Friday, June 10, 2011

Mango Lassi - GLUEN FREE and summery - Refreshing

Nutrient rich!
Summer Treat.

  • 1 Cup Fage yogurt ( Fage Greek yogurt site )[they ARE gluten free]
  • 2 Tblspns Honey or Agave Nectar [ easily gluten free]
  • 1 dash Cardamon [research your spice company, make sure here are no fillers]
  • 1 dash Nutmeg (prefer ground at the time of use) [research your spice company, make sure here are no fillers that is partly why I grind my own]
  • 2 cups Silk (R) Almond Milk (I am sure you could use Whole or 2% milk too) non-fat just isn't as creamy
  • 2 cups Frozen Mango Chunks.
  • 2 cups Fresh Mango Chunks and 1 Cup Ice cubes
Blend in the blender.

I found smoothies and making soups in my Oster Fusion - All Metal Drive blender.

Could it be Celiac Sprue related?

Depending on what you are reading or sourcing you will find hat 1:250 1:150 , 1:133 American have some level of gluten intolerance or Celiac Sprue.
That being said, there are so many things that people suffer and find a gluten free diet puts their symptoms into remission or better, they find they could no longer get diagnosis if they were tested today.
Epilepsy is one that has common links with Celiac Disease.
You might find this article interesting.

Gluten Free Product Recommendation - Aleia's Croutons

The Local Grocery store, Festival Foods, has rearranged. The demand for gluen free food is up and they are answering the call. So 500 new products are being added, and a full (not just some corner shelf) selection of Gluten Free baking and such goods is now together. Cookies, bread mikes, baking flours, cereals, breads, and CROUTONS!
Aleia's Croutons are amazingly delicious.
I made a salad yesterday and though I have gotten used to the gluten free life, in fact seldom do I wish for cake or croutons that I know I can't have, but I did lament for a second, that I had no crunchy croutons... so I added sunflower seed and that is when The Amazing Man got home. He had a surprise for me, two lovely baked items that made my day.
Aleia's croutons are herbed and have some parmesan cheese, butter and more to make them super crunchy and savory for the perfect salad completion!

The other thing of joy that was in the shopping bag?
Grandma Ferdon's Lemon Bars. (2 pack).
Both companies belong to the Celiac Sprue Association, and fully impress me.
I also like Grandma Ferdon's carrot cake. the cake and frosting together are a delight.

So now, you have the perfect salad ecoutrament!
and the perfect dessert to take with when you are going to a birthday party that might have cake of which you can not partake. Have cake with them... just bring a little piece for yourself and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Celiac at a rummage sale

What is more exciting than finding a great antique chaffing dish fo $1.00 at a garage/rummage sale? The disappointment of realizing that gluten free really does mean for me, that dish will never serve my food. I can't stress enough that gluten free risk is usually a betting man's upper hand. It is simple, thee was stuffing or sauce or something vital gluten put in that dish, and the healthier and more long-term gluten free you become, the less you tolerate gluten. So I don't use Grandma's China, or Great Aunt Elizabeth's gravy boat for food. I found ways to store things in them that assure me the joy of the memories of childhood dinners, such as a wrapped candy dish for the gravy boat, or floating candles in the water of a chaffing dish, an awesome use for a tea cup that was handed down? I planted miniature Thyme plants in two, and they are loved often.

So, second hand tupperware is not such a deal anymore, maybe start a Target Wishlist, or amazon account for the new stuff that you will want. Make sure to pass on the dinnerware set to someone in need, I put mine up to freecycle and requested any social workers that were dealing with a displaced family, contact me. After the floods I go to give a family dishes, pots and pans. HOW COOL IS THAT?

So remember as much as I love, and rummage and reduce, reuse, recycle, I have to go with the 4th R, respecting my body over my emotions of a cute dinner setting I go a great deal on.