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Gluten Free Open House!

Natural Health Center

4610 West Main Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Saturday Oct. 24
10 am – 4 pm

It’s our annual celebration for our gluten-free friends! Join us for all kinds of great activities and samplings … Gluten Free Sensations (cookies & granolas!), Celiac Specialties (donuts and more!). We will also have local restaurants (Pasta Pasta, Erbellis and FireBowl Cafe) that offer gluten-free menu items! Bike Raffle and other great gift baskets and giveaways!

Gluten Free Tips

…to avoid contamination in the kitchen!

  • Purchase separate jams, peanut butter, and mayonnaise to avoid bread crumbs in the shared jars.
  • Purchase a separate toaster for gluten free breads. Or- use a toaster oven that can be cleaned between uses, or place tinfoil on the rack to avoid contamination.
  • Clean counter tops and cutting boards often to avoid contamination.
  • Cooking utensils, colanders and pans need to be cleaned carefully after each use and before gluten-free cooking.

Patsy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

A good friend of ours, who has been cooking gluten-free for years has shared this great chocolate chip cookie recipe. Let us know how you like it!

Jill’s Pick!

Our “staff pick of the month” is Jill’s new favorite … gluten free, soy and dairy free Coconut Bliss Bars! They are delicious! You would never know that they are gluten and dairy free! Because they are agave sweetened they are low glycemic! To top it off they are organic and use fair trade ingredients!

Gluten-free Pampered Chef Party

From Jamie Bowman:

I am hosting a Pampered Chef party at my house on Saturday July 11th, @ 1:00. Since we are Gluten Intolerant, the Rep will be preparing Gluten Free Food, I believe the main dish is Grilled Fajitas. You are welcome to come and see what ideas they have, I am always open to new food ideas, and I do love their products. Jamie Bowman 3275 Wood School Rd, Middleville.

Forest Hills Foods

Gluten Free Sampling
Featuring Local Bakery — Midge’s Muffins
Thursday June 25 — 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Robin will be in the Tasting Kitchen offering samples of her delicious gluten free muffins.

Gluten Free Camp at Manitou-Lin in Middleville, MI

August 16 (Sunday) – 21 (Friday)

$450 is our grand camp fee for 2009.
$75 deposit is required to hold a spot. Checks made out to Camp Manitou-Lin.

Send to:
Nicole VanZwoll
3614 Ridgefield Rd.
Lansing, MI 48906

The full amount (and paperwork) is due two weeks before camp, on August 2, 2009

Ages 7 – 14 (Co-ed) Each to their own cabins.

If you have questions about this, do email me at or my camp email at or call my home at 517-886-5025.

May 1 Tasting Event


Forest Hills Foods will be holding another Gluten-free tasting event on May 1.  Marion with Pamela’s gluten free bakery will be here baking gluten free cornbread and gluten free brownies! Time: 4-5 pm.

Tasting Event

Forest Hills Foods will be holding another Gluten-Free tasting day on Monday, March 10 from 12:00-7:00 pm. Enjoy!

Cedar Point Incorporating Gluten Free

Cedar Point is working on incorporating gluten free items in the park for the 2008 season.
They have already written a section in the employee handbook about gluten and cross-
contamination. They are planning GF hamburgers & hotdogs (both with buns!), corn dogs
and chicken strips with dedicated fryers for these and the french fries.

Gary Jones is the man who is heading this up and he was very passionate about CD on the
phone. He doesn’t have any friends or family members with the disease, but has come to
realize the need for gluten free items after attending local support groups and reading
information online. He was very knowledgeable and almost had me in tears of joy to hear
his enthusiasm! He asked me to pass this news on to all my support groups.

If anyone is planning a trip to Cedar Point you can email him at to
get the most up-to-date gluten free info.

 *Thanks Nicole!

Gluten Free Camp coming at Manitou-Lin in Middleville MI

Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville Michigan has arranged a week for g/f kids to come.

Date: Aug 17 – 22
Cost: $419/week (includes meals)
10 to a cabinAges for overnight camp are 7 – 15

 *Thanks, Nicole!

Trader Joe’s, Anyone?

We’re thinking about taking a road trip over to Trader Joes…if you’re interested, drop me a line & we’ll figure out the details.

Harvest Health Hudsonville Hosts 1st Gluten-Free Fair

Join us on Saturday, February 16 from 10 am – 3 pm for our 1st Gluten-Free Fair at the Hudsonville Harvest Health Location.  We will sample a wide variety of Gluten-Free products, vendors will be on hand to talk about their products and we will feature Special One Day Pricing on certain Gluten-Free Products!  Customer drawings for baskets of G/F products. Bring your favorite – tried and true – Gluten-Free recipe to share or email it to