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Gluten Free Makeup?

Ladies- I have a question for you. Do you stick with only using gluten free makeup? Or do you use normal makeup as well?

I have always used normal makeup, even after learning I have Celiac Disease. I have asked a bunch of different doctors and they all give me different answers on whether it is safe or not. However, I have never had a problem with it so therefore I don’t feel the need to go out and buy all gluten free makeup.

The only thing I make sure is always gluten free is lip products, but most of the time they all are already gluten free.

Thought?

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Gluten Free in High School & College

Hi guys,

Sorry for my absence- it was midterm week. Lots of craziness and busyness. I was back and forth between school and home and had little time to eat let alone do anything not school related. But, this inspired this post: how to be gluten free in college (and high school).

I’m going to start off with high school (might as well go in chronological order, right?). I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease during my junior year of high school. It was a big change and really tough. All of sudden I couldn’t buy school lunches or go to the vending machine without being worried about getting ‘glutened.’ And don’t get me started on the parties where I couldn’t eat the pizza or birthday cake.

I do have a few tips I gathered up from my time in high school. Maybe they will help someone else who is having a hard time.

1. Always carry safe snacks. My high school vending machines had no gluten free options. And a full day of going to classes makes you pretty hungry. I always kept a box of gluten free snack bars in my locker for a quick pick me up in between classes. It was convenient, and I knew I wouldn’t get sick from eating them.

2. Pack your own lunches. After my diagnoses, I wouldn’t dare eat anything from the cafeteria. Unless you talk directly to the kitchen staff about your intolerance, there is no way of knowing if something is completely safe or not. And don’t even get me started on cross contamination in a high school cafeteria. There’s probably even gluten on the walls in there.

3. Bring your own food to parties. I know this might be ‘lame,’ but it’s a really good idea. I would always feel too weird to do it but then would go the whole night being hungry. Looking back, I wish I had. This leads me to my next point….

4. Don’t be ashamed of your intolerance. If you saw one of my previous blog posts, you’ll see that I have gotten a lot of snarky reactions when I told people about not eating gluten. Sometimes people can just be really mean, especially people in high school. Just ignore the hate.

I remember how hard it was in high school being gluten free. If any of you high schoolers are out there and are looking for a friend, I’m always here to talk to.

Now… let’s get to college.

College is totally different than high school. Your schedule is a lot more open, yet you have a lot more work. You also are separated from your parents and therefore don’t have them to cook safe food for you. Full disclosure, I commute to college and still live with my parents who still cook for me… so I might not be an expert on being gluten free in college. But I do spend a lot of my time there, and therefore are faced to get some meals on my own. Here are some tips for that:

1. Pick a safe school. I’m not saying base your choice of school on whether or not you can eat there, but it is an important factor. Always look into their cafeteria and food options before committing.

2. Cook your own meals. Most freshman are required to live in a dorm the first year. However, you could get special privileges and get an apartment on campus instead so you can have a kitchen and cook your own food. That way, you know it will always be gluten free.

3. Keep your dorm/apartment stocked. This will definitely help when it comes time to cook your own meals. It will also help you when you want a snack and don’t know what is safe from the tiny college market or vending machines.

4. Be open about your intolerance. Just like I said above with high school, being open is always best. Don’t hide it. I find in college people are more interested in wanting to know how I eat and live rather than making rude remarks about it.

5. Find gluten free friends. This one might be more difficult, but there are a lot more people in college. I know a few people at my school that are also gluten free, and its nice to get lunch with them every once and a while and share recipes and stories.

If all else fails, you could commute to a school (if you have one around you) and have your parents cook for you for another four years. It’s not a terrible option (I would know :)).

Van’s Snack Bar

Guys… I found my new favorite snack.

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I have been looking for a good granola snack bar since I went gluten free. Nothing ever seemed to compare to Quaker Oats. But I finally found one.

Van’s whole grain snack bars are amazing. They don’t taste bland like other gf snack bars, they actually have flavor to them. They are even chewy and not hard to bite into like many others.

My favorite kind right now is the cranberry almond (as pictured above). But Van’s also has chocolate chip and peanut butter! Talk about delicious.

The bars are certified gluten free, so they are totally safe. They are made with gluten free whole oats and all other natural ingredients so they are also super healthy!

The only downside is they are a little pricy and there are only 5 bars per box. If it were cheaper I would be eating multiple bars per day!

I would definitely recommend trying them out. Let me know what you think 🙂

Gluten Free Restaurant Shout Out: On The Border

If you have never been to On The Border, get in your car and go now!

If you don’t have an On The Border near you, I feel bad for you.

First off, it is delicious Mexican food. From the chips to the sizzling fajitas, everything tastes pretty authentic (Tex-Mex authentic, that is).

Better yet, they have gluten free options! And they are actually good about it. They do not just say it is gluten free, it actually is gluten free and very safe. The waiters are always educated and informed about allergies and intolerances and know what you can and can’t have. They also always assure to tell the chef so there is no cross contamination.

I seriously love this restaurant. If PF Changs did not exist, it would definitely be my favorite. (P.S. look out for a future post about P.F. Changs!) I have never had a problem with their food. It is one of the only restaurants I feel safe eating at. They even have gluten free mixed drink options which is a plus.

Now that I’m writing about it… I’m craving it. Better go now and get some! Talk to you soon!

Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats

Who would’ve though RICE krispie treats wouldn’t be gluten free?! Well, surpsingly, they’re not. The normal Rice Krispie Treats cereals have malt flavoring, which is not safe for those with gluten intolerances or Celiac Disease. But thanks to Kellogs and their new Gluten Free Rice Krispie cereal, we can make our own!

Here’s my recipe (pretty much the same as anything you would find online :))

Ingredients:

1 Stick of Butter (Yes, a whole stick!)

6 Cups Gluten Free Rice Krispie Cereal

1 Bag of Marshmallows (can be big or small marshmallows)

Directions

1. Heat up a large pot on a top burner of your stove. Spray the pot with cooking spray.

2. Once warm, drop the stick of butter in there and let it melt. Make sure to watch the heat and not to let the butter burn!

3. Dump marshmallows in bit by bit and let them all melt together into a nice sticky consistency. To be honest, I just drop them in there all at once and it works out fine.

4. Once you have the desired consistency, turn the heat down. You won’t need to melt anything else, but you still want to keep it warm for the next step.

5. Next, dump the first cup of cereal in there and start mixing. Gradually dump the rest in little by little and mix it all up. Soon it will look like a giant Rice Krispie treat.

6. This is where it gets tricky. Before the Rice Krispie mix starts to cool down, you have to pour it into a baking pan. I would have the pan prepped with cooking spray before you start baking the Rice Krispies.

7. Even out the Rice Krispies in the pan.

8. Then let them cool off, cut them, and enjoy!

**Halloween edition: add some orange food coloring to the marshmallows as they are melting. Voila!

I’m Back!

Did you forget about me? Hopefully not!

Sorry I’ve been gone for quite some time. Life got in the way. I finished up my junior year of college (what?!) and spent my summer taking a required course and working. Now I am half way through the first semester of my SENIOR year in college (I repeat…what?!). Yep, I’m graduating in May (hint hint to any PR/marketing firms who want to hire me). Crazy, right?

Now that I’ve gotten into somewhat of a schedule I hope to start blogging again. What do you guys want to hear about? More restaurant reviews? Recipes? Rant stories? Let me know!