Supplements for Celiacs.

I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or pharmacist. I’m a recovering celiac sharing my experiences and the benefits I’ve had from supplements.

Vitamin deficiency is common in Celiacs. After having damaged villi, the body often has difficulty absorbing nutrients from food. As a result, supplements have become part of my daily routine.

Usually, people who don’t get enough sunshine, lack vitamin D and tend to experience lower immune responses. For those of us with Celiac, unless I have tons of raw milk and fish each day, it’s easier to use a supplement (especially in the winter).

Vitamin B12 helps with attitude, irritability and energy. Anyone with celiac could attest to the sleepy stupor that sets with the slightest intake of gluten… and nothing makes you more irritable than watching others eat your favorite foods in front of you. (ok, maybe a B vitamin can’t cure that one).

Vitamin C helps the body heal faster, and with Celiac, we can use all the help we can get!

I tend to find most of my vitamins at the local apothecary. However, I had the opportunity to try EZ Melts and out of curiosity I wanted to test (and taste). I have been pleasantly surprised at the ingredients (attested to by a family member that is in the medical field), the taste (fresh and natural flavors) and how quickly they dissolve.

I have read that most vitamins take so long to break down that they pass through your system completely undissolved! That’s a lot of money to spend for no efficacy. EZ melts can be put on the tongue or under the tongue and within a few seconds they are completely dissolved. They are completely gluten free. Spoiler alert… many vitamins have a coating on the outside that contains gluten! Talk about a hidden way to consume it without even knowing.

They are also GMO and sugar free. Last, but not least, they offer a discount to give them a try. Just go to and enter EZ20 as a promo code, for your first order (ahem, no matter what size).


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Matcha purists, gather round.

About two years ago I tried my first matcha. Followed by a latte. Followed by a smoothie. Followed by a frozen version. I’ve always loved the taste of green tea but matcha was an experience that wowed.

Then I found these. Matcha Now is the easiest way I have ever found to get my daily matcha without the fuss, impurities or calories. If you are a purist, you will want to try MATCHA NOW… now!

Top reasons why?

  1. No muss, no fuss. No shakers, strainers, crap to clean, excess matcha in the mix or waste on the counter. Just twist the cap and shake it. Done.
  2. It’s the real deal. Ingredients: Water and organic ceremonial grade matcha.
  3. It’s made by Buddha Teas. Great reputation, great products.

I’m going to have to put in a word with some of my local markets to start carrying these. As usual, with a new product, they are just getting into the hands of distributors. Check out their instagram page or their website for updates on where to find them near you.

They come 100% pure (just the way I like it) or Lightly sweet (with a hint of stevia). Right now they are available via Amazon Prime for $39.99 for 12 (with free one-day ship for members). Which, if you are used to getting your matcha at the local coffee place, that’s a really competitive price, especially for ceremonial grade (not to mention organic) matcha.

Oooh. Ice, fresh, anytime, anywhere. Matcha. Check it out!


Gluten Free Oatmeal Drops

Getting my kids to eat something nutritious in the morning is more of a challenge every day. Most breakfast foods are not naturally allergy friendly. We have four of the top eight allergens in our family (and three more that are less common, although just as difficult to work around).

This recipe is super simple and I managed to make it in 25 minutes on a school morning.

6 ripe bananas – peeled and mashed
1T Cinnamon
3C Freedom Foods Gluten Free instant Oatmeal with berries (market district)
1C Raisins

I mashed it all together with my mix and chop for a chunky texture and scooped into my mini muffin tin with a small scoop. Fast, easy and contains the mess.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and let cool.
The bananas are very hot inside, so don’t do what I did and eat within the first 5 minutes.

The oatmeal in this mix is super refined and cooks quickly. These have a fantastic hearty texture and are secretly healthy for them. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Allergy friendly pie? Yes!

Recently, I watched a video that has been stirring about on social media.

No, not the cats. The other one. The one that Cheerios created to share how to use their product in new and exciting ways.

While their recipe won’t work (as is) in my house, I decided to use it as a base and try something new.

2C Cheerios blended (in my magic bullet)
3T Brown Sugar (added to magic bullet)
5T Earth Balance (vegan butter) melted

Spray pie plate with non-stick spray.
Pour dry mix of cheerios and brown sugar evenly on plate.
Pour melted non-butter on top and press together until mixed and firm

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
This works with flavored cheerios as well for more flair.

Now for the pie…

I made a pumpkin version with:

1 container Daiya Vegan Cream Cheese
2T Earth Balance (vegan butter) melted
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1T cinnamon
1/2T pumpkin pie spice
1/2C brown sugar
1T Vanilla
1 can Coconut Cream

Blend all and fold in Coconut cream.
Another option (I’m going to try next time) is using SO Delicious, Coconut whipped cream instead of coconut cream.

Top with So Delicious, coconut whipped cream and serve!

GF/DF/EF/RF Brookies

I often share cool recipes I come up with using Brooke’s Naturals Mixes. This is one of my absolute favorite mixes, since my allergies served as inspiration for her mixes. If you haven’t tried these mixes, check them out at and buy a case. They are amazing!

Once I found out my son had dairy and egg allergies, I had to change the stock recipe on the back of the package to include alternatives. I try something different each time and I think I have found a great texture in this one below.

1 package Brooke’s Naturals Chocolate Chip Cookies
5T Coconut oil (melted)
1T GF Vanilla (I use kirklands)
1/2 C Applesauce
2T Almond Milk

Mix completely and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
I use the pampered chef mini muffin pan because I don’t like my cookies to ooze to flat. This creates a nice caramelized type cookie-muffin hybrid that holds it’s shape.

Happy Baking!
The mixes are gluten and rice free, the alternatives make it dairy and egg free.

GF/DF Quinoa Tabouleh

I love(d) tabouleh. I didn’t find out I had celiac until I was 26 so I was used to eating it. I literally grew up on it. So, when I had the opportunity to recreate it gluten free, I jumped at it. This is a fresh, healthy, natural salad that can serve as a meal too.

The quinoa to “all other ingredients” ratio is really personal taste. If you find there is too much, cut back. If you like more of the protein so it can stand alone as a meal, add more.

2C Quinoa (cooked, cool rinsed and drained)
2 scallions chopped
2 cucumbers peeled and chopped (could also be de-seeded, if you choose)
2C Chopped fresh mushrooms
16oz can sliced black olives
1 pint grape tomatoes halved
1/2bunch parsley (chopped)
1/4C mint leaves (chopped)
1C lemon juice
1/3C oil (olive, avocado, flavored) I like blood orange flavor from the Olive Branch
1/2C lime juice
Salt/pepper to taste