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Gluten Free & More’s Favorite Books: Gluten-Free Vegan

Jennifer Katzinger shares healthy and delicious recipes in Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family: Nutritious Plant-Based Meals and Snacks Everyone Will Love (Sasquatch Books). Her sandwich bread on page 7 is a tasty clue to the theme of this cookbook—easy, flavorful and nutritious. Make your own nut milks and the nut cheeses will follow! Amazing muffins, power-packed snacks and simple yet sophisticated one-course meals, like kebabs and cassoulets, are topped off with inspired desserts.

Gluten Free & More’s Favorites: Ancient Superfood

It’s said that Aztec warriors were nourished by chia. These tiny seeds are a superfood packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants. A delicious way to enjoy chia and a host of other fab ingredients is Mamma Chia Vitality Granola. Gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, one bowl in the morning provides 10 grams of protein, 1500 mg of Omega-3s and plenty of gluten-free whole-grain fiber. Wild Blueberry, Vanilla Almond and Cinnamon Pecan clusters offer healthy, wholesome variety.

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Gluten Free & More’s Favorite Books: Texas Proud

Authors Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus do their state proud with Goodbye Gluten: Happy Healthy Delicious Eating with a Texas Twist (Great American Cooking Series, University of North Texas Press). Texas’ rich multicultural heritage is reflected in fabulous recipes from around the world that are infused with Tex-Mex flair. This is the best of regional U.S. cuisine, all without gluten. A gluten-free shopping list and bar guide are helpful. Recipes include ingredients by brand name to make prep easier.

Living Without’s Favorites: Lovely Licorice

Did you know that most licorice contains gluten? We hit the jackpot with Lovely Candy Co., a certified gluten-free licorice made with true licorice extract. It comes in three great flavors—strawberry, cherry and original black licorice. Bonus: It’s kosher with no high fructose corn syrup, soy or artificial ingredients. Find Lovely Lady candies online and in some Target, Whole Foods and 7-Eleven stores.

Living Without’s Favorites: Quick Convenience

Healthy Choice’s new Gluten-Free Café Steamers offer fast and easy meals in a pinch. Find gluten-free Beef Merlot, Cajun Style Chicken & Shrimp and Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay in the freezer section of your grocery store. A few minutes in the microwave and you get a hot, flavorful meal for around 200 calories. (Note: Not all Café Steamers are gluten-free.)

Living Without’s Favorites: A Square Meal

You’ll be sure to pack a balanced meal with Laptop Lunches’ Portion Perfect Bento Box. Five sections are nicely sized for the recommended amount of lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruit and healthy fats. Sturdy, removable containers contain no lead, BPA, phthalates or PVC. The bento box comes with a free Lunch Ideas iPhone app and menu ideas.

Living Without’s Favorites: Bite-Size Goodness

The Gluten Free Baroffers high-protein snack bars and good-for-you bites in a variety of flavors. For us, Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites top the list. A cross between truffle and rum ball (without alcohol), this delicious marriage of dark chocolate, coconut, organic dates, sunflower seeds and protein blend (brown rice and pea) is a real treat.

Living Without’s Favorites: So Luscious

Inspired by Happiness’ spectacular three-layer Dreamin’ of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake is packed with perfectly ripe strawberry filling and Belgian white chocolate mousse and topped with real whipped cream and a white chocolate drizzle. Unbelievably moist and delicious and certified gluten-free. A decadent dark and white chocolate layer cake is also available.

Living Without’s Favorites: Puffed Up

Flaky puff pastry provides scrumptious variety for home cooks—from savory appetizers to sweet tarts and baked goods—but it’s been out of reach for those who are gluten-free. Now GeeFree’s gluten-free Puff Pastry Sheets open up doors (and ovens!) for tender breakfast turnovers, flaky cheese puffs and delicacies like this delectable roasted vegetable tart. Hurray!

Living Without’s Favorite Books: Paleo Kitchen

Paleo bloggers Juli Bauer and George Bryant teamed their talents to create The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking (Victory Belt), a celebration of good eating and healthy lifestyle choices. This cookbook combines wholesome and flavorful recipes with personal stories and tips for transitioning to Paleo and sticking to it. Beautiful photos of each recipe tantalize and inspire. Here’s just about everything you need to love living Paleo.

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