Cookbook Corner: 5 Refreshing Recipes from The Defined Dish

The Defined Dish is the first cookbook from lifelong Texan and mother of two young girls Alex Snodgrass, who discovered the Whole30 program, which encourages people to eat whole, natural foods for 30 days, during a bout of postpartum anxiety. She says the change to Whole30 revolutionized her diet and life. This selection of recipes features wholesome, flavorful and gluten-free meals perfect for the whole family.

All recipes reprinted with permission from The Defined Dish: Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes © 2019 by Alex Snodgrass. Photography ©2019 by Kristen Kilpatrick. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Gluten Free Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

5. Gluten-Free Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

“Growing up, something my dad always made for us on busy weeknights was a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. It wasn’t anything fancy—the soup was right out of a can—but we absolutely loved it. It’s still one of those delicious comfort meals that I crave after a long day, which is why I came up with this version of a creamy tomato soup for the family, which is just as satisfying as Dad’s, almost as simple and healthier. Grilled cheese optional!”

ChildLife Essentials: A Foundation for Health

Setting a strong foundation for health in the earliest years of life is of paramount importance. In fact, many children’s health experts believe that whatever happens in childhood, and especially in the first seven years, establishes the basis for the rest of a child’s life.

How a child’s body, brain and immune system grow, develop and mature creates the foundation that they will work with for the rest of their lives. As the parent and guardian of your child, you naturally want to protect, nurture and ensure that your child’s health develops fully. You want to give them the best nutritional start possible. Sometimes it takes more than a healthy diet to raise a physically healthy child. Today’s children face unprecedented nutritional challenges from three very important areas:

  1. The nutritional value of the food we eat may decrease as the nutritional content of the soil is depleted through time and modern farming methods.
  2. Today’s fast-paced technology-focused lifestyle is filled with fast-food, lack of exercise, and artificial ingredients, making it difficult to obtain the daily nutritional support required.
  3. The rapid increase in environmental pollution and toxic burden creates an increased need for these nutrients – the vitamins and minerals that protect, nourish and sustain a child’s natural, healthy development.

So, on one hand, today’s children are receiving less nutrition and nutrients from the foods that they eat, while on the other hand, their requirement for these nutrients to help protect their bodies has actually increased exponentially due to their increased exposure to the toxicity and environmental pollutants that they now face.

A diet that does not provide all of the essential nutrients, while simultaneously providing too much sugar, saturated fat, and chemical additives, may contribute to obesity and a decrease in both mental and immune function.

The combination of these factors can create obstacles that may interfere with how a child’s body, brain and immune system develops. Daily supplementation of key vitamins, minerals and other nutrients may help and assist in filling these nutritional gaps.

Multiple Benefits From a Multi Vitamin & Mineral

We now live in a society where much of our population, including our children, are overfed but undernourished. Dietary supplements can play an important role in closing the nutritional gap.

Almost one-third of U.S. children take some form of dietary supplement, most often multi-vitamins and multi-minerals. This is according to a study conducted at RTI and the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health in 2007 and most experts believe that number will continue to increase. When the data was examined by age group, the study also showed that almost half of 4 to 8 year olds take dietary supplements.1 Parents are understanding the need to support their child’s daily nutritional requirements.

For a child’s body to develop normally, essential nutrients need to be consumed each and every day. Children need vitamins and minerals for their normal growth and for the nourishment of their organs and bones. That can be quite a task, especially since many young children are picky about the foods they eat. A good way to be sure children get the nutrients required to produce a healthy body and brain is to give them a daily multivitamin and mineral.

Children are not simply little adults. When choosing a multivitamin, it is important to select one that is designed specifically for children. This will give your child the right amount of nutrients for their age and size. Remember to read the directions and only give your child the recommended dose.

Multivitamin supplements in the form of liquids or drops, are often the best option for children who are sometimes unable to swallow a tablet. And there are other advantages:

  • liquid supplements can be mixed with food or a child’s favorite beverage and make it easier to take, regardless of the child’s age
  • often liquids contain higher doses of active ingredients and lower levels of sugar
  • liquid formulas allow for greater bioavailability and absorption of the nutrients.

