Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Meeting Notes from Saturday

Happy Spring….at least for these next couple of days!!  I am hoping that maybe the weekend won’t be as cold as they are saying and that we can finally say good-bye to winter!!  J
So we had a great meeting on Saturday – thanks to everyone who was able to come!  Big thanks to Mary and Lana for picking up the Friaco’s for us to enjoy…….that was a great change.  Those of you who are interested – they have “Taco Tuesday’s” and have $1.00 tacos…YUM!
So here is a quick recap to what we had discussed….

• From Canyon House - Shelf Stable GF Bread – Ancient Grain, Country White and Deli White.  Can order on their website and also available at Walmart but they have plans to roll out to other retailers later in 2018.  They are also coming out with Hawaiian bread….hello Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches – I will definitely post that recipe once these are available!!
• Home Free – will launch new Chocolate Mint Mini Cookies (not sure what stores carry - but can order directly from website (
• ParmCrisps – Baked parmesan cheese crackers – you can find this in most stores but I did see them in the deli area in both Jewel & Mariano’s 
• Daiya – Burritos and also Salted Caramel Swirl Frozen Dessert Sticks
• GF Harvest – coming out with a new muffin in a pouch – (oatmeal muffin made in the microwave)
• Lundberg – organic grounded snacks in vanilla chai
• Schar – puff pastry dough (will be dairy free)
• Simple Mills – Soft Baked Cookies – Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut.  They are also have cracker snack packs available.
• MadeGood – soft baked mini cookies
• Envirokidz – Frosted Amazon Flakes – like Frosted Flakes….

Jewel – also has expanded their gf products….now carrying Goodie Girl Cookies (variety of different flavors) – Blake’s Frozen Dinners (Shepherd Pie, Turkey Shepherd Pie, Turkey & Uncurred Bacon Cottage Pie), MadeGood bars, expanded line of Gratify products, PopChips  (Nutter puffs…puffed snack with peanut butter & chocolate), The Good Crisp….like Pringles, expanded line of Pacifica Soups (Rosemary Potato Chowder, Butternut Squash Bisque). 

Company called Glutenostics is now offer home bowel urine tests to test for gluten exposure without a prescription. This will test your stool/urine to determine if you have ingested gluten.  The urine test can be used to check if you had ingested gluten over the past day – the stool can be used more of a monitoring – week, biweek, monthly to detect accumulated gluten exposure.  
One test costs - $22.50 – minimum of 2 tests need to be ordered – they will not send just one.   If you are interested you can order these tests at – use “welcome” to get 25% off your 1st order. 

Here are some blogs that I came across that I thought you might be interested in taking a look at:
• Elana's Pantry ( - her recipes are targeted towards those with food allergies, and she offers simple dishes that are grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free and more.
• Eat Spin Run Repeat ( - this has nutritious recipes, lifestyle advice and workout tips.
• YumUniverse ( - they have over 400 gluten free recipes.  Also, offers a free monthly meal plan & good food cooking tips.
• Gluten-Free Goddess ( - lots of gluten free recipes
• Gluten-Free Girl ( - lots of gluten free recipes
• Angela's Kitchen ( - lots of gluten free recipes including donut holes...YUM!!!
• Life Gluten-Free ( - lots of simple gluten free recipes using only organic and non-GMO ingredients
• Against All Grain (
• Eat, Live + Play ( - focuses on weight loss, blood sugar balance and gluten free recipes
• Gluten Free Recipe Box ( - lots of recipes that all look very yummy
• Gluten-Free Homemaker ( - lots of recipes and will send you weekly meal plans to follow
• Art of Gluten Free Baking ( - lots of recipes and tips

*Can find more gluten free blog links at Academy of Culinary Nutrition (

Here is a list of foods that can have hidden gluten ingredients.  These just show the importance of reading the labels….even on foods that you know have been gluten free before…….ingredients and manufacturing practices can change.  

Pre-shredded Cheese - need to check to make sure the starch that is used as an anti-caking ingredient isn't gluten-containing.
Sour Cream - sometimes gluten is used to make it creamier
Beer/Malted Beverages (wine coolers) - most beer contains wheat and barley 
Hard Cider  For the most part these are gluten free but you should still read the labels to double check…....there are some out there that will use barley for enzymes and flavor.....also, as an FYI - Redd's Apple Ale....this is an ale - not a cider…..  Great source for gluten free options -
Soy Sauce
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Regular Panko Bread Crumbs
Ice Cream - some flavors contain wheat (not just the ones that you expect).  Most of the flavors from Blue Bunny (including Chocolate) contain wheat……they use it as a thickener so it is in their starting product.  
Nuts - cross-contamination issues
Salad Dressing 
Processed Meat
imitation seafood
Condiments - ketchup, mustard, pasta sauces, BBQ Sauce, pre-made marinades - Some seasoning mixes as well.  Baking Powder can also contain wheat - usually consists of 1 part baking soda  1 part starch or flour and 2 parts cream of tartar
Oats - cross-contamination issues
Flavored Potato Chips (Lay's Barbeque Flavored Chips, Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Styled Potato Chips, Pringles (all varieties)
Chewing gum - some companies will use gluten-based powder to keep the gum from sticking to the wrapper.  
Candy - Altoids (I am double checking this…but haven’t heard back from them yet) and Smalls Peppermint Mints contain wheat-based maltodextrin, Hershey Miniatures.....any flavor including those that are considered gluten free in larger sizes.  More complete list can be found on
Restaurant Omelets - pancake batter can be added to make eggs more "fluffy"
Blended/Flavored Coffees - many instant coffees use gluten containing ingredients as a bulking agent.  syrups used for flavoring can be made from malt or barley
Caramel Color - this may or may not contain gluten.  If the caramel color is made in North America it will be likely gluten-free.  Sometimes the origin is not there could be a chance it could contain gluten.

