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Breakfast Wrap with Udi's tortilla

Breakfast Wrap with Udi’s tortilla

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During the Summer, I can get really lazy about breakfast. I mean, the kids are getting up later and at all different times and I am not craving something hot like I do in the Winter. Yet, ironically, Summer is when the family is super busy physically, going swimming and hiking and traveling and we need a healthy breakfast to get going.

I like to just go ahead and call our Summer breakfast “brunch.” Seriously, do not wake up kids if you don’t have to, right? But I do like to feed them decent meals…so we just start later in the day.

When I got an Udi’s Gluten Free Foods Sampler last week, I was glad to test out some new breakfast goodies.

Now, we are lucky in that no one in our home is officially celiac. But, I do have sensitivity to gluten, so I try to avoid gluten in general.

When I first tried Udi’s, I had been gluten free for over six months and I was thrilled to find something I could eat I did not have to bake for myself! (And the Udi’s bread and cookies I tried at the time were way better than mine).

If you or a loved one need to totally cut out gluten, many of Udi’s choices are very useful. All Udi’s Gluten Free Foods are certified gluten free. I wish they were organic as well, but most are certified kosher. Many Udi’s products are totally nut free unless clearly marked (like some granolas) and some are even dairy, soy and egg free.

I was expecting to try a new granola flavor or bit of bread so and I was pleasantly surprised to find a large number of new baked goods in my sampler.

Udi's baked goods

Udi’s baked goods…and they must know I have kids, some granola bars on top:)

When my children tried some out, there was definitely no contest about which baked goods they would try first. They ate all the muffins and cinnamon rolls right away that week. I thought the cinnamon rolls were good when heated. Not especially great for you, but a really nice treat! I really liked the muffins. A little less sweet than the cinnamon rolls and so moist, you would never guess they were gluten free.

Then, I was curious to try the tortillas. My family enjoys a breakfast burrito, with scrambled eggs with monterey jack cheese and onion and green pepper, rolled up in a tortilla. I wondered how a tortilla could really be gluten free and still taste good. When I made these, I heated the tortillas up individually in the skillet with a bit of butter. I did need to be delicate as the tortillas can break easily. Once they were heated up though, the wraps were almost more like crepes in texture and were very easy to work with. The breakfast burrito wraps were a hit!

I think my favorite things of all were the bagels and the cinnamon bread. Oh my goodness, a bit of that bread, toasted, with coffee was delicious. The cinnamon bread tasted just like regular cinnamon bread, I thought.

 

Cinnamon Bread toast

Cinnamon Bread toast

And, the Everything Inside Bagel and the Mighty Bagel were very good.

The Everything Bagel has 7g of protein, 3g of fiber and non GMO canola oil. The Mighty Bagel has 8g of protein, 3g of fiber and some great flavors, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. The kids loved these also except for the flax seeds. These would also travel well for a healthy breakfast.

While we were gobbling down the bagels, my husband quietly took the granola samples. He always likes Udi’s granola and I do buy the Vanilla granola for him. This time, the difference in the newer type of granola was that they have added Antioxidants and Omega 3’s to their Active Granola line. The bag is 11oz, just a teeny bit smaller than the older versions of granolas at 12 oz per package. My husband did like the Blueberry Cashew flavor and found it full of nuts and fruit.

You can find Udi’s even at Walmart, now, I see. You can also buy them online if you cannot find locally.

Don’t forget to check out the Udi’s Website. You can read many tips about Gluten free living and get tons of recipes, as well as get a $1 off coupon for Udi’s.

You can also find ideas for recipes on their Pinterest and on Facebook.

*I received Udi’s samples to review for this post. I have given my honest opinion and received no additional compensation.

Udi’s Gluten Free Granola

Heather —  June 30, 2012

Eating granola

When I went gluten-free, I assumed I would never be able to eat some of my favorite foods again. Yet, it was worth it to me to feel better.

Over time, I have discovered that many of my old favorites do exist in a gluten-free form. In fact, my whole family likes many of the gluten-free recipes I make and products I use, which makes cooking much easier, since I can make one thing for all of us.

When I first found Udi’s products, I was glad because they made my life easier because I did not have to make something from scratch to have some bread or cookies…even a hot dog bun.

Udi’s offers four types of gluten free granola right now, and we just tried all four!

  • Original
  • Vanilla
  • Cranberry
  • Au Naturel

I have to say, I love having all kinds of “stuff” in my granola, so my favorite was the gluten-free cranberry granola. It was full of big chunks of cranberries and walnuts. It is such a treat to enjoy an old favorite food without having to worry about Gluten.

I also like the fact that the Udi’s granola has very few ingredients. In fact, the Au Naturel variety has three (what??? only 3!!) ingredients! This is good. Certified gluten free oats, Colorado sourced wildflower honey and canola oil.

The main problem?

My kids want to eat it all because they are delicious. I will have to hide a package in my closet!

Udi's granola

These run around $6.50 for the package. You can also buy them online if you cannot find locally.

Do not forget to check out the Udi’s website. You can read many tips about Gluten Free living and get tons of recipes, as well as get a $1 off coupon for Udi’s.

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

*I received Udi’s samples to review for this post. I have given my honest opinion and received no additional compensation.

