Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be?
Reasons to start a gluten-free diet:
1. Some choose to try a gluten-free diet in response to feeling tired, bloated or depressed.
2. Some find that reducing gluten correlates with weight loss and an overall increase in energy.
Reasons to be wary of starting a gluten free diet:
1. Nutritionists and dieticians like Katherine Tallmadge, the author of "Diet Simple", have found many gluten-free diets to be low in fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc. These are all essential elements of a well-balanced diet.
2. Going gluten free requires a major lifestyle change. Are you willing to sacrifice the smell of dinner rolls warming in the oven? What about your Grandmother’s famous lasagna?
While it may be just what you need, consider testing other routes to a healthier lifestyle before committing to a gluten free diet. You might try dedicating more time to exercise or eating more fruits and vegetables!
Still want to go for it? Here’s what to do next:
1. Have a complete check-up with your family physician.
2. Consult with the appropriate specialists, such as an allergist for a wheat allergy and a gastroenterologist for celiac or another gastrointestinal disease.
3. If you do not have a wheat allergy or celiac disease, visit a registered dietitian to verify that you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrient-dense, naturally fiber-rich foods and that you are getting adequate physical activity.
4. Try a few simple recipes to keep you on track! We’ve got a great collection of flavorful gluten-free recipes to keep your taste buds (and belly!) happy!
5 Ways to Get Involved for Autism Awareness Month
Educate Yourself: It's important to be aware of the issue at hand. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with others. The cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention, which is an important endeavor considering the fact that in 10 years, the annual cost will amount to between $200 and $400 billion.
Eat Well: Digestive issues are common in autism spectrum disorders, making fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut a great addition to any diet! Share a simple pastrami sandwich on rye with someone you love and relish the health benefits that a dose of delicious, tangy Silver Fleece Sauerkraut can provide!
Make a Statement: The Autism Society recommends a few ways to spread the word. Here are a few simple ways to advocate for this cause!
- Place the NAAM logo badge on your blog, Facebook profile, Twitter page or other social media site! Customize it to include your logo too!
- Download a toolkit of visual and content resources to help you celebrate National Autism Awareness Month!
- Create your own National Autism Awareness Month event!
- Sign up for e-newsletter Autism Matters to continue sharing ideas on how to make a better world for autism here.
- Share your own experience or stories with NAAM or autism!
A Healthy Solution
Approximately 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two.*
*National Council on Aging
The risk for many cancer types begins with chronic oxidative stress and chronic unwanted inflammation. Foods, like tomatoes, provide us with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support are often foods that show cancer prevention properties.
Diabetes affects 12.2 million Americans aged 60+, or 23% of the older population.
Studies involving tomatoes have shown that its antioxidant properties offer protection to the kidneys and bloodstream, two areas that are frequently affected by diabetes.
From cardiovascular heath to skin health, the effects of aging become more apparent with time. With a whole foods diet, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case!
The lycopene in tomatoes appears to strengthen skin by inhibiting the activity of collagenases—enzymes involved in the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Collagen helps ensure the firmness and elasticity of your skin and prevents wrinkling.
Which canned tomato product will you incorporate into your diet today for a healthier tomorrow?
Are You a True Dei Fratelli Foodie?
What separates the average Dei Fratelli fan from the "dei-hard" Dei Fratelli lover? Take this quiz to find out where you fall on the spectrum. You just might discover a recipe hand-picked for your degree of Dei Fratelli love ... and you will be entered to WIN a Dei Fratelli gift pack!
Take the quiz for a chance to WIN: Keep count of all the number of A’s, B’s, and C’s you choose.
- You see three Dei Fratelli products in your grocery store. Which do you pick up?
- A. Dei Fratelli Traditional Pasta Sauce
- B. Dei Fratelli Chopped Italian Tomaotes
- C. Dei Fratelli Truly™ Veggie Juice
- A. Refrigerate the leftovers and pack ‘em up for lunch the next day.
- B. Why wait until lunch tomorrow? Anyone up for Dei Fratelli for breakfast?
- C. Leftovers? What leftovers?
- A. "I think I have some pizza sauce from last night in the back of my fridge."
- B. "I’ll make a special trip to the grocery store."
- C. "Hmmm ... How about a ‘sauce-less’ pizza made with Dei Fratelli Chopped Tomatoes? I think YES!"
- A. A quick Dei Fratelli Easy Reuben Dip
- B. A hearty Dei Fratelli Baked Hamburger Casserole
- C. An impressive Dei Fratelli Spinach Tomato Tart
How did you score?
Mostly A's: You’re a Loyal Dei Fratelli Fan
You enjoy each flavorful bite Dei Fratelli gives you, but you like to keep it simple. Try our Easy Tomato Cucumber Canoes!
Mostly B's: You’re a Dei Fratelli Warrior
Nothing gets between you and the robust taste of your Dei Fratelli. Add this delicious Spicy 3 Cheese Tomato Homemade Ravioli to your recipe book!
