natural-products-westThis will be the fifth year this Examiner is attending Expo West in Anaheim, California and each year is more productive, fun, and exciting than the last. Attending as a media representative for Examiner.com means that public relations firms send information on their client's new gluten-free products in advance. It tends to make one a little giddy, to say the least, when learning about so many new and innovative gluten-free products.

Expo West is the largest natural products expos in the United States and one of the best places to launch a natural product. Last year it saw 2,568 vendors from 102 countries and more than 65,000 attendees. That represents a lot of square footage to walk, which is how the event can be overwhelming and utterly exciting at the same time.

Here are some great tips compiled over the years to make Expo West an enjoyable experience and a productive event:


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Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Pancakes

February 9th, 2015 by Teri Gruss, MS

glutenfreecappuccinopancakerecipeFor you java lovers - gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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Leanne Overlander

Surviving Game Day Gluten Free

January 30th, 2015 by Leanne Overlander

superbowl partySunday is the big game day, Superbowl XLIX.  Many will be gathering with friends and family to see who this year's Superbowl champion will be.  I am not a football fan, but I will most likely find  myself at a party on Sunday.  Since I am gluten free, I will need to be careful that I don't eat anything that will make me sick.

Here are some suggestions on surviving the big game day gluten free. Some of the common causes of accidental gluten ingestion are cross contamination from crumbs or pieces of gluten food dropping into gluten free foods or on plates, serving utensils used with gluten foods used on gluten free foods, or not knowing ingredients in a dish.

If you are hosting a party:

1. Separate tables.  If possible, have separate tables for gluten and gluten free offerings.  This is the most reliable way to keep cross contamination from occurring  at a party.

2. Label serving utensils and dishes that are gluten free with the same color ribbon, so guests can tell which serving utensil goes with which dish.

Christie Bessinger

Mental Health and Celiac Disease

January 27th, 2015 by Christie Bessinger

If you've ever lived with undiagnosed Celiac Disease - chances are you've been to a psychologist at one time or another.  Perhaps your doctor told you that you had severe depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, or simply that it was "all in your head." Believe me - I've been there, done that. I had even convinced myself as an undergrad in psychology, that with all the knowledge I was gaining, I would not only be able to fix my own problems, but that I'd some day be able to help everyone else fix their problems too. I would become so mentally tough that nothing could conquer me. The problem was -something was wrong ... and it wasn't really in my head. No amount of "positive thinking" could get me out of what I was going through. I didn't want to be depressed - and yet I had depression. I didn't want to feel anxiety, didn't have any reason to be anxious - and yet, I had anxiety all the time. I knew who I was - but when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't that person. Something else was going on- and it was beyond my control.

During my time as a psych student, I had begun to realize that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mood, energy level, and overall happiness. I started paying close attention to what I was eating and how I would feel afterwards - which eventually led me to walk into my doctors office and ask for a blood test for Celiac Disease. When I finally got some answers - I thought, "Wow, no wonder I felt horrible at school all the time" because I would eat a Gordita or Mexican Pizza just about every day on the way to class at our campus Taco Bell. (Just for the record, Gluten + addicting Taco Bell cheese opiates = not a good combo ;) I began to truly understand that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mind. (The GUT-BRAIN connection). 

John Libonati

Pizza Hut Launches Udi’s Pizza Sales Today!

January 26th, 2015 by John Libonati

My fiancee and I like to cook. We like being healthy and since we hate unnecessary pain and suffering, we avoid cross contamination.  As a result, we tend to eat mostly healthy, tasty, homemade meals.

While we love cooking, we have busy lives and hate cleaning up. Every once in awhile we both wish we could just order a pizza.  In fact, we were just talking about it the other day.

Pizza Hut must have heard us talking because they just launched their Udi's Pizza Sales today! And they deliver!

Here is what Pizza Hut posted on its website today:

For some time, we’ve seen you guys do all sorts of unique and inventive things to eat pizza. From your special homemade version to cauliflower crusts to zucchini pizza boats, we’ve been impressed with your pizza spirit. But we knew you were still missing out on the simple joy of ordering pizza and having it arrive at your door. So we got together with our friends at Pizza Hut and came up with a solution.

