Welcome to Allergy Free & Cheap Like Me!

gluten, dairy, egg & soy free

I’m so happy you are here! I hope to create a place for you to find lots of information about food allergies, as well as, lots of goodies to help you not only eat better, but more affordably! Please feel free to share all of your own tips, tricks, and recipes too! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again very soon! You can read more about my allergy story here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mambo Sprouts Gluten-Free Giveaway!

There is still time to enter! As a way of celebrating May- Celiac Awareness Month, Mambo Sprouts is hosting a Gluten-Free Giveaway! By commenting on one of the participating sponsored brand pages below you can win a Gluten-Free gift pack of samples, coupons, and goodies!  

So hurry and start commenting today for your chance to win!  A total of 10 winners will be selected!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Barbara's Bakery Puffins Cereal

To help celebrate Celiac Awareness Month I was asked by Mambo Sprouts to participate in a product review of Barbara's Bakery's Puffins Multigrain Cereal! I had already tried a couple of Barbara's cereals and loved them, so of course I jumped at the chance at trying this one! If you don't know much about Barbara's Bakery, it was founded as an organic bakery in 1971. Barbara's is committed to providing great tasting, all-natural products, free of artificial colors, preservatives, and additives. Barbara's also strives to make a positive contribution to the world with donations to national and local non-profit organizations involved in environmental, hunger, and children's issues, such as Petaluma's School Teaching Gardens, Audubon's Project Puffin, and Chef Ann Cooper's The Lunch Box Project through Barbara's for a Brighter Future program. And to support its commitment to the environment, all of Barbara's cartons feature 100% recycled carbon neutral Green Choice cardboard!

I love all of Barbara's Puffins Gluten-Free Cereals, including the Honey Rice and Brown Rice Crisp varieties. And now the new Multigrain Puffins are just as delicious! Aside from tasting yummy, they are nutritious as well containing a full 8g of whole grains and 3g of fiber per serving. As an added bonus, they don't get soggy sitting in the milk while you eat them! But the best part is they do not contain any species of the grains, wheat, rye or barley! Although the Multigrain Puffins do contain oats, they are certified to be gluten-free. The Multigrain Puffins are great straight out of the box as a quick snack or in a bowl with rice milk in the morning as part of a complete, balanced breakfast. You can also make a yummy trail mix with Barbara's Multigrain cereal, raisins, nuts, and a few dairy-free chocolate chips! So the next time you are looking for a gluten-free, healthy cereal, why not give Barbara's Bakery's Puffins Cereal a try. They not only taste great, but they are nutritious too! Oh, and I almost forgot, right now you can save $1 on any of Barbara's delicious products by downloading and printing this coupon!

If you would like to learn more about Barbara's Bakery or find a store near you that carries Barbara's products, check out their website at www.barbarasbakery.com

*The opinions in this post are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything and I have benefited in no way by this review. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

1 in 1 33: It's a BIG DEAL!

On May 4th in Washington, D.C. leading members of the gluten free community will host Capital Hill legislators, noted celiac disease researchers, gluten free community leaders and food corporations in the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. 1 in 133 is a day when all can come together and drive home the importance of establishing standards for gluten free labeling in the U.S. Coinciding with the newly recognized National Celiac Awareness Month-May, the event will feature the creation of the world's largest gluten free cake, symbolizing the big deal that clear, accurate, and reliable labeling plays in the lives of people dependent on proper labeling for their health. 

Under a 2004 law, Congress gave The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until 2008 to define gluten free and establish labeling guidelines. Three years later, the deadline has come and gone, yet other countries such as Australia, Argentina and Canada have passed gluten free labeling laws; in the U.S. we failed to implement an enforceable standard. This means companies can apply the world "gluten free" to their packaging without having to meet a standard, so it can mean anything. To the millions of Americans who eat gluten free food, this inaction is a BIG DEAL. 

The 1 in 133 event was born out of the frustration of Jules Shepard, noted gluten free author, baking expert, and celiac community advocate, and John Forberger, a winning gluten free triathlete and active blogger, to draw attention to this inaction by the FDA and push the FDA into action. 

The evening reception and pre-event cake construction are open to the public; for more information go to 1in133.org. If you are unable to attend the event in Washington, D.C., then show your support for gluten labeling laws by signing a petition at 1in133.org

Together we can make a BIG difference!

Celiac Awareness Month

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. It is a great time to spread the word about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. 

What is Celiac Disease you might ask? Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disorder in which the consumption of foods containing gluten (a form of protein found in some grains e.g. wheat, barley, and rye…) triggers an autoimmune response which damages the small intestine. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients from food, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folic acid, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other problems such as diarrhea, weight loss, and weakness, that those with celiac disease are all to familiar with.

In the United States, the exact number of people who have Celiac Disease is unknown. Recent screening tests have shown that as many as 1 in every 133 people, or 3 million people in the U.S. alone, may have the disease. Suporting research shows that an additional 17 million Americans are "gluten sensitive." Many of those people are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions that have similar symptoms. The only cure for celiac disease is to follow a gluten free diet. 

There are many websites with a wealth of information about celiac disease. Here are a few for you to check out if you would like more information on celiac disease. 

Looking for a ideas for spreading the awareness about celiac disease? Here are a few for you to choose from:

  • Bring your favorite gluten free treats to your work to share with co-workers. Share with others just how delicious gluten free can be! Here are a few of my favorite treats you can try: Super Yummy Cinnamon Rolls, Divinely Rich Mocha Chocolate Cake, and Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Or if you don't have time to bake something from scratch, try out one of my favorite packaged mixes from The Cravings Place. Their delicious all natural baking mixes include; Ooey Gooey Chocolatey Chewy Brownie Mix, Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix, Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie and Muffin Mix, Peanut Butter Cookie Mix (does NOT contain peanuts, tree nuts or nuts of any kind!), Raisin Spice Cookie and Cake Mix, Cinnamon Crumble Coffeecake Mix, and Dutch Chocolate Cake Mix. All of these baking mixes are gluten, wheat, nut, dairy, and egg free.

What are some of your ideas for spreading the awareness about celiac disease during celiac awareness month?
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