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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”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville“Interesting aftertaste”

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?”

naturally smart gluten free jacksonville

“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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Gluten-free Pizza in Jacksonville: Your Pie

gluten free pizza your pie fleming islandThere is a new gluten-free pizza place in Fleming Island, it is called Your Pie. Headquartered in Athens, GA this franchise is a cross between a fancy Subway and Mellow Mushroom. You actually stand in line and tell them what you want on your pizza and then they cook it in the brick oven pizza and have it out to you at your table within 10 minutes (give or take a few). gluten free pizza your pie fleming islandYour Pie is based on the concept that we don’t all like the same toppings on our pizza so instead of compromising on toppings you can order your own. All of the pizzas are personal size,10 inches, and, according to founder Drew French, most are under 700 calories. For the indecisive diner, they also have some “favorites” on their menu you can choose from..

My favorite part about Your Pie is that they offer gluten-free and dairy-free options. Many of their sauces and toppings are gluten-free and they offer a gluten-free crust made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. They also take necessary precautions to avoid cross contamination. The concept of Your Pie was inspired by a trip founder Drew French took with his wife during their honeymoon to the island of Ischia in Italy.

gluten free pizza your pie fleming island

Owner, Drew French shared the precautions they take for people with food allergies. They take 2 different approaches to gluten-free. If someone comes in without a severe gluten-free allergy they will just make it with gluten-free crust but process it on the same line with the other pizzas. If someone comes in and notifies them that they have a severe allergy (celiac, etc.) the staff will change their gloves and the pizza will be made in the back.. To avoid cross contamination in the brick oven they prepare the gluten-free pizzas in a special metal tin to avoid cross contamination (like in the photo above).

gluten free pizza your pie fleming islandThere is a $2.50 up charge on gluten-free pizza crust, however it still only comes out to around $10.

The atmosphere is lively and energetic and it is family friendly.  But don’t fear- they still serve wine and beer in this family friendly environment.  They also have free wifi- sweet!  In addition to this location the franchise owner Mike Sims plans to open three other locations, one of which is scheduled to open in Tapestry Park in June.

gluten free pizza your pie fleming island

The Lineage Pizza. This one can be ordered from their favorites menu. It includes traditional marinara sauce, mozzarella, green bell peppers, black and green olives, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and sausage. There were a TON of ingredients on this pizza. gluten free pizza your pie fleming island
My favorite is the BBQ Chicken gluten-free and dairy free pizza. It was tangy with a nice flavor boost of fresh cilantro. I am a HUGE cilantro fan. In addition to chicken, BBQ sauce and cilantro they also added red onions. I really don’t have much to compare this pizza to besides Mellow Mushroom, since there are not many gluten-free and dairy-free pizza places. I really liked the fact that Your Pie makes all of their own sauces. The flavors of the sauce and gluten-free crust blended well together. I didn’t need to add salt or any other seasonings. The crust is thin and chewy and I loved it!

Even though I failed to get a picture of it The Nat is one of their most popular favorites. The ingredients include fresh basil pesto sauce, mozzarella, feta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and grilled chicken.

My only concern is cross contamination with-in the facility. Even though they prepare the pizza in the back, those with severe allergies should proceed with caution and make sure to notify the staff of your severe allergy. I didn’t have an immediate reaction, however everyone responds differently.

Almost all of their sauces and ingredients are gluten-free. However the meatballs contain bread crumbs so they are not gluten-free. They have a full link on their site dedicated to their allergy information. Check it out.

gluten free pizza your pie fleming island

In addition to pizzas they also serve paninis, salads, sorbet and gelato. The sorbet is gluten-free and dairy free and when I was there the favors were lemon, raspberry, and blood orange. From what I have heard the sea salt caramel gelato is pretty amazing. Other flavors of gelato they usually have include Tiramisu and Butterfinger. The gelato is made with milk instead of cream so it has less fat and more flavor than ice cream..

gluten free pizza your pie fleming island
I tried the raspberry sorbet. It was AWESOME.

I am excited that Jacksonville is getting another gluten-free pizza place that really cares about providing a safe product for those of us with gluten issues. Is this some place you would try with your family?

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Your Pie- Fleming Island
1545 County Road 220, Suite #125
Fleming Island, FL 32003
(904) 375-9771


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Azurea at One Ocean- Gluten Free

One of the things that is so hard about having Celiac Disease is that dining out has really become a major stressor for me.  I am stressed about talking to the waiter (which I have to do EVERY SINGLE TIME) about Celiac Disease and all of the precautions of prepping the food as well as the actual ingredients I cannot have in my food.  Last night, I was far from stressed.  Some friends of mine invited my boyfriend and I to join them for a double date post-valentine’s dinner at Azurea at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach.  This wasn’t just a normal night out at the restaurant, we were invited to do a 5 course tasting that included wine pairings.  When we were first invited I was seriously stressed but was reassured by Chef James King when he came out and asked who had the Gluten Alergy and quickly reassured the group I was taken care of when it came to addressing my alergy.  Prior to the first course we enjoyed an amuse-buche, defined by wikipedia: amuse-buche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre.  It was delicious, a delicate blend of an asparagus puree, shrimp and cilantro.  My palet was definitely amused- haha.  Next we were treated with an amazing sushi grade seabass with flavorings of lime, cilantro and jalapeno.  It was garnished with the caviar of citrus- finger lime.  Just as in caviar, they are a garnish that burst with flavor the second you bite in.  It was paired with a Rose Champagne.  I was far from thinking about Celiac Disease, the flavors were perfectly paired and I trusted the Chef.  Next the server brought a tray of 4 different dipping sauces- all gluten free- , a delicious basket of breads – not gluten free- and for me some vegetable chips (made from some variation of tapioca)- gluten free, crunchy and delicious.   Following the devil (bread) course we received our next course, gourmet succatash and lobster garnished with the cutest presentation of peas on a pod (I had to eat that first).  This was paired with a Vouvrey white wine- delish!  For our main course we enjoyed an amazing meat dish.  This was the first variation of the night, the chef replaced pasta for me with rice paper while the rest of the guests had pasta (I liked this, because I was feeling that the meal was very much about my disease so it was nice that everyone could enjoy a little gluten without me).  Inside the wrapped pasta was a mixture of braised short ribs, mushrooms and some other various spices that made this one of the best meat dishes I have ever had.  It was also accompanied by a malbec sauce/gravy that I could have licked off the plate (we were in a nice restaurant so I behaved).  Between the last two courses, we enjoyed a nice palate cleanser of home made sorbet, passionfruit and champagne.  It was a nice little treat.  Lastly we enjoyed a decadent and delightfully displated dessert paired with a tawny port.  Dessert consisted of bananas with a sugar glaze, chocolate ice cream they made in house and a chocolate flourless tort.  Needless to say nothing was left on any of my plate.  At the end of the night I did not feel sick.  I really believe Chef James King cared about my experience and my health.  I left feeling just a bit full, and happy, very happy.  I recommend this splurge every once in a while with people you love.  Make sure to call ahead if you plan to do a tasting so the Chef can be prepared.  This made everyone happy.  We had a great night talking about food and wine and our lives, it may go down as the best meal I have ever had (besides my mom’s meals of course)

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