Tag: Gluten-Free

Good News on the Gluten-Free Front

by in Food News, Gluten-Free, August 6, 2013

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Last week, the FDA issued concrete rules on what foods can qualify as officially gluten-free. Learn more about what this means for folks who need to avoid gluten, plus read up on some important tips.

Defining Gluten-Free
More than 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that makes them unable to digest gluten. The only way to treat the disease is to exclude gluten from the diet or else risk damage to the digestive system as well as nutrient deficiencies and other serious medical problems.

The new FDA rule mandates that products labeled “gluten-free” must contain no more than 20 parts per million of gluten. While many companies have already set this limit for themselves, the FDA rule, which food manufacturers must comply with by this time next year, will help ensure that companies using the term are adhering to the standard.

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The 5 Worst Diets for Weight Loss

by in Diets & Weight Loss, July 25, 2013

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Trying a weight loss plan that doesn’t work can become extremely frustrating and discouraging. Before starting any of these diets, read why I say skip ‘em!

#1: Paleo Diet
This plan recommends you eat like your caveman ancestors, emphasizing lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats and seafood. Dairy and grains aren’t allowed on the plan—omitting two important food groups and numerous important nutrients in your diet. This diet was ranked last by US News and World Report on their list of Best Weight Loss Diets. Their expert panel determined that there is a lack of scientific evidence to show that long-term weight loss can be achieved.

#2: Dukan Diet
Although celebs like Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly followed this diet post-baby to shed pounds, it was ranked second to last by US News and World Report’s Best Weight Loss Diets. This updated version of the Atkins diet eliminated carbs, fruits and veggies (especially during the very strict first phase), while allowing unlimited amounts of lean protein. It’s a very restrictive plan that will have you losing weight rather quickly—actually too quickly according to safety guidelines set up by the National Institutes of Health. The end result: You’ll probably end up regaining your lost weight plus more.

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Mexican Macaroni and Corn

by in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2013

Everyone loves a good bowl of comforting mac and cheese, right? When it’s too hot to turn on the oven to make baked macaroni and cheese, make this easy, stove-top version instead. It’s extra-flavorful and you can whip up this easy dish in no time. I’ve tossed in corn and spinach for added fresh flavor (plus fiber) as well as red pepper flakes for a bit of heat to fire up summer celebrations. And did I mention, it’s both dairy and gluten-free? So you can rest assured your guests all have something to enjoy. Leftovers for this dish taste great the next day added to a fresh bed of leafy greens such as arugula.

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“Creamy” Tarragon Pasta Salad

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2013

This party-perfect recipe is a great replacement for traditional mayonnaise-based salads; it gets its creamy texture from dairy-free yogurt. The fresh carrots, grapes and tarragon give this salad an exciting, fresh taste. Gluten-free pasta makes it gluten free, of course, but if you don’t have a sensitivity, any pasta will do.

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Win These Gluten-Free Cookbooks!

by in Giveaway, June 12, 2013

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When Elana Amsterdam was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that keeps the body from processing gluten, she challenged herself to come up with gluten-free recipes that tasted just as good as their regular counterparts. With two gluten-free cookbooks under her belt—and a third, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, on sale next week—Elana has a little something for everyone. Find family favorites like pancakes and eggplant Parmesan in The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, plus dozens of cupcake ideas in Gluten-Free Cupcakes.

You can buy your own copies of Elana’s gluten-free cookbooks or enter in the comments for a chance to win them. Just let us know, in the comments, which gluten-free flours you’ve baked with. The contest starts at 12:00 p.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one copy each of Gluten-Free Cupcakes and The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook to five randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 12:00 a.m. EST on June 12 and 5 p.m. EST on June 14, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $34. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, have you tried almond flour? Coconut flour?

Win This Gluten-Free Cookbook!

by in Giveaway, May 15, 2013

Gluten-Free Every Day Cookbook

Living with celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that keeps the body from processing gluten) doesn’t have to be unbearable: Gluten-Free Girl Shauna Ahern’s newest cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl Every Day, features easy recipes for home cooks who want to make easy, gluten-free meals every day of the week. Plus, you’ll learn how to stock a gluten-free pantry and even bake sweet treats.

You can buy your own copy of Gluten-Free Girl Every Day or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what dish you’d love to try gluten-free. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one copy of Gluten-Free Girl Every Day to five randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on May 15 and 5 p.m. EST on May 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what dish would you love to try gluten-free?

Almond-Pea Soup

by in Healthy Recipes, May 10, 2013

pea soup

Spring to me means fresh green soups and that’s just what I created for this year’s Mother’s day menu at our home. This soup combines sweet veggie flavor from the peas with creaminess from almonds. I added a few sprigs of fresh mint and my favorite Vidalia onions to dazzle taste buds and add a sweet touch without any added sugar. Pair this soup with a salad and lean protein such as grilled fish and a spinach salad for a Mother’s Day dinner that Mom will love.

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Mini Green Pizzas

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, March 11, 2013

Mini 'Green' Pizzas

Looking for an easy weeknight meal or weekend lunch? Whip up these mini green pizzas topped with spinach and pesto to pack on the fiber and flavor. For a unique spin on your regular pizza pie, this recipe uses ricotta cheese instead of mozzarella, and has gourmet toppings like baby spinach, pesto and sesame seeds. No need to wait for the dough to rise — I’ve subbed the dough for toasted gluten-free bread instead.

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Chocolate-Covered Bananas

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013

chocolate-covered bananas
Let’s not make dessert complicated this Valentine’s Day. For the easiest, tastiest dessert, all you need are three ingredients and three steps: cinnamon crackers, bananas and chocolate; then melt, roll and freeze! These are ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry, and if you don’t they’re certainly easy to find at any grocery store. The dairy-free chocolate-covered bananas are made extra-special with a crunchy coating of crushed cinnamon crackers. If you have kids, invite them to help out in the kitchen by peeling bananas or crushing the crackers. With such a tasty and simple recipe, this might just become a year round dessert staple.

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Ricotta “Sundaes” With Gluten-Free Granola

by in Gluten-Free, Valentine's Day, February 12, 2013

ricotta sundae
Instead of curling up with a pint of ice cream while watching a romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day, try a lower fat ice cream-alternative instead. This special sundae recipe uses low-fat ricotta cheese to lessen up the calories, while maintaining a creamy taste. Top your “sundae” with crunchy add-ins like KIND Healthy Grains Clusters along with a sprinkle of dried fruit and coconut flakes for a fun, crispy texture. (Save any extra granola and fruit for snacks later on during the week with milk or on top of yogurt.) A sprinkle of dairy-free chocolate makes this sundae gleefully indulgent. So go ahead, dig in all you want.

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