This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kacey!
It seems like giving up sugar and/or gluten are becoming more and more common as eaters discover how these ingredients negatively impact their bodies. Whether this is due to an intolerance or just health preference, it can be challenging to find easy-to-make food to satisfy both these requirements and the taste buds.
Today I’m excited to present you with a giveaway that will help!
Blogger and author Amy Green has written an impressive cookbook with a whole collection of recipes, minus the sugar and the gluten, called Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.
In today’s world of hectic schedules and instant gratification, quick and simple has come to mean dinner from the closest fast food joint, pizza delivery man, or box of processed food. To most Americans, giving up refined sugar and gluten would require time and energy they just don’t have. That’s what Amy Green thought, too.
It took years for Amy to admit she had to take the leap and give up refined sugar and gluten. Amy was often depressed, moody, irritable, and frequently in bed with a migraine. Like many Americans, she struggled with her weight, trying diet after diet. Going sugar-free and gluten-free lost her sixty pounds, and more importantly, restored her health.
“I had to get to a place where I was willing to do whatever I could to live a better life,” she says. “The journey wasn’t pretty, but it taught me how precious life is. I never want to look at myself again and not like what I see in the mirror.”
You can read more about Amy’s story in the guest post she wrote for us here at Simple Organic last fall. If you happen to be in teh Dallas area, you might be interested to know that she is a presenter at the Gluten and Allergen-free Expo this coming October.
Amy’s blog is full of great recipes and resources. Be sure to visit it and while you’re there, you can grab the recipe for that delicious-looking banana blueberry gelatin pictured above (which is from her book).
About the Book
Amy founded the website SimplySugarAndGlutenFree.com to share recipes and tips for living SF&GF without giving up her busy life. The website exploded in popularity, culminating in her new book, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.
“I love finding ways to take shortcuts in the kitchen without sacrificing quality…it makes me feel like I’m getting away with something,” she says. “So I decided to put together a book that shows people healthier food can be simple and delicious. I know this is a book people can use daily to improve their quality of life.”
From healthy entrées like “make ahead chicken” and “stuffed bell peppers” to decadent desserts like ”flourless chocolate torte” and “strawberry rhubarb cobbler,” Amy’s recipes focus on meals that can be made in twenty minutes. “I do it just for right now, just for the meal in front of me. I don’t worry about what I’m going to eat two months from now. Yes, I take care of myself and plan ahead. But keeping the focus on right now takes away the obsession and fear that initially brought me to my knees.”
My mother-in-law follows a very strict diet, and while she has been sugar-free from quite some time, she has only recently begun to remove gluten from her diet. When I received this cookbook for review, I immediately bought a copy for her, knowing it would provide her with some great new recipes to try (I can’t wait to give it to her!).
I personally would love to go more sugar-free, and hopefully with some discipline and the recipes in this book, I can continue to phase out the dreaded, yet addictive, white sugar.
One lucky Simple Organic reader will win a copy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free!
Here’s how to enter:
Simply leave a comment telling us if you’ve cut out sugar or gluten. What foods do you miss, or if you haven’t (yet), what foods would you like to learn how to make sugar or gluten-free?
Giveaway will end on Sunday, August 21 at midnight, PST. Good luck!