archive for May, 2007

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy Free/Gluten Free)

Posted on May 30, 2007

This updated classic is one of my favorites.

Update: I’ve created a video to show you how to make these gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookies.

The other day I received a call from Kelly about a potluck at my children’s school. This superwoman who doubles as first grade room parent and I spoke about taking the “luck” out of potluck.

During our chat, we touched on the significance of children breaking bread together and sharing in the most important part of ... read more →

Product Review: Boulder’s Best Organics

Posted on May 29, 2007

Boulder is often called the “Mount Olympus” of the organic food industry. Boulder’s Best Organics, a web based business, provides a pantheon of locally made products including soaps, chocolate, wine and tea.

This company offers a convenient way to ship a Rocky Mountain gift basket to far off friends and relatives who need a fix of Boulder. When my friend Stephanie had her baby, I sent a basket of postpartum pampering treats including lotion, chocolate and wine.

A Pill for Celiac?

Posted on May 27, 2007

No. There is no pill for celiac disease. Could this be what makes it one of the most misdiagnosed diseases in our country?

If doctors and drug companies made money from gluten free cookies, perhaps we’d have more thorough screening. However, since there is no profit-making pharmaceutical remedy for this disease, it seems that much of the medical establishment has been remiss in treating people suffering from this fairly common malady –some studies show that 1% of the US population has ... read more →

Product Review: Rigoni di Asiago

Posted on May 22, 2007

These delicious jams by fiordifrutta Rigoni di Asiago are made with 100% organic fruit. They’re juice sweetened –no cane sugar, fructose or other forms of processed sugar in disguise. This is the only organic jam I have found with no added sugar. The flavors are great!

My favorites are orange and raspberry jam, though they come in a large variety including rose hip, which is quite tasty as well.

Update: This product has been renamed Rigoni di Asiago. It is still ... read more →

FDA: Spelt is Wheat

Posted on May 21, 2007

It seems like just about every week someone offers me bread or crackers and says, “don’t worry it’s spelt.”

These well meaning friends of mine know that I’m gluten intolerant and don’t eat wheat, yet have been lead to believe that spelt is ok for people with celiac disease and gluten allergies.

Each time this occurs, I explain to my friends that spelt contains gluten and that this grain is a very close cousin of wheat.

In fact, the two grains share such ... read more →

Curried Shrimp

Posted on May 18, 2007

If you like shrimp, try this paleo recipe for Curried Shrimp. The larger than life flavors meld together in this succulent and healthy curry dish.

Curried Shrimpprint
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup tomatoes, pureed
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 pound large shrimp, peeled
3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed

In a large saucepan, heat oil
Sauté garlic and onion over low heat until tender, about 10-15 minutes
Add tomatoes, ginger, cumin, ... read more →

Dirty Dozen

Posted on May 17, 2007

-photo from Shai Barzilay

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of the one dozen fruits and vegetables highest in pesticides. These are best avoided unless purchased organic. Their dirty dozen includes, in alphabetical order:

apples
bell peppers (sweet)
celery
cherries
grapes
lettuce
nectarines
peaches
pears
potatoes
spinach
strawberries

With fruit season almost upon us, I hope this list is useful.

Cucumber Mango Salad

Posted on May 10, 2007

This is one of my favorite healthy fruit and veggie salads for a hot sunny day.

This quick and easy salad recipe is a healthy addition to any gluten free dinner. The unique combination of a vegetable (cucumber) and a fruit (mango) makes a healthy and appetizing salad that appeals to kids and grown ups.

We’ve just come into another burst of warm weather, so I’ve been spending more time on the front porch watching my boys play and of ... read more →

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Posted on May 8, 2007

These gluten free pecan shortbread cookies are a quick and easy high protein treat!

Gluten free cookies are very important to the newly diagnosed celiac. These gluten free shortbread cookies are made with high protein almond flour, a nutritious and satiating ingredient. This quick and easy shortbread recipe also makes great gluten free Christmas cookies.

These cookies are so good my friend Elizabeth tells me they’re addictive. Go ahead, bake these buttery treats and see for yourself.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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Product Review: Tube Wringer

Posted on May 7, 2007

I am addicted to my tube wringer. It drives my husband crazy. Even though we have our own toothpastes, I get out the tube wringer and squeeze every last drop out of his tube before I let him throw it away. I use it as well for ointments and other products that come in a tube. I don’t like to waste!

I found out about this from my friend Mary whose husband is a painter. He had one of these metal ... read more →

Sesame Crackers

Posted on May 3, 2007

Highly nutritious gluten free crackers go well with guacamole, goat cheese and olive tapenade.

These gluten free crackers made with high protein almond flour and sesame seeds are a wonderfully crunchy Paleo friendly snack. With this quick and easy cracker recipe you can have homemade crackers in mere minutes. These gluten free crackers are also grain free, full of fiber and therefore very satiating.

Every time my friend Patricia, Pilates Diva extraordinary, comes over she walks out of the house with ... read more →

David Steinman

Posted on May 3, 2007

David Steinman, founder of the Green Patriot movement, is an acclaimed author, environmentalist and health consumer advocate.

Steinman has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of persons eating locally caught fish from Southern California bays. It was his landmark study, published in the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, that led to the historic movement to clean up the Santa Monica Bay.

Steinman is an advisory board member for The Green ... read more →

Book Review: Paleo Diet

Posted on May 3, 2007

One of the most sane, common sense approaches to eating that I have seen in all my years of researching food and holistic living, The Paleo Diet is a favorite.

The knowledgeable Loren Cordain, Ph.D., takes us back to the pre-agrarian diets of our ancestors. Yes, that’s the Stone Age, a time before the Agricultural Revolution, which occurred a mere 10,000 years ago (a short time ago given man’s 2 million year history).

The diet featured in this book is one ... read more →

How to Slice a Mango

Posted on May 1, 2007

Here’s how to tango with a mango

Mango, a wonderfully rich, sweet treat, full of nutritious prebiotic dietary fiber and antioxidants, is the perfect Paleo dessert.

Here’s how to cut a mango, because as the weather warms, I follow suit and warm weather fruits make their way into my shopping cart. Today I found gorgeous yellow mangos. I bought one and when I arrived home did the mango tango –a dance of slicing this slippery fruit.

How to Slice a Mango

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