Recap of 2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!

IMG_2575 2Last weekend, mom and I attended the 2016 CDF (Celiac Disease Foundation) National Conference and Gluten-Free Expo in Pasadena, CA…what an incredible experience! I honestly don’t even know where to begin? The conference itself featured dozens of speakers throughout the morning and afternoon (I swear, just about every single one of them had either an MD or PhD at the end of their names!!), and the topics addressed by these experts included everything from “The Science Behind the HYPE” of Celiac Disease and the possible links between Celiac and “Depression, Anxiety and ADHD,” to the current “Trends in Gluten-Free Nutrition” and whether “Strict Adherence to a Gluten-Free Diet is Enough.” My head was literally spinning (and my brain was completely exhausted) by the end of the day! It was a lot of information to process, but it also made me realize how much we truly DON’T know yet. One of the biggest, and most recurring messages of the day was that there is still a huge need for much more research to be done. We are only beginning to understand this disease and everything that it means for us.

icc-goal1Which is precisely the reason that CDF is launching iCureCeliac, “a patient-powered research network dedicated to enhancing and accelerating research efforts to better understand and ultimately cure celiac disease.” If you have Celiac Disease, I HIGHLY recommend you take a moment to read about this incredible study, and make the decision to participate in the online survey. It takes a bit of time to answer all the questions, but it is SO worth it.

As for the Gluten-Free Expo that accompanied the conference, all I can say is, WOW!!! So much gluten-free goodness in one place! More than 100 GF products were featured at the expo (many of which are brand new and haven’t even hit the shelves yet), and I think we brought home samples of just about ALL of them…plus, I’m pretty sure I gained at least 5 pounds just from all the free tastings we got during the expo!

PictureOne company that really stood out is a gluten-free bread company called Bread Srsly out of San Fancisco, CA. I seriously wanted to CRY when I tasted their sourdough dinner rolls. Honestly, they tasted just like the dinner rolls I LOVED as a kid…before I was diagnosed. So, so good!! And could these ladies be any cuter?!?!? I know, right? 😉 Oh, yeah, I almost forgot the best part…ALL of their products are free of not only gluten, but also dairy, egg, soy, nut, potato, tapioca, and garbanzo. HOW do they do it? I have no idea. But I don’t really care, just as long as they keep doing it. 😉 As of right now, they don’t have a location here in Las Vegas that carries their bread, but you can order online with just a $5 flat-rate shipping fee. Woohoo!! Seriously (SRSLY…get it???), you just GOTTA check out this company!! http://www.breadsrsly.com

 

IMG_2614 copyOh, there was one more super-awesome-totally-cool thing that happened this weekend…mom and I were invited to attend the Bloggers’ Dinner hosted by Enjoy Life Foods at Real Food Daily. We arrived on Saturday evening, shortly after the conference ended, and knew immediately we were in for a great night. First of all, the restaurant was incredible. Real Food Daily features an amazing organic, plant-based menu that you would never know is also healthy, because everything tastes so dang yummy! LOL There are tons of gluten-free options to choose from. Mom and I enjoyed the Not-Chos, Seaside Fries, and Mexico City Tacos…all completely vegan, gluten-free and super delish. We even got to have a big ‘ol slice of GF chocolate fudge cake for dessert! But the best part is that we got to spend the evening with Scott Mandell, the CEO/founder of Enjoy Life Foods! I have LONG been a fan of Enjoy Life Foods, with their huge array of delicious GF products, and it was truly an honor to meet the man behind it all and hear his story. A big thank you to Scott, Jamie Siegel & Kathleen Shannon of Enjoy Life Foods, and to Gillian Entin from CDF, for organizing such a fantastic event!!!!

This blog post first appeared on our companion website, Gluten Free In Las Vegas, HERE!

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2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!

 

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Hi everyone!

“Gluten Free In Las Vegas” is super excited to be among the Official Bloggers for the 2016 Celiac Disease Foundation National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!! The Conference will be Saturday, April 30th (7:30am-3:30pm) and the 2-Day Expo will be held both Saturday (April 30) and Sunday (May 1) in Pasadena, CA (from 10am-4pm). A few years back, mom and I went to one of these gluten-free conference/expos in CA and had such a GREAT time. So we are completely psyched to make the road trip from Vegas again this year!!! Hey, maybe we can even organize a whole group to go down from Las Vegas together…who’s up for it?!?!? 😉

The Celiac Disease Foundation is a non- profit, public benefit organization dedicated to providing services and support regarding celiac disease and gluten sensitivity through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. And if you’ve never been to one of their conference/expos before, it really is worth the trip!

