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Monday, May 10, 2010

choices markets: gluten free events & info

there are Choices Markets in most communities in the lower mainland: downtown, kitsilano, kerrisdale, cambie, burnaby, south surrey/white rock, and now in the bc interior in kelowna. fortunately for Robyn and I, we have always lived within walking distance to a Choices Market. before we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease we chose to shop here for the organic produce and product selection. one of the incentives that always kept us coming back to Choices over other organic grocers is their preferred shopper membership card program. the card not only gives shoppers discounts on specially labeled products, but you also accumulate points based on what you spend. when you reach 2000 points, the points can be redeemed for $20 off your next purchase, or donated to a local food bank! for more information and how you can sign up, click here.

when we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, we were completely overwhelmed at what lay ahead in terms of the necessary dietary shift, I mean gluten, what is gluten? fortunately for us, Choices already had that covered. while the product selection five years ago was nothing like what it is today, they did carry some of the basics, and they have their own Rice Bakery. the Rice Bakery is located just down the street from the Kitsilano Store on 16th avenue (near macdonald). you can shop here, or pick up many of their fresh or frozen items at the other locations. my personal favorite is the multiseed bread, which is also dairy free, and a new find at the rice bakery—pre-made frozen pizzas! they are awesome! they come in three flavors: pepperoni, veggie, and vegan, which has green pepper, onion, and pineapple. to see their complete list of products, click here.

in addition to the user-friendly blue sticker system, which identifies all gluten free products, Choices also offers free gluten free store tours. in the current Choices Market Newsletter, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen RD, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy gluten free diet, as we all know, just because something is gluten free doesn't always mean it's good for you. see her article titled "Thriving on a Gluten Free Diet" on page nine. 


here is a list of some great upcoming gluten free events:

the big news this month at Choices is that their fifth annual Gluten Free Fairs are taking place this month! the Kelowna Fair was this past weekend, sorry for the late notice, but the Vancouver and Surrey fairs are still to come this month. the Vancouver fair takes place on Saturday, May 29th between 8:30am and 2:00pm at St. Mark's Anglican Church, at 1805 Larch Street. The Surrey fair takes place the following day on Sunday, May 30th between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Choices Market South Surrey, located at 3248 King George Road. these events will feature seminars by gastroenterologist Dr. Hugh Freeman MD, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen (mentioned above), and Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND, founder of the Sage Clinic in Vancouver. 

there will also be gift bags with gluten free products, gluten free food sampling, and Q&A with Desiree and the local chapter of the Celiac Association. to register for the Vancouver fair call the Kitsilano store at 604-736-0009, and for the Surrey fair call the South Surrey Store at 604-541-3902. the admission fee is $15 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association. there will also be a free event concurrently at the Surrey Store on Sunday, May 30th where anyone is welcome to sample gluten free food available throughout the store. this is a great way to taste test products that might often be expensive only to find out later they are not that great.

for anyone interested in learning to cook gluten free, Choices South Surrey will be holding an Italian cooking class using gluten free ingredients such as millet, brown rice, and polenta. this event takes place on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and the cost is $15 at the door. space is filling up fast, if you are interested please call 604-541-3002 to register.

you can find all of this information and much much more in the Choices Newsletter, including a contest where one lucky winner, in each store, will win a Glutino prize package, which also includes a $25 Choices Gift Card! thank you Choices for all that you do!  Andrea + Robyn.


ps. don't forget our current giveaway, the deadline is midnight tonight! click here for details.


choices markets   |   choices newsletter   |   choices nutrition


2 comments:

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the event! Our last GF Fair event raised more than $4500 for the local CCA Chapter and we are hoping to beat that this year...

robyn said...

we are looking forward to the event desiree! hope to meet you there.

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 10, 2010

choices markets: gluten free events & info

there are Choices Markets in most communities in the lower mainland: downtown, kitsilano, kerrisdale, cambie, burnaby, south surrey/white rock, and now in the bc interior in kelowna. fortunately for Robyn and I, we have always lived within walking distance to a Choices Market. before we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease we chose to shop here for the organic produce and product selection. one of the incentives that always kept us coming back to Choices over other organic grocers is their preferred shopper membership card program. the card not only gives shoppers discounts on specially labeled products, but you also accumulate points based on what you spend. when you reach 2000 points, the points can be redeemed for $20 off your next purchase, or donated to a local food bank! for more information and how you can sign up, click here.

