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Apr 12 2014

Kashi Simply Maize and Indigo Morning Now Gluten-Free

I was a huge fan of Kashi cereals before starting the gluten-free diet, so seeing that they now have two varieties of gluten-free cereal makes me a happy camper. The Simply Maize and Indigo Morning cereals are varieties that are gluten-free.

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Simply Maize: Organic Whole Grain Corn, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Salt, Organic Molasses.

Indigo Morning: Organic Whole Grain Corn, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Freeze-Dried Blackberries, Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries, Salt, Organic Molasses, Natural Flavor, Organic Vanilla Extract.

I don’t recall seeing these cereals in our local grocery store, but I wasn’t really looking in that area, either. I plan to keep my eyes open to see if I can grab both varieties and sample them. Check the store locator to find the store nearest you.

Have you spotted or tried these new gluten-free Kashi cereals?

Apr 11 2014

National Pecan Month + Recipes

April is National Pecan Month. Pecans are a naturally gluten-free, heart-healthy food that are not just for pecan pie. More about pecans:

·Naturally-occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to a 2011 study at Loma Linda University.

·Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals: including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.

·Pecans can be a heart-healthy benefit to any dish when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. They contain an abundance of “good” mono and polyunsaturated fats, which play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.  These unsaturated fats help lower total blood cholesterol when eaten in moderation.  Pecans contain no cholesterol and no trans-fat.

I love to eat pecans on a mixed greens salad with a sprinkle of goat cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette. Check out the following recipes for some more ideas on how to enjoy pecans.

Herbed Pecan Snack Mix

5 c. cereal (any combination of gluten-free cereal…rice or corn Chex)

1½ c. gluten-free pretzels

1 cup pecan halves or pieces

1/3 c. butter or regular margarine (melted)

1 T dried parsley flakes

1 t. dried thyme (crushed)

½ t. celery salt

½ t. onion powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cereals, pretzels (or chow mein noodles) and pecans in a 13x9x2” baking pan. In a bowl, stir melted butter (or margarine) and remaining ingredients together. Pour over cereal mixture, tossing gently until well coated. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring once or twice. Spread in a large shallow pan or on foil to cool before serving.

Tossed Salad with Pecan Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

½ c. fresh basil (chopped)

¼ c. fresh lemon juice

¼ c. olive oil

¼ c. vegetable oil

1/3 c. pecans (chopped)

Salt and pepper to taste

Sliced tomatoes and/or salad greens

In a bowl, combine basil and lemon juice. Whisk in oils and season with salt and pepper to taste. At the last minute, fold in pecans. Serve drizzled over sliced tomatoes and/or salad greens.
Courtesy: Georgia Pecan Commission

Apr 10 2014

P.F. Chang’s Ranked #2 on “Most Allergy-Friendly” List

P.F. Chang’s has always been one of my favorite places to eat, even before I began following the gluten-free diet. The wide variety of menu options, the ambiance, the quality of the food. When I started following the gluten-free diet and found out that I could still eat at P.F. Chang’s, I was overjoyed. There are two in the Columbus area, and while they aren’t right up the street, they are close enough.

When I first started the gluten-free diet, there were only a handful of gluten-free menu options on the P.F. Chang’s gluten-free menu. Believe it or not, this was still more than most places offered in 2006. Those were the days of ordering everything plain and bland…the days of a plain steak or burger, no bun, no seasoning, plain baked potato, real butter only. Now there are ten different entrees to choose from in addition to appetizers, noodles, sides and desserts.


About a month ago I shared the 2014 list of most allergy-friendly restaurants from AllergyEats and P.F. Chang’s is proudly ranked at #2. If you are looking for something new to try at P.F. Chang’s, check out the new dessert from the seasonal menu that is also on the gluten-free menu…Gluten-Free Ginger Panna Cotta.

P.F. Chang’s has locations across the US and internationally. They offer reservations, carry-out and catering.

What is your favorite P.F. Chang’s dish?

Apr 8 2014

NFCA Webinar: Best Practices in Celiac Disease Diagnosis

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, so what better time to talk about Celiac Disease Diagnosis? Diagnosing Celiac Disease isn’t cut and dry. It can take many years to get a correct diagnosis, as many doctors just don’t have Celiac Disease on their radar. This is where awareness comes in! 

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has many great resources for those pursuing a proper diagnosis, those who are newly diagnosed and those wishing to keep informed. Their free webinars provide a wealth of information and the one coming up on May 15th is no exception. More information:

Join NFCA and our expert panelists Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS, Director of Research, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Ritu Verma, MD, Section Chief of Gastroenterology, Director, Center for Celiac Disease, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia discuss best practices in diagnosis for both the pediatric and adult patient populations.

This Webinar falls in the middle of Celiac Awareness Month, so be sure to share the details with your friends and family to help us arm people with the knowledge they need to move forward with accurate and prompt celiac disease testing.

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Where: Your computerTime: 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT

All you need to do is register here and following the directions sent to you via email. If you are unable to attend this webinar, the transcripts can be viewed 72 hours after the webinar in the archives section of the website. Again, the webinars are free of charge and this particular one is sponsored by Lucy’s and Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery.

Apr 8 2014

KIND Snacks Introduces New Protein Bar

KIND Snacks has done it again! They have recently introduced a brand new protein bar to their already impressive line-up. The new bars are called “Strong & Kind” and each contain 10 grams of gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free protein.


More about the new bars:

Our bars are made from 100% whole ingredients: almonds, pumpkin & hemp seeds, pea crisps and spices, delivering 10g’s of protein per bar.

The Strong & Kind bars come in five different varieties:

  • Roasted Jalapeno
  • Honey Mustard
  • Honey Smoked BBQ
  • Thai Sweet Chili
  • Hickory Smoked

Talk about some unique flavor combinations for a protein bar! It is nice to see some savory options for a change, as most protein bar varieties are usually sweet. Look for the new Strong & Kind bars where you find other KIND Snacks or online.