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Tuesday Talks with Kathy Smart

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Gluten-free rock star Kathy Smart tells it like it is: “Scales are for fish!”


The Gluten Free Garage was thrilled to bring an exciting lineup of gluten-free experts and topics to the inaugural speaker series on Sunday April 28th (free with admission to the event!). Our fantastic five speakers covered a variety of topics related to healthy gluten-free living. If you missed the opportunity to see these speakers in person or if you want to hear them again, you are in luck!

Welcome to Tuesday Talks with the Gluten Free Garage! Each Tuesday over the next five weeks, we’ll be releasing one of the five audio presentations from our Spring 2013 GFG speaker series.

KATHY SMART kicks off Tuesday Talks with HOW TO FEEL LIKE A GLUTEN-FREE ROCK STAR. As someone who’s been living with celiac disease since the age of 12, Kathy can certainly relate to how it can zap your energy, create blood sugar imbalance and cause that mid-afternoon slump. If having an increased metabolism and supercharged energy and basically feeling like a rock star sounds good to you, pull up a seat and turn up the volume. In this energy-packed, entertaining 45-minute presentation, Kathy introduces you to the top 5 foods that will give you energy all day long and tells you how to use them. She is living proof that these superfoods give you super high energy!

You’ll also get the chance to listen to Kathy make her famous fudge (which was recently summoned to Oprah’s green room) and to hear some great questions from the audience. Click here for her recipe for ooey-gooey gluten-free fudge so you can make it at home! (To watch Kathy make her fudge, click here.)


This fudge can be yours...

Find out how many superfoods Kathy Smart packs into her fudge.



Chef and nutritionist Kathy Smart is a leading gluten-free expert in North America, as well as a television host (of Live the Smart Way, the world’s first gluten-free TV show), bestselling author, Chatelaine columnist and guest on The Dr. Oz Show—basically, she’s a gluten-free rock star! Not only has Kathy’s bestselling cookbook, Live the Smart Way, won several awards, she also received the National Canadian Health Activist award for 2012 and was named one of the 50 Best Healthy Living and Fitness Tweeters in Canada by The Huffington Post. Kathy is a gluten-free advocate and cheerleader who motivates, invigorates and inspires people to live the healthiest gluten-free life through her tips, recipes and passion.

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This gluten-free fudge had its 15 minutes of fame.

This gluten-free fudge had its 15 minutes of fame.


You know when Oprah requests something it must be divine! Gluten Free Garage guest speaker Kathy Smart‘s vegan gluten-free fudge was recently summoned to Oprah’s green room. Well, if it’s good enough for O, it’s good enough for us! But we don’t need Oprah’s seal of approval to know that Kathy’s got the GF goods!

Kathy was kind enough to share her famous fudge recipe with us here!

Kathy Smart’s Famous Fudge
(serves 18)

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter or peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt blend
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a couple of times just until blended. Do not over-pulse or it will become runny. Line a muffin tin with liners and add 1 tbsp of mixture. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes and…voila!

Click here to watch Kathy make her fudge!

Kathy Smart

Chef, nutritionist and leading gluten-free expert Kathy Smart kicks off the Gluten Free Garage speaker series at 10:30 am with HOW TO FEEL LIKE A GLUTEN-FREE ROCK STAR: The Top 5 Foods that will give you energy all day long! We hope her fudge is one of them!


The Gluten Free Garage opens at 10 am. For the Guest Speaker Series (starting at 10:30 am), once you pay your admission and get a hand stamp, head over to the Community Gallery and form a line outside the doors. The doors will open 15 minutes prior to each presentation. Seating is limited and people will gain entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you miss Kathy’s guest speaker session, you can find her from noon on at the Gluten-Free Find table!


a pain in the gluten-free butt


Yes, this blog post is about poo…and prunes.

Our daughter Lily, who has celiac, has been dealing with constipation problems on and off since switching to a gluten-free diet. Sometimes she doesn’t have a bowel movement for a couple of days and her tummy gets big and round and she complains about stomach pain. We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this (pardon the pun) for quite some time. Yes, she loves rice but it’s not like she eats it every day. She does eat lots of fruit and veggies. We put ground chia seeds and flax oil in her smoothies. She takes probiotics. She gets plenty of exercise. Both her gastroenterologist and her pediatrician recommended that she take Restoralax, a gentle laxative that provides relief of occasional constipation by bringing water into the bowel and softening the stool so it’s easier to go. We mixed the powder in her water for a couple of months and it certainly did the trick, but who wants their seven-year-old to be dependent on a laxative? So about a month ago, we substituted Restoralax for a prune a day and some extra fluids and I can’t tell you the difference it’s made!

Gluten-free products are notoriously low in fibre, so we figure Lily’s not alone in her poo problem. We asked registered dietitian—and GFG guest speaker— Alexandra Anca for advice on what to do when you can’t poo. more…