This annual event attracts nearly 3,000 people each year and comes complete with educational seminars, gluten-free cooking demonstrations, book signings, food tastings, lectures with top researchers, and a HUGE EXPO featuring more than 100 gluten-free companies with tons of FREE, yummy samples (including a bunch of NEW gluten-free products that haven’t even hit the shelves yet)!!! Plus, if you register for the Conference, you get breakfast and lunch provided on Saturday…imagine, eating 2 meals away from home and not even having to THINK about whether it’s safe to eat or not? That’s worth the price of admission right there!! LOL

CLICK HERE to find out more about the 2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo, and HERE TO REGISTER for this incredible event…we hope to see you there!

2015 Las Vegas Gluten and Allergen-Free Wellness Event Review!

A few weeks ago, on Saturday, April 18th, the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin played host to Nikki Everett and the Gluten & Allergen-Free Wellness Event….and it was a HUGE success! Incredible speakers, awesome vendors, and TONS of delicious gluten-free food to sample!!!

Here are a couple of my FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS from the day:

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BRAZI BITES (BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD)

  • Okay, first of all, the Brazi Bites (specifically the Jalapeño Pepper Jack flavor!!) would have to be the absolute BEST thing I tasted all day! And that’s saying a lot, because there were so many yummy things at this expo. But seriously, these are AMAZING! Purchase online or look for them in the freezer section of Sprouts, Fresh & Easy, and Whole Foods.

Brazi Bites is on a mission to share Brazilian Cheese Bread with the U.S.! Naturally gluten-free, non-gmo, made with 100% natural ingredients and ready to bake. Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread (pão de queijo in Portuguese) go straight from the freezer to the oven and are ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.

With a crispy crust and fluffy center they are great for parties, family gatherings, game day, or just as part of an everyday meal. Try them on their own or paired with your favorite meats, cheeses, soups and spreads.

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NoGii (Gluten-Free Solutions for Healthy Families) by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

  • My 2nd favorite gluten-free finds from the event all came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck & NoGii (gluten-free solutions for healthy families). I had seen the protein bars at Walgreens, but never tried them before. Oh my goodness, they are COMPLETELY DELISH!! I had no idea they would be that good. The Chocolate Caramel Bliss Protein D’lites may possibly be my new ALL-TIME FAVORITE go-to snack…with only 120 calories and 7 grams of protein, these little goodies pack a punch!  The Cookies & Crème Super Protein Barwith an incredible 29 grams of protein(!!!!), is now my husband’s favorite quick-and-easy meal replacement. We also got a sample of their brand NEW Whey & Quinoa Protein Powder (160 calories and 20 grams of protein), and today we made some yummy mixed-berry smoothies with it…seriously good stuff. WE are super excited about ALL their products! And the best part? You can find them at places like Walgreens, CVS, and even Walmart!!

NoGii Bars were created to provide a NO GLUTEN alternative for active lifestyles. Whether you are on-the-go, at play, or in the gym, NoGii bars are formulated to give you and your family good, clean, gluten-free nutritional food choices.

NO GLUTEN
NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
NO TRANS FAT
NO HYDROGENATED OILS
IDEAL BALANCE OF PROTEIN/FAT/CARBS

Here are some of our INSTAGRAM PHOTOS from that day (along with my comments, links, hashtags, etc.), featuring my favorite vendors at the event:

Chandice Probst & Gluten-Free on a Budget” here @GFAFWellness Event today…recipes look AMAZING!! #GFAFEvent

Are these 2 from LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE @lvlxglutenfree the cutest couple ever or what!?! 😉 Living Luxe Cookbook with Gluten Free AND Lactose Free recipes!! #GFAFEvent

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The Digest-Zen from @doterra absolutely SAVED me this morning after getting a little glutened last night at dinner…thank you!!! http://www.doterra.com

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YUMMY samples from @GlutinoFoods at the @GFAFWellness Event! GF Chocolate Covered Wafers & Salted Caramel Covered Pretzels, oh MY!!! #GFAFEvent

