Posts Tagged ‘Gluten free’

 

The Fabulous Gluten-Free Bean Bake

January 17th, 2012 by Claire Harrison


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Bean bakes are the best thing to come my way, foodwise, since I learned that I was not only lactose intolerant and needed to diet but also gluten-sensitive. Seriously.

I've now made three versions:

 

The taste of each isn't like anything I've had before, but is delicious and (more…)


Christie Bessinger

Testing for Nutrient Deficiencies: My Results

January 16th, 2012 by Christie Bessinger

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There are a number of nutrient deficiencies associated with Celiac and other autoimmune disorders. These occur not only BEFORE diagnosis, due to flattened villi and malabsorption, but AFTER diagnosis as well.  It's up to us to choose healthy, naturally gluten-free foods (like fruits, veggies, lean protein and brown rice) in order to feel the best we can. Even then, we may still have deficiencies.

I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. Although I have experienced dramatic improvements in my health, sleep quality, and energy level, I have still been dealing with some "weird" symptoms that I wasn't sure were going to go away. These include eye floaters (which I've noticed for about 2 years now), shakiness and rapid pulse especially during the first half of the day, and carbohydrate intolerance. (Eating high carb meals have been giving me headaches). So.... I was VERY excited when I heard that Gluten Free Works was going to be offering NUTRITION TESTING. I couldn't wait to try it out.

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When I got my results back, I was AMAZED at how many nutrient deficiencies I still had after being Gluten-Free for this many years. I came up deficient in:

VITAMIN A (this explained the eye floaters) CHROMIUM (I had never heard of chromium before now, but this explained my problem with carbs. I have since read that a deficiency in Chromium leads to DIABETES... so I'm glad I figured this out now, rather than later ;) SELENIUM (had never heard of that one either) (more…)

Gluten – What It Is And How To Find It In Your Food

January 14th, 2012 by Erika Krull

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Gluten is the trouble-making ingredient you’re supposed to avoid when going on a gluten free diet.  But how do you avoid something if you aren’t sure what it is or where to find it?  I’ll admit, this can be a challenge.  It’s just not as obvious I’d like it to be, but once you learn how to spot it you’ll feel more confident about grocery shopping.  Also, knowing what gluten is and how it works in food can help you understand how to cook with gluten free ingredients.

What Is This Gluten Stuff?

Gluten is the stretchy glue that helps bread, pizza crust, and other baked goods get nice puffy air pockets.  It creates a flexible structure that helps each baked good hang together without necessarily being tough or chewy.  When a baker knows how to properly activate the gluten protein, it will start doing its thing. The presence of gluten has influenced baking techniques for decades, even centuries.   Sorry, I’m not trying to build up gluten as some kind of magical essence that turns good food into great food.  It’s just one of many ingredients with useful properties out there in the world.  It happens that wheat is commonly grown and used across the world, and it affects a lot of food in Western cultures.

Ready for a little science?  Gluten is made up of two types of proteins – one is the (more…)

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A New, Science-Based Gluten-Free Label Consumers Can Trust

Quality Assurance International and National Foundation for Celiac Awareness partner to help consumers choose bona fide gluten free foods

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New Gluten-free Certification Label from NFCA and QAI

Responding to profound growth and both consumer and industry demand, a new science-based gluten-free certification program is now available from the leading organic certifier Quality Assurance International (QAI), and the healthcare nonprofit National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). In a sea of unsubstantiated claims, seals and logos, consumers need a certification that is science-based and verified through inspections and product testing. This new triple-verified gluten-free label brings transparency and trust to people who need gluten-free foods as part of maintaining their healthy diet.

QAI, with its parent company NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization, brings more than 66 years of food safety auditing and certification, and (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-Free Product Review: Jones Dairy Farm Meats

December 28th, 2011 by Jennifer Harris

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Jones Dairy FarmThis Examiner has been eating and enjoying Jones Dairy Farm meat products for a number of years, so when I was asked to review their products it was a no brainer.

Jones Dairy Farm is a 122-year-old family owned business based in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, that makes all natural pork and turkey sausage as well as Canadian bacon, ham, liverwurst, bacon and other pork products.  The majority of their products (except scrapple) are certified gluten free by the GFCO.

