Aug/Sep 2014

Features

Gluten & Migraine

Subscribers Only — Karen Schmucker knows when a migraine is coming. Flashing specs of white light suddenly appear, gradually crowding her entire field of vision. This light show—known as an aura—ends after 15 minutes. Then the pain hits. “It feels like someone is slowly pulling on a nerve inside my head,” says Schmucker, a graphic designer from Bellevue, Washington. “It’s not the worst pain in terms of intensity but I feel like I’m going to lose my mind if I can’t stop it. And then there’s the nausea.” Smells, light and noise exacerbate the pain and nausea, forcing her to ride it out in a dark room with an ice pack pressed to her head.   More...

A Lofty Loaf

Subscribers Only — Indeed, for ten years, finding a decent gluten-free yeast bread was impossible. All my attempts turned out crumbly, flat and dense. Then one day, gluten-free bakers discovered that a pinch of xanthan or guar gum put back some of the elasticity missing in gluten-free flours. These gums, which were used in chewing gum and ice cream, became the darlings of gluten-free baking, adding structure and stretch to gluten-free dough. “Miracle” and “breakthrough” are two words that come to mind.   More...

Fresh & Frosty Blender Creations

To me, summer screams of fresh produce—and my blender. Hot weather is the time for cold recipes that are blended with the season’s best. Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie and Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie are two of my most popular recipes. Always crowd pleasers, these dessert-style shakes satisfy the need for a sweet treat in less than five minutes. If you’re looking to expand your smoothie repertoire, explore some interesting flavors with Pineapple Salsa Smoothie. One of my all-time favorites, this drink is a pleasant surprise that’s bursting with complex flavors with just the right balance of sweet, savory and spicy. It will take your taste buds on a joyful journey.   More...

Pass the BAR!

Subscribers Only — No time for breakfast? Need a treat for the kids’ lunch bags? Looking for a wholesome dessert? Homemade bars do the trick! These gluten-free recipes are convenient for on-the-go indulgence wherever your day may take you. As a bonus, they contain beneficial ingredients that deliver extra protein, fiber, nutrients and antioxidants in every bite.   More...

Catch Some Powder

Subscribers Only — Superfood powders are becoming a dietary rage—and for good reason. From chia meal to green matcha powder, these products possess a wallop of nutrients and antioxidants that can instantly boost your nutritional intake and whip your special diet into shape. Gluten-free and allergy-friendly, they are easily incorporated into daily meals, snacks and desserts.   More...

Make-Ahead Breakfast

Subscribers Only — We’ve all heard the adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what if your mornings are so hectic that you just don’t have time to make it? How do you serve something delicious to family or house-guests without having to rise before the sun to get it done? How do you make the morning meal interesting—something outside the gluten-free cereal box? Peruse these make-ahead gluten-free offerings and plan to prepare them before you need them. From breakfast casserole to morning quiche, there’s something here for everyone.   More...

Oops!

Subscribers Only — If you’re new to the gluten-free life, chances are you’ve had some dietary mishaps. You’re not alone. Gluten gaffes are common, especially in the early throes of going gluten-free.   More...

School Safety

Subscribers Only — It’s time to trade beach bags for book bags. What steps can you take to ensure your child’s food sensitivity or allergy is properly handled in school? According to Amelia Smith Murphree, general counsel and vice president of civil rights advocacy for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), the key to classroom accommodation is a spirit of collaboration between parents and the school. “It’s essential,” she says.   More...