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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EZ Gluten Test Kit Product Review


How Can I Know For Sure 
If Food & Beverages Are Gluten-Free?

If you haven't used the EZ Gluten Test Kit before then it's time  pick up a few kits for the holidays for you or someone you truly care about.  Whether you have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or another form of sensitivity to gluten proteins, Elisa Technologies offer kits for you to test food and beverages quickly and efficiently via a test strip. Most of us know not to take risks, but every once in a while I hear about people taking way too many risks, so now in less than 10 minutes you can check that food sample, finally! I tried it and I'll share with you my results.  These EZ Gluten Test are extremely simple kit that in less than ten minutes will detect the presence of gluten proteins in foods and beverages. It is sensitive enough to detect levels of gluten as low as 10 ppm (which is 2x better than the FDA guidelines). As you can see in my example here, the test kit is small and portable enough for at home, going to friends, or family, heading to a restaurant or whenever you need to know if a food could have gluten contamination, and avoid it! 




HOW IT WORKS 

  1. Obtain a food sample and ground it up per the provided measurement
  2. Add the sample to the extraction solution and mix gently up and down
  3. Take a few drops of the sample extract and place it in the test tube
  4. Lastly, place the EZ Gluten Test Strip into the test tube to absorb the sample extract
  5. After 10 minutes the test strip can be read as negative, positive, or neutral for gluten 

 EZ Gluten Home Test Kit
 EZ Gluten Home Test Kit


Note


In this test example, I utilized samples from V/NO alcohol removed red wine, and it tested negative for gluten <10 ppm. Congrats to V/NO but I haven't tested their other products, rose or white wine. 


About Elisa Technologies


ELISA Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 to develop enzyme immunoassay technology for use in the food industry. Their mission is to assure food quality by creating and supporting rapid, reliable, sensitive and cost-effective testing solutions. They are committed to using expertise in species, allergens, antibiotics, drugs, hormones and toxins. Elisa Tech commitment is to provide its clients with accurate, confidential, efficient, reliable and cost-effective analytical options to meet their needs.



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recipe: Baked Squash & Sweet Potato Stew

RECIPE 

Baked Sweet potatoes and squash can take your stew or soup to a whole new level year round. Although it's spring, I was craving some amazing stew.  By taking your favorite nutrient rich vegetables, legumes, and tubers, with an optional meat source you can have a low calorie, energy rich stew for a few days.  Each element of this recipe can also be edited to have something else that's in season or a vegetable that you love so much that you can't resist. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS




  • Sweet potatoes - Use 1 or 2 large sweet potatoes for pre-baking. 
  • Squash - Take a whole medium size squash for pre-baking.
  • Cauliflower  - Take 1/2 cut into smaller sizes for adding into to stew 
  • Black beans - Add 1 can or cooked beans
  • Onions - Use 1, chop to your delight
  • Cumin - Sprinkle to your delight
  • Litehouse herbs - Add to your delight
  • Beef - Optional and a nice touch (or chicken)
  • Creamy tomato soup - 32 oz suggested. Optional use a tomato sauce, but a low sodium, organic soup is creamier 


INSTRUCTIONS

Pre-Bake #1
  • Sweet potatoes - Wash well and peel skin off. Cut into round slices, pre-bake separately than squash at 375 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. Potatoes take longer.
  • Squash - Wash well and take 1/2 squash and cut into smaller round slices, pre-bake separately than sweet potatoes at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Bakes faster than potatoes. 
Pre-Sautee #2
  • Saute the chopped onions and meat ahead of time only about medium/rare for 5-6 minutes. 
Pre-Heat The Big Pot #3
  • Add the tomato sauce to pot. You can also add a cup or two of water or chicken broth depending how thick or soupy you prefer. Prep this liquid portion on medium heat ahead of time to coordinate the ending of baked and sauce preparations for the stewing below.  
Stew Time (30 minutes)
  1. In the same large stove pot add your cauliflower to the pre-heated soup
  2. Next cut your pre-baked sweet potatoes and squash into smaller pieces. Now you can peel the skin off quash and add directly into the stew.
  3. Add the optional beef strips
  4. Add in the spices to taste
  5. Your big pot can now slow cook on light flame or until everything is soft. 


