Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dr. Gullo's Diet Treats

Two weeks ago I was visiting my family in Long Island when I noticed how much weight certain family members had lost.  I was shocked.  It was a good 20-30 pounds!  I said to both, how did you loose so much weight and what diet are you on?  They told me point blank Dr. Gullo. 

Dr. Gullo believes that if you follow a strict plan that includes 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day you will lose weight, but the catch is that your meals and snacks must be healthy and portioned.  (For example: natural popcorn, 7 strawberries, 1 Chocolite Bar, 1 apple, fiber Crisps, Greek Yogurt as snacks and plenty of fish, chicken and greens for meals...).

He recommends these Chocolite Bars.  Chocolite bars have a lot of protein and fiber.  This bars keeps you full and in addition gives you that chocolate fix you wouldn't be able to have on other diets.

These bars are low in fat and only 95-115 calories per bar with great flavors like Chocolite Turtle, Cookies And Cream, Cashew Caramel, Triple Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Bar, Coconut Almond and Smores. The best part is they are gluten and wheat free.  Yay!  I was shocked to see that a yummy bar like this that is used for diet plans was gluten-free.  

These bars are even acceptable for the Atkins and Weight Watches diets!  You can also navigate the site by how those on a Weight Watchers Diet use these bars, or how a person on a low sugar/low carb diet uses these bars.  There are many ways to navigate the website where you can purchase these bars.

Another great product from this nutritionist and website are the Vita Bites.  These are like the size of a miniature Peppermint Patti and is filled with Caramel and covered in Milk Chocolate.  The catch?  An ever so slight after taste, because there is 1000 units of Vitamin D and 500 IU of Calcium.  These two vitamins can run deficient when a patient is diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  And the Caramel version is Gluten-free and Wheat Free.  Score! 

I absolutely love these products, and there is no added sugar in any of them.  Sweet!  I strong recommend these products.  You'll be shocked when you try them.  So good!

xoxo Julie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Stanton Social-LES Eatery

There is nothing more that I love then seeing a fabulous trendy restaurant with an excellent Chef cater to me, one of the members of the gluten-free community.  Stanton Social has been recognized for it's amazing tapas created and designed by Chef Chris Santos.  Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this sexy bistro serves multi-ethnic shared dishes like Red Snapper Tacos, Lobster Salad Lettuce Sliders and Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi.  The best part is the gluten-free menu is amazing!  I have dined there at least three times since going gluten-free and I am satisfied everytime.

Upon my diagnosis I thought this bistro would be ruled out forever.  I figured with CD how could I eat here.  Then I heard a while back, Chef Chris Santos felt the need to add in a gluten-free menu.  Well bravo.  More restaurants should be doing this.

Now this doesn't mean that cross contamination is ruled out, but according to the wait-staff and Chef, they do their best to eliminate cross contamination as much as they possibly can.  That's hopeful.

I happen to have on hand their gluten-free menu and it is superb!  When it comes to dinner they have a printed out menu.  When it comes to Lunch, the waiter is there to guide you with their regular menu and what they can do gluten-free.  For brunch I had the Eggs Brushetta minus the bread (mouth watering)!, The Red Snapper Tacos and the Lobster Roll minus the bread.  The tapas dished are served with three on the plate, and if you are not sharing I'd advise you to order 3 dishes just for yourself.  Although this bistro promotes sharing, I find that if you share you should order at least 2 dishes of the same thing.  The dishes are small.  Choose from an array of desired dishes and indulge gourmet style.

                                                                                           GF Eggs Brushetta

                                                          GF Red Snapper Tacos

                                            GF Lobster Lettuce Sliders

This restaurant is trendy and has a great scene/ambiance.  I look forward to dining there as the experience is one of those amazing scenes you will want to be a part of.  Stanton Social has an amazing buzz.  Located on 99 Stanton Street between Ludlow and Orchard Streets, New York, NY 10002.  (212) 995-0099.

I am also loving that you can make a reservation for this sexy spot directly from their website, who is partnered with, the best place to get your restaurant ressie without the hassel of a phone call.


xoxo Julie

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christina's Market

For those of my readers that are Jewish, I hope you all had an easy fast!  I was home this weekend for Yom Kippur and upon arrival it had occurred to me that I had forgotten to bring my frozen gluten-free bagels with me for Break-Fast.  I was annoyed.  I thought, where was I going to get GF Bagels in Muttontown, Long Island, and on Yom Kippur.  Arrgh.

My sister and I were out picking up bakery platters when I phoned my step-mom.  She's not so up on the gluten-free lifestyle, but I remembered her mentioning a market nearby that has a gluten-free section.  She reminded me that it was called Christina's.  This is a gourmet market in East Norwich, Long Island.  It is a supermarket that has a bit of everything with that WholeFoods ambiance.  It's gourmet.

Chocolate Covered Coconut in divine Milk, Dark or Vanilla Chocolate

Upon walking in I thought for sure that the gf section would never be as big as Whole Foods or Westerly Market.  I was proven wrong.  I have never seen such an amazing section and selection!  I was in awe.  I whipped out my Blackberry and started snapping pics in the freezer section.  They had everything from gf burritos to gf pizza pies, an array of gluten-free bagels like Udi's, Glutino and Rudi's.  They had gf cakes, cupcakes, sweets and donuts, frozen gf dinners and muffins.  Tons of brands, and all the good ones.  I was so shocked.  My five minute run-in with my sister in the car ended up being a 20 minute "to do".  Poor Jen, sitting in the car waiting, fasting, not having a clue what i'm doing in the market.  I turn around to their cracker/cookie/pasta aisle and I am blown away.  Tons of pasta brands, shells, spagetti, rigatoni and more.  Crackers galore, gf ice cream cones, ice creams, cookies like Mary Gone Crackers and Glutino; chocolate chip, wafers and more.  This is seriously gluten-free heaven.

Ice cream cones, cake mixes, bread sticks, cookies all gluten free!

Pasta, bread crumbs, cookies and breakfast bars, all gluten free!

Brands like Mary Gone Crackers, Glutino, Josef's, Cherry Brook Farms, 
Udi's, Rudi's, Against The Grain and MORE!

And for the first time I am seeing in a supermarket gf Pound Cake!  

I was so excited to see 4 different types of Udi's bread, that I stocked up!  It is so hard to get Udi's breads in NYC.  Sometimes the stores have them, and sometimes it's sold out.  They are kept freshest in the freezer, so why not stock up...less trips to the market for me. 

The biggest bread selection I have ever seen at a Market!

I came home to tell my step-mom that Christina's was amazing.  She said I told you so.  When she originally told me I really didn't believe that the section could be so great.  For that reason I never went to check it out.  Now that I have I can surely say that I would go there over Whole Foods any day!  The section is more condensed.  It's 2 aisles filled from floor to ceiling gluten free products.  It's not spread out like Whole foods and other markets.  


xoxo Julie

Giants Stadium

For those of you who don't know, guess who's stadium has a gluten-free stand??  This time it's Giants Stadium joining the list.  Woo hoo!! Right on.  Spread the word!

xoxo Julie

Basil Chicken Paillard

Lately I have been experimenting in the kitchen.  There are times that I never follow recipes and I just make it up as I go.  That's what I love about cooking, you can just play and sometimes make a great recipes out of it.  Like in this instance.  I mixed Sesame oil with Extra Virgin Olive oil, a bit of balsamic vinegar and basil.  It's a magical experience on my palate, one that is fragrant.

In a saute pan over medium to high heat add the following:

1/4 cup extra virgin light olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
a few sprinkles of sesame oil-just a few drops-it goes a long way

bring to a boil
add thin chicken fillets into saute pan
let each side brown for a few minutes 

Reduce heat to medium.

add more oil (both sesame and olive)
add more balsamic vinegar
add Marsala Cooking Wine (Holland House is gluten-free)
add anywhere from a few teaspoons to 1/4 cup of each, depending on how well your chicken is cooking.

