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Cornmeal Muffins are Delicious and Gluten-Free

By |June 30th, 2014|

Cornmeal muffins are yummy and full of healthy ingredients and also gluten free. You will be amazed how sweet they are since there is no added sugar!

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Why Is A Gluten Free Diet So Expensive…And Fattening?

By |March 6th, 2014|

Do you eat gluten free because you have celiac disease or have gluten sensitivity or perhaps you choose to eat gluten free to be healthier?

If you eat gluten free than like many, you may be stressed by the high cost of gluten free products. […]

Can a Gluten Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

By |September 14th, 2013|

Celebrities world wide are raving about weight loss benefits of gluten free, but does it really work?

Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and diagnosed celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck all said they lost weight going gluten free. Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum have also joined the crowd.

“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, (physical) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!” tweeted Miley Cyrus.

BUT….. there is no real research validating  that people will lose weight eating gluten free. In fact there are studies showing  going gluten free has no effect on weight loss.

Mayo Clinic’s gluten expert, Joseph Murray MD says there is no evidence that a gluten free diet will affect weight loss.  The study conducted on celiac patients on a gluten free diet found some gained weight, some lost weight, and some did not change. AM J CLIN NUTR 79: 669, 2004 SOURCE: NUTRITION ACTION. JAN/FEB 2013. GUT MYTHS

BUT …… what I have seen and what our testing shows is that most people are not doing well with gluten in their diet and are sensitive to gluten.

Why are so many gluten sensitive?

Gluten protein is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested.  This undigested gluten then enters the small intestine and  irritates the intestines wall, causing inflammation and other problems.  Irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall.

 

Fact: 3 million people in the United States (adults and children) have celiac disease. – U.S. National Institute of Health estimates. There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only thing to do is a gluten-free diet which eliminates most of the symptoms. Goldie Hawn and Juliette Lewis are just a few celebrities who have Celiac’s disease.

Going gluten-free isn’t easy.  Gluten is a protein found in many foods not just in wheat products, it is in other grains, beers, imitation meats and even things like soy sauce, pickles and hot dogs.

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Why is it that many people lose weight going gluten free?

They eat less starchy foods that are full of gluten.  All that bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods do not work for a gluten free diet.  Guess what?  They lose weight. Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.

So what do they eat?  They eat more veggies and lean meat, which may also be responsible for the weight loss.

 Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten free?

Answer: They start buying  gluten free substitutes.

BUT…. those gluten free breads, cookies, cakes and cereals are usually higher in calories than the wheat based products.  They are filled with starchy ingredients such as tapioca starch, potato starch, or corn starch and even lots of sugar to make them taste good.

Some  smart innovative people make their own gluten free substitutes.

Unfortunately….. most of the gluten free recipe books and the ones online have the same problem.  They are full of starch and even sugar!

Store bought, and home-made gluten free goodies taste so good that it is easy to eat lots and lots. There are so many other Dangers of Common Gluten Free Products.

Stop buying your gluten free products at supermarkets or even health food stores and making them with those unhealthy starches.

Make your own food with whole grains. Ok, that is not easy because as I said most gluten recipes have 30% to 70% starch!  I have spent years creating healthy gluten free […]

Pear Hazelnut Crumble

By |September 5th, 2013|

This is a very healthy dessert filled with healthy pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts go so well with the pears making it extra yummy.

In the fall I pick so many pears from a friends tree that I had get creative and this is one very yummy result.

Base

Ingredients:
5 cups pears

Directions:
1.    Core and slice pears.
2.    Place pears in a baking dish.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes*
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
1/2 tsp Stevia in 1/3 water
1/2 cup hazel nuts, chopped

Directions:

1.    Mix oil, sugar, salt and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2.    Add brown rice flour to wet mixture.
3.    Mix in well.
4.    Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5.    Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6.    Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7.    Sprinkle the chopped hazel nuts on top.
8.    Pat down firmly.
9.    Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.

* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is an oatmeal that is considered gluten free.

P.S.   Pears are Powerfoods.  Read all about pears here:   Pears:  ‘Gift of the Gods”

P.S.S.  Make sure the stevia is the non bitter kind.  Stevia

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Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

By |March 15th, 2013|

This is one of those recipes that originated in my hippy days in the Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada.