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ProYo Frozen Yogurt Product Review


 Start your day or kickstart your afternoon

 with ProYo Frozen Yogurt. I'm hooked!




 

What is ProYo?  

Introducing a frozen tube full of protein and higher quality yogurt ingredients for active individuals. If you avoid dairy this may not be for you, but you should keep reading since your friend or family may like it... With 20g of protein, priobiotic goodness, low fat and non GMO ingredients this certified gluten free and soy free frozen yogurt is a great breakfast and anytime snack. Each 4 oz ProYo tube has 200 billion active probiotic culture organisms. It contains 14 grams of sugar which isn't bad considering the source ingredients and if you're being active in your day it's not a big deal. Pro Yo is packed in a convenient tube you really could just go and eat it wherever your feet need you to be. Peel off, let sit for a minute or two and start enjoying.  

ProYo was created during a moment of ultimate weakness. The founder broke his arm in three places working out. That happens to a lot of people, not! He needed to maintain his protein full diet and opted to create a product that was able to be consumed with one hand and tasted great. Not too shabby. 

ProYo just received their 

certified gluten free certification. 

 


As a guy, it's a no brainer, we need protein, but it's absolutely ideal for women, too. Noticing the package is a darker masculine look and doesn't have traditional feminine tones, but there should be a lot of interest here females. It's frozen yogurt jam packed with protein and high quality ingredients and that's not gender specific. Plus the name ProYo is pretty clever and fun. This is for all of us guys and girls of all ages. Just remember you should be active when eating high protein food as this isn't for sitting on the couch and watching a season of Shark Tank late at night. 

Flavors

  • Banana Vanilla
  • Double Dutch Chocolate
  • Blueberry Pomegranate
  • Vanilla Bean

RECIPES

I'm a smoothie maniac... Since most mornings I choose to make eggs or smoothies, I figured why not make it all happen together (minus the eggs of course). Here is my ProYo smoothie recipe below. I tend to overload my smoothies though so if you believe this is too much goodness, choose wisely. Remember though to have organic ingredients when possible. See more ProYo recipes here.
  • Choose one ProYo tube
  • Tall glass of steeped bag of green tea (optional oolong tea or yerba mate)
  • Tall glass of almond milk (optional other milk)
  • Chopped fruit (strawberries, banana, apple, avocado)
  • 1/2 scoop of maca powder
  • 1/2 scoop of hemp protein
  • Small handful of kale
  • Tea spoon of spirulina
  • Tablespoon of chia
  • Tablespoon of flax 
  • A few ice cubes (do not over chill)
  • Cup of oats (optional)
  • Blend 45-60 seconds.

 

Where To Buy ProYo

Shop by ProYo Store locator. Online stores coming soon.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Udis & Smashburger Unite To Devastate Gluten-Free Safety


I can't tell you how upset I was after reading about Gluten Free Dude's finding that Smashburger used Udi's Gluten Free Bread (a once gluten-free leader) and failed an obvious cross contamination gluten-free test with a gluten free customer.   

Let's be very clear to those who manage a restaurant, servers and chefs along with those who are responsible at home to cook for gluten free family and friends:
  1. It's not okay to serve gluten free products in a cross contaminated area so wash, clean and/or separate all utensils and food much better.
  2. It's not okay to pretend you're promoting gluten-free options but exclude those with actual gluten related illnesses. Duh!
It's this type of ignorance and disrespect, that still exists in the food industry. You should continue to either second guess or stop eating out because what you buy is a mystery for many reasons. As in this Smashburger & Udi's instance, there is no such product that can be referred to as gluten-free and be knowingly contaminated in a toaster. Innocent people have probably been getting sick at Smashburger while trusting Udi's products. Meanwhile, the FDA has a guideline against this gluten free bad behavior, yet they will likely take no action.


