Life Update: Celiac Disease and Strength Rehab Program

It’s been a little while since I have done a life update blog post on here. It has also been a whirlwind of a few months piecing it all together, but here it goes.

I have had a pretty big epiphany lately. One in which I have realized that the ongoing symptoms I have had over the last few years may not only have to do with me consuming gluten when going out to eat as a celiac, but it may also have to do with my relationship with food. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love food, but I think deep down I have been anxious about what I have been eating inside and outside of my own home.

Hear me out.

When I was first diagnosed 4.5 years ago with celiac disease, I started reading and researching everything I could in knowing all of the information about my newly diagnosed condition. So much so, that I started making that my number one priority. I stopped playing sports, working out and taking care of my mental health and prioritized learning about gut health to correct the damage that has been done in my small intestine. With doing this though, I lost my main stress outlet, exercise and meditation. I became antisocial, where I did not want to go out to eat with friends because I could not partake due to the fear of consuming gluten in the food I was eating.

For those of you reading this and do not know, one crumb of gluten is all it takes to cause my autoimmune disease to flare up and make me not feel well for a few weeks to months. You can find more information about celiac disease here.

There is more and more information and research being released on the connection between the gut and the brain. If either the gut or brain is not functioning optimally, they both suffer. For example, if you have ever been really nervous for something, like a presentation, you may have had the sensation of butterflies in your stomach. Usually having to go to the bathroom accompanies this feeling, but once it is over the butterflies go away and your digestion starts to go back to normal.

However, if you are in this chronic state of stress and fight or flight, your body will eventually start to signal to you to slow down through symptoms. Those symptoms can be pain, bloating, fatigue, and indigestion just to name a few.

Since I have started my daily meditation practice and I have slowly started moving my body everyday, I can feel some of the symptoms starting to subside and dissipate.

Currently right now, I have on and off fatigue and bloating with silent reflux, along with a pain in my upper right abdomen. When I palpate my gut it feels rock hard in some spots, and I don’t mean abdomen muscle tone, I mean inflamed intestinal tone. Also, due to not working out and taking care of my body through exercise, I have started getting anatomical discomfort and injuries occurring like back and neck pain, along with neurological discomfort. I even started to notice myself holding my diaphragm in when I was sitting down to eat anything put in front of me. I’ve had to consciously work at letting my abdomen go while I sit down to eat.

My goals for the next few months will be to work with my dietician to heal my gut and symptoms through diet, exercise and mindfulness. Along with this I will be working on my own strength rehab program to correct any anatomical imbalances that have occurred over the last few years.

I’ll keep you posted on instagram of my progress incase you want to follow along and I’ll be starting to write regular weekly blog posts on celiac disease and athletic therapy.

Thank you for your continued support and love 🙂

LEW xoxo


Gluten Free Stir Fry

This is a super easy recipe you can finish within 20 min! And it’s ingredients that are usually found in your kitchen already.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:
2 TBS Tamari or Coconut Aminos (make sure they are gluten free if you are celiac!)
2 TBS Maple Syrup
1 TBS Green Thai Paste
1 TBS Grainy Mustard

For the stir fry:
One medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size piece of ginger
Package of ground turkey
Mixed frozen veg – broccoli, kale, butternut squash
1 Cup of brown rice
Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the stir fry sauce in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Boil 2 cups water and put in 1 cup of the brown rice and follow the packet instructions for cooking.
  3. Cut up the ginger, onion and garlic cloves into small pieces. Put them in a pan with a bit of oil to cook. Once they are browning, go onto step 4.
  4. Add in the ground turkey and cook until semi-cooked. You do this so the meat is not over cooked while the veg cooks.
  5. Add in the stir fry sauce you made.
  6. Add in the frozen veg and continue to cook until they are not frozen anymore.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy your dinner!


Thai Coconut Mango Chicken Curry

Not to toot my own horn, but I think this curry is super delicious! Especially the next day when the flavours can really combine together. This meal is both savoury and sweet, the best of both worlds! If you are looking for a quick meal, that your taste buds will celebrate, this is the dinner for you!