Cook long enough that the chicken is completely cooked through.

At the last moment add in 1 tablespoon of chopped basil.

Makes two pieces.  If you use a bigger saucepan, you can make more by adding more of each ingredient.  Double the recipe.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Basil-The forgotten Herb

I think in this world of processed foods we forget the yummiest recipes can be the easiest to make-And the healthiest.  As much as I love Arugula and Spinach, I often enjoy eating a Basil salad with Tomatoes.  They have to be grape tomatoes, because the Basil is a perfect match with the tomato.  You only need the smallest amount of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, because you want to taste the basil aroma.  The Basil aroma is extraordinary.  It has a fresh smell that tastes just as good.

It's even quite exquisite with no dressing at all.  The Basil herb is a pungent herb, you don't want to mess with its aroma.

1/2-1 cup grape tomatoes cut in halves
2 cups shredded Basil

**Can add in 1/2 cup of arugula

Sprinkle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar


xoxo Julie

Back To School Lists

Gluten-Free Snack and Candy List-This is a great list to give to teachers, babysitters, daycare or any caretaker of your child during school or afterschool hours when you as a parent are not able to care for your child.  We as parents always want what is best for our children, and especially when dealing with a Gluten-Free child we always want to be there to make sure they are not eating, digesting or playing with anything that has gluten.  However, there are going to be times when we cannot be there.  So a list like this is great to pass on.  Please add to this list that Betty Crocker frostings and GF Mixes are now being offered.

Gluten Free Basics-is a great list re-organizing your life to be gluten-free with tips on what to avoid, how to simplify.  The obvious and un-obvious rules of cross-contamination and where gluten hides.  This list also gives you ideas and planned gf menus on what to serve for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Gluten-Free Candy List-This is an older list so there may be newer things that are not on this list that are in fact gluten-free.  This list will come in handy around Halloween. 

GF Candies Info and phone number List-This list provides most candy manufacturers phone numbers so you can be proactive and call their customer service numbers for GF information.

Lists-from find great helpful hints on the gf lifestyle

Gluten Free Candy List-Did you know that Airheads, Almond Joy and Bubble Yum Gum are gluten free?  Find out more from this list.

Don't forget there are great sites out there to support a parent with a gluten-free child.  Whether you are just beginning or need a helping hand, try these sites: site designated to help parents with gf children.

Coping with has a section for coping with CD.  Gluten Free Living is a great magazine that I highly recommend anyone to Subscribe to.  From a beginner to an expert, this magazine has great articles on topics like restaurants and food to cross contamination and lipsticks along with articles from Celiac specialists, Doctor's and Nutritionists.

All about KIDS
Blogs worth checking out if you are a parent of a gluten-free child:

What To Feed Your Kids is a great blog about a family who has gone gluten-free.  You can read about their lives and the great recipes they make with their kids.  For those of you who have children and want to cook at home, there are some fun recipes on this blog like GF onion rings!  Yum!!

Gluten Free Letter For School-GlutenFreeIsLife is another great blog written by a GF Mom.  She has written a letter that she used for her son.  I think every GF mom should print this out for their children.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Slice of Heaven

In the past I have posted about Mozzarelli's, but I don't think my posts have given this amazing Italian Pizza joint enough applause.  This is one of the only two restaurants in NYC where you can go in and order a slice.  In most pizza spots around town you have to order a whole pie like at Slice or Bistango.

I am always stopping at Mozzarelli's for a slice.  It is located in the heart of Chelsea on 38 E. 28th Street near Park Avenue South.  (212) 475-6777

The pizza is cripsy and square shaped topped with oodles of veggies or pepperoni and anything other topping you might desire.  They can even do a white pizza gluten-free.  When ordering "to go" you can order a slice or design your own pie, or choose from one of their great "mobster" pies.  These are pies already made that represent the characters from the hit T.V. show The Soprano's; like Paulie's Pesto Pie- Pesto with sun dried tomato's, Mozzarella and Ricotta or Charmaine's Chicken Pie.  Every creation, every pie is worth the calories.  It tastes amazing.

