We have carefully chosen each ingredient to provide tasty, safe, and nutritious foods for you. Our gluten and allergen free bread mixes are loaded with protein and fiber, as well as important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are all-natural, GMO Free Certified, and Kosher certified. All of our bean flours are pre-cooked for easy digestion.
We use only the highest quality gluten-free ingredients available and use no rice flours, no fillers, no additives, and no preservatives. For example, many of our ingredients such as chia flour, our bean flours, and our sweeteners (maple and organic unrefined cane sugar) are from two to thirteen times more expensive than the ingredients used in most gluten-free products. We also strive to be as allergen-free as possible while never giving up nutrition or taste.
My gluten-free bread mixes use a combination of pinto beans, navy beans and chickpeas. To make our brownie mix, a 15 ounce can of black beans transforms them into a very healthy treat! For someone with celiac disease, diabetes, gluten or other food allergies, or medical conditions, beans are a wonderful source of protein because they are naturally low in fat, are cholesterol-free, and naturally contain important antioxidants and phytochemicals. Importantly, for me as a diabetic, beans have a low glycemic index and contain complex carbohydrates, which are digested slowly by the body.
In addition to protein, beans contain fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals, such as folate, manganese, potassium, iron, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium.
The lean protein in beans helps maintain and promote muscle while beans’ complex carbs provide sustained energy.
Beans are a really great food for improved heart health, blood sugar management, improved energy, weight management, pregnancy (folate), and food allergies and intolerances.
For those of you who worry about the gaseous nature of beans, all my beans are pre-cooked for easy digestion!
I use chia seed flour (ground chia seeds) in all of my gluten and allergen free bread and baking mixes. If you open one of my mixes for the first time and see little tiny dark bits, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the chia seeds! Chia seeds are native to Central and South America and were consumed by ancient Aztecs and Mayans for the many medicinal benefits they provide. Chia is power packed with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and are also a good source of fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Importantly for a Diabetic (like myself), it is believed that chia slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. I am a supporter of Dr. Andrew Weil, of the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I recently exhibited at his 2013 Nutrition and Health Conference in Seattle.
The maple sugar we use in our gluten and allergen free mixes is actually dried maple syrup. I love maple syrup because it contains fewer calories than other sugars and is concentrated with important minerals, particularly manganese and zinc, which help with energy, antioxidant defense, inflammation reduction, immune system health, and heart health. In fact, Native Americans used maple syrup for both food and medicine, and introduced it to the newly arrived colonists. The darker the syrup, the richer the flavor, and the more antioxidants in it.
Rich in vitamins and minerals our USDA Organic and Fair Trade CertifiedTM unrefined cane sugar provides a flavorful experience in our baking mixes. Naturally gluten-free, the high quality natural sweetener is GMO free and sourced from a farmer’s cooperative in South America. By paying fair prices for the ingredient, the farmers are able to compete with factory farms, cultivate the quality of their crops, send their kids to school and build thriving communities. The organic sugar cane fields are green cut and are not burned or treated with herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. This is better for the environment, which ultimately, is better for everyone.
Researchers are confirming what Southeastern Asians have known for thousands of years: In addition to improving the taste of food, ginger is a powerful medicinal root used for ovarian cancer treatment, colon cancer prevention, morning sickness, motion sickness, pain and inflammation (especially associated with gastrointestinal distress), heartburn relief, cold and flu prevention and treatment, migraine relief, menstrual cramp relief, and prevention of diabetic nephropathy.
Additional information on ginger and its nutritional benefit can be found here.
Bananas are a great source of naturally occurring sugar and fiber, which makes them both delicious and a good source of energy. They are also relatively high in iron, potassium, manganese, B vitamins, and tryptophan.
Bananas also have compounds that aid in development of friendly bacteria (probiotic) in the colon, which in turn help improve absorption of important vitamins and minerals. In other words, bananas help in making sure that your body will benefit from all the other good foods you eat!
Bananas are truly a power food: They have been shown to help reduce depression, anemia, constipation and diarrhea. They also help protect kidney health, reduce stress, reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke, relieve heartburn, reduce acidity and irritation associated with ulcers, and improve nerve function. Who doesn’t like bananas?
As the old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In addition to being my favorite sweet fall fruit, apples are a great source of fiber, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. Apples have been linked to the positive health benefits of bone protection, alleviation of asthma suffering, alzheimers prevention, lower cholesterol, and prevention of lung, breast, colon, and liver cancers. Additionally, the pectin found in apples is helpful in the management of diabetes (something I’m very familiar with) by lowering the body’s need for insulin. (I do avoid the Golden Delicious variety because it is higher in sugar and lower in fiber than other varieties).
Millet is a wonderful alternative to wheat grain and is a great source of fiber, important minerals (manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, and phosphorus) and B vitamins. Magnesium can help alleviate asthma symptoms, migraine frequency, high blood pressure, and risk of heart attack.
The phosphorous found in whole grain millet plays an essential role in cell membranes and nervous system structures and the magnesium found in millet has also been shown to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. Foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, helps with gallstone prevention, increases insulin sensitivity, and lowers triglycerides (blood fats). A diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, have been shown to reduce risk of breast cancer.
Delicious and natural, our specialty mixes allow you to get back to enjoying the favorites you miss. What are you waiting for?
Some people say Arrowroot was named by the Carribean Arawak people from its use as a treatment of wounds caused by poison arrows. Arrowroot contains fiber, calcium, potassium, and folate. And, it is easily digestible, which is helpful in easing stomach upset and diarrhea.
Tapioca, which comes from the cassava plant, is a great source of energy providing carbohydrates, while being low in cholesterol and unhealthy fats.