Since we’ve shared this announcement, we’ve been listening to all of your feedback. We’re so happy to see your interest and anticipation, but we’ve also been tracking your biggest concerns and questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are seeing.

 

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  Q: Are these pizzas baked in a separate oven?

Leanne Overlander

Heal Your Gut

January 23rd, 2015 by Leanne Overlander

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Celiac Disease (CD) is not curable, but it is manageable by eating a strict gluten free diet.  That may not be enough.

Many suffering from CD still feel ill even after being faithful to a gluten free diet.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease which causes your body to attack and destroy the microvilli and villi in your small intestines.  These are key to the absorption of nutrients from food and are also where many enzymes used in digestion are made.  When these are destroyed, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases and can lead to malnutrition.

This is not all that happens in a damaged intestine.  Gluten can cause the tight junctions, spaces between cells lining the intestines, to be damaged or destroyed allowing larger molecules such as proteins and even microorganisms to pass into the blood stream.

Under normal circumstances, the intestinal wall only permits small particles to pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. When these larger molecules make it through into the blood stream our bodies do not recognize these  larger molecules and an autoimmune response begins.  It is these autoimmune responses that may be the cause of you still feeling ill.  What needs to happen to feel well again, is to

Gluten-Free Quinoa Meatless Meatballs {with Marinara}

January 21st, 2015 by Chrissy and Lauren

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Now that I am recently self-employed I have been spending my first week of freedom melting in my house. I was tempted to go to Barre class twice in one day because it was a nicely air conditioned environment. I would have really regretted that one. I can only do so much shaking and pulsing…

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I have been trying out a few new meatless options for my vegan/vegetarian clients and honestly, it hasn’t been as tough as I had thought it would be! These meatless quinoa meatballs are quite a tasty alternative to the original meatball. They are just as filling, hold together well, and have great texture. I bet even the biggest meat lovers would swoon for these meatless ones.

Gluten-Free Crumble Cake Recipe

January 19th, 2015 by CC Bonaduce

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Last weekend I made 6 sandwiches using Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread for a picnic with friends. One of my friends mid-meal asked “CC, how are you eating this?!” When I explained the bread was gluten-free, she was shocked! Although there are a ton of great gluten-free options out there, sometimes I find myself craving something from back in my gluten-eating days that I just can’t satisfy with gluten-free alternatives. What do you do when you crave something that doesn’t have a gluten-free equivalent?

 You make it happen!

Before going gluten-free one of my favorite pastries was the Crumble Cake at Starbucks. I haven’t seen any pre-made products out there that even come close to this glorious baked delicacy. Last weekend I decided to try and make it and to my surprise, it turned out to be a totally satisfying gluten-free replica!

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Bella McKenzie

Easy Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

January 16th, 2015 by Bella McKenzie

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I have a treat for you this weekend! Gluten free vegan easy and super creamy tomato basil soup! A classic comfort dish!

Yes, that is right – this recipe is creamy, rich deliciousness that is vegan and doesn’t take forever to make!

It has been exceptionally cold around the Mid West these days, and while this is the time of the year that my heart longs for a warm repose, there is nothing like a warm classic soup to soothe the soul!

Okay, I really didn’t mean to rhyme!

But anyway, I started making this and didn’t know where I was going. Seriously.

All you chefs out there know what I am talking about… 

Gluten Free McCormick Recipe Mix

With football season in full swing, it’s time to whip out the finger foods. Luckily, recipe creation is a bit easier with new gluten-free ingredients popping up. McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix recently released new spice packets that not only make everyday life easier when it comes to dinner prep, but party food, too!

I have come up with three fun recipes with a bit more class than what you usually see in the lineup.

Nacho Bites

No more boring bags of chips. Step your game up with these nacho bites.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free corn tortillas
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix – Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Refried beans
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Tomato
  • Mexican cheese
  • Sour cream

Instructions: