Giveaway: Holy Crap Cereal

Holy Crap! We have an out-of-this-world gluten-free giveaway happening in May to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month! And when we say “out-of-this-world” we mean it because the (food) prizes are consumed by astronauts as part of their menu at the International Space Station! So it goes without saying that you could win in this giveaway is top notch when it comes to nutrition! Make sure you enter because this is one giveaway you will not want to miss out on!

Enter this month’s giveaway for your chance to win Holy Crap cereal prize packs! Have you heard of Holy Crap cereal? If it hasn’t already, it will delight your taste buds and totally amaze you!


Corin Mullins and Holy Crap!

The cereal was developed by Corin Mullins to address her husband, Brian’s food allergies and sensitivities. Most healthy foods taste like cardboard and after formulating and testing 21 different recipes Corin found a winner. She created a nutrition-packed specialty breakfast cereal that is 65% sourced from Canadian ingredients. AND it tastes great! They’ve grown the artisan cereal business in a few short years to an award-winning business success story. The gluten-free, vegan, certified organic breakfast cereals are made in Gibsons, British Columbia, a rural community outside of Vancouver, BC.

Holy Crap is called the World’s Most Amazing Breakfast Cereal for a reason.
A serving of Holy Crap cereal has:

• 50% more protein than two tablespoons of flax seed
• The perfect ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6
• More Omega-3 and Omega-6 than a serving of wild Atlantic salmon
• More fiber than a bran muffin.


There are so many ways to eat Holy Crap!

We asked Holy Crap a few questions:

What makes Holy Crap cereal a better choice over other gluten-free breakfast cereals?

Erika Weissenborn, B.Sc. FNH, Certified Holistic Nutritionist for Holy Crap answered:

“Most of the gluten-free cereals on the market today are made with refined corn, rice or other flours and refined sugars. Food products that are refined cause sugar imbalances in the body. Holy Crap uses ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, nutrient dense and delicious. If you are looking to not only cut out gluten, but make positive changes to your diet, then Holy Crap cereal is ideal for you.”


“Holy Crap uses ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, nutrient dense and delicious.”

What are the ingredients and nutritional content in Holy Crap cereal?

Holy Crap ingredients: organic chia, organic buckwheat, organic hulled hemp seeds, organic cranberries, organic raisins, organic apple bits, organic cinnamon.

Skinny B ingredients: organic chia, organic buckwheat, organic hulled hemp seeds

Holy Crap Plus Oats ingredients: organic pure uncontaminated oats, organic chia, organic dried cranberries (organic sugar, organic sunflower oil), organic maple flakes (organic maple syrup), organic raisins, organic buckwheat, organic hulled hemp seeds, organic apple bits, organic cinnamon.

Can you tell us about the oats in your products?

Holy Crap Plus Oats contains organic pure uncontaminated oats and displays the Gluten Free Certification Program seal on the USA product package ONLY. Although the ingredients are the same, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not permit any product sold in Canada containing oats to claim to be Gluten Free, therefore the Canadian product package does not display a Gluten-Free seal.

What else can you tell us about your ingredients?

Holy Crap meets a high standard of food safety through multiple third-party certifications. It only contains pure ingredients that are non-GMO, organic, Kosher and gluten free. Holy Crap is additive-free.



There are 4 weekly prizes:
Prizes to be awarded by a random draw of all eligible entries as follows:

Between May 1 and Noon (PDT) on May 7, 2015.
Between 12:01pm (PDT) May 7 and Noon (PDT) on May 14, 2015.
Between 12:01pm (PDT May 14 and Noon (PDT) on May 21, 2015.
Between 12:01pm (PDT) May 21 and Noon (PDT) on May 28, 2015.
Winners will be notified by email the day following the contest closing time.

Each prize is a 5-pack Promo Pack ($34.95 value) of assorted Holy Crap cereals and will be shipped directly to the winner.


