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Make a Healthier (and easy!) Pancake

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten a pancake.  Ok, quite a while, actually.  Although gluten-free pancakes are pretty easy, grain-free is a different story, especially for those of us who find almond flour too tough too handle.  Then I saw something online (I think it was on Facebook) about making pancakes from eggs and a banana.  Seriously!  Well, I was so curious I just had to try it.  It works!  I’ve made them a few times now, and I have been pleasantly surprised.

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The recipe is easy – 2 eggs, beaten + 1 smushed banana.  That’s basically it, although I usually throw in a dash of cinnamon and a couple drops of vanilla, just because.  As you can see in the picture, they aren’t as thick as a “grainy” pancake, more like a thicker crepe. Still yummy, especially smeared with almond butter.  (Fair warning:  a pretty strong banana flavor so if you aren’t crazy about banana, this recipe might not be your favorite).

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What A Fun Evening!

Thank you to everyone who came for the special Healthy Priorities event on Thursday evening when we screened the movie, Hungry For Change.  It was great to see everyone, and especially fun to welcome some new faces.  Extra special thanks to Jean and Jim Benham for hosting us in their beautiful home.  I know…just a bit different than crowding around my little kitchen!

For more information about the movie, be sure to visit their website at www.hungryforchange.tv.  They have great information, as well as products such as the video you watched the other night, book, cookbook, etc.

If you would like to be included on my email list for future get-togethers, or if you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to learn about, please just send me an email at jamie@healthypriorities-charlotte.com.  We hope to see you all again soon, and yes….. the recipes I used for our snacks are coming next!

Ask For A Gluten-Free Menu

When I first started eating gluten-free, I never would have imagined I would live long enough to see gluten-free menus in a restaurant!  It is amazing how much the food landscape has changed in just the past few years.  Sure, I still wander into places where I know that they have no idea what I am talking about.  Several months ago I was at a conference, out of town, so really no other choice but to eat at the hotel restaurant.  I was thrilled to see GF items mentioned on their menu, but I had a question about something that I thought should have been GF but wasn’t labeled as such (a basic salad with chicken – I wanted to know if it as the chicken, the salad dressing, or what the heck had gluten in it).  When I asked the waitress, she gave me the look we all dread, kind of that cocker spaniel head tilt, and started talking about how she could bring me something that even she referred to as “faux chicken” which could only be some type of vegetarian thing?  I’m not really sure, I just know I ate very little at that lunch, just in case.

Many of the restaurants in the Charlotte area (where I am living) have finally come around and after one or two restaurants started with their GF menus, many have jumped on the bandwagon.  All good news for us!  I actually eat out very infrequently, but when I do, I still ask a lot of questions and advice everyone else to do the same.  A good restaurant that values your business won’t mind, either will a really professional waiter/waitress.  I have been surprised, on several occasions, when my waiter/waitress actually tells me of something I shouldn’t eat that I was tempted to try.  They always get the best tips!

I also know of a few restaurants that, although they don’t have a specific GF menu, will just help you find something that is suitable and will talk to the chef on your behalf.  Actually, any restaurant that really has a chef should be pretty safe if you can talk with them.  If it is one of those restaurants that serve meals that they buy from a distributor and just heat up for you….. I would make a different choice.

A big thank you to Charlotte Celiac Connection (www.charlotte-celiac-connection.org) for putting together a very comprehensive list of local restaurants with GF menus (click here to see all the places you can eat!)  Another great resource for Charlotte and other areas is Gluten Free Registry who also has a long list of options (click here).

So ask for that GF menu!  Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have one, the more you ask, the more they will see the need and maybe by the next time you go in, they will.  If not, there are lots of other places to choose from.  Let’s support the businesses that are supporting us!

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EWG’s Dirty Dozen for 2012

This is a great resource especially now that so many fruits and vegetables are available.  Yes, we all need LOTS of fruits and vegetables, but before you buy, take a look at Environmental Working Groups “Dirty Dozen” for the year so you can make informed choices.  Sometimes organic isn’t absolutely necessary, and some things you really want to make the extra effort.  Click here for the 2012 list.

What’s Wrong With Our Modern Day Eating Habits?

Want to know how much our eating habits have changed?  Read this disturbing article, How Eating At Home Can Save Your Life, by Dr. Mark Hyman about how eating has become a very different scenario in modern, everyday life than it was in years past.  And we wonder why there are so many health issues, mostly relating to food?

The Explosion Of Gluten Free Products

Always interesting to hear people’s perspectives on gluten free eating.  I just ran into this article highlighting a few local people involved in gluten free food production, including Lee Tobin who is responsible for the gluten free products made for Whole Foods Market (coming soon to Charlotte).  Great reading – click here.

Scary Times For Those Who Care About Health, and Blogging

In case you haven’t heard all the “cyberscreaming” recently, a very quick version of a long story is that a blogger from North Carolina had  a complaint filed against him by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.  Because I don’t have first-hand knowledge of all the facts of the story, I will post a few links to other articles explaining it.

My understanding is that this gentleman has been writing his personal blog for several years, talking about his experience with Type 2 Diabetes.  Many of the blogs you see, this one included, is just our opinion or our perspective of the subjects that we write about.  This gentleman wrote about how he regained his health and is no longer diabetic after changing his eating habits.

Like all of us who have found success with managing health conditions, or are passionately freaked out at the (lack of) quality of the food people are eating, he tells people about his success and tries to help other people by sharing his information.  This ended up in a complaint being filed against him because he isn’t a licensed nutritionist.  Below are two articles that explain in more detail:

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=8992

http://www.naturalnews.com/035691_dieticians_free_speech_nutrition_advice.html

I’m sure there are many articles on this subject and I encourage everyone to read them.  Why care about this blogger?  Simple.  This is a free speech issue, as well as an issue of freedom of the internet.  That affects all of us.

The latest information that I have found on this story is that the blogger had to change things on his blog, delete information about any services he provided and the complaint was dropped.  See the official wording of all of this on the NCBDN’s site:

http://www.ncbdn.org/file_a_complaint/recent_press_inquiry/

The bad news in all of this should be obvious.  The good news is that a lot of people have been crazy upset about it, have made a lot of noise, and have started the conversation which is always a good thing.  Make your opinions heard, especially when it comes to having access to information, and being able to say what you think.  Well, that’s just my opinion anyway.

 

Pizza Is A Vegetable?

Yep, really.  Ever wonder where childhood obesity is on the government’s priority list?  Read this to find out how they decided to consider pizza a vegetable.

How Safe Are The Cleaners You Use?

Here is the most up to date information from EWG (Environmental Working Group) on many of the worst cleaners you may have in your household.