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OKC Local Support Group Planning Meeting 8/9/2011

OKC Local Support Group Planning Meeting 8/9/2011

The Oklahoma Celiac Support Group will hold a planning meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Conference Room F, located in the Concourse of Integris Baptist Hospital on Independence and Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City.

We will be planning the September support group meeting and our annual Holiday Dinner in November. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

We are only as great as those who participate. :)

Hope to see you there!

If you need more information or have any questions, check us out on Facebook.

Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria offers gluten free options

Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria offers gluten free options

Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria offers many gluten free options. Ever skeptical, I met a friend for lunch. When I saw the long line and business of the cooks, I almost bolted. The fear of cross-contamination always outweighs the benefits of eating out. I opted to stay and was completely delighted. The owner took my order at the cash register. When I requested a salad prepared gluten free and started my spiel about “clean gloves, clean bowl, no croutons; etc.”, he smiled. His response, “do you know we have gluten free pizza too? Clean board, utensils, everything. We get it.” Heck, skip the salad, order me up some pizza.

Cafe 7

Gluten free pizzas can also be made dairy free. If you call 20 minutes ahead, you can have gluten free pasta. The gluten free options are endless. The complete gluten free menu will roll out shortly.

Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria is located at 14101 N. May Ave Suite 117, in Oklahoma City, OK 73134. Telephone: 405-748-DELI.

You can see my Urbanspoon review at: Cafe 7 Review

Kikoman joins the Gluten Free craze

Kikoman joins the Gluten Free craze

Back in the day, there was no gluten free soy sauce. La Choy was sometimes safe and other times not. They went back and forth adding wheat, not adding wheat. I nicknamed soy sauce as “liquid wheat”. And then, La Choy realized gluten free was not that hard. Many years later, Kikoman agrees! No need to special order tamari sauce or skip the soy sauce. Now, Kikoman and La Choy both deliver gluten free. Available in a super market near you.

Gluten Free soy sauce

Bakery on Main – refreshing GF products

Bakery on Main – refreshing GF products

I recently sampled a variety of Bakery on Main’s gluten free products and must say, I was quite impressed!

They offer a gluten free granola that is delicious. The products I sampled were Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola and a variety of their granola bars. I love the bars because they are a quick breakfast on the go. Their amazing flavors include:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft & Chewy Bars
  • Apple Cinnamon Soft & Chewy Bars
  • Chocolate Almond Soft & Chewy Bars
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  • Cranberry Maple Nut Granola Bars
  • Extreme Trail Mix Granola Bars
  • Check them out online at Bakery on Main or purchase locally in Oklahoma City at Akin’s Natural Food Market.

    Horrah for fans of Sweet Potato Fries

    Horrah for fans of Sweet Potato Fries

    On a recent outing to Sam’s in Oklahoma City, I was delighted to find Sweet Potato Fries in their frozen food department. I occasionally look at their frozen foods despite the fact that so few are gluten free. However, this time, I was not disappointed. This is what I found:

    And, to my delight, when I flipped the bag over, it said “gluten free”.

    Product labeling and marketing have come such a long way over the past 15 years! It’s still exciting to me to find a clearly labeled gluten free product.

    The preparation is simple: you can bake at 450 degrees for 16-18 minutes or deep fry, your choice. We baked ours and they were delicious! What a great find!

    It’s not all diet

    It’s not all diet

    For those of us who are gluten and/or dairy free, our diet is everything. We know exactly what we eat and drink; we read labels (always) and think about our diets daily. The other part of the equation that may be overlooked is fitness, which is just as important as diet.

    Sedentary lifestyles are killing us. “Sitting is the new smoking,” says Marc T. Hamilton, a physiologist at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. “These days we sit more than we sleep — an average of 10 hours a day — and it’s a serious health hazard.” Heavy sitters appear to be at a much greater risk for health complications, such as heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and early death.

    If you have any question as to the effect of the personal computer and cable television boom in the 1990′s, take a look around the next time you are at the store, mall or movie theater. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 34 percent of adults are obese, more than double the percentage 30 years ago. The share of obese children tripled during that time, to 17 percent.

    We have to start moving–quit sitting. Get active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park away from the store and walk instead of fighting for the nearest parking space. Walk you dog every day. Take a stroll after supper with your family. Turn off the television and go outside. Play ball, soccer or tag with your kids. Just do something more today than you did yesterday.

    If you are active, your health will benefit.

    Rice Krispies go Gluten Free!

    Rice Krispies go Gluten Free!

    Finally, the companies get it!  Kelloggs has announced that starting in June, 2011, Rice Krispies will be available gluten free.  In its press release, Kelloggs noted that after hearing from so many gluten free families, they are happy to bring us gluten free Rice Krispies. Now, that’s the power of the gluten free consumer. Kudos to us.

    Stock up and enjoy!

    Soy Light Chocolate Milk is the bomb!

    Soy Light Chocolate Milk is the bomb!

     

    My new favorite kick is Soy Light Chocolate Milk.  It’s 100% lactose and dairy free, as well as gluten free.  Since going dairy free, it’s been hard to fix my chocolate craving.  This does the trick!  It’s rich and creamy and only 90 calories (which equals 3 weight watchers points, for those counting).  I buy it at my local grocery store.  It’s great first thing in the morning, as a snack and after a hard work out.  Heck, it’s great anytime!

     

    Simply the bomb