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Sponsor Post: Naturally Smart Now Sold In (more) Stores

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Our Sponsor, Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert, is continuing to sweeten up the Jacksonville frozen dessert market.  Their founder, Mark Patterson, has really been pounding the pavement.  I see him everywhere.  Usually I run into him at the local coffee shop early in the morning where he is preparing to continue to spread the word about Naturally Smart.  Some places you may have seen Naturally Smart:

1.  At one of the many tastings they have participated in…

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2. Around town in the Naturally-Smart.com van…

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3. At Fresh Market, Winn Dixie, Grassroots Market and Whole Foods….

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gluten free jacksonville naturally smart frozen dessert

4. On the news…

Naturally Smart a healthy alternative to ice cream | Gatorsports.com

The “SMART” Dessert | One Spark

Naturally Smart frozen dessert | News – Home – News4Jax

Smart People Eat Dessert

Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville Magazine

We are very excited for Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert.  It is nice to see a local “passion” succeed.  Have you tried it?  What do you think?  Check out our previous sponsor post on Naturally Smart.

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Naturally Smart Gluten-Free Dessert Tasting

naturally smart gluten free jacksonvilleRecently, in honor of my boyfriend’s birthday, I shared Naturally Smart’s gluten-free frozen dessert with some of my friends.  Unfortunately, because I am gluten-free and dairy-free, I cannot indulge in this gluten-free dessert so I thought I would share some of the comments from others, many of whom are not gluten-free.   Our sponsor provided us with Chocolate and Vanilla (these are their current flavors, other flavors are coming soon).   Each pint holds 4 servings and each serving has 10 grams of protein and only 150 calories. Almost everyone was shocked that there were 10 grams of protein in each serving (that is 40 grams per pint!). After the birthday boy blew out the candles on his glutenous Oreo cake, it was time to pass out the Naturally Smart and see what the crowd thought:

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Tastes like a Fudgesicle you had as a kid but a healthy version”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Why should I stop; it’s so good for you”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Good texture”

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naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Guilt free indulgence”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Tastes like a brownie”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Awesome, delicious”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Is this expensive? Do they sell this at Publix?”

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“The first ingredient is water; it hydrates you!”

Special thanks to our sponsor Naturally Smart for providing us with their frozen dessert.

Where can you buy Naturally Smart you ask? Here is a current list as of February 10, 2014:

Grassroots Market
Whole Foods in Mandarin
BioMax in Atlantic Beach
Dr. Capasso’s Thin Centers in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach.

Look for them at the Natural Life Music Festival and OneSpark! And follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Nat_SmartFD)

Have you tried this dessert yet?  If so, what do you think?

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Good-Bye 2013, Hello Gluten-Free 2014

Thank you for a great 2013, I am so excited about 2014.  More new restaurants, more new gluten-free foods and the new gluten-free labeling standards starting in August 2014.

As we enter 2014 I thought I would share some of the greatest hits of 2014. Some are oldies some are goodies.

Sweet Theory Baking Company

Sweet Theory Baking Company

Restaurants that get it, restaurants that don't

Restaurants that get it, restaurants that don’t

 

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Publix: Where Gluten-Free Shopping is a Pleasure

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Product Review: J. William Culinary Prepared Meals

 

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Epik Burger: Worth the Splurge

While it is nice to look back every once in a while, it is time to charge forward to 2014.  Here is to a year filled with healthy and nutritious foods.  What are you looking forward to in 2014?

 

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New Delicious Sponsor: Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert

I am excited to announce our new sponsor: All Natural Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts. This new product is coming to a store near you. The product is gluten free, higher in protein than other frozen desserts and low in calories. naturally smart gluten free jacksonville

I am in love with their packaging and while I have yet to try it (I am dairy free and gluten-free), other people seem to be love it it.

I am also impressed by the fact that they like to give back.  Most recently they provided free samples to families at the Zombie Chase that benefited the Shannon Miller Foundation.