Mostly C's: You’re a Dei Fratelli Addict
There certainly is nothing wrong with that! Explore the sweet side of Dei Fratelli by trying our Tomato Juice Cookies!
Kitchen Clean Up!
In the busy world we live in, cleaning your kitchen may not always make the top of your
To Do list. Here's a quick list of our chef's kitchen cleaning tips you want to
sweep under the rug.
- Unless it's visibly growing mold, you might not think you need to clean your sponge THIS week. Since you probably thought the same thing last week, toss your sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds to zap any growing bacteria.
- Even though logical thinking would lead you to believe your dishwasher would be fairly clean, it's important to give your dishwasher a little extra TLC. After scooping out any debris at that bottom, place a dishwasher safe cup filled with vinegar on the top shelf and run a hot cycle. Vinegar helps to remove soap scum and odors.
- Cleaning out the inside of your refrigerator is one of those chores that leaves you feeling liberated and super organized, right? But don't forget about underneath and on top. Swipe above and around your fridge with a disinfectant wipe. These areas tend to collect lots of dust, lint and plenty of other things you’d never expect to find under the fridge.
- Kitchens are one of the most high traffic rooms in a house. Be sure yours isn't turning into a breeding ground for germs by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. This includes the microwave handle and buttons, the refrigerator handle and any light switches.
- Cleaning your coffee maker means more than tossing your pot in the dishwasher. About once a month, pour a half water, half vinegar solution in your machine and brew a pot. Finishing the thorough cleaning by repeating 2-3 times with an all water solution. This helps to clean oil residue and and water deposits collected from the daily use.
Think you're getting enough lycopene? Think again!
Lycopene gives tomatoes their red pigment and acts like an antioxidant to protect your heart from cardiovascular disease! The heat generated from the way we make our tomatoes allows for the lycopene in tomatoes to more easily be absorbed by your body, making our tomatoes an even healthier choice for your heart! Here are 3 different ways to make sure you’re getting the lycopene you need to keep your heart healthy.
- The Tomato Egg Scrambler is a delicious breakfast dish rich with lycopene from Dei Fratelli Whole Tomatoes
- On the go? Here's a quick, Refreshing Smoothie recipe so you can take your lycopene with you!
- Your heart will skip a beat over this Creamy Tomato Gorgonzola Sauce over Herbed Polenta recipe!
Cooking Safety Tips:
Here are a few tips to serve food safely:
- Wash food-contact surfaces with hot, soapy water before preparing each food item to evade spreading bacteria.
- It is important to use separate knifes and cutting boards for fruits, vegetables and meat. Even melons can contaminate a clean knife with a not so clean rind!
- Refridgerate leftovers within two hours to avoid bacteria growth that can cause illness.
- Be sure to bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating to rid of any potential bacteria that may have developed.
- Eat refridgerated leftovers within four days. If it doesn’t smell right, don’t chance eating it.
The Perfect Picnic Activity Guide:
Traditional Yard Games: Backyard games like Horseshoes, Croquet and Bocce are great for picnickers of all ages. Even sports like volleyball can be made into whole-family fun by using a beachball instead of a regular volleyball.
- Scavenger hunts are a perfect way to get everyone involved. Simply create a list of interesting things that can be found around the park and send your guests in teams of two or three. The first team with a picture of all the items wins!
Water Games: Is there a better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than with some H2O fun?
- Water fight – Place water guns and pre-filled water balloons in a baby pool full of water and let everyone have at it. Just make sure everyone knows they might get soaked.
- Water Tug-of-War – Place a sprinkler in between 2 teams on opposite ends of a large rope. The team that pulls the other team into the sprinkler wins!
- Sponge Tag – Mark off boundaries and place a large, soft sponge in a bucket in the middle of your play area. Whoever is “it” tries to tag players with the wet sponge. Once a player is hit with the sponge, they are “it” for the next round.
Rainy Day Options: Always have a back-up plan in case a thunderstorm moves in on your picnic. A gazebo or picnic shelter can keep you dry, but it is also important to also keep your guests entertained.
- Go Fish – Always keep a few decks of cards on hand and shoot for group-friendly games like "Go Fish".
- Board Games – Interactive group games like Twister are a perfect way to pass the time while you are staying dry.
Grillin' & Chillin' Tips:
- Clean Grates = Clean Cooking. Grease and oils from past grillings can taint the taste of your food. Even grease on the bottom of the grates can vaporize and affect the flavor of your meal.
- Don't Fear the Sear. Preheat your grill for at least 20 minutes before you start grilling. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact and keeps the insides juicy.
- Play It Safe. One third of all fires involving grills start on exterior balconies or non-enclosed porches.
- No Fish Story. You may think of meat as your only grilling choice, but don’t forget the fish. Just remember to keep your fish cold until you’re ready to throw it on the grill. Be sure to pat the fish dry – it’ll help prevent it from sticking to the grill grate.
- Give It A Rest. After grilling, always let your meat rest on a clean platter and tent with foil for 10 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute evenly. You should serve fish immediately.
- Refrigerate! Always refrigerate meats while marinating and never baste your meats with the marinating liquid. Start fresh with new marinate.
- Stay Safe. Fire departments nationwide respond to an average of 7,900 fires involving grills and BBQ’s each year.
- Cook it Through. Ensure your meat is cooked thoroughly by using a meat thermometer.
- Clean Up. Use separate utensils, plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked meats.
Use the following temperature guide:
Celebrate National Seafood Month!
While pasta is the classic base for tomatoes and tomato sauce, the possibilities are endless with fresh seafood, as well. Pick up your favorite fresh catch of the day and try out one of our fabulous sea-worthy recipes!
- South of the Border Salmon
- Shrimp Gumbo
- Creole Shrimp and Rice
- Tomato Tuna Casserole
- Sicilian Shrimp with Asiago
Turn Heavy into Heavenly!
March may be National Nutrition Month but we want to share some ideas to make your meals better for you all year round. You can be sure that using any of our products will add nutritious benefits to your meal while adding superior flavor! Check out a few of our favorite tricks to turn heavy meals into heavenly! Or try this recipe for a healthy pasta topping!
- Top vegetables with pasta sauce versus cheese or butter.
- Substitute the pasta in your favorite pasta recipe for spaghetti squash.
- Substitute any cream based dressing or dips with salsa.
- Top a whole wheat wrap with pizza sauce and add your favorite veggies and arugula for a new take on pizza.
- Make mac and cheese with non-fat greek yogurt instead of milk and butter, add in a can of chopped tomatoes for added flavor and additional health benefits.
Age Well with Mighty Tomatoes!
Fight off those “growing pains” with antioxidant-rich tomatoes. More than just good for you today, they’re good for your health in years to come! Find out how mighty tomatoes make being healthy easier!
- Lycopene, found in cooked tomatoes, and beta-carotene promote healthy aging of the skin by preventing damage from the sun.
- Lower your risk for prostate cancer by eating cooked tomatoes paired with fats or oils. Fats help the body absorb lycopene, which can significantly lower your risk for this type of cancer.
- Tomatoes are rich in lutein, which is also found in our retinas. Eating tomatoes can promote healthy vision and lower the risk of cataracts.
- Potassium rich tomatoes help with joint pain, make you feel energized, maintain body fluids and a healthy heart rate
- Antioxidants in tomatoes can improve cardiovascular health in both men and women with Type 2 Diabetes.
- A serving of tomatoes has about 2 grams of fiber, which supports healthy digestion.
- The mix of potassium, lyocpene and calcium in tomatoes can help prevent osteoporosis by building bone mass.
Fresh Off the Vine: A Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Most households know that diets rich in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish and more can enjoy easy, healthy and tasty gluten-free lives. And that children and adults alike that suffer from Celiac disease, autism and even ADHD can often benefit from limited gluten from their diets. But in honor of Celiac Awareness Month in May, we thought it might be fun to share some foods that "are allowed" in a gluten-free life ... and some recipe ideas from your naturally gluten-free friends at Dei Fratelli!
Mayo-Clinic Allowed Gluten-Free Foods
According to the experts, many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:
- Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
- Fresh eggs
- Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
- Fruits and vegetables (like tomatoes!)
- Most dairy products
Busy Bee Salad
Smokin' Santa Fe Succotash
Tomatoes ... the Perfect Fruit
Did you know that tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C, providing 40 percent (from 15-30% per serving depending upon the product) of your daily value? They also contain a healthy portion of your daily value of vitamin A, potassium and iron.
The red pigment in tomatoes is called lycopene. Research suggests that lycopene acts as an antioxidant and can help people stay active even in old age. In fact, recent studies conducted by Harvard researchers have suggested that lycopene can even help prevent cancer. The study discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomato sauce a week (or the equivalent of 10 slices of pizza) can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent!
What's more, cooking tomatoes in olive oil allows your body to better absorb the lycopene within. Tomatoes also don't lose any of their nutritional value during processing. Freshly canned and processed tomatoes, like those we make, have actually been found to have a higher lycopene content than garden tomatoes ... So eat up!
Dei Fratelli is Naturally Gluten-Free
You've probably heard the talk. Everyone is suddenly interested in gluten-free food. Why?
Gluten is the general name used to describe proteins found in wheat and other cereal grains. Wheat, barley, rye and oats have been excluded from "gluten-free diets" because they have been found to be problematic with individuals who suffer from an allergy to gluten.
But the good news is that all Dei Fratelli products are naturally gluten-free. Interested in learning more about a gluten-free diet? Click on any of the following links for more information.