LUNA Bars are now officially gluten free for all flavors!

Luna-Choc-RaspDid you hear the news? 

I’ve secretly been eating these for years, just hoping that the non-gluten-free oats wouldn’t bother me. But now, knowing that they swapped out their regular oats for gluten-free ones I no longer have to worry.

According to the LUNA Bar website their ingredient suppliers confirmed that all ingredients are gluten free and are purchased from trusted, domestic farm suppliers. Most ingredients are organic. The manufacturing facility is capable of making gluten-free food and end products are tested to confirm that they are gluten-free. In addition to being gluten-free, bars also use non GMO ingredients and are certified Kosher.
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Is Celiac Disease Associated with Elevated Cancer Risk?

According to a new study, ten years after a diagnosis of celiac disease, people with the condition are no more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease than the general population. People with celiac disease were, in fact, slightly less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than others in the new study.

When people with celiac disease, a hereditary condition, eat gluten, their immune systems respond by damaging the small intestine. As many as two million Americans may have the condition, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but most do not know it.

The researchers used a large UK database of primary care records between 1998 and 2012 to identify nearly 11,000 people with celiac disease, and more than 100,000 similar people without celiac disease as a comparison group. Of the 10,825 patients with celiac disease, 773 died, which was similar to the mortality rate in the comparison group. There was no overall difference in rates of respiratory disease, digestive disease or cancer-related death, according to the results.

Dr. Jonas F. Ludvigsson, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the Karolinska Institute and Örebro University Hospital in Sweden said, “This study adds to existing modern data that show that celiac disease is not as dangerous as previously thought. This is a large well-designed study suggesting that celiac patients in England, and likely elsewhere in the Western world, are at no increased risk of death,” he told Reuters Health by email. “That is indeed very good news.”

https://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/03/health/study-celiac-disease-not-associated-with-elevated-cancer-risk/?ref=moreInhealthThumb

Announcing the new Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Cookie Guide!

51+9qDKpWhL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Just in time for the season of baking and entertaining is the new Triumph Dining Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide!  This is the third book in the Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides series. The first two books were authored by well-known food bloggers Brittany Angel  and Iris Higgins.Part 1 and Part 2 were so successful that we bring you Brianna Hobbs and Part 3.

In this book, Hobbs includes recipes for more than 50 cookies including Soft Frosted Lemon Cookies. Gingerbread Cut-Outs and Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Readers will find her tips on knowing when to use melted vs soft butter and cookie storage especially valuable. The book also includes recipes from gluten-free food bloggers Lisa Le, Miryam Doblas and Kristen Baker. Click to continue reading »

Still Riding Pizza | Triumph Dining Review

stillridingThe other night while the rest of the family had bread to accompany the large salad we were having for dinner I scratched my head to come up with something for myself. Then I remembered the personal size pizza crust from Still Riding Pizza in my freezer that I had yet to taste. Perfect!

I didn’t actually want pizza though, I mostly just wanted some sort of bread to go with my salad. So I experimented with a little sundried tomato pesto, olive oil and a light dust of shredded Parmesan. The result was a perfect one person flatbread to accompany my salad.   Click to continue reading »

Have a gluten-free product offering?

Many of the best gluten-free product and service offerings were developed by the people who needed them most – celiacs themselves or parents of celiacs.

If you are the developer of such a product or service and would like us to review your offering, let’s talk. Please email Leslie Morris, Triumph Dining Editorial Director, at [email protected]. It’s a tricky email – there are two m’s in the middle.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Gluten-Free Flour from Coffee | Triumph Dining

We blogged in the past about the possibility of making gluten-free flour using bananas. This time, the search for alternative gluten-free flours has led to coffee!

This may sound a little like an April Fool’s post but it’s not. Gluten-free coffee flour, which offers plenty of nutritional benefits, could be the next choice for the gluten-free community.

The creator of coffee flour is Dan Belliveau, a Starbucks veteran. He noticed the amount of waste left from coffee bean production. This waste, which forms a pulp, offers a variety of health benefits. Belliveau saw this as an opportunity to turn it into a flour which would be suitable for people with celiac disease.

The amount of caffeine in coffee flour is less than a regular cup of coffee and has many nutritional benefits. It has three times more iron than spinach, five times more fiber than wheat and three times more protein than kale. Belliveau is also working on a decaffeinated version of the flour and these flours should be available in stores in 2015.

Coffee flour is said to be a multipurpose product, which can be used in a wide variety of recipes, both sweet and savory. So, your next loaf of gluten-free bread or bowl of pasta could be made from coffee flour! How interesting! What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited by the prospect of another alternative flour for gluten-free cooking and baking?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/12410/gluten-free-coffee-flour-offers-alternative-celiac-disease-community

Gluten Free Apple Butter Layer Cake | Triumph Dining

121510_applesStrawberries and peaches are long gone from the markets. The air has cooled off and we’ve set our clocks back. It’s really fall. This Apple Butter Cake has shown up on our Sunday night dinner table more than once in the last few months.

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Krusteaz Introduction | Triumph Dining

Krusteaz-Gluten-Free-Double-Chocolate-BrownieKrusteaz, a well-known maker of premium baking, pancake and waffle mixes, has brought to market its first line of gluten-free products.

These new baking mixes are widely available at grocery chains nationwide and each of the four new baking mixes deliver big on flavor without the gluten. In fact, Krusteaz is so confident that its new mixes taste just like their traditional counterparts that it is offering a Good Food, Great Flavor Gluten Free Guarantee, which will provide a refund to any consumer who is not entirely satisfied with the mixes.

“We created our gluten free line because we believe that if you don’t eat gluten, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste and quality,” said Andy Heily, SVP Sales & Marketing, Krusteaz. “We believe these products are so good that consumers will be shocked they are eating gluten free.” Click to continue reading »

Super Easy Gluten-Free Banana Pancake | Triumph Dining

banana pancakesHave you noticed we love breakfast recipes? Here’s another recipe that you or your family may enjoy and this one has the benefit of being super easy and high in protein.

Mix together one ripe banana, one egg and 1 T of peanut butter. Cook just like a regular pancake. If you’d like it a little firmer. add 2 t gluten-free flour to it. Enjoy.

Matcha Green Tea | Triumph Dining

matchaI have a new indulgence: Matcha Green Tea. To be honest it’s not exactly a NEW discovery. I can remember drinking green tea milk shakes as a kid at our favorite Japanese restaurant or ordering green tea mochi for dessert. The Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino is a tempting coffee-free treat but not necessarily gluten free so it’s not really an option.

Then I discovered powdered Matcha at my favorite tea store, Adagio Teas. According to the Adagio Teas website, Matcha is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create Matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves and are carefully ground in granite mills until they become powder. Instead of soaking the leaves and drinking an infusion of tea you are essentially consuming the entire tea leaf. Because of this process, you are getting more antioxidant benefits and the “high” from green tea caffeine is released in a more even distribution. Click to continue reading »