Simply Gluten Free Magazine Giveaway

Next month Simply Gluten Free Magazine will celebrate the printing of its fourth issue. In six months, the "allergen free made simple" magazine has zoomed up best-seller lists everywhere. Currently it is the 3rd most purchased magazine at Whole Foods across the nation. And in addition to selling like hot cakes at Barnes & Noble, it will be hitting the shelves of Safeway and Target!


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Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie — GF, Vegan

The other night, cruising Pinterest (you can follow me here), I spied an Instant Chocolate Chip Cookie that was to drool for. So I repinned it and left a comment wondering if it could be modified to be gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free.


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One-Pot Asian Noodles

We've been on a one-pot, shabu-shabu-style, Asian noodle kick. The foundation of this warming soup is this recipe which originally printed in an issue of Sunset Magazine from way back.

I've added a few more ingredients for kicks—kombu for an extra dose of iodine and iron, shiitake mushrooms and ginger for an immunity boost, and sriracha for a bit of heat. 

Into the lovely broth go noodles—either rice sticks or mung bean threads.


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A Live Hangout with Our First Lady!


It was a wild morning! Rose bright and early to join First Lady Michelle Obama in her first Fireside Hangout on Google+.

The Let's Move! initiative is one that we ALL can back. And I thank Mrs. Obama for the great work she is doing. Fighting childhood obesity and getting our kids active and fit through physical activity and proper diet is something the First Lady and I are passionate about—and I know many of you are, too.

Join the movement! There's no better time than now. Find out what you can do to bring Let's Move! to your community. Visit!


"In the end, as First Lady, this isn't just a policy issue for me. This is a passion.
This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to 
change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition."  
- First Lady Michelle Obama


Lastly, I would like to add that without the support of you, my readers, opportunities to take the voice of Lexie's Kitchen—and healthier eating—to a national stage like this one would have never opened up. So thank you! We are being heard, we are making a difference. Keep up the good fight my friends!



Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

It has been a brutal "sickie" season, hasn't it? Did you read that bit in the news about more people calling in sick to work in January than in any other month in the last five years. Mentally I am so done with being sick. My body has had it, too! All it's been craving is veggie juice and green salads—this salad in particular.


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The Health Benefits of Bison

Ever dream of leaving the big city and starting over ... say on the great plains?

Well, have I got a profession for you!

The bison business is booming!

And sheesh, how hard could it be?!


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Heart-Healthy Crackers

This Valentine's week I have participated in Gluten-Free and Heart-Healthy 2013—an event spearheaded by Cara's Cravings in support of American Heart Month (thank you to Cara for wrangling us all together!). It's been a week of heart-healthy eating inspiration. If you missed any of it, you can catch up with all the contributors here:

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Guest Post: Walnut Crusted Wasabi Salmon

Today I welcome Jeanette of the Jeanette's Healthy Living. She is here to share her contribution of Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


February is American Heart Month and a group of health minded bloggers are gathering around to share lots of heart healthy recipes this week with a Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013 recipe roundup. It's my turn today, and I'm sharing a dish chock full of heart healthy ingredients—Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon served with a tangy Warm Napa Cabbage Salad and Steamed Brown Rice.

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Valentine's Day & Red Wine Truffles

Welcome Beth of the Tasty Yummies! She is here to share her contribution of Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


Hi there! Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Beth of Tasty Yummies. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today as part of our heart healthy event! I am honored to once again collaborate with a group of talented and creative ladies for another amazing event.


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Guest Post: Almond Joy Raw Bars

Today I welcome Meg of the Beard and Bonnet. She is here to share her contribution of Almond Joy Raw Bars to our Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


For those of you who do not know me, my name is Meg and I run a little site called Beard and Bonnet. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today!


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Guest Post: Maple Glazed Salmon Salad

Today I welcome Carolyn of the All Day I Dream About Food. She is here to share her contribution of Maple-Glazed Salmon Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


Heart health. I will be honest and say it's not an aspect of my health I give all that much thought to. But perhaps I should. Here I am, rapidly approaching 40 and like every family, a few distant members have had heart disease. And uncontrolled diabetes is strongly correlated to heart disease and stroke. So I suppose it's fair to say that it's on my radar, although not, perhaps, right in the center of it.

Thankfully, for me the risks are low. I am healthy, active, with low cholesterol, and I keep my blood sugars carefully in check. And it just so happens that I adore many heart-healthy foods. Have I ever mentioned how much I love salmon? No? How about walnuts? Spinach? Red peppers? Red wine? Dark chocolate? The list of heart healthy options is surprisingly extensive. There's almost no excuse for not eating some on a daily basis.

