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Apr 1 2015

NFCA Webinar: What Wikipedia Can’t Tell you About Celiac Disease Prevention

The internet can be a useful resource when seeking information on anything and everything. The catch is knowing which resources are reliable and which are not. When my kids are writing papers for school, they mainly use the internet for their research. Back in my day we had to physically go to the library and use the encyclopedia or other books we found on whatever topic we happened to be researching. These days we have information websites like Wikipedia. While Wikipedia can be a useful resource for some facts and information, it can be edited by anyone, so there may be no way to know if the information found there is accurate.

The newest upcoming seminar from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is “What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Celiac Disease Prevention – Hear From the Experts.”  Read below for more information:

It is well known that a diagnosis of celiac disease is followed by a slew of challenges and roadblocks – from a significantly higher grocery bill to associated health concerns to limitations on socializing, travel, dining out and everything in between. What if we could prevent these roadblocks altogether?

Researchers have increasingly been focused on the prevention of celiac disease in recent years, testing many different theories. Learn about these studies and how researchers are working to set a different course for those who are at risk of developing celiac disease. Join experts Alessio Fasano, MD, Carlo Catassi, MD, and Sabine Vriezinga, MD in this very special webinar event as we delve into the latest endeavors in celiac disease prevention research.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: Your computer

Time: 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST

All you have to do to attend this webinar is register here and follow the directions you receive via email. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you should be able to access it on the NFCA Webinar Archives page within 72 hours.

Mar 30 2015

King Arthur Introduces Almond & Coconut Flours

King Arthur Gluten-Free flours and baking mixes have been around for a few years now and rank highly in my book. I’ll never forget the first time I tried their Chocolate Cake Mix. A friend of mine made me a cake for my birthday and served it to not just me, but other, non-gluten-free friends who couldn’t stop raving about how good the cake was. I am thrilled to see that King Arthur has now added Almond Flour and Coconut Flour to their gluten-free line-up. I spotted the flours on the end cap when I was shopping at Earth Fare last week.

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Almond Flour – Certified gluten-free and super-finely ground.

Coconut Flour – Certified gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher. 100% organic.

As you can see above, both flours were on sale last week at Earth Fare and the regular price at Earth Fare appears to be less than it is on the King Arthur website. I don’t have a lot of experience baking with either almond or coconut flour, but hope to do some more experimenting in the near future. The King Arthur website lists some great tips for baking on each of the individual product pages linked above. King Arthur Gluten-Free products can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online.

Do you bake with almond and/or coconut flours? Have you tried any of the King Arthur Gluten-Free Products? If so, do you have a favorite?

Mar 27 2015

Review: KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bars

I was thrilled when I received a very cool sample package from KIND Snacks last week with the brand new KIND Healthy Grains Bars inside. There are five new bars in the line-up, joining five current varieties.  I didn’t waste much time working my way through them.

The way the bars were packaged was super cute and creative.

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The bars are a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy, just like a granola bar is supposed to be. Of all the different varieties, I liked the Peanut Butter Berry the best. I keep one of these in my purse at all times for a quick snack or pick-me-up. These new bars will be available in stores nationwide beginning May 1, 2015. The MSRP is $3.99/box of five bars.

Have you tried any of the KIND Healthy Grains Bars? Do you have a favorite? 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Mar 25 2015

Naturally Gluten-Free: Back-to-Basics

I have written several posts in the past about naturally gluten-free foods. Sure, there is a place for gluten-free specialty food items, but there is nothing simpler than a food that doesn’t contain gluten to begin with. Whole, unprocessed foods are the healthiest foods for us, especially if they are naturally gluten-free.

I have to avoid several other foods in addition to gluten. Some I am slightly sensitive to, others I have violent gastrointestinal reactions to. Fun, huh? Other times I am not sure what is making me sick or feel poorly, so I go back-to-basics and eat mostly whole, unprocessed, naturally gluten-free foods.

Going back to basics doesn’t mean my meals are tasteless. No, in fact, quite the opposite is true. I tend to focus more on what food tastes complement each other and are on my “safe” foods list while being filled with the right nutrients to fuel my body for everyday activity and running.

One of my favorite meals is a burger made from grass fed ground beef with sautéed mushrooms on top. I made this the other night and added some fresh, sautéed asparagus to the plate and topped my burger with sliced avocado. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper and you have a nice, naturally gluten-free meal.

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When I sautéed my mushrooms I added in a bit of white wine to add some extra flavor. This meal was very tasty and filling. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, as I often skip the bun so I don’t feel overly stuffed when I am done.


Mar 23 2015

Review: Immaculate Baking GF Fudge Brownie Cookies

There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies on a chilly day. Even though we have been seeing some glimpses of spring here in Columbus, we still have some pretty chilly days. So, when I spotted some gluten-free cookie dough from Immaculate Baking at the grocery store last week, and it was on sale, I picked up a package.

Immaculate Baking has a line of gluten-free cookie dough that includes three different varieties of cookies. The dough is already formed into cookies, so the only thing required of the “baker” is to pre-heat the oven and place the cookies on a pan.

  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough
  • Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

I picked up the Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie variety because you can never have too much chocolate, right?

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Jon baked these when I was at work the other day, so the house smelled of freshly baked cookies when I got home, just the way I like it! The cookies were crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect! Jon was afraid that he had undercooked them, but I assured him that if he had left them in any longer, they would have been overcooked.

Immaculate Baking also has a line of gluten-free baking mixes. Look for Immaculate Baking products in grocery stores across the US and online. Have you tried any of the Immaculate Baking GF cookie doughs? What did you think?