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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!

i went to Veg Food Fest and this is what i ate

(In order of appearance)


I eyed the cinnamon buns (who wouldn't?) and gobbled up a Supersonic cookie (and took a couple for the road).

First stop, Veg Food Fest: I can never be anywhere in the vicinity of Bunner’s and not eat/buy their cinnamon buns and Supersonic cookies.


Shockingly Healthy

These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are Shockingly Healthy (made with uncontaminated oats, doily not included).


Green Zebra Kitchen's GF mac and "cheese" and kale salad with a couple of treats for later.

Green Zebra Kitchen delivers flavourful organic, vegan and gluten-free meals to your work or home. Like this one I had for lunch: sweet potato mac and “cheese” and kale salad  (with a couple of sweets thrown in for good measure).


Relieve tea from The Honest Leaf for my gluten-free girl when she has a sore tummy.

I was relieved to see The Honest Leaf. I bought a package of this tea for my gluten-free girl because she’s been having some tummy trouble. I’m a big fan of their Detox tea.


My 2 new gluten-free finds: Cheesauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady's caramel

My best new gluten-free product finds of the day: CheeSauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady‘s caramel sauce (squeeze it over ice cream and moan). Next to Raw Foodz was Nud Fud (I sense a theme here). If you haven’t dipped their Goji Energy crackers in peanut butter, seriously, what are you waiting for?


Every year I run into Marni Wasserman at Veg Food Fest and beg her to participate at the Gluten Free Garage. This year for the first time she is going be a vendor as well as a guest speaker! Marni's going to give you some fantastic gluten-free dinner ideas.

Every year I pay a visit to Marni Wasserman at her booth and beg her to be a part of the Gluten Free Garage. This fall for the first time she is going be a vendor and a guest speaker! If you’re hungry for healthy, delicious gluten-free dinner ideas, don’t miss Marni’s afternoon workshop  at GFG.


We found what were looking for! Tori's pink donuts are a much-coveted baked good in our household!

After making (and eating) my way through Veg Food Fest, I finally found what I was looking for. These pink sprinkle donuts from Tori’s Bakeshop are a much-coveted gluten-free baked good in our household! The girls were about to get lucky.




GFG guest speaker Ricki Heller

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Win a copy of cookbook author and food blogger Ricki Heller’s latest book, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free!

It’s as easy as (gluten-free) pie!

For your chance to win:

Head over to the Gluten Free Garage Facebook page.
Like and share this post.
(If you don’t already like GFG on Facebook, now’s the time!)

The lucky winner will be announced on Friday November 15 and can pick up their new cookbook at the Gluten Free Garage on Sunday November 17! Sweet!

Come meet Ricki Heller at Gluten Free Garage!

Learn how to amp up the nutritional content of your food! Cookbook author and food blogger Ricki Heller will introduce you to the very best superfoods to boost nutritional value while providing great flavour and texture. Feel good about eating pasta, brownies, fudge and more!

Sunday, November 17 @ 10:30 am
The Stop, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Free with admission to the Gluten Free Garage

GFG guest speaker Joy McCarthy


Come meet Joy McCarthy, of Joyous Health, at Gluten Free Garage!

Being gluten free isn’t a one-way ticket to eating anything and everything you want. Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy will teach you how to choose the right foods for great energy, a strong metabolism and good digestion, so you too can eat like a gluten-free goddess! Plus, get Joy’s recipe for a Metabolism Boosting Smoothie from her upcoming book Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting.

Sunday, November 17 @ noon
The Stop, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Free with admission to the Gluten Free Garage

GFG guest speaker Maggie Savage

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Looking for some healthy gluten-free treats this Halloween?


We're loving Maggie Savage's

BOO-YA! We’re loving Maggie Savage’s Spooktacular Chocolate Cutout Cookies!


Come meet Maggie Savage, of She Let Them Eat Cake, at Gluten Free Garage!

Maggie Savage will share her experience running a gluten-free household and will arm you with the knowledge you need to raise a happy, healthy and totally awesome gluten-free family!

Sunday November 17 @ 1 pm
The Stop, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Free with admission to the Gluten Free Garage

Check out Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake

In Maggie’s world, smoothies are a food group.