when we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, we were completely overwhelmed at what lay ahead in terms of the necessary dietary shift, I mean gluten, what is gluten? fortunately for us, Choices already had that covered. while the product selection five years ago was nothing like what it is today, they did carry some of the basics, and they have their own Rice Bakery. the Rice Bakery is located just down the street from the Kitsilano Store on 16th avenue (near macdonald). you can shop here, or pick up many of their fresh or frozen items at the other locations. my personal favorite is the multiseed bread, which is also dairy free, and a new find at the rice bakery—pre-made frozen pizzas! they are awesome! they come in three flavors: pepperoni, veggie, and vegan, which has green pepper, onion, and pineapple. to see their complete list of products, click here.

in addition to the user-friendly blue sticker system, which identifies all gluten free products, Choices also offers free gluten free store tours. in the current Choices Market Newsletter, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen RD, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy gluten free diet, as we all know, just because something is gluten free doesn't always mean it's good for you. see her article titled "Thriving on a Gluten Free Diet" on page nine. 


here is a list of some great upcoming gluten free events:

the big news this month at Choices is that their fifth annual Gluten Free Fairs are taking place this month! the Kelowna Fair was this past weekend, sorry for the late notice, but the Vancouver and Surrey fairs are still to come this month. the Vancouver fair takes place on Saturday, May 29th between 8:30am and 2:00pm at St. Mark's Anglican Church, at 1805 Larch Street. The Surrey fair takes place the following day on Sunday, May 30th between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Choices Market South Surrey, located at 3248 King George Road. these events will feature seminars by gastroenterologist Dr. Hugh Freeman MD, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen (mentioned above), and Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND, founder of the Sage Clinic in Vancouver. 

there will also be gift bags with gluten free products, gluten free food sampling, and Q&A with Desiree and the local chapter of the Celiac Association. to register for the Vancouver fair call the Kitsilano store at 604-736-0009, and for the Surrey fair call the South Surrey Store at 604-541-3902. the admission fee is $15 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association. there will also be a free event concurrently at the Surrey Store on Sunday, May 30th where anyone is welcome to sample gluten free food available throughout the store. this is a great way to taste test products that might often be expensive only to find out later they are not that great.

for anyone interested in learning to cook gluten free, Choices South Surrey will be holding an Italian cooking class using gluten free ingredients such as millet, brown rice, and polenta. this event takes place on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and the cost is $15 at the door. space is filling up fast, if you are interested please call 604-541-3002 to register.

you can find all of this information and much much more in the Choices Newsletter, including a contest where one lucky winner, in each store, will win a Glutino prize package, which also includes a $25 Choices Gift Card! thank you Choices for all that you do!  Andrea + Robyn.


ps. don't forget our current giveaway, the deadline is midnight tonight! click here for details.


choices markets   |   choices newsletter   |   choices nutrition


2 comments:

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the event! Our last GF Fair event raised more than $4500 for the local CCA Chapter and we are hoping to beat that this year...

robyn said...

we are looking forward to the event desiree! hope to meet you there.

robyn + andrea

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Monday, May 10, 2010

choices markets: gluten free events & info

there are Choices Markets in most communities in the lower mainland: downtown, kitsilano, kerrisdale, cambie, burnaby, south surrey/white rock, and now in the bc interior in kelowna. fortunately for Robyn and I, we have always lived within walking distance to a Choices Market. before we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease we chose to shop here for the organic produce and product selection. one of the incentives that always kept us coming back to Choices over other organic grocers is their preferred shopper membership card program. the card not only gives shoppers discounts on specially labeled products, but you also accumulate points based on what you spend. when you reach 2000 points, the points can be redeemed for $20 off your next purchase, or donated to a local food bank! for more information and how you can sign up, click here.

when we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, we were completely overwhelmed at what lay ahead in terms of the necessary dietary shift, I mean gluten, what is gluten? fortunately for us, Choices already had that covered. while the product selection five years ago was nothing like what it is today, they did carry some of the basics, and they have their own Rice Bakery. the Rice Bakery is located just down the street from the Kitsilano Store on 16th avenue (near macdonald). you can shop here, or pick up many of their fresh or frozen items at the other locations. my personal favorite is the multiseed bread, which is also dairy free, and a new find at the rice bakery—pre-made frozen pizzas! they are awesome! they come in three flavors: pepperoni, veggie, and vegan, which has green pepper, onion, and pineapple. to see their complete list of products, click here.

in addition to the user-friendly blue sticker system, which identifies all gluten free products, Choices also offers free gluten free store tours. in the current Choices Market Newsletter, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen RD, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy gluten free diet, as we all know, just because something is gluten free doesn't always mean it's good for you. see her article titled "Thriving on a Gluten Free Diet" on page nine. 


