February/March 2018

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Gut Feeling

Subscribers Only — In proper balance, bacteria in the colon prevent illness, regulate food absorption and digestion and play a role in many body functions. But when bacteria invade and take over the small intestine, they can cause digestive problems (like gas, abdominal bloating, stomach pain), nutrient malabsorption, food sensitivities and more.   More...

Ask the Doctor: February/March 2018

Subscribers Only — Last November, Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment and director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave the keynote address at the Institute for Integrative Health’s In Good Health Wellness Expo in Baltimore. Associate editor Jules Shepard was there. In her interview with Dr. Fasano, he expands upon his presentation and discusses factors related to the development of celiac disease and other autoimmune conditions.   More...

Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Recipes

Make any of these gluten-free pancake or waffle recipes for an amazing, safe breakfast. Stack them high, butter them up, drizzle them with syrup. These easy-to-make pancakes and waffles are classic morning favorites.   More...

Perfect Gluten-Free Cookies from America's Test Kitchen

Subscribers Only — In the world of baking, cookies might just be the most beloved treat—and the most versatile. Whether they’re an afternoon snack or the sweet ending to a meal, cookies are welcome anywhere and anytime. Here, the chefs at America’s Test Kitchen share their gluten-free versions of two classic cookie recipes, as well as their explanations for baking success.   More...

Gluten-Free Winter Comfort Dinners

Traditional staples, easy dinners and comfort foods are things we all crave these days. That’s why I devoted an entire chapter to the subject in my latest cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap (2nd edition). These recipes are three of the comfort foods my family and I love. Simple to prepare, they’ll warm your home and your heart with a feeling of pride, give you a well-earned sense of accomplishment and leave you with more money in your pocket at the end of the day because they’re made from scratch.   More...

Ready, Set, Blend!

Subscribers Only — Summer might be a distant memory but that doesn’t mean now can’t be prime smoothie season. Crafted for wellness, these blended drinks will make you feel all cozy inside even in the grips of winter. Blitzing together the right ingredients can warm the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients for better health. Apples, avocado, sweet potatoes and warming spices provide plenty of flavor and comfort. So don’t give your blender the season off. Fight the winter blues with these feel-good smoothies.   More...

Meals in a Bowl

Subscribers Only — Grain bowls are a yummy way to create easy, texture-pleasing, mouth-watering meals. Start with a gluten-free whole grain. Add veggies and beans. Top with cubed or sliced chicken, salmon, tofu, eggs or cheese. Generously drizzle with a flavorful sauce and throw on some crunch. Toss everything together like a salad or layer ingredients in a glass bowl for extra eye appeal. You can use all fresh ingredients or take advantage of leftovers. I save time by cooking extras on the weekend. Then I use these leftovers to quickly assemble healthy grain bowls during the week. These easy recipes (they’re menu standards at my house) guarantee filling, healthy, appetizing meals every time.   More...

No-Sugar Super Treats

Comforting someone in need takes many forms. Sometimes the need isn’t clearly apparent and typical communication isn’t an option. This is often the case when a child is on the autism spectrum. I work closely with families on the spectrum and have presented cooking classes at the annual Autism One Conference for years. Over the past decade, the conference’s dietary focus has expanded from simple gluten-free, casein-free foods (GFCF) and the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) to striving to understand and meet the complicated needs of each specific child. The parents’ tireless efforts to help their children never cease to impress and inspire me. After a long, exhausting day of cooking and presenting at last year’s Autism One Conference, I ran into a mom and her son in a hallway. I had watched this boy grow up over the years. Now in an adult body, he was still unable to communicate in a traditional manner. Travel and the unfamiliar surroundings were taking a toll and he was agitated and hungry. His diet was restricted to soft GFCF foods as he was healing from a difficult seizure during which he had bitten his tongue. My fatigue did not compare to what this family was experiencing. Returning to the family’s hotel room with food, I prayed that it would be comforting, nourishing and welcomed by the young man. Tiny steps, one bite at a time—and comfort was restored. The next day, he was peaceful. He kissed my cheek, the ultimate gift from a young person grateful for true comfort food. These treats are naturally sweet without refined sugar. Nutrient-dense, they promote wellness and they help bring comfort.   More...

Irish Bread Recipes

Subscribers Only — St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland and is a celebration of all things Irish, including bread. Bring the celebration to your family’s table with these traditional Irish breads, made deliciously gluten-free.   More...

The Best Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mixes

Subscribers Only — Gluten Free & More editors tested gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes. Each made the mixes to their own dietary standards (for example, egg-free or dairy-free). Each mix was tested as either a pancake, a waffle or both. Samples were then frozen and reheated for the ultimate round of testing. After testing 71 mixes, we can tell you that many mixes are very similar. Those with non-traditional flours—like sorghum, buckwheat, coconut or almond flour—stand out for taste and added nutrition. Note that having too much of a unique ingredient can influence overall flavor.   More...

Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mixes: Which Brand is Best?

We set out to find the best gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes on the market—the ones with the best taste and the perfect rise and texture. We also wanted to find the top picks for those who eat vegan or grain-free and those who must avoid other common allergens, such as dairy or eggs. After weeks of tasting, what’s our conclusion? There’s a perfect pancake mix for just about everybody!   More...

Life Story

Body by Bands

Subscribers Only — Exercising with resistance bands is an excellent way to promote bone health and to increase muscular strength and endurance. Bands are an easy, inexpensive and effective tool to achieve a whole-body workout in a short amount of time. They are literally total body training, ideal for those with celiac disease and others at risk for developing osteopenia and osteoporosis.   More...

We've Got Issues: February/March 2018

Restaurant staff have been hearing a lot more about gluten lately, so most are familiar with gluten-free customers. Some (or many) of these diners are gluten-free by choice, not medical necessity. Diners in the latter group—like you and me—need to ask questions. We need to be taken seriously. We actually get sick and have long-term repercussions if we eat gluten or our food gets contaminated. So it’s on us to express that clearly and accurately to the people who handle our food. Maybe if you look at these conversations as a public service rather than something just for you, you’ll feel better about asking questions.   More...

Try it

Sweet GF Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Impress your sweetheart with some special rosé. Try Santa Margherita’s Sparking Rosé, a new pale pink wine made with white fruit and red berries. Or pour Pampelonne’s Rosé Lime, a sparkling canned cocktail with pleasing notes of kaffir lime, ruby red grapefruit and, yes, passion fruit.   More...

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Research Roundup: February/March 2018

A case recently published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports described a dramatic and surprising presentation of celiac disease. A 3-year-old Albanian girl came to a clinic with carpal spasms (involuntary muscle contractions) and paresthesia (numbness and tingling) in her hands. A physical exam revealed no other symptoms but a blood test showed the child had severe calcium depletion. A screening for celiac disease was conducted (among other tests) with positive results; the diagnosis was confirmed with a duodenal biopsy.   More...

Food for Thought

"The Heart of Baking"

Subscribers Only — Do gluten-free pastry recipes seem filled with hidden pitfalls? The heart of baking isn’t hard to master— I baked soggy baklava once, then lackluster macarons with no feet, muffins with no domes. I bemoaned the outcomes, none of them a disaster. I baked something every week, mustered through sticky dough, crumbly cakes, runny cookies, unbouncy bread, lessons all, but still, no disaster. …   More...

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