Archive for April, 2012

 


John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Miley leaving her gym after a workout.

Miley Cyrus, the ultra popular nineteen year old singer and actress is the latest celebrity to fall victim to the media for being too healthy and too in-shape. And it's all because she is gluten-free and casein-free.  Actually, the real reason is because many media "reporters" are vicious and misinformed. Their lack of concern for the truth and focus on sensationalism damages people like Cyrus, the gluten-free community and our society as a whole.

Here's what went down...

Photos were taken of Miley leaving a pilates studio and looking SUPER fit and healthy. The media began by raving about Miley's figure - how in-shape, fit and toned she looks. It was all "Yay Miley! We love Miley!" This was a win-win for everyone. Miley is famous, so the story sold. People got to see someone they recognize who was succeeding and looking (more…)


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Blue Corn Chia is the best healthy snack for a gluten-free casein-free diet. The beauty of blue corn is the amount of antioxidants it contains. The Anthocyanin in the chips help with anti inflammatory and connective tissue (more…)

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

Continuing with part three of my favorite gluten-free products from Expo West, here are my picks for: cheese, granola and snacks.  There were many contenders in these categories, so I limited my list to the top contenders.  All of these products should start arriving on store shelves over the next couple of months.

Cheese

  • Daiya Foods - launched their wedges in three flavors: jack, cheddar, and jalapeno garlic havarti.  If you are looking for a plant-based 'cheese' that is free of dairy and soy then you have come to the right place.  Daiya already makes shredded cheese that is great to bake with, but isn't meant for eating out of the package.  These wedge cheeses can be sliced and eaten right out of the package. They are much softer than I had anticipated, so I could easily press it down with my finger.  The cheese is creamy and would be great to spread on crackers, or to use as spread on sandwiches.  I really liked the spicy kick of the Havarti, the Cheddar had great flavor, and the Jack was just OK. (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Brandy Wendler Mrs. Alaska International 2012

Anchorage, Alaska: Brandy Wendler is a familiar face in the gluten-free world. Just over a year ago, she captured our hearts when she won her first Mrs. Alaska title. Since then, she has been pursuing her goal to raise awareness for Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances. She has had the opportunity to travel cross-country making appearances and educating about a disease that affects over 3 million Americans. She has also started her own non-profit organization, A Spoonful of Wellness, and designed gluten-free menus for local restaurants in Anchorage. Brandy was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 4 years ago and says her goal is to “decrease the number of people who have this disease and don’t know it.”

Recently, Brandy received the opportunity to continue serving the community in a unique way by being elected for a second title, (more…)

Yesterday I mentioned that I was trying something different. I love Elana Amsterdam's recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, only I make it with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and maple syrup (the good stuff!) in lieu of agave because I hate agave. But everything else is the same, unless I sub out a handful of the almond flour for coconut flour. This makes more of a dense, soft cookie that doesn't spread when baked.

I'm the kind of person who usually wants something sweet after dinner, and chocolate should be involved somehow. When I don't have a healthier alternative, I eat junk. I decided to stop buying junk earlier this year, so I make this recipe all the time.

While eating these cookies, I get ideas. Such as, what would they be like as a crust? Could I make them bigger and really thin, then shape/roll them like brandy snaps? How would they do sandwiched together with chocolate ganache or some other kind of filling? And so on.

Instead of just making more chocolate chip cookies, yesterday I decided to see if I could bake the dough as one big rectangle and make bar cookies out of it. (more…)

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free products dominated the new products category at Expo West this year, which saw record attendance in both the number of attendees and exhibiting vendors.  Here is my second installment of my favorite picks for gluten-free candy, cookies, and mixes.

 

Candy

  • Justin's - has turned their line of squeezable peanut/nut butters into three candy bars: Milk Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Peanut, and Milk Chocolate Almond.  They taste like a healthy version of a snickers made with quality ingredients and packed with protein. (more…)

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss

 

This gluten-free pizza crust recipe can be rolled out, just like traditional wheat dough. You can make a thin crusted New York style pizza or thick crusted Chicago style, you decide. Then load it with your favorite toppings. 

Use this recipe for Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Blend or your favorite GF all-purpose flour blend.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes (more…)

Beware... Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix candies are being recalled due to the fact they were made with undeclared wheat.  The candies are falsely labeled gluten free.  The recalled product was distributed nationwide. (more…)

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Finds at Expo West 2012

This was my second time attending Expo West and this time I attended as a member of the press for Examiner.com.  I have been writing for Examiner.com as their Atlanta Gluten-free Examiner since 2009, so it was very exciting to receive press credentials and attend.

Attending as a member of the press means I had access to the press room to review materials, I was able to talk with the public relations specialist for companies and I got to chat with other journalist to see what they thought of the show.  Overwhelmingly they all commented on the increased number of gluten-free products at this year's event.

Last year I was completely overwhelmed by the experience, so this year I was more prepared.  I spent the majority of my time in Room E, which housed those vendors with new products.  The room was full of gluten-free products and after four hours of combing the room I still had not seen all of them.  The best part was a large percentage of the new gluten-free products had (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Gluten Free Quinoa and Corn Cakes Recipe

April 3rd, 2012 by Amy Fothergill

I'm going to really try to not tell a super long story so you can get right to this recipe. Promise.

A friend of mine brought me one of these a few weeks ago; she had just made a batch and I was very excited to try them. I pictured it being more like a crab cake when she described it but it was closer to a griddle cake since it's flat.

My 6 year old daughter was in the room when she arrived with the sample. I'm thinking, "Oh yeah, it's doesn't have sugar. My daughter won't want this." Wrong.

"What's that, Mama?" she asked.

"Something with quinoa; I don't think you'll like it." (It smelled so good, I really did not want to share this).

"Can I have some?"

"Sure honey" and I gave her a piece.

"Uhmm, that's good!" she says, "Can I have more?". At least she has good manners.

"Of course, you can. I'll give you half." But inside I was like, really? You want this? Woe is me. Never assume what your kids will and won't eat. I think I said that.

So, I got the recipe from my friend. It had come from her sister who had gotten it from a magazine in Southern California so I don't know the exact source. I did change some of the amounts and ingredients as well. If I find out where it came from, I will update the post.

I made the quinoa cakes the next week. Surprisingly, everyone (8 year old son and husband included) loved them. What a great way to get some healthy protein for us all! I hope you will give it a try. (more…)