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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gluten Free Bakery Items Will Make You Sick



 Mountain Oven 

Crested Butte, Colorado 

If you're not sure, I'll happily share. There are gluten free baked goods and pastry items in the middle of a gluten full case of baked goods. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  Thanks Mountain Oven of Crested Butte, Colorado for being an epic gluten free failure putting innocent people's health at risk and NOT following the FDA guidelines of gluten free labeling.  The crumbs, airborne gluten is everywhere. These gluten items are very flaky and nothing is wrapped. I don't care if you're a diagnosed Celiac, gluten free or not, this is idiotic. It's completely unacceptable to mark a gluten free food and then put it in a gluten sandwich like this, having products above and below that would cause someone to become ill. 


It's a bit hard to read here, on purpose, but these "gluten-free monkey muffins" were made with love in a kitchen that processes wheat, dairy, peanuts and tree nuts." HAHAHA I can't help but laugh that there was so much "love"in the kitchen that they were purposefully poisoning someone with a gluten free lifestyle. Is that kinda what they're saying here? I think so. It's pretty obvious because they're a food establishment, with chefs, bakers, etc, who frankly don't give a crap about people's actual health, just to cater to gluten free lifestyles for profit. Oh, So much love is in the air, and so much intestinal pains, damage and villous atrophy, explosive diarrhea and body aches and head fogs, to say the least. Thanks for offering a genuinely lovely auto immune reaction and/or sensitivity reaction to some others whoa re not Celiac but find gluten to be damaging to their health. No I did not eat this food, as I never put anything in my mouth until I inspect, research and analyze and clearly this one was a no brainer. Thanks Mountain Oven of Crested Butte, Colorado for being a Gluten Free Fail. 

Apparently, "Gluten Free" still has no universal definition deep into the Rocky Mountains of Crested Butte. As I travel throughout the country I continue to be disappointed at places that I both expect and least expect this issue to occur. What makes a bakery item gluten free, a processed cheese ball, napkin, knife, wood cutting board surface or apple?  Self labeling is still a joke it seems to many in the food industry. 

How about offering actual gluten free food without a disclaimer? 

Or stop serving it at all. 

Owners of these products and establishments clearly do not care about reality, health concerns and this is just scratching the surface. You should re-consider eating out seriously, because, these same places can be feeding you some other unhealthy, dangerous substances since they don't care about actual gluten free labeling and the allergies. The disclaimer is their way of serving health risks to cover their own a$$. 

Can Anyone Trust The Food Industry?

This extends way beyond just gluten free, but we'll keep it here. This self-labeling gluten free policy is not working from the FDA. Even though many of these brands, cafes, bakeries and restaurants likely know what they're doing wrong nobody stops them! They offer food to people who don't have a gluten free lifestyle health concern just to offer it for people who decide to eat less gluten. Yet, the joke is on them. A disclaimer typically gets thrown at the bottom of the marketing and promotional areas, where most people don't see it or are forced to except it. Or each restaurant says, "we do our best to separate, but can't guarantee anything". That's our life, ground hogs day.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Is Camel Milk The Next Craze?

Is Camel Milk The Next Craze?

I hope so! The next milk and perhaps the best and healthiest of them all has just entered the USA marketplace in early 2014 with anticipations of being available, everywhere! Introducing Desert Farms camel milk. They appeared at the Fancy Food Show NY in June 2015 and I was welcomed to taste the nutritious camel milk similarly how a baby camel takes their journey to adulthood, but I'm a human. To all you almonds, coconuts, hemp, rice and cows out there, just don't get jealous of these actions! 

These USA Farmed camels are seasonally grass fed, 100% raw and not pasteurized keeping the milk non homogenized by very carefully handling milk and getting into packaging and market quickly. Desert Farms uses BPA free plastic and PETE recyclable focussing on sustainability as much as possible and support nation wide and California local USA farmers who farm one hump camels, not two humps :) These camels are not fed hormones: rBST, rBGH, and are GMO free signifying a commitment against chemical and GMO lords who ruin our food supply. 

What Does Camel Milk Taste Like?

The milk is raw, fresh and let's say a little bit gamey if you get my drift. Not quite, but almost as if you're aware the animal is therein :) Camel milk posses the raw aroma of the wild beast, but very refreshing and smooth at the same time. I would 100% recommend it for the taste and the health benefits! Read more below.

