Category Archives: Gluten-Free

Gluten-Free Flour Types

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Are you eating gluten-free or baking for someone who is? You may be unsure of which flours may be safe, making the process challenging!

When beginning to bake gluten-free, the choice of flours available may seem overwhelming! Once you know how to take advantage of their diversity the possibilities are endless.

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Let’s go over a few alternatives to wheat flour!

  • Brown rice flour: Gives some noticeable texture and is a bit grainy. Has a slightly nutty taste.
  • Quinoa flour: Provides a good source of vegetable protein. Made by grinding the seeds of a quinoa plant.
  • Tapioca Flour: Made from the root of the cassava plant, ground into a light, fine white powder. Great for baking and is a good thickener!

Also, be sure to follow these simple steps to make sure that you are using a truly gluten free flour!

-Memorize the different names for gluten

-Buy flours specifically labeled “Gluten-free”

-Consider purchasing flour from a specialty foods aisle!

Consumer Trends in Gluten-Free Foods

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Gluten-free diets have been a celebrity trend and a social drift for healthy eaters lately. Celiac disease and healthy eating habits have changed the demand for gluten-free products. The demand for gluten-free products has been increasing dramatically across North American and European regions.

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The most important factor behind buying these gluten-free food products is that they are considered to be much healthier and conventional products.

It has been released that the Gluten-Free Products Market is currently experiencing a double digit growth! Globally, the gluten-free product market has been projected to reach a value of $6,206.2 million, growing at a CAGR of 10.2% by 2018. Can you guess which products account for the largest volume of that share? Gluten-free bakery and confectionary products will account for about 46%!

The gluten substitutes go through many complex processes of removing gluten to make it tolerable. For any nutrient loss during this process, these foods are often fortified with additional nutrients. Many companies are now conducting extensive research and development for producing nutritious, gluten-free food.

We wonder how far this gluten-free trend and lifestyle will go!

Gluten 101

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You’ve probably seen gluten-free items at your local grocery store and you might be wondering….what exactly is gluten? It’s simple. Gluten is the protein substance present in cereal grains, the most common being wheat, but it’s also found in barley, rye, and sometimes oats.

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Gluten-free foods are a large, growing market these days and it makes you wonder why they’re becoming so popular. A gluten-free diet is often used to treat Celiac disease. This is a complication in people where gluten actually causes inflammation of their small intestines. By eating a gluten-free diet, it allows people with the issue to control their signs and symptoms, preventing complications.

Chex Finer Foods offers various different gluten-free items for all of your health needs! Check out “Dippin’ Chips,” they’re made with all-natural ingredients and are gluten-free certified! Try them out with your favorite dip!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe

quinoa2 Quinoa is becoming increasingly popular these days and it’s quite good for you. It’s loaded with protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium and iron. It goes well with many flavors, especially the Southwestern flavors in this simple salad! more…

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 cup uncooked quinoa, well rinsed

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-2 cups water

-1/3 cup diced red onion

-3 Tbsp olive oil

-2 Tbsp lime juice

-1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed

-1 cup frozen or fresh corn

-3 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut in chunks

-1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped -1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Three easy steps

Put the rinsed quinoa, salt and water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer gently for about 10-15 minutes. Then remove from the heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Place the quinoa into a large bowl and fluff it with a fork to help it cool quickly

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad! Soak your red onions in the lime juice and set them aside. Mix the black beans, corn, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and olive oil into a large bowl.

When the quinoa has cooled, mix it into your other mixture. Then, add your red onion, lime juice, and salt to taste.

Enjoy!