GFAF Expo Chicago 2019: “Nourished Festival”

This year, the GFAF Expo held on June 1-2 in Schaumburg, IL {~40 minutes outside of the city; also in cities across the country} has rebranded as the Nourished Festival.

The Nourished Festival, with byline “The Gluten Free, Allergy & Specialty Diet Festival,” will now feature specific sections for keto, paleo, and plant-based products, alongside the gluten free requirement for all products and the nut free alley they have each year.

If you think like I do, you might be wondering: but will everything really be truly gluten free anymore? What about all those paleo products with GF ingredients, but not committed to serving the celiac community like many long-time exhibitors? Well, I was worried and inquired about exactly that. Via email:

All exhibiting brands must meet the FDA certifications for GF labeling. Same standards as the GFAF Expos ūüôā 

We are now just organizing the brands better into respective zones: general GF, GF & nut-free, GF and Keto/Paleo, GF and Plant-Based.

– Laura Gruninger, Director of Public Relations, Nourished Group, February 2019

As always, I’ll be attending the festival as part of the media team {I do not have to pay an entrance fee as a result} and I will be going through the show this year with an especially fine-toothed comb to ensure the integrity of the expo is still in tact for the celiac and food allergy community!

Many of you already know that I have extensive additional allergies and intolerances, as well as type 1 diabetes, alongside living with celiac. This means that I am a very specific consumer– and I’m also quite particular with the ingredients I’ll put into my body. So, while I’m eager to check out a lot of the paleo/keto options for lower carb things as a T1D in the celiac community, I will not eat any funky fake proteins, weird gums, or fake sugars {hello, stomach aches!}

At this year’s Nourished Festival, I will focus on any new options that are GF and egg free, as well as products for the low carb community living with celiac that have real, simple ingredients.

If you want to see some recaps of other GFAF expos {now Nourished Festival} I attended over the years, take a look here and here!

And come meet me on the festival floor on Saturday June 1 from opening until around noon. Because, of course, I HAVE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY! *To enter for 1 of 5 tickets I’m giving away on my blog {more on my Instagram and Twitter in the coming weeks @breezygfreezy!}, leave a comment and tell me the brand you most want to hear about from the exhibitor list and why. I’ll choose some faves to interview on the Nourished Festival floor!

Win Free Tickets, comment on this post!

Take it easy, but take it — and see you on June 1!


PS- To purchase tickets directly, 30% off until April 30 and 20% off until May 31, I would appreciate if you would use my affiliate link here!

Celiac screening + monitoring kits: imaware health

*imaware health {at-home celiac screening and monitoring kits} sponsored this post; my opinions are my own*

Have you have either fought your doctor for a Celiac test, had to wait endless weeks/months for an appointment to get your answers, or even been diagnosed Celiac but simply wanted to ensure your body is appropriately responding to the gluten free diet?

I imagine the answer is a resounding yes.

I’ve partnered with a new company, imaware health, to tell you about the latest development in Celiac screening and monitoring technology: at-home testing kits. imaware has 2 main disease states they’ve developed at this time: Celiac and Rheumatoid Arthritis {with more diseases to come soon!}. For Celiac testing, they have 2 kits:

  • At-home Celiac test
  • At-home Celiac monitoring

The true test is $99, utilizes the testing gold standards, and gives you physician-reviewed results in just 5 days. How wild is that?

The monitoring kit is $89 and can be a single-purchase or on 2, 4, or 6-month delivery schedules. This test assesses tTG-IgA as well as three additional biomarkers to ensure that your gut is healing from appropriate adherence to the GF diet.

You might be wondering, so how does the actual at-home test work?

imaware health kit laid out with components showing on a table

The test arrives at your doorstep with the most clear, concrete directions. Here’s the gist: wash your hands, use the alcohol swab, poke your finger {I know, not as easily accepted by those non-T1Ds, but I promise it’s not bad!}, and collect 5 drops of blood in the prelabeled tube.

imaware health labeled test vial with my name and ID number

Send the tube back in the prepaid envelope the same day you collect it and await your online results!

I’ll be sure to report back when my results come in, but I was too excited to tell you about this new Celiac screening and monitoring technology– backed by my Celiac doctor, Dr. Guandalini at the University of Chicago Celiac Center, alongside other world-renowned experts!

Well, you all know me. I’m not just going to tell you about this exciting technology; I’m going to get you involved. So MARK YOUR CALENDARS because we’re going to TWITTER PARTY!

Join me and imaware’s co-founder, Jani Tuomi, on Monday February 4th {that’s a week from tomorrow!} at 7pm CST for a big-time party about their Celiac screening and monitoring kits with lots of amazing prizes that you won’t want to miss.

imaware twitter party promo image for chat about celiac screening and monitoring kits; February 4th at 7pm CST, RSVP via rafflecopter link

RSVP needed in order to win! Follow to the Rafflecopter to enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take it easy, but take it– and “see” you on the 4th!


Red Apple Lipstick: Cold Weather Favorites!

*I am a Red Apple Lipstick partner. This means that I get free product when I want to tell you all about the best make-up I own. Links in this post are affiliate links. Opinions are mine, as always.*

Today, my lipstick matched my sweater perfectly. Don’t you love when that happens?

Last year, I told you about my top fall lipstick color, Rosemancing from RAL. 

Yes, it’s still a favorite and it matches that lovely plum color that the world {and I} am¬†wearing!

But, the real savior for me right now and through the winter is my good ol’ Rallye Balm.¬†


Rallye Balm, for those of you who haven’t yet saved your lips from the awful wind and cold temps, is Red Apple Lipstick’s famous colorless lip moisturizer/Chapstick look-alike, but it’s so much more. Not only does it look like a lipstick– which is a cute perk when you pull it out in public — but it’s the only real lip protectant I’ve had success¬†with.

