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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Gluten-Free Smoothies for Everyone with Nutri Ninja
I recently received my favorite kitchen appliance ever! The generous people at Ninja Kitchen asked me to review their Nutri Ninja with Auto iQ and I happily agreed. I have a very old and very crappy blender so when this new Nurti Ninja arrived, I felt like it was Christmas morning!

I am kind of a smoothie addict. I usually do not start my day without a fruit smoothie. I usually add bananas, strawberries, and any other sweet fruit I have in my kitchen. Some days I add gluten-free hemp protein and other days I throw in a handful of spinach. I always use almond milk! This is a naturally gluten-free breakfast that is simple to make. Less than one minute later, I have a few servings of fruit and veggies ready to drink. Simply add your ingredients, screw on the cap and let that Ninja do it's job.

Banana, blueberries, strawberries, and spinach

The thing I like best about the Ninja is that it comes in three sizes. I tend to shove as much as I can into my smoothie. With three different cup sizes, this let's me make a huge smoothie. I also like to make soup in my blender so I think with the biggest Ninja cup, I could make a few pints. The other thing I like about the Ninja is the suction cups on the bottom of the machine. This machine is powerful and the suction prevents the Ninja from rattling off the counter. I also like the screw-on covers that you can add to the cup to drink directly from it after making your smoothie in it. One less dish to wash! 

The thing I like least is the noise. This thing is loud. There's no late-night smoothie making if you have a sleeping baby, roommate, or spouse. It's too loud. But at just 45 seconds or less to make your smoothie, the sound doesn't last too long. 

Time to make the smoothie

The Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ came with two recipe books and I am excited to change up my usual smoothie routine a little bit. There are also tons of resources online with recipes from devout Ninja users. I want to make everything.

What is your favorite smoothie or juice recipe? I would love some more inspiration.

Screw on the cap, ready to drink

Thank you Nutri Ninja for the awesome gift! It will go to good use in my kitchen. Smoothies for everyone! 

Note: Ninja Kitchen sent me this complimentary product for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Austin Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Ticket Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I announced that I am a presenter at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas. I am sharing my Gluten-Free Globetrotter knowledge with the attendees including expert tips about gluten-free travel around the world. I am thrilled to share the stage with some wonderful and prominent members of the gluten-free community including Beth Hillson, Dr. Samantha Brody, Laura B. Russell, Debbie Adler, Jules Shepard, Brandy Wendler, Kristine Kidd, Karen Morgan, and the Bona Dea team.

Find me on Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:15am in meeting room 9C for my discussion about gluten-free travel. I will also be walking the expo, sampling all of the gluten-free food like the rest of you. As an official blogger of the GFFA Fest, I will also be sitting at the Official Blogger Booth (#104 and #102).

Gluten-Free Globetrotter®: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
Location: Meeting Room 9C

February 28 and March 1, 2015

Planning a gluten-free vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session with Erin Smith, founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter®, she will share gluten-free travel tips, suggest planning resources for your gluten-free vacation, explore gluten-free travel questions at the end of the session.

Tickets for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest are on sale now or you can enter to win below!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Walkers Shortbread Goes Gluten-Free

If you read other gluten-free blogs, you might have already heard this news. Just in case you missed it, the famous Walkers Shortbread has introduced three, brand-new gluten-free options to their shortbread line.

When I was in Scotland, Walkers Shortbread was EVERYWHERE! I guess I never noticed it at home before since I couldn't eat it. My mom brought home tins of this Scottish shortbread as gifts for family and friends. She was raving about how good it was, but as a celiac I could not enjoy this traditional Scottish shortbread. Until now! 

According to the Walkers Shortbread website, "Our shortbreads contain the same butter and sugar content as our regular shortbreads, but the wheat flour is replaced by a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch. As is the Walkers custom, they contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives." In addition when I asked about the production of the new gluten-free shortbread, the Walkers representative said The gluten free line is made in a dedicated part of the Scotland facility."

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

  • Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly "melt-in-your-mouth" texture and all butter taste.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.
  • Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.
I wanted to stick with the original so I tried a sample of the Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread. This new gluten-free cookie from Walkers did not disappoint. With a cup of tea, this was the perfect dessert or afternoon snack or both in my case! It's really delicious.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at

Or you can win your very own box of gluten-free Walkers Shortbread right here! Enter by leaving a comment at the end of this post or through the Rafflecopter widget below. Don't delay, giveaway ends on February 6th.

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Note: Walkers Shortbread sent me this complimentary box for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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