Ingredients

6 Chicken Thighs
2 TBS Green Thai Paste
2 TBS Fish Sauce
2 TBS Coconut Sugar
1 Can White Beans
1 Can Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Vegetable Broth
2 Mangos Chopped into Chunks
1 Cup Rice – Brown or white, whichever your preference

Directions

  1. Cook your rice as per the package instructions. Mine was 1 cup of brown rice per 2 cups of water for 20 min.
  2. Place some oil in a pan and heat it at medium heat for 2-3 min.
  3. Add in the cut up chicken thighs, when they touch the pan it should sizzle right away.
  4. Cook for 5 min at medium heat.
  5. Add in the green Thai paste, mix it into the chicken.
  6. Now add in the fish sauce, coconut sugar, white beans and cook for another 2-3 min.
  7. Add in the coconut milk and vegetable broth with the mango chunks, and bring it to a boil on high heat for 4-5 min. Then let it simmer for 5 min.
  8. Place your rice into a bowl and add the curry on top.
  9. Enjoy!

Let me know in the comments below if you give this recipe a try! Share it on Pinterest, IG, FB, or with friends and spread the love 🙂


Coconut Curry | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan

Looking for a quick and easy curry to make that tastes almost like a massaman curry? This is for you!

Ingredients

2 TBS Olive Oil
2 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Tumeric
1 tsp Coconut Sugar
1 TBS Almond Butter
2 tsp Red Thai Curry Paste
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Onion (medium sized)
1 Thumb Size Piece of Ginger
8-10 Button Mushrooms
4 small Bok Choy
1 x 400ml can Coconut Milk
1 x 540ml can White Kidney Beans
1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup Brown Rice

Directions

  1. Start cooking your rice as per instructions on the package.
  2. Put the olive oil into the pot and turn your stove top to medium heat.
  3. Once the pot is warm, add all of the spices including: cumin, coriander, and tumeric. Once the cumin and coriander seeds start to pop, add in the onion, garlic, ginger and coconut sugar.
  4. Let the ingredients cook until the onions become translucent. Once this happens add in the almond butter and red Thai curry paste. Cook for 3 more minutes.
  5. Now add in the chopped up mushrooms and bok choy. Cook for another 3-5 min.
  6. Add the coconut milk, kidney beans and vegetable broth and cook on high until it starts to boil.
  7. Once the curry has started to boil, turn the heat off and add to cooked rice of choice.

Suggestions: as with any cooking, add a bit of salt with every step to help with increasing the flavour of the dish.

If you give this one a try, please do leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

LEW xoxo


Keto Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Gluten and Dairy Free

This mousse is fantastic on a cake or eaten on it’s own. Made with simple ingredients and this one is made keto style.

Ingredients:

3 Avocado
2×1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
4 TBS Toasted Coconut Milk or any plant based milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
8-10 TBS Monk Fruit (add more if you want it sweeter)
Pinch of Salt

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. If you do not have a food processor, use a bowl and fork to smash the avocado and ingredients together.
  3. Taste for sweetness preference, then enjoy!
  4. Be sure to keep it refriderated.

Use this recipe as a quick snack or dessert, or pair it with a chocolate cake like this one.


Gluten Free Banana Muffins

You won’t regret making these muffins, they remind me of my mum’s banana muffins. Believe me when I say, that is something to be proud of.

Ingredients

1 cup 1 to 1 Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Flour
1 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Cane Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Bananas (browner the better)
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Olive Oil or Oil of Choice
1/4 cup Walnuts
1/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In your food processor or bowl, add in all the dry ingredients that include: gluten free flour, almond flour, cane sugar, baking soda, baking powder. Mix until smooth.
  3. Next into your food processor add in your bananas, eggs, and olive oil. Now mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until smooth and there are no lumps.
  4. Add in your walnuts and coconut and pulse the food processor.
  5. Put 2-3 tbs of mixture into each of your muffin tins (I used large muffin tins). This recipe makes 12 muffins.
  6. Place it into the oven for 20 min or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out of the middle of one without any batter on it.
  7. Let the muffins cool, and enjoy!

Let me know in the comments below if you give this recipe a try!

