Kelowna Celiac Welcomes Schar

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Kelowna Celiac is pleased to announce a new sponsor: Schar

schar canadaSchar currently has over 40 products in its portfolio. You might have heard of their Artisan Baker bread, or their delicious Honeygram cookies.  They also offer pasta, frozen products, crackers and mixes.

In 1922 Dr. Schar began developing products aimed at promoting a healthy diet for young children with digestive disorders. The company’s expertise contributed to the development of the first high-quality gluten-free foods and beginning in 1981, working in close collaboration with doctors and celiac organisations, was developed into full range gluten-free products. This is when Schar was born.

With a dedicated focus on the development and production of gluten-free foods, the company became a market leader in Europe just a few decades later. Today, Dr. Schar is getting even closer to its goal of becoming the leading food specialist for special dietary and nutritional needs in Europe, and now in the US & Canada as well. Schar says that their success has been driven by two things: firstly, to offer solutions to the dietary problems people with gluten intolerance have to face (particularly regarding the choice & availability of relevant products), and secondly, to constantly satisfy the need for the best possible quality and to improve this constantly.

As a pioneer in the area of gluten-free nutrition, Dr. Schar has highly valued well-founded research and development right from the very beginning. While their research team concentrates on long-term strategic projects and investigates new raw ingredients and technologies, their development team creates more than 30 new or improved products and recipes each year.

Of course, before any new product goes into production, it is tested by trained testers for flavour, perfect texture, aroma, and appetising appearance. Each of their gluten-free products is benchmarked against the best tasting conventional foods in every category. This is the only way to ensure that their consumers are always completely satisfied – from gluten-free pizza to a comprehensive product line of bread, pasta, cookies, and crackers.

Visit www.schar.com to learn more about their products, see their recipes, and read their articles about a gluten-free lifestyle.

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Kelowna Celiac Welcomes Patsy Pie

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Kelowna Celiac is pleased to announce a new sponsor: Patsy Pie

patsy-pie-cookiesInspired by old family recipes in 2001 Patsy Pie founder Pat Libling created a range of traditional all-butter cookies using alternative flours and without adding starchy fillers that the commercial gluten-free bakeries tended to use.   The cookies were so good that everybody just loved them – Patsy Pie was born.  Passion for great tasting products has been the driver of this Lachine Quebec company. Patsy Pie is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Program.

Their products include:

  • Organic Chocolate Cantuccini – Mini Chocolate Biscotti
  • Organic Double Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
  • Organic Choco-Orange Quinoa Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Snappy Ginger Cookies
  • Lemon Shortbread
  • Cranberry Orange Biscotti
  • Almond Biscotti
  • Candy Cookie with M&M’S®
  • White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookie
  • Double Chocolate Cookie
  • Double Chocolate Brownie
  • Double Chocolate Cookies
  • White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Double Chocolate Brownie 14 ct
  • Mini Double Chocolate Brownie

See photos and the ingredients in their yummy gluten-free products at their website.  You can also purchase their products online!

 

Chapter Sponsor Profile – Idaho’s Namaste Foods

Daphne Marks Taylor

By Daphne Taylor, owner of Namaste Foods

Daphne Marks TaylorNamaste Foods is a family-owned and women-operated maker of exceptionally tasty food that is better for you than the run-of-the mill choices on most grocery store shelves. We’ve been in business since the year 2000 making outrageously delicious food that everyone in your family can enjoy, including those with food allergies. We care deeply about the quality of the food we eat and we know you do, too.

Our approach has always been very “grassroots” in nature. When we first started, we didn’t have the money to hire advertising firms, public relations people and expensive brokers like everyone else did. So we just started reaching out to people. We delivered Namaste Foods products to a handful of local natural foods stores and contacted support groups. We offered free samples for people to try and as it so happens, people loved our food! (Well, we knew THAT would happen!) Word spread and we started hearing from people all over the country, people who wanted Namaste Foods. And a company was born…

Today, we still don’t do things the ‘big guys’ do (because that ends up costing YOU more) and we rely heavily on what got us to where we are today, good ‘ol word-of-mouth advertising. It’s the biggest compliment anyone can give us and we appreciate it more than you know.

