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 🙂

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: Freschetta Pizza, Sahale Snacks, and Bobo’s Oat Bars

20150318_135405-1_resizedHey, 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 handmade goodness to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, we are chatting about this week’s gluten-free top picks–which is all about pizza, pecans, and Bobo’s deliciousness.

First up, pizza. Y’all know how much I love pizza. Honestly, it is my favorite food group *wink* A friend of mine, Rachel–who is an amazing artisan, shared Freschetta Gluten Free pizza with me. I had no idea that Freschetta had such an option–and I am so glad that Rachel told me about it. Overall, the flavor is good, and the crust is delicious and crispy–but I must warn you to watch it while it cooks because it seems to burn quickly. Like from almost done to super done in a matter of a couple of minutes!! For a snacking pizza, this one is great, but to me–it does not have that “meal” feel.

P.S. This is not a dairy-free pizza + it does contain soy. It makes me happy to see larger companies embracing the gluten-free demand…but I would love to see larger companies embracing more organic ingredients as well. Support those local, small farms, big companies out there!

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20150318_135438-1_resizedNext up, is nuts *wink* well, just pecans *smile* Sahale Valdosta Pecans make for a perfect crunchy, salty + sweet snack, and they are a great substitute for croutons. I discovered these accidentally at Ingles in Johnson City while checking the snack aisles for new gluten-free goodies to try. There are a few flavor varieties in this brand, but this one by far is my favorite.

20150318_135838-1_resized20150318_135936-1_resizedThe last pick of the day is Bobo’s Oat Bars. My daughter loves these–she eats them for breakfast and for mid-afternoon snacks. They are a perfect on-the-go item that fits easily into a purse or backpack. There are several gluten-free flavors from which to choose, but the peach is one of Abby’s favorites.

20150318_152538-1_resized20150318_152614-1_resized20150318_152602-1_resizedThanks so much for sitting a spell with today as we chatted about the gluten-free top picks of the week. Remember what doesn’t bother me–might bother you–so please, please be careful when trying new foods, and don’t forget to read those labels!

 

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Pizza, Soft Pretzels, Banana Bites and Macaroons

Just a shopping buggy full of gluten-free goodness from The Whole Foods in Asheville, North Carolina

Just a shopping buggy full of gluten-free goodness from The Whole Foods in Asheville, North Carolina

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and chat about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are going to check out a few of my gluten-free favorites . I am always searching for new foods to try–especially easy-to-fix ones because we all have busy lives and being able to grab a good, healthy snack or lunch is very important.

I was super pumped to discover that Mellow Mushroom has a gluten-free menu.

I was super pumped to discover that Mellow Mushroom has a gluten-free menu.

My name is Chasidy, and I am a pizzaholic. It has been three days since my last piece of gluten-free pizza….Yes, I absolutely love pizza. I like cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, Hawaiian BBQ chicken pizza, House Special pizza….pretty much all pizza *smile* I have mentioned Mellow Mushroom’s gluten-free pizza before, and since that post, I have been a few more times…working my way through the menu *wink* The staff at Mellow Mushroom has been extremely sweet and understanding of my gluten allergy, and so far, I have suffered no ill effects from eating my all-time favorite food.

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So far, I have tried the House Special, Mighty Meat, and Cheese pizzas. I have had the Mighty Meat several times because it is just so good *smile*

The perfect afternoon snack.

The perfect afternoon snack.

I am a huge fan of pretzels. Before being diagnosed with Celiac, I enjoyed soft pretzels with salt and with cinnamon + sugar. It was a warm and comforting snack. Once my Celiac lifestyle began, I never imagined that I would get to enjoy a soft, yummy pretzel again! Can y’all imagine how thrilled I was when I spied Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels at The Whole Foods Market!!! To be honest, I teared up a little *wink*

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I know it seems like I am a junk food junkie…and in one way, I am. It is not that I don’t enjoy a good salad–I do love a good salad–especially spinach + strawberries + feta…it is just that I am a grazer…a snacker. But that doesn’t mean that I sit around munching on gluten-free chips and cupcakes *wink* My newest snack addiction is organic chocolate chewy banana bites by barnana. They are deliciously sweet and filling + perfect with a good cup of coffee *smile*

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A serving is about 6 of the bites, but I only eat about three because they are so filing + they satisfy that chocolate, sweet craving.

