FREE Gluten Testing

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Do you have unanswered health problems?  Do you feel sick after you eat?  Are you tired all the time?  Do you ever wonder if it could possibly be gluten causing your problems?  Maybe it is time you have yourself checked for gluten intolerance or sensitivity.  I have a way you can do this for free!

I am super excited to share with you that Health Labs is running a gluten/celiac outreach campaign this month and have reached out to offer my readers FREE gluten testing indefinitely.    There is also a discount on celiac testing through 12/31/2016.

The free testing is to see if you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity to gluten.  It will work best if you are currently eating gluten.  This IgG allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic or hypersensitive to gluten.  You can read more about this test here.   This test is normally $29 with Health Labs, but they are offering it to my readers indefinitely for FREE!

How it works:

You simply call in to Health Labs, or use the live chat  feature when you go to their webpage.   Let them know you are a reader of the blog Gluten Free Birmingham and are wanting to get the free gluten test.  They will ask you for your zip code and a few questions like your email where they can send you a confirmation with your nearest lab for the blood draw.  Then they will send you an email confirmation you will need to print and bring with you to the lab.  No appointment is necessary.  The blood draw should take you about 10 minutes.  Then your results will be sent to you within 1-3 business days.  They even have a physician available for consult for FREE once you get your results if you need help interpreting them.

If you would like to get the blood test done to reveal celiac disease, they are also offering my readers a discount of 50% off until 12/31/2016.  So, the price would be $124.50.  Same situation as above, as far as how to get the test done.  Since there would be payment involved for this test, you will pay Health Labs when you speak with them, so that part will be different.

From Health Labs website on Celiac testing:

Our Celiac Disease Antibody Screening Test screens for the presence of Tissue Transglutaminase antibody (IgG, IgA) and Gliadin antibody (IgG, IgA) in the blood. Celiac disease is characterized by the presence of Transglutaminase, Gliadin, and Reticulin antibodies. Such patients display a hypersensitivity to gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) in their diet. The antibody is undetectable when patients with hypersensitivity are placed on gluten-free diets. Antibody IgA is more specific and IgG is more sensitive to Celiac disease.

This is available to my readers all over the U.S. where there is a lab near you.  The lab is Quest Diagnostics.

If you take advantage of this offer, I would love to hear your results!  Leave a comment and let us know how it went!  I wish we could participate, but since we are all already gluten free, it wouldn’t give accurate information.

Have a blessed day!

*I was not paid for this post, I wrote it out of my own free time because I thought this was a fabulous offer for our readers.  

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Gluten Free 5K in Birmingham

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It’s that time of year again, my friends – The Annual 5K and Fun Run to help raise celiac disease and gluten intolerance awareness! Run, walk, skip, or dance with us to the finish line – where a great gluten free brunch will be ready to devour! We hope that you will partner with us, run alongside us, stand and cheer, or flip some flapjacks with us on Saturday, Feb 27th! Here’s the link for your tickets, and a flyer to share with EVERYONE! Let’s make this the biggest race yet! 

February 27, 2016 at Veteran’s Park in Hoover @8:30am

Fun Run 1 mile  @ 9:30am

Awards @ 10:00am

Gluten Free Family Brunch @ 10:30am

Go Here to register for the race!

Join us on Facebook for the event here.  

Gluten Free Baked Donuts

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I know I haven't been around for a while, but we made these donuts this morning and I just had to share! They are absolutely wonderful! We are always looking to try new things especially for breakfast. I need QUICK and EASY and GOOD. It is hard to find recipes that meet all 3 criteria especially when you are baking from scratch!  They were truely a hit!  I made one batch just to try them (made 6 donuts) and the kids BEGGED me to double the batch and make more, so we did…..thought we would share 🙂

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup gluten free all purpose flour

3 Tbsp coconut sugar (can use regular sugar)

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. buttermilk

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2-1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Vanilla Glaze:

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. milk

Directions:

Add all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Then add wet ingredients.  Stir until combined well.  Pour batter into a donut pan filling 2/3 the way.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Let cool.

Once cooled, mix together ingredients for vanilla glaze.  Dip top of donut in glaze and allow to set.  Repeat.

Enjoy!

This gluten free recipe was inspired by:  Sally's Baking Addiction

Gluten Free Baking Giveaway

giftsetWho would like to win these fabulous baking utensils?  That's right!  One lucky winner can get this great prize pack sent to your doorstep.

How would you like to bake some…..

Gluten Free Eggnog Cake

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Gluten Free Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Bars

rockyroadThese fabulous recipes and more can be made with these gluten free mixes from Betty Crocker

productConvenience….it is a beautiful thing.  Gluten free is not always easy.  This summer has proved so as we travel and celebrate birthdays of friends and have summer get togethers.  So I love these mixes because they make my life easier.  🙂  I love that I can go into the grocery store and purchase a mix to make gluten free treats for my family to enjoy.  I love that I don't always have to make brownies or cakes and cookies from scratch.  I am so thankful to the companies who take the time to develop these products for us!

