How about some Wild Cherry Gummi Hearts for Valentines from Indie Candy!
Indie Candy is free from the top 8 allergens ... peanuts, treenuts, soy, wheat, dairy, fish and shellfish. Thanks Indie Candy !
I can tell you when my package arrived today from Indie Candy, I was so happy to dive in and share them with you! The Gummi Hearts are perfectly flavored, not too much or too little and so sweetly soft.
A Dark Chocolate Teddy Bear - lollipop
is a sweet gift to any Valentine ... at any age!
Why just give a card when you can say it with a beautiful hard candy, hand poured lollipop that looks like crystal!
Mmm ... Pineapple flavored! They also come in Red - Wild Cherry and Pink - Watermelon.
You can purchase any of these and more treats like Chocolate Truffles and Dark Chocolate Oranges on the
Indie Candy website and at some Whole Foods Markets in the south.
All the products from Indie Candy are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Gluten Free, Casein Free, Feingold, Vegan and Kosher.
Such a treat for your eyes to see everything on their site ... but what a treat to get some Indie Candy from your favorite Valentine!
Saute the onions, carrots, celery in a dutch oven with olive oil.
Add the prosciutto and continue to saute ... if you want to make it Vegan leave it out.
I love the flavor of the creamy chocolate chips and the tartness of the cherries! The sweetness of the cookie has a nice balance of the dark brown sugar's caramel like flavor to balance out the cherries and chocolate. The honey is the perfect compliment to the oats ... speaking of which ... these are the most beautiful big oats that I have ever seen! The oats make the cookie's hearty crunch so satisfying that you will be very happy with just one or two cookies. I decided to add the flaxseed meal to add to the wholesome goodness of the combination of ingredients - antioxidants from the chocolate,
potassium and melatonin from the dried cherries, omegas from the flaxseed meal, fiber from the flaxseed meal and oats.
So no guilt from these cookies!
makes approximately 2 dozen small cookies.
2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup butter or non-dairy Earth Balance butter - room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbl Gluten Free Vanilla
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips - (Gluten Free, non-dairy, non-soy, nut free)
3/4 cup chopped dried cherries
Mix the wet ingredients - eggs, butter or non-dairy butter, dark brown sugar, honey, vanilla in a standing mixer.
In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients with a fork or whisk to break up any clumps. Incororate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in the standing mixer.
Add the chopped dried cherries and chocolate chips.
Put the dough into a container with a lid and into the refrigerator for 30 minutes, overnight is better if you can wait. Chilling the dough will help meld the flavors of the ingredients.
Bake at 350 for 13 - 15 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I used a #70 spring scoop to make a two bite cookie.
This is the perfect cookie with your favorite hot beverage - coffee, tea or milk, even non-dairy in front of the fire sharing good times with family and friends.
King Arthur's new Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and mixes. Another favorite that you can find is Chuckanut Bay Gluten Free Cheesecake in the freezer section and sometimes the deli or to-go areas of the markets. The cheesecakes come in a variety of flavors, I have only found the New York Style, in either single serve or larger for a family or party. If I could make a request to the stores ... please add the other flavors because they are awesome!
Additional stores in my area that have made a big difference are Central Market, Town & Country Markets, Whole Foods Markets and even Safeway is expanding its shelf and freezer spaces to accommodate all the new Gluten Free products flooding the market .. it's about time! Even the ethnic food companies are adding Gluten Free products as well as saying it on the labels, such as Thai Kitchen and Indian Kitchen. You can find these and Boar's Head meats in places such as Fred Meyer or Kroger Co. I think the biggest surprise has been Costco, which now offers an amazing selection of Gluten Free Columbus Meats in large 2 lb packages great for sandwiches or the salame and other Italian delicacies for anytime celebrations. Costco also offers large bags of Flaxseed meal which is great to add to most baked goods, use as an egg replacer and in smoothies. They also carry another favorite of mine, Lundberg Brown Rice in the large bags which is really great. I put it in a large container at home and make it at least once a week with vegetables for meatless Mondays.
