Living a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

The Perfect Frittata

I used to think that Frittatas were elaborate and difficult to make, but they’re not.  I’ve always loved Spanish Tortillas or Spanish Omelets, which is very similar to a Frittata.  Since I haven’t found a Spanish restaurant in Los Angeles that I love as much as my favorites in New York, I decided do make sure my had all of the fixings that I love in a Spanish Tortilla.

I love to add cheese, bacon, spinach and potatoes so it’s much like a hearty Sunday breakfast in one dish and best of all it’s gluten free!! It only takes a 20 minutes or so to prepare before cooking, then you assemble it and stick it in the oven and the magic begins. It is a great go to when you’re having a large number of guests to your house for a Saturday or Sunday brunch. You can make everything ahead of time and when guests start arriving, just put them in the oven and it will be hot and ready to eat in about 20-30 minutes.

I always like to pair my Frittata with a mimosa or bellini.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.  Please let me know if you do try it.… Read Full Post

Purition Wholefood Protein Shake Review

I posted my first Facebook live video yesterday and I have to say it was fun!  I did a review of a new wholefood protein shake from Purition.  They are based out of the UK and you can find their products on Amazon. Purition sent me a sample pack and I decided to my review live on Facebook, you can view the video below or go to:  https://www.facebook.com/glutenfreeavenger

This protein powder is not the usual protein powder/ shake mix you think of, it’s made with ground nuts, coconut and whey protein, making it much more substantial and filling than the average protein powder.  It also doesn’t hide behind a lot of sweeteners for flavor, but you will get hints of almond and coconut (at least in the almond flavor I tried).  This wholefood take on a protein shake may scare away some people that are used to more processed foods, but it’s perfect for those looking for a healthy quick meal or meal replacement option.

According the the Purition website (https://www.purition.co.uk/):

Many common ailments begin as a result of eating highly processed foods, which have low nutritional value, are high in bad fats and low in soluble fiber. We believe a healthy digestive system is crucial for your overall health as it is the mechanism, which converts food into fuel and supplies the energy to power our body and resist disease.

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Gluten Free Stoli Vodka to Launch in April

A growing interest in gluten-free diets among health-conscious Americans has prompted the Russian maker of Stolichnaya vodka to add another drink to its menu.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.reuters.com

Gluten Free Stoli Vodka is set to launch in April.  It will be made from 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat. Yay! Wait, free vodka?… Isn’t vodka gluten free already? Yes?!   So, why is Stoli putting so much effort in repackaging their vodka as “gluten free”?….market share.  So many companies are jumping on the gluten free bandwagon.  They want to get a piece of the growing gluten free trend and Gluten Free Stoli Vodka is just the latest brand looking to enter this growing market.  Food and beverage companies are now labeling items as gluten free that are always gluten free just to get in the special gluten free section of the grocery store. Why is there a gluten free label on packaged vegetables or lemonade? This is completely unnecessary and ridiculous.

We already know that food labeling in the United States is questionable best. Now companies are blatantly using “gluten free” as a gimmicky and trendy food label. Remember the Gluten Free Cheerios debacle? My advice? Do your own research before you put an item in your mouth; make sure that it really is gluten free.… Read Full Post

Santa Ynez Wineries- Gluten Free Avenger Tour

The first time we ever came to the Santa Ynez Wineries was in January 2015. My husband was always enamored with the movie sideways so I decided to take him on a “sideways” tour. I got us a private tour of Sanford winery from the movie and we went to dinner at the hitching post to and had breakfast at succulent café. All from the movie. Every time we go, we do the same stuff, but there are so many Santa Ynez Wineries to choose from. So on this trip I decided to do some research on other Santa Ynez Wineries and restaurants to visit, finding completely new places to go. The only trusted place was Sanford. Which was the actual prompt to have us come because they invited us to a special Valentines dinner in the cask room (coverage will be in Part 2).  We went up to the Santa Ynez Wineries on the Friday before Valentines day and left on Sunday.

We went to Los Olivos for dinner on Day 1, which is our second time to this cute town.  It reminds me of some of the small towns in the Texas Hill Country were I lived as a kid.  … Read Full Post

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Well, in case you haven’t guessed, I love sweets and desserts.  I love them so much that have to make sure that I don’t over do it, like the time my parents told me not to eat all the Halloween candy the first night and I did….Ugh.  When I do have sweets I usually like them to be very sugary.   Go big or go home right?  Take these cinnamon sugar pecans for example, they use real sugar and are the definition of delicious.

There are so many ways and times to enjoys these delicious cinnamon sugar pecans.  I love to add them to salads, have them as a snack or put them out for guests at a party.  I actually gave them to a friend recently along with her baby shower gift and she loved them.  You can also store them in an airtight jar for up to 3-4 weeks without loosing any of the wonderful flavor.

Enjoy!

cinnamon sugar pecans

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups unsalted pecans halves
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
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