This is what it looks like at my house as we make gluten free goodies…..

bakingkidsWays you can enter to win the baking prize pack….

Please leave a separate comment for each of the following that you choose to do.  Each comment will become a separate entry.  Good Luck!

Leave a comment of your favorite Betty Crocker mix

Like Betty Crocker on Facebook then leave a comment that you did

Like Gluten Free Birmingham on Facebook then leave a comment that you did

Follow Betty Crocker on Twitter then leave a comment that you did

Follow Gluten Free Birmingham on Twitter then leave a comment that you did

This contest begins June 24th and will end on Friday, June 28, 2013

Disclosure:  The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through My Blog Spark. I was given a baking set in hopes that I would blog about the product.  As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own.

 

Gluten Free Kids Social -Tomorrow!

Gluten Free Kids Cupcake Social

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Indie Candy, The Funky Muffin Bakery, and Gluten Free Birmingham would love for you to join us for a gluten free cupcake social for the kids.  It is not often that our gluten free kids get to go places and not have to worry about the food that will be there.  I have a celiac child myself and I know those feelings.  Together we want to celebrate these kids and let them know that they are special!  So, we hope that you will come join the fun tomorrow. 

If you plan to come, please RSVP here so we have enough

Friday, June 21st, 2013

10am- 12pm at Wald Park in Vestavia  at the Pavillion

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Kind Bars and Granola Review

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Have you ever had Kind granola?  Oh my are you missing out if you haven't!  I don't typically buy oats and foods that contain oats because my daughter cannot eat it, even gluten free.  I do believe this has made my weekly grocery list!  My other kids can eat oats and it has been amazing to watch them ask for this for breakfast and snacks!   This granola is absolutely amazing!  Oh and we also put it on our ice cream!! 

Kind Granola flavors are:

  Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters
Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Flax Seeds
Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa
Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters
Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut

We got to try the Cinnamon oat clusters with flax seeds and the dark chocolate and cranberry clusters.  It was a tough decision on which was best, but we really enjoyed the cinnamon oat clusters.  We would eat it straight up in a bowl with almond milk, or my favorite, on top of greek yogurt with fresh fruit.  This makes a great snack, or meal!  I love that it is so fresh and not processed. 

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We also got to try what seemed like every flavor Kind makes of the granola bars!  Our favorites were:  Dark chocolate nuts and sea salt, Fruit and nuts in yogurt, Fruit and nut delight, and peanut butter dark chocolate.  There was not one that we didn't like, we just liked these the best. 

  Some of the things that attract me to Kind bars:

They taste amazing and make a great snack leaving you feeling satisfied

They are 100% gluten free

Non GMO (yay!)

Kosher

Low in sugar

High in fiber

High in protein (I love this for my little athletes who need a protein packed snack bar after their practices)

Kind bars are pretty much sold in any health food store, grocery stores, and online.  If your family can eat nuts, I would invite you to give Kind bars a try!  Let us know how you like them!

Disclosure:  Kind sent me a box of granola bars to try and some bags of granola in order to do a review of their product.  As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

 

 

 

Kids Gluten Free Social in Birmingham!

indie candyDo you want your kids to go to a party and enjoy the treats without the worry of contamination?  How about joining us for a gluten free party for the kids! 

Join us at Wald Park in Vestavia

1973 Merryvale Road Vestavia Hills, AL

Friday, June 21st 10am-12pm (before it gets too hot ;))

The Funky Muffin Bakery will be providing gluten free cupcakes for the kids to decorate.  If you haven't heard, The Funky Muffin Bakery is new in town!  They are an ALL gluten free facility.  They were set to open in May, but with a few hiccups in construction, are hoping to open in June!    These cupcakes are not dairy free, they are gluten free and peanut free though!   For those of you dairy free also, please still come, we will have a special treat from Indie Candy for you! 

Indie Candy will be providing some fun fixins for the cupcakes!  Indie Candy is a completely allergen free candy!  No wheat, no nuts, no dairy, no eggs, no treenuts, no shellfish, no soy!  We hope you can bring your kids to enjoy the yummy treats and you can socialize with other parents who are dealing with the same things you are!

There will be more to come on this event, but go ahead and mark your calendars!  Due to us providing the gluten free food, would you please go to this facebook event page and let us know if you are coming so we can make sure we have enough!   We will update the event page and share some more details there.  You don't want to miss it!

Gluten Free Pasta Class at Freshfully!

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This Sunday, June 2nd, Freshfully is offering a gluten free pasta class at 2 p.m.  This class size is limited and cost $15, it also includes some pasta to take home!  Contact Jen at 205-983-6456 if you are interested! 

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