Aug/Sep 2012

So Good

Allergy-Friendly Smoothies

Ladies and gentlemen, start your blenders! Allergy-friendly Smoothies have gone mainstream. You can find these tempting beverages in various guises at coffee shops, fitness centers and big-chain supermarkets. Yet, for the biggest nutritional windfall and to avoid calorie bombs with serious waistline repercussions, it’s best to whip up your own blender creations.   More...

Gluten-Free Crisp Zucchini Rounds

These Gluten-Free Crisp Zucchini Rounds meet all the requirements. They can be made in 25 minutes and require just five other easy-to-find ingredients. They’re also versatile, equally wonderful as an appetizer or veggie side. As a bonus, zucchini is low in fat and calories and high in vitamins, making it a healthy choice.   More...

Allergy-Friendly Fruit-Full Homecoming

Subscribers Only — When baking with fruit, pick those that give off a sweet perfume and are tender to the touch but not mushy. Select fruit with no brown spots or soft places on the flesh. Pears and peaches can ripen further on the kitchen counter but don’t let them linger more than a few days. Fruit’s sweet scent can quickly turn to a fermented, yeasty odor, signaling that the fruit is nearly past its prime. Apples should be firm with only a slight fragrance, the crisper the better. Plums should be slightly soft. The same holds true for apricots. They’re trickier to ripen at home; I often rely on dried apricots in my gluten-free recipes for this reason and because they add an intense sweetness that isn’t always imparted by fresh apricots. If you’re not able to bake when the fruit is ripe and ready, store it in the refrigerator to extend its life.   More...

Protein Fix

If you want to beef up your allergy-friendly smoothie with an extra shot of protein—a good idea when gulping down breakfast or after a workout—consider whirling in one of these gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free powders.   More...