Archive for October, 2009

 


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Philadelphians fill Wachovia Center to help raise awareness of celiac disease

A crowd of 1,200 gathered at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday, September 30th to celebrate the gluten-free lifestyle during the 6th annual Appetite for Awareness event. Hosted by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and title sponsor Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, the event honoring John Binswanger and his family raised over $300,000 to support the organization’s national awareness campaign and programming.

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Over thirty of Philadelphia’s best restaurants participated in the event, which featured an entirely gluten-free menu. The festivities were a special treat for guests with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder treated only through a gluten-free diet, eliminating foods containing wheat, barley and rye. Current estimates suggest the disease affects about 3 million Americans, yet over 95% live without a diagnosis.

Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, who is a member of the NFCA Board of Directors, generously donated the Wachovia Center facility, which has been home to Appetite for Awareness event since 2008. (more…)


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Yay for all those were too scared to try out one of those great new frozen yogurt places nearby. Now there is one that is guaranteed to be safe for the gluten-free eater.

Red Mango announced that the company's frozen product has been certified as gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer in the U.S. that has been approved by the GFCO to use the GF Certification Mark, stating that its frozen yogurt has met strict gluten-free standards.red_mango (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Gluten-free Cooking Spree Coming to San Francisco

October 5th, 2009 by Amy Fothergill

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It looks like the upcoming gluten-free cooking spree has a lot of offer.

Here are the details:

Bay Area Welcomes the 2nd Annual San Francisco Gluten-Free Cooking Spree amy fothergill_billboard

San Francisco Gluten-Free Cooking Spree Brings Medical Professionals and Top Chefs into the Kitchen to Compete for the Best Gluten- Free Dish.

Join the excitement on October 30, 2009 as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) brings San Francisco Area premier chefs, top doctors and members of the media together to raise awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance plus celebrate the gluten-free lifestyle! Treasure Island, which boasts spectacular views of the city and the Bay Area, will play host to this exciting annual Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. (more…)

Gluten-free Recipe: Super Easy Breakfast Casserole

October 5th, 2009 by Jessica Meyer

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I love casseroles. They are quick, easy and versatile. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and offer an easy clean up.

What you will need: bfast_casserole_j_meyer

EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) for sautéing ½ bag frozen green beans (optional) ½ lb-1 lb ground turkey sausage 1 onion, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 12 eggs, beaten together (more…)

Cindy Swan

Avoid gluten free dietary blunders

October 2nd, 2009 by Cindy Swan

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For people with diagnosed celiac disease or autoimmune related gluten intolerance, eating a gluten free diet is not optional. It’s the only medical treatment currently available and requires 100 percent lifelong adherence. veggiesroots In addition, other conditions frequently occur alongside celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Maintaining health requires attention to lifestyle behaviors and adequate nutrition that will improve quality of life and prevent complications. The following three tips will ensure success eating gluten free. (more…)

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Nature's Path is introducing two new gluten-free cereals to their family of gluten-free foods. Crunchy Maple Sunrise and Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise. NaturesPathcereal These two new exciting organic cereals are an excellent source of whole grain, fiber and omega-3. They are made with organic corn, rice, flax, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Gluten Free 101: Surviving Halloween

October 2nd, 2009 by Jen Cafferty

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Halloween can be a difficult holiday to navigate for a gluten-free child or allergic child. Here are some tips for an easy gluten-free Halloween and some great sources for gluten-free Halloween candy.

halloween-swirl-lollipop-125 Organize a Gluten-Free Halloween Party for Kids Kids love parties, especially when they can eat all the goodies. Host a party where everything is safe for your child. Carve pumpkins, have a costume contest, and eat gluten-free Halloween treats (such as Halloween Sugar Cookies.) Inexpensive party supplies and art supplies can be purchased online at www.orientaltrading.com. (more…)

WebMD reviews celebrity gluten-free diet book

October 2nd, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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It seems that almost everyone has on opinion about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book "The G Free Diet". People tend to think one of two things about it. They think it's great that a celebrity finally spoke out about having celiac disease since we desperately need the publicity. Or they feel that it's extremely unfortunate that the book contains quite a bit of inaccurate information, thus setting us back on our quest instead of forward. hasselbeck_book In the back of the book the author lists some of her favorite things like Flax Crackers from Sami's Bakery in Tampa, FL. However, the only things that the bakery owner will confirm are gluten-free are the cookies and brownies made in a sealed off room. The millet/flax items are not considered gluten-free. There is a disclaimer on the packaging of their "no gluten ingredients" products, due to how/where they are processed. Some stores are pulling the products from their shelves in response to the information in Hasselbeck's book stirring up a controversy about the product line. (more…)

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Looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan ice cream treat?

October 2nd, 2009 by Aura Lee Honkanen

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Coconut bliss is quickly becoming a favorite in the ice cream world. It can be found at most local grocery stores in the frozen food aisle. This delicious treat is creamy with a hint of coconut. Some favorite flavors include dark chocolate and naked coconut. It’s hard to believe this treat is gluten and dairy free.

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The idea began with the intention of creating a delicious ice cream without using dairy, soy, or sugar. Although this sounds like a big task to take on, the creators of Coconut Bliss did not disappoint. Using all natural ingredients, the makers found the combination of coconut milk and agave syrup to be just right. To learn more about Larry and Luna and their full story, click here. (more…)