WIN-It-Wednesday: Bakery on Main Fiber Power Granola

 Every week BeFreeForMe members contact me and ask if I know of any breakfast ideas that are gluten, dairy and casein free; that taste good; that they can feel good about eating; and most sought after, will keep them filled-up and satisfied until lunch time.

That is why I was thrilled when the good folks over at Bakery on Main contacted me several months ago and let me know they had a new breakfast granola in the making that had a powerful secret…. FIBER!

Made with whole grain gluten-free oats and free of cholesterol and Trans fat, this low sodium gluten, dairy & casein free cereal is my new secret breakfast weapon… Bakery on Main Fiber Power Granola. 

I love that this granola has 9 grams of fiber and is still low in fat. It is perfect stirred up in my favorite fat-free Greek yogurt or eaten by the handful for a breakfast or snack on the run. It comes in two flavors Triple Berry and Cinnamon Raisin.

Michael Smulder’s, the founder of Bakery on Main, started his company with the mission to, “…create products that are good for those of a gluten-free diet, but taste like they aren’t.” I like this man’s philosophy!

In the past, Bakery on Main invited BeFreeForMe members to sign-up for their monthly savings newsletter to get the most updated coupons & specials, as well as a FREE downloadable $1.50 OFF Coupon. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you sign up to get this coupon soon… availability may be limited!

And lucky us… Bakery on Main has also graciously offered to sponsor this weeks WIN-It-Wednesday on!

Two (yes 2!) LUCKY BeFreeForMe members will receive a Bakery on Main tote bag made from 100% recycled materials, filled with 1 of each full-sized Bakery On Main products… That’s 10 items total!

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us how you take “power” of your gluten-free or allergen-free lifestyle. (Me? I concentrate on the things I can eat and try to find new and interesting recipes ideas for them all!)

All entries must be received by Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 12:00 Midnight EST.

Good Luck, Keep strong and powerful… and as always,

Be Free!

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55 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: Bakery on Main Fiber Power Granola”

  1. Larc Bogdan Says:

    We take power in our house by taking care of ourselves! If we are invited somewhere, we have safe foods in the car or in my purse in case they are needed. My daughter has been taught from a young age to ask, “does it have gluten?” (which was super-cute when she had her little baby-lisp still!). She is confident asking others to check labels, and now she is learning to read them herself! That’s power!

  2. Kathleen Reale Says:

    That is great you empower the children to ask and be aware of foods that are “safe”… and ask questions when in doubt!

    Be Free!

  3. Cindy Says:

    I take “power” over my celiac diagnosis by reminding myself (if I have a moment of wistfulness wishing I could eat an old favorite) that the diagnosis could have been MUCH worse. I am truly grateful for that.

  4. MaryAnne Says:

    its all about changing up recipes….you can still eat very well, you just have to play the food game 🙂

  5. Tara Black Says:

    I was just diagnosed with needing to be gluten-free 2 years ago. This was a big challenge since I’ve gone the first 24 years of my life eating whatever I want! I have a boyfriend who’s a “carb lover” which makes things totally ummm interesting… when planning meals to eat together.

    We’ve decided to come up with a list of each of our favourite meals growing up and tweek them to make them gluten-free so that we still are able to both enjoy some dinners together.

    So far we love making our own pizzas, tacos etc….
    Cooking together makes the whole “I’m the only one gluten-free” a little less sad !!

  6. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Sounds like you got yourself a keeper! =)

    Have fun discovering new recipes…

    Be Free!

  7. Cindy Says:

    I stay informed on all the new research by reading as much as possible.

  8. Beth Says:

    I take power of my GF lifestyle by teaching others in my family (husband, sister, brother-in-law) how to cook and create delicious GF meals and snacks. That way when I visit or hang out with them they can be prepared and I don’t always have to ‘bring my own’. They love most of what I and they have made so they don’t even care that it’s GF. The other night my sis-in-law made a GF (good ol’ Betty Crocker!) cake for her boyfriend’s birthday party and everyone thought it was great and that was before they knew it was GF! They were pleasantly surprised, to say the least 🙂

  9. Kathleen Reale Says:


    I too find it great to educate family and friends about the gluten free diet. I love it when they love my gluten-free goodies!

    Be Free!

  10. amanda Says:

    I try to buy the things I like on sale and make all of my meals at home! It is no fun to eat out.

  11. Phyllis Says:

    I look at the gluten free diet as a healthier approach to eating.Most of the food is free of preservites and natural.It is better for me.With this mental attitude I can stay on track.

  12. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Amanda and Phyllis-

    Yes and yes! It is less expensive, safer and most of the time healthier to eat at home! Cheers to the GF diet…

    Be Free!

