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Photos of what I made using Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products

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The order of pictures in the slideshow above:

1- Millet-Chia Casserole (showing bags of products used)

2- Truffle Treats (showing bags of products used)

3- Buckwheat Croquettes (showing bags of products used)

4- Chia-Tapioca Pudding (showing bags of products used)

5- Buckwheat Croquettes

6- Truffles Treats

7- Chia Pudding

8- Millet-Chia Casserole

9- Slice of Millet-Chia Casserole with Tu-Maca Gravy and Buckwheat Croquette

10- Chia Pudding with Orange slices and Truffle Treats

11- Truffle Treats

Also, check out my video introducing some of their products:

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products – Part 1: Introduction

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products
– Part 2: Recipes

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Tips on How to Avoid Gluten without Going Crazy by Herbal Papaya

Tips on How to Avoid Gluten without Going Crazy by Herbal Papaya
http://www.herbalpapaya.com

Gluten can be a hard thing to kick from your diet, read these quick tips to help you on your gluten-free journey!

More and more people these days are becoming intolerant to gluten, Celiacs, or simply avoiding gluten for their own dietary reasons. Gluten, however, can be a hard thing to kick, especially when you’ve been raised with having bread products with every meal.

Toast for breakfast – nope. Burger for lunch – no bun please. Garlic bread with your Italian dinner – so hard to resist. Believe us, we’re addicted to bagels and pizza just as much as the next person, so we can feel your pain.

As is usually the case when the consumer market changes so drastically as it has with gluten, the food producers have obliged with making progress in better and a greater variety of non-gluten products for everyone to enjoy.

There’s still a long way to go, but non-gluten products have at least come further than what they were when we were growing up – anyone else try rock-hard, flavorless, tiny sized gluten-free bread a decade ago?

Besides the greater presence of gluten-free products out there, there is a whole community now that supports the gluten-free diet. It can be overwhelming when you first cut out gluten, and now there are so many tips and articles to read to help you transition. There are a ton of foods out there that you may have never known had gluten in them until recently.

In an effort to help anyone who is currently gluten-free or who is looking to cut out more gluten from their diet, we wanted to put together a quick list of tips to follow to help avoid gluten without going crazy. We hope you get some use out of it!

Cook/bake your own food

The easiest way to avoid gluten is by cooking and baking your own food. You know exactly what is going into what you’re eating because you’re the one putting the ingredients into your food. If you’re extremely sensitive to gluten, this could be a good option to focus on.

And hey, you get to learn or improve on a new skill that makes new friends easily! And you get to show how yummy gluten-free food can be to your friends and family.

Bring snacks or toppings when going out to eat

Sometimes it can be hard eating out, especially if you’re a Celiac and you can get sick with even a trace of gluten.

To prevent this from happening, bring your own snacks and/or toppings when going out to eat. That way you won’t go hungry and you always have a back-up plan if you don’t see anything that would work for you to eat on the menu (or you don’t trust that there hasn’t been cross-contamination in the kitchen).

The same idea works for toppings – example: if you enjoy salads and love croutons – bring your own gluten-free version as a topping.

Check your medication

Check with your pharmacist about what is exactly in any medication you’re taking – surprisingly, a lot of medications contain the same protein that is in wheat, rye, and barley (as does a lot of mouthwash).

Gain a new perspective

Instead of moping around about the loss of enjoying your favorite wheat-based foods, celebrate the fact that this could be a wonderful new way to start implementing a healthier diet into your life.

Sure pizza may be a no-go for you now, but the fact that you can now eat healthy whole grains, like brown rice, corn, and quinoa will likely help improve your mood and your body will be strong and healthy. It only take a new perspective to change your thoughts about getting rid of gluten!

Be vigilant about reading labels

Even the products that you’ve used in the past can change their ingredients without notice, make sure to double check all ingredients on the packaged foods you buy at the grocery store to prevent doses of gluten from getting into your diet.

Popular packaged foods that usually include gluten can be pre-made broths, rice mixes, pasta sauces, and soy sauce, although there are many others out there too. Do your research, find trigger ingredient names that point to gluten (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, Kamut®, etc), and avoid those. Easy peasy.

Use gluten-free substitutes

Bummed that you can no longer eat your favorite pasta dish or have donuts for breakfast? Chances are there is now a gluten-free version of those food items! Almost every food that traditionally has gluten in it, now has gluten-free alternatives.

Sure, they may not taste exactly like your favorite gluten food, but at least it’s something, right? And, similar to how much dairy-free and vegan food alternatives have progressed (vegan cheese anyone? yum!), gluten-free alternatives are only getting better in terms of their tastiness.

This goes for when you’re cooking/baking your own food as well – there are plenty of options these days for cooking with gluten-free ingredients, even for cakes and pastries!

Remember foods that are naturally gluten-free

And remember, you don’t have to find alternatives for everything, there are plenty of foods that are gluten-free friendly out there.

Fresh fruit and veggies, quinoa, teff, amaranth, polenta, buckwheat, corn, millet, and tapioca are all gluten-free, start using them as the base of your meals and get rid of the bread at every meal mindset.

Yes, some alcoholic drinks have gluten, too

Beer drinker? You may be sad to remember that beer is often times made from malted barley or wheat. There are more breweries these days that are offering at least one gluten-free beer to their customers, but there’s still a long way to go in the beer industry for the gluten intolerant.

If you don’t want to give up alcohol completely, there are plenty of alternative routes you can take while still avoiding gluten. These generally include cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port, and liqueurs.