I had asked how they test and verify camel milk for gluten. Like most companies who have all natural gluten free ingredients they told me they are very careful. They have not obtained a gluten free certification quite yet, but are considering it with new funding for increased distribution and larger product line. Would camel milk have gluten in it?  It should not just like a cow's milk. It's the risk of contamination and the control of the supply chain from farm - manufacturing - bottling facility that can be the troublesome. Gladly, they are very considerate of all food allergies and understand Celiac Disease. They're doing their best as they increase production and we will watch to see, perhaps conducting a test soon. 

The following details were provided from Desert Farms website for consideration when shopping online next:

Is Camel Milk Very Different Than Cow's milk?

  • 50% Less Fat Than USDA Cow's Milk
  • 50% Less Saturated Fat Than USDA Cow's Milk
  • Camel Milk is A Natural Probiotic Aiding Digestion
  • Excellent Source of Vitamin B1
  • 5g of Protein Per Serving
  • Good Source of Potassium & Phosphorus
  • 110 Calories Per Serving

AllergensOur products are made in a facility that processes dairy, soy, and tree nuts. Camel milk contains milk.

Are Desert Farm Bottles Recycleable: Desert Farms bottles are 100% recyclable, and our sights are set on using fully recycled materials in our future packaging. We seek to recycle, reuse and repurpose.

How Long Does Camel Milk Stay Fresh: Once you receive your order you can store your fresh milk for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or you can freeze it for up to 6 months in the freezer. Once thawed or defrosted it is best to consume your milk within 3 to 5 days. If you receive your milk frozen the best way to thaw or defrost it is by placing it in the refrigerator overnight or you can place it in a bowl of warm water and let it sit for a couple of hours. Once the milk has been defrosted it is completely normal for the fat to separate, just shake and drink up. 

Where Is Desert Farms Produced: We work with Amish and other family farms nationwide. Each bottle is milked, bottled and packaged at the farm to ensure the delicate camel milk is not exposed to contamination. Our camel milk is not and will never be shipped to a third-party contractor for bottling. We try to limit the number of people dealing with your products to ensure freshness and purity.

Are Desert Farms Gluten & Wheat Free: We make every effort to ensure that Desert Farms products are free of wheat, wheat gluten, rye, oats, barley and malt. While it is virtually impossible to be certain that each bottle is 100% free of all gluten, Desert Farms products are suitable for most people with wheat and gluten allergies. People with severe allergies should consult a doctor before introducing a new food. (Note: They may seek a gluten free certification with new funding)

Camel Milk Closest to Human's Milk?*: Camel and human milk samples (twenty individuals’ samples each) were analyzed for fat, total protein (casein, whey protein), lactose, minerals as well as vitamins; B1, B2, niacin and C. Results indicated that camel milk contained higher fat, protein (especially casein), ash, Ca, Mg, P, K, Na, Fe, and Cu. It can be concluded that camel milk can be considered as a good food of high nutritive and therapeutic applications. Meanwhile, the high content of antimicrobial agents in camel milk may explain its potential as an antiviral activity especially against diarrhea-causing viruses (*Note*: talk to your doctor prior to changing any baby/child regimen)

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Banza Gluten Free Chickpea Pasta Is Stellar

Cooks in less than 5 minutes
Life isn't too shabby going gluten free today in 2015. Those on a healthy and strict gluten free lifestyle have a plethora of pasta options. However, the more common corn and rice pastas are lacking in nutrients. Meanwhile vegetable, quinoa and bean pastas start to show more promise.  Generally gluten free replacement pastas can be made from simple ingredients with higher carbs, sugars, low fibers and proteins sustaining the issues of malnutrition. This is why I rarely eat pasta.  However, my new favorite alternative pasta should be your new normal pasta. Introducing chickpea pasta from Banza. Those with Celiac Disease and beyond can now enjoy Banza gluten free pasta because bean based pastas are loaded with protein, fiber and have lower carbs to name a few. They boil perfectly, keeping shape, texture and most importantly taste. Traditional pasta is very lacking and the gluten free alternatives are typically tasteless or lacking nutrition, well, the times they keep on changing.

Pasta is one of the most common foods eaten in the American society. It is a comfort and filling food in warm dishes or even cold. It's also one of the most sought after gluten free replacement meals when you ask most people diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Pasta and bread I'd admit with regret though are foods that we crave, ahh! 