A serving is about six of the bites, but I only eat three because they are so filing + three is all I need to satisfy that chocolate, sweet craving *smile*

These bites are giant!

These bites are big on size and taste.

The last gluten-free top pick of the week is gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee. I am totally crushing on Cakes in a Cup’s gluten-free treats! It is so great having a local place where I can get fresh-baked, gluten-free goodies. If you are in or around the Johnson City area, stop by Cakes in a Cup–you won’t regret it *smile*

Vanilla and Pistachio gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee

Vanilla and Pistachio gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee

Look how adorable this lemon, gluten-free macaroon is + it is scrumptious *smile*

Look how adorable this lemon, gluten-free macaroon is + it’s scrumptious *smile*

Are y’all hungry yet? I know I am! I think I will go have a few banana bites before I go to the art studio to work on my latest project. Don’t fret. I will be sharing it with y’all soon + the Hathorn Hall Christmas tour. My goodness! So much to do and so little time!! And that is why I snack *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the gluten-free top picks of the week. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and Instagram for all kinds of randomness *smile*

*Please remember that what doesn’t bother me might bother you–so please read all labels carefully + be cautious when trying new foods.*

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Easy and Fun

I had a fabulous time with Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, Tennessee.

I had a fabulous time with Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee *smile* Today on the blog, we are chatting about the gluten-free top picks of the week–which are all about easy and fun. Earlier today, I had a business lunch with Abby (about new and exciting changes coming to our blogs) at Mellow Mushroom in JC. The gluten-free menu made me smile with its catchy slogan of “YOU’RE NO LONGER A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN.” LOVE IT!!!!! I believe every restaurant and food product company should follow suit and create healthy foods that everyone can eat *smile*

I love cheese. Thankfully, I am not lactose intolerant. The Good Lord knew that I could not handle that *wink* I was super excited to find these mozzarella sticks by

I love cheese. Thankfully, I am not lactose intolerant. The Good Lord knew that I could not handle that *wink* I was super excited to find these all-natural mozzarella sticks by Health is Wealth because I am a fangirl of anything cheese.

Overall, the nutritional values aren't bad: 110 calories, 5g of fat, 10g of carbs, 7g of protein + 15% calcium. If you have the time, bake them in the oven--much better than microwaving them!

Overall, the nutritional values aren’t bad: 110 calories, 5g of fat, 10g of carbs, 7g of protein + 15% calcium. If you have the time, bake them in the oven–much better than microwaving them!

20141016_170530-1_resizedSome days…well…most days, I do not have time to prepare lunch. I feel lucky to have time to make a sandwich…I know…I should make fancy lunches ahead of time and freeze them with fancy labels on them…yes, I know that it would be a healthier alternative than sandwiches and corn dogs…but corn dogs are fun to eat…and Applegate understands my time dilemma…thank you, Applegate, for being there for me and creating fun lunch food *smile*

Applegate corn dog + small side salad + an apple = quick lunch that keeps me satisfied until dinner

Applegate corn dog + small side salad + an apple = quick lunch that keeps me satisfied until dinner

I am always looking for portable, packable snacks because it seems like I am out more than I am in. My go-to brand for delicious on-the-go snacks is Enjoy Life. They make yummy nut-less trail mixes, and I am currently crushing on the Beach Bash variety.

