SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Classic Comfort

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–which are all about classic comfort foods.

First on the list is a local favorite, Scratch. It is located in a restored 1900 house in Johnson City, Tennessee and is only a few minutes from Hathorn Hall. I love the wit and atmosphere of this place + the gluten-free pizza is divine. The hubby says the “normal” pizza is also divine *smile*

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There are lots of topping options, but I prefer meat and cheese…lots of cheese. Thank goodness, I’m not lactose intolerant! The service at Scratch is fabulous + they were very considerate of my questions about their gluten-free crust and toppings. As I’ve stated many times, ask questions!

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Next up is ice cream. I’m always on the hunt for gluten-free and low carb goodies. Being a Type 1 diabetic with Celiac, I need to read labels for not only gluten culprits, but also sugar and carbs. I spend a lot of time reading labels! Hmmm…I wonder where I put my reading glasses…I just had them…they’re in the kitchen…where I was taking photos of the ice cream that I recently found…bless, I need a good cup of coffee *smile*

On a recent trip to Earth Fare, I discovered Halo Top Creamery ice cream. It isn’t loaded with carbs, but it does contain a sugar alcohol–so no overindulgence with this sweet treat! The texture is a bit odd–it is kinda like cake…but the taste is superb…sweet and lemony…I’m going to try the other flavors before I rule this product in or out.

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I like cookies, and I really like cookies that are hearty enough to eat for breakfast. Yes, cookies for breakfast. I’m a rebel *wink*

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Moon Rabbit Foods oatmeal cookie mix gets two thumbs up. Easy to fix + delicious. I think next time I will add some fresh coconut flakes and Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips.

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Last top pick of the week is Glutino Lemon Wafers. My whole family loves these–even Mattie.

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I know that a lot of people frown upon eating processed, gluten-free foods. I believe we should strike a balance. Eat fresh fruits and veggies, cook healthy meals, and eat “processed” foods in moderation. My tip is to look for natural, organic snacks. Besides, at the end of a bad day, one lemon wafer and a cup of coffee is nice to have *smile*

Remember to always read labels and ask questions. And what doesn’t bother me might bother you.

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Mattie chillin’ in the kitchen…waiting on a crumb to hit the floor *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about yummy comfort foods. If you have gluten-free favs, please comment and let us know what they are.

SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Pick-me-up Snacks

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s top gluten-free picks of the week–which are perfect pick-me-ups for the mid-afternoon slumps. So, go grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell with me *smile*

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I loved Fig Newtons as a kid. Loved them. It was a fun and delicious snack. It was a cookie and a tiny cake.

But then along came Celiac Disease,  and it robbed me of one of my favorite snacks. It took a lot away from me, but I’m not here to complain…I’m here to celebrate and announce that Pamela’s makes a super delicious, extra large, Fig Newton substitute…really a replacement because the “Figgies & Jammies” are incredible…fantastical + fun to say! Figgies & Jammies…Figgies & Jammies!

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I wanted to include a photo that showed the nutritional information and ingredients of the “Mission Fig Figgies & Jammies”–bless, I get so frustrated reading labels in the grocery store. Always apologizing for being in the way…digging in my purse for my reading glasses…trying to remember if that’s the gluten-free crackers the hubby eats. The hubby doesn’t have any dietary restrictions, but he’s super sweet to follow all of mine *smile*

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The next pick-me-up snack is the 100% freeze-dried pineapple “Crispy Fruit” by “Crispy Green”–which also offers apple, Asian pear, banana,  cantaloupe,  and mango. I’ve only tried the pineapple, but cantaloupe is next on my list. I will let y’all know how that venture turns out.

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At first, I was hesitant about trying freeze-dried fruit…big fan of the dehydrated ones…but freeze-dried? I admit the visual appeal is not there, and the texture is a bit odd…but…the taste is divine…like fresh pineapple…a bit of a crunch…packed with tons of fresh flavor. Fresh…crunchy…pineapple!

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Check out the ingredients list. Just one. Pineapple!  *big smile* Plus, there are only 9g of carbohydrates and 35 calories in the individual snack pack. Just toss one in your purse or briefcase, and you are set for the 3:00 p.m. slump.

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I never liked to eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast…not enough substance to get me through until lunch. However,  Pop-Tarts were great for afternoon snacking. Call me crazy–but I liked mine straight out of the package. No toaster required. Occasionally,  I’d put one in the microwave for a few seconds. Well, along came Celiac…and out went the Pop-Tarts…and in came glutino toaster pastries…apple cinnamon to be exact!

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I admit this isn’t the healthiest snack, but who cares! Glutino toaster pastries  taste great + eating one makes me feel like a kid again. Sometimes, it is good to be bad *wink*

As I’ve stated before, I’m no food expert.  Not a food photographer.  Not a cook. Please don’t come over expecting fancy meals that I found on Pinterest.  There will be no cookies that look like penguins or veggies shaped like flowers. But, I will have a great pot of coffee and delicious snacks that are gluten-free…and we can sit a spell, chat, and drink coffee while the hubby cooks *wink*

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Now, I must get back to my painting project. Stay tuned to find out which rooms are being brightened with color.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about gluten-free, pick-me-up snacks.

P.S. Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you. Be careful when trying new foods.