Unfortunately, most Multi liquid formulas include only the vitamins, not the minerals, needed for healthy development at a young age. But you can count on ChildLife® Multi Vitamin & Mineral to supply all the primary minerals as well.

In addition to all the key vitamins, ChildLife® Multivitamin & Mineral contains Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, Potassium, Chromium and Potassium as well as Choline and Inositol for healthy brain neurotransmitter support.

And like all our products, ChildLife® Multivitamin & Mineral is gluten free, casein free and alcohol free with no artificial colorings, flavorings or sweeteners. It is a complete multi formula you can be comfortable and confident in giving your child.

There is Something in the Air…

It does not just happen during Spring anymore. Environmental irritants seem to affect our children all year long.

Did you know that allergic rhinitis (hay fever) may affect 40% of children nationwide?2 A healthy immune response is necessary to combat allergens, but seasonal changes and natural environmental irritants can leave a child feeling miserable.

ChildLife® Aller-Care provides seasonal support for children. It is a natural formula with nutrients to regulate hyperimmune response, antioxidants to help reduce environmental irritation and herbs to support the immune system. It provides a safe way to support a child from environmental allergens. ChildLife® Aller-Care includes:

  • Grape Seed Extract and Grape Skin Extract to provide protective antioxidants to reduce environmental irritation
  • Bromelain provides environmental protection and supports sinus health
  • Elderberry and Amla are herbs that regulate the immune system and nourish healthy mucous membranes
  • Vitamin C strengthens and regulates immune function while providing protection from environmental irritants
  • Zinc is the primary mineral in Aller-Care for strengthening and regulating healthy immune function.

Specifically formulated for children, this delicious tasting grape liquid formula can be taken directly or easily mixed with your child’s favorite juice or beverage … perfect and safe for children of all ages!

The Gluten-Free Kid is a delightful children’s picture book by Hayley O’Connor. It offers a Child-Friendly Glimpse into Growing Up with Celiac, check it out here!




13 Gluten-Free Goodies Available on Amazon

With so many gluten-free options out there searching for a product that’s just right can be a little difficult. So, we’ve put together a brief list of a few gluten-free snacks and treats to get your search started. All of the items listed below are available on Amazon. Happy eating!

Bobo’s Kids Bites

These pastries have 7 grams of protein each and are non-GMO certified, dairy free and vegan. They are sweet, have a satisfying texture and come in several flavors so you can find your favorite snack or breakfast option. This simple, wholesome food is scrumptious and you can feel good about eating it, since it’s made in the U.S. by people, never automated. Buy them here.


New For You: Step Up Your Gluten Free Game

Put a spring in your step with these fresh gluten-free picks from Gluten-Free Living. Whether you’re craving something sweet, savory or scrumptious this list has you covered.  

bee raw honey gluten free

Bee Raw Honey

Let’s get buzzy 

Brooklyn’s Bee Raw sells honey as nature intended—straight from the hive. Working toward sustainable practices and bee health, Bee Raw offers a myriad of honey and honey-related products, such as wax poured candles, pairing utensils and more. Raw honey’s enzymes and antioxidants are especially good for putting a spring in your step this time of year.

The Gluten Free Kid: A Child-Friendly Glimpse into Growing Up with Celiac

“The Gluten Free Kid” is a delightful children’s picture book by Hayley O’Connor, with illustrations by Anthony Corrigan. This charming tale follows Sid – the story’s young protagonist – after he discovers that he has celiac disease.

O’Connor’s drew inspiration for the book from her daughters, who are 1 and 4. With her and her husband both having celiac disease, she says the chances of one of her daughters developing celiac is high. She says she wanted to write a book that both kids and parents would enjoy.   

“Having celiac disease shouldn’t make you feel different and excluded from the world,” she says. “My hope is that my book will help every child understand the condition.”

O’Connor spoke with Gluten-Free Living about the book, what it’s like growing up with celiac disease and how parents can make their kids feel included in a gluten-filled world.

