Udi’s whole grain and white sandwich bread

Udi’s bread, hands-down the best gluten-free bread I have eaten in years. It not looks like real bread; it also has that same moist, chewy taste. Recently, I had the privilege of trying some of this delicious bread, courtesy of Dee Valdez, the Udi’s gluten-free ambassador. I had read several reviews saying it was the best gluten-free bread on the market so I was curious to try it and see if it lived up to all these glorious reviews.

When the package arrived, I must say it felt like Christmas morning, I was so excited. I immediately ripped open the package and decided to make a sandwich. The package label mentions that it can be stored at room temperature, if preferred! Hallelujah, my toaster can get a break. The bread certainly lived up to all the hype and articles I have read. It truly is the best gluten-free bread on the market. It is moist and flavorful; it holds up well to condiments and even grilled cheese!

Udi’s is currently working on expanding their products into gluten-free market across America. Currently in Austin, I have found this lovely bread at People’s Rx (Westlake), Whole Foods and Central Market. Udi’s gluten-free products are made in a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Denver. They also have other gluten-free products such as cinnamon rolls, lemon–streusel muffins, blueberry muffins, pizza crust and granola. All products are gluten, dairy, soy and nut free.

For more information:
Udi’s | 101 East 70th Avenue | Denver CO, 80221
Phone: 303.657.1600 | Fax: 303.657.1615

Gluten-free is going mainstream…

Celiac Disease, or simply known as gluten intolerance or sensitivity, is becoming more prevalent in America. It is estimated now that 1 in 100 have Celiac disease and more than 80% don’t even know it! Scary! The reason why some do not know they have a gluten sensitivity is because in some cases it can be asymptomatic. Some common symptoms for those that do experience them are; bloating, gas, diarrhea, cramping, constipation, weight loss or weight gain, etc.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats (cross-contaminated), spelt and barley. Overtime, gluten damages the lining of the small interesting and makes it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from foods, which ultimately leads to health problems.

Up until recently, many mainstream retailers were not offering convenient gluten free foods, such as cereal and baking mixes. Since gluten free living is becoming more popular, many companies are taking advantage of the open market, such as General Mills. They now offer GF Chex cereal! I was so excited about this because it has been a while since I have found a gluten free cereal that I enjoy.

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GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha

Edit: February 8, 2010. I get a lot of questions asking if GTS Kombucha is gluten-free. The answer is YES, it is. Along with our local company, Buddha’s Brew.

Kombucha is one of my favorite healthy drinks. It takes a while to get used too. Some say that is smells a little funky.

I have tried plenty of brands out there and the one that is the most consistent with flavor is GT’s Kombucha. They recently came out with 4 new flavors.

Of the new four flavors, No. 7 is my favorite. With hints of hibiscus and orange peel, it is spicy and satisfying.

It has 60 calories for the whole bottle, 4 grams of sugar and 14 carbohydrates. Vitamins (such as the B-vitamins) and probiotics are naturally occurring in the drink because of the fermentation process.

According to GT’s bottle, some of the benefits of drinking kombucha include:

1) Digestion support

2) Faster metabolism

3) Immune system support

4) Appetite control

5) Weight control

6) Healthier Liver function

7) Body alkalinity

8) Anti-aging

9) Cell integrity

10) Healthy skin and hair

The ingredients are: 100% raw kombucha, hibiscus, orange peel, chamomile and fresh pressed ginger.

If you have never had one, you will most likely get a slight buzz from it. You can get your legal buzz on while you work! :)

GT’s kombucha may now be found at most grocery stores around town. Whole Foods and Central Market seem to have the largest selection of flavors.