In return for your patronage and your loyalty, we work extra hard to be a better company than most and make better products for you and your family. Here are some of the ways we do that:

Nameste Perfect Flour-BlendWorry-free products – Unlike many manufacturers, our facility is owned by us. We don’t contract with another company to make our products because we care more than they do. It’s only natural. As the saying goes, ‘if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.’ And that’s what we do. Also, our dedicated facility is free from the Top Food Allergens making it the safest environment for people challenged by food allergies and sensitivities. And, it is certified Gluten Free, Kosher and USDA Organic among other things, too.

Why go through all this trouble? It’s simple. We care.

A better value – We know that eating healthier can be more expensive and that just doesn’t seem right. That’s why we continually strive to give you more for your hard earned dollar. Take our cake mixes for example, they make a TWO layer cake as opposed to one. And for about the same price as other companies who just give you a one-layer cake. (Who ever heard of a one-layer birthday cake anyway?!)

You deserve the best – in customer service. So, we invite and welcome your questions and comments about anything that is important to you. If you contact us, we promise to get back to you promptly and offer you outstanding customer service. In addition, your suggestions for new products are always welcome so we know what to be working on next!

Truly delicious food! – That goes without saying yet bears repeating. We work diligently to try to offer you products that make your mouth water and your face smile! We truly believe Namaste Foods products to be heads and shoulders above the rest in taste and texture – because you’ve told us so!

Namaste-LogoMany people ask us what the term “Namaste” means. We will do our best to explain it here.

The word “Namaste” (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”) is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. After many hours reviewing all the different translations, we decided we like this one the best.

“The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.”

The word ‘Spirit’ in this context has no particular religious connotation. You could substitute the word ‘Heart’ or ‘Soul’ if you like. The essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of me wishes you well – in every way. In seeking to offer you healthier and delicious foods, we nourish the body. In nourishing the body, we hope to help nourish the mind and the spirit. So you can enjoy life just a little bit more.

From all of us here to each and every one of you,

Namaste,

Daphne Taylor CEO and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

PS: Please take a moment to check out our website at namastefoods.com and our recipe section and discover yummy new ways to use our products. Then, find a store near you in our store locator and give us a try. If your local store isn’t listed, please do go in and ask for us by name. Then e-mail or call us with their information. We will follow up with them and in the vast majority of cases, get our products in there lickity split!

Kelowna Celiac Welcomes NuPasta

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Kelowna Celiac is pleased to announce a new sponsor: NuPasta

NuPasta is a gluten-free, low calorie, and high fiber pasta available as spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair in organic and non-organic packages.

nuPasta Organic SpaghettiHow does it differ from regular pasta?  According to NuPasta, a full plate (210g) of regular cooked pasta contains about 300 calories and 2g of dietary fibre, the same amount of NuPasta contains 25 calories and 6g of dietary fibre.

NuPasta is made with the root of the konjac plant which is rich in dietary fibre and has no starch. The absence of starch is the reason why NuPasta is so low in calories.

What is Konjac? According to NuPasta the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac) grows on slopes 2000 to 4000 feet above sea level, where it enjoys the habitat’s clean air and water. Today, konjac plants are grown in Japan, Korea, and China. The edible part of the konjac plant is the root which resembles an oval shaped taro or yam potato.

Where is NuPasta Available?

Kelowna

  • Nester’s Market
  • L & D Meats & Delis
  • Quality Greens Farm Market
  • Nature’s Fare Market
  • Market Place IGA
  • Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen
  • Quality Greens Farm Market (Westbank)
  • IGA (lake Country)

Vernon

  • Nature’s Fare Market
  • Buy Low Foods
  • Quality Greens Farm Market
  • Butcher Boys Food Store

Penticton

  • Quality Greens Farm Market
  • IGA
  • Nature’s Fare Market

Summerland

  • IGA

Contact Irene Wiseman if you’d like to become a chapter sponsor too!