The Gluten Free Kid is available for purchase here.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q. We haven’t seen many kids’ books that explain celiac disease. What’s the inspiration for “The Gluten-Free Kid”?


A. I created the book to remove fear around the condition but explain it in realistic terms. Children are very accepting and if you can explain a condition in a non-patronizing way they will just accept it. When trying to explain the condition to a child, I feel you just spend a lot of time saying “I can’t eat that” or “make sure your food doesn’t come close to my food” and I just felt like I was almost creating fear around it and without any “real” explanation. This was not what I wanted so I decided to do something about it.

I wanted my eldest daughter to really understand what it meant. Our daughters (Alannah, 4, and Madison, 1) have a very high chance of developing the condition with both their parents being celiac. If we can educate them from a young age this will prevent fear and create an understanding of how to stay healthy. Even if my daughters never develop the condition, it’s hereditary – if they go on to have children of their own it’s possible that their children could develop it. Awareness and understanding are key but unfortunately, we need others to understand the condition too. This book is for every child, not just celiacs.

One of my American customers told me of how his niece has to sit on her own every day at lunch because she is a celiac. If the school chose to educate her peers and how to keep their lunch in their own space and no sharing of food, they would know that exclusion isn’t necessary. I’m sure this is not the case in every school, but this broke my heart to hear. Having celiac disease shouldn’t make you feel different and excluded from the world. My hope is that my book will help every child understand the condition.

Q. How long have you been writing for and how did you get started?


A. The Gluten Free Kid is my first published book, but I’ve been writing for years. I’ve always had an active imagination. I’m an only child. My parents divorced when I was four and I grew up with a parent who suffers from depression. I think my imagination allowed me to escape from my reality and a difficult home. It was during my teenage years that I decided to explore the world of writing, but I still kept it a secret for many years and only revealed it to my husband Eoin last year.

After my husband’s encouragement, I decided to take my writing more seriously. I knew straight away children’s books was exactly the genre I wanted to focus on – creating books about “difficult” or “out of the ordinary” topics was my focus. The other children’s books I have written have varied topics – type 1 diabetes, divorce, ADHD, explaining a parent’s depression and being unique.

I suppose I created these books so no other child can or will experience the loneliness I felt as a child. If you can see yourself in a book and relate to that character, you know you’re not alone in the world. I never found this when I was young and if I can just help one child then I’ve done my job. I hope to have the rest of these titles out in the next few years.

Q. Tell us about the positive responses you’ve received about the book. It seems like people are enjoying having a kid-friendly way to explain celiac.


A. Yes! It’s been incredible and even overwhelming at times. I never thought that I could help so many families. At a recent event, I had parents come over to thank me for my book! They love my simplistic approach to explaining the condition. I think my use of rhyme creates fun and softness to the book while still being educational.

I’ve also had children tell me how they love bringing my book to school! They feel the book is all about them as they might be the only gluten-free kid in their class. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that the book is helping to make them feel special rather than different from their peers.

Q. We love the illustrations! What’s the story with the illustrator?


A. Anthony Corrigan was my illustrator. An Irish man from County Louth. He was absolutely incredible to work with. I’ve never worked with Anthony before, but he came highly recommended by the publisher. I spoke to many other illustrators but the reason I chose to go with Anthony was his classic style. He has a natural rawness to his art. A lot of books these days I feel are loud and with a very computerized look and it was actually very hard to find somebody who could offer me the style I wanted – so I was delighted to get in contact with Anthony.

The book has a serious topic and I felt having the classic softness would complement the seriousness and give it that beautiful balance. Anthony listened to everything that I wanted and helped bring “Sid”, The Gluten Free Kid, to life.

Q. Can you speak to the book’s central message, that celiac is serious and definitely not part of a fad diet?


A. This is something I feel very strongly about – it is far from a fad diet! It’s an autoimmune disease.

Unfortunately, I feel being “gluten-free” has almost been glamorized in recent years and is seen as a wonderful diet. Plenty of times I had people say. “you must be so healthy eating gluten-free foods.” It’s hard to explain that our alternative foods are not necessarily “more healthy”. These foods are probably more heavily processed and I’ve noticed generally have a higher sugar content, and as a celiac, we have a slightly increased chance of developing type 1 diabetes, so this is not ideal. A gluten-free diet is not optional to a celiac, it’s necessary.

