Skinny Crisps | Triumph Dining Product Review

skinny-cinnGluten-eaters seem to assume that gluten-avoiders miss out on baked goods like break, cakes and cookies. While I do miss those things at times, there are also a lot of them that I can easily live without.  The one item I miss, though, is good crackers.

Because I haven’t quite found what I’m looking for I’m always buying new products when I see them. And so I stumbled upon Skinny Crisps. These are low carb and gluten-free “crackers” that come in quite a few different flavors.

I say “crackers” because that’s what the are called on their website but I’d liken their chocolate flavor to more of a cookie. It reminds me of a chocolate sandwich cookie minus the filling. I started eating a bag of these and couldn’t put them down. This weekend I will crumble them and make pudding parfaits using the brownie crisps as one layer and the cinnamon ones (think cinnamon graham cracker) as another layer. I think they’d also work well for anything that needs a cookie or graham cracker crust. Click to continue reading »

New Year’s Resolutions, Gluten-Free Style | Triumph Dining

1355344857_1a069900a752This is the time of year when we reflect on our lives and vow to live healthier this year.  We start back up at the gym and look for ways to eat healthy.  Those of us who watch what we eat because of food sensitivities or allergies know that watching out for gluten doesn’t necessarily mean we always eat healthier.  Here are some healthy eating options that you might not have tried yet.

If you’re into organic produce you can get it delivered straight to your door from Door to Door Organics.  You can sign up for various sized boxes that include fruit and veggies in season in your area or ones from a wider geography.  You can customize the delivery schedule, choose the produce each time or accept what they choose for you.  I like this service over some others because I can also include additional items with my produce delivery like milk, cheese, meat, gluten-free bread and pasta or other pantry staples.  Anything that saves me a trip to the store is worth it!  I also find that avoiding the store means I only get items I really need and it cuts down on my spending because I avoid impulse buys.  Getting my produce this way introduces me to new fruits and veggies that I might not have selected on my own.  The site offers recipes, cooking and storage tips for the produce as well.  Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Skincare Products | Triumph Dining

images (3)Skin hypersensitivity is just one of the side effects of a gluten intolerance or allergy. Fortunately it’s getting easier to find gluten-free skincare products. Manufacturers are now calling out their products as gluten-free and retail consolidators often have information about which of the products they carry are gluten-free. (Thank you Sephora!)

Doing some research on chemical ingredient names of soy and gluten made us realize how many skincare products contain hidden soy and gluten derivatives. Click to continue reading »

Larabar Product Review | Triumph Dining

larabarLarabars have to be my favorite on-the-go snack. Not only are they gluten-free and insanely delicious, each bar is made from only a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. They are so simple and yet they taste so good!

Larabars come in around twenty fabulous flavors from Coconut Cream Pie to Peanut Butter and Jelly to Blueberry Muffin and even though they are made with only fruit, nuts and spices, they somehow manage to taste like these decadent flavors! No flavor has more than 9 ingredients and many have as little as 3 or 4. Click to continue reading »

Winter Brews | Triumph Dining

photoThere’s nothing like a good winter brew to pair with holiday meals, especially for New Years Eve. With celiac and gluten sensitivities, it can be tricky to find ample choices. Here are a few of our favorites for your enjoyment this holiday season and into the winter months. Click to continue reading »

Advantage: Gluten Free | Triumph Dining

Have you ever used your gluten sensitivity to avoid buying or eating something? If you’re so inclined to use this strategy, being gluten-free is a built-in excuse to avoid eating all the sweets that come to the office this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time those items look great and I wish that I could partake. But other times it’s a great excuse to stay away from the junk food or to decline without hurting anyone’s feelings. It means I don’t have to explain any further than “It looks great but I can’t eat that. I’m gluten-free. Thank you though.”

This even works with my kids, who are not gluten-free. When we pass those holiday cookie samples at the grocery store with the bright colored frosting and the appropriately colored holiday sprinkles my kids always want them. What kid wouldn’t?  But get this: when they ask if we can buy them and I say, “No. Sorry, they aren’t gluten-free,” and it actually works! They say, “Oh, okay,” and keep moving. I love it! They can eat cookies filled with gluten but they know I can’t and for now they are comfortable forfeiting certain things. I will use this to my advantage as long as I can.

I also use my gluten-free restriction when we order in food for meetings at work. Knowing my preference for certain places, I often offer to select the caterer, select the menu or at least tell the person ordering how I need my meal prepared. It’s a built-in excuse to avoid a certain establishments and a legitimate way to influence the menu selection. Plus I’m happy to do the added work if it ensures something that I can eat safely.

It’s all about perspective. Eating gluten-free does have its advantages at times.

Eda’s Candy | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

edasThere’s something about the holidays that makes the inner grandmother come out in some people. Do you feel like you should have a dish of hard candies on display at home at all times? Maybe it’s the more frequent entertaining or maybe it’s because now is the time of year that people have dry throats and cough. Click to continue reading »

Halloumi & Bacon Rolls | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

recipe-image-legacy-id--4457_12I’m all about side dishes at Christmas time. The turkey or the ham are great but it’s the sides that really get me excited about my gluten-free festive meal. Today I found this amazing yet super simple recipe on the BBC Good Food website that I’m going to have to try this Christmas. Yes, please!  Click to continue reading »

Cider Veggies & Cinnamon Walnuts | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

SD6704If you’re looking for a gluten-free side dish that’s both sweet and savory, this simple recipe for Cider Glazed Roots with Cinnamon Walnuts could be something to try. As I’ve said before, sides, in my opinion, are the best part of a festive meal and I think this recipe from Kitchen Daily would go down really well with my family. It works as a great alternative to potatoes or yams if you fancy trying something a bit different.  Click to continue reading »

Festive Gluten Free Cocktails | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

coladaI’m generally a wine or hard cider drinker but when the festive season and family arrive, it’s fun to create tasty mixed drinks. My mom and I both like sweet, fruity cocktails the most and I plan to make and enjoy a few of these this Christmas.

Pina coladas are one of my favorite mixed drinks and I thought this recipe from Eating Well sounded like an interesting way to change things up a bit. This Passion Colada substitutes pineapple juice for passion fruit juice to give your colada a different kind of fruity kick. The best news – it takes all of five minutes to prepare. Click to continue reading »