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I am a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After my celiac diagnosis in 2006, I have made it my mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from “made from scratch” homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, I share my experiences and pass along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. I feel that I am a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans.

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month 

Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:03:05 PM

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  That is probably not the first time you have heard that and it certainly won’t be the last.  At least it won’t be if I can help it.  I feel part of my duty as a gluten-free blogger is to bring awareness to the gluten-free diet & Celiac Disease.  Some quick facts about Celiac Disease:

  • 1 in 133 people in the US actually have Celiac Disease
  • 97% of those people are undiagnosed
  • Celiac Disease is not an allergy – it is an auto-immune disease

For more information on Celiac Disease, symptoms, testing, etc, please visit the NFCA (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness).


Wondering why I have a picture of Barbara’s Multigrain Puffins up there?  How about the penguin?  Isn’t he cute?  These Puffins are one of my favorite gluten-free cereals to eat straight from the box!  Mambo Sprouts is helping to promote Celiac Awareness during the month of May and offered to send me out a box of Puffins to sample & share my thoughts with you. More from Mambo Sprouts:

"Celiac Awareness Month and a Gluten-Free Giveaway!

Mambo is proudly supporting Celiac Awareness this month! We are having a Gluten-Free Giveaway and to enter you must comment on our sponsored Celiac Brand Pages. Simply comment about their products and you will be entered to win a package of free products, coupons and goodies!

Start your comment posting now and visit our Sponsored Brand Pages!  Barbara’s Bakery, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, Cocomama, Nature’s Path, San-J, thinkThin, Udi’s Gluten Free Foods and Crunchmaster Crackers!

A total of 10 winners will be selected!"

Barbara’s Puffins come in 2 gluten-free varieties – Honey Rice & Multigrain.  I love them both, but choose the Multigrain if it is available.  The Multigrain version does contain oats, but they are certified gluten-free.  I seriously do eat these straight from the box at times, though they are really good with Silk Pure Almond milk as well.  More about Barbara’s:


"Barbara’s Bakery Introduces New Gluten-Free

Multigrain Puffins Cereal

Delicious, Gluten-Free New Addition To Puffins Family Features 8g Of Whole Grains,

Prebiotic Fiber, and Much More!


PETALUMA, CABarbara’s Bakery cordially invites you to join us in celebrating the birth of a welcome gluten-free addition to the beloved Puffins family of cereals: Multigrain Puffins!

Every bit as hearty, healthy, and highly irresistible as its Original, Cinnamon, Honey Rice Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Chocolate siblings, the new gluten-free Multigrain Puffins is both delicious and nutritious, containing a full 8g of whole grains per serving (16% of our recommended daily intake); and 1.07g of Nutra-Flora per 30g serving (a prebiotic soluble fiber that promotes healthy digestion, enhances mineral absorption and reinforces immunity).

Consumers today seek out gluten free products for a variety of reasons: doctor diagnosed or self diagnosed with celiac disease (at least 3 million Americans have celiac disease, but only 1-in-4,700 is ever diagnosed, according to the National Institutes of Health), because of a sensitivity to gluten, to boost energy, or simply because they believe that avoiding products that include gluten is a healthy way to eat.

With gluten-free products growing three times faster than the cereal category, Barbara’s Bakery Multigrain Puffins offer a delicious, gluten free option for the entire family. Featuring a gluten free seal, this new cereal does not contain any species of the grains wheat, rye or barley – or any crossbred hybrid of these grains.

In addition to being gluten free, Multigrain Puffins are:

  • Fat Free
  • Low Sugar – only 6g
  • Low in Sodium
  • A good source of fiber (3g)
  • An excellent source of calcium, iron and both vitamins C & D (one serving provides 25% of your daily calcium and vitamin D needs)
  • Free of hydrogenated oils or trans fats
  • Free of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Wheat-free
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Kosher



“Puffins Cereals have really taken on a life of their own with our customers and I’m confident they will quickly and warmly welcome our new gluten-free Multigrain Puffins line to the family,” said Kent Spalding, VP of Marketing for Weetabix North America, the parent company of Barbara’s Bakery. “It’s very rewarding for all of us at Barbara’s Bakery to offer a line of products which not only provide great taste and the finest possible ingredients, but that is also designed to meet the specific dietary needs of our consumers, such as an intolerance to gluten.”


Almost 20 years ago, Barbara’s Bakery became a dedicated supporter of The National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, which has successfully been restoring puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine since 1973. This partnership is reflected on the Puffins™ cereal packaging. Attracted to the puffin’s inspiring come-back story as well as their adorably hearty personalities, the puffin seabird inspired the name for the Puffins™ family cereal line. For more information, please visit


Barbara’s Bakery Multigrain Puffins are available in most natural supermarkets and at select mainstream nationwide. SRP of $3.99 – $4.29.


About Barbara’s Bakery

Founded as an organic bakery in 1971, Barbara’s Bakery, a Weetabix North America company, helped launch the natural foods industry. Barbara’s is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. Located in Petaluma, California, Barbara’s is committed to providing great-tasting, all-natural products and to making a positive contribution to the world with donations to national and local non-profit organizations involved in environmental, hunger, and children’s issues. For more information, please visit "


Smile Now, if they would just make the Peanut Butter Puffins or the new Peanut Butter Chocolate Puffins gluten-free…..oooooh!

Speaking of awareness, don’t forget to head over to 1in133 to help support the first Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit on May 4, 2011 in Washington, DC.  If you are near by, consider attending to watch the building of the world’s largest gluten-free cake from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM.



**The box of Puffins and the penguin were sent to me free of charge.  The opinions in this post are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

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