gluten free coconut oilI first became introduced to coconut oil when I purchased the BabycakesNYC cookbook. Not only does coconut have a great flavor, but it’s a great substitute to make egg-free french toast and easily substitutes in exchange for canola oil when baking.

While I am no nutrition expert, I’m a nutrition guru, who loves to learn about the health benefits of different foods.  After all, you are what you eat, right?


Calories, Weight, and a Whole Lotta Garbage

March 19th, 2014 by Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD

I was looking back at old drafts of posts that I’ve written over the years but never published, and I found this rant on the 1200 calorie weight loss myth. Since it’s the last day of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week  and the first day of National Nutrition Month, I figured it would be a good time to share it. (Editor's note: Originally published March 1, 2014)

weight loss gluten freeNot a week goes by that I don’t see a client who truly believes she/he needs to be following a 1200 calories diet to lose weight or be healthy. It seems to be the #1 nutrition myth.

Despite what the intertubes may say, a 1200 cal diet is not considered standard professional weight loss advice. Honest.There is, of course, plenty of bad advice and/or controversy out there, because that sells. There’s also a whole lot of standard nutrition advice that I heartily disagree with, but that’s another post. Take a  look at

Superpower Macaroons (Paleo + Vegan)

March 18th, 2014 by Leanne Vogel

Superpower Macaroons with goji berries and cacao #vegan #glutenfree #paleoPower packed macaroons made to satisfy your sweet cravings without sacrificing your health. These little babies deliver a strong dose of nourishing fats, proteins and antioxidants in each bite. Made with minimal sweetener. Also grain-, dairy-, nut-, and egg-free.

Beef & Broccoli {Take-Out-At-Home}

March 17th, 2014 by Jenny Manseau

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I need a wok. Seriously. With the amount of Asian food that I make it amazes me that I do not own one. Someday.

My dad however has one, so we put it to use one night and made some gluten-free beef and broccoli. My dad is awesome for many reasons, but I love how good he is about gluten-free awareness and

Jennifer Harris

West Coast Gluten-free Product Finds

March 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Harris

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Every year at Christmas time I visit my mom in Arizona to enjoy some wholesome family time. The weather is wonderful at that time of year and it is a nice escape from the daily grind. Visiting Arizona also means a trip to Sprouts Farmers Market and the Gluten Free Country Store to scope out gluten-free products not yet available on the East coast.

Here is what I found:

Quinoa Muffins Recipe

February 26th, 2014 by Jenny Manseau

Quinoa Muffins (Makes 12 Muffins)

1 cup quinoa rinsed ¼ cup vegetable oil, such as safflower, plus more for pan 1 ½ cups all-purpose gluten free flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for the pan ½ cup almond flour ¾ teaspoon of xanthan gum ¾ cup packed dark-brown sugar

Bella McKenzie

Fresh Spring Rolls w/ Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce

February 24th, 2014 by Bella McKenzie

I remember those extremely busy days for my husband and I back between 2010 and 2011. I mean, don't get me wrong, we are always busy, but I mean at that time we were just so busy that sometimes we couldn't fathom the thought of cooking.

Yes, those type days exist, even for gluten free vegans...

Jennifer Harris

Inaugural Gluten-Free Food Update 2014

February 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Harris

Alternative Baking Company Gluten Free Cookies

Alternative Baking Company Gluten Free Cookies

This product update is long overdue and it is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to new gluten-free product launches in 2014. Expo West is just a few weeks away and I can't wait to be overwhelmed by gluten-free products. Gluten free is slated once again to be one of the top diet trends in 2014 and that means more gluten-free products are being developed. Hopefully, these new products will trend towards health food and won't be loaded with fillers, sugar, salt, and artificial color/flavors.

Here is the first new-to-me gluten-free products installment of 2014:
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Photo by David Shankbone

Photo by David Shankbone

Cooking for children on gluten-free diets requires special planning and care to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Replacing gluten-filled junk food with gluten-free junk food of course, isn't good for kids.

Research shows that children with celiac disease are at higher risk for nutritional deficiencies. A variety of nutritious foods are vital to healthy growth and development.

Plan Ahead When Cooking for Gluten-Free Kids

Explain to your child what foods are safe for them to eat and what foods contain gluten and are off-limits. The depth of this discussion will depend on the age of your child- use visual aids if you need to in order to help your child understand the concept of safe and unsafe foods.

gluten free girl scout cookie

Girl Scout Cookies…

For decades, the Girl Scouts of America has maintained a tradition of selling cookies as their annual fundraising drive. For a few months during the year, Girl Scouts across the country can be found manning tables in front of churches, supermarkets and town halls, surrounded by boxes of wonderful cookies.

Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. Do-di-dos, Lemonades and...Thin Mints…

So delicious. *Happy face*

So full of gluten. *Sad face*

Well, the Girl Scouts have turned that frown upside down by introducing their first gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie. And it's