LEW xoxo


Keto Chocolate Cake | Gluten Free and Dairy Free

It was a friend of mines birthday recently and she is currently following the keto diet, so I had given myself a challenge to come up with a keto friendly chocolate cake recipe. I have to say, it’s pretty darn good. I hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup Cacoa Powder
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
1/4 cup Monk Fruit – Add more if you want it sweeter
Handful of Cacoa Nibs
A Pinch of Salt
1/3 cup Milk of Choice – I used Almond Milk
3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350oF.
  2. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them together. The dry ingredients include: almond flour, cacoa powder, baking powder, xantham gum, salt, cacoa nibs and monk fruit into the bowl.
  3. Place all wet ingredients into a bowl and mix them together. The wet ingredients include: almond milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Now mix in the wet ingredients with the dry and mix them together until well combined and there are no clumps.
  5. Place the cake batter into a parchment paper lined tin or a greased tin. I used a loaf tin for mine.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-30 min, each oven cooks differently. After 20 min, take the cake out of the oven and place a knife or toothpick in the middle to check if it is fully cooked through. If there is still cake batter on the knife or toothpick when you take it out – it’s not ready and needs to go back in for more time.
  7. When it is ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before cutting or placing icing on the cake. This is very important, so be patient, it will be worth the wait. I used an avocado mousse on this cake which I will be uploading the recipe soon to this blog.

Enjoy the cake for a birthday, another celebration or just as a treat because we all deserve cake :).


Which Tea Companies Are Gluten Free?

As a continuation from last week’s post of what can make tea not gluten free, here are some companies I have contacted to find out if they are 100% gluten free or not. As a disclaimer, I was not sponsored by any of the companies in this blog post.

First, let’s start with the companies that cannot make any claims that their tea is safe for someone with celiac disease. As a disclaimer, do your own research into all of the companies listed if you need to in order to feel more comfortable. The information below is the replies I received from the individual companies. I asked if they can 100% guarantee that their tea is gluten free within the ingredients AND the facility they are made in. Every person with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity has different comfort levels when it comes to ordering out or buying processed products.

The tea companies that potentially have gluten – Sip at your own risk

Starbucks Teavana

This company uses Teavana tea, which used to be a solo store franchise but back in 2017 Starbucks closed all locations. Since then you can still purchase certain select Teavana tea’s at Starbucks store locations and when you order a tea from the barista it is from Teavana. Starbucks cannot 100% guarantee the tea or tea lattes made in house are 100% gluten free. They also did not mention if their tea bags are sealed with wheat paste. This is the reply I received from Starbucks:

“Please note that Starbucks locations cannot guarantee a gluten-free environment due to the possibility of cross-contamination. Products made with no gluten-containing ingredients does not mean the item is gluten-free. It means the item was not made with any ingredients derived from wheat, rye, barley, or oats, but may contain gluten due to the risk of cross contact.”

As mentioned in my last post, gluten can be hidden ingredients like ‘flavourings,’ which most of the teas from Teavana have included. If it contains or may contain any gluten or wheat ingredients this has to be stated on the packaging by law. So be sure to read the labels before you consume your tasty drink and be aware that possible cross contamination can occur in house as the baristas do not typically do a deep clean of the machinery before making any of your drinks. You can also ask to read the ingredients before you order as well. I personally did this with their hot chocolate mix and the bag stated that it may contain gluten, so I personally passed on the mocha. However, if you are in dire need of a warm drink, getting a tea bag and hot water may be a safe option.

Website found here.

Tim Hortons

I was a bit disappointed with Tim Hortons customer service as the only answer I received was a link to the ‘Nutrition and Wellness’ section of their website which is not very detailed. Therefore, I am going to presume they will be similar to Starbucks where they cannot 100% guarantee their tea and drinks will be gluten free due to cross contamination in the facility it is being made. The boxes of the tea does not state anything about gluten or ‘may contain.’ However, some of the teas do have flavourings added and as mentioned above if it contains wheat or gluten it must be stated in the ingredients. As for if the tea bags are sealed with wheat paste, I did not get an answer so I cannot say ‘yay or nay’ for sure. As always, do your own due diligence and contact the companies yourself to be sure you are comfortable with consuming their tea products at the restaurants or in the individual boxes you can purchase at select stores and in Tim Hortons locations.

