Gluten Free part 2

If you’re just starting with a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet. It’s important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet. Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names.  Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free.

If you accidentally eat a product that contains gluten, you may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people experience no signs or symptoms after eating gluten, but this doesn’t mean it’s not damaging their small intestines. Even trace amounts of gluten in your diet may be damaging, whether or not they cause signs or symptoms. Gluten free may seem like something that’s not for everyone, but it is one thing that could help many almost all people feel healthier.

Gluten Free part 1

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale -a cross between wheat and rye. Initially, following a gluten-free diet may be frustrating. But with time, patience and creativity, you’ll find there are many foods that you already eat that are gluten-free and you will find substitutes for gluten-containing foods that you can enjoy.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and, like anything new, it takes some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diet’s restrictions. However, try to stay positive and focus on all the foods you can eat. You may also be pleasantly surprised to realize how many gluten-free products, such as bread and pasta, are now available. Many specialty grocery stores sell gluten-free foods.

In and Out part 2

Finally I couldn’t take it anymore. I was determined to get to my In and Out. I woke up on a beautiful sunny afternoon and called up my best friends. We were all back in town and were all craving the sweet sweet burgers. I swallowed my sickness, toughened up and drove to meet my girls. Just the sight made me fall in love. The bright red white and yellow sign rose above and all my sleepiness melted away. I ordered my double -double with animal style fries and a chocolate malt shake.  I waited the 15 minutes and heard my order number called. I ran to the window and told all the employees to have an amazing day. I grabbed my food and took the most anticipated bite. It was my dreams come true. My beautiful In and Out had not disappointed me. Boy do I miss it.

In and Out part 1

The smell of freshly fried potatoes, the juiciness of non-frozen burgers, and the secret to the delicious sauce, all of these things cause my mouth to water. The anticipation was killing me. All I wanted was the taste of my amazing In and Out. I couldn’t wait to get off the plane at LAX and race down to the nearest one. Yet when I landed food was the last thing on my mind. I started feeling sick and queasy. I could barely stand the scent of the freshly brewing coffee. All I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and sleep this awful feeling. My beloved In and Out would just have to wait.
The next day this feeling was still with me. I was so tired and just feeling awful that I couldn’t function properly. I was sluggish and just completely fatigued. All of the delicious home cooked meals I wanted to have sounded and smelled amazing but as soon as I looked at them my appetite was go. How was I going to eat the amazing non-frozen food I so dearly missed? This was a problem that I had to fix. I started drinking water every second to rehydrate myself. I took extra naps and attempted to eat some toast and fruit. Boy was that a mistake. I began to be so depressed. All I wanted to do was eat and eat and eat and enjoy this beautiful food that’s not from awful Sodexo. But here I was dying in bed with a dreadful stomach ache that would allow me the pleaser of good food. What was a girl to do?

Setting the Mood part 2

Now if you have a girl/ boy next door you probably don’t want to take them out to a fancy restaurant where the cheapest thing on the menu is a $20 salad. Instead show off your cooking skills and make them a simple dinner and go on a beautiful picnic. (If you invite them over to stay in that shows that you may be cheap and don’t want to try very hard.) Homemade food and a romantic picnic at sunset, what more could a girl want?

Food is the gateway to the heart. Instead of using words, use food to show your feelings. A nice meal can start a new relationship based on good conversation, great food, and amazing memories. First dates may be a scary thing, but food can always make things better.

Setting the Mood part 1

Asking someone out on a date is a very scary thing. First you have to get up the courage and actually use words to speak to the special individual, and if they say yes then you must start planning this said date. Most people jump to the easy ideas like a movie or the better choice, dinner. Food is always the way to someone’s heart.

Whether it’s a romantic candle light dinner or a casual picnic in the park, the food is always a gateway to the heart. You can discover so many things about a person by the food they like. Food is what we have dinners over to discuss important information or family affairs, so why not get to know someone with it.  Now after your special someone says yes to the date it’s time to plan. First think “What kind of person are they?” do they live life extravagantly or are they the girl/ boy next door?

The Comfort of Food part 2

Imagine being away at college for three months and walking in to your house during Thanksgiving dinner. The smell of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, and a delicious pumpkin pie with whipped cream all pop out at you. That’s what home is, the memories of the holidays from when you were a kid. Just the thought of these smells triggered something in your brain telling your imagination to recall all the happiness you once felt. Smell is one of the most powerful senses; it can cause you to remember minor details that you never could imagine. That’s what comfort food should do, it should make you remember your childhood and all the happiness you felt.

Food has many beneficial qualities to it besides the nutritious value.  Love, happiness, sweet memories of your childhood; these are all the things comfort food gives you. When feeling stressed, worried, or homesick try some comfort food. Think of your most favorite childhood food and remember all the good times you had when eating it. That’s what comfort food is for. To make you remember what truly makes you happy and ease the stress of being away from your family.

The Comfort of Food part 1

The world is a chaotic place filled with stressful issues and difficult times. Coping with these troubles may seem like a lost cause, but don’t lose faith just yet. I’ve got a secret that could save you those worry lines. What better way to relax and unwind than spending several hours in the kitchen baking or cooking something delicious? Food has so many benefits that people don’t even know about. Even though we all know we need food to survive, did you know that not only the taste of comfort food makes us feel better but also the smell does too.

Chicken Soup For The Soul

The one thing that always makes me feel better when I’m sick is chicken noodle soup. There’s just something about the combination of veggies, pasta noodles, and chicken. Just the smell of my moms home-made chicken noodle soup makes me feel a million times better. This fall I have been noticing that many people have been suffering for the awful flu. This is an easy recipe most college students can make. It’s very simple and doesn’t have too many steps.

Ingredients:

1.Pre-cooked chicken breast

2.6 carrots, chopped

3.4 celery stalks, chopped

4. 2 ½ teaspoons salt

 Directions:

1.Cook pasta noodles in a separate pot

2.Place the chicken in a large pot. Cut 3 of the carrots and 2 of the celery stalks into 1-inch pieces. Add the cut vegetables to the pot with the salt and enough cold water to cover (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top, about 30 minutes

3.Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool. Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. Return the broth to the pot. Thinly slice the remaining carrots and celery. Add them to the broth and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. When the chicken is cool enough to handle and add it to the soup.

Cheesey Goodness

One of the most favorite and beloved comfort foods is mac and cheese! The gooey cheese flowing over the noodles. Mixed with the perfect amount of butter and salt, topped with bread crumbs. Oh gosh just the thought of my moms home-made mac and cheese is making my mouth water. This is one of the most amazing comfort foods out there. The warmth fills your heart with the love that was put in to the creation of the dish.

Ingredients:

1. 1 package of macaroni

2. 1lb sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)

3. 1 tablespoon butter

4. 1 (12 fluid oz) can Evaporated Milk

5. salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

2.Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Place a quarter of the macaroni in the bottom, followed by an even layer of one-quarter of the cheese slices. Dot with butter and season with salt and pepper. Repeat layering three times. Pour evaporated milk evenly over the top of all.

3.Bake, uncovered, for one hour, or until top is golden brown.