I suppose the positive to this “glamourizing” is that gluten-free food has become more readily available and a wider variety are on the shelves, but it definitely makes eating out scarier. Yes, gluten-free options will be on most menus but what sort of cross-contamination policy will they have in place? Something may be gluten-free but not necessarily celiac friendly and explaining this, is still where the battle lies. I don’t think people realize that as little as one crumb can cause internal damage. So far, we have no medication to treat it, but following a strict diet will stop the body from attacking itself. If you’re not a celiac, gluten isn’t harmful – there is no need to remove it from your diet. It wouldn’t have any health benefit, and this is something I wish people would realize.

Cookbook Corner: The Autoimmune Protocol Cookbook

This cookbook by Michelle Hoover, NTP, revisits comfort foods we all love but adds a healing twist. The recipes are autoimmune protocol compliant, free of gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, nightshades, legumes, seeds and refined sugars. The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook has more than 100 scrumptious dishes that fulfill your cravings while being kind to your body. 

Reprinted with permission from The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook by Michelle Hoover, Fair Winds Press, 2019.


Blueberry Waffles

There’s nothing quite like waffles on the weekend, right? You don’t need to buy a box of frozen waffles or go to a diner. All you need is a waffle maker and the ingredients following to make this classic comforting AIP-compliant breakfast.

Epilynyx Cosmetics: Skin-Lightening, Brightening, Whitening!

Many confuse skin-brightening skincare with skin-whitening or lightening and visa versa.

Skin whitening, skin brightening, skin lightening. Ever wonder what the difference is?

In this comprehensive guide from Epilynyx Cosmetics, you will learn everything you need to know about skin lightening, whitening, and brightening. You will not only learn what these terms mean, you will also learn what is appropriate for you and what to avoid so that you can have healthy, bright, even-toned skin.

Need more tips for leaving Gluten behind? Check out our top 5 tips here.

4 Sweet, Savory and Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Start your morning off on the right foot with these savory and sweet breakfast recipes. Warm-up this winter with gluten-free recipes for a heaping stack of Blueberry Waffles or tasty Southwest Egg Cups. Looking for something light and easy? We’ve got you covered with recipes for Overnight Oats Three Ways and Pineapple Apricot Granola.

4. Blueberry Waffles 

There’s nothing quite like waffles on the weekend, right? You don’t need to buy a box of frozen waffles or eat out. All you need is a waffle maker and a few ingredients to make this classic, comforting breakfast.

Gluten-Free Southwest Egg Cups

3. Southwest Egg Cups 

Loaded with spinach and salsa, these Southwest Egg Cups make for a tasty and easy gluten-free breakfast or snack. Serving a crowd or on-the-go? Don’t sweat it! This recipe makes portion control manageable.

2. Overnight Oats Three Ways

These overnight oats are a quick and simple breakfast you can prepare the night before. Ideal for those who struggle to get out of bed or who don’t have time in the morning to prepare a morning meal.

1. Pineapple Apricot Granola 

For a sweet, well-textured breakfast, make this crunchy granola to top your favorite creamy yogurt with honey. Bananas, coconut, and apricots add a medley of nutrient-rich sweetness.

Gluten-Free Living Taste Test: Broccoli Crust Pizza, Beans, Cornbread and More!

Every two weeks, Gluten-Free Living taste testers sample a batch of gluten-free foods and share their first impressions on Facebook and Instagram Live. During the latest tasting, they tried a grab bag of gluten-free products, from broccoli crust pizza to sauerkraut along with some sweet treats, including honey from Brooklyn-based Bee Raw and chocolates from Cocomel.

For some more information on the products featured, see below. Keep watching Gluten-Free Living social media for more live tasting events!


