September 2014

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September 2014

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Alice BastNote from Alice

NFCA President

Giving Our Kids a GREAT Start

If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s raising celiac disease awareness. Pretty obvious for the founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), right? I love meeting community members and hearing your celiac disease stories, especially when they involve starting the gluten-free diet, feeling infinitely better and never looking back.

As much as I wish I could say all the stories I hear have a happy ending, the fact is that’s just not true. All of your stories impact me personally but when it comes to kids, I have a special soft spot. Things are so much better for kids living with a gluten-related disorder than they were in the past, but kids face special challenges – especially in social scenarios. School years are the most formative and feeling left out or different can negatively affect kids in both the short and long term.

Yes, it’s our job as parents to help our kids not to feel “weird” about their gluten-free diets and to let them know that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We have to teach our children about food safety and, eventually, let them start to navigate their diets on their own. But, schools need to do their part to help, too.

In my ideal world, kids would be heading off to school and eating their gluten-free lunches alongside GREAT Kitchens Logo their friends in the cafeteria, without having to ask 100 questions and still worry if gluten is somehow sneaking into their food. Does that seem impossible? To many parents, it might. But to me, it’s a very real possibility that’s well within our reach. As parents, it’s our duty to be persistent in our campaign to safely feed our children and, most importantly, educate the decision makers in the school system .

How can we do this? Through NFCA’s GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps program. It’s an online gluten-free training program specifically tailored to the educational needs of the foodservice professionals working in the education system. GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps is inexpensive and not overly time consuming, despite its comprehensive information. In short, it’s a program that works. In fact, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles California, a GREAT-trained school, was recently recognized for its gluten-free-friendliness on this list of the Top 10 Gluten-Free Accommodating Colleges.

Whether your child is in grade school, high school or college, talk to the school about taking the training course. When used correctly, it makes all the difference in the world for our kids. I bet your child won’t be the only one to benefit from the training program, either.

I encourage you to start the conversation today. Head to this link to learn more about GREAT Schools and be sure to share it with your school!

Has your child’s school already taken the training program to help your child eat without fear? We’d love to hear about it on Facebook!

To our children’s GREAT health,


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Crunchmaster: Happy, Healthy, and gluten-free

Cooking with Oonagh

It’s still hot and sticky even though September is here already, so it’s time for more cool food.

Raspberry White Balsamic Vinaigrette

I used this on a salad with fresh Brie, caramelized almonds, fresh raspberries and peaches, nectarines and mangos. Drizzle on grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon.

Cucumber Yogurt Dip

This is my version. Most commercial versions contain dried herbs and are almost totally smooth. Serve this as a side with spicy dishes like chili or curry.

About Chef Oonagh Williams

Chef Oonagh WilliamsChef Oonagh’s son was diagnosed over 5 years ago with no previous symptoms. She has non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’), but with celiac disease genetic markers, and she has cousins with the autoimmune disease. ‘Like’ Chef Oonagh at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on FB where she posts links to her recipes, her Delicious Gluten Freecooking cookbook (over 200 pages), appearances on the local ABC station, products and her classes. Chef Oonagh will be speaking to the Dallas FW Celiac Support group in September and hosting a cooking class. She spoke as part of the Health and Wellness Forum at Boston GreenFest in August, will do a Chef’s demo at the Boston Local Food Festival in September, and speak at GFAF expos in Springfield MA. October and Dallas November. E-mail at [email protected]. Chef Oonagh is British, has a culinary arts degree, trained in London and Switzerland and lives in New Hampshire.

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Cook’s Corner

Back-to-School: It’s All about Your Attitude

By Silvana Nardone

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Let’s be honest. When September rolls around, we as parents get a little excited to send our children back to school. It’s nice to get back to the structured routine that the school year brings. But, when your child has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that excitement can be accompanied by some worries and anxiety, too.

It’s natural to be concerned about sending a gluten-free child to school, especially if they are very young or newly diagnosed. There are a lot of unknowns and that can cause stress for you andyour child. My very best tip for easing anxiety is being prepared. My second best tip is teach your child about their condition, what’s on and off limits, and what to do if they’re faced with a situation that they are unsure how to navigate.

Kids are resilient. They are adaptable and most importantly, they pick up on the cues of the parents. If you take a look at the positive things, embrace the gluten-free diet and accept it as the new normal, your kids will follow suit. Learning the gluten-free lifestyle is an adventure. If you explore this new territory with your child, he/she will be much more inclined to stick to their diet, even when they are away from you at school (or at parties, sporting events, after school activities, etc.).

Education and attitude are key to keeping your child healthy and happy. But, it doesn’t hurt to have some awesome recipes and lunchbox ideas up your sleeve, either. Send your child back to school with one of these recipes for lunch and all the kids will be wanting what’s in his/her lunchbox!

Dairy-Free Knock-Off Nutella

Dairy-Free Knock-Off Nutella

Gluten-Free Creamed Mushroom Soup with Toasted Herb Croutons

Gluten-Free Creamed Mushroom Soup with Toasted Herb Croutons

Gluten-Free Meatloaf Sandwich

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Meatloaf Sandwiches on Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Bread

About Silvana Nardone

Silvana Nardone
Silvana Nardone is the author of Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals and founder of, a blog that takes the guesswork out of how to feed a family with food allergies. Join the gluten-free conversation in her Facebook community or follow her on Twitter or Pinterest .