You can purchase these Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts at the Following Locations:
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Mandarin – 10950 San Jose Blvd #41(next to Just Fitness)
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Jacksonville Beach – 1351 13th Ave South (across from Beaches Baptist)
Bio Max 299 Atlantic Beach, – 299 Atlantic Blvd #1 (next to Ragtime)

They were featured on News Ch4 with Nikki Kimbleton and will be at the UNF (Student Union) during Market Days from 10-3pm.

Naturally Smart is still looking for local retailers, health food stores, gyms and other outlets to carry their frozen dessert.  Want your favorite store to carry Naturally Delicious? Here is a Product Request Form.

Have you tried it?  What did you think?

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Gluten-free Halloween at Sweet Pete’s

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With Halloween just around the corner, finding candies that are safe for those with Celiac disease or gluten allergies can be as challenging as picking a costume.  But Sweet Pete’s can help.  I was recently in their store and it just made me so happy.  There are SO MANY gluten-free options and a lot of gluten-free vegan options too. Their candies are all natural.  If you haven’t been there before, the store is located in Springfield close to Shand’s Hospital you can’t miss it.  In addition to the store they have multiple classes and a private room to have birthday parties.  

Right now they are offering candy corn making classes for 6 year olds and up.  In addition, on October 31 and Nov 1st, in honor of Caramel apple day, they will be selling candy apples for only $1.

Here is a taste of just a few of their candy offerings:

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I am in love with these Dark Chocolate Marshmallows!  They were delicious.  I only ordered one and I wish I took the whole plate.

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Gluten-free Rocky Road chocolates.

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Cocktail pops that taste like adult cocktails.

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The dark chocolate graham crackers taste just like the real thing.  They also have milk chocolate graham crackers too.

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These are their signature sea salt caramels that are to die for.  You can taste the sea salt and they are perfectly chewy.  They also have vegan sea salt caramels that are good as well, just a lot chewier.

In addition to their store, you can order their candies online and I have seen them at European Street and Mellow Mushroom.  Location: 1922 N Pearl St  Jacksonville, FL 32206; (904) 376-7161

Now I just have to figure out what to be for Halloween.  Here are a few of my favorite costumes from the last couple years. What are you going to be for Halloween?

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Question and Answer: Gluten-Free Near the Hyatt Downtown

Question: I happened upon your blog when looking for GF restaurants in Jacksonville, where I will be for a week the end of the month. I will be attending a conference for work at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Can you offer any suggestions close to the Hyatt as I will not have a car? But other suggestions for dinner would also be welcomed or anything else I shouldn’t pass up!

Answer: While there are not many options too close to the Hyatt there are some that are a either a long walk or quick cab ride. You may want to contact the hotel ahead of time to give them a heads up about your gluten-free needs, they are pretty good at accommodating a gluten-free diet.  The Hyatt is located in Downtown Jacksonville right on the St. Johns River.  It is conveniently located close to charming neighborhoods such as San Marco, 5 points and Riverside/Avondale all either a long walk or short cab ride away.  Here are some of my recommendations:

Downtown:
Indochine (walking distance)- thai food,  great for lunch or dinner
Cafe Nola inside MOCA (walking distance)- great for lunch or dinner, check their website they are not open every night
Koja Sushi at the Landing (walking distance)- open for lunch or dinner.  No gluten-free soy sauce but sushi is pretty good.
Chart House (cab or long walk)- good place for dinner, mostly seafood, they have a gluten-free menu
Olio Market (walking distance) – good lunch spot
Pho A Noodle Bar (long walk)-  gluten free options available, good lunch spot

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European Street Roast Beef Sandwich on Gluten-Free Bun

San Marco:
bb’s (cab or long walk)-  gluten free menu, good for lunch, dinner or brunch on weekends
European Street (cab) – gluten free bread for sandwiches from Cookie Momsters, gluten free beer and good happy hour 
Taverna (cab) – Chef has a gluten- allergy, they are very knowledgeable.  Good for dinner, somewhat fancy
Pulp (cab) – smoothie shop
Hightide Burrito (cab)-  fast food mexican locally owned and fresh

Avondale: 
Mellow Mushroom (coming soon) (cab): gluten free pizza and beer!
The Brick (cab): gluten free menu

Riverside:
Sweet Theory Bakery (cab)- they close every night at 6 but it is worth it, there is nothing like it in Jacksonville. They are gluten-free and dairy free.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting in the middle from Sweet Theory Baking Co.

