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 or 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). Essentially, you buy a share of a farm, and each week you get a bag of whatever they are growing.
Here are some links to get information on Farmer’s Markets in your area:
GF and Healthy
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Different whole grains how to use them
- Many GF ways to get fiber
- Easy ways to make meals and baked goods healthier
- Important nutrients many people on a GF diet are missing
This class is 2 hours and we will be making summer rolls with Thai dipping sauce (yum!!!)
The class is held in Alexandria, VA. To register, please see www.harriswholehealth.com/services
News around the Web:
Many companies are jumping on the GF bandwagon, and that means more availability and variety of products.
- Rice Chex has decided to make 5 of their cereals GF: Rice, Corn, Strawberry,Honey nut, Cinnamon and Chocolate.
As always, buyer beware! Most of the boxes on the shelves still have malt. Check carefully, even if it says “new formula” it may not be GF. Their website is not yet updated with all of the new info.
- Starbucks will be offering Valencia Orange Cake, which will be wrapped to prevent cross contamination. This came out May5th!
- Dunkin Hines is getting in on the GF market with a variety of Betty Crocker mixes:
- Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devils Food Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
- Bob’s Red Mill just announced not only that they are FINALLY offering
New GF Cornmeal, Corn Flour, and Corn Grits on their dedicated lines, but that they are available at a 25% discount for the month of May.
DC Celiacs is having its quarterly meeting on Saturday, May 16th.
Speaker: Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD; Harris Whole Health
Topic: Going Gluten-Free and Still Fitting into Your Jeans!
Vendor: Molly Evans, Cherry Blossom Cakes –
www.cherryblossomcakesdc.com. Molly offers beautiful and delicious
gluten-free, wheat-free cakes for special occasions ranging from a
child’s birthday to a multi-tiered wedding cake.
Location — Davis Community Library (Large meeting room, downstairs) –
Address: 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817, (240) 777-0922
see the WACSSG website for directions!
Have a great Celiac Awareness Month!! American Celiac Disease Alliance even has an easy way for you to write to Congress and express your support for people with CD and advocate on our behalf.
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.