Crunchy Rollers

Cruncy Rollers


These mixed rollers are made with organic whole grain brown rice, blueberries and cranberries so you can fight hunger – healthfully. These rollers are twin wrapped, making them perfect for sharing. They might become your new favorite way to stay fueled while on the go.



Ground Up Nut Butters

Ground Up nut butters


Every jar of this healthful nut butter is handmade in Ground Up’s Portland, Oregon kitchen. Flavors include Classic Smooth, Coconut Cardamom with Chia Seed, Lavender Honey, Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, and the new Walnut Cashew Butter with Black Pepper Sea Salt. Ground Up products are peanut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free with no refined sugars or added oils.



A Dozen Cousins

Dozen Cousins Beans


These ready-to-eat beans offer a modern take on traditional dishes while using ingredients such as avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and other spices. These are non-GMO, vegan, and naturally gluten free. Each offering has 6 to 8 grams of protein and comes packaged in BPA-free, microwaveable pouches.



Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread


This certified gluten-free version of cornbread from Krusteaz combines fresh corn, honey, and butter in a mouthwatering twist on traditional recipes. Here’s a helpful cooking tip: If you want to make this into a spicy version just add chopped bell peppers, chopped onions, shredded cheese and some cayenne pepper.



Cleveland Kraut

Cleveland Kraut


Cleveland Kraut makes fresh, crunchy, unpasteurized, probiotic sauerkraut. Each ingredient is hand-picked and hand-chopped, from every cabbage to each pepper, fermented using a time-tested technique, and hand coldpacked by a Clevelander before it’s shipped.  




Spinato’s Pizza Crust

Spinatos Broccoli Pizza Crust


Spinato’s has an award-winning Broccoli Crust Pizza. This crust is certified gluten-free and made with slow-roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs and hearty vegetables. These pizzas are a better-for-you alternative to traditional pizzas with 7 grams of protein and 180 calories per serving.



Bee Raw

Bee Raw Honey


Brooklyn’s Bee Raw sells honey as nature intended — straight from the hive. Working towards sustainable practices and bee health, Bee Raw offers a myriad of honey and honey-related products. The business says raw honey’s enzymes and antioxidants are especially good for putting a spring in your step.  



Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Cocomel Gift Box

Cocomels Gift Box


Hand-crafted in copper kettles, these smooth and creamy coconut milk caramels feature premium 70% organic dark chocolate and are finished with a sprinkle of flake sea salt. These old-fashioned caramels are also dairy free. It’s important to note, that this particular product is out of stock, but there’s plenty of sweet treats from Cocomel to try. For more, check out their website:

Is Medicine Gluten Free?

Those new to the gluten-free diet may find it overwhelming when faced with the long list of foods and ingredients that are no longer on the menu. Many may be surprised to discover that some unexpected items, like toothpaste or medicine, may also be on that list.

In fact, some prescription drugs and even non-prescription medication may be made with gluten. Meaning there is a chance they could cause distressing symptoms for those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. 

However, there is good news. The majority of medications do not contain gluten, but it’s always smart to take precautions, especially if you’re looking to avoid unwanted symptoms.

Determining whether or not a medication contains gluten can be tricky. Right now, there are no laws in place requiring drug manufacturers to label drugs made with gluten. That could be changing though. In April 2019, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio introduced a bill into Congress that if passed would require that all medicines containing gluten be labeled as such. Learn more about the bill and how to support getting it made into law here.

According to bill’s sponsors, if passed it “will make it easier to identify gluten in prescription drugs” and “will allow concerned consumers to know, for example, if the starch in their prescription drugs comes from wheat or corn; that small distinction is an important one.”

In the meantime, those concerned about whether or not there’s gluten in their medicine should contact drug manufacturers for more information. Alternatively, a good pharmacist could serve as a valuable resource for figuring out whether gluten was used to make medicine. For more on how your pharmacist can help, see here.

So, just how does gluten get in medication in the first place? While it’s rare for gluten to be used in a medication itself, drug makers may use wheat starch to bind the pills together. These ingredients are called excipients. To avoid ingesting gluten from medication be sure to review a medication’s inactive ingredients and whether or no gluten was used in any of the excipients.