SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Black Sheep Market in Gray, Tennessee

A peek inside my basket at the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee

A peek inside my basket at the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to home renovation. Today on the blog, I am sharing my gluten-free finds from the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee.

I discovered Black Sheep Market on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and I finally got the opportunity to visit a few days ago. The hubby had to take his rental car back to the Tri-Cities Airport, and I decided to ride with him in order to spend a little time with him. Bless! He has been traveling so much lately that a trip to the airport and a discount grocery store is classified as a date *wink*

Black Sheep Market has fresh produce, frozen meats, dinners, gluten free and organic, breads, drinks from coffee to juices, snacks of all kinds, cereals, protein bars, and so much more. Y’all know me–I immediately started hunting for gluten-free snack items, and I found ones that I have never tried + a couple of old favorites. I even got a dozen cage-free eggs for $1.99–yes, $1.99!

Abby and I were totally excited about trying out the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich!

Abby and I were totally excited about trying out the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich!

Glutenfreeda is one of my favorite gluten-free brands. The foods taste good, and most of the items require around two minutes to heat + they are easy to fix–which is really important because we are all busy, busy.

I can’t tell y’all how super excited I was when I spotted the Southwest Chicken Chipotle Pocket Sandwich at the Black Sheep Market. I had never had one from Glutenfreeda, so I did not hesitate to open that freezer door. I picked up two–one for Abby and one for me–to try. Overall, we liked the flavor and the ease of preparation.

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The total fat content is a little high, so I definitely will not be consuming these on a daily basis *wink* The calories, carbs, and protein are all pretty good for a heatable + portable sandwich.

Ingredients in the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich.

Ingredients in the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich. Hopefully, I will find some of the other flavors to try *smile*

My biggest score of the trip was my hamburger buns. Normally, I pay anywhere between $4.50 to $6.00 for Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns–depending on where I get them, and if they are on sale.

I cried a little when I found these buns...for $2.49! *happy dance*

I cried a little when I found these buns…for $2.89! *happy dance* Fingers crossed that this will be an item that I can find every week!

Honestly, I really don't fret about the nutrition of my hamburger bun because I am just so happy to have a bun with my burger!

Honestly, I really don’t fret about the nutrition of my hamburger bun because I am just so happy to have a bun with my burger!

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I admit that I have a slight obsession with pizza. It is my favorite food group *wink*

Y’all know that I was super pumped to find a gluten-free pizza in the freezer section of the Black Sheep Market. I have seen Glutino pizza before, but I have never been willing to shell out the cash to try one.

Check out that price!

Check out that price! I decided to try the Uncured Pepperoni. The taste was okay. The flavor of the sauce was pretty good. Be careful when baking it in the oven because it goes from almost done to super crispy in a finger snap!

Nutritional info + ingredients of the Glutino Uncured Pepperoni pizza

Nutritional info + ingredients of the Glutino Uncured Pepperoni pizza

I am always on the hunt for traveling snacks, and I discovered two new ones to try. I even opened up one and enjoyed it on the way back home *smile*

Overall, Udi's is a dependable brand. It is one of my favorite gluten-free companies.

Overall, Udi’s is a dependable brand. It is one of my favorite gluten-free companies. Did you see the price? Wow! Just wow!

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I was so hungry that I had to have a little snack on the way home. Let me tell, y'all, I am a fan of these Cheese Bites.

I was so hungry that I had to have a little snack on the way home. Let me tell, y’all. I am a fan of these Cheese Bites. I have only tried a few Schar gluten-free goodies, and all of them have been delicious. Hopefully, I will find more from this brand at the Black Sheep Market.

Look how adorable these are!

Look how adorable these are!

Perfect snack!

20150420_141014-1_resizedWhile at the Black Sheep Market, I picked up my favorite crouton replacement.

20150420_140930_resizedI am so happy that I discovered the Black Sheep Market. It has a wide selection of gluten-free products from which to choose. I will definitely be a returning customer because of the selection + price and because of the friendly customer service.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my recent GF finds. I encourage all of y’all to search your cities and towns for discount grocery stores that carry GF products. Please let us know what you find πŸ™‚

P.S. Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you–so read those labels and sample carefully!

 

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SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: All About Budget-friendly

A little sneak peek of Hathorn Hall's front porch fall decor. Head over to Vintage Inspired Passionista for a few more sneak peeks.

