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the skinny on enerjive’s crackers

We're embracing the international year of quinoa, are you?

We’re embracing the International Year of Quinoa, are you?


Enerjive’s Quinoa Skinny Crackers offer a little something crunchy for everyone:

Garlic Cayenne HEAT for those who like it hot.

COZY Apple Cinnamon for those who like to dunk.

Chocolate FIX for the chocoholics out there…you know who you are.

Lemon Berry BURST for those who like a little zest.


And Rock Salt CRAVE, to satisfy our craving today!

And Rock Salt CRAVE, to satisfy our craving today! For those who like to dip, these go great with hummus!


Made with wholesome natural ingredients and low in sugar and sodium, these crunchy crackers are a guilt-free, gluten-free go-to snack! Oh, and did we mention that they were designed by a naturopathic doctor?

We’re happy to have enerjive as a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage! Can’t decide which flavour suits you best? Come sample all 5 of their Quinoa Skinny Crackers at the Gluten Free Garage! They might even bring along their newest flavour: Savoury Italian BELLA!



Q&A with: Fiesta Farms’ Eddie Orso

Running out to my local grocery store to pick up a few things. Look who’s here!


Rebecca Feigelsohn interviews Fiesta Farms’ Organics Manager Eddie Orso.


GFG: For those not in the know about Fiesta Farms, can you tell us a bit about it?
Fiesta is a unique grocery store. First of all, it’s independent; it’s a family-owned grocery store whose main focus is local, organic, natural products. We have, in my opinion, one of the highest-quality produce selections in Toronto. Our buyer goes to the Ontario Food Terminal every morning to get the freshest produce. The thing about Fiesta Farms is that it’s not just a grocery store, it also integrates a health food store aspect. It’s kind of an all-in-one store—instead of going to a grocery store and a health food store, you can do both here. We carry a lot of superfoods!

When did Fiesta begin carrying gluten-free products?
Officially, as soon as the trend starting picking up. I’d say in the last five years it started trickling in. It’s been a combination of customer feedback and the buyers knowing what’s hot in the market. Our buyers are really on top of the trends and what’s happening in the industry. But with gluten-free products, there’s definitely been a lot of customer feedback because there has been a wave of people needing or wanting it, especially in the last five years.

It’s interesting that instead of having a dedicated gluten-free section, your gluten-free products can be found throughout the store.
When we first brought in organic products years ago, we decided to integrate the products throughout the store rather than have a section for it, to give customers a choice they may not have been aware of. This was successful, so we decided to do the same with gluten-free products.


When Lily tasted Wow’s chocolate chip cookies, she said: “These should be called Whoa!”

What are some of your most popular gluten-free products?
We have a wide range of gluten-free products, such as lasagna, muffins, prepared foods and over 100 grocery items. Some of our finer products come from local small businesses, such as Live and JK Gourmet. Mary’s Gone Crackers are a huge hit.


Antipastos Kitchen’s new line of frozen Italian GF pastas!


A basket full of Live Kale Chips made with organic Ontario kale. Which flavour to choose?


Fiesta Farms will be showcasing some of its gluten-free products at the Gluten Free Garage, offering samples of apple cider and giving away coupons for 10% off any GF product at the store! 

Check out Fiesta Farms’ cheeky blog post about the Gluten Free Garage here!

gluten free mecca


Best gluten-free cereal section ever! (I didn’t get a picture of all the exciting brands, but go see for yourself!)



100% gluten-free store. Go crazy!


There’s Pamela’s, our go-to GF pancake mix.


We’ll grab some granola from JK Gourmet. We’re loving their granola bars too! (Roasted Nuts and Raisins is our fave.)


GBG does prepared foods and fresh baked goods too. Their Real Cheddar Biscuits: Take them home and heat them up. Trust me.


The little candy section reminds me of The Wiz, a candy store I loved as a kid.


GBG also offers catering, along with a large selection of frozen foods. Note the homemade soups. Winter’s coming!


GBG’s creamy mac ‘n cheese. I was eating it off the kids’ plates at a recent party.


GBG’s chicken fingers were scooped up by big and little fingers alike.

Q&A with: Sherry Torkos

At the Gluten Free Garage, holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos will be at the femMED table providing info on the role of nutrition and supplements for people with celiac disease


GFG: Let’s start with the basics. What is celiac disease?
Sherry Torkos: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by consumption of gluten. In people with celiac disease, consumption of gluten stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the small intestine and many other body tissues, causing widespread inflammation and damage. This results in digestive problems, impaired nutrient absorption, a variety of physical and emotional symptoms and serious health risks. In most cases, the damage is reversible once gluten is excluded from the diet.

Who is at risk and why?
Celiac disease affects nearly 1% of Canadians. Genetics plays a role in who will develop celiac disease. Studies have shown that the familial occurrence of the disease ranges from 10% to 22%. There are 3 things required for a person to develop celiac disease:

1. Genetic disposition – carrying the genes associated with the disease
2. Trigger – exposure to an environmental, emotional or physical event, such as adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, infection, surgery, an accident or stressful situation
3. Diet – eating foods that contain gluten, such as wheat, rye and barley or their derivatives

What kinds of food contain gluten?
Gluten is present in many foods, including breads, pasta, cereals, cookies, cakes and pie. These are the obvious sources, but it is also “hidden” and not so obviously found in many sauces, marinades, spices, coatings and thickeners. It is also present as an additive in some drugs and vitamin supplements.

Speaking of vitamins, is it important for people with celiac disease to take vitamins or nutritional supplements?
As a pharmacist I am often asked this question. The answer depends on many factors: state of health, age, lifestyle, diet, use of medications and other factors that can impact nutritional status (such as stress, smoking, drug use).

For many people, nutritional supplements can play an important role in optimizing health. The majority of people with celiac disease suffer for a long time prior to diagnosis. The intestinal damage caused by years of ingesting gluten can be quite significant. Since nutrient absorption occurs through the intestine, undiagnosed celiac disease can result in malnutrition and signs of nutrient deficiency, such as anemia, skin rash, fatigue, poor cognitive function and stunted growth of hair and nails. It may take several months for the intestines to heal on a strict gluten-free diet. Despite even the best efforts to follow the diet strictly, inadvertent ingestion of gluten can occur and this can compromise the health of the intestines and the ability to absorb nutrients. Lastly, the gluten-free diet, while healthy, can be lacking in certain nutrients. Gluten-free flours are typically lower in fibre and not enriched with iron and B vitamins. Nutritional supplements can help facilitate healing of the body, aid digestion and compensate for possible dietary deficiencies.

Click “more” to see what supplements people with celiac disease should consider taking…