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    Absolutely Gluten-Free (AGF) Gets Creative with Great Tasting Gluten-free Options- More Variety & Better Flavor from AGF

    According to the Celiac Foundation, celiac disease affects one in every 100 people in the United States, about 3 million people. In addition, a growing number of people suffer from gluten sensitivity or allergic reactions to wheat. As a result, the number of Americans going gluten-free has tripled since 2009.

    “More and more consumers are limiting gluten to improve their health as well as for weight loss,” says Charles Herzog, Executive VP of Absolutely Gluten-free (AGF). “That trend is increasingly reflected on grocery shelves and restaurant menus. But it’s no secret that people think ‘gluten-free’ has to be synonymous with ‘compromise.’”

    Absolutely Gluten-free packs a flavor-filled punch with its full line of unique and delicious gluten-free products that satisfy everyone’s craving for sweet and savory snacks, whether they’re eliminating gluten from their diets or not. The company received the 2017 Gluten-Free Trailblazer Award from Grocery Headquarters in recognition of its innovation and impact on the gluten-free and diabetic foods space.

    The newest Absolutely Gluten Free product taps into two of today’s hottest food crazes: tahini and energy bars. Absolutely Gluten Free’s ’s 100-calorie TahiniBars™ are gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, and made with natural sesame seeds, a.k.a. “super seeds.” These grab-and-go bars are available in Vanilla, Cocoa Nib, and Pistachio flavors, making gluten-free living tasty and convenient.

    Try Absolutely Gluten-free Flatbread in three varieties (Original, Everything, and Toasted Onion). These flour-free light flatbreads can be used to make pizza, sandwiches, and lunch for kids, topped with just about anything from melted cheese to roasted veggies and sliced fruit.  They are all soy, corn, and rice-free.

    Absolutely Gluten-free Crackers are available in three varieties including Original, Cracked Pepper, and Toasted Onion. They are flour-free with no soy, corn, or rice, and are light, crispy, and delicious. Serve them as appetizers with dips, crumbled atop salads and soups, or in place of breadcrumb coating.

    For a perfectly sweet and crunchy surprise, Absolutely Gluten-free Blondie and Brownie Crunch snacks don’t disappoint. Blondie Crunch is available in Vanilla Chocolate Chip and Brownie Crunch in Chocolate-Chocolate Chip flavor. They are packaged in a handy resealable bag to eat on the go. And they are great toppers to ice-cream, yogurt, cakes, and mousse desserts.

    For those who love a chewy snack, Absolutely Gluten-free Raw Coconut Chews are a great choice. Choose from Cocoa Nibs with Chocolate Drizzle or Cranberry with Chocolate Drizzle. Made with raw coconut, these all-natural treats are vegan and paleo-friendly, and contain no dairy, eggs, or soy.

    There’s even more variety for those with a sweet tooth on a gluten-free diet. Absolutely Gluten-free Macaroonsare yet another tasty snack from the AGF line, in Chocolate or Coconut flavors.

    “We are committed to the continued development of gluten-free foods that offer great taste, nutrition, and health benefits,” states Herzog. “With Absolutely Gluten-free, consumers on restricted diets should no longer feel left out when it comes to a world of delicious food choices.”

    All Absolutely Gluten-free products are all-natural, certified gluten-free, and OU certified kosher. AGF is a division of Kayco Foods based in Bayonne, NJ.  Follow them at http://absolutelygf.com/, on Twitter at @absolutelygf, and on FB at https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutelyGF/.


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    Be Healthy, Be Happy – Rachel Pauls Foods

    If you haven’t heard of “FODMAPs” you probably will soon. Based on numbers alone, low-
    FODMAP foods may eclipse the multi-billion- dollar “gluten-free” category.
    FODMAPs are carbohydrates that can be harder to digest for some individuals with so-called functional gastrointestinal disorders. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. FODMAPs are all poorly-digested short-chain carbohydrates that are present in a wide variety of foods, including wheat, onions, garlic, legumes, milk, honey, apples, dried fruit, some sugar substitutes and added fibers.

    For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), foods containing these poorly-digested short- chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) may cause stomach aches, abdominal distension, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. According the American College of Gastroenterology, IBS is one of the most common GI disorders, accounting for 40 percent of all appointments with gastroenterologists.

    Some studies show that up to 75 percent of those who have IBS-like symptoms can benefit
    from following a low-FODMAP diet. A low-FODMAP diet is so effective at managing IBS that it is often recommended by gastroenterologists in lieu of costly prescription medications that come with side effects.