To enter the Giveaway, simply subscribe to the Holy Crap email newsletter:

Contest is open to Canadian and USA residents.
1 entry per person (1 entry = 1 email sign-up)

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Good luck!

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Interview with Alokozay Tea


In most cases, tea is naturally gluten free. As lovers of tea for its wide range of health benefits, we wanted to learn more about tea, so we connected with a leading brand in the field, Alokozay Tea. We interviewed Mr. Mirwais Alokozay, Sales and Marketing Head for the brand in North America. Read our interview and learn all about the health benefits of tea and the Alokozay Tea brand!

Tell us about Alokozay Tea and its history.

Alokozay is a reputed family name originating from Central Asia. We have been in the business of trading tea for over a century; hence the most obvious business choice was to introduce our own line of packaged tea products. Alokozay tea is a product of knowledge about the finest qualities of tea passed on from generations and made by stimulating traditional tea procuring styles with modern technology.

The modest success we have gained in United Arab Emirates, coupled with our simple line of tea products offered across the globe has gained momentum. Our plan has paid dividends and we are now available in 43 countries across Central Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America.

What makes the Alokozay brand unique?

Our brand offers products that are part of the consumer’s family. We will not make any product that cannot be consumed by our family. We believe in and live by our tag line “Celebrate the moment.” Moments are always celebrated with the family. Our motto “Achieving today what is possible tomorrow” reflects the identity of our brand.


What kinds of tea do you offer and what are their health benefits?

We offer over 17 varieties of tea that pleases the taste palate of every consumer with varied preferences related to health benefits, taste preferences, lifestyle choices and occasions. Our tea offerings range from black tea, green tea, fruity flavoured tea, spiced tea and herbal infusions. All of our black tea and green tea products are available in tea bags and loose leafs packaging.

We offer the following tea products:

o Classic Orange Pekoe Black Tea
o Pure Ceylon Green Tea
o Lemon Black Tea
o Strawberry Tea
o Raspberry Tea
o Orange Tea
o Peach Tea
o Blackcurrant Tea
o Mint Tea
o Earl Grey Tea
o Cinnamon Tea
o Cardamom Tea
o Vanilla Tea
o Lemon Green Tea
o Jasmine Tea
o Moroccan Tea
o Camomile Tea

o Assorted Tea


Health Benefits: Black Tea
As stated by health experts and research studies conducted by Tea Health Research

  • Oral Health: black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.
  • A Better Heart: 3 or more cups of black tea reduces the risks of a stroke by 21%
  • Antioxidants: Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different from those obtained from fruits and vegetables and therefore as a regular part of our diet they can provide additional benefits towards a healthy lifestyle.
  • Lowers Risk of Diabetes: Consuming 2 cups a day lowers the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 70%
  • Better Immune System: Black tea contains alkyl amine antigens that help boost our immune response. In addition it also contains tannins that have the ability to fight viruses and hence keep us protected from influenza, stomach flu and other such commonly found viruses in our everyday lives.
  • Increased Energy: Unlike other drinks that have relatively higher caffeine content, the low amounts found in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys.

Health Benefits: Green Tea

As stated by health experts and research studies conducted by Tea Health Research Associations.

  • Weight Loss: Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  • Esophageal Cancer: It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  • Cholesterol: Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  • Blood Pressure: Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes: Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

What sets you apart from other tea producers?

We strongly believe in the principle of KISS (Keep It Simple Silly). This is the USP of our product. Unlike other tea producers, we offer tea which is simple to understand and soothing for the taste buds. We do not believe in mixing too many ingredients which makes the tea flavours complex to taste.

Our packaging is also simple with vibrant colours that appeals to the consumers. Our tea leaves are handpicked from one of the best tea gardens in Sri Lanka and we only use the top three leaves of the tea bush in order to process our products. We offer premium quality products at pocket friendly prices. Unlike our competition, our teas can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

We offer 25 tea bags in a box, whereas our competitors offer only 20 tea bags in a box. This shows our belief to provide customers with additional value for their money.