Website found here.

Blenz Tea

This was one of my favourite cafe’s to go into for a tea latte. Unfortunately, this will be no longer as they cannot guarantee no gluten cross contamination. Here was their response:

“Sorry for the delay in getting back to you Lauren, we just wanted to do our due diligence on this as we can understand it is a sensitive case. Our teas are gluten free however, we’re unable to guarantee that there will be no gluten traces as the production facility they are put together in may contain other gluten products. Our stores also do serve gluten products so there may be some cross contamination that can occur. I’m sorry that it seems we cannot accommodate your particular needs but we will make note of this as feedback for us to take into consideration as we move forward with new products and store openings.”

So as unfortunate as it is, at least they will be taking it into consideration for future reference.

Website found here.

David’s Tea

I have always loved the tea but also the great customer service from David’s Tea. The representative responded to my email as so:

Although most of our teas do not contain gluten, they are not produced in dedicated gluten-free facilities. There is always a risk of cross-contamination with all our teas. 

At this time we suggest that all people with severe allergies avoid consuming our products. Even though there may not be allergens in a particular tea blend, there is always a chance that somewhere along the line they may have come in contact with potential allergens as our producers do not have allergen-free facilities.

They did mention that the chances of their ‘straight teas’ coming into contact with gluten is very low, however, they do not regularly test their products for allergens. If you feel comfortable with those odds, have at ‘er!

Website found here.

Marks and Spencer Tea

I only asked about their ‘luxury gold loose leaf tea,’ so if you have any questions about any other teas or flavours, please contact M&S to find out.

Unfortunately, these products don’t have the symbol for ‘gluten free.’  Consequently,  we couldn’t  ensure that products are safe for you.

In any case I suggest to you visit our on-line shop and search for the category ‘Gluten free.'”

As mentioned in the reply, visit the online shop and look under the gluten free category to find out more about any other teas at the store.

Website found here.

Lipton Tea

Similar to other companies, Lipton cannot guarantee their products are gluten free at this time.

Many Unilever products are produced using ingredients which naturally do not contain gluten. However, at this time we have not validated that our suppliers can guarantee the elimination of any potential cross-contamination risks from other materials within their production facility which may contain gluten or from shared equipment. Unilever products labeled as gluten-free contain gluten-free ingredients and no cross-contact of ingredients during processing. We apologize we cannot be of more assistance. 

Therefore, if you are to buy a Lipton tea product, look for a ‘gluten free’ label. If this label is not on the product, make your own judgement if you are comfortable with trying the tea or not.

Website found here.

Tazo

This company unfortunately does not test for any traces of gluten and therefore cannot guarantee their products to be gluten free. As stated by the companies reply:

Unfortunately we do not test for gluten. Because Tazo products and ingredients are not tested for gluten content, we are unable to say that they are gluten-free.

Website found here.

T by Daniel

The response of this one did make me a bit sad as this is a tea company from my hometown, regardless of allergens, it is bloody good tea.

Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee that our teas are 100% Gluten Free. Although many of the teas do not contain any known traces of gluten, they are not manufactured in a 100% certified gluten free facility.

He did say that there are no ‘known’ traces of gluten, however this does not mean the tea is 100% gluten free as they do not actively test for any traces of allergens including gluten at this time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they may change their minds and start testing their products in the near future.

Website found here.

The tea companies may not have gluten

The tea companies listed below are not tested or can say that their tea is 100% gluten free, however they do have strict measures in place to decrease the likelihood of any gluten in their tea products.

Traditional Medicinals

This company does not actively test for gluten, but they do have allergen policies that they follow as stated below:

Thanks for reaching out to us. While we don’t make any gluten-free label claims and don’t actively test our products for gluten, we take precautions to prevent gluten cross-contamination. All of our ingredients – including the tea bags and packaging – are naturally gluten-free and we do not process/use gluten ingredients in our supplement manufacturing facility. In order to prevent cross-contamination before the herbs enter our facility, we actively maintain allergen policies with all of our suppliers.