    The number of people with IBS — around 45 million in the U.S. alone— is about 15 times
    greater than the estimated three million who have Celiac Disease, which requires avoidance of gluten to manage symptoms. Over the past decade, gluten-free food sales have skyrocketed – from just under one billion dollars in 2006, to a projected seven billion dollars by 2020.

    Since a low-FODMAP diet is often the recommended first line of treatment for IBS, the low- FODMAP category is well poised to become even larger than the gluten-free market. While the low-FODMAP foods category has just emerged in the past few years, there are many national brands available, including Rachel Pauls Foods, with many more expected to enter the market in the near future.

    There are several healthy habits you can establish to help treat your IBS symptoms. According to Rachel Pauls, M.D., founder of Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Food, a more holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, behavior modification, stress reduction and natural therapies often provides the most long-lasting benefits for those with IBS.

    Dr. Pauls recommends talking to your doctor about these seven healthy strategies to see if they are right for you:

    • If your doctor recommends the low-FODMAP diet, then this would likely involve
      eliminating foods that are high-FODMAP and see if your conditions improve. If so, you would then likely start adding back specific foods based on the type of FODMAP they contain, such as fermented foods or those high in fructose. This handy FODMAP food guide will help you plan GI-friendly meals and snacks.
    • Eat at regular times. Try to eat a “normalized” meal pattern, which means three meals and two snacks daily at about the same time each day.
    • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps improve mood and decrease anxiety and stress, bothof which can trigger IBS symptoms.
    • Perfect your portions. Following a low-FODMAP lifestyle is always in context of portion sizes. For foods with FODMAPs, stick to the recommended portion sizes to keep your overall daily FODMAPs to recommended levels.
    • Keep tabs on your total daily FODMAPs. FODMAPs need to be limited throughout the
      entire day, not meal by meal. If you experience a bellyache after dinner, it may be
      related to your lunch or afternoon snack, not what you ate at dinner.
    • Try some peppermint. Peppermint is a natural way to relax the muscles in your GI tract. Ask your medical advisor about the best way to incorporate peppermint to help manage your symptoms.
    • Consider a daily probiotic. Probiotics are "good" bacteria that normally live in your GI tract; some studies suggest that probiotics may help relieve IBS symptoms.

    For more information, check out www.rachelpaulsfoods.com.

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    Falafel Republic

    I had a falafel for the first time in my life last year… It’s made out of chickpeas and is a good meat replacement. At the Snack Attack I had the chance to try this microwaveable and easy to prepare ones. Falafel salads are yummy and healthy. I vow to eat more of these this summer! 🙂


    NEEDHAM, Mass. – Products today are likely to thrive when they join the technological revolution, even food. At the forefront of the digital trend is Falafel Republic (www.falafelrepublic.com), which is adding a new QR code that can be scanned with mobile phones to direct users to the company’s promotions, news and recipe ideas. An extension of Falafel Republic’s heat-and-eat convenience, the new bar code now allows supermarket shoppers to gain instant access to a healthy, fun way to spice up dinner.

    Popular for its convenience and nutritional value, Falafel Republic has consistently listened to and exceeded the demands of the public. First, they stood out as the healthy falafel, high in protein and fiber, gluten-free and low in calories. Next, they were the first to bring the 4,000-year old, long-loved, to-go meal to supermarkets across the country. Now, they’re responding to the evolving technological climate by delivering strategic convenience through a tool that the modern world has proven to find increasingly beneficial. Developing electronic brand connections is ushering in a new era of consumer ease and Falafel Republic is ahead of the curve by bringing it to us today.

    Greg Bukuras, founder of Falafel Republic and innovation leader, said “We are very excited about adding a digital component to our packaging. Falafel is an authentic, healthy and filling food that top chefs like Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri have not been shy about exploring. We plan to keep our product as versatile and fun as it’s been recognized for in the past.”

    In both Traditional and Roasted Garlic flavors, Falafel Republic is now the first and only falafel available at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Shaw’s, HEB, Roche Bros, Wakefern, Big Y World Class Market, DeMoulas, Stop & Shop and other grocery stores.  The new 6 oz. package will be available soon in retail locations with a suggested retail price of $3.99. Look for the Falafel Republic display in the deli section alongside hummus and other Mediterranean products.

    Readers interested in learning more can visit www.falafelrepublic.com.


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    @EditorShowcase Snack Attack

    I never claim to be a foodie but I am definitely a serious snacker. I went to the Editors Showcase Snack Attack at Marriott by Time Square.  It was amazing!  I will be posting about each of my favorite snacks in separate posts but here is a sneak peek…

    sorry for the blurry pic… was a little bit excited!

    Whoopies.. Looks scrumptious

    Falafel – Microwavable

    The Raisin from California!

    I love these… omg!