Saturday, December 21, 2013

All But Gluten

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Weston Bakeries who make All But Gluten products and asked if I’d like to try some of their products. Weston Bakeries is a Canadian company that will soon launch in the U.S.

I haven’t eaten gluten since I did the Conscious Cleanse in January. During the cleanse, I eliminated gluten and determined after reintroducing it that it caused severe stomach and other problems.

Since then, I simply cut gluten out of my diet but didn’t buy any gluten-free products. Lately, I experimented with nut flours and have been baking some grain-free and gluten-free breads and cookies. I’ll review some winners soon.

When I was contacted I decided it would be a good time to taste test some gluten-free products as it would be nice to have some convenient baked goods once in a while. Luckily, the All But Gluten products did not disappoint.

Here is what I was sent:

  • Sliced white loaf
  • Multi grain loaf
  • Cinnamon raisin loaf
  • Blueberry muffins
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Mini brownies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
Here is the overall winner: the coconut macaroons. We all very much enjoyed the taste and texture of these cookies. In fact, they were dangerously delicious and I had to make sure to stop at two!


I also very much enjoyed the mini brownies, but for the kid they were a bit too chocolaty. 


While the kid gave the chocolate chip cookies two thumbs up, I didn’t love the texture, but the flavor was good.


The kid loves blueberry muffins, and he and Andy fought over the last one!


While I normally wouldn’t eat white bread, the slice I had was delicious, and it’s a nice once-in-a-while special treat. Since we got a whole loaf, I froze most of the loaf for a later time.


The whole grain loaf was also delicious, and I really enjoyed the flax seeds and sunflower seeds in it.


Finally, the cinnamon raisin loaf was a nice, slightly sweet treat. I used some of it to make French toast, something I hadn’t had in over a year, and it was a nice special treat. 


Since doing the Conscious Cleanse, the majority of my diet is greens and unprocessed foods. The Conscious Cleanse has the 80/20 rule after the cleanse. That is, you should eat lots of greens and follow the Conscious Cleanse principles 80 percent of the time and eat other foods 20 percent of the time. That way, a healthy lifestyle is maintainable. The All But Gluten products are certainly a nice, convenient once-in-a-while treat, and I love that we can all enjoy them. 

Questions: What’s your favorite baked treat? Do you like bread? If so, what’s your favorite type? Do you follow an 80/20 or similar rule? 

Be Well,
Andrea

[Disclaimer: I was sent the All But Gluten products for free but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated to write this review.]

16 comments:

  1. Taste Testing is the BEST - especially when you can actually eat it! HA! I am gluten-free, as well as egg, nut, dairy, sugar, soy and fruit free, so I cannot eat these products, but they look delicious! I really did used to LOVE BREAD THOUGH - which is probably why I can no longer have it, because I ODed hard core when I was younger, ha!

    That being said, I CREATED A "sugar" "cookie" recipe and will be posting the recipe video this Tuesday!!! Okay, I didn't actually COME UP WITH THE RECIPE... When I say create, I mean, I put all the ingredients together and baked... Another amazing blogger actually went outof her way to concoct the recipe!! SUPER PUMPED to share :D

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    1. The "sugar" cookie sounds great! I'll for sure check it out on Tuesday!

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  2. I like all the items they sent you & the macaroons - wow!!! I am not gluten free so I don't have to worry about this. I do love my bread - I eat the healthy type 99% of the time. :) I love mt some cookies too as you know! Balance in life as I say! :)

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    1. I think you'd really like the macaroons! :) And, yes, it's all about balance. I love how you always show how you can fit your treat cookies on the weekends into your diet!

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  3. My favorite baked good is probably a nice hearty loaf of multi grains and seeds bread. Lately I've been liking sprouted breads with sesame seeds.
    I do practice 80/20 rules, although in term of quantity, I probably always eat healthy food because I don't like processed food. in 20 maybe it's quantity wise. Sometimes I over eat healthy food and feel stuffed afterwards. :)

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  4. Great review of this! They all look really tasty.

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  5. I hadn't heard of this brand before. Everything looks just delicious!
    Have a wonderful holiday!

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    1. It's just now being launched in parts of the US. Happy Holidays, Kristen!

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  6. Those brownies look delicious, and perfect for me (extra chocolate-y ;) ), and I love the idea of making French toast from the cinnamon raisin bread. Bread isn't my favorite baked product - desserts all the way! That's why I'd probably go for the macaroons and brownies :)

    A happy holiday to you and your family, Andrea!

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    1. I think the brownies and macaroons would be perfect for you! :)

      Wishing you a happy holiday, too!

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  7. I see those products every time I shop in Zehrs! I just may have to stop and take a closer look :)

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    1. Yes, they are worth a closer look! :)

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  8. It's so great that there are a number of gluten free options now. Yay!

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    1. Yes, it's great to be able to eat some baked goods once in a while!

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