Tricia Thompson, MS, RD is a nutrition consultant, author and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is the author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide and has a MS degree in nutrition from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a BA degree in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Living Gluten-Free

by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, The Gluten-Free Dietitian

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This week I would like to recognize manufacturers of gluten-free food who are generously helping out our gluten-free friends in need. Please support these companies by purchasing their products. If you are a manufacturer of gluten-free food, please consider following the lead of these companies. Now more than ever your help is needed.

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Raquelita Tortillas in Denver, Colorado (www.sandwichpetals.com)
One percent of the sales of Raquelita’s gluten-free flatbread sandwich petals will be donated each month to a gluten-free food bank. They are challenging other manufacturers to do the same. To learn more about this company and what they are doing to “feed the GF hungry a healthy, tasty & versatile bread” follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GFPetals.

Raquelita participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new gluten-free food bank at the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, Colorado. To learn more about this program spearheaded by Dee Valdez, please read last week’s blog on gluten-free food banks.

Against the Grain Gourmet in Brattleboro, Vermont
Nancy Cain, one of the owners of Against the Grain Gourmet contacted me after reading the post about gluten-free food banks to learn if there was anything her company could do to help. This manufacturer of gluten-free bread puts what they call their “bloopers” to very good use"they donate them to soup kitchens in the Vermont and New Hampshire areas. Fortunately for the kitchens they supply, they make about 50 pounds of “bloopers” each week. I have been reading about this company online and I adore them. While I can’t actually eat their products"they are not milk or egg free"I love what they stand for. Please visit their website and see for yourself.

Cream Hill Estates in Quebec, Canada (www.creamhillestates.com)
After reading the post on gluten-free food banks, Beth Armour reached out to Dee to find out how Cream Hill Estates could help. Please keep us posted Beth!

Update Beth writes that she is mailing two cases of gluten-free oats to Dee in Colorado today. What a fast response!

A huge thank you to Raquelita Tortillas, Against the Grain Gourmet, and Cream Hill Estates!

Follow me on Twitter where I will be posting weekly links to my Living Gluten-Free blog www.twitter.com/triciathompson

Tricia Thompson, M.S., RD is a nutrition consultant, author and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is the author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide (McGraw-Hill) and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Eating (Penguin Group). For more information, visit www.glutenfreedietitian.com.

@ 5:41pm ET on December 18, 2009
Free Choice Foods, a new Colorado based manufacturer of gluten-free entrees and side dishes, was among the exclusive group which dedicated the new gluten-free section of the existing food bank at the House of Neighborly Service earlier this week. We are THRILLED to have been one of the first manufacturers to donate food items to the gluten-free food bank! A variety of each of our tasty and nutritious products will be included in each gluten-free food basket. Free Choice Foods will continue making donations to the House of Neighborly Service on a regular basis. We are proud to be helping those in need in our Colorado celiac community. To learn more about us and our products, please visit us at www.freechoicefoodsusa.com.

@ 1:54pm ET on December 19, 2009
Hi Kat,

Thanks for posting. Hopefully other gluten-free manufacturers will follow your lead. I checked out your products and they look both delicious and nutritious. I love that you use brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat in your products.


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