Great news! There are thousands of new places opening up across the country with delicious, healthy, fresh gluten free food. It’s even better than what you can get at the usual supermarket or even at health food stores. You don’t have to read any labels, call the manufacturer. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, Farmer’s Markets are about to open up across the country. Most open in May or June.
Farmer’s Markets are a fabulous place to get gluten free and allergen free foods. Yes, many have a booth with baked goods or soups, but aside from that, it’s a paradise of gluten free goodness.
Benefits of shopping at the Farmer’s Market
- Fresh produce and meat-most fruits and vegetables are picked that day
- Support for local farmers
- Few or fewer pesticides on fruits and vegetables. A plum shipped from Chile need a lot of pesticides to keep it lovely even after traveling thousands of miles.
- Better taste! There’s nothing that compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato, peach, or apple.
- The “manufacturer” is usually right in front of you, so if you have questions about how something is made or grown, just ask!
Also, another great option are CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
Here are some links to get information on Farmer’s Markets in your area:
Nationwide listing of USDA Farmer’s Markets
Nationwide listing that includes markets, farms, farm stands, CSAs etc.
GF and Healthy
Saturday, May 31st, 2008
- Different whole grains how to use them
- Many GF ways to get fiber
- Healthy fats
- Glycemic load and foods
This class is 2 hours and we will be making summer rolls with Thai dipping sauce and spiced black rice pudding (yum!!!)
Summer or Spring rolls:
Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, so this is a perfect time for these! You can fill them with any vegetable, and if you wish, you can include cooked meat or shrimp. Personally, I prefer just veggies.
Children love these, and often are having too much fun dipping to realize they’re getting their veggies. Rice paper is easy to work with once you get the hang of it.
12 lettuce leaves
2 cups shredded carrots
about 1/3 napa cabbage, sliced very thinly
1/2 yellow, red or orange pepper, sliced thinly
1 cup bean sprouts
1/3 cup mint leaves
1/3 cup cilantro or basil
15 rice paper wraps (a few extra in case of mistakes)
Have a large dish of warm water and all of your veggies arranged. Put the rice paper in warm water. Grab a piece of lettuce. Arrange the rice paper on the plate. Put down the lettuce leaf and a small handful of the “filler” veggies. Roll up! If the paper rips, you can double wrap.
It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, and often less is more. Don’t overstuff! For a crash course, you can always come to my GF and healthy class in Alexandria, VA.
Serve with Thai dipping sauce or peanut sauce.
Congress is considering HConRes 70, a bill to increase awareness of Celiac Disease, designate a Celiac Awareness month, provide money for research and support the provision of services by a Registered Dietitian. This bill is supported by the American Celiac Disease Alliance, the American Dietetic Association, the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Osteopathic Association and more. For more information and to contact your representative, go to http://www.americanceliac.org/advocacy.htm
I’ve added a page of resources for this area, including nearby events, stores with GF lists, and local support group information. If you have an event you’d like listed, please drop me a line.
Harris Whole Health offers individual sessions, family sessions and group classes to help people eat healthier and feel better! Whether you are dealing with Celiac Disease, food allergies, picky eaters, children on the Autistic spectrum, chronic illness, or if you just want to feel and look better, Cheryl can help you achieve your goals. For an appointment with Cheryl Harris, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, please click here or call 571-271-8742.