Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gluten Free Cookbook

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Tiffany Hinton CEO and Founder at GF Mom Certified

Friday, August 29, 2014

What is Serotonin?

“Serotonin is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain (a neurotransmitter) that is responsible, for regulating brain functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, and memory.

Low serotonin levels have been linked to mood disorders such as depression and to borderline personality disorder. Antidepressant medications that alter the availability of serotonin in the brain have been used to treat these conditions.” However there are now known natural remedies.

People with low serotonin are susceptible to anxiety and depression but doing the things like regularly raising your heart rate & eating fresh fish, meat, nuts, fruits, vegetables and even dark chocolate are all ways to increase serotonin – therefore helping relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Regulating your serotonin levels helps control appetite and manage your weight.

Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese

Check out this savory recipe for a raw, vegan cheesy treat!
½ Cup Macadamia Nuts
½ Cup Cashews
1 ½ Tbsp Tamari
Juice of ½ small lemon
¼ cup water
1 tbsp raw nut flour (cashew, almond, etc) OR substitute Nutritional Yeast
1 tbsp of each: parsley, cilantro, chives, dill (plus more for garnish)
1. Soak Cashews & Macadamias in 1 cup water overnight.
2. Pour out soak water and in blender/food processer combine all ingredients and blend until creamy, if needed—add water/lemon or tamari to create smoother mix.
3. Pour blended ingredients into a nut milk bag or tied cheese cloth and suspend over a bowl to allow for drainage. Allow cheese to ferment for 24-48 hours.
4. Set in container, refrigerate to set cheese (20 min minimum)
5. Upon setting the cheese, garnish with leftover herbs
6. For extra rich flavor, add 1 tbsp Sunfood Botija Olive Oil over top of cheese plate.

Gluten Free Support Meeting

We will be having another gluten free support meeting in September.
Stay tuned for more information to come.
Thank you for your support!
Have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Artichoke Hummus

Try to find unsalted garbanzo beans and artichokes. If you use salted, adjust the additional salt that you add accordingly. For best results, use the frozen artichokes and not the canned ones in oil – they will be much fresher and healthier.
¾ tsp dried Oregano
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Chia Seed Sprouted Powder
1, drained, 15 oz. can unsalted Garbanzo Beans
6 oz frozen artichokes (thoroughly thawed)
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Flax Oil)
1 minced large clove Garlic
3 Tbsp Tahini
2 Tbsp thinly sliced Scallions, white parts only
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and puree until smooth. Refrigerate for up to one week. Makes 3 cups.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Selenium

Although needed in small amounts, the trace mineral selenium is vital for human health. It is needed for a healthy immune system and helps prevent diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and thyroid. Selenium may help prevent osteoarthritis, infertility, and certain forms of cancer. It is mainly attained through our diet; however, the amount of selenium in our food depends on how much of this mineral was in the soil the food was grown in. Selenium can also be destroyed during food processing. Unprocessed whole foods such as fish, wheat, and poultry are good sources.
A deficiency of this mineral is rare but can cause muscle pain, weakness, and loss of pigment in the hair and skin. If you eat a well-balanced diet, you should not have to worry about a selenium deficiency. Supplements may be needed by those who smoke, take birth control pills, or have a disease that prevents the body from absorbing selenium. Consult your healthcare provider if you are going to take more than the RDA; too much selenium may increase the risks of diabetes and high cholesterol.
-Natural Choices Magazine, August 2014

Gluten-Free Flour Mix

1 1/4 c brown or white rice flour
3/4 c potato starch(do not use potato flour)
1/2 c tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
1/2 c sorghum or garbanzo bean flour
Combine rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, and sorghum flour in a large bowl. Mix together with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
Transfer flour mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. This gluten-free flour mix will keep for 4 months in the refrigerator.
-The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen: 150 Delicious Dishes for Every Meal, Every Day by Denise Jardine