Leading gluten-free expert and advocate Kathy Smart—she’s a TV chef, holistic nutritionist and bestselling author!—recently added GlutenFreeSmartStore.com founder to her impressive resume. Here she is presenting her “How to be a Gluten-Free Rock Star” speaker session at the Gluten Free Garage last spring.
At the recent Gluten Free Garage with Lisa Cantkier, brainchild behind online resource directory GlutenFreeFind.com. She has partnered with fellow celiac Kathy Smart and Tammie Sarra to create GlutenFreeSmartStore.com.
Allergic Solution CEO and nutritionist Tammie Sarra showcasing her premium gluten-free, allergen-friendly baking mixes at the fall 2013 Gluten Free Garage. Read her musings from the Gluten Free Garage here.
With these three gluten-free go-getters at the helm of the recently launched GlutenFreeSmartStore.com you know there’s got to be some good stuff in store! As women living with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, they’ve all been there, done that, so this is one trusted team. But what makes GFSS different from other gluten-free online stores? For starters, GFSS is the first gluten-free online store that is focused on and committed to offering healthy choices. The Gluten Free Garage shares the same goal for our pop-up marketplace, so we’re down with that! With so many unhealthy gluten-free food products available now it’s good to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. (I know, that’s not the most fitting idiom for a gluten-free website!)
Kathy Smart and her GFSS team aim to connect consumers with, ahem, smarter, healthier gluten-free options. In fact, one unique spin on GFSS is the “Smart”-approved products section featuring items that meet Kathy Smart’s strict nutrition requirements. You’ll find products here that are packed with protein and fibre, free from soy and refined sugar and flours, and low carb/glycemic. Tammie Sarra says that shopping in the ‘Smart’-approved section is “like going shopping with Kathy Smart or with your trusted nutritionist.” (If you’ve met Kathy, just imagine how fun would it be to go shopping with her in real life!) Kathy’s own line of Smart Starts gluten-free products is also available on the site.
The growing list of 100+ gluten-free products—including bread, baked goods, protein bars, pasta, cereal and skincare—that GFSS offers are:
- high quality
- safe (certified gluten free and manufactured in dedicated gluten-free facilities)
And many of the products are also:
- allergen free (great for shoppers with multiple dietary needs)
- environmentally friendly
With winter practically here, I for one am excited to have the option of having healthy gluten-free products delivered right to my door (shipping is available in Canada and the U.S.). With a click of my mouse, I can order some of my go-to gluten-free goods such as:
- Giddy Yoyo’s cacao powder
- Holy Crap’s Wild Chia and Mary Jane
- enerjive’s Quinoa Skinny Rock Salt Crave Crackers
- Italpasta’s fusilli and penne
In case you were wondering, the donuts on our new postcards were inspired by…
these pretty-in-pink gluten-free donuts that Tori’s Bakeshop brought to the Gluten Free Garage last spring.
Today we went to Tori’s in the Beaches. We were lucky enough to nab the last donut in the display. This donut is organic, vegan and gluten free. And totally scrumptious.
Because sometimes a gluten-free girl just wants a donut.
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…
We paid a visit to one of the new vendors who will be at the Gluten Free Garage: Tori’s Bakeshop, a sight for sore eyes on Queen East in the Beaches.
From the confectionary storefront…
…to the eye-catching mason jar lights, Tori’s is not only warm and inviting…
They’ve also perfected the gluten-free version of this Canadian staple!
Franny goes pink-a-licious with sprinkles on top.
I have my eye on a chocolate glazed.
On a more savoury note, this is the Best. Cornbread. Ever.
Sisters and official GFG taste-testers give Tori’s fresh-baked goodies four thumbs up!
Tori’s is not a gluten-free bakery but they take enormous precaution to ensure that cross-contamination does not occur. They are well aware of the importance of this, they have an extensive list of practices and strategies about it for their staff, and they clearly list all ingredients on a tag next to each baked good. As such I consider their bakery to be celiac friendly. Lily has enjoyed their delicious baked goods on several occasions and has felt nothing but tummy love.
You’re looking swell dolly.
Dolly don’t ever go away again…