5 points:
Larry’s Giant Subs (cab)-  is a local chain sandwich shop with a few locations and gluten free sub rolls from Cookie Momsters and wraps
Sushi Cafe (cab)-  pretty good sushi, no gluten-free soy sauce but delicious none-the-less
Black Sheep (cab)- best roof top in town, farm to table concept
Grassroots Natural Market (cab)- plenty of gluten-free snacks, prepared foods, smoothies, etc. Convenient to center of 5 points.

Food Trucks:
Corner Taco (location varies)- make their own corn tortillas and use cornmeal for fried foods. Blog post

tempeh and carnitas tacos from Corner Taco

Tempeh and Carnitas tacos from Corner Taco

Special events:
Riverside Arts Market– Almost every Saturday
The Cummer- Free Tuesdays and First Saturday of the Month
Art Walk- First Wednesday of the Month
Museum of Contemporary Art Free Saturday and Sunday for Bank of America Card Holders

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Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach Gluten-Free Offerings

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Living with Celiac disease, or any gluten allergy, can get frustrating.  It is often tricky to know what to eat and eating the same things over and over can get boring.  Much of my frustration stems from the fact not all things that say they are gluten-free are actually safe for people with Celiac and severe gluten allergies.  When I feel bored, frustrated and overwhelmed I know I can always rely on fresh vegetables.  We are so lucky to live in a climate and region where you can get fresh produce that is grown locally and tastes delicious.

I have really tried to make an increased effort to eat produce that is in season and take advantage of the freshness and lower cost.

Last Saturday I checked out the Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach for the first time.  I have driven by many times but have never had a chance to stop in.

The Beaches Green Market is from 2-5pm every Saturday at Jarboe Park.  It was a super hot day but the place was bustling.  In addition to produce and unique prepared foods there were a few vendors serving fresh iced tea, lemonade and popsicles to keep everyone cool.

When I walked in there was quite a line around the produce tents. I got to the market around 2:15 and I could easily see how many of the items could sell out.  There was quite a demand for fresh produce so I recommend getting there relatively early.

gluten free jacksonville beaches green market ugly cupcake muffinryI decided to walk around and see what my options were and wait until close to the time I wanted to leave to purchase my produce, since it was so warm.  The first place I noticed was the Ugly Cupcake Muffinry.  They had a few signs that they had gluten-free muffins, they were over-sized and looked delicious.

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Around the corner I saw Short and Sweet.  They did not have any gluten-free cupcakes available but they can take special orders.  The gentleman manning the booth did let me know that there is some cross contamination so these were not safe for those with Celiac.  They are made using all natural fresh ingredients.  They had quite a selection of unique flavors.  In addition to their booth they also have a store front off of University that is shaped like a giant cupcake!

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My favorite discovery of the day was finding all natural, gluten-free, Celiac safe grits from Fullwood Farms out of South Carolina.  I have had the hardest time finding grits that are safe for me to eat.  Most grits, which are made of corn, are ground on the same equipment as wheat and flour.  I was happy to know that they only mill corn products.  It is not cheap, but for $7 I was able to get a big bag that should last me quite a while.

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I then headed over to the booth featuring produce from Alvarez Farms and loaded up on some goodies:

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Here I am with my loot!  In addition to the okra, grits, tomatoes and jalapenos I also got eggs, a cucumber and a butternut squash.  The whole thing came out to $19.50.  If you take out the specialty items grits ($7) and eggs ($4) all of that produce was only 8.50.  Not too bad and I am sure much cheaper than in the grocery store!

Have you been to the Beaches Green Market?  Who is your favorite vendor?

Remember- share your favorite gluten-free food pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #glutenfreejacksonville!

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