Udis Smashburger Fail Gfree Test


Gluten-Free Cross Contamination Is Everywhere 

It's apparent that gluten cross contamination is still everywhere. If you're that hungry and crave a burger, then invest in a bbq grille and host a gluten-free only party for family and friends. There are so many great products out there that could be trusted. Restaurants like Smashburger are a joke. Smashburger cannot be trusted, and you should always ask many questions if you dare to eat out when experiencing a gluten-free related illness. 

To those who eat gluten sparingly on a diet fad, show respect and at least have the decency to support a 100% gluten-free experience. You're not helping those with Celiac Disease or other gluten related illnesses. Kindly try harder for us. 

Smashburger

Your pathetic. How could you decide that serving a gluten free product in a toaster that is usually serving glutenous bread is acceptable in 2015? That fad was so 5 years ago. Cross contamination is everywhere so I wonder if this is (a) bad management or (b) a direct attack toward those living a real gluten free lifestyle?  

I don't eat out at 99% of restaurants. If I take the risk I will call ahead and be sure they know that I'm a Celiac and explain the difference between a real gluten-free illness and just avoiding gluten. This is vital to educate those in the restaurant.  So if I absolutely have to dine out I talk with a manager, chef, server, repeatedly to make my presence felt (respectfully though) and ask the basic gluten free questions before I eat and question food when it comes out before I take a bite. Unfortunately as a Celiac, I cannot trust the world that serves gluten, and my health is too important. Therefore, my home is fully packed with fresh food, natural products that are backed up with a claim, including organic and non GMO.

Udi's 

I'm extremely disappointed that Udi's would put up with this type of behavior. Gluten-free brands cannot and should not partner with a restaurant who fails such an obvious cross contamination test.  Udi's, Udi's Udi's, hmmm, as the days go by you've changed and now this instance has a red mark on your back. I hope there is actionable change ahead.

Good luck my friends. The world continues to be a wild west for those with Celiac Disease!



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

I Heart Keenwah Gluten Free Product Review

 I heart Keenwah snacks

Imagine bite size square snacks that are perfectly shaped, crunch in your mouth and have desirable taste, ingredients and leave you satisfied. Welcome to I heart Keenwah, taking the quinoa snack to a whole new level and taste experience. The founder, Ravi, was touring Bolivia and learning about the quinoa grains. He immediately became smitten over a ready to eat snack and pitched the ideas to his grad school friends. They concept was born and they went to the kitchen mixing quinoa to find a crunchy treat as we see today in the cluster snacks. 

I heart Keenwah Is Awesome & Delicious

With a straightforward take on the pronunciation of the grain named name quinoa, I heart Keenwah is a terrific new grab-and-go snack. Now you have the opportunity to control your portions and your cravings with ultimate satisfaction in these cluster squares. Further, they have five bite size quinoa based treats made from ancient quinoa grains dating back to South America, considered the mother of all grains, were used to feed and empower the Incan warriors. Quinoa is a complete is  complete protein source that is low glycemic, high in fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals and a protein range up to 18% all while being gluten-free of course (wheat isn't close to this healthy). 

Flavors

Chocolate Sea Salt, Cashew Cranberry, Peanut Butter Cacao, Almond, Peanut Ginger


 I heart Keenwah clusters


PEANUT GINGER

As you can see in the photo above, Peanut Ginger was my favorite. As it is said, "This isn't your Incan warrior's quinoa. we throw in the spice of candied ginger and the kick of peanuts to make a snack that's just hard to put down. eat a couple of these babies you'll be ready to go." Taste, flavor, and quality healthier snack ingredients is where you should be snacking, not a bag of Doritos. 
Ingredients: organic quinoa, peanuts, organic tapioca syrup, organic brown rice syrup, organic cane sugar, crystallized ginger, organic brown rice crisps, baking soda, salt, almond oil.
Contains: peanuts, tree nuts.

What's New?

I heart Keenwah Puffs

Where To Buy

The store website map shows that they are located sporadically throughout the USA for all of you to find a location. View i heart Keenwah store locator here to find a store nearby or shop online. 

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