As we close out a year, we open ourselves to a new world of bright opportunities for us all. Here’s to you and a fresh new day. Thank you for all your continued support!
Beer. Important to many. Once forsaken by those who forsake gluten. Never fear, gluten free beer exists, and so does a list! A shoutout to gfreefoodie.com from beer lovers everywhere!
Here’s the link: http://www.gfreefoodie.com/g-free-foodies-gluten-free-beer-list/
Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Here’s a few NYTimes recipes to get the juices flowing on planning that special T-Day stuffing dish for a GFer in your life!
Click here for the article.
Here’s a pic of our fave, cornbread stuffing:
Halloween. If you celebrate this holiday, you know that much of the culture surrounding it has to do with “candy” … eating it, collecting it, sifting through it (alright, I used to enjoy “organizing” my candy … a small window into my mind there, lol). When you or someone you know is living with a food sensitivities, being aware of what is in each piece of candy is of utmost importance. This wonderful woman who writes the Sure Food Living site has compiled lists of gluten-free candy for several years now, what a GEM she is! Now we can all enjoy a quick list at our fingertips, to make “sifting” through your candy that much easier!
Happy Trick or Treating and enjoy the holiday!
Usually I post articles I find interesting on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages … but this one in particular, I thought deserved a dedicated post on our site.
In the article (link below) featured in the Washingtonian, there is a column about food diaries, and this week’s feature is on a reader who follows a gluten-free diet. The article displays a food diary this reader has kept which details her daily routine & food intake, along with some personal nuances. At the end of the article, the columnist (a registered dietician and wellness consultant) critiques her diary based upon nutritional components, offers suggestions, and explains the areas of health the reader should pay careful attention to when following a gluten-free diet.
I found this article helpful, because although keeping a food diary is not a new concept, it is one that can be interesting to look back upon. Everyone is busy. Keeping track of what you consume may not rank high on your priority list. Yet, if you were to, you may be surprised at what you discover about your habits. Nowadays, with the advent of the smartphone, tablets, etc. it can be somewhat easy to just keep a running notation of what you are eating right before you do. Done and done. Notably, as mentioned in the article, a gluten-free diet is one that should be nutritionally balanced, due to the deficiencies that can naturally occur when following a GF diet.
In any case, even if you are not on a gluten-free diet, maybe it could be interesting (and fun? … well, define fun right?) to take a peek into a week in the life of what is going through your digestive system. Hope you have a wonderful final day of the weekend, and a great week ahead!
Click here to read the article in the Washingtonian
A few posts ago we discussed a fave app of ours, “Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out” when searching for gluten-free dining options at a few well-known joints around town. Yet, not every eatery can be/is represented, but many larger franchises/food chains have their gluten-free and allergy friendly menus available online, perfect for customers with special dietary needs who want to/need to plan ahead. In the current world of Google, Bing (Insert favorite search engine) it is easier than ever to do a bit of research before heading out to dine (if possible).
Of course there are those days … where you are rushing from work, to child’s practice, to hair cuts, to errands … and then, hunger strikes. I do not do “hungry” well … at.all. On a recent particular day as the aforementioned, I looked around and found a few places in sight, looked them up on my smart phone and discovered a few places … one of which was not on my app was Taco Del Mar. Typed in “taco del mar gluten free”, low and behold a link to an easy to navigate gluten-free menu. Another great example is Chili’s. Chili’s has a full allergy-friendly food list of some of the most prevalent allergies on their site. Look it up, it’s easy to use! If you can’t check out the menu ahead of time, ask them at the restaurant, try asking an employee/server if they have a gluten-free and/or allergy-friendly menu on hand (I’m just one of “those” people, I like to “anticipate” what good food I’m going to eat, think about it … ).
And … there are always going to be locales which do not have a pre-printed special menu, and when that happens … ask, but nicely for assistance.
Hope you have fun dining around town foodies!
Ingredients: brown-rice pasta, olive oil, organic oregano, organic basil, salt, pepper, crushed red chili peppers, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts