Author Archives: Liz Schau

A Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-free Baking: Easy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate_Chunk_Cookies_lizschauThese chocolate chunk cookies are so simple to make and decidedly less involved than many gluten-free baking recipes. They bake up thin, crispy, and perfectly chewy. These cookies contain no flour or starches, which means they are lower in carbohydrates and, since they are made with cashew butter, are loaded with protein. And, should you choose to use dark chocolate, they’re also dairy-free. As always, be vigilant and check labels — especially when purchasing chocolate, as some contain wheat and gluten.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:
(Makes 8-12 Small Cookies) Read More »

Top 3 gluten-free myths, debunked

If you’re looking to start a gluten-free diet, or to simply experiment with gluten-free eating for the new year, make sure you aren’t distracted or discouraged by the common myths surrounding GF lifestyles. These myths can be deterrents to better health and make you question your commitment.

The top three myths are easily debunked because they don’t take the reality of naturally gluten-free foods that everyone already eats and enjoys into consideration. With so many people already eating gluten-free and experiencing thriving health, don’t let a few misconceptions stand in your way. Read More »

Why “Real Food” Is Important to the Gluten-free Community

Real Gluten Free Foods

“Real Food” can be defined as natural, unprocessed, traditional and nourishing foods that human have always eaten. This includes things like whole fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, fish and seafood, and animal protein. These lie in stark contrast to our modern foods which have been grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, have very often been genetically modified, and had chemicals and flavorings (synthetics and other highly-addictive allergens) added.

For those living a gluten-free lifestyle, supporting “real food”, or “pro food” as it’s sometimes called, with our purchases is important because it reduces the risk of being exposed to and ingesting gluten. Processed foods — both conventional and Read More »

Easy Allergen-free Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This recipe is taken from The Heart Of Cooking — a wonderful resource for all things allergen-free.  The blog is loaded with recipes that are “legal” on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or G.A.P.S. Diet, are gluten-free, casein-free (or, dairy-free), soy-free, and nut-free.

Allergen-free pumpkin pie with a coconut crust. Photo: HeartofCooking.com

Coconut shreds are used in place of white flour and a traditional crust.  It’s a great gluten-free/grain-free alternative to rice flours or other starches (tapioca, potato, etc.) that are often called for in gluten-free baking. Read More »

How Expensive Is a Gluten-free Diet? Eating GF on Food Stamps

Gluten-free diets are often a cornerstone treatment in Autism and developmental therapy. 

 
 

Eating gluten-free is both cost effective and healthy. Photo: Global Crisis News

Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or G.A.P.S as it’s called, relies on the idea that in healing the gut (that is, dysbiosis — the state of microbial imbalance) through whole foods and natural lifestyle choices, many neurological conditions can be eased or cured.

  G.A.P.S. diets purportedly have the potential to heal everything from depression to mental fog, dyslexia, to, of course, Autism.  It is the idea that Read More »

Is brown rice syrup really gluten-free?

Brown rice syrup is the go-to for many gluten-free bakers.  Gluten-free recipes everywhere call for the stuff and indeed, it lends a perfectly sweet flavor to cakes, cookies, muffins, and scones.  But the syrup is controversial in the world of gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease because in some cases, it contains gluten.

Some, though not all, brown rice syrup is actually fermented in a process that employs barley.   Read More »

Mark your calendars! Go gluten-free in Austin this September

Although gluten-free eating has gone mainstream (gluten-free products and health information have saturated the internet, grocery stores, and advertisements over the past few years, and being GF has even been named a top food trend for 2010) chances are, you may be the only person you know who has known food allergies.  This is why finding a community of supporters — other people who eat gluten-free as well — is so important in maintaining your diet and lifestyle, and being encouraged in your journey toward better health.  And what better way to gain support than attending an event dedicated solely too gluten-free living?

Well, mark your calendars for September 12, 2010 — it’s the Got Guts? 5K race and food fair for celiac awareness.  Held in Austin, Texas, Got Guts? will begin at 8:00 on the morning of the 12th, where participants can run in a 5K race, ending at the food fair — full of gluten-free food options.  Participating in the race is optional, however, and event-goers are welcome to only run, only visit the food fair, or do both! Read More »

4th of July gluten-free recipe round-up

Think you can’t stay gluten-free during the holidays?  Truth be told, 4th of July can be particularly challenging, considering some of America’s favorite dishes are full of gluten: pasta salad, hot dogs, bread, cakes and cookies.   But the goods news is, there are a ton of recipes available for those of us who eat allergen-free — both foods that are inherently gluten-free, as well as quick and easy grain substitutions.  Just keep in mind that eating whole foods that are naturally free of gluten are easiest to prepare, usually most affordable, and also healthier than pre-packaged and processed GF foods.  Read More »

Chronically-ill? Could Your Problem Be as Simple as Untreated Celiac Disease?

 Identifying celiac disease may seem simple enough. After all, there are tests your doctor can perform to determine if your body is reacting to gluten, the grain protein that those with celiac disease cannot tolerate. However, it is becoming more and more accepted that celiac disease may not always present as classic gut symptoms. Instead, celiac disease can cause and contribute to other diseases, deficiencies, ailments, and conditions. Because of this, some people with celiac disease may be diagnosed with diseases that could have been prevented or can be eliminated by a simple gluten-free diet. In other words, celiac is often considered the “root cause” of other conditions, even though it is seldom tested for in chronically-ill people. Read More »

Raw Revolution Food Bars Maximize Nutritional Intake

Raw Revolution foods are a line of organic live food bars that are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and corn-free — perfect for the allergic consumer. The bars are also vegan, and free of trans-fats and refined sugar. Because they are allergen-free and full of nourishing and satisfying ingredients like cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, raisins, raspberries, mango, dates, flax seeds, and almonds, these bars are filling and able to fuel the body — especially for athletes and people on the go.

The creator of the Raw Revolution products says the idea for the line of food bars came when, as a Registered Nurse and Natural Foods Chef, she became passionate about preparing and creating raw food dishes. Read More »

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