Easy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas #LiveGfree

I am so excited about this post I can hardly contain myself! First, I should tell you it is sponsored by ALDI, but the gushing, excited, borderline geeky opinions are all my own. Last spring at Mom 2.0 I was chatting with one of my favorite ALDI reps and she told me a new gluten-free line was about to come out there. I was SO excited. Gluten-free goodies at an ALDI price? I practically got down on my knees and thanked the Lord right then and there. The day after I got back to Dayton I went to ALDI and BAM – there they were! This is an Instagram pic from my feed on May 5th – I bought ALL THE THINGS! This is only halfway through my trip!

And they were all amazing. I am serious, yo. So in the next few weeks I am going to tell you about ALL my favorites from the liveGfree line at ALDI. But today, we are going to start with easy snacks – very important for a gfree mama like me who likes to eat several smaller meals throughout the day AND for a certain 3-year-old boy who is gluten-free and likes to eat all the time ALWAYS. Here are a few of my easy faves featuring the liveGfree line and other great ALDI brand products.

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A couple of these snack ideas will be featuring these amazingly delicious liveGfree baked chewy bars. I love them the most because they are free of the 8 common allergens (yay for dairy-free peeps!) and they are all natural – NO artificial anything! And you guys?? They are only $2.49 a box. TWOFORTYNINE!! I pay $5 a box for a similar product at other grocery stores. I’ve even had to order them online, especially when Jonah was dairy-free as well and I was desperate. And I really couldn’t afford that. So $2.49? AMAZING.

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I will be featuring Very Berry and Caramel Apple today, but they also have a Cocoa Loco flavor that is basically the tastiest gluten-free snack every invented. More about that in a later post! Now onto the snacks! First, I went with one of my favorite fall snacks – the caramel apple.

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What you’ll need from ALDI (total of $7.77 – I bought a whole bag of apples, not just one!):

Apples (I wanted to get Granny Smith but Jonah prefers Gala )

BerryHill Caramel topping

liveGfree Caramel Apple baked chewy bars

I don’t think I need to tell you how to “make” this! Slice, pour, open – done!

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I made this while the kids were at school, and…I ate it immediately after I was done taking the photos. SO GOOD! What kid wouldn’t love this, too? Forget Pumpkin Spice, fall, I’ll take Caramel Apple over that any day!

Next up, I used the Very Berry baked chewy bar as the centerpiece for a super-fruity snack – this was Jonah’s favorite!

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Products I used from ALDI (toto of $5.77 for all of this – which will make multiple servings, of course!):

liveGfree Very Berry baked chewy bars

Naturipe blueberries

MooTubes fruit-flavored yogurt

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One of Jonah’s favorite pastimes is opening the refrigerator. I wish I was kidding! As soon as he got home from school yesterday, he went straight to the fridge. He saw this in there and had to have it. A perfect after-preschool snack!

He went for the blueberries first. :)

Jonah snacking

I can’t even tell you how handy these little liveGfree bars are to have around – throw one in your purse, stash a couple in the car – they are great for when you need a gluten-free snack!

Finally, I went for a gluten-free crunch snack that is sure to be a hit with EVERYONE – whether they eat #gfree or not! Also super-great for a party or get-together..

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What you’ll need from ALDI (which all together cost me less than $12! And I had enough left over to make this at least one more time. What a great price for a party appetizer!!):

liveGfree Multi-Grain crackers – Sea Salt (sosososososososooooo good.)

liveGfree pretzel sticks (love. Oh how I missed pretzels!)

Little Salad Bar hummus quartet (this is a request from hubby EVERY time I go to ALDI!)

Baby carrots

Little Salad Bar salsa (one of my absolute faves)

This makes an excellent anytime snack, too!

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Is anyone else feeling hungry? So good. I love the roasted red pepper hummus the most! But they are all delish. And I just LOVE the Sea Salt crackers…I really missed having crunchy snacks!

I can’t tell you how happy my budget is now that ALDI has this fabulous line of liveGfree products. As you can see from the first photo in this post, there are a LOT more than just snacks  - and I can’t wait to tell you about more of my favorites! AND I can’t even EXPRESS to you how happy this banner at the top of the ALDI website makes me!!

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Have you tried the liveGfree line yet? What’s your favorite?

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Ain’t No Party Like an ALDI Party

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ALDI truth #36: If you think our fresh fruit is sweet, wait until you see our prices.

You guys know I loves me some ALDI, right? Ridiculously great prices for delicious food, lots of gluten-free options, and there is NO other store I can get in & out of so quickly when I have kids. You know what else I like? Good company! So when ALDI gave me some gift certificates and  asked me to throw a little Summer BBQ with some friends and family and their food, I said “LET’S PARTY!”

And we did. But first, I shopped. I took Jonah with me while the big kids were on a play date, and we cruised the aisles looking for cookout essentials like Sweet Baby’s Ray’s BBQ sauce and copious amounts of MEAT. I got everything I needed including plates, cups, drinks, sides, and cutlery for $68.01 – for a party of 10 guests! Woot woot! Take a peek inside my cart:

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And then, we grilled!! And sliced. And socialized.

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Mmm…all the grillable things are DELICIOUS!

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Jonah was a SUPERFAN of the delicious, juicy seedless watermelon.

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Which was only $2.99!!

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I myself was partial to the creamy coleslaw:

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And the burgers with colby-jack cheese. And the grilled chicken. They were both DELICIOUS!

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Together with delicious lemonade and raspberry lemonade, this made for a fun, festive, and scrumptious end-of-summer party! Doesn’t this look delectable? It totally was.

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Joshua especially loved the bacon-and-cheese bratwurst. He’s a meatatarian!

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We had a wonderful summer soiree on an amazing budget thanks to ALDI! We fed 10 people and still had 4 hamburgers we didn’t even cook, plus some leftover BBQ chicken for the next day’s lunch. I love it!

Thanks ALDI, for making the end of our summer break great!

What’s YOUR favorite thing to buy at ALDI?

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Foodie.com – Quick Summer Suppers

Check out Quick Summer Suppers

by Emily at Foodie.com

I must admit – I’ve gotten a bit out of my cooking groove this summer. It started with swim team season – we weren’t home at least two nights a week during June and July, and for some reason that seriously inhibited my dinner-cooking habits!

It’s time to get back into the swing of things, though, but since we still have another month before Andy and the kids start school (post-Labor Day start FTW), we’re still in a summer state of mind… which is why my latest Foodie.com collection is all about quick summer suppers.

Take a look at the collection above. I can’t wait to try the Adobo-Marinated BBQ Chicken. I love anything-adobo, so this is perfect for me. The Stuffed Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburgers also sound amazing. Kate’s current obsession is – get this – black beans. I added the Healthy Nachos and Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas to my collection so she can get her fix! Never one to forget dessert, I couldn’t pass up the Grilled S’mores Pizza, either.

What have you enjoyed cooking this summer?

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This post is sponsored by Foodie.com and Glam Media

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