Five Tips to Survive Summer While You’re Gluten Free | Guest Blog by Jamie Costello

Summer is here and that means more time in the sun and less time in the comfort of your own gluten free safe kitchen. Eating out and eating with friends and family can be stressful enough without needing to worry about cross contamination and well meaning friends using the right ingredients.

Fortunately, Guest Blogger Jamie Costello offers plenty of handy tips for you to stay safe and still enjoy yourself while being gluten free.

#1. Use Small Talk As An Opportunity To Teach Your Guests

Gluten can conjure up many surprises and there’s plenty of points to consider about it. Where you can, maybe use the free-flowing conversation as a chance to teach your guests about being gluten-free. There are many foods out there that one may not consider as containing gluten but providing them with some information on what you can and can’t eat may help them when they host any future parties. For example, many people might not know that you can’t drink beer. This is because it contains malt which is a source barley, and barley, of course, contains gluten.

Tip #2: Offer To Host The Event

It’s understandable to be a bit hesitant to eat at someone’s else’s house. So, why not host the party yourself? If you’re in control of what happens in the kitchen then you’ll find it much easier to make sure that the food is safe for you to eat. There’s plenty of recipes available that can be made gluten-free whilst still enjoying the scrumptious taste of your favorite dinner party foods. There’s a range of dishes to choose from including corn on the cob, hamburgers and gluten-free pasta salad.

Tip#3: Suggest Ideas To The Dinner Party Host

All you’re trying to do is make sure that you’re safe at the dinner party and it’s understandable that exceptions need to be made. Make some minor requests to the dinner host so that you can be sure your food doesn’t come in contact with other foods. For example, a nifty trick is cooking food on foil rather than directly on BBQ grills or ask that the food is prepared separately from where the main food is being prepared. This way the food’s protected and you save the risk of it coming into contact with something else.

Tip#4: Bring Your Own Dish

If it’s not possible to host the event at your own house there are always other options available. Why not prepare your own dish at home and bring it to the party with you? This way you can still get involved with everyone else and are less likely to feel left out. Contact the host to find out what they’re planning to have on the menu and then prepare your own accordingly. You can choose to either do it for everyone else or just do it for yourself, it’s entirely up to you.

Tip #5: If You’re Unsure, Just Don’t Eat It!

If you ever have doubts about any food you’re looking to eat, just listen to your gut and don’t do it. The last thing you’d want is to fall sick from eating it, so save yourself the hassle.

Jamie Costello is a nutrition student based in Manchester. He writes about many topics ranging from health supplements to dietetics research. When Jamie’ isn’t studying he enjoy swimming and keeping up to date with the latest sport news.


Vegan Chocolate Muffins | Living Vegan

As promised in last night’s Facebook live, I’m sharing one of my very secret gluten free recipes from my long delayed cookbook project. These Vegan Chocolate Muffins are super simple to make and since they are created especially for the food processor you can have them whipped up in a jiff with minimal mess. They make the perfect breakfast and the addition of applesauce make them super moist. I promise you won’t be able to eat just one.

You won’t be able to eat just one

Vegan Chocolate Muffins


2 cups all purpose gluten free flour blend or regular flour
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 + 2/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1+ 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 avocado (peeled & pitted)
1/2 cup EnjoyLife chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor (saving the milk as the last ingredient)
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Scoop into muffin tins
  5. Bake 40 min * For jumbo muffins |Makes 6
  6. Bake 25 min  | For regular muffins | Makes 2 dozen

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5 Amazing Benefits of Herb & Fruit Infused Water

Since 2013 when I started my foray into sustainability and gardening; I’ve been I’ve been filling my water with natural herbs and fruits. It started as a way to flavor my water to encourage myself to drink more than the daily recommended share (64 ounces) but quickly morphed into one of the many ways I try to keep myself as healthy as possible living with a chronic illness.

If you didn’t know there are many many touted benefits to filling your water with herbs like mint, lemon balm, and basil to fruits and veggies like cucumbers, oranges, and grapefruit.

What is Infused Water?

Quite simply infusion is the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors from plant material in a solvent such as water, oil or alcohol, by allowing the material to remain suspended in the solvent over time. (Wikipedia)

In other words when you pour water over a vessel of lemons, limes, or herbs and let the ingredients steep together over several hours, you are infusing. The chemical compounds and oils for the veggies seep into the water and make the beverage extra tasty in the process.

Why Infuse Your Water

While the benefits of getting a sufficient intake of water are well known, the benefits of infusing your water with healthy fruits and herbs are not always well known. In fact, many folks I’ve encountered see infused water as nothing more than garnish; just something to look at. However, it’s so much more than that.

However it’s so much more than that

The benefits have been touted that infusing your water with lemon and other fruits help you:

  • Clear your skin

  • Lose weight

  • Detox and more

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Infused Water

Lemon Water

One of the most popular infusions out there is adding sliced lemon to plain water. Lemon not only elevates the taste but is a great source of vitamins C and B, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber and helps relieve gas and bloating and can relieve inflammation.

