Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 10 at Gluten & Allergen Free Expo + GIVEAWAY

On September 6 and 7, I had the privilege of attending the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Free Expo in New Jersey as an official blogger. It was such an honor to be part of the blogging team and really cool to get the chance to meet with gluten-free companies and advocates and to see all kinds of new gluten-free stuff.

There were more than 100 vendors at the Expo plus four classes/presentations each day. I saw a lot and learned a lot, and it was so hard to narrow down my top 10 favorite gluten-free items but narrow it down I did. And if you stick around until after my top 10 list, you'll even be able to enter a GIVEAWAY featuring some of the cool samples I received at the Expo.

1. Garden Lites Muffins
These muffins, available in the freezer section, are AMAZING. And they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. They are also made with 1/3 vegetables, so they are nutritious, too! I received a whole bunch of these muffins in different flavors to review, so stay tuned to the blog for more on this brand!

2. Hoboken Farms
This NJ-based company makes two "sauce-um" (instead of "awesome") sauces: Big Red Marinara and Big Boss Vodka. These are sugar-free, gluten-free, and made with fresh whole tomatoes. Hoboken Farms also has its own sandwich shop, complete with gluten-free offerings, in Summit, NJ.

3. Coconut Bliss
There was a lot of gluten-free, dairy-free ice cream at the Expo, but the stuff I liked the best was Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss. It's made with coconut milk and agave syrup and available in a variety of flavors.

4. The Bacon Jams
Everything is better with bacon, right? How about using it as a spread on burgers, pizza, and vegetables? That's what Bacon Jams is all about with three sweet and smoky flavors: All Original, Black Pepper, and Red Chile and Garlic.

5. Maddalena's
If you love cheesecake, you'll love NJ-based Maddalena's cheesecake. They even have cheesecake on a stick! YUM! Plus, they'll do gluten-free cheesecake designs for weddings and special events.

(I didn't get a picture at this booth because I was too busy eating my cheesecake on a stick. YUM.)

6. GoPicnic
The idea behind GoPicnic is to provide gluten-free eaters with ready-made snacks, breakfasts, and meals to prevent "hangry" episodes and to ensure that you always have something safe to eat wherever you go. The company has 15 gluten-free items.

7. Wellaby's
It's so hard to find good gluten-free crackers, but Wellaby's has succeeded! The crackers and pita chips are made from 24% real cheese, and the cheese-ups are made from 43% real cheese. These baked snacks are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and contain no GMOs, trans fats, soy, MSG, preservatives, peanuts, and tree nuts.

8. Luce's Gluten-Free Artisan Bread Mixes
When my husband first went gluten-free, we thought we might have to buy a bread machine to make our own gluten-free bread. If you think that, think again. With Luce's Gluten-Free Artisan Bread Mixes, you can make your own gluten-free bread NO BREAD MACHINE REQUIRED.

9. Gluten-Free Labels
These reusable labels help prevent cross-contamination at potlucks or in your shared home kitchen. The company makes silicon tags, toothpick labels, and water-resistant stickers.

10. Ahh...Vacations
Traveling gluten-free can be hard. (See my Paris blog post as evidence.) But Ahh...Vacations aims to make it easier for you to travel and eat safely. This travel agency connects you with tours and ensures that the included food includes gluten-free food and that the tour guides are able to provide you with gluten-free restaurant options when sightseeing on your own. The 2015 tours are Costa Rica and Italy! (Italy is with travel company Globus.)

Now onto the giveaway! Here's what I'm giving away to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is enter with the Rafflecopter below:

- Gluten & Allergen Free Expo tote bag
- Organic Surf Sweets
- Juice Plus+ Chewables
- Nogii Paleo Bar Nuts About Tropical Fruit
- Nogii High Protein Bar Cocoa Brownie
- Mayacamas Skillet Toss Mix Garden Style Recipe
- Envirokidz Corn Puffs Gorilla Munch
- TeeChia Blueberry Date
- I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt
- StoreHouse Foods Gluten Free Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup
- Raw Rev 100 Spirulina Dream
- Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti
- Soy Joy Dark Chocolate Cherry
- Udi's Vanilla Granola
- Coupons for Shiloh Farms, Namaste Foods, HomeFree, Nature's Path Organic, Send Me Gluten Free, and Red Apple Lipstick


  1. My favorite product is one I found at the GFAF expo last year! Ola! Granola! Seriously so amazing and the kindest people too!

  2. I really like the garden lites products and Annie's products