here is a list of some great upcoming gluten free events:

the big news this month at Choices is that their fifth annual Gluten Free Fairs are taking place this month! the Kelowna Fair was this past weekend, sorry for the late notice, but the Vancouver and Surrey fairs are still to come this month. the Vancouver fair takes place on Saturday, May 29th between 8:30am and 2:00pm at St. Mark's Anglican Church, at 1805 Larch Street. The Surrey fair takes place the following day on Sunday, May 30th between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Choices Market South Surrey, located at 3248 King George Road. these events will feature seminars by gastroenterologist Dr. Hugh Freeman MD, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen (mentioned above), and Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND, founder of the Sage Clinic in Vancouver. 

there will also be gift bags with gluten free products, gluten free food sampling, and Q&A with Desiree and the local chapter of the Celiac Association. to register for the Vancouver fair call the Kitsilano store at 604-736-0009, and for the Surrey fair call the South Surrey Store at 604-541-3902. the admission fee is $15 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association. there will also be a free event concurrently at the Surrey Store on Sunday, May 30th where anyone is welcome to sample gluten free food available throughout the store. this is a great way to taste test products that might often be expensive only to find out later they are not that great.

for anyone interested in learning to cook gluten free, Choices South Surrey will be holding an Italian cooking class using gluten free ingredients such as millet, brown rice, and polenta. this event takes place on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and the cost is $15 at the door. space is filling up fast, if you are interested please call 604-541-3002 to register.

you can find all of this information and much much more in the Choices Newsletter, including a contest where one lucky winner, in each store, will win a Glutino prize package, which also includes a $25 Choices Gift Card! thank you Choices for all that you do!  Andrea + Robyn.


ps. don't forget our current giveaway, the deadline is midnight tonight! click here for details.


choices markets   |   choices newsletter   |   choices nutrition


2 comments:

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the event! Our last GF Fair event raised more than $4500 for the local CCA Chapter and we are hoping to beat that this year...

robyn said...

we are looking forward to the event desiree! hope to meet you there.

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 10, 2010

choices markets: gluten free events & info

there are Choices Markets in most communities in the lower mainland: downtown, kitsilano, kerrisdale, cambie, burnaby, south surrey/white rock, and now in the bc interior in kelowna. fortunately for Robyn and I, we have always lived within walking distance to a Choices Market. before we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease we chose to shop here for the organic produce and product selection. one of the incentives that always kept us coming back to Choices over other organic grocers is their preferred shopper membership card program. the card not only gives shoppers discounts on specially labeled products, but you also accumulate points based on what you spend. when you reach 2000 points, the points can be redeemed for $20 off your next purchase, or donated to a local food bank! for more information and how you can sign up, click here.

when we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, we were completely overwhelmed at what lay ahead in terms of the necessary dietary shift, I mean gluten, what is gluten? fortunately for us, Choices already had that covered. while the product selection five years ago was nothing like what it is today, they did carry some of the basics, and they have their own Rice Bakery. the Rice Bakery is located just down the street from the Kitsilano Store on 16th avenue (near macdonald). you can shop here, or pick up many of their fresh or frozen items at the other locations. my personal favorite is the multiseed bread, which is also dairy free, and a new find at the rice bakery—pre-made frozen pizzas! they are awesome! they come in three flavors: pepperoni, veggie, and vegan, which has green pepper, onion, and pineapple. to see their complete list of products, click here.

in addition to the user-friendly blue sticker system, which identifies all gluten free products, Choices also offers free gluten free store tours. in the current Choices Market Newsletter, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen RD, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy gluten free diet, as we all know, just because something is gluten free doesn't always mean it's good for you. see her article titled "Thriving on a Gluten Free Diet" on page nine. 


here is a list of some great upcoming gluten free events:

the big news this month at Choices is that their fifth annual Gluten Free Fairs are taking place this month! the Kelowna Fair was this past weekend, sorry for the late notice, but the Vancouver and Surrey fairs are still to come this month. the Vancouver fair takes place on Saturday, May 29th between 8:30am and 2:00pm at St. Mark's Anglican Church, at 1805 Larch Street. The Surrey fair takes place the following day on Sunday, May 30th between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Choices Market South Surrey, located at 3248 King George Road. these events will feature seminars by gastroenterologist Dr. Hugh Freeman MD, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen (mentioned above), and Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND, founder of the Sage Clinic in Vancouver. 

there will also be gift bags with gluten free products, gluten free food sampling, and Q&A with Desiree and the local chapter of the Celiac Association. to register for the Vancouver fair call the Kitsilano store at 604-736-0009, and for the Surrey fair call the South Surrey Store at 604-541-3902. the admission fee is $15 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association. there will also be a free event concurrently at the Surrey Store on Sunday, May 30th where anyone is welcome to sample gluten free food available throughout the store. this is a great way to taste test products that might often be expensive only to find out later they are not that great.