The new superfood is WALNUTS…….eating just an once or two can help give you a healthier gut – they can increase the good gut bacteria (lactobacilli) because of the high fiber content.  They can also help decrease cravings and help keep your blood pressure low even when you are feeling anxious.

Lastly, here is a yummy recipe from Simply Gluten Free Magazine that I thought everyone would like:

• 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
• 1 2/3 cups frozen mixed berries, chopped small
• ¾ cup gluten free granola
• 2/3 cup chocolate chips
Put yogurt, berries, and granola in a bowl and stir to combined.  Spoon the mixture into square silicome ice molds and freeze until set
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave until almost all of the chips are melted, about 1 minute.  Stir until smooth and glossy.  Let cool slightly.
Pop the yogurt bites from the molds and dip one side in the cooled, melted chocolate.  Place on a prepared plat or baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is set.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Try out Mac's for gluten free food

Macs Country Market
25224 S Reed St
Channahon, IL 60410

Nancy's recipe from April 2018 Meeting


2 cups pretzels - crushed
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 sticks butter - melted
Combine all ingredients and put in 9 x 12 pan. (I buttered the pan)

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
Microwave 15 seconds at a time until melted and smooth
Spread on top and refrigerate 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Crab Dip

4 oz cream cheese
3 tbsp sour cream
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

Blend together until smooth and creamy.

Fold in 8 oz lump crab meat

Top with 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gluten in Drug Products and Associated Labeling Recomendations

The FDA has invited comments from the community on this topic. Visit the following link to comment on this proposed guidance:
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and has dug out from of the snow!  If I wasn’t ready for spring before....I am definitely ready now!

Here is the information regarding gluten-free products we had discussed last week.  I think the biggest take away I found in doing this research is that you need to pay attention to labels and check out the company’s website.  Several blogs that I used to gather this information called out items that were gluten free but on further investigation by going to the company’s website......I found that some of these companies actually have other products that contain wheat or have ingredients that are derived from wheat or other grains and the manufacturing processes used may have cross contamination and they themselves will not label their items as gluten free.  All experts agree that gluten is not obsorbed through the skin and needs to be ingested to cause a reaction.  But, it can contribute to other issues such as psoriasis and eczema.

Acure Organics ( – They have skin, body, hair and wellness products that are all gluten free. Available online, Fruitful Yield, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods.
Andalou Naturals ( – They have skin, hair and body care products.  Available online, Fruitful Yield, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods.
Derma-e (– They have skin, hair and body care products.  Available online, Fruitful Yield, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods.
Desert Essence ( – they have skin, hair and body care products.  Available online, Fruitful Yield, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods.
Wen Products ( – Hair products.  Available online and Target.
Malibu C ( – They have skin and Hair products.  Available online
MyChelle Dermaceuticals ( – skin care line including sunscreens.  Available online.
Lovely Lady Products ( – skin care line.  Available online.  If you use the word LOVELY at can save 25%.

Possibly gluten free but there could be risk of cross contamination
*These companies might have some products that are gluten free but they also have products containing wheat so there is a risk of cross contamination.  Also, since their products are manufactured on shared equipment and some material used in their products are processed in a facility where gluten products are produced so there are more risks of cross contamination.
Burt’s Bee 

Simple Skin Care – their website says that none of their products have any ingredients which contain gluten added to their products.  Cross contamination might exist in manufacturing process

Herbal Essence Bio Renew is gluten Free.  I also checked their website and they stated that they do not use any ingredients derived from wheat.

*Aveeno and Cetaphil have some ingredients that are derived from grains containing wheat so neither one of these are gluten free.  

Afterglow Cosmetics ( – All products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization
Bite Beauty ( – they only have lip products
Gabriel ( – all of their products have been certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group
Ecco Bella ( – They have cosmetics and skin and hair care – there is not any gluten or wheat proteins used in any products.  The company said that they are safe for people with celiac
Ilia ( – all products are certified gluten freethrough the Gluten Free Certification Organization all products 
Red Apple Cosmetics ( – gluten free and non-toxic.  If you use the word GALENTINES in the checkout for a 10% discount
Tarte (  Available at Ulta

Possibly Gluten Free but risk of cross contamination
*Their products are manufactured on shared equipment and some material used in their products are processed in a facility where gluten products are produced so risk of cross contamination is high.  
Bare Minerals
Urban Decay
Too-Faced – according to the company.  Their products are formulated to be gluten free except for their Borderline Lip Pencil.  

These products are probably not gluten free 
Estée Lauder
Laura Mercier
Clinique – They do not have a comprehensive list of gluten free products but you can reach out to them directly with the name of the product you are interested in and they will contact their chemist directly (800-419-4041)

Hope this helps.....enjoy the rest of your weekend!

See you in March......

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Helpful Hint from Pat

Place a wet paper towel on your rice or pasta prior to reheating in the microwave.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Take a look at this Exciting Research

The Microbiome Center at University of Chicago

There is a great deal of collaboration between The Microbiome Center and The Celiac Center. This collaboration is primarily through the clinicians and researchers who are part of both groups. Dr. Jabri, Dr. Rubin, Dr. Chang and others are doing pivotal research at the intersection of Celiac Disease and the microbiome. It is so exciting to see how both basic and clinical research are moving with momentum and urgency. Microbiome science requires such an interdisciplinary approach.

Erin Lane
Executive Director
The Microbiome Center
University of Chicago, Argonne, the Marine Biological Laboraory

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nature’s Best Cafe

i just discovered this fantastic restaurant in Naperville IL   I highly recommend it.  Gluten free menu, high quality ingredients,