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Tuesday
Mar262013

Litehouse Gluten-Free Freeze-Dried Herbs and Spices

stacked moving boxesMoving to a New Place on a Gluten-Free Diet

I have to say, I love being back in New York. I grew up on Long Island and it just feels "right" to be back here again. I think the whole family is happy with the move.

But moving for a celiac and someone with food sensitivities brings a few challenges. Our family doesn't use many processed foods, but there are a few we do still use. Brands that we found to be safe in Florida sometimes aren't available here, so we've had to make some changes. Unfortunately though, with trying new brands comes quite a few days of being sick until we're able to find those that cause no reaction.

But Do I Really Have to Worry About Spices on a Gluten-Free Diet?

We've been having issues with spices. Some spice companies, even those with certified gluten-free labels, were causing issues for our family. Why? You have to remember even certified gf products contain small amounts of gluten. For some that might not be an issue, but for those sensitive souls like our family, even trace amounts are starting to cause a reaction.

But My Spice Company Says All Their Products are Gluten-Free

This may be hard for newbies to hear, but manufacturers will often say anything to sell a product. Many products are labeled gluten-free and they're not. Anyone can say their product is gluten free.

Best Options

I'm revising many of my recipes now to use spices and herbs straight from the plant. For instance, only using cloves of garlic, minced, instead of garlic powder or garlic salt. I generally keep some chopped parsley, cilantro and dill in resealable bags in the freezer.

Litehouse Spices and Freeze-Dried Herbs

If I can't use the spice or herb straight from the plant, I turn to Litehouse spices. We have had no reaction to their spices or herbs, and I recently discovered that several others who are very sensitive to gluten were also using Litehouse spices without incident.

several nearly empty bottle of Litehouse gluten-free dried herbs and spices

Litehouse Products

Litehouse make several spices, herbs and blends: 

  • Freeze-Dried Basil
  • Freeze-Dried Chives
  • Freeze-Dried Cilantro
  • Freeze-Dried Dill
  • Instantly Fresh Garlic
  • Instantly Fresh Ginger
  • Freeze-Dried Italian Herbs
  • Instantly Fresh Jalapenos
  • Instantly Fresh Lemon Grass
  • Instantly Fresh Mushrooms
  • Freeze-Dried Oregano
  • Freeze-Dried Parsley
  • Freeze-Dried Poultry Seasoning
  • Freeze-Dried Red Onion
  • Instantly Fresh Salad Herbs
  • Instantly Fresh Spring Onions 

Oh, No! Running Low on My Litehouse Spices! 

I had almost full bottles of most of my spices when we left Florida. We were usually able to find the spices in the Target Supercenter stores (they keep them in the coolers in the produce section) as well as some of the grocery stores chains in Florida. 

empty bottle of litehouse spice

But now, all the bottles are almost empty. Last night I made a very, very quick chicken baked chicken. I took chicken breasts, poured a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and then had to think what spices I had left to season them. I sprinkled a lot of oregano (that jar was half full still), parsley and sea salt. Then I squeezed a bit of fresh lemon juice over them and baked them at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Surprisingly, my daughter loved it.

Finding Litehouse Products in a Store Near You

On the Litehouse site, they list where you can find their products. I just called their customer service number and they're going to call me back with additional stores in my area that might carry the spices. So far, I've only been able to find the Poultry Seasoning available at the Hannaford stores here. Unfortuantely, I don't use that seasoning too often.

You can also order any of the spices from the Litehouse site directly. It's priced slightly higher than you'd pay in the supermarket, though.

My Favorite Litehouse Spice Blend

I think my favorite Litehouse spice blend would have to be the Salad Herb Blend. It has red onion, chives and dill (which I never would have thought to put in there and it's a delicious addition!) and I just add a little sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, and there's my salad dressing. 

Update:

I promptly heard back from the customer service department at Litehouse. Fortunately there are several grocery stores in the area that carry Litehouse herbs and spices including ShopRite, Stop and Shop and Price Chopper. Let the seasoning begin!!

Reader Comments (3)

Hi Celeste,

I am really happy that you are doing these things for you and your daughter's health as I've personally experienced the benefits of not eating sugar, soy, wheat, corn, gluten, nuts (with the exception of occasional walnuts) and casein (with the exception of raw, organic, fermented grassfed milk products like homemade kefir, cultured butter and cheese) and can attest to the amazing improvement in not only my health but my memory, mood, energy levels and looks!

Have you tried incorporating fermented foods like homemade kraut or kim chee into your diet? The probiotics really help with controlling candida.

Also, see if you can incorporate more raw foods rather than cooked as that can help as well.

One other suggestion if I may is to switch to organic herbs and spices. A good online source I've used is http://www.maisonterre.net/

Great job on the blog, I've liked you on FB to keep up with your posts. Best to you!

May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Andrea, thanks for taking the time to comment and for following my blog and liking it on facebook.

It took several years, but my daughter thankfully no longer has candida. But I agree with you completely that diet and probiotics are absolutely the key to helping keep yeast in balance.

Thanks, too, for making me aware of Maison Terre. I just thought the other day that I love the Litehouse Spices, but I wished they were organic. I emailed Maison Terre to ask them about their spices and herbs.

Best to you, too!

Glad to be of help Celeste and keep up the amazing work! When people like you share what they've learned to help others who are dealing with these issues, the wave of information drowns out the drone of mainstream media to be like zombies and conform to the norm, putting profit in the corporations' pockets at the detriment of the consumer's health and wellness, which ultimately hurts our country's productivity and vibrancy, I feel.

That's why I support companies like Maison Terre who are family oriented and offer organic products, even though it may not be the most profitable thing to do, it is the right thing to do for ourselves and our planet.

=)

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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