Maple Glazed Salmon Salad Recipe

Of course, it's not enough just to eat right. If you're not moving around, you're not doing that heart any favours. I have seen the power of exercise with my own eyes and it's pretty amazing. In my case, it was as a factor for controlling my blood sugars while in the midst of gestational diabetes (have I mentioned that diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease?). After a meal, a 30 minute walk could lower my blood sugar by 60 points or more. If you don't know much about blood sugar, let me assure you that this is a significant number. Seeing that kind of proof on my glucometer spurred me to become a semi-competitive runner. Movement and good food. It's really not all that much to ask of ourselves to stay healthy, is it?

For this particular recipe, I loaded up on some of my favourites. Salmon topped the list, because I love it. Keep in mind, wild caught salmon is best. It contains far more Omega 3s than farmed salmon, and is easier on the environment too. I glazed the salmon with Dijon mustard and some sugar-free maple syrup, and a touch of maple extract to boost the flavour (not all maple extracts may be gluten-free ... here is one that is). You could use real maple syrup if you like, but I am a diabetic so I have to be cautious there. Then I placed the salmon on a bed of greens (may I suggest spinach in your salad mix?), with chopped red pepper and some walnuts for crunch. All topped of with my homemade walnut oil vinaigrette. Let me assure you, this is no side salad...this is your full, heart-healthy, satisfying entree. Bon Appetit!  

Maple Glazed Salmon Salad Recipe

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Guest Post: Chocolate Pecan Love Bites

Today I welcome EA Stewart of the The Spicy RD. I am beyond excited to bake up a batch of her contribution of Dark Chocolate Chunk Pecan Love Bites to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


Be still my beating heart! I'm thrilled to be partnering with my fabulous 2012 Gluten-Free All Star Hosts as we celebrate American Heart Month in February with another healthy and delicious recipe round-up: Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013.

Big hug to Lexie Croft at Lexie's Kitchen for creating this gorgeous gluten-free heart healthy badge!

Thank you so much Lexie for hosting me at Lexie's Kitchen today!

Before I divulge my heart healthy recipe, I thought I would share some of my favorite foods for keeping your ticker in tip-top shape!

Heart Healthy Foods 

  1. Fruit and veggies. The more the merrier—especially citrus and apples which are high in soluble fiber to help decrease LDL cholesterol, and polyphenol packed berries, which may lower blood pressure and raise level of good {HDL} cholesterol.
  2. Beans, beans, the musical fruit! Like certain fruits and veggies, beans are a great source of soluble fiber, and also contain a variety of flavonoids which help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, and preventing abnormal clotting of blood platelets.
  3. Seedy stuff! Flax, chia, and hemp, all provide plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which, although not as powerful as seafood omega-3's, may also help with heart health. In addition, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens called lignans, which may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  4. Something seems a little fishy to me. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackeral, sardines, tuna, anchovies and trout all provide 1 gram of more of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3's provide cardiovascular protection by lowering triglycerides, decreasing inflammation, reducing blood clotting, and lowering blood pressure. To choose fish that are not only heart healthy, but are also environmentally friendly and low in contaminants such as mercury and PCB's, bes ure and check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch website.
  5. Chocolate. The darker the better! Rich in flavonol, the main type of flavonoid in cocoa and chocolate, research has shown that {a little} dark chocolate {choose chocolate with at least 70 % or more cacao} can be a heart healthy choice.
  6. Cheers to a glass of vino! What's even better than a square or two of dark chocolate? A glass of red wine {if you choose to drink alcohol} to go along with it. Another heart healthy polyphenol, resveratrol, makes red wine {in moderation~up to 2 drinks/day for a man or up to 1 drink/day for a woman} another heart healthy choice by helping prevent damage to blood vessels, reducing LDL cholesterol, and helping to prevent blood clots. In addition alcohol, in general {again, in moderation} has been shown to raise good HDL cholesterol, thereby helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Salud!

And Now, On to the Recipe.

After looking through my posts from the last two months, aside from my Gluten-Free All-Star buddies' spectacular sweets, I realized I haven't shared a proper dessert with you in over 2 months.

Heck, I didn't even make any holiday cookies for you this past December :-(

So, clearly you are long overdue for something sweet and decadent.

Oh, and super heart healthy to boot. 

How's that sound?! 

My inspiration for these dark chocolate chunk pecan love bites comes from these fabulous peanut butter chocolate chip cookies over at Texanerin. If you like peanut butter, you MUST make them. My version is equally delicious, yet features a different sort of heart healthy nut—pecans. 

Oh, and there are beans and dark chocolate too.

Plus a little maple syrup, and some ground flaxseed...

Yes, they are very healthy indeed, but healthy without delicious doesn't exist in my kitchen, so I promise you they will make your heart pound with joy :-)

Thank so much for reading. Please head on over to my blog,The Spicy RD, for my Dark Chocolate Chunk Pecan Love Bite recipe!

Oh, and I’d love to continue sharing more of my heart healthy and delicious recipes with you!

Follow my posts here, and let’s connect on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, and Pinterest

Cheers to a healthy heart!


