DanActive Probiotic Dairy Drink – Gluten-Free Vanilla

DANACTIVE IMG_3868Okay, I made a mistake here. I went into this thinking that, because DanActive is manufactured by Dannon, it would be more like a smoothie than a drink. I figured (sorry, this is kinda like math, here) Dannon = yogurt. Yogurt + probiotic dairy drink = thick, smooth beverage.

WRONG.

Sorry, Dannon, but to me, this is more like the liquid penicillin we used to drink as children back in the dark ages. Except I remember that tasting better.

If you like tangy yogurt, then this will be a breeze for you. But I am a big sissy and like the yogurt that tastes like cream. Yes, every meal should taste like dessert. What’s so wrong with that?

In any case, I tried this because it’s a) probiotic; b) certified gluten-free; and c) it was marked down 50% off.  Yeah, I’m cheap. So sue me. I try all this stuff so you won’t have to. You wanna make that up to me? Tell your friends about this blog. Oh, and buy some of my books.

The family pack I purchased has 8 bottles in it. The normal price (at a small, local Safeway) was $4.49. That’s 56 cents per bottle. Now, this is not a meal replacement by any means. It is more like a supplement. It contains L.Bulgaricus, S.Thermophilus, and “10 billion of its exclusive probiotic culture L.Casei Immunitas which no regular yogurt has” according to the package. I checked my yogurt – that contains L.Casei. It doesn’t say anything about Immunitas. Frankly, that sounds like a disease contracted by political refugees.

Each 3 ounce bottle has 70 calories, 1 gram of fat, 11 carbs, and 3 grams of protein.

So, if you want something with a bit of a tang to quiet those between-meal stomach grumblings, this might be for you.

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G/F Pizza Steel Cage Match: Amy’s Brand

Amy's Gluten Free Cheese Pizza IMG_0512I was so very excited when I saw pizza in the gluten-free freezer case at WalMart. Pizza is one of the foods I really do miss from my gluten-mongering days. So when I saw both Amy’s and Udi’s had gluten-free pizza available, I grabbed them.

A few comparison notes:

Amy’s pizza is about one dollar more than Udi’s. The calories, carbs, and protein are about the same. Amy’s pizza is 12 ounces and they expect you to get 3 servings out of it. Udi’s is 10 ounces and they divide that bad boy into two servings. All-in-all, very close. Continue reading

Wendy’s Gluten-free Menu

Of all the “fast food joints,” Wendy’s seems to be the friendliest towards folks with gluten intolerance.

You can check out their gluten-free menu here:  http://www.wendys.com/redesign/wendys/pdf/en_US_gluten_free_list.pdf  (new link as of 4-6-2014)

Sometimes, you just can’t help but need a bite to eat, and in a pinch – Wendy’s is my choice.  If you print out the gluten-free menu or at least study it before-hand, at least you won’t feel like you have no options next time the “this day went way longer than I expected and I’m out of snacks” happens to you.

Eat well!

The Organic Peddler in Del Norte, CO

I’ve been bad lately.  I’ve been posting my gluten-free reviews to my regular blog instead of here.  Not that that matters, really, since no one seems to read this column anyway, but just in case this review helps one person find the food they need for their diet, here’s the link for it:  http://ksbrooks.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/review-the-organic-peddler-in-del-norte-co/

Gluten-Free Goodies at Whole Earth Center

Date of Visit:  2-9-11
Whole Earth Center
360 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
www.wholeearthcenter.com

Out of bread, snacks and patience during my cross-country adventure, my face became bright with hope as the Whole Earth Center on the eastern side of Princeton came into view. 

When I walked in, the store’s aromas soothed my mind, wooing me into a better mood.  An oasis of healthy living, its shelves loaded with organic goods, a deli offering gluten-free options, and an entire separate area dedicated to colorful produce from local growers.  As I had anticipated, the prices were a little higher than I was used to, but in the face of hunger, one has to make choices.

I chose a loaf of frozen bread for $7.19 and couldn’t resist the fresh-baked gluten-free cookies despite their $11/pound price.  Their assortment was excellent – at least 6 different flavors – and the homemade consistency and flavor were exceptional – worth every penny.  Even my non-gluten-free partner enjoyed them.

The staff was helpful and friendly, and the bathrooms were clean.

If you’re on the road and in need of something good to eat – stop in to the Whole Earth Center.

Gluten-Free Dining at the Ninety Nine

2-5-11

RESTAURANT:
Ninety Nine Restaurant
149 So. Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
http://www.99restaurants.com/

Well this was a fun evening.  I hadn’t been to a 99 Restaurant in a very long time, and I’ll be honest with you, I was expecting it to be mediocre.  We picked the restaurant because of its convenient proximity to Route 93 in Salem, NH. I didn’t realize at the time that the “Nines” even had a gluten-free menu – one of my friends who met us there told me.  You can see the gluten-free menu on their website – the link is above.

To start, our waitress Connie was patient and gracious over the fact that our party arrived in spurts.  Then, when I asked for a gluten-free menu, she was very responsive.  That always gives me a good feeling.  (On the bill, it even says “allergy alert” next to my meal.) 

The food was served hot and in a timely manner.  And it was really good.  My 16 ounce sirloin tips were marinated and perfectly cooked until they were tender and delicious.  They came with excellent mashed potatoes and broccoli for only $11.99.  There was so much food I couldn’t eat it all.

Everyone at the table enjoyed their food, and Connie was even nice enough to take a photo of our group.   Well done, 99!