The best part is their products taste wonderful and they don't contain any (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

On December 13, I posted a question on the Glutenfreeworks Facebook page to ask people who had adopted a gluten-free diet if they no longer needed medications they had been taking. The response was incredible. Dozens of people described how they no longer needed drugs, some of which they had been taking for years or decades.

Here is my post and their responses...

"I gave a presentation to a group and mentioned a friend who had been on Zantac for 20 years. I went on to say that once she went gluten-free the acid reflux disappeared. A woman in the audience stood up and said the same thing happened to her - she had been on it since she was 10 (I'm guessing she was in her mid to late 30s.).

My question for you is what medication (of any kind) were you on, before you went gluten-free, that you no longer need to take and how long did it take before you did not need it anymore?"

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      Ashley Nikki Garcia Prilosec & zantec. ! 

      December 13 at 5:25pm · 
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      Lauren Smith I also took OTC for heartburn on a near daily basis. No more! 

      December 13 at 5:27pm · 
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      Surely Masquelier McMaster I've taken Neurontin for 10 years..GF since Sept. and realized in Nov. that I don' t need it!  (more…)

Getting Festive – Gluten Free Canapes

December 20th, 2011 by Annie

Annie_gluten_free_works Free From Polenta CanapesIn my pre-coeliac days, canapés were a doddle. Even on a budget. The day before a party I would buy the cheapest bread from the supermarket, cut out as many circles of bread as I could get out of each slice, dip them in olive oil and press them into pattie tins or mini muffin tins and bake.   I would end up with hundreds of little crisp toasts that kept overnight in a sealed box ready to be topped with an array of fresh toppings throughout the evening.

These days, that isn’t an option!  Gluten free bread is too expensive to buy, too small to get more than 2 circles out of (with a lot of wastage), and frequently too crumbly to use.  Home made is better – but that is an awful lot of bread to make, slice and cut.  Just not practical - especially when you have no fridge or kitchen space - or time - for advanced prep because you are running a supperclub!

So this week I was left wondering what I could use as canapé bases for our Christmas Party that would be a) gluten free b) economical c) effective and these are my top three suggestions:

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John Libonati Gluten Free Works

In the spirit of the giving season, Gluten Free Works is excited to bring to your attention a special fundraiser we are helping promote this week for a great gluten-free cause!

This week only, your gift of just $2 will provide $4 toward scholarships for children to attend a gluten-free summer camp hosted by the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) next summer in Southern California.

Gluten-Free Saver has partnered with Van’s Natural Foods to raise money to send children to next summer’s CDF-sponsored summer camp. The summer camp will be held in San Bernardino in Southern California from July 30 to August 3, 2012, and it’s open to all 7-15 year old gluten intolerant and gluten-sensitive children – not just those diagnosed with celiac disease. (more…)

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Easy Crushed Gluten Free Candy Cane Cake Recipe

December 19th, 2011 by Jen Cafferty

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gluten free candy cane cakesCandy canes can make any cake or cupcake turn into a magical winter treat. All you need to do is take some gluten-free candy canes (click here to see my favorite brand) and crush them up.  Sprinkle them on top of your favorite frosted treat and you will end up with a beautiful creation that looks like it is from a bakery.

Some of my favorite ways to use the candy canes:

1.  Make a vanilla cake from your favorite mix.  Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the batter.  Bake and allow to cool.  Frost with frosting (I like the Betty Crocker canned frostings).  Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. (more…)

Corn-syrup and Cane-sugar-Free Caramel Popcorn Recipe

December 18th, 2011 by Kim Wilson

 

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What's the problem with how traditional caramel corn is made? The primary ingredients are usually corn syrup and refined white sugar (not at all beneficial to our health or mood).  Also, you often have to fight to keep the caramel corn on the baking sheets as you stir it during baking.  All these problems have been solved with this new recipe.  Natural sweeteners replace the corn syrup and white sugar and the mixture is baked in a casserole dish.  Easy and yummy! I'm also always amazed by how large a batch is made with such a small amount of ingredients.

Pop ½ cup of popcorn (produces 2-3 quarts of popcorn)

3 Tbsp. coconut oil/butter 1/3 cup honey and/or maple syrup (more…)