We had a variety of flavours of ‘Bliss Balls’; this was a favorite.  It did have lots of honey in it though which I reduced the quantity.  You can replace it with rice syrup.  Also, it had wheat germ in it which I replaced to make it gluten free.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds (for rolling)
1/4 cup currants

Directions:

  1. Blend honey and peanut butter.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients except sesame seeds.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls.
  4. Roll balls in sesame seeds.
  5. Set on a plate or cookie sheet and let them form for 2 hours.
  6. Then store in an airtight container, each layer on parchment paper, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Try to use organic peanut butter without all the additives. This is a good peanut butter with no unhealthy additives and is organic too. Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
I am a big fan of chunky peanut butter cause I like the crunch: Smucker’s Organic Natural Peanut Butter-chunky

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11 Gluten Free Grains

By |November 5th, 2012|

gluten free grains

Eleven Gluten Free Grains:

1.  Millet:  

Gluten free millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavour, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available.  It is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body

Millet has always been a favorite grain of mine since I discovered it in my hippy days in the 70’s! […]

Do You Need to Eat Gluten Free?

By |November 5th, 2012|

do you have to eat gluten free

You need to eat gluten free if you either have celiac disease, or gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease which damages the small intestine preventing the absorption of nutrients from food. This is due to being allergic to a natural protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats (Although oats don’t contain it naturally, they’re often processed in facilities that handle wheat).
The symptoms are usually diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition. 

Approximately one percent of the population has celiac disease.  It is confirmed with a blood test or a intestinal biopsy (more accurate)

Gluten sensitivity  (or intolerance) affects a larger group of people – 10%. 

Gluten sensitivity  involves a spectrum of disorders, including celiac disease and wheat allergy, in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body.
The specific causes of gluten sensitivity are less well known. 
There is not  the obvious damage done to the intestines so its presence is inferred by a  long list of symptoms.  (over 50)
The following gluten sensitivity self-test from Dr Oz  contains the most important of those symptoms.

Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test […]

Pear Upside Down Cake – Vegan Gluten Free

By |October 12th, 2012|

Gluten free, dairy & egg free

Pears grow in Edmonton! They are small but they are tasty and juicy.  A friend lets me pick bags full of pears from his big tree. Thus, I get to make this very yummy gluten free cake made with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp molasses

Mix together the next 4 ingredients for a gluten free flour mix:

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup white rice flour

Then add:

5 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water

For bottom of cake:

2 cups sliced pears for bottom
1 tsp arrowroot
3 tsp fresh ginger grated

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 350º F.
2.    Oil 8” X 8”cake pan.
3.    Slice 2 cups of pears.
4.    Arrange pears into bottom of cake pan.
5.    Sprinkle pears with arrowroot.
6.    Sprinkle ginger over the pears.
7.    Mix oil, rice syrup, and molasses.
8.    Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
9.    Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
10.  Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
11.   Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
12.   Add 1/4 cup of gluten free flour.
13.    Mix in well and quickly.
14.    Immediately pour batter into cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
15.    Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
16.    Bake at 350º F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
17.    Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
18.    Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan as the pears on the bottom will make a soggy cake if you do not.

Another very good pear recipe: Pear Hazelnut Crumble

Learn about the 9 Healthy Gluten Free Flours

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Why Being Gluten Free Is Not Always Healthy!

By |October 5th, 2012|

It is true that the mainstream gluten free diet is not always healthy and can actually be making you fat and unhealthy!

Yes, if you are celiac or gluten intolerant (also known as gluten sensitivity), you do have to go gluten free.  Unfortunately, most of the recipes and products available, although they don’t have gluten in them, are NOT healthy for different factors so you may end up with different problems.

This is what I have found in my extensive research in the past two years. […]

Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

By |October 1st, 2012|

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

12 Health Benefits of Millet…the Alkalizing Grain!

By |September 10th, 2012|

Gluten free millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavour, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available.

How to Cook Perfect Millet

By |May 20th, 2012|

Millet – the Alkalizing Grain!

Some people think it is a little tasteless but it doesn’t have to be!

What learned in my hippie day was to lightly toast it before cooking. This gives it a richer nutty flavour. Millet has thus become a favourite grain of mine! […]