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LOVE @GreatGrubbing!! So excited to see them at the @GFAFWellness Event!!! If you haven’t visited GREAT GRUBBING in Henderson yet, RUN don’t walk…100% gluten-free!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

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The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet is in the HOUSE!!! Follow Jen @ggfgourmet and check out her awesome story, recipes & products!!! #GFAFEvent

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You gotta check out the FABULOUS desserts from UR SWEET MADNESS! Chef @pastryjackie is AWESOME!!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

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Organic all-natural ENERGY SHOTS from IDLife Associate Susan Ruch of  Health4Life.idlife. Definitely gonna need one of those soon…so much to see here! #GFAFEvent

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LOVING the Tropico’s Cereal from FREEDOM FOODS booth…tastes like an even BETTER version of Fruit Loops, but with lower sugar, lower salt & completely allergen free!!! #GFAFEvent

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Tons of great samples from ENJOY LIFE FOODS here at @GFAFWellness Event in Vegas! ALL of their products are free of wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, & shellfish, but shockingly NOT free of taste!! LOL Yummy! #GFAFEvent

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There were 2 other products that we were given samples of that, I will admit, I have not had occasion to try yet (mostly because they involve cooking and/or baking, which I rarely have the time or patience to do anymore). LOL

51c0P95DrcLThe first is a Californian Tri-Tip Spice from Opa Helmut’s Pure Organic Seasonings.  Here’s some info I found online: “Founded in 2012 and based on recipes harkening back to 1875, Opa Helmut’s Rub offers six delectable spice blends and encourages foodies to explore a modern world of healthy German cooking. They are organic, gluten free, MSG free, and without preservatives. They are great for Tri Tips, Poultry, Pork and BBQ, Fish and Vegetables, Beef and Lamb, and Burgers. You can also use our spice blends as a rub or marinade, and for dips and dressings.”

776118_252902bd8f624abb850a32232043d3a4.jpg_srz_p_243_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00The other product I have not had a chance to try is Mesquite Flour from Moody Orchards. Fortunately for YOU, the wonderful cook and author of LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK, Michelle Lee, did a blog post recently all about cooking and baking with the Mesquite Flour…even including 3 recipes you can make using it. You can find that BLOG POST HERE. Thanks, Michelle!

So, there you have it. The 2015 Las Vegas Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in a nutshell (an allergen-free nutshell, that is). I hope you found it useful. 🙂

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Win Free Tickets to the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event!

It’s less than a week till the Las Vegas “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” here in Las Vegas!! Did you get your tickets yet??? If not, here’s a chance to WIN 2 FREE Tickets to the event!!

Ticket Giveaway

It’s easy…simply LIKE, FOLLOW and/or SUBSCRIBE for a chance to win. Each one you do gets you EXTRA chances to win (do ALL of them and earn up to 5 chances to win!)!

 

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Simply send an email to glutenfreeinlasvegas@gmail.com by Thursday, April 16th at 4pm…just send us your name and let us know how many chances you earned (please be honest). It’s really that easy!!

But remember you only have until Thursday the 16th at 4:00pm (PST)…we will do the drawing immediately following the end of the contest, and all winners will be notified by email that same evening. GOOD LUCK!!!

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The “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” is coming to LAS VEGAS!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” is coming to LAS VEGAS!

DATE: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
TIME: 10am-3pm
PLACE: Suncoast Hotel & Casino
9090 Alta Dr. Las Vegas, NV 8914

Admission available gaafwe_rgb - Copy (2)ONLINE or at door, $10 Adult, FREE for Children under 13, $8 Military and Seniors with ID (only at door).

*FREE Product sampling and sales from many gluten & allergen free vendors

*FREE lectures from well known members of the gluten-free community about gluten and allergen-free living (check out the line-up of amazing speakers HERE!!)

*FREE cooking demonstrations that invite you to explore the world of gluten-free cooking

*FREE gift bag to tote around samples and purchases

BONUS: Every attendee who pre-registers ONLINE will receive one year FREE subscription to “Delight Gluten Free Magazine” (*Each registrant will receive an email after event to set up subscription*)

EXTRA BONUS: Connect with us on FACEBOOK & TWITTER for a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the event…details will be announced within the 2 weeks prior to event!!!

Follow @GFAFWellness on Twitter for more information in this fantastic event!

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