What are your plans for the future?

We have introduced our exclusive range of soft facial tissues to the North American market. In the near future, our product offerings to the North American market will increase significantly. We soon plan to introduce our own range of instant coffee, juices, tea time biscuits, flavoured water, evaporated milk, chocolates, chips, corn flakes, flavoured milk, detergents, oral care products, hair grooming products and hand sanitizers.

We wish to touch the lives of our customers on a daily basis.

Which of the Alokozay teas are your favourite?

This is the most difficult question to answer; it’s like asking a mother which child is her favourite.

From the point of exclusivity to the North American market, I would say Moroccan Tea is my favourite. Moroccan Tea is popularly known as Maghrebi Tea, originating from the Middle East. Our Moroccan Tea is an exotic blend of pure Celyon Green Tea, peppermint and spearmint leaves.

Close Runner Ups

Fruity Flavours like Blackcurrant Tea and Raspberry Tea are my personal favourites because of how the complex flavours of blackcurrant and raspberry are blended to provide a soothing cup of fruity tea. ♦


More Information

Alokozay Tea is available for purchase in-store in Ontario at Metro (in the International food section), Food Basics and Adonis, and in Bulk Barn across Canada.
Alokozay Tea is available online at
Receive $1.00 off any Alokozay Tea product with a printable coupon!

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Conte’s Pasta Giveaway

Does your heart desire Italian food? We’re talking about pizza, pasta, lasagna, ravioli and pierogies from the Old World! We’re talking about all-natural ingredients like thick, rich tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, spinach and roasted garlic! If you are gluten-free, you don’t have to miss out on Italian favorites anymore! The Conte’s Pasta Co. Inc. now makes gluten-free Italian fare a reality, with all the tastes and textures that you crave!
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Live the Smart Way Expo is Coming to Ottawa in 1 Week


Get ready to become a whole lot Smarter with an exciting new health show hitting major cities across Canada! Continue reading

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Can we trust the gluten-free label?

Written by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD


The answer is yes the vast majority of the time. Three years of testing data on foods making gluten-free claims was recently published (Thompson T, Simpson S. A comparison of gluten levels in labeled gluten-free and certified gluten-free foods sold in the United States. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 1 October 2014). Continue reading

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Giveaway: Ricki Heller’s Living Candida Free Cookbook

We are super excited that our friend and contributor, cookbook author Ricki Heller has released her new cookbook, Living Candida Free: 100 Recipes and a 3-Phase Program to Restore Your Health and Vitality! Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a free copy!
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Ascenta Health

Although we have been aware of the numerous benefits of fish oil which happens to be naturally gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo (many of us were give cod liver oil as kids), our team has never been particularly big fans of it. And perhaps this is why — our memories of fish oil from childhood are, well, fishy! The fish oils of 10, 20 or 30 years ago had an unappealing odor and taste. And after we had our spoonful, we’d burp up that taste for the remainder of our day. Sound familiar?
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Planning a Gluten-Free Hospital Stay


Despite the growing awareness of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or the desire or need for a paleo diet, no one can be guaranteed safe gluten-free and grain-free food options in hospitals. This fact makes it necessary to take certain precautions and make special arrangements when planning your hospital stay. With planning and clear communication with hospital staff, your stay should go smoothly. Continue reading

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Norene Gilletz’s Gluten-Free Koogletz

Now here’s an interesting gluten-free find that just entered the market this new year. Recently, my family and I tasted (with delight!) Norene Gilletz’s delicious new gluten-free potato product from her very first food line!

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Lisa Cantkier Receives Award for Celiac Disease and Food Allergy Awareness



On January 13, 2015, Lisa Cantkier, founder of was presented with the City of Vaughan (Ontario) Civic Hero Award for Ward 4 by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and City Council at Vaughan City Hall. The Award was presented to Lisa for helping to raise awareness of celiac disease and food allergies. Continue reading

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