Planting a Gluten-Free Vegetable and Herb Garden

If where you live is like where I live (western Pennsylvania), the current weather won’t quite jive with what I’m about to say, but I’m going to say it anyway:

If you haven’t done so yet, now is an excellent time to plant a (gluten-free) kitchen garden.

There are plenty of reasons to make time for gardening, whether you’re growing things on a part of your yard or in some pots on your fire escape. Some of my favorite reasons:

  • plants are pretty! Who doesn’t love more greenery?
  • it’s (relatively) cheap! There’s always a way to make hobbies expensive, but you can grow a few plants for much less than it would cost you to buy them in the store
  • the plant does all the hard work, you reap all the benefit
  • you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and where it came from
  • you’ll totally get the locavore badge for your Girl (or Boy) Scout sash
It’s a bit late to start, but not too late. If you’ve delayed, here are some things you can plant and some easy ways to get started.

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Hidden Valley Broadcasts Gluten-Free Items

Exciting news from our friends at Hidden Valley!

Coming soon to a store near you, there’s going to be one fewer thing hiding in your shopping cart. According to this press release, those salad dressings and mixes which are gluten-free will be clearly labeled as such thanks to new packaging.

This isn’t a reformulation of any products – neither ingredients nor manufacturing practices are changing – but a, “stronger and clearer assurance to the growing number of people who are seeking gluten-free products.” While the new packaging will be rolled out shortly, you might not see it in your local store for a while. This is OK; any of their products that have traditionally been gluten-free (but unlabeled) will still be safe.

The new labels will include a yellow and green icon like the one in the image here.
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Demand Your Gluten-Free Makeup and Be Proud of Your Own Genetic Makeup

By Zach

What if we were to tell you that gluten-free is no longer just a rising demand in the food industry, but one that is tiptoeing its way into the $1 billion cosmetic industry as well? Well, its true. Just like nutrition enthusiasts demand more detailed descriptions about nutrition facts and ingredients, “A growing number of people are demanding the same thing of their cosmetics,” says Kristi Krueger of Local 10 news in Florida.

Gluten-free consumers are now requesting everything from lotions to lipstick to be labeled in a more easy-to-read fashion for their own health benefits. Although gluten-free makeup and skin care products certainly aren’t as much of a hot topic as gluten-free foods, there has certainly been measures taken to cater to customers who are sensitive to gluten-containing beauty products. Research in this area is still in its cocoon stage, but companies like Afterglow Cosmetics and Jane Iredale are definitely responding to their clientele’s wishes.

As one can understand, people who don’t want any kind of gluten in their food are just as likely to not want it anywhere on their skin. Some of the hottest beauty products today are those that are guaranteeing wheat-free and gluten-free products on the shelves. Lipstick is a huge concern for customers who are severely intolerant to gluten as lipstick has the likelihood of becoming ingested, in turn being dangerous to the individual. The same concept can be applied to toothpaste, gum or any other items that can ultimately be harmful if swallowed due to traces of gluten.

On the other hand, it should be noted, that not every skin irritation from beauty products like makeup and moisturizers are caused by gluten ingredients. Dr. Mark Nester, a dermatologist from Skin and Cancer Associates, suggests that other ingredients such as formaldehyde and silicone are also standard causes of rashes and break outs, as well as the common mistake of using expired cosmetics.

Of course, there’s always going to be those skeptical people out there that think the gluten-free phenomena is just going to be another way for a billion-dollar industry to take advantage of people’s hypochondria, but there really seems to be a serious need for people with gluten intolerance to feel fairly treated and not ostracized due to their genetics. So for all you advocates of gluten-free cosmetics and clearer labeling of ingredients, demand your gluten-free makeup and be proud of your own genetic makeup!

Something to Chew on: Kid-Approved Gluten-Free Gum!

By Bridget (with the help of Liberty Morris)

It can sometimes seem that gluten is lurking in every food. From soy sauce to lime flavored tortilla chips, it’s hard to always be sure what constitutes a “safe” food. Sadly, Celiac’s have to be watchful of the mints and gums they reach for, as many of them contain malodextrin, a sugar enzymatically derived from starch, often from wheat. Apart from the gluten contents, most gums are wrought with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, which are potentially carcinogenic, or sugars that can lead to painful tooth-decay.

Fortunately for gluten-free gum lovers, Glee Gum is a flavor-filled chewing gum that is additive-free, lactose-free, and, most importantly, gluten-free! The gum is all-natural, meaning that there is minimal processing, no chemical pesticides or food additives, and free of artificial sugar substitutes! The gum offers tons of different flavors, from cinnamon and peppermint to bubble gum (which tastes like bazooka bubble gum!) and sugar-free lemon-lime! The gum is made with ingredients including cane sugar, rice syrup, and chicle, a naturally harvested material that gives gum its chewy texture, rather than synthetic materials that can contain gluten!

What makes this gum even more appealing is that it is 100% kid approved (which, as all gluten-free eaters know, that’s hard to come by!). Ten year old Liberty Morris, a best-selling children’s book author (Paris Goes to San Francisco), tried a variety of Glee Gum’s flavors and gave the stamp of satisfaction, celebrating the lemon-lime sugar-free Glee Gum as one of her favorites. Liberty was amazed by the mixture of the lemon and lime and said that the gum was “indescribably good”.

If you’ve been avoiding gum for fear of the gluten content, here are some reasons to chew on that might make you want to try out Glee Gum:

  • Chewing gum while peeling and cutting onions can actually help you from tearing up
  • Studies have found that when people chew gum they have an easier time concentrating, reducing muscle tension and increasing alertness!
  • Chewing sugar-free gum burns about 11 calories an hour.
  • To keep your ears from popping on an airplane, chew gum to stimulate your salivary glands (you’ll produce 250% more saliva!), causing you to swallow more and reducing pressure in your head.
  • Researchers have found that chewing gum after you eat may help prevent heartburn!

Deerfields Bakery: Dreamy Treats For Gluten-Free Peeps

By Zach

No matter what diet, eating habit, or culture someone studies, there’s usually some type of sweet that can either bring people together, compliment a nice meal or just satisfy one’s sweet tooth. Looking at treats in this light makes the craving for sugary substances almost seem innate, and just because one has been diagnosed with Celiac disease or obeys a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean their mouth waters any less or their eyes don’t dilate when a succulent batch of cookies shows up on the table or cake is served at a special occasion.

It is in this realm of no-touching torment that bakeries like Illinois’ Deerfield Bakery have risen to the calling to provide gluten-free eaters the opportunity to indulge in their saliva-inducing desserts or eye-bulging treats. Deerfield Bakery’s gluten-free menu contains a piquant spectrum of saccharine goodies and wholesome grains that can certainly excite gluten-sensitive consumers.

“Day Dreams are the real deal,” as printed on their menu, “dreamy white chocolate chip and chocolate chips nestled in a brownie cookie.” Honest to goodness, they are the real deal. The melting of fresh chocolate combined with the soft cookie dough is truly a batch made in heaven. Mouth watering yet? Their Lemon Buttons are made with fresh lemons and drizzled with rich lemon icing. The cookie’s flavor has a great zing to it – not as pungent as most lemon bars, but still confidently zesty.

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