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Ashley Wittig, baker boss

Ashley

Ashley literally lets them eat cake (and so much more)!

 

5 QUESTIONS for Bunner’s Ashley Wittig

What’s your motto?
I don’t really subscribe to any hard-and-fast motto. I just try to be mindful and optimistic every day.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Now, if this was a dessert island, I wouldn’t need to bring anything! But for a desert island I would bring my favourite oversized hoodie, my running shoes so I don’t lose my mind, and my imaginary solar-powered Vitamix so I could whip up smoothies with all those tropical fruits lying around.

Why gluten free?
Simply, Bunner’s is gluten free because my business partner Kevin is (along with being vegan). But, broadly, when we opened over five years ago, there wasn’t anything available that was delicious and gluten free in Toronto. We were really set on making vegan and gluten-free baked goods that were traditional and tasted as great—if not better—than their gluten, egg and dairy-ful counterparts.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
I love a good old-fashioned smoothie. My favourite of all time is frozen banana, frozen watermelon, vanilla almond milk, a handful of baby spinach, and matcha. It’s so out of control, and especially perfect on summer mornings.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I can do this thing with my tongue that only one in a thousand people can do, apparently. Come find me at the Gluten Free Garage and I’ll show you!

 

Ashley smoothie

Ashley will show you how “Bunner’s Does It Savoury Style” at 2 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Jordan Middlebrook holds court

Are you ready to meet the king?

Are you ready to meet the King at Gluten Free Garage?

 

5 QUESTIONS for celiac advocate Jordan Middlebrook (King Gluten Free)

What’s your motto?
Own it. It’s just about really listening to your gut and owning what you do or say. Taking the chance on yourself and pushing some of your limits.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Popcorn, a flashlight and my daughter.

Why gluten free?
Celiac disease. :(

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Typically cereal. But, then again, whatever is available, too. Last night’s dinner is always a safe bet. I’ll eat cookies too. I don’t have a problem with anyone poo-pooing my breakfast choices.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
Female singers are my thing. There is something about how they bring emotion to their songs and make me feel things more than a male singer does.

 

King Gluten Free in all his glory

In his world, all that glitters is gluten free.

 

Jordan will tell you why “Celiac Disease is not a Buzzkill” at 1 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

 

Life’s a picnic with Meghan and Josh

Meghan Telpner UnDiet Cookbook 3

The couple that UnDiets together, stays together (Photo: Catherine Farquharson)

 

5 QUESTIONS for nutritionists Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis

What’s your motto?
Meghan:
Today is the day!
Josh: The best way to get started is to get started.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island
Meghan:
Assuming it’s a desert island ripe with fruit trees and wild greens:
1. Josh Gitalis
2. A solar-powered high-speed blender
3. A hula hoop

Josh:
1. Meghan Telpner
2. A knife (I’m practical like that)
3. My ukulele

Why gluten free?
Meghan: Why not gluten free? I have a gluten sensitivity and have been in remission from Crohn’s disease for a full decade on a gluten-free diet. I first went gluten free in 1998 when I was diagnosed with depression and almost instantly the cloud lifted. I went gluten free again as I began developing symptoms of IBS in 2004. In the last three years, Josh and I have been strictly gluten free after we each did our own respective research. My feeling has always been “when in doubt, get it out.” To maintain optimal health and stave off inflammation and brain degeneration, I opt for a complete gluten-free life. In 2016 it’s remarkably easy, especially compared with what I went through in 1998 during my first attempt.
Josh: Having worked with hundreds of clients with serious health issues, I have seen the problems that gluten causes for people. I have also scoured the research on the topic and it has been substantiated by science that no one can properly digest gluten. Since I am always trying to better myself health-wise, gluten is thus not a part of my healthy diet and lifestyle.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Meghan:
I have two favourites: my Almond Bread (see recipe below) with ghee usually alongside a fat-rich elixir, which includes Josh’s Elixir blend, some healing herbs and loads of fat.
Josh: I usually enjoy a paleo-style nut bread with ghee and a hot elixir with a variety of herbs, some healthy fat, collagen, and sometimes a drop of cinnamon essential oil.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
Meghan:
I started a cooking school without having any idea how to cook! I really wanted to learn and to help people gain confidence in the kitchen. My first cooking class in 2008 included six recipes, the only six things I knew how to make.
Josh: In my first-year university kinesiology class of 1,200 peers, I was the fastest speed walker. I still often pass people on the sidewalk.

 

TKTK

This simple Grain-Free Almond Bread may replace your favourite bread.

 

Grain-Free Almond Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients
½ cup cashew cream*, coconut kefir or organic yogurt
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2½ cups whole raw almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup arrowroot starch
2¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs, or 2 servings of chia paste
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp coconut syrup (optional)
2 tbp sesame seeds (sprinkled on top)
1 tsp rock salt (sprinkled on top)

*cashew cream: blend 1 part soaked cashews with 2 parts water

Make It Like So
Preheat the oven to 325°C. Grease and dust a loaf pan.

Mix together cashew cream and cider vinegar and set aside.

Grind almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds in a food processor, coffee grinder or high-speed blender until you have a fine meal.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients—eggs/chia paste, cashew cream, oil and coconut syrup.

Mix wet and dry together until there are no lumps, but don’t over-mix. Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rock salt.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes—until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and feels firm when you press down. Allow bread to sit for about 5 minutes before removing it to a cooling rack. Best stored wrapped in the fridge.

Dynamic duo Meghan and Josh will inspire you to have “A Happy and Awesome Gluten-Free Life” at noon in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Joy McCarthy, smoothie operator

Joy+Vienna

New mama Joy with baby Vienna

 

5 QUESTIONS for holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health

What’s your motto?
Eat and live joyously for a healthy, vibrant body and mind.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
My hubs, my baby girl and coconut oil. The cats no longer make the cut!

Why gluten free?
In my early 20s, I had so many digestive issues, anxiety, skin problems and hormonal imbalance. It wasn’t until I took a break from gluten that I finally freed myself from the prison of health issues.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
A smoothie. I eat a smoothie every single day. Of course, it changes every day based on what ’s in my fridge, but it truly sets the stage for a joyous day.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I love pop music and I love singing but I have THE WORST voice of all time!

 

Joy McCarthy's Green Beauty Smoothie

Take a sip: Joy McCarthy’s Green Beauty Smoothie

 

Green Beauty Smoothie

½ avocado
1 banana
2 tbsp chia seeds
Thumb-size ginger root
Handful spinach
½ cup frozen pineapple
Spoonful coconut butter
Water or nut milk to desired consistency

Blend, sip, enJOY!

 

Joy McCarthy will show you how to “Power Up Your Smoothie with Superfoods” at 11 am in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!