Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Pasta” Picks for Gluten-Free Eaters

One of my former favorite gluten-filled foods was angel hair pasta. There was nothing like swirling my fork around a plate, raveling a mess of pasta drenched in sauce and cheese and scooping it all into my mouth. While there are some great gluten-free pasta options available (the corn pasta is probably my favorite!), I feel I’ve had to sacrifice in the spaghetti/angel hair department. The structure of the corn pasta just doesn’t have the same effect on longer strands, so while tubular gluten-free ziti is delicious, the eating experience just isn’t the same.

Recently, however, I began experimenting with the use of spaghetti squash as a “pasta” substitute. Spaghetti squash is a type of winter Click to continue reading »

XO Baking Company | Triumph Dining Product Review

51e9aMWg8zL._SL500_SS500_Fancy baking a whole bunch of tasty gluten-free goodies without the hassle of figuring out the recipe for yourself? You may want to check out XO Baking Company. They’ve already figured out what tastes great and now you can make it at home!

XO Baking Co. mixes include both sweet and savory goods. All of them are simple to make and the results are delicious!

For something savory they have All Purpose Flour, Banana Bread Mix, Corn Bread Mix, Pumpkin Bread Mix, Zucchini Bread Mix and Pancake & Waffle Mix.

For something a little sweeter check out their Oatmeal Cookie Mix, Gingerbread Cookie Mix, Pound Click to continue reading »

Tech-Savvy Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping

iphone5-introAs I’ve admitted on this blog before, while I love my smart phone, I don’t always put it to good use. I have about three apps, two of which are solitaire and the other is often left untouched. But this latest app I heard about might just deserve top ticketing on my phone – a gluten-free grocery app!

Two sisters in Canada are working to develop an app that will help Celiac’s around the world. The team started their product development after one woman’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with both diabetes and Celiac disease. Overwhelmed by the grocery store and list of “safe” vs. “unsafe” food, the women decided to take action to help others.

The app would allow users to scan a list of ingredients on any given packaged food item to determine whether or not it was safe for gluten-free eating. The app would be particularly useful to shoppers who want to avoid the over-hyped “gluten-free” labels that more and more companies are using as a means to increase advertising revenue and hike up pricing.

Though I think the app is a great idea, I am still wary about cross contamination risks. Those “gluten-free” labels are there to ensure that there is absolutely no risk of gluten sneaking in the product. Unfortunately I’ve found out the hard way that even if an ingredient list appears gluten-free, that’s not always the case.

The women are still developing the app, which could do a lot to help new gluten-free eaters explore the world of food beyond gluten-free specialty items. The app is set to be released in May. For more information, check out their website, to support their efforts!

Celiac Symptoms Across The World

Celiac SymptomsThe symptoms of celiac disease differ from person to person, which is one of the reasons it can be so difficult to diagnose in the first place. Some celiacs suffer from terrible gastrointestinal symptoms, others psychological symptoms and some, no symptoms at all. Now, what if your nationality were a factor in the type of symptoms you suffer? Recent research suggests it’s possible.

Researchers in Iran compared the symptoms of celiacs in Iran, Romania and Italy and found variations between the three. This study worked with 323 women and 127 men, all confirmed celiac by endoscopy, small bowel biopsy and positive serology. The study was published in the Archives of Iranian Medicine this month.

The study suggested that upper abdominal symptoms were most common with the European patients whilst Click to continue reading »

Allergy Friendly Wristbands

Gluten Free WristbandsAt the Gluten & Allergen Free expo in San Francisco last weekend, we spotted lots of kids wearing great gluten-free and allergen-free wristbands. Some of them were so fun and colorful that I’m thinking of getting one for myself!

As adults suffering from serious allergies and intolerances we are usually able to convey our dietary needs to other people – but what about children who don’t have the vocabulary to explain these things? Getting your child one of these wristbands or bracelets is a great way of getting across the severity of an allergy to family, Click to continue reading »

Opa Helmut’s Rub Spices | Triumph Dining Product Review

Opa Helmut's RubWhen you’re gluten free, spices are one of those ingredients you need to watch out for. Similar to colorings, flavorings and emulsifiers, spices and spice blends can also be a hidden source of gluten.

Lucky for those of us who have to be 100% gluten-free, there are a few great gluten-free spice brands out there. Today we want to share news of a fantastic new one we recently discovered!

Opa Helmut’s Rub is a family business which makes a wide variety of German spice blends, all of which are full of flavor and completely gluten-free. Their spices are all natural, without preservatives and manufactured in a gluten, nut and lactose-free facility!

Some of the great flavors they have to offer include Original, Rustic, Burger Mix, Herb Garden, Barbecue and Karneval. Whether you’re a meat eater or a Vegetarian, you’ll find something to make your favorite dishes even Click to continue reading »

Caveman Cookies | Triumph Dining Product Review

Caveman Cookies

There are lots of gluten-free cookies out there but not all of them are great; some of them aren’t even very good. Many are filled with processed sugar, unnecessary colorings and flavorings and high in calories and saturated fat.

Caveman Cookies are different and they are some of the best gluten-free cookies I’ve had in a long time. Made simply from nuts, honey Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day | Triumph Dining

Happy Valentines Day! It’s time to cook up a little fun for this holiday. Being gluten-free certainly has its limitations, but the internet has afforded us the luxury of sharing recipes and ideas. Here are a few of our favorites for this Valentines Day. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Pancakes Breakfast

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Pancakes [via Mom, What’s For Dinner?]

Gluten-Free Bacon and Egg Cups [via]


BLT Chicken Salad Gluten Free


Gluten-Free BLT Chicken Salad [via Dashing Dish]




 DinnerHeart Shaped Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Heart Shaped Pizza


 Red Velvet Cheesecake Shake Gluten FreeDesserts

 Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cheesecake Protein Shake [via Dashing Dish]

 Gluten-Free Pink “Black and White” Cookies [via Gluten-Free on a Shoestring]

 Gluten-Free Dairy Free Fudge [via The Healthy Apple]

Gluten-Free Healthy Surprise | Triumph Dining Product Review


Healthy Surprise Gluten Free Gift BasketsEarlier in December, we brought you the low-down on gluten-free gift baskets: what to watch out for and where to find allergen-friendly treats.

Now, how about if you could have your own gluten-free gift basket delivered every month of the year?

With Healthy Surprise you can have just that! For a monthly fee they will deliver a variety of tasty gluten-free snacks right to your front door.

The kind of snacks you can expect in your monthly box are dried, dehydrated and freeze dried fruits, nuts, trail mixes, all types of bars, crackers, chocolates, kale chips and other new and interesting products. All of the snacks are full-sized and they are all gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

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Sahale Snacks | Triumph Dining Product Review

Gluten Free SnacksIt’s more challenging than it should be to find safe, gluten-free nuts! Most are manufactured on machinery shared with wheat or other gluten filled grains and unfortunately for celiacs this just isn’t good enough.

Luckily for the gluten-free community there are a few safe options out there, even if they are few and far between, and Sahale Snacks are one of them.

Sahale Snacks do a whole variety of nut mixes, which as of May 2011 are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). In their mixes Click to continue reading »