for anyone interested in learning to cook gluten free, Choices South Surrey will be holding an Italian cooking class using gluten free ingredients such as millet, brown rice, and polenta. this event takes place on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and the cost is $15 at the door. space is filling up fast, if you are interested please call 604-541-3002 to register.

you can find all of this information and much much more in the Choices Newsletter, including a contest where one lucky winner, in each store, will win a Glutino prize package, which also includes a $25 Choices Gift Card! thank you Choices for all that you do!  Andrea + Robyn.


ps. don't forget our current giveaway, the deadline is midnight tonight! click here for details.


choices markets   |   choices newsletter   |   choices nutrition


2 comments:

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the event! Our last GF Fair event raised more than $4500 for the local CCA Chapter and we are hoping to beat that this year...

robyn said...

we are looking forward to the event desiree! hope to meet you there.

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 10, 2010

choices markets: gluten free events & info

there are Choices Markets in most communities in the lower mainland: downtown, kitsilano, kerrisdale, cambie, burnaby, south surrey/white rock, and now in the bc interior in kelowna. fortunately for Robyn and I, we have always lived within walking distance to a Choices Market. before we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease we chose to shop here for the organic produce and product selection. one of the incentives that always kept us coming back to Choices over other organic grocers is their preferred shopper membership card program. the card not only gives shoppers discounts on specially labeled products, but you also accumulate points based on what you spend. when you reach 2000 points, the points can be redeemed for $20 off your next purchase, or donated to a local food bank! for more information and how you can sign up, click here.

when we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, we were completely overwhelmed at what lay ahead in terms of the necessary dietary shift, I mean gluten, what is gluten? fortunately for us, Choices already had that covered. while the product selection five years ago was nothing like what it is today, they did carry some of the basics, and they have their own Rice Bakery. the Rice Bakery is located just down the street from the Kitsilano Store on 16th avenue (near macdonald). you can shop here, or pick up many of their fresh or frozen items at the other locations. my personal favorite is the multiseed bread, which is also dairy free, and a new find at the rice bakery—pre-made frozen pizzas! they are awesome! they come in three flavors: pepperoni, veggie, and vegan, which has green pepper, onion, and pineapple. to see their complete list of products, click here.

in addition to the user-friendly blue sticker system, which identifies all gluten free products, Choices also offers free gluten free store tours. in the current Choices Market Newsletter, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen RD, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy gluten free diet, as we all know, just because something is gluten free doesn't always mean it's good for you. see her article titled "Thriving on a Gluten Free Diet" on page nine. 


here is a list of some great upcoming gluten free events:

the big news this month at Choices is that their fifth annual Gluten Free Fairs are taking place this month! the Kelowna Fair was this past weekend, sorry for the late notice, but the Vancouver and Surrey fairs are still to come this month. the Vancouver fair takes place on Saturday, May 29th between 8:30am and 2:00pm at St. Mark's Anglican Church, at 1805 Larch Street. The Surrey fair takes place the following day on Sunday, May 30th between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Choices Market South Surrey, located at 3248 King George Road. these events will feature seminars by gastroenterologist Dr. Hugh Freeman MD, Choices dietician Desiree Nielsen (mentioned above), and Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND, founder of the Sage Clinic in Vancouver. 

there will also be gift bags with gluten free products, gluten free food sampling, and Q&A with Desiree and the local chapter of the Celiac Association. to register for the Vancouver fair call the Kitsilano store at 604-736-0009, and for the Surrey fair call the South Surrey Store at 604-541-3902. the admission fee is $15 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association. there will also be a free event concurrently at the Surrey Store on Sunday, May 30th where anyone is welcome to sample gluten free food available throughout the store. this is a great way to taste test products that might often be expensive only to find out later they are not that great.

for anyone interested in learning to cook gluten free, Choices South Surrey will be holding an Italian cooking class using gluten free ingredients such as millet, brown rice, and polenta. this event takes place on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and the cost is $15 at the door. space is filling up fast, if you are interested please call 604-541-3002 to register.

you can find all of this information and much much more in the Choices Newsletter, including a contest where one lucky winner, in each store, will win a Glutino prize package, which also includes a $25 Choices Gift Card! thank you Choices for all that you do!  Andrea + Robyn.


ps. don't forget our current giveaway, the deadline is midnight tonight! click here for details.


choices markets   |   choices newsletter   |   choices nutrition


2 comments:

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the event! Our last GF Fair event raised more than $4500 for the local CCA Chapter and we are hoping to beat that this year...

robyn said...

we are looking forward to the event desiree! hope to meet you there.

robyn + andrea