This snack fits in my purse or desk drawer. All I need to keep me going is a handful *smile*

This snack fits in my purse or desk drawer. All I need to keep me going is a handful *smile*

Enjoy Life is looking out for all of us with allergies and special dietary needs. Thank you, Enjoy Life, for being so awesome *smile*

Enjoy Life is looking out for all of us with allergies and special dietary needs. Thank you, Enjoy Life, for being so awesome *smile*

I love snack crackers. Don’t get me wrong…I love a lot of different foods–from oranges to steak….But to be perfectly honest, I am a grazer–which is bad for a Type 1 diabetic…I really need to eat on a schedule…believe me I have tried…and I am still trying…but I have always eaten a little here…and a little there…and that is why I love snack crackers. And I love Goldfish crackers because they are adorable and fun to eat. What am I five? Yes, I am when it comes to my snack crackers…and cereal….Anyway, I am so glad that Goldfish crackers have a GF version. *whoop whoop happy dance*

Look how cute they are + they are cheesy and yummy!

Look how cute they are + they are cheesy and yummy!

20141016_170646_resizedThanks for sitting a spell with me as we chatted about the gluten-free top picks of the week which are all about easy and fun. Remember SSL’s tips about gluten-free foods–always read the ingredients, research the products, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I always sample a new item before I eat a full serving. And remember–what doesn’t bother me might bother you!

 

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: Whole Foods Market

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the blog. Today, we will be chatting about all my gluten-free favorites at the new Whole Foods Market Asheville. I attended the grand opening yesterday,  and it was fabulous. Lots of folks came out to celebrate and shop. I wandered the aisles with my baskets–one in each hand…purse on my shoulder…Samsung Galaxy Tab on top of the basket that was filled with bottles of wine…the hubby built a really awesome piece for the dining room, and it needed pretty bottles…I will share that with y’all another day *smile* Back to top picks.

I am a huge fan of pizza, junk food, comfort food, and sandwiches. The following photos will support that statement *smile*

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Do y’all want to hear some great news? Whole Foods Market has a huge selection of gluten-free foods. Too many to list! And with this wide variety, I will not lack for gluten-free top picks *smile* I’m super excited about being able to try so many new things!

Now, here is a sneak peek of what I picked up at the grand opening. Stay tuned to next week’s gluten-free top picks for all the details.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we explored the gluten-free goodness at Whole Foods Market Asheville.

SSL Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Junk Food

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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 all comfort foods…aka junk foods. Now, go grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me.

I’m not a foodie, food critic, or food photographer. I’m also not a chef or even a cook, for that matter…and I’ve no patience or time for complex recipes. I don’t own a Crock-Pot. And to be perfectly honest, I bought my Le Creuset because it was pretty.

I look for easy, healthy, and delicious…and through lots of trial and error, I’ve found some great gluten-free items that don’t send my blood sugars into orbit.

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Tonight for dinner, I prepared a yummy gluten-free, Hawaiian BBQ pizza using an Against the Grain crust, Weber’s Original BBQ Sauce, fresh pineapple chunks from Earth Fare, gluten-free cheese, and smoked chicken that the hubby prepared on the Big Green Egg.

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It took less than five minutes to prepare and less than twenty minutes to cook. Just to make sure we got some veggies with our junk food delight,  I made a simple side salad of baby spinach, tomato, shredded carrots, and bean sprouts tossed in Annie’s Naturals Artichoke Parmesan dressing–which is gluten free and contains no synthetic preservatives.

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Sometimes, I just want something frozen that allows me to be a kid for a few moments. My go-to place is Menchie’s in Johnson City. Today,  I had the Heath Bar swirled with the Nutty Hazelnut. A treat that’s gluten-free and good for me…that’s a win!

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I love chocolate and have for a long time…I’m often scolded for eating it because some people believe that Type 1 diabetics should not eat sweets…some believe that I gave myself diabetes by eating sugar…but I can’t change their beliefs…so I just smile and nod…and buy more chocolate bars! *smile*

What I love about Alter Eco bars–besides their deliciousness–is their amazing story. Plus, they are soy free, gluten free, no GMO, no artificial flavors, no emulsifiers, organically grown, AND fairly traded. So, to all my critics eating Little Debbie snack cakes and judging me for being a chocolate-eating diabetic…poo on you! *wink*

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Keep in mind that what doesn’t bother me might bother you…so if you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease…be careful when trying new foods.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about yummy snacks and a quick dinner.  Now, I’m off to get my daily dose of exercise with Mattie. *smile*