What are some of your biggest surprises at your favorite grocery stores?
Please share your comments about some great finds in your area.
Finally ... our voices are being heard and we have more great foods to choose from at our grocery stores! I think all of the grocery stores should follow the example of PCC Natural Markets and take the time to become certified by GIG so that their employees will be trained too!
Bravo to PCC Natural Markets and GIG!
Update - Jan. 27, 2011 - Finally found this article in Supermarket News - on Jan. 17, 2011 about PCC Natural Markets. Giving Up Gluten by Julie Gallagher
|Fresh Green Organic Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Vinaigrette|
So my days and weeks look something like this ...
Eat right - veggies, fruit, protein, healthy no gluten grains
While grocery shopping do not buy products with gluten - must read labels, which takes time and not be tempted by all the junk that is out there.
Exercise - walking at least 30 minutes a day and yoga are my favorites I just do what I can to move my body and relieve stress.
I take supplements because I am always lacking in a half a dozen or so vitamins ... never thrilled about this but I know I need them and they help. I use mostly powders and drink them down very quickly so I don't taste them.
Meditate or take some time out just to observe in a quiet space or with some favorite music.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, coconut water and tea. I try to drink at least a green tea and a black tea each day - herbal tea at night.
Create some tasty, healthy treats to bake and share with family and friends. Cook and plan meals that are easy, nourishing and that change with the seasons. Take pictures before anyone eats and Blog it all!
Get my sleep which is not easy because my body hurts and does not like to stay still in one place for too long. I am good if I can get 4 hours, better if I can get 6 ... simply delirious if I get 8!
Now that I think about it, I am doing a good job!
Yeah ... who needs resolutions?
So I will give you some additional thoughts about what I am doing to help me manage. My toolbox is for the those times when the motivation is at its lowest and the rainy days are never ending. I actually have a few baskets with some things to make me feel good. Some naturally scented lotions to massage my hands and feet, some favorite music, a yoga strap to help me stretch my shoulders and legs. A balance ball to sit on or to stretch or just bounce on! Bean bags to heat and alleviate my various painful areas on my body. Naturally scented bath salts and arnica gel to get me through the cold winters. I like to use lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus by themselves or in combinations. I also love bergamot, sandalwood and most all of the floral scents.
One of my favorite things to do is to put on some comfy clothes, wrap up in a blanket and kick back to read. I like to read about different foods to learn about cultures and traditions around the world. I also like to read just about anything having to do with health.
One new one comes to mind ...
"Your Best Body Now" by Tosca Reno
The book is nicely organized into sections to help you jump start your body with diet, fitness, health, beauty, inspirations. The book is written for anyone at any age to look and feel good by "eating clean". Tosca gives you a list to help you shop (slight modifications needed to replace some Gluten Free grains for Gluten grains like whole wheat and spelt) and make over your kitchen cabinets. She also talks about creating some new healthy habits like carrying a cooler in your car when you are out so that you are not tempted to eat fast food that is unhealthy. You know me ... that is my favorite habit and I really enjoy finding little containers and new treats to put in like pumpkin seeds, almond milk, fruit and veggies.
The book is a great guide to get you started, keep you motivated and get results to manage your health. There are even sections that help guide you through the various road blocks that will arise unexpectedly. It is like having a friend to tell you exactly what to do, when and how. I really like the detailed information about why supplements are so important for you and what vitamins do to help us stay healthy. I have a hard time taking my supplements. I can't stand the big horse pills or the yucky powders but this book reminds me why I really need to take them. We Celiacs know how important that is ... right? Oh, the staying pretty part is an added incentive too!
Tosca also encourages you to journal so that you can create goals and see the progress that you make with your mind, body and soul. "Your Best Body Now" is a New York Times best seller and is a great book to keep with you at all times - in your Nook, iPhone, iPad, iBooks, Kindle or softback.
Cheers ... to beautiful, good health!