Thursday, June 24, 2010

Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

I've been gluten-free for nearly seven years now and have tried A LOT of gluten-free bread.  Many brands were good for toast and sandwiches but a very heavy, dense toast or sandwich.  Then there's the whole crumbly, fall apart factor that comes with many gluten-free breads and the fact that you have to toast them for them to be worth anything.  Although you still have have to toast it, Ener-G's Light Tapioca Bread is by far the lightest and best sandwich appropriate bread....found here in Wilmington.  It's not frozen or refrigerated.  You can find it at Lovey's Market and it comes in varieties such as dinner rolls, hamburger buns and hot dog buns.   Now lately I've been hearing rave reviews for Udi's Gluten-Free bread which you can buy online.  However, Lovey's does carry a few Udi's products, so with a few requests I think we can get them to order some of the breads. I've also heard good things about the new Nature's Own gluten-free bread being test marketed in Atlanta's major grocery stores right in the regular bread section!  It's amazing how far gluten-free has come....maybe my Special K will be available someday......

What's your favorite gluten-free sandwich bread?

Till my next rambling,

Eat, Drink and Be Gluten-Free

Monday, June 14, 2010

Special K

When people find out they have gluten intolerance a whole slew of things runs through their heads. No pizza, no bread, no cupcakes or brownies, etcetera, etcetera and so forth. My first thought: "No more Vanilla Almond Special K??!!" I'd already been on a health kick for years, having been overweight when I was younger, so pizza, pasta and baked goods were not even a part of my diet. But my Special K...I loved my Special K. I started my day right every morning with that cereal and was hard pressed to find it's gluten-free equivalent. That was seven years ago and believe it or not, I still thought about my loss regularly. Then something magical happened. Nature's Path came out with a new cereal....Organic Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise (cue the choir)!!! I quickly purchased a box and took it home, got a bowl, poured the cereal, added almond milk and OMG!.....it's better than Vanilla Almond Special K!!!! It's a miracle, thank you Jesus! I love you Nature's Path!

Needless to say I highly recommend the stuff. Get it now.

Till we eat again,

Eat, Drink and Be Gluten-Free

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fast Food

Needing to eat quick, fast and in a hurry or on-the-go is one of the biggest challenges when living a gluten-free lifestyle. One of my most favorite on-the-go meals is a smoothie, especially in the summer time. I always keep frozen fruit in my freezer and even purposely buy old bananas that I can break into little pieces and freeze myself. If you have frozen fruit on hand, you don't need to water down your smoothie with ice. You can just pick some fruit, add juice, milk or water, protein powder (atleast 10 grams of protein in every meal or snack is what nutritionists recommend) and blend! Voila! A smoothie in about 3 minutes. Put it in a to go cup and you're on your merry way.

If you're not much of a smoothie maker or already out and about, stop by one of the many specialty smoothie shops. Their employees are usually very knowledgeable and they offer many different types of protein powders with gluten-free and dairy-free options. Not only will a smoothie fill you up and give you a couple of your daily fruit servings but let's face it, they are delicious.

Try my latest favorite smoothie recipe:

1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 scoops vanilla protein powder ( I use Shaklee Cinch Soy Vanilla Protein Powder)
1 cup of water

Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend!

Till next time,

Eat, Drink (Smoothies) and Be Gluten-Free

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gluten-Free Friends

Getting ready for the Gluten-Free Friends support group at Lovey's Market & Cafe. The GFF meet once a month and offer gluten-free support, stories, samples of fabulous gluten-free products, and time to share our experiences, reviews and recomendations. It is a wonderful group that not so long ago, did not exist at all. After several failed attempts at putting a gluten-free support group together, the Gluten-Free Friends is finally in full swing and hopefully here to stay.

Is there a gluten-free support group in your area?

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