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For Health, Think Quality Not Quantity

Listen up, as this is a message you are going to start hearing more and more of with respect to healthful eating.  When it comes to making smart food choices, focus less on how much you are eating of a certain nutrient and focus more on the quality of the nutrient you are eating, and you will be on your way to a better and healthier you.

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Gluten Free Advice for 2010 Dietary Guidelines

As shared in last week’s post, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released, as they are every five years.  The guidelines are a roadmap to help Americans eat in a way that is conducive to long term health and vitality.

The biggest obstacle to healthy eating is that consumers don’t want to give up the foods they enjoy…and they don’t have to.  The guidelines are moving away from focusing on single nutrients and specific strategies, such as counting fat grams, and moving back to a dietary approach that puts greater emphasis on overall eating patterns.

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Mindful Eating

As a dietitian, my healthful eating habits were turned upside down when diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Two years later and it’s still difficult finding the balance between eating gluten free healthfully and happily.  However, a practice called mindful eating has been beneficial for me.  Perhaps it will be helpful for you, too?

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Bakery on Main Soft & Chewy Gluten Free Granola Bars

Bakery on Main has just upped the ante in the gluten free granola bar category! I love their new line of Soft & Chewy granola bars.

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2011 Food Trends

The experts’ predictions for 2011 food and restaurant trends are out…and it’s looking good for those of us who have to eat gluten free.  Read on for a summary of the various trends we gluten avoiders can look forward to in the coming year.

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Gluten Free Holiday Cookies

With cookie swaps on the calendar every day, I thought I’d share two of my favorite gluten free cookie recipes.  The cupcake cookies are great for an afternoon of cooking fun with the kids and the ChocoCocoNut cookies are a healthy indulgence for kids of all ages.

Enjoy!

Holiday Cupcake Cookies

These soft cookies with vanilla frosting are perfect for decorating for the holidays.  Sprinkles, colored sugar crystals and natural food coloring (for frosting) will get your kids into the kitchen in no time.

Cookie Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2 ¼ cups almond flour

 Frosting Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons milk

 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a cookie sheet.  Mix all of the cookie ingredients together in a bowl.  Roll the dough into ½-inch balls and place them onto the cookie sheet.  Press down to flatten.  To make holiday shapes, roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper and use your favorite cookie cutters. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the dough.  Allow to cool.

While the cookies are in the oven, beat (with a mixer) the frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread frosting over and to edge of cookies.  Decorate as you desire.

Makes 15-20 cookies.  

ChocoCocoNut Cookies

These cookies are gloriously rich and satisfying without containing any grains, gluten, dairy or refined sugar. An indulgent treat you can feel good about eating.  

Ingredients:

2 cups walnut pieces

½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 egg whites, whisked until frothy

1/8 cup plus 3 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup coconut flakes

½ cup large semi-sweet chocolate chips

 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a cookie sheet. Grind the walnut pieces and cinnamon in a small food processor to a flour-like consistency.  Mix the walnut cinnamon mixture with the eggs, honey and vanilla extract to make a batter. Mix in the coconut flakes.  Batter should thicken.  Toss in chocolate chips. Drop equal-sized portions of batter onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Makes 12 cookies.

Great Gluten Free Dining Experiences

Most of us eat out more during the holiday season, whether that be office holiday parties, an annual celebratory dinner with friends or a weekend brunch with family traveling from afar.  Here are three great options to get you through the holidays gluten-free.

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