Guest Post: PB Chia Choco Chip Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies @carascravings

Today I welcome Cara of Cara's Cravings. She is here to share her contribution of Peanut Butter Chia Choco Chip Cookies to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.


Hello, Lexie's Kitchen readers! Lexie is graciously hosting me today to kick off a fun event we came up with to honor one of the most important organs of the body, the heart. What better time to celebrate than during this month of love!

Being pregnant has turned me into somewhat of a cookie monster. After all, celebrations call for cookies and every day you feel that little miracle kicking within is a reason to celebrate, right? That's what I keep telling myself. But this week I made cookies for another kind of celebration.

Today, I'm kicking off a week of Gluten-Free and Heart Healthy recipes in honor of American Heart Month. Each year 715,000 Americans have heart attacks and 600,000 die from heart disease*.

To raise awareness and encourage good choices, we are offering up delicious gluten-free recipes packed with heart-healthy ingredients. So, read on and take to heart that you can have your cookies and eat them too!

Chia Seeds: Starring in these cookies is one of my favorite heart-healthy foods, the chia seed. Chia seeds are actually an ancient food that is making a comeback, and while some might deem them "trendy", my not-so-humble opinion is that when even more folks start eating them, chia seeds will again become a staple in our diets. Hey, I hope so anyway.

Chia seeds a jam-packed with essential omega-3 fatty acid, more so than other plant-based sources. We've probably all heard the buzz that omega-3's contribute to reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease, which is why I chose to feature the mighty chia seed in this recipe.

Oats: What else is there to love? These chewy little cookies have plenty of heart-protective, fiber-rich oats and they are held together with peanut butter.

Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butter (read: the kind that only contains peanuts) contains high amounts of oleic acid, a type of fat known to increase your good cholesterol and lower the bad kind, and it's another great source of fiber as well.

Now I'm not going to try to convince you that the only reason to eat a cookie is for your health, so I'll also throw in that these are so easy that you won't even need an oven, they're the perfect sweetness for either breakfast or dessert, and studded with mini chocolate chips so you're sure to get some of the good stuff in every bite.

I hope that I've tempted you to come on over and check out the recipe!

Peanut Butter Choco Chip Chia Cookies @carascravings

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How to Have a Beautiful [and Healthy] Baby

Not long ago I remember reading a famous pop singer quoted as saying she was "living off of mac 'n cheese" during her pregnancy.

I cringed.

Oh, if I could've had her ear for just 10 minutes!

I would have told her that her child's health begins with hers, that stuff can happen, that the choices she was making in regard to her body and how she was nourishing it (or not) could have a significant impact on the health of her unborn child.


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Skip the Game, Come Play on Pinterest


So there's rumor of some big game going down today. What sport are we talking about? Dunno. And what teams are playing? Double dunno—seriously, I have no clue. I've been waaaaaay too busy perusing Pinterest to be up on such trivial things. You can find me there here.


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Gluten-Free Vegan Eats & Allyson Kramer

It's been a busy and exhausting week in the kitchen and in front of the computer. I'd say I am at the end of my second trimester with my forthcoming book. I didn't realize how much work and how many minute details went into writing, photographing, designing, publishing, and marketing a cookbook {any publishers out there want to take over at this point?!}.

So I'm just glad it's Friday.

One of the more pleasurable and relaxing highlights of the week was hanging out with Allyson Kramer

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Wellness Juice Shot

It was looking like the Great Flu of 2012/13 was going to pass us by. The germaphobe in me had been taking all precautions ... after school the boys were herded upstairs for nasal rinses, doses of elderberry syrup were being doled out—as was the ever-constant reminder to "GET YOUR FINGERS OUT OF YOUR NOSE!!" 

Despite my efforts, the flu—or whatever bug it was—hit me and the boys this past week. One at a time we dropped like flies—but thankfully made speedy recoveries.

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Three Cheers for Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

A live cooking show with Jamie Oliver and friends. How much better does it get?

If you missed last night's launch of Jamie Oliver's Food Tube channel on YouTube, take a gander. Jamie invites you, and the rest of the world, into his East London kitchen to learn from, and celebrate, cooks with attitude. Subscribe here and you won't miss a show.

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This month I am joining CELESTIAL SEASONINGS in kicking off the New Year right with the TEALC WELLNESS CHALLENGE. I have committed to the personal challenges; "To Be Happy(er)" and to drink tea daily. I thank each one of you who has shared their personal challenge for 2013 in THIS POST. You have inspired me and encouraged me to keep growing.


In Photo: My late grandfather J.P. and I. He had a jovial spirit and always made time for family.

If you're needing a lift this weekend (or are holed up with The Great Flu of 2013 like we are), may I suggest setting aside an hour or so to watch

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New Book! Fat Chance

Yesterday on NPR's Science Friday, Ira Flatow spoke with Dr. Robert Lustig about his just-released Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. In the book, Dr. Lustig, endocrinologist and obesity specialist, deconstructs the mythology of fat.

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