As they do take precautions to prevent gluten cross contamination, you may be comfortable consuming their products. If you are not, look for teas that have gluten free written on the label or the certified gluten free symbol on the product’s box.

Website found here.

Stash Tea Company

This one is a bit of a tricky one. They can confirm that their suppliers ingredients are gluten free, but they cannot guarantee because they do not test the products themselves for any traces of gluten.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We do not test our teas for the presence of gluten, nor do we certify them as gluten free.
We have collected statements from our ingredient suppliers stating that all ingredients we purchase are gluten free. Therefore, to the best of our knowledge all of our teas are gluten free. However, we cannot guarantee that our teas are gluten free due to not testing them ourselves, at this time.
Our tea bag products do not directly come into contact with gluten-producing production equipment, but are manufactured in a facility that also processes wheat-containing products. We do have an allergen control program in place to minimize any risk of cross contamination.
Our loose leaf tea production facility is allergen-free from the eight major US allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans.

I personally, as a celiac, have never had and issue with consuming Stash tea. However, they cannot fully guarantee their products are gluten free as they do not test the products themselves. Therefore, I had to put this company in the ‘may not be’ gluten free section of this blog but if you are comfortable with the response above, their tea is delicious. I do make sure I only buy their tea that does not have any questionable ingredients such as added flavouring.

Website found here.

The Tea Haus

This one was a bit tricky, but here we are representing another Canadian company on the gluten free list. Their suppliers cannot 100% guarantee their tea’s are gluten free due to how it is handled in the facility. However! The company themselves do have specific measures in place, and has mentioned that their flavourings are even gluten free. Read the following reply for the full response:

Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, none of our suppliers offer a 100% gluten-free guarantee. They don’t want to take the risk that somebody down the line has a sandwich before handling your tea and causes cross-contamination. That being said, they have very stringent measures in place. Even the flavours that are being used, don’t contain gluten. If you really want to be on the safe side, only purchase teas and herbs that are pure, without any flavours.

As mentioned in the paragraph above, if you are concerned about any gluten contamination, you can opt for their plain teas without any flavourings. But if you are really concerned and do not want to take the risk, go for the companies on this gluten free list that can 100% guarantee that their teas are all gluten free.

Website found here.

Celestial Seasonings

They replied with a very detailed email explaining their protocols with the processing and labeling of their teas. I have shortened it a bit as follows:

We do not have lists of products that are specifically considered to be gluten free. Reading the label is the best way to check for the presence of ingredients which contain gluten. If gluten is a major ingredient, it will be specified in the ingredient list. For consumers concerned about the presence of trace amounts of gluten, we suggest avoiding products that include oats, natural flavors or spices.

Hain Celestial Group products that make a gluten-free claim are declared as such by utilizing the a triangular Gluten-Free symbol, by carrying the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) Seal, or stating “gluten free” on packaging. 

In addition to meeting the FDA’s standard for ‘Gluten Free’ of less than 20 parts per million of gluten, all of our gluten free products are formulated without the presence of any gluten containing ingredients. All manufacturing facilities for Hain Celestial’s products employ good manufacturing processes and procedures to prevent allergen cross-contact.  Each facility has established rigid allergen control programs that include staff training, segregation of allergen containing ingredients, production scheduling, and thorough cleaning and sanitation. These allergen and sanitation programs are verified by our Quality Assurance department.

Therefore, read the labels of their teas and look for ones that are labeled ‘gluten free’ or have the gluten free symbol on them.

Website found here.

The tea companies that are 100% gluten free

The tea companies listed below are 100% positively, no questions asked gluten free.

Yorkshire Tea

Their response was very short and sweet and right to the point:

We can confirm that all our Yorkshire Teas are Gluten free.

I asked if all loose leaf and bagged tea was gluten free, so I am assuming this means the tea bags, tea leaves, flavourings and the facility is all free of gluten. If you need more confirmation, please contact the company.

Website found here.

Tetley Tea

This company can 100% guarantee their tea’s are for sure gluten free.

None of our teas contain gluten.

