Recently gluten free?  Read on for AMAZING and healthy alternatives!  (Berkeley Acupuncture)


Gluten, that thing we LOVE!  A could live on a slice of warm, fresh bread with a little butter or dunked in olive oil.  Growing up in New York, I had a bagel with butter EVERY single day for breakfast.  It’s just what we did and what they still do.

I’m smarter now, my breakfast consists of a nutritious smoothie, chock full of greens.  I am not gluten intolerant, but I do stay away from it on a daily basis and on weekends I indulge a little, but since I make a living on telling patients they have to be gluten free because of thyroid issues, autoimmune issues, inflammatory issues or maybe they are trying to have a baby… I tend to do a lot of gluten free research.  Here’s some great alternatives and resources I’ve found and I’ve tried them ALL!  And they were all YUM!

1. Mariposa Bakery on Telegraph in Oakland.  They’ve done a great job, everything is gluten free!  Cookies, brownies, quiche shells, pizza dough… and it’s all good!  Except I’ve HEARD the bagels are not really up to par, but then I am a bagel snob.

2.  Spaghetti Squash pasta…  OH!  It’s lovely!  Add some real butter or olive oil and it’s delectable.

3. Cauliflower pizza!  Yes, that’s right and I made it and it was good, remember you’ve got to get as much of the water out of the cauliflower as you can or it won’t be like dough.  Check out this recipe

4.  Quinoa is an amazing grain that is gluten free and is high in protein!  It’s also very versatile, you can simply have a quinoa pilaf for breakfast with Greek yogurt, nuts, berries and a dash of honey or use it for baking!  Check out the Queen of Quinoa’s website for some great recipes.

5. On the go and need something easy?  These Breakfast Bars are addictive!  Joanna, our massage therapist, made them for me once and by god, I couldn’t  stop eating them.  And what’s better is they are healthy.

Much love,

Christina “Mei Wen” Martin, L.Ac., Dipl.AC, MTOM, FABORM.

Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for fifteen years.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.  Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.

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