local ice cream shop, and then he crumbled up an @enjoylifefoods ricemilk crunch bar as a topping! You can buy a box of a dozen brownies at walmart.com (with free shipping) or @amazon (go to the link in my bio and click on Amazon recommendations). And guess what - Our Specialty Bakery also makes gluten free chocolate chip cookies (also available by the dozen and individually wrapped). I haven't had the pleasure of trying these, but if they're anything like the brownies, they're probably delicious! Let us know if you try these out! #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #glutenfreebrownies #glutenfreecookies #glutenfreedessert #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreefood #whatceliacseat #celiacsafe #certifiedglutenfree #celiac #celiacdisease

The @natprodexpo was supposed to be in Philadelphia for the first time this fall and I was so excited to attend as a blogger. But unfortunately like so many other in person events, it got canceled! But the @natprodexpo did a great job of putting this event online and making it virtual. They actually created a series of events over a 2 1/2 month period (that are still going on through November) including networking events, presentations and even a virtual exhibit hall. They still made it very easy for bloggers like me to connect with exhibitors online. I was able to connect with a bunch of really cool gluten free food companies, and I wanted to provide a summary of some of them here to share info about some amazing products I discovered - some new and some we already loved! - @dailycrunch_snacks makes sprouted almond snacks - my favorites were the coffee-soaked ones! Did you know that sprouted nuts help with digestion? - @lotusfoods was certainly not new to us - we love their rice based products like noodles and crackers and their mission to grow rice in a sustainable, responsible way using less water and seeds and working with small-scale farmers. - @applegate - this brand kind of flies under the radar but makes so many good gluten free products including one of Jax's favorites - gluten free corn dogs! But we also love their turkey bacon, deli turkey and more. The best part - No antibiotics, growth hormones, artificial ingredients or chemical nitrites! - @bushbeans - this company may be more know for their canned beans, but who knew that they also made an amazing lineup of bean-based chips and dips? It was hard to pick a favorite chip, but I think I'd have to go with Spicy Nacho! These are just a few of our favorite discoveries! I am looking forward to #expoeast (hopefully in person) in 2021! #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #sparkchange #naturalproducts #virtualnetworking #virtualevent #virtualexpo #productdiscovery #glutenfreeblogger #sproutednuts #healthysnacks #lotusfoods #morecropperdrop #organicrice #glutenfreefood #sustainablefarming #gifted

I have a very important question for you. Did you know you are supposed to open an English Muffin with a fork? That's right. If you use a knife, you'll miss out on all the nooks and crannies inside! And that's the best part of an English Muffin, right? Just a little piece of knowledge so you know how to eat it the right way! Anyway, @canyonglutenfree #gifted us some of their Honey Whole Grain English Muffins that are now available nationwide! So when you get your hands on some of these, now you'll know how to split it open the right way. Just fork it - take your fork and gently poke it around the outside edge - see the video in my stories of Jax giving a tutorial. Then toast it to get it nice and crunchy, and then top it however you'd like! There are so many ways to enjoy it - just pure butter, cream cheese, jelly, maybe some kind of nut butter, avocado toast or turn it into a delicious breakfast sandwich! The possibilities are endless! Me, I would have made a delicious egg and avocado sandwich, but since I have a 7 year old, he went with cream cheese (he also tried butter and jelly). These English Muffins come in Canyon Bakehouse's Stay-Fresh packaging. That means they will stay fresh in their packaging for 90 days but once you open them, you should eat them within 5 days. Look for them locally at @walmart, or online on @amazon. #glutenfree #glutenfreefinds #justforkit #canyonglutenfree #glutenfreeenglishmuffin #englishmuffin #celiac #celiacdisease #whatceliacseat #nooksandcrannies #wholegrain #nongmo #kosher #dairyfree #nutfree

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