Month: November 2016

Sun Krunch Granola: Review and GIVEAWAY!

I owe my favorite food item on the market to the brains and perseverance of small business owners Kevin and Kara Payne of Northwest Illinois {and to the GFAF Expo for introducing me}–Sun Krunch Granola, you hold my heart.

After frustrations with their own personal health and a quick, deep dive into the Paleo lifestyle, the Payne couple was ready to take their breakfast woes into their own hands. Well, snacking too!

Sun Krunch Granola is gluten free, grain free, and nut free– which means also oat free {no purity protocol vs. certified GF concerns here!} and paleo!

But what the Payne’s really didn’t expect when they met me and I tried their granola was how perfectly their product is for the diabetes community.

As all the ADSG celiac/food allergy readers know, type 1 diabetes overwhelms many aspects of my life–especially my relationship with food. But what non-PWDs {persons with diabetes} often don’t understand is how most PWDs struggle  to consume any carbohydrates in the morning.

I’ve never been able to eat granola for breakfast–even the ones that have been safe for me allergy-wise–due to their high carbohydrate/high sugar content. That is, until I got my hands on Sun Krunch.

Typically available in 3 perfectly crafted flavors {Flax Apple (personal fave), Buttery Cinnamon, and Cranberry Apple}, though currently available in Pumpkin Spice as well (!), Sun Krunch Granola ranges from 8 to 13g of carbs per serving{which is a whopping one eighth of the whole bag!}

You read that right. Get this– my go to breakfast of Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt + serving of the crunchy, flavorful, love-filled Sun Krunch in the morning + half a pot of coffee {okay, maybe not quite so much…} = 16g of carbs. That’s it–for the entire breakfast.

I truly cannot speak more highly of Sun Krunch and the couple that has created these pouches that feel like they’re chock full of sunshine for this celiac, food allergy/intolerant loaded, type 1 diabetic.

So, of course, I absolutely HAD to arrange a giveaway for all of my loyal ADSG readers! Head over to my Instagram to enter soon!

In the meantime, here’s a code for 20% off your order between now and the end of the year {stock up because, man that stuff goes quickly once you start munching!}: ADSG20. Additionally, please consider using my affiliate link here to place your order so this young professional might get a lil’ something for telling you about her fave find.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Sun Krunch Granola; as always, my opinions are 100% my own.

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (FABlogCon) 2016 Recap

FABlogCon, the brainchild of Ms. Sprague, had been on my bucket list since I began food blogging in January 2013. All the chatter about feeling like you’re surrounded in a huge family, like you can just breathe a sigh of relief, like the safety of food is not a concern–they’re all true.

My passion–as demonstrated in my work on Find Your Ditto–is breathing in-person connections into the chronic illness community on an individual level. Jenny has accomplished her mission–creating a larger scale opportunity for the ever-important human connection in the food allergy community.

My roommate for the weekend, Esther {The Gluten Free Nerd}, has been a long-time online friend–following her quirky Instagram photos of delicious GF food with cartoon characters in the most creative videos I’ve ever seen. When I arrived at our room, she was waiting with open arms and celiac-safe, egg-free chocolate chip cookies.

As many of you know, I’m recently egg-free and it has been the most emotionally devastating food restriction I’ve dealt with to-date. With full transparency, I’ve lived on eggs my entire life as the best Brianna-safe low-carb food option and the discovery that they’d been making me deathly ill has turned my life upside down. I’m learning how to adjust but Esther’s gesture {and a weekend with people who have been doing the GF/EF thing for much longer than me!} lifted my spirits higher than any words can describe; I am forever grateful.

I followed the blogger track (though there was also an educational track all weekend) and attended sessions like Food Photography and Styling {keep an eye on Instagram for improvement!}, Legality and Taxes {with the funniest accountant I’ve ever met!}, and the ever-popular Expo.

Of course, the highlight of the weekend was Chef Keith and his attention to every single food detail. With hundreds of food needs–even my low carb request was catered to without a grunt or eye roll when beautiful proteins and veggies arrived at my table instead of pasta salads and potato bars.

I must give a particular shout-out to the most special experience of the weekend–I arrived at the final lunch dessert bar to find a sign with my name {well, my social name!} and cupcakes made with sugar-free frosting. The simple gesture Allergen Free Bakes made for me to enjoy a cupcake that weekend–gluten free, egg free, AND low BG impact–brought me to tears. I am so grateful for her love.

img_3607

This community lifts me up and to see them in person was invaluable. To all the faces I can now match to Instagram and Twitter handles, I miss you already.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

It’s a Twitter Party! ADSG+Aleia’s

Let’s get ready to party!

I’m proud to announce the first-ever Twitter Party from ADSG, sponsored by Aleia’s! Get ready to chat all things cookies as we get closer to the holidays (and maybe some real sweater weather?)

Aleia’s has generously sponsored the event with multiple incredible prize packs but you *must* RSVP to be eligible to win.

RSVP below and see you all Tuesday night!

I’m Ready to Party!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna