Make: The Gluten-Free Banana Bread That Actually Tastes Good

Gluten-Free Banana Bread | Photo by Rebecca Boyd

Let me just say: As someone who can eat gluten-filled grains, I’ll never make another banana bread. The beauty in the gluten-free phase (while it certainly comes with its cons) is that we’re learning to cook with different grains and bake with different flours.

As someone who is always looking to fit in more protein and fiber, baking with almond meal is pretty much as good as it gets. In some recipes, it yields a grainy finish to your baked good, but not here. This bread comes together quickly (and easily — no mixer required!), rises beautifully, and was eaten in my house in 24 hours. I literally can’t wait to make it again.

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Pass the Bread Basket: New Study Highlights Downside of Ditching Gluten 

Giving up gluten has been getting a bad rap lately: First, there was the news that folks who adhered to gluten-free diets had way higher levels of toxic metals in their blood and urine, and now, a new study, published in the BMJ, finds that, if you don’t have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten sensitivity, ditching gluten could actually backfire when it comes to your health.

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Taste Test: We Tried Starbucks’ New Avocado Spread

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Here in Be Well Philly Land, avocado is life (see our Instagram for proof). So, when we caught wind of an organic avocado spread landing at Starbucks, we knew we had to try it … for the sake of our readers, of course. Now, we have tasted the lime-y, jalapeño-y organic avocado spread that you can buy from Starbucks and put on anything you damn well please. Below, our thorough analysis. Read more »

Who Needs Delivery?: 10 Healthier (and Delicious) Pizza Recipes to Make at Home

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Snow is a comin’. And you know what happens when it snows? After a few hours cooped up in the house thinking about ordering delivery (we must fuel somehow), we pick up the phone and order delivery — and not the healthy, “Extra veggies with that, please” kind of delivery. We’re talkin’ pizza delivery. It’s warm, easy and delicious. It’s a snow-day no-brainer.

But if you’re trying to stay on your health game, a giant greasy delivery pizza pie all to yourself probably isn’t the answer. That’s where this list comes in: We have some other ways for you to temper your pizza cravings, sans guilt. Here, 10 healthier — but totally delicious! — homemade takes on pizza, from sweet potato crust to portobello mushroom cap pizzas and more. So when you’re braving the grocery store in preparation, grab a few items to whip one of these bad boys up when your pizza cravings start calling.
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Uh-oh: New Study Discovers Hidden Downside to Gluten-Free Diets 

If you’ve been to any grocery store recently, you know: going gluten-free is BIG right now, with reasons ranging from fear of chronic inflammation to gluten sensitivity to celiac disease. We’re not here to talk about the reasons people are ditching gluten in droves right now, though — we’re here to talk about a newly discovered unintended health consequence of doing so.

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The Checkup: The Caffeinated Green Smoothie Sure to Transform Your Mornings

• Raise your hand if you just chugged a cup of foul-tasting (but, hey, it gets the job done) coffee from your office’s rank communal machine. Okay, take note: Tomorrow, before you head to the office, whip up this coffee and avocado (yep, everyone’s two favorite things combined) smoothie, sure to forever improve your mornings. [Well + Good]

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Hallelujah! Shake Shack Has Gluten-Free Burger Buns Now

Shake Shack's new gluten-free burger bun | Photo courtesy Shake Shack

Shake Shack’s new gluten-free burger bun | Photo courtesy Shake Shack

Good news, gluten-free eaters! Yesterday, Shake Shack –  the spot known for its burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes, with five Philly-area locations — officially added gluten-free burger buns to their menu. Meaning: You can finally (FINALLY) get your hands on a burger sandwiched between a real, honest-to-goodness bun instead of lettuce “bun.” Go ahead, jump with joy.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Gluten-Free Pizza Edition

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The Veggie #1 from Jules Thin Crust, mentioned by Ashley Coyne | Photo via Instagram

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Finding gluten-free pizza that resembles anything close to the ooey-gooey, crunchy-where-it-should-be, just-doughy-enough goodness you’ve grown accustomed to after a lifetime of glorious, glutinous pizza can be quite difficult. More than difficult, actually — it can be downright disheartening to get hyped for gluten-free pizza time after time, only to be let down so hard by the GF alternatives that can look and feel (and taste) like cardboard. Trust me, I did the gluten-free thing for a long time, and the best option I came across was the gluten-free pizza from Papa John’s — which shouldn’t be anyone’s best pizza option, if you ask me.

Because we do not take pizza or the gluten-free life lightly, we turned to five Philly gluten-free-eating aficionados to direct us to their top gluten-free pizza finds around Philly. Tuck this post away for your next movie night — you won’t even miss the real stuff (or the horrible stomach pains that would accompany it). And note, these all pair wonderfully with a gluten-free beer (or two).  Read more »

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