  13. Christina Says:

    I take power of my gluten free diet to focus on good health. Many gluten containing foods have refined flour and overly processed ingredients. By following a specialized diet I can focus on wholesome natural foods that provide me with the nutrition and energy I need. My healthy gluten free diet gives my body strength and health! It has also made me more aware of more nutritious options for the gluten eaters in my family.

  14. Tina Borchardt Says:

    I keep in mind the calories I am saving by NOT eating the special treats, like doughnuts and cake, that co-workers bring into work!

  15. Kathleen Reale Says:


    I feel the same way!

    “Who needs that darn donut anyway?!”

    Be (donut) Free!

  16. Lisa Says:

    I enjoy the power of being creative and trying new things, whether it be new products or new recipes!

  17. Tanya Says:

    I read up on the subject and get informed. Try new recipes, and enjoy new foods as much as I can.

  18. Katie Says:

    I took power of my (and my daughter’s) gluten-free lifestyle by writing and illustrating a new children’s book about Celiac disease which is set to be printed this summer. Two years of work will be so worth it once the book gets out there — raising awareness while aiding families, friends and relatives of newly diagnosed Celiac children.

  19. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Please keep us posted on your new book. Also, please forward along a copy to the BeFreeForMe offices, and I will write up a review!

    Be Free!

  20. Michelle Says:

    I embrace eating gluten free, educating others when they are interested and I am always on the look out for great new gluten free finds!

  21. Lisa Garris Says:

    Focusing on how the healthy eating will help keep me healthy. Being healthy is better than any food tastes.

  22. Lucy Says:

    I take “power” by eating to live not the other way around. I can still have all the great foods as before just “Kicked up a notch”- thinking this way has me creating great foods I would have never even thought of before. I would never go back to gluten – I think the way I eat is much more tasty.

  23. Jean Shott Says:

    When I go to an event, I call the caterer a week ahead of time to alert them I have “food allergies” and want to see what I can safely eat. They are always good to work with – no one wants a guest to get sick at their party! I prefer to make choices from the set menu with as few modifications as possible – that way there is less of a burden on the kitchen, I have more chance of their getting it right, and my plate looks almost like the one everyone else is eating.

  24. DEBBIE Says:


  25. Kathy Bunn Says:

    I took power of my CD by learning to make GF favorites at home. Like Chinese Food.

  26. Kathleen Reale Says:


    I agree! If you focus on your health you discover the power the embrace the gluten-free lifestyle.

    Be Free!

  27. Jennifer C Says:

    I try to make it as fun as possible to try new gluten-free snacks and recipes.

  28. Kate Says:

    I take power over the gluten free life by sharing my knowledge as a registered dietitian with the many gluten free patients I see at the hospital where I work. I also empower the food service staff with the vital knowledge necessary for serving gluten free meals to the hospital patients.

    In doing these things (and many more), it gives my diagnosis of Celiac disease value because as a dietitian, charting the gluten free diet course comes easier to me than to others and it’s a pleasure to help them out!

  29. Betsy Says:

    I take power by making my favorite foods gluten free and spreading the word of all things gluten free through my blog.

  30. MADAME-Boo Says:

    THANX for all da info, FREE PRODUCT, COUPONS & etc!!!


  31. sarah Says:

    I have to say that I have been struggling this week. I cheated. I cannot believe I had already forgotten how painful and miserable gluten makes me feel. I feel a little discouraged. I know that when I am 100% committed to my health, things are wonderful. I guess sometimes, I just feel a little left out. : (

  32. Michie Page Says:

    I try a new recipe from my cookbook every week. I don’t let the fact that most of my cookbooks are not gluten free scare me.

  33. Paula Says:

    I’ve learned how to cook…REALLY cook. No more packaged meals, runs through the drive through or ordering take out for us! Now more of our foods are made from scratch.

  34. Jennifer Says:

    I take power by keeping up with the latest GF news and experimenting in the kitchen. Plus I like being different. I’ve always “gone against the grain”…but now I’m literally doing so!

  35. Debbie Says:

    I use the “power” but experimenting with gluten full recipes and making them gluten-free. I have not had any major disasters yet.

  36. EBSeattle Says:

    For me it’s all about feeling emPOWERed! My gluten-free life is so much more healthy and strong than before. I focus on that, advocate for myself, and have fun with as many new and wholesome foods as possible!

  37. Gris Says:

    Reading and taking advantage of everything else we can eat, mother nature is full of possibilities.

  38. Lindy Says:

    I research all the information I can about various products, I always read the label and when I find a company that is gluten free and has good products, I am sure to tell others about that company. It’s just a matter of being creative and trying to find recipes and being aware of what you eat.

  39. Grimmie Says:

    I am always on the look out for new recipes and exchange recipes with friends who are also gluten free. We help each other in finding new and great ways to prepare meals. I also go on the internet and try to find new products and places to buy them.

