The Juiced Olive – December 2018

By Ronda Hossfeld

As I have said before, abs are made in the kitchen, having the proper foundation is very important to living a healthy lifestyle. Some of us are faced with medical/health issues beyond our control, we have to learn how to cope and adapt. One Important health issue/concerns/sensitivities is Celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity. In today’s society gluten is everywhere, especially in places you are not aware of. 

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

such as:
Oats, granola bars
Soups and sauces-pre-prepared or canned soups and sauces, especially ones that are cream based
Processed fruits and veggies as well as dried fruit and pre-prepared smoothies
Packages potatoes 
Beverages- beers, ales, lagers, malt beverages, malt vinegars.
Medicines, vitamins and supplements

Many people have have gluten sensitivities. If you are having health issues and are unsure if the cause, please see your doctor. 

If you choose to reduce glutens in your diet there are many options and alternatives to choose from. For a list of alternative food choices please visit  You can also get recipes for gluten-free meal options online, as well as many cook books. It may seem as if you are cursed and now limited to a very bland diet, that in fact is not the case. Just because you are choosing gluten-free does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor. is a wonderful website loaded with gluten-free recipes. You can also try Pinterest. I wish you the best of luck! If you’re anything like me I am more of a Pinterest fail when it comes to recipes. 

I will admit I love pancakes, and my friends can attest. I have experimented with many recipes some good and some ended up in the garbage. My husband is a trooper and eats them with a smile on his face. Below is my favorite gluten-free pancake recipe – try tweaking it by adding different flavors of protein powder.


 Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
 Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 296 kcal

2 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
2 medium bananas
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of any choice


Place all ingredients, in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.

Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium low heat.Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter. Recipe Notes, feel free to use any milk in this recipe. It is best to place the liquid ingredients in the blender first, as this will help the blender to work more efficiently.

Homework: Try a gluten-free recipe. Share a link to your recipe and let us know if you family could taste the difference or if the dog ate well that night. Take pics! We are even interested in Pinterest fail recipes and pictures. Eat well!