July 18th, 2012 by Christie Bessinger
July 16th, 2012 by Leanne Vogel
Did you have a good weekend?
Kevin and I had initially planned to go to Calaway Park, but it ended up raining all weekend so we decided to stay home and organize the house! Sounds much better than going to a theme park, right? *rolls eyes*
It’s amazing how much stuff a person can accumulate over the years, isn’t it? I was surprised to learn that we have 11 boxes of Christmas things – lights, decorations, stockings, etc. That’s more than we have boxes of books, or clothes! There’s something wrong with this picture, no?
Come Sunday afternoon, we had made two trips to the goodwill center, organized the basement, our offices and the garage, and were absolutely drop-dead starving! Kevin kept himself busy sorting through a box of old photos while I prepared a big salad for the two of us. We met in the living room just off the kitchen, sat on the floor with the dogs, and (more…)
July 13th, 2012 by Jennifer Harris
This Examiner was fortunate enough to receive a box of Dr. Schar’s newest product, Honeygrams, to try and review. One of my favorite snacks as a kid was graham crackers topped with peanut butter and I am happy to report that these graham crackers taste better than the wheat-based version of my youth.
Dr. Schar has created a graham cracker that has the perfect amount of (more…)
July 12th, 2012 by Darla
Since I have this brand new bag of blanched almond flour that Honeyville sent me burning a hole in my pantry, I decided to try one of the savory recipes from Elana Amsterdam’s book. My kids love Cheddar Bunnies and Goldfish snack crackers, so I made these cheddar cheese crackers, hoping they’d be something we could all enjoy. I’d never attempted homemade crackers before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy they were.
For the cheddar cheese crackers, you’ll need:
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ tsp sea salt
½ baking soda
1 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons coconut oil (original recipe calles for grapeseed oil) (more…)
July 11th, 2012 by Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD
On the surface, “restricting” and “self-care” sound like polar opposites and I know this is such a core issue that so many of us experience in the gluten-free community. Generally we think of restrictions as a way of saying “no”, of controlling and denying. I’m sure everyone knows or has seen someone take even concepts about healthy eating and eating the “right foods”, and push them too far. Yet for people with food allergies, Celiac, gluten sensitivity, etc., food restrictions can really be a way of simply living more fully, or taking better care of health. Chances are if you’re on this blog, you know where I’m coming from.
I hate the idea of “dieting”—the regimented set of rules that are about contorting and what you do until you lose enough weight so that you can (more…)
July 10th, 2012 by Jennifer Harris
There are hundreds of gluten-free products poised to hit store shelves this year, and if you are a gluten-free foodie like me, then you want to try them all without breaking the bank. Not all gluten-free foods are created equally, so we are fortunate there are companies out there ready to deliver gluten-free sample boxes right to your doorstep.
These companies offer monthly, quarterly, and yearly subscription services that save you money and time by taking the guess work out of buying and trying new (more…)
July 9th, 2012 by Jenny Manseau
(My monster fudgesicle – gluten and dairy free! Happy Summer)
I’m always up for making things at home (beef jerky, granola bars, ice tea, etc.). I know there is convenience in buying many of these things, but I rather enjoy making things at home. One it’s a challenge for me, two I know exactly what is going into my food. I love making gallons of ice tea at home because I can control the amount of sugar (or honey, or agave) that goes into my tea. It is truly amazing how much can be found in a gallon of store-bought ice tea.
We don’t buy much ice cream at the store and I don’t ever make it only because I do not have an ice cream maker. Oh, how I wish I had one. Instead I make pops. We bought two packages of Monster Popsicle Molds (I found mine at Marshall’s/T.J. Maxx) which can be purchased from (more…)
July 7th, 2012 by Lois Parker
I get given boxes of chocolates by my mother-in-law occasionally, but they always have wheat in. Added to that the amount of dairy in chocolates is enough to cause me trouble. I used to squeeze all the chocolates in a mixed box to find the ones that were firm (fortunately husband loves soft-centred chocolates) but mostly now I have just given up buying chocolates.
We have had about three hot days this summer, and thoughts turn to ice-cream. I keep coming across people posting about chocolate sorbet. This seemed a great way of having two types of treats at once.
This sorbet is very intense, and one small scoop is enough for me. It would be great with raspberries or other (more…)
July 6th, 2012 by Christie Bessinger
The other day I was out with some friends at our local climbing gym. After a few attempts to reach the top, I was feeling worn out and super-duper hungry. Luckily, when I opened the snack fridge, I happened to find these Gluten-Free Energy Bars. I tried the ALMOND BUTTER flavor, which is made with organic almonds and honey, and other healthy ingredients like pumpkin seed oil, flaxseed oil, and dried whole food powders from organic carrots, bell peppers, apples, tomatoes, spinach, and more. It was like nothing I had ever tasted….and definitely, VERY TASTY indeed!
The next week I contacted Perfect Foods Bar company and they sent me (more…)
July 2nd, 2012 by Heather
“What matters most is what’s inside.” I love that line from Attune Foods. It’s true about people, and it’s true about food. Attune believes in using pure and simple ingredients that make you feel good from the inside out. So do I. That’s why I love their products. And recently, I’ve tried a new one.
I take a probiotic in capsule form daily. But lately I’ve been eating Attune Probiotic Bars. They are little gluten-free chocolate bars packed with 6.1 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics. They come in three different flavors: Milk Chocolate Crisp, Mint Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate.
I expected these probiotic bars to taste like a health bar. But they taste like a bar you’d choose for a treat, not for your tummy! Whenever I can’t believe how delicious something is I give it to the Husband to try. I (more…)