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Sprouts – Nutrition Facts from Hippocrates Health Institute

Sprouts – Nutrition Facts – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Take a look at the amazing sprout selection below, they also have many health benefits that make them even more tantalizing!

Medicinally and nutritionally, sprouts have a long history as a “health food. Sprouts are 10 to 30 times more nutritious than the best vegetables because they are baby plants in their prime. At this stage of their growth they have the greatest concentration of nutrients than at any other point in their life. Sprouts are highly digestible and release their nutrients easily due to their delicate cell walls and abundance of enzymes.

When you apply water to seeds they come to life. By the natural process of transmutation, the vitamin, mineral, enzyme, phytonutrient, and amino acid (protein) content of germinated (sprouted) foods skyrocket! This phenomenon is most pronounced during the first twelve days of growth. This makes sprouts a true “Super food.” They are also biogenic and alive. Biogenic foods are foods that create new life when planted. Sprouts are alive and this life-force energy is capable of transferring their life energy to your body.

Adzuki

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Broccoli

Health Benefits:
• Helps fight colon, prostate, rectum, esophagus, lung, bladder, and stomach cancer
• Effective for inflammations and hot swellings
• Effective for hangovers
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Buckwheat

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Lowers high blood pressure
• Blood sugar balancer
• Good for varicose veins
• Helps prevent osteoporosis
• Helps prevent anxiety, depression, brain fog, mental fatigue and generally make the brain sharper and clearer.
Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Clover

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Heart and cardiovascular health
• Strong bones
• Anti-cancer Anti-aging
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Fenugreek

Health Benefits:
• Treats blood poisoning, failing eyesight, fevers, palpitations, liver and kidney troubles
• Treats anemia
• Blood sugar balancer
• Increases mother’s milk production
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Garbanzo

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Energy
• Blood sugar balancer
• Lowers blood cholesterol
Maturity Time:
• Two days

Green Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Mung Beans

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Helps prevent prostate problems.
• Helps prevent glandular dysfunction and breast cancer
• Treats premature balding
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Pea Shoots

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Muscle
• Strengthens teeth
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Radish

Health Benefits:
• Cleans the blood
• As an excellent expectorant treats whooping cough
• Facilitates digestion
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Red Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Sunflower

Health Benefits:
• Excellent source of balanced amino acids for building protein
• Activates every cell in the immune system
• Builds skeletal, muscular and neurological systems

Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Wheatgrass

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Anti-cancer
• Detoxifier
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

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Company Review: Food On Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 2

Food On Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 2 in business since 2007 Their motto is: “Intentional Choices, Powerful Foods”

To read part one of my review of these company’s savory raw snacks click on this link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/company-review-food-on-purpose-organic-raw-vegan-snacks-and-treats-part-1/

I am reviewing the sweet raw snacks from this company. I am not a “fan” of using agave nectar, as it is equated to HFCS – high fructose corn syrup and is not recommended. I did sample these products, anyway, as GK was kind enough to send them to me for review.

I would say a better option is date syrup or coconut nectar, if a thick liquid syrup is necessary. I actually prefer using the green stevia leaf or powder as it is not sugar and merely a sweet leaf discovered in South America and it is antibacterial, helps regulate blood sugar, etc. To read more about this amazing sweet leaf, read the book, “The Miracle of Stevia,” by James A. May.

I emailed GK about the use of agave sweetener and received this response from him. In an email from GK (National Sales Manager), he says: “We do use agave in our Roonies. They are tasty (especially Choco Roonies) but we are looking at other sweeteners.”

Here is a review of the products: They are all dehydrated, dairy free, gluten free, certified organic and raw.

Granola In The Raw
This is a really nice granola and uses sprouted buckwheat, nuts and seeds. It is tasty and mildly sweet (even though it uses agave, but to me did not seem like a lot of it). The ingredients do not stick today, as in other raw granolas that use dates, but remain separated. I tasted it right out of the bag as a snack and also used it with some coconut water, as a cereal (or you can make a seed or nut milk yourself that is vegan, as I don’t recommend any dairy consumption).

Roonies (as in Macaroons) – 3 varieties
Overall, these are moist and chewy with each one having a different flavor, depending on the ingredients used. One thing I found unnecessary was the use of coconut oil as they are actually soaking in the oil at the bottom of the package (I did not find that “oil pool” in the Choco Roonies) I took them out and used a couple of paper towels to absorb the oil. The would still be delicious without the oil and with another sweetener (as I mentioned above).

Sunny Roonies
These macaroons use mostly coconut and lemon. I like the lemony flavor. It is sweeter then the cereal, as more agave is used and it is the first ingredient listed.

Ginger Roonies
These macaroons have ginger and maca powder. The taste is not strong or overly sweet as the previous one I mentioned. The ginger taste kicks in later and is not overpowering.

Choco Roonies
These macaroons use Peruvian organic cacao, maca powder and vanilla flavor. These has a sweet flavor, but are not overly sweet. I may try and make them myself and use carob instead of cacao or a mix of both of them for a different flavor.

Birds In The Nest
First, I like the name, it is very unique and clever. This is made mostly with cashews and has a raspberry jam scoop in the center of it. I love the color contrast between the macaroon and the fruit. Perhaps other berries can be used such as strawberries, goji berries, blackberries, yellow raspberries, etc (I am salivating, just things about the possibilities, as I am always creating recipes in my head, as I am a chef). This product is flakier, dry and mildly sweet.

To find out more about these products and the company, go to http://www.foodonpurpose.com
I also have a link on the right hand column of this page under the title Blogroll.

Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal for a video review of these products and for many more product reviews, healthy living topics and recipe ideas.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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