2. It tastes great so you drink more of it and improves your hydration and circulation.

3. Allows the body to more efficiently rid itself of waste through organs including the kidneys, liver, and skin.

4. Gives you less time to drink sugar laden juices and sodas.

5. Drinking more water helps you feel fuller and addresses the false hunger that dehydration can cause.

In Conclusion

Drinking enough water is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and every drop of that fluid works hard to promote proper blood circulation, food digestion and elimination, temperature regulation, and the flow of nutrients. Fruit infused water helps you feel great while improving your daily life functions.

So don’t delay fill your water with fruit today!

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Gluten Free Menu Plan | September 17-23, 2017

It’s back! I apologize for my inconsistency with weekly meal plans. Between building 540WMain Learning Academy and managing every day life with fibromyalgia my life is constant roller coaster. Sometimes I feel like a hamster spinning my wheels and getting no where. But even though I am often bed bound, I’m always working in front of and behind the scenes and I try to remember that inch by inch it’s a cinch.

But I digress

Fall is  fast approaching and even though the weather has been gorgeous these last few weeks I am waiting for cool days and even cooler nights. This weeks’ menu ideas reflect the anticipation of fall and a reflection on the tepid summer months that are distant memory.

Broccoli & Cheese Omelette recipe & photo courtesy Skinnytaste

Banana Chai Spice Smoothie



Vegan Sorghum Pancakes

Cranberry Maple Pecan Overnight Oats

PB & J Berry Smoothie

For more gluten free menu planning ideas visit Lynn’s Kitchen AdventuresFor paleo, gluten free, & dairy free recipes visit Minimalist Baker. For recipes that combine whole foods with Weight Watcher’s savvy visit Everyday MavenFor lunch ideas visit Oh My Veggies. For lunch box and super kid friendly recipe ideas visit I’m A Celiac


Spicy Pineapple Fried Rice

Spicy Curry Rice Noodles w/Eggplant

Pan Fried Eggplant & Baby Potatoes

White Bean, Lentil & Kale Soup

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken w/ Steamed Brown Rice & Broccoli

Dessert of the Week: Sorghum Chocolate Pound Cake

Vegan Blueberry Curly Kale Smoothie | Guest Post by Shell Harris of

Many feel intimidated putting vegetables like kale or spinach (or broccoli) in their smoothies because it seems like a strange thing to drink…Well, I think this smoothie will change your mind! The delicious blueberry flavors completely mask the taste of the kale and even the avocado, which means if you close your eyes, you would not even notice all the nutritional goodness that is in there!

Give it a go and I guarantee you will be throwing vegetables in your smoothies left right and center.

Blueberry Curly Kale Smoothie


  • ¼ Cup Kale
  • ½ Cup Frozen Blueberries
  •  ¾ Cup Coconut Water
  • ½ Avocado
  • ¼ Cup Ice


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix on a pulsating high speed until completely mixed and thick.

*You may need to remove thick kale stalks before adding to your blender!

Why These Ingredients

Using ice in this smoothie helps to thin down the consistency as the kale and avocado act as thickeners and using ice in addition to frozen blueberries helps to chill it to the perfect drinking temperature for a better flavor (trust me). Also, using coconut water in this smoothie removes the lactose from conventional recipes and makes it suitable for those with intolerances or living a vegan/dairy-free lifestyle.

Nutritional Info

Calories: 230 | Fat: 7g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 40mg | Sugar: 31g | Fiber: 9g


  • Vitamin K is for kale! Ok maybe not, but it does contain a large amount that can reduce the risks of some cancers and has even been linked to the reduction of suffering for those with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to this, kale is high in iron and is recommended by nutritionists to treat those who suffer from deficiencies and their effects.
  • Avocados actually have a high potassium content than bananas but many don’t realize! Potassium can help to reduce your likelihood of having a stroke, heart attack and even kidney failure.
  • In addition potassium can contribute to reducing high blood pressure and maintaining a healthy heart. In addition, the “flesh” of an avocado is high in healthy protein and monounsaturated (healthy) fats, which can be particularly beneficial for vegetarians or those who are looking to increase their protein consumption without the aid of meat.

Shell Harris is the founder of, the web’s largest resource for smoothie recipes. His first book, 101 Skinny Smoothies for Weight Loss and Detox is his first book supporting one of his passions (smoothies). His other interests include top 10 lists at – and vintage posters and jack russell dogs.You can find more delicious and healthy recipes at

Cookie Recipe Roundup | Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies 2016

New to the blog this year is a Recipe Roundup of all the cookies that made this year’s Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies.  I hope you are having a wonderful day, spending time with family, and eating amazing food & gluten free cookies.  Until next year.

Most Viewed Cookie This Week: Simple Shortbread Cookies

Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies 2017:
 (1) Grain-Free Double Chocolate Cookies 

The best darn flour-less cookies you’ll ever eat. Period

 (2) Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown butter & pecans…

(that’s all)

(3) Granola Cookies

The cookie that started it all

(4) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Skillet Cookie 

One giant chocolate chip cookie. Yes please!

(5)  Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies 

Carrot cake but in a cookie.

(6) Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A brand new cookie

(7) Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Vegans unite!

(8) Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A cookie gem from Ina Garten.

(9) Simple Shortbread Cookies

The perfect shortbread cookie recipe.

(10) Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The best cookies ever

(11) Hazelnut Almond Graham Crackers 

Un-Graham Graham Crackers

(12) EggNog Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Nog + chocolate chunks = heaven