I eat pasta monthly maybe more often pending my social calendar. Pasta typically just isn't healthy for us on a dull day. As a kid I learned how to eat my carbs and proteins more often during 2-3 days prior to my activity sporting calendars. I was active in futbol (soccer), basketball and baseball games. I would load up on pastas ahead of time to keep myself. While that worked for me as a kid as I got older and diagnosed Celiac Disease as young teenager I ate mostly salads, rice and meat, a whole ton of it. Pasta was pretty rare since there weren't much healthy or tasty corn or rice options.  

I met Brian Rudolph, co-founder of Banza Pasta, and he is also on a gluten free lifestyle journey. He  was able to start Banza pasta in his kitchen before starting to take this out much larger to grow retail distribution forming a business. His team of gluten and non gluten-free peeps have tasted Banza with nearly every type of pasta recipe and it meets high standards. Chickpea pasta from Banza is legit! 

I've introduced Banza to family and friends and it was 100% approved. Gluten free or not Banza pasta was receiving accolades from mom, dad and beyond. I've bought multiple boxes already and glad to have a new pasta option that is healthier overall, higher in protein, and I could feel good about eating pasta again more often. Macaroni salad here I come hmm!


There is no need to over eat proteins, but when you're active and focussed on eating healthy foods with balanced nutrients such as protein, you're eating smarter. Only eat what you're going to use though, be active!


Carbs are necessary, but typically a waste in the diet from unnecessary foods that have excess starches in them. If you eat pasta daily or weekly and don't utilize the energy to burn off during regular exercise it will turn to fat. Enjoy your carbs, but eat smarter from balanced foods such as beans, quinoa and vegetables. Don't over eat on the corns, rices or root vegetables, especially from chips like excessive potato eating.


C'mon now, fiber is GOOD for you so don't be scared of it. Yes it helps you poop more, but hey that's the point of life. In and out. Family, health, activity, socializing. Repeat. In order to do all of this you must eat and excrete. More smart fibers in your diet the better so if you're laughing right now get more serious. Thanks Banza!



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Protings Gluten Free Product Review

WHAT ARE PROTINGS?'s imagine a pea protein joined forces with a triangular crispy potato chip with delicious seasonings. Then imagine the name "pro" as in protein and "ting" as in things and merge them into something fun and catchy. I asked this question to co-founder Ryan at a food show. I liked it. Ryan and co-founder Kirk are based in Brooklyn, NY.  Protings are for healthy peeps and chip lovers who seek an alternative but love food and eating smart. No more empty nutrition while snacking in-between meals. Crunch on Protings at the gym after a work out, at the office, on the bus/train or home wherever you're hungry to avoid binging. 

Protings are jam packed with pea protein, flax seed, sunflower oil, fairly low in sat, low calorie and very low in sugar. You get your crunch fix, it looks certainly like a chip, and it gives you the healthy ingredients and protein that you NEVER get from a chip. Chips usually are a guilty pleasure and it's only recent that some chips have gotten somewhat nutrient dense. I'm stoked about these Protings and excited to see what's next for them. 

On their website, the nutritional information can be reviewed for each product by label. The ingredients are mostly simple. You can pronounce and recognize all of them and not feel alarmed. Start shopping for Protings here. No worries!


            TOASTED SEA SALT            SPICY CHILI LIME  

   ZESTY NACHO              TANGY SOUTHERN BBQ                 


Protein is a true asset to healthy living especially for active individuals. Pea protein is one of the most ideal vegetable based proteins for human consumption experts say.  Pea protein possess benefits over both animal and other vegetable proteins including digestion, allergen free and amino acids for sport activity.



Jam packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and essential vitamins. Flax is a top vegetable source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been linked to maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood. Studies show that diets rich in fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids, and omega-3 fatty acids help support a healthy cardiovascular system by favoring a healthy blood lipid profile. Flax  seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E.  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain skin integrity and preserve youthfulness.


Sunflowers are awesome and they're rarely used in our foods. Tisk tisk. Sunflower oil has numerous qualities and studies have shown that it can assist in maintaining a healthy nervous system, good digestion, and it is great for producing energy as a result of the Vitamin B quantity found in sunflower oil among much more properties. Eat more sunflower based foods!