  40. Terri Says:

    I’m just starting to take power of the GF lifestyle. My 6 year old has been having belly aches, she’s been tested for celiac and food allergies-no results yet. But I’m starting the research and changing the whole family’s diet because it seems like it will be a healthier lifestyle. I still have a lot to learn, but Be Free For Me is helping greatly!

  41. Toby Says:

    I’m really excited when I find new products and they do keep coming out with more and more…recommendations by others are great to hear…I found this veggie chip at Costco which is celiac friendly and ultimately delicious. 😀

  42. donna Says:

    I’m just learning to eat gluten free. I do feel better, but it’s hard to know what to eat and not to eat. I’ve been eating what ever I want all these years. Like I said it’s hard.

  43. Faith Pavkovich Says:

    Power over the GF life to me is never feeling sorry for myself with regard to food. There are many more recipes than I will ever be able to make in my lifetime. I print the ones with potential and the pile gets bigger every day. I try to make at least two new recipies each week. This week with rhubarb a plenty, I made a Rhubarb Custard Cake (thanks cousin Lynda) for my mother’s Mothers’ Day and for my husband a Rhubarb Crunch from an old church cookbook. Mom suggests I also try her Rhubarb Pie. I guess I’ll have to call some girlfriends! I really like to do the math to make an 8×8 pan out of a 9×13 recipe – now that’s what I call Power.

  44. pat johnson Says:

    So many have said to me..”what can I eat, everything has gluten in it!” I focus on what I CAN eat and not on what I CAN’T eat! I have studied and learned to convert all of my former gluten recipes into gluten-free. As for this granola, it looks and sounds like it would be delicious over yogurt.

  45. Cynthia Says:

    I take power by always checking labels of the items I purchase to be sure they are still gluten free and my family helps by eating many of the same items I eat. We’ve learned to enjoy brown rice pastas instead of traditional pastas, eat gluten free snacks, crackers and bars. I also convert many traditional cookie recipes to gluten free. These cost a little less and I have more control of the calories, fiber and fat content. There are more and more wonderful products to try each time I’m at the market, so I have power, power, power to eat well and stay healthy!

  46. Linda Van Buren Says:

    I have never been a big fan of baked goods, but with 2 grandgirls, I try new things once in a while…My recent was a cheesecake brownie – from a magazine. I just made it gf.
    I make foods my family and my friends have always loved: like stroganoff. My friends can’t tell the difference in the taste of the noodles.
    I have never limited myself in what I eat because I am intolerant to gluten. I find a way around it. And I don’t eat the same things all the time because I know they are gf. I know people who do that. But it isn’t my way.
    I am not afraid of asking questions when we go out to eat, but I don’t make a big deal of it. It is just part of the ordering process.
    I enjoy eating healthier with every new product that comes out. Thank you for this website!

  47. Nancy Says:

    The take power by sharing my knowledge and experiences. I help lead a support group for celiacs. Last weekend we had a GF food fair and over 1,000 people came.

  48. Anna Says:

    It’s all about being educated and educating those around you. The more awareness you create in your circle of influence the easier it becomes for those who have to deal with allergies on a daily basis. My 2 kids with allergies have friends who I encourage to ask questions and in return they have become allies for my girls at school and beyond.

  49. Terri Peters Says:

    I always watch for sales and have started ordering from Amazon. my son is always finding me new things at Costco.

  50. Lindsey Says:

    My son is gluten, milk, and soy free. I pack all of his lunches and snacks to take to daycare. I encourage his teachers to take a nibble of his snacks, etc. I’ve found that they find it fun to try the different foods/recipes and they’re more engagd and educated in taking care of him. They’re able to see he doesn’t need to be treated differently from any other child, just fed more creatively.

  51. Jill Duncan Says:

    I take power but taking my life into control! I love eating gluten free and love to spread the message about how wonderful it is. I often times get the whole “oh, i am so sorry for you” comment when I tell someone that I cannot eat gluten. I respond by telling them I love the way I eat and that I don’t feel limited at all. I go out to eat often, I cook at home all the time and I have opened people’s horizons to what food is all about. There is so much more to eating than gluten! We have so many foods to choose from!

  52. Debi Says:

    We try and take power in our hands as Gluten Free family. It is hard to make sure you read the labels and if you can’t you don’t take any chances, the repercussions are not enjoyable.

  53. Nicole Says:

    I find healthy ways to eat gluten free and improve my overall nutrition. The internet has made living gluten free so much easier.

  54. Summer Smith Says:

    I like to experiment with new foods (vegetables) that I haven’t tried before or just put a twist on ones that I know I like. It makes it fun to learn the health benefits of certain foods and helps to treat food as medicine/fuel rather than just food.

  55. Cassandra Says:

    I eat foods that are safe and look at the ingredients very closely.

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