Why Eat Gluten-Free?

If you didn’t happen to catch the viral Jimmy Kimmel video, you’ve gotta see it! This video exemplifies the gluten-free diet trend, and the accompanying lack of understanding of the powerful potential of the gluten-free diet. It’s no secret that many people are following a gluten-free diet “just because”, but the reality is that the majority of these people do […]

Common Sources of Hidden Gluten

I spoke with a group of dietitians at the Northern Arizona Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Spring Conference last week. My presentation topic was treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with the Low FODMAPs diet. While the Low FODMAPs diet is effective at managing the  symptoms associated with IBS, the point I wanted to communicate is that IBS […]

Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2014

Celiac disease is a genetic, inflammatory, systemic autoimmune disease. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 after searching for 8 years for an answer to low bone density and some mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Since then I’ve worked as a dietitian with many, many people who have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease to ensure that they get […]

Celiac Disease Checklist to Share

Today is Celiac Disease Awareness Day. Today is your opportunity to put an end to the unnecessary the suffering related to undiagnosed celiac disease that affects a friend, family member, neighbor or colleague. You may find yourself surprised by the extensive list of symptoms related to celiac disease, and you may even think you have […]

Distilled Alcohol and Gluten, Part 2

In part one of this discussion, I provided information from the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) regarding the gluten free status of distilled alcohol. Even though  documentation to prove that there are not gluten peptide fragments in a distilled alcohol is not currently possible with current testing methods these organizations assume […]

Maple-Soy Marinade Pulls Meal Together

I pulled a recipe from Cooking Light for Maple-Soy Chicken Thighs and centered the entire meal around the marinade. This is a great strategy to weave the flavors of one dish into other components of your meal without complicating meal preparation. Maple-Soy Chicken Thighs, Millet Tabouli, Carrots and Green Beans Marinade: 1/2 cup 100% maple […]

Dinner in Under 30

Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning blend was an impulse buy last time we were in CostCo. Organic-good. No Salt-wonderful. Seasoning blend-gluten free? Yes, it’s gluten free! All this means that this Seasoning blend is a super-fast, delicious short cut that I look forward to using! Here’s an example of a very easy, totally balanced dinner that […]

Green Drinks

I wake up really early. I’m embarrassed to say how early! I used to wake up, have coffee, workout, get dressed, and then eat… by the time I sat down to breakfast I was starving, edgy and impatient. That is no way to greet my family at the breakfast table. I wasn’t following my own advice of […]

Summertime Oatmeal (Muesli)

I really love oatmeal. But eating oatmeal all summer is a little ridiculous. It’s much too hot for hot cereal! That’s why I make Summertime Oatmeal. It’s a great way of enjoying oatmeal all year! Some may call this muesli. But since I’ve only had real muesli once in my life, I really can’t say […]

Nutty Smoothie

Looking for a higher protein option for a quick breakfast? Striving for diet that is higher in protein is a good idea for people trying to lose weight, those who have PCOS and those who are trying to gain muscle. For many people it’s difficult to find whole foods to meet their protein needs. Avoid […]

Curried Buckwheat Rissotto

A while back I wrote about the naturally gluten-free grains available to us. Quinoa has gained popularity and is showing up in restaurants, cookbooks and magazines. But buckwheat, millet, amaranth and teff are also delicious and nutritious. Keep in mind that if you are eating a gluten-free diet for a health-related reason, please be sure […]

Gluten-free grains that everyone should eat

I find it somewhat troubling that the gluten-free diet focus so heavily on what you CAN’T eat rather than focusing on what you CAN eat. Since there are way more foods that you CAN eat on a gluten-free diet, it’s called “gluten-free” because that’s a little easier to verbalize than describing the diet by what […]