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Allergic Living Sneak Peek

Injecting Health into the Gluten-Free Diet

By Shelley Case, RD

Shelley Case, RD
The gluten-free market is exploding with a growing number of widely available specialty products. This is welcome news for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet. But while you rejoice over the many choices available at the supermarket and online, you also need to be aware that not all gluten-free items are created equal.

Get the full scoop on the nutritional value of many gluten-free products.

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Back-to-School Contest & Giveaway!

Kids Eating Lunch

Ready or not, school is officially back in session! If you’re like most parents, you might be scratching your head wondering, “What am I going to pack for the kids’ lunches?” We have the answers! (Well, actually, our community members have the answers.)

From September 2-30, we’re asking parents to send in their kids’ favorite gluten-free, lunchbox-friendly foods. No idea is too simple! We’re looking for everything from the classic peanut butter sandwich on gluten-free bread to soups, wraps, salads – you name it, we want the recipe.

NFCA will pick the top 10 recipes to include in a downloadable gluten-free eCookbook. If your recipe is chosen, you’ll win a gluten-free prize pack, courtesy of our sponsor, Thai Kitchen.

Don’t miss any of the back-to-school fun!
Learn more and sign up to receive an advance copy of the gluten-free eCookbook today.

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From the Archives: Back-to-School Resources

Every year, NFCA shares resources covering a different aspect of sending your gluten-free child back-to-school. Here are some oldies, but goodies, from the archives:Back to School Gluten-Free Checklist

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Dining Out

Help Restaurants Get Serious about Safety

Let’s face it – dining out can be a real challenge when you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. NFCA is working to eliminate these issues by training foodservice establishments on safe gluten-free food preparation.

Here’s how you can help.

  1. Look for the GREAT Kitchens seal of approval. GREAT Kitchens Logo
    Visit restaurants that are trained through NFCA’s comprehensive training program, GREAT Kitchens. Be sure to thank them for their service and encourage them to maintain their accreditation. (A generous tip never hurts, either!) If restaurants know that their training is earning the trust of their gluten-free customers, they’ll be more likely to continue making the effort to keep you safe. You can find GREAT-trained restaurants on our site or look for the GREAT Kitchens decal on the doors/windows of your local establishments.
  2. Don’t see the GREAT Kitchens seal of approval? Ask for it! Dining Tips Sheet
    Tell restaurants that haven’t taken the training course about GREAT Kitchens. We need to advocate for ourselves; restaurants won’t know that they are not keeping our community safe unless we tell them. If you’re not comfortable talking about the program, just leave the tear-off section of our Dining Tips Sheet with the hostess or manager. It gives them the information they need to pursue training.

You can learn more about NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens program at

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Coming Attractions

A Week for the Celiac Disease Community at Arenas Del Mar in Costa Rica
September 13-20 and November 8-15, 2014

Arenas Del Mar In support of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), the extraordinary and award-winning Costa Rican beachfront and rainforest resort Arenas Del Mar will host two Weeks for the Celiac Disease Communityduring the weeks beginning on September 13th and again on November 8th. This luxury resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Both restaurants at Arenas Del Mar will go 100% gluten-free for their guests’ safety and comfort. Guest chefs Monica Glass of Clio in Boston and Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia will take gluten-free dining to new heights.

The Week for the Celiac Disease Community was inspired by the Arenas Del Mar owner’s daughter, who is diagnosed with celiac disease. The family knows first-hand how gluten-free needs can affect travel and are excited to offer a worry-free week to others living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

All the kitchen staff at Arenas Del Mar will have completed NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens gluten-free training program before the community week begins. A portion of proceeds earned during the community weeks will benefit NFCA’s free programs and services.

Learn more about the Week for the Celiac Disease Community in

NFCA’s Upcoming Events Listing


Free Webinar: Back-to-School Special: GREAT Schools Lead to Great Learning Environments
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT

NFCA is excited to help you learn how you can bring GREAT Schools, Colleges, and Camps to a learning institution near you! Join us for this one-hour special program for tips on how to make the gluten-free back-to-school experience a happy, healthy, and enjoyable one for all!

Learn about NFCA’s GREAT Schools, Colleges, and Camps from its program director Beckee Moreland during this back-to-school special. Webinar participants also will hear the perspective of a school system that has already implemented the GREAT program to make its schools a safer place for children with special dietary needs through Jessie Coffey, District Nutritionist for Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska.

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Atlanta Foodservice Expo
Monday and Tuesday, October 13-14, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NFCA’s Director of Foodservice Development Jerry Norris will be heading to Atlanta, along with NFCA GREAT Affiliate Tracy Stuckrath. Together, the team will speak to foodservice industry professionals on the topic of Fact vs. Fiction: The Real Scoop on Gluten-Free Best Practices. The GREAT team is ready and excited to talk about the real need for a strict gluten-free diet for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Learn more about the expo in NFCA’s Upcoming Events listing.

Food Allergy and Celiac Convention in Walt Disney World
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Disney is well-known for being one of the top food allergy and gluten-free locations in the world, making it an ideal place for an event dedicated to awareness of food allergies and celiac disease.

Open to consumers, families and individuals of all ages, the event will include an expo area, welcome breakfast, non-dairy ice cream buffet, kids corner, raffles, recipe booklets and more! Ticket prices range from $5-$15.

Get all the details in NFCA’s Upcoming Events section.

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