Fermented Fare: Digestion-Friendly Probiotic Foods

Probiotic-rich foods are part of a nutrient-dense diet that the entire family can enjoy. These foods include yogurt, fermented raw vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi) and fermented beverages (water kefir, kombucha, beet kvass). They must be raw, unheated and unpasteurized since probiotics are killed by heat.

’Tis the Season for Feasting: Keeping the Holidays Allergy- and Gluten-Free

Let’s talk about the eight days of Hanukkah, the 12 days of Christmas, the countdown to New Year’s and all the celebrations in between. For most, these weeks of culinary gusto prompt worry over weight gain. But for those on special diets, the festivities bring up a different set of concerns: enjoying safe and satisfying meals.

Celiac Kids

We asked Maddie Diehn (age 8) of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and siblings Austin (age 11) and McKenna (age 8) Juhnke of Fargo, North Dakota, to talk about living with special dietary needs.

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When I became a new mother in 2006, I decided to leave my teaching career to stay home with my son. Money was tight with the loss of my income, especially as the cost of gas and groceries continued to rise, and my family got hit again in 2008 when the economy tanked. That’s when I began to strategically use coupons and to stockpile products. With practice, I was able to save thousands of dollars on our budget: I could feed my family of three on an average of $130 a month, including organics.

Gluten-Free Breakfast Makeover

To re-create the gluten-free pancakes of my dreams, I turned for inspiration to DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg, masters of gluten-filled breakfast. If anyone knows the fundamentals of making perfect pancakes, it’s this husband-and-wife team. They own Clinton St. Baking Company, a popular restaurant in New York City that serves 500 orders of pancakes a week.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Soup’s On

Many favorite casseroles and other dishes rely on condensed cream-of-something soup. Commercial brands contain either gluten or dairy or both—so what to do? We hear this question a lot. The answer is to make your own condensed cream soup and here’s how...

Eating Enough?

One of the common worries when eliminating problem ingredients from the diet is whether people can get enough nutrients from the foods that are left. Fear not, most nutrients have numerous food sources. Removing a food or food group need not lead to nutritional downfall as long as you avoid the common traps of poor substitutions and picky eating. And if you’re avoiding dairy, take calcium and maybe vitamin D.

Know Your Body: Celiac vs. Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

I learned I had celiac disease at age 50 after an inability to gain weight and chronic tummy troubles sent me to a string of different physicians. Besides gluten, I discovered I was intolerant of dairy, soy, corn and processed sugars and eventually learned to recreate meals without the offending ingredients. Cooking, teaching and writing about food became a passion that developed into a career as I helped others navigate their dietary challenges.

Play It Safe

Keeping your home and school safe for young children with food allergies and sensitivities goes beyond what food goes into their mouths. It includes the toys they play with. Take Play-Doh, the popular children’s clay. It contains wheat products—off limits for kids with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.

5 Reasons to Supplement

Dietary supplements are a $28 billion industry in the United States. That’s a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, proteins and herbs. For the average consumer (and even the savvy medical professional), the choices can be overwhelming. If you’re on a special diet, extra nutritional help is crucial—but which supplements are most important?



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