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udi's gluten free buns

When I first went Gluten free, I seriously missed having a hot off the grill hot dog with relish, ketchup and mustard in a warm bun. And watching my husband eat one of my famous gouda burgers was painful too!

One day, when my husband felt sorry for me, he brought me home some Udi’s bagels. They were really good. A different texture than the bagels I was used to, but delicious in their own way, toasted up with butter and honey…YUM.

That was my very first Udi’s experience!

Now that Summer has come and the grilling season is on, I get to have burgers and hot dogs and stuff again, as long as I use the Udi’s.

In fact, right now, Udi’s is running a “Countdown to Summer” promotion, where they are asking fans to get ready for grilling season with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. Instead of having a BBQ, they are encouraging grillers to have an UDI-Q.

Udi’s asked me…How would you fill an Udi’s Gluten-Free Bun?

udi's buns

They sent me some Udi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns (whole grain and classic) and Hot Dog buns to try. (I also got some delicious snickerdoodle cookies!)

I LOVED the hot dog buns. I use the organic hot dogs and a homemade relish…my husband lightly grilled the bun and I ate several. I had not had a hot dog in a bun in a few years!

I shared the hamburger buns with the family and when they were toasted up full of burger and extras, the kids liked them. They actually held together better than I had expected, and were good. The next day, I polished them off using them for an egg sandwich. Ummmmmmmm.

I have a big family, and I feel it isn’t really cost effective to buy Udi’s for everyone – but they do not all need that, either. So, now I get some for myself here and there and freeze them for a treat for myself. It is nice to know I can use them for everyone if I want.

Check this out: “Udi’s is creating a fun BUN-GO game on their Facebook page. BUN-GO is our way of getting fans exciting for summer and giving them the items they need (like our gluten free buns) to host a great BBQ.  From May 7th thru June 19th, visit Udi’s Gluten Free Foods Facebook Page. You must be an Udi’s Gluten Free Facebook fan to participate. Each participant will get their own BUNGO board, similar to a BINGO board. Each square has an associated task, such as answering a question about your favorite hot dog toppings. Once you complete a row, diagonal, or column of squares (i.e. tasks) you earn points toward Udi’s Gluten Free bun coupons and other barbecue essentials. If you complete your entire board, you’re entered to win a $500 gift card to one of the following retailers: Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, or Whole Foods.”

*I received an Udi’s pack to review. I have given my honest opinion

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Are you trying to eat more healthy these days? I went gluten free this past June. Between eating whole foods and making that change, I feel great. I think real food tastes incredible!

When my sister went gluten free recently and she was worried about making changes and not being able to eat her favorite comfort snack foods of chips and salsa. I told her no worries! Take a look at all the options at Wholly Guacamole and Wholly Salsa along with Garden of Eatin’ chips!

I think they are delicious and a super fast and perfect appetizer for company. I just found out you can even freeze their organic guacamole packs, so I can hide a couple in the freezer.

This past weekend, my in-laws flew in for a quick visit and really enjoyed the Wholly Guacamole, Wholly Salsa and Garden of Eatin’ Blue tortilla chips. I liked being able to share in the appetizers as everything was gf. So…my kids like it, I like …and my in-laws like it…and it is nutritious, with many gluten free and even some organic options. I especially like their little 100 calorie snack packs of guacamole–that saves us from wasting any and I can toss them in lunches.

My favorite? The Blue tortilla chips from Garden of Eatin’ paired with the Wholly Guacamole Pico de Gallo.  (My FIL thought that was homemade:)

Little healthy changes can add up and make a big difference and with snacks like these, you won’t be missing anything!

See Wholly Guacamole’s website: eatwholly.com, for recipes, newsletter, coupons and more. Take a look at their FAQ page. This stuff is healthy for so many reasons. You can also “like” the Wholly Guacamole Facebook page at:  facebook.com/whollyguacamole (they often have contests and coupons!)

Love chips? Then you’ll adore gluten free, GMO free and organic chips. Visit Garden of Eatin’ website: gardenofeatin.com, for recipes, newsletter and online store. The chips are so crunchy and tasty.

Are you into social media? You can even find your favorite snacks on twitter and Pinterest!

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Attention all gluten-free bakers and cooks!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Last year, when we were trying to figure out what might be wrong with Emma, I did some research into the possibility that she might need to go gluten free. In the middle of all that, we found out she had epilepsy—and I never followed up figuring out about a possible gluten allergy.

But, anyway, I met some people who do need to follow a Gluten Free diet so I wanted to check this Bisquick Gluten Free prize pack out. The pack included a box of Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper. I was extra excited when I realized the pancake pan was a cast iron pan!

Anyway, we tried the Bisquick® Gluten Free baking mix the other day. At first, I was a bit worried about how our pancakes would turn out—the batter seemed a little grainy (yes, I’m a bad batter eater!) But, after cooking the pancakes, I found them fluffy and delicious.

This Bisquick® Gluten Free baking mix is very similar to regular Bisquick–you can make pancakes, waffles, biscuits and other easy meals.

To find great recipe tips and ideas, visit www.bisquick.com/glutenfree. There, you’ll find countless gluten-free recipes for family favorites such as Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes and Gluten Free Pizza Crust, using Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix. They are adding more recipes every day.

Look for Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix in the baking aisle at your local grocery store. You can visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/8b49/ to download a printable coupon for $1 off Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix!

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