We obtain allergen declarations for all ingredients and any factory we use them in and for any co-manufactured product. Suppliers must disclose whether the products contain any allergens and whether there is any risk of cross-contamination from other ingredients or products that our teas may come into contact with.

If the supplier answers yes to this second question and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination can be avoided, then we would include a “may contain” warning on pack.

Based on these declarations, if the product does not have a “contains” or “may contain” statement on pack, then it does not contain an allergen. Such pack warnings would also be bolded so they’re easy to see.

As always, be sure to read the labels of the products you are buying to look out for any gluten containing ingredients or ‘contain’ or ‘may contain’ statements on the package.

Website found here.

Twinings

This company does not permit any of the top allergens into their facilities. Therefore, you will know while you are sipping on your great cuppa, that your belly will be free of not just gluten but other allergens as well. As the company stated in their reply:

Twinings does not permit the presence of any of the allergens that require declaring under allergen labeling regulations.
• Gluten • Egg • Milk (except for Chai Latte & French Vanilla Chai Latte K-Cups®) • Crustacean • Fish • Mollusc • Nuts • Sesame seeds • Soy • Mustard • Celery • Sulphur dioxide • Lupin • Wheat • Coconut (Except for our Comfort blend)
Therefore all our teas and infusions are free from those components and their derivatives.

Website found here.

Genuine Tea

Representing another amazing Canadian tea company that I personally am obsessed with. They originate out of my home city of Toronto, and even though I may be biased, I can genuinely (pun intended!) can confirm that this may be some of the best tea you get your hands on. This is not a sponsored blog post at all, however I wanted to give this company a shout out on my gluten free list of teas as they are 100% gluten free! The best part about purchasing from this company as well is 1% of all proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), how amazing is that! I originally contacted this company through Instagram to find out about the possibility of cross contamination of gluten in their teas. Their response is as follows:

All of our teas are 100% gluten free, no trace of gluten or cross contamination. The taste notes listed on the packages are simply notes regarding the flavour and those ingredients are not actually in the tea.

There are ‘tasting notes’ listed on the front of their packaging, and one of the ingredients can be malt. As we learned in my last post, malt can sometimes be a sneaky ingredient for hidden gluten. But rest assured, in this case it is just what the tea ‘tastes’ like and does not actually contain those ingredients. I would highly recommend giving this tea company a try!

Website found here.

Mighty Leaf Tea

This is another fantastic gluten free tea company. The certified gluten free symbol is on their boxes so you can be assured that their teas are all 100% gluten free and celiac safe! Not to mention that their teas are absolutely delicious as well. Be sure to read the labels and look for the certified gluten free symbol on the boxes when you purchase to be sure that at the time you buy them the company has continued to certify their products.

Website found here.

Choice Organic Tea

Yet another great tea company choice (again, pun intended). Their teas are flavourful and are gluten free! Therefore, you can be assured that their teas are all 100% gluten free. Be sure to read the labels and look for the certified gluten free symbol on the boxes when you purchase as the company seems to have moved their processing facility, read the response below:

All our teas and packaging materials are still gluten free. Our East West Tea facility, where Choice Organics teas are now being produced, is a brand new LEED certified building and is gluten free. However, given that East West Tea Company has not gone through the process to obtain official gluten free certification, our products are not labeled as such.

Even though their new packaging does not have the certified symbol on it anymore, they have ensured that their teas and packaging materials are all still gluten free, as mentioned above.

Website found here.

Numi Tea

I drink this tea every single day, and it is absolutely lovely. The company has ensured that all ingredients and the facility that the tea’s are made in are all 100% gluten free.

Thank you for contacting us! Numi Tea’s, across the board, are safe from all of the most common known allergens:

milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soybeans, gluten

Our teas do not contain these ingredients and are processed in facilities that are free from these ingredients.

Their company also gives back to the community, “Your purchase helps fight global warming, reduce plastic waste, and provide fair wages and opportunities for tea farmers around the world.” It is nice to know a portion of the proceeds of your purchase will be going to some good in the world.

This is a fantastic tea company, I would highly recommend!

Website found here.