So amazing that when I first tried their Pizza I called the restaurant back to speak with the chef to make sure it was indeed gluten-free.  It tasted too good, I got nervous.  He told me a tale on how he started making gluten-free pizza.  Someone in his family was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and so the chef began to make gf pizza's in hope that his niece who was at such a young age could enjoy what she used to love so much; pizza, pasta and cake.

Mozzarelli's also knows that their customer might want to indulge in gluten-free dessert.  They make their own baked goods like chocolate layer cake and NYC style gf cheesecake, chocolate biscotti and chocolate chip cookies.  And they sell by the piece as well.  They are made fresh.  Most recently Mozzarelli's took in under their wing another brand of baked goods called My Dad's Cookies.  I have tried a few samplings of these cookies and prefer Mozzarelli's home made brand.

Besides pizza and baked goods, pies and cakes, Mozzarelli's makes amazing gluten-free pasta!  From GF Fettucini alfredo to penne ala vodka.  It's so good, I guarantee you and your family will be licking your plates.

This pizza joint has both gluten-free and gluten pizza, pasta and baked goods.  It is kid-friendly, casual and not expensive.  They do delivery but close at 6:30 on week nights, so order in advance and on the earlier side.

xoxo Julie

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lara Bars

I have heard so much buzz about Larabar's since going gluten-free.  Larabar's are nutrition and fruit and nut bars. You can find these bars in most drug stores, grocers, cafe's, Health Markets and bodega's across NYC and Long Island.  But do they taste good is the question.

I have never been a fan of the bar, though there are mixed reviews.  They have a variety of flavors like Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie or Apple Pie but they taste nothing like their title.  Their names make the bars sound dreamy and tasty, though it is the complete opposite.  They taste like a chunk of mush.  They seem to all taste the same.

The only good thing? They happen to be gluten-free.  So if you are in a bind and need a bar, check out Larabar. 

I personally am not a fan.

For all of you Larabar lover's out there you can buy these online at the Larabar store.

xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Hampton Chutney

I know I have blogged briefly about Hampton Chutney's naturally gluten-free Dosa's...but it was brief.  And I had to write a more detailed post about this cafe.  I was first introduced to their naturally gf dosa's when my mom took me to their Amagansett, NY location.  This is on the far tip of Long Island; the place where celebs and trendsetters vacation for the summer.

I was there last summer, and that started my love affair for Hampton Chutney.  They have a large variety of dosas which are made from lentil flour and filled with eggwhites or chicken and goat cheese.  The possibilities are endless and the dosa's are huge.  There are 13 different dosa variations to choose from and 5 different chutney's.

A Dosa is a light, crispy, sour-dough crepe made from rice and lentils.  

My favorite is the Breakfast Dosa which has eggwhites, spinach, avocado, sundried tomatoes and your choice of either jack cheese or goat cheese.  It comes with your choice of Chutney and I like Mango.  I keep going back for breakfast and it is a ritual when I am out in the Hamptons.  Lucky for me they have two locations in NYC.  One on the Upper West Side and the other in Soho, NYC.

Each crepe though different in it's fillings are all hits at the various 3 locations in NYC and the Hampton's.  Some of the dosa options are the classic masala dosa with spiced indian potato filling or grilled portobello mushrooms, spinach and balsamic roasted onions with goat cheese, seasonal grilled corn, roasted peppers, roasted onions, arugula and jack cheese or curry chutney chicken, spinach and balsamic roasted onions.  Those are just a few to mention as there are so many other great dosa's on this list.

Be careful!  The only location with a bathroom is the Upper West Side location.  It's their nicest one.  The location in Soho, NYC is right around the corner from the 6 subway train.  Yee Haw!

Lately the press and buzz about Hampton Chutney is that they are now promoting the fact that they are gluten-free.  It's been in the paper and it's on their website.