If you have peeling lips, cracking corners, or those pesky painful sores, let Rallye Balm save the day for you like it has for me.

I just cracked open another one and it’s going quickly.

Oh, and if lips aren’t your go-to make-up department: grab some Eye Shadow Primer to keep your make-up in place when the wind attacks your face and some of RAL’s unique Mascara that won’t leave your eyes itchy and painful by the end of the day. Oh, and this season– they bundled it for a lower price right here!



Of course, I ensured I got a discount code for all of you– and with no minimum order size!¬†Use code BREEZY for 5 bucks off your next order. I’d try that Rallye Balm if I were you– only $10 after using the code!

Just click here and treat yourself!

And, one story for the road:

I recently shot an ‘about us’ video for my startup, Find Your Ditto. There was a make-up artist in-house and of course, I brought all my own products {gotta ensure the ingredients are safe and I don’t share brushes of any kind ever!} She fell head-over-heels in love with my RAL primer, eyeshadow, and lipsticks. Mind you, she’s done makeup for Michelle Obama. Yeah, folks. If you want to see my full look, take a peek at our video here.

Take it easy, but take it.


Powdered Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {GF, Eggless/V optional}

Take a look at the Barney Butter website and you’ll see the latest and greatest almond butter innovation, which I call a “BB Boost!”

Barney Butter Powdered Almond Butter

So, this powdered almond butter craze that Barney Butter has started– it’s quite something. They just launched their second flavor, chocolate AB, and I’m still trying to figure out how to use the original! Oh, and those single serve packets are coming. Talk about that BB Boost on-the-go!

For someone like myself who doesn’t drink all the protein shakes, doesn’t start my day with a smoothie {cup or bowl} instead of breakfast, and doesn’t seek to supplement my protein, powdered AB just means I can make my goodies taste perfectly¬†almond-y without the worry of overly dense baked goods! #bakingwin

Here’s a reminder about the Barney Butter powdered AB:

  • 100% natural
  • Non-GMO verified
  • 1 ingredient– almonds!
  • Peanut free, paleo, keto, vegan, gluten free

Here’s a recipe for my favorite chocolate chip cookies– with an added BB boost! Though I make enough to freeze part of every batch, these definitely don’t last long.

What should I make with powdered almond butter next? Drop me an idea in the comments and I’ll see what I can do!

Don’t forget about my other Barney Butter recipes: powdered AB smoothies, almond flour pancakes, and almond butter chocolate drizzle cookies!

Take it easy, but take it.


*Reminder, I am a Barney Butter Ambassador. They send me goodies for me to make creations to share with you in exchange for my posting recipes!*

Powdered Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {GF, Eggless/V optional}

Yield: 20

Powdered Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {GF, Eggless/V optional}


  • 1 stick of butter {or sub vegan sticks}

  • 1/3 c. brown sugar

  • 1/4 c. white sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 1/4 c. GF all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • ~1/3 c. Barney Butter Powdered Almond Butter

  • Splash of milk {any kind, even plant-based, works!}

  • Generous dump of chocolate chips or chunks! {I usually use Enjoy Life Foods semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • - Soften butter and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • - In stand mixer, cream butter with both kinds of sugar.

  • - Add vanilla.

  • - In separate bowl, combine GF flour with baking powder and almond butter powder.

  • - Slowly add until combined.

  • * If dry and crumbly, add splash of milk!

  • - Turn off stand mixer and hand-mix chocolate chips.

  • - Put on baking sheet {either line with parchment, use silicone mat, or generous non-stick spray} and bake ~15 minutes until golden brown.

  • - Let cool and devour!

Powdered Almond Butter Smoothies {GF, Vegan Optional}

*I am a Barney Butter ambassador; I am provided with free product in exchange for my coverage.*

Powdered Almond Butter Smoothie

When Barney Butter announced the launch of their Powdered Almond Butter, I was a bit perplexed– what would I do with this unique ingredient?

Barney Butter 8 oz. Powdered Almond Butter

Here’s how they describe it:

Our 100% natural almond powder is expeller pressed; a method for extracting oil from the almonds, leaving all the good stuff from the almond in dry, powder form. With only 1 ingredient (almonds!), our Powdered Almond Butter gives you a clean, nutrient dense option and checks so many boxes: peanut free, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, gluten-free.

Alright, so it’s perfect for my almond-loving self.

So, I gave it a shot last week with these simple Gluten Free {Vegan Optional} Powdered Almond Butter Smoothies.

Adding Powdered Almond Butter to Smoothie

I used my favorite ingredients:

  • Barney Butter Powdered Almond Butter
  • Dannon Light & Fit Greek Vanilla Yogurt
  • Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Ice

Powdered Almond Butter Smoothie Ingredients

This recipe is so easily modifiable to be safe for any type of eater– use whatever liquid and yogurt make¬†sense for your allergies + needs! Plus, it’s nice and low carb for those of you who are type 1 diabetic like¬†myself.

Want some other recipes using their delicious, smooth almond butter goodness? Check out my Gluten Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle or my Gluten Free Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes. I also have some more recipe goodies up my sleeve coming soon!

Take it easy, but take it.


Powdered Almond Butter Smoothies {GF, Vegan Optional}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: breakfast, snack

Yield: 1

Powdered Almond Butter Smoothies {GF, Vegan Optional}


  • 2 heaping tablespoons Barney Butter Powdered Almond Butter

  • 1/2 cup yogurt of choice

  • 2/3-1 cup frozen fruit of choice

  • Handful of ice cubes

  • Splash of milk {almond, cow, whatever works for you!}


  • Throw it all in a blender and BLEND IT UP!