DōMatcha

If you want an incredibly smooth and delicious matcha, this is the one! I spoke with the company over Instagram about their gluten free policies:

Yes our teas are gluten free. Only green tea is processed in our facilities.

I was never a fan of matcha before, but this company has made me fall in love with it. It is an absolute bonus that their teas are 100% gluten free. The quality of their matcha is one of the best in my opinion. As mentioned on their website, “DōMatcha® is 100% authentic Japanese stone-ground green tea, directly from Kagoshima and Uji, Kyoto where Japanese matcha originated, and most premium matcha is produced today. Our supplier is based in Uji, Kyoto and has been in the tea business for 300 years. DōMatcha® is partnered with the famous 16th-generation Japanese tea master Kazunori Handa-san, whose family’s knowledge and expertise has been handed down generation after generation for over 400 years. We are very grateful and continuously excited to work with such illustrious Japanese experts to bring superior matcha to North American and international markets.”

I would highly recommend this matcha for your gluten free enjoyment!

Website found here.

Pukka Tea

I am still waiting a response from the company at this time and will update the blog post once I do get a response. However, on the companies website they have a ‘frequently asked’ section which talks about gluten in their products:

“All Pukka teas are free from gluten containing ingredients. However, we want to point out that Night Time and Relax contain oat straw flowering tops. Although the analytical tests undertaken on these teas show that gluten is absent, consumers who are extremely sensitive may want to check the suitability of oat straw further for related gluten allergies like avenin.”

I do really like that they brought in the awareness to oat in some of their products as some individuals with celiac disease may react to the protein avenin found in oats. I’ll write a blog post more on this subject at a later time. I personally drink their teas and have never had an issue with them, but I do steer clear of the ones with oats in them.

Website found here.

Summary

If you are a lover of tea but have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, be sure to do your research into the teas you are consuming on a regular basis to see if there are any potential cross contamination risks of gluten. Whichever your comfort level of cross contamination, be sure to read the labels of the products you are buying to look for any gluten containing ingredients or ‘may contain’ statements. Continue to sip and be happy!

If you have any other tea companies you would like me to look into regarding gluten contamination, please feel free to write them in the comments below 🙂

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Grain Free “Oatmeal”

For those of you who may be sensitive to grains like oats, but miss that morning bowl of warm awesome, this one is for you! Super quick and easy.

Ingredients:
2 TBS Shredded Coconut
2 TBS Ground Flaxseeds
2 TBS Chia Seeds
1-2 TBS Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Boiling Hot Water
1/2 Cup Plant Based Milk or Regular Milk
Additives: You could also add hemp seeds, or nuts and seeds to bulk it up even more!

Directions:
1) Place the shredded coconut, flaxseeds, chia seeds and maple syrup into a bowl.
2) Add the boiling hot water and mix it around until it makes a thicker consistency.
3) Now add in the plant milk and stir around. You can add in as much or as little of the plant milk you wish, it just depends how runny you like the consistency.
4) Put your favourite fruit, nut butter or other toppings to add more flavour and nutrition.
5) As I mentioned, you can add hempseed or other nuts and seeds to the base recipe as you wish to add more flavour and nutrients!

If you give this one a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can share your wonderful creations with my community!

Thank you and enjoy!

LEW xxx


Easy Chicken Marinade

Bring your chicken from bland to unreal by just adding spices. It takes just a few minutes to make up the marinade, and the longer you leave the chicken with it before cooking, the better. However, if you are in a rush, throwing this on and cooking right away is easy peasy and just as delicious!

Ingredients:
1 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
Sprinkle of chilli flakes
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS maple syrup

Directions:
1) Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, curry powder and chilli flakes.
2) Add in the olive oil and maple syrup, it should make a thicker to medium liquid mix.
3) Place on the chicken breast or whole chicken and massage it in with your hands.
4) Leave for a few hours or over night to marinade. If you do not have the time, you can put the marinade on top and cook right away as well.
5) Follow your cooking instructions for what part of the meat you are using and bingo! You have an easy dinner.

Cooking for chicken breast: 20 min at 450F.

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can share your creations!

LEW xxx