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Joy McCarthy, smoothie operator


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!

The return of Gluten Free Garage

2015: Friends, family, fried potatoes and a dog called Chicky

Do you follow @glutenfreegarage on Instagram? These were our best nine photos of 2015. There were friends, family, fried potatoes and the new love of my life, a tiny dog called Chiquita (Chicky). You may have noticed that we didn’t run Gluten Free Garage last year and our website was quiet. That’s because a very close family member was sick with cancer and I spent much of my time with him.


My uncle Michael was a volunteer at all four GFGs

My uncle Michael was a volunteer at three Gluten Free Garage events. Here he is with some of our other dedicated volunteers (my mom and aunts) at the fall 2013 GFG. Ever since I was a little girl, he was like a big brother to me. And, later, a best friend and confidante. Michael was my person. He made me—and so many other people whose lives he touched—laugh a little louder, smile a little wider, live a little better. As his pancreatic cancer was progressing, I wanted so spend every precious moment with him that I could. Which meant sacrificing Gluten Free Garage, a decision that didn’t come easy to me but one that I do not regret. On September 11, 2015, Michael passed away.


Michael was too sick to volunteer at the last Gluten Free Garage (fall 2014) but he made a point of coming to visit

Michael was too sick to volunteer at the last Gluten Free Garage in November 2014 but he mustered up whatever energy he could to pop in and visit his gluten-free god-daughter at her favourite food event.



Gluten Free Garage remains close to my heart and, as a mother of a child with celiac disease, I feel strongly that even though gluten-free food is so widely available these days there is still a need for a curated gluten-free marketplace in Toronto. Many of you do, too, as evidenced by the emails we get asking us when the next GFG is happening. As my uncle Michael would say, the show must go on! We’ll be back at the Wychwood Barns on May 1, 2016 to kick off Celiac Awareness Month! I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you ready for Gluten Free Garage #5?


my insta week

The cold snap couldn't stop me. Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends. #justbecause

Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends #wheninRome


Throwback to the time Bunner's came out with the delectable fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat

Throwback to the time Bunner’s debuted the fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat


Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree

Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree


Baked apples before shot #comfortfood

Baked apples before shot #comfortfood


Can't. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes

Can’t. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes


My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl

My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl


Follow @glutenfreegarage on Instagram for more #glutenfree tummy love

breaking bread

We heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) so we got out our favourite loaf of gluten-free bread from the freezer

I heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) and I wanted to partake. So I whipped up an open-face avocado sammie with Organic Works Bakery’s gluten-free quinoa and honey bread.


And so it went

I wish I could share this with you. But since I can’t here’s how to make it: Toast bread and top with avocado chunks, honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper. Take a bite.


Lucky for us, FEAST now carries Organic Works Bakery's bread!

Lucky for us, FEAST now carries our favourite gluten-free bread so we don’t have to travel to London, Ontario get it.


But we've been known to do so in the past...

But we have been known to do so…


Any way you slice it, gluten-free people can have their sandwich and eat it too. For all the sammie lovers out there, check this out.

Organic Works Bakery will be selling and sampling their many varieties of GF bread at Gluten Free Garage—raisin cinnamon; quinoa maple; buckwheat, chickpea and flax; buckwheat chia—along with more of their delicious baked goods. And, get this, owner Peter Cuddy is bringing along the bakery’s buckwheat farmer, George, who grows 300 acres of buckwheat for Organic Works on his farm!