… Welcome to Daily Forage. I’m so glad you’re here.
Daily Forage has so much to offer, I’d hate for you to miss a thing. For this reason, I designed this page to highlight the key sections.
If you’re interested in learning more about me, you can find my personal journey here.
What makes Daily Forage tick?
Providing solutions to the gluten-free, dairy-free (GF-DF) journey is what I’m all about. We all begin somewhere but where that journey takes us will most likely be different for each of us. And since we’re all on different journeys, our stage in that journey may be different as well. Regardless of where you’re at, I’m here to help make your journey delicious, safe, and easier to navigate.
Why include dairy-free choices on a gluten-free website? Because these two often go hand-in-hand. For some, dairy triggers reactions, allergen/intolerance effects, gut destruction and immunological deterioration on the body very similar to gluten. For this reason, and because I’m dairy intolerant, all Daily Forage recipes are dairy-free. If you can tolerate dairy, not to worry. With some simple dairy-ingredient substitutions, and a bit of trial (and hopefully few errors), most recipes should give delicious results. Many of my recipes were actually adapted to dairy-free from previous dairy-loving days.
Initially Daily Forage was a GF-DF site offering recipes that simply make life “normal”. A place to learn how to create the foods that you’re used to and have loved all your life … but making them gluten-free and dairy-free.
For the newly diagnosed, or those in the beginning of the gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle …
you’ll find recipes for foods such as pizza, breads and tortillas, pasta dishes, baked desserts, creamy soups, smooth white sauce, luscious and creamy “milk” shakes, etc. These are recipes for the transitional period, while you’re most likely simply looking for real, carb-filled, sugar-full, no-apologies-needed desserts and dishes that will help you continue to feel “normal”. I still have these sometimes too – and I love sharing them with you.
As time has passed, I’ve discovered that because I feel so much better in this new gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle, I have become more interested in healthier food choices. I like tinkering with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to see if I can minimize the sugar and add in some extra protein and nutritional benefits. I like experimenting with green protein shakes and juicing whole, organic fruits and veggies. I’m taking my health and GF-DF lifestyle to a new level of wellness.
When you’re ready to transition your foods and recipes deeper into whole food choices with greater nutritional benefits …
you’ll find recipes to take you on that continued journey as well. For example, if you’re ready to begin juicing, or you wish to incorporate protein shakes and green smoothies into your healthy food choices, or you’ve heard so much about kale, there are plenty of recipes to help you go forward with whole food approaches.
All Recipes on Daily Forage include “free from” allergen symbols. I include labels on every recipe of the top allergens (gluten, dairy/casein, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, eggs, fish, shellfish) that are not included, as well as marking the recipe as meat-free, paleo, or vegan when applicable. This way you know at a glance whether that recipe is safe for your personal needs.
Yet, there’s so much more than recipes on Daily Forage.
The Getting Started Pantry Guide shares many common gluten-free and/or dairy-free pantry items and staples that you might not realize are safe. This directory makes grocery shopping easier, less stressful, and much less time-consuming. It is updated on a regular basis with new products, so be sure to check back often.
Be sure to check out my Product Reviews for products that have been reviewed in the Daily Forage kitchen. These are hands-on assessments of products where I tell you if it is an item I’d use in my kitchen. If it doesn’t meet my expectations, I clearly let you know. In addition to the product review, at the bottom of each review post I provide a link to an ingredients list post for that product. I include all the ingredients listed by the producer as well as allergen statements. Here’s an example from the bottom of my Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Sticks product review:
Again, all this is done to make it as easy as possible for you. This way you can see if the product is safe for you and whether it is something beneficial for you to place on your “open to purchase” list..
Basic knowledge is so important to staying healthy, yet can be quite confusing in the beginning, so be sure to visit this section for answers to your questions, such as “So You’re Gluten-free … Now What?”, “How Long Does It Take?”, and “Gluten and Cross Contamination Issues”. In this section you’ll also find vegan, dairy-free, and/or gluten-free cookbook reviews, health and industry news, and tips regarding cooking, lifestyle, and nutrition..
The Blog is a chronological feed of all posts on Daily Forage. This is the easiest way to find the most recent articles. If you’re looking for something more specific, there are a few of ways to search or navigate through Daily Forage. To look for a chocolate chip cookie recipe, for example, simply use the search button at the top of any page.
If you’d prefer to browse the cookie “aisle”, click on the “category” tag (as circled here), on a similar recipe.
You can also easily use the menu bar and choose from the drop-down menus at the top of any page.
Want to find a gluten-free or allergen-free expo near you? Need to know who offers gluten-free summer camps for kids? Looking for gluten-free cruises or travel info? How about getting involved in a walk to support celiac disease? You can find all of these gluten-free events in our Events Calendar.
With so much going on here at Daily Forage, I hope you’ll visit often.
I look forward to taking this journey with you. If you’d like to receive email updates when new posts are shared, please be sure to subscribe. I will never, ever share your info with anyone else. If you ever have questions that you’d rather not leave in the comments section of a post, please feel free to email me personally at info@DailyForage.com. If I cannot answer your question, I’ll try my best to connect you to the right resource.
Safe food is a journey … Thrive!™