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Gluten-Free Goodies Galore

by caroline

This is what we're munching on this afternoon …

But before we get to those delicious details, let's talk about the yum-factor that went on yesterday.

As I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter, Dan and I had an opportunity to hit up the Dorothy Lane Market Health Fair yesterday. I love events like this because not only is there an opportunity to try lots of tasty samples, but there is always so much information available and new products to learn about.

The folks at DLM set up the exhibits throughout their Springboro store, making it convenient to shop while you browsed the tables and talked to people about their products.

The health fair also featured a setup in the store's upstairs department where people could learn about wellness practices, like reflexology, chiropractic adjustments, skin cancer, deep tissue massage, and much more. A free massage sounded pretty tempting, but the line was a bit long for me!

My favorite part of the fair was talking to the wonderful exhibitors and learning about their wonderful products. I found gluten-free beauty products by Organique that are to-die-for (they smell so good, you'll want to eat 'em), Emerald City Sencha Green Tea Powder, AllerEnergy Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free (and lots of other -Frees) Soft Pretzels and Marshmallows, "Forbidden" Black Rice that I have been wanted to try for quite some time, Garden of Life's Raw Protein powder (raw, vegan, gluten- and soy-free), Tina's Sweet Treats (A Gluten-Free Bakery) No Rye "Rye" Bread, and tons of other goodies. I will definitely be talking about all of these throughout this week!

One of the products I was most excited about was the Emerald City Sencha Green Tea Powder. I chatted with the woman who was demo-ing the products, and she explained the powder and its several different benefits, including the fact that, because of its powdered form, you are able to consume 100 percent of the antioxidants (as opposed to brewed green tea, where you only consume 1 percent). Awesome, right?

The powder was 40 percent off as a result of the health fair, so, naturally, I had to buy it. :D

This morning I made a simple green tea smoothie with the powder, using these ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon of the Sencha Green Tea Powder
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 ice cubes

I popped all of the ingredients into the blender and voila!

You can barely see the "green" part of the smoothie, but it's there. It's just a very light hint of green! It was so nice to sit and sip this while enjoying the fresh air coming in through our open windows. It was a perfectly cool beverage for this warm spring day.

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Dan and I are off to run a few errands and enjoy a bit of this beautiful weather. Later, I will be posting that delicious quiche recipe I teased you with earlier in this post (all in good fun, I promise). It's for Day 21 of the Gluten-Free with Rachael Ray Challenge and it is DE-LISH!