For all you non-dosa lovers out there, Hampton Chutney also serves sandwiches, rice, yogurt and brownies-all of which are NOT gluten free.

I highly recommend this hidden gem for breakfast or brunch any day or every day!  This is one of my FAVORITE places to eat gluten-free.  I take everyone I know here, and most of my friends eat gluten.  They are blown away by the dosa's.  You will be blown away too.  You will crave it.  They are so good!

Upper West Side Location-468 Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets.  (212) 362-5050.  This location is open late and also delivers till 10pm.
Soho Location-68 Prince Street between Broadway and Lafayette Streets.  (212) 226-9996.  This location is open late and also delivers till 5pm.

Amagansett-Flagship location does not delivery.  Located in the Amagansett Square on Main Street.  

All locations are open 7 days a week.

xoxo Julie

Health King Juicery

One of my favorite places to stop by during my lunch break is Health King.  It's a hidden gem on Seventh Avenue and 38th Street, NYC.  I have worked in this neighborhood for the last ten years and have never walked into this fantastic juicer until this year.  

The juice joint is small and there is no place to sit.  You order your fruit juice, vegetable juice, smoothie, frozen yogurt or parfait and you scurry out.  The fruit and veggies are fresh as can be and they make your selections right in front of your very eyes.

Over the Summer I had read in a magazine that Watermelon juice is a healthy option to an ice pop.  Just add ice.  That is called a Fruit  Icy.  Watermelon juice over crushed iced.  It's the best treat I have had all summer.  I also recently tried Cantaloupe juice over ice and also delicious.  It is a blander juice then the watermelon but it is so refreshing.

You can make your own juice medley or choose from Health King's variety of lists.  

This gem is up on health, vitamins and what fruits or veggies will work to fix your ailments.

Not just juices, but soft serve frozen yogurt, GF Lara Bars (all flavors), GF Kind Granola bars (all flavors), GF Sesame bars and GF organic chips.  (always check the ingredients).

Check out this gem!  

Xoxo Julie

Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bars

Today I took a trip to Food Emporium on 31st St. and 3rd Avenue to do my weekly grocery shopping.  I usually go down all the aisles to check if anything gluten-free has hit my grocer's shelves and today I almost toppled into my shopping cart when I saw Natures's Valley Roasted Granola Bars GLUTEN-FREE in my cereal isle.  

They come in two flavors Peanut Butter Crunch and Almond Crunch.  I bought the Peanut Butter Crunch and I was surprised by the wonderfully sweet and salty taste.  They were extra crispy and crunchy and delightful against my palate.  This bar is a great snack.  Not only were there nuts but the bar was binded with sunflower seeds and sugary coating so it didn't crumble in my hands.  

These bars are also made from corn flour.

The only catch is that these bars are high in fat! 13 grams of fat, 190 calories and 180 grams of sodium.

xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-D'Agostino's Grocery on 38th and 3rd

Loving that D'Agostino's on 38th Street and 3rd Ave has a small gluten-free section! That's good news.  Well, not all D'Agostino locations has a gluten-free section.  The section was not huge but it was big enough to hold a variety of gluten-free products like bars,  pastas, cookies, wafers, breadcrumbs and more.  D'Agostino's is now carrying Schar, Lara Bars and Glutino.

The items I grabbed were Schar Bread Crumbs, Schar Chocolate Wafters, Schar Shortbread with Chocolate and Glutino Pretzels.

So if you are in the Murray Hill NYC neighborhood don't forget to stop by their 38th and 3rd avenue location.


xoxo Julie

Monday, September 6, 2010

Laughing Cow Cheese

Yay!  I'm so excited!  Laughing cow cheese is all gluten-free!  What a relief!  I had a laughing cow cheese wedge over the weekend with veggies and I contemplated if it was really gluten-free.  I didn't react but I didn't double check either.  As per my research tonight, their website confirms that their products are gluten-free.

For all of you dieters out there, this is a great snack on Buckwheat toasts or some veggies like carrots, celery and string beans.


xoxo Julie