Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Seasonal Holiday Products Available November 4th

Just like Grandma used to make.
Fruit and spice make this the perfect holiday bread.
Hard to believe but it's that time again. Every year in November and December we offer our fabulous gluten free Fruit Cake and our Festive Bread.

Starting November 4th, you'll be able to order these from our website or toll free.

Don't forget that our Pumpkin Spice Donuts are still available but only until November 30th!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gluten-Free is Child’s Play

For many parents, the phrase “picky eater” is synonymous with "my child". Almost every child goes through a period (a month, a year, a decade...) where they limit what they eat to a few things. What does this mean for a child who has been diagnosed with Celiac? Or perhaps more specifically, what does this mean for a parent of a child who has been diagnosed with Celiac -and- is a picky eater. Hopefully, these tips will help you navigate those I-don't-want-that "discussions".

Some General Tips
  • Most kids don't like to be seen to be "different" from other kids. Try to find GF foods that look the same as what other kids are eating. We've even known parents who have gone as far as to swap (thoroughly cleaned) non-GF packaging. I'm not sure this is the best idea as it may confuse some of the younger GF'ers but it's an idea nonetheless.
  • Most kids don't like to be seen as different from -you-. If you and the other members of your family aren't eating GF, you may be in for a tough time getting your young GF'er to eat well.
  • If you aren't GF, you should at least try everything that you are giving to your GF child. There's lots of great tasting GF food out there these days but there's still lots that isn't. If you don't like it, there's a pretty good chance your child won't either.
  • You must emphasize how important it is not to swap or share food at school. For kids who have been diagnosed from an early age, this probably won't be a problem as they are often very leery of food they don't know. For kids diagnosed at an older age (I'm looking at you, 13 year olds) the temptation to "cheat" can be pretty strong, especially when you add peer pressure and social acceptance into the mix.
  • GF Pancakes and waffles are a breakfast staple. Buy Toaster Waffles where you can for rushed mornings. You can make pancakes ahead of time and freeze them. Just take them out and warm them in the microwave or toaster. Top them with strawberries and 100% pure maple syrup. If you're really rushed, top them with peanut or nut butter, Nutella, cream cheese or jam, roll them up and they can eat in the car.
  • For a healthier start to the day, scramble some eggs and top them with gluten-free salsa (many organic brands are GF) and pair with a side of white toast. A favourite in our house was Egg-in-the-hole. Cut a 2 inch hole in a slice of buttered (or non- both sides GF bread (a juice glass works well), put in a medium hot frying pan, crack an egg in the hole, flip after 2 minutes or so, cook for another 2 minutes or until the yolk is right for your child. Fry up the little disk cut out of the bread as well. That's the best part for some kids.
  • If you’re running late, a gluten-free donut is a constant child favorite however don't fall into the donut = breakfast trap. A donut is a treat and not a meal.
  • A homemade sandwich is usually a lunchtime staple for many families. To put a gluten-free twist on it, use white bread with meat, lettuce, organic ketchup and mustard. All fresh fruits and vegetables including edamame are gluten-free and make for a healthy side. Dips of yogurt for the fruit and dressing for the veggies can be key to getting a picky eater to eat fruits and veggies. Just about everybody likes to dip! Gelatin desserts make for a good end to a satisfying meal, but always check the label before purchasing.
  • Two slices of gluten-free pizza are always appreciated.
  • If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take a box of gluten-free breadcrumbs and cook up some homemade chicken nuggets for your child to take to school. These can be deep fried or oven baked as a healthier alternative.
  • For a beverage, stick with milk, non-dairy milk alternatives or 100% juice.
  • French fries are a guaranteed way to child proof dinner. There are various recipes online for homemade sweet potato fries - a terrific side dish that can be oven roasted for a healthy alternative to store bought fries.
  • Roasted chicken is seems to be universally liked by young and old (after all, it tastes like chicken). Whether it’s store bought (check for a gluten-free label or ask at the store) or homemade, this can be a healthy, low fat meal for the entire family. 
  • Think ethnic. While it might not fly with all kids, many ethnic foods are easy to make and are often naturally GF.Some fun examples are Thai Lettuce Wraps, (use GF soy sauce and omit the oyster sauce), Indian Chana Masala with papdums (papadums are made from lentils) and Mexican Taco Casserole (use GF salsa). As always, read labels on spices and other ingredients and don't be afraid to contact the manufacturer. Most have websites with the GF status of their products (and if they don't you probably don't want to use their products)
  • Quinoa flakes with dried fruit (and maybe a few chocolate chips). Watch the dried fruit ingredients as they may be coated with flour or starch to prevent sticking.
  • Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds, nuts  
  • Don't forget good old popcorn. This can go in a lunch bag as a high fibre snack. Avoid the microwave stuff and go for hot air popped. Top with butter or non-dairy margarine. Let your kids get creative with the toppings. Garlic salt, Lemon pepper, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar (why not?) This is one area where you may -not- want to try what they come up with. "Yes Jimmy, if you think nutmeg and paprika tastes good together on popcorn, you go right ahead."
Probably the best advice we can give to help with your GF kids, picky eater or not, is to get them involved. Kids will eat almost anything if they are involved in making it. Cook with them. Have them help choose and prepare meals. Have fun. It's more than food, it's family.

Kinnikinnick Foods has been a proud contributor to gluten-free, kid-friendly meals for almost 20 years. With our extensive selection of baked goods, from bread to donuts, pizza to cookies, our products aim to help those with celiac disease live a tasty and wheat free life!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Win Tickets To a GF Cooking Demo In Scottsdale/Phoenix

The new Fry’s Signature Marketplace in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ has asked us to help celebrate the opening of this store on Tuesday, October 5th.

They have 20 spaces available to see Jay & Lynne of Kinnikinnick do a Gluten Free cooking demo with 15 of the $35 tickets sold as of this afternoon. We're traveling all the way from Alberta so we want to make sure there's a full house.

To that end, we bought the final 5 tickets and we are giving them away!

But it's not just a demo, you get to eat too! We'll be making a wide range of gluten free dishes and you 'll get to try them all. PLUS, you'll get a gift bag of Kinnikinnick products valued at over $20 & a DVD of our cooking show Great Food, Gluten Free.

The rules.
  • You must be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and must be able to attend on Tuesday, October 5 from 7-9 pm
  • The prize is admission only.
  • There are 5 separate prizes of one ticket. (ie: you can't win 2)
  • Let us know what your favourite Kinnikinnick product is and why you want to attend. We will randomly draw the winners from 5 posters in the comments section who can attend
  • No cash value on the prize.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • You must be at least 21.
  • Winners will be drawn Monday at 1 pm Phoenix time.
  • IMPORTANT: Winners will be notified in the comments section of the blog so you must return and check to see if you have won. We will provide you with an email address to contact so we can send you details on how to pick up your ticket. To make sure these tickets are used, if you have not contacted us by Monday, Oct 4 at 8pm Phoenix time, we will award the ticket to the next poster in the comments section. 
UPDATE: Since we didn't have any entries prior to contest rules deadline and the Demo is tomorrow, I'm giving them away to the first 5 posters.

     Phoenix/Scottsdale residents get posting!