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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Is Gluten-Free and Even Cooks for Himself

496589-novak-djokovic-us-open-2016-afp[1]Novak Djokovic is a dominating force on the world tennis stage, having won 11 Grand Slam titles, 26 Masters and five world tour titles. Now he is playing in the 2016 US Open and ranked No. 1.

But in 2009, Djokovic thought his career was over, almost before it began. Plagued by fatigue, breathing difficulties and stomach spasms, Djokovic could barely get through a match.

A nutritionist, Dr. Igor Cetojevic, noticed his poor play and tested him for food sensitivities. Gluten, dairy, and tomatoes came up positive and Djokovic changed his diet to avoid those foods. Within two weeks, he started feeling better and more energetic. He grew leaner, stronger and the wins started piling up.  Read More »

Top 20: Gluten-free and Dairy-free Products Finds at Expo West 2015

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Coconut cream pops Expo West

Expo West is simply the best and the largest natural foods event in the United States. Each year the event grows in exhibitors and attendees and shows no signs of slowing down. One of the trends noted this year was the surge of vegan/gluten-free products, like bread, cheese, cheesecake, cookies, frozen desserts, macaroni and cheese, salad dressings, yogurt, etc.

Here are this Examiner’s top 20 gluten, dairy, and vegan product finds:

  • CoYo’s coconut milk yogurt hails from Australia and is made from coconut cream and natural flavors in four varieties: Natural, Mango, Mixed Berry, and Raw Chocolate. The berry and mango are incredibly creamy without a funny taste or texture and taste fantastic. This product debuted at Expo West 2014, but this was my first time trying it and color me impressed. Availability: In stores
  • Cosmo’s Dairy-Free Spicy Ranch is thick, rich, and mildly spicy. Made from coconuts, it works as a salad dressing, dip, and sandwich spread adding a nice kick to what would be ordinary. It does contain eggs, but is soy and nut free. Availability: Online for now
  • Daiya Foods, Inc. gets a nod for their new Cheezecakes and Cheezy Mac kits that are soy free and vegan. Available in three flavors, Deluxe Alfredo, Deluxe Cheddar, and Deluxe White Cheddar Veggie Medley, each kit comes with a bag of liquid cheezy sauce ready to be combined with cooked brown rice pasta.Their cheezecakes are also available in four flavors: New York, Chocolate, Key Lime, and Strawberry. Availability: Rolling into stores now

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Product Review: So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Is the Tops

So Delicious Dairy Free Coco WhipBack in the day it was impossible to keep a tub of Cool Whip in the house because it was irresistible to me plain (on the end of my finger) or on top of pudding, cake, pie, and ice cream. It wasn’t until later in life that ingredient choices became an issue and my beloved Cool Whip was deemed unsuitable. Tears were shed as a chapter of my life came to a close and desserts were no longer topped until So Delicious Dairy Free introduced CocoWhip.

CocoWhip, available in Original and Light, is made from organic coconut milk, it is naturally sweetened, and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. It is certified gluten free, vegan, and kosher parve, and Non-GMO Verified. CocoWhip ingredients are: Read More »

Paleo Quiche with a Nut-free + Grain-free Crust

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Paleo quiche with a nut-free, grain-free crust. Filled with roasted organic asparagus, organic leek and free-range eggs. Pure, simple, good.

Eating Style: Candida Friendly, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Low Carb, Nut-free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegetarian

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Simple and Delicious Blueberry Banana Parfait

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One thing that I have really enjoyed this past summer is making breakfast parfaits.

I do not know what it is, but they are just light on the system and they kinda trip the body into thinking that it’s getting a sugary treat so you don’t crave sugar all day (YAY!)

This parfait is sweet, HEALTHY, and satisfying!
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Spiced Sweet-Potato Cake Recipe; Gluten and Dairy Free

sweet potato cakeThis cake is soft and reminiscent of the filling in pumpkin pie.  Not surprising really, when it has mashed sweet potato as its main ingredient.

To do ahead of time

Cook sweet potatoes in the microwave (or oven if you have it running for something else) until they are soft.  Mine took about eight minutes – four small sweet potatoes. Leave to cool then remove the peel and mash.  I found it easiest to cut an end off and scoop the sweet potato out with a circular action with a fork.  Do this ahead of time so you don’t be tempted to work with them while they are very hot and burn yourself.   Keep the peel and spritz with oil, put on a baking sheet, and cook for 20-30 minutes in the oven for a crisp scoop for spicy salsa.
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Vanilla Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe. Vegan and Gluten-free

Ahhh, ice cream. Even better: salty and sweet ice cream. The combination of salty and sweet is one of my favorites. I love taking a bite and not knowing exactly what it will taste like.

Also, in case you were wondering, I use this Kitchenaid ice cream attachment for my stand mixer. It works great – during the summer, I keep the bowl frozen in the freezer so that any time I’m in the mood for ice cream, I can grab it and make a refreshingly cool treat immediately.  


I finally ate the last of this last night, and I’m really sad that it’s gone. It was the perfect ending to the last weeks’ worth of dinners.

I guess I’ll just have to make some more. 


I am a firm believer that ice cream is appropriate at any time of year, even when it’s -20′ outside (although it never gets quite that cold here in the Pacific Northwest), but it is especially precious and fulfilling when the sun is blaring and you’ve been playing outside all day.

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Vegan Eggnog Coffee Creamer + Light Dairy-free Eggnog Recipes

Vegan Eggnog Coffee Creamer + Light Dairy-free Eggnog #vegan #paleo #christmas

Two Eggnog recipes. The first, a Vegan Eggnog Coffee (or tea) Creamer that will transform a boring cup of coffee into a healthy eggnog latte. The second, a Light, Dairy-free Eggnog recipe made with dairy-free milk, ground spices and a touch of coconut sugar.

If you really knew me you’d know…

I brew a pot of tea every morning before I do anything else.

I am obsessed with Christmas music. It blasts from every area of my home, car and iPod from November 1 to Read More »

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