A little peek at Hathorn Hall’s front porch fall decor. Head over to Vintage Inspired Passionista for a few more sneaky peek photos.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living! I am so excited for fall–the weather, the colors, the adventures…Oh, my! I am about to drive the hubby nuts with pumpkin shopping. Yesterday I wanted to buy the lot across the alley that is for sale to grow my own pumpkins. It was a fleeting idea, but a pumpkin farm would be fabulous. I could team up with my dad and grow all kinds of pumpkins and gourds. Can y’all tell I LOVE pumpkins and fall *smile* Today’s blog isn’t about my pumpkin addiction–it is about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–from fruit snacks to hummus–all budget-friendly.

IMG_6521I typically buy my fruit snacks from Earth Fare. I like the all-natural, organic, no- artificial-colors kind. I will chat about those later *smile* But the hubby tires of my all-natural, no-artificial-ingredients shopping list. Don’t get me wrong. He is super supportive of my special dietary needs…he just tires of its expense. And y’all know how expensive eating healthy can be! Long story short–I decided to hunt for gluten-free items at my local Ingles supermarket + to find less expensive alternatives to the items I normally pick up at The Fresh Market, Earth Fare or The Whole Foods.

First item on the list was fruit snacks. I gotta have my delicious gummies *smile* I was pleasantly surprised to find that Welch’s has gluten-free choices. Each pouch has 80 calories, 19 grams of carbs, and 100% Vitamin C. The things I do not like about this product are the use of artificial flavors, corn syrup, and Red 40 and Blue 1. I realize that the lower cost of the fruit snacks accounts for the use of artificial flavors and colors–but wouldn’t it be wonderful, if all companies looked for ways to add real flavor and real color to their foods without charging an arm and a leg!! Overall–the flavor is good + the cost is lower + no bad reactions so far.

IMG_6514I don’t eat a lot of cereal because it does a number to my blood sugars–even when I bolus. But the hubby loves it and likes to eat a bowl at night while watching X-Files on Netflix. I was glad to find that Cocoa Pebbles is gluten-free. He gets his nightly snack + when I get a craving for chocolate or cereal, I can indulge without paying the price…well, at least I won’t get “glutened”…the blood sugar will suffer…but I can’t please all my diseases all the time *wink*

IMG_6516IMG_6520The shopping at Ingles continued, and the hubby was happy because the grocery bill was going to be lower this week. I figured a week or two eating chemicals and artificial colors and flavors wouldn’t kill me…not instantly. Besides, before being diagnosed with Celiac, I ate a lot of bad stuff. I don’t want to talk about it because I don’t want to think about what I unknowingly did to my body.

Anyway…I am a huge fan of hummus. Love it. Not as much as pumpkins, but I love it *wink* Hummus and crackers is a perfect comfort snack. Hummus and veggies is a perfect lunch. It is the perfect, versatile food.

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Boar’s Head traditional hummus contains steamed chickpeas, sunflower oil, olive oil, sesame tahini (pure crushed sesame seeds), water, sea salt, citric acid, garlic, guar gum, and cumin.

IMG_6499I am always looking for quick, easy lunch ideas…even dinner ideas…because life is busy…life is full of interruptions. My go-to for this is Glutenfreeda.

I was excited to find a gluten-free pizza wrap at Ingles. And guess what company makes a gluten-free pizza wrap? Yep! Glutenfreeda. I was going to eat it for lunch today, but the daughter came home for lunch…and beat me to it! She said is was really good, and that I should buy more of them. Looks like the hubby will get to shop at Ingles next week *wink*

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IMG_6507IMG_6504Cookies make me smile. They are cute and yummy. Finding delicious, gluten-free ones that are quick and easy to make is a challenge. I decided to give Pillsbury a shot. Overall–I give them four out of five stars…five out of five on taste and price.

IMG_6500IMG_6501Writing the gluten-free top picks always makes me hungry! I think I am going to bake the rest of those chocolate chip cookies now–which I love the fact that I can just scoop out and bake a few. It keeps the blood sugar happy *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my gluten-free adventure at Ingles in Johnson City. I discovered some good items that saved the hubby money + these products are available in most grocery stores.

Remember what doesn’t bother me–might bother you. Please read labels carefully.