Aug 01 2018
I’m not gonna lie, I am so thankful for these gluten-free snacks. When I found out my daughter and I needed to be gluten-free, I was super bummed. No more maple bars? Are you kidding me? I needed some GOOD gluten-free snacks.
Luckily, I was wanting to make some changes anyway and empty carbs and white flour were not in the plan.
Tweaking my diet and finding things I enjoyed still is really important to me.
I just got off the phone with a client who recently found out she had to cut out gluten and was a bit overwhelmed. I remember all too well that same feeling. Almost like a fish out of water or like you’ve gotten the rug pulled out from under you. My main concern was how I could eat at a restaurant or a friends house.
I’ve learned how to plan and eat prior to going places, just in case there were no options for me. Having back up protein bars or my smoothie with me, helps a ton too. This is my secret stash of goodies I enjoy even more than the gluten filled alternatives. I have really come to love the pizza. I can’t have any giant Papa Murphy’s family sized vegetable pizzas anymore, which has helped with my waist line!
Another thing my friend just brought to my attention…you can get these at Target, stock up and store in the freezer AND I use my Red card for the added 5% discount. Udi’s, Rudi’s and Amy’s for the win! All awesome gluten-free snack approved!
What are your fave gluten free treats? Did you freak out when you found out you couldn’t have it? What’s the one thing you miss the most? Mine is maple bars obviously ? please share this if you know someone who needs some comfort food that won’t tear up their stomach.
Jul 05 2016
Healthy Trail Mix!
My all time favorite snack mix! This trail mix is where it’s at!
Maybe because it has dark chocolate in it, or maybe because I know the exact ingredients?? 😉
Homemade Recipe for Trail Mix:
- Organic Dark Chocolate
- Organic Almonds
- Organic Tart Cherries
Very difficult to make! 😉 I have made myself get in the habit of checking all ingredients before I throw something in my cart! Most dried fruit have preservatives (aka toxins) on them and the more toxins in our bodies, the harder it is to lose weight. The great part that I love the most is that my kids love it. I don’t add a ton of chocolate in there, but enough to make everyone happy. We as a family eat a lot of almonds, they are a great healthy source of fat. The pairing with dried tart cherries are something we have consistently, then when the dark chocolate is added, it becomes a really delicious treat!
Apr 18 2016
Avocado Brownie Recipe
I can successfully say my desserts are all mapped out for the week ? Food prep is vital, right? I have a Paleo strawberry rhubarb crisp I’m making tomorrow and NO I’m not pregnant. Just love playing with desserts that have no harsh sugars in them like this brownie recipe. But for realzies, this brownie dessert is the bomb and way easier on our “gut” than a box. Knowing the exact ingredients in our food is SUPER important!
~1 medium ripe avocado
~1/4 cup melted coconut oil
~1 large egg
~1/2 cup maple syrup
Blend it all up and then add in the dry ingredients:
~3/4 cup cocoa powder | unsweetened
~1/4 Pamela’s GF Baking mix or GF flour
~1/2 sea salt
~1/3 cup dark choc chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. Pour into pan and bake for 33-36 minutes until done. I let the kids decorate their brownie section with tiny marshmallows and it came out yummy. Not only did they like it…but they loved it! So did my hubby. This was his one dessert for the week and he demolished it! I didn’t know if it would be very good, but it was a hit and we will be making it again. Remember, as in all things moderation is the key. I didn’t have 3 servings, I had one. So make sure you protect yourself and only eat smaller portions. This could work for the 21 Day Fix meal plan, but you can only have a small amount because there is a lot of fat.
I stole this from the amazing Team Beachbody blog. I also apologize for posting it at 9:30 at night. It’s now time to drink water and go to bed. Please do not get up and make these? but you’ll love them when you do get a chance!!! Did you notice my “corner” piece? Who else loves the corners?
Apr 13 2016
•I Love Food Prep • I Hate Food Prep•
Okay maybe I hate food prep a little more than I want to admit, but it’s so worth having it done. I’m happy when I have fast healthy choices for me and the family.
Here’s what I just did:
✅ Cut and washed the romaine and kale.
✅ Cooked two types of organic sausages.
✅ Prepped the taco meat and used one package ground turkey mixed with one package ground turkey breast.
✅ Baked paleo pumpkin muffins for the kids breakfast and before bed snack if they are begging for more food ? (recipe on my Instagram)
Here’s our menu for the week:
Tuesday: Roasted brussel sprouts and almond flour breaded chicken tenders with Fixate Cookbook, honey mustard dressing dip
Wednesday: Kale salad and sausages
Thursday: Udi’s GF cheese pizza (my late work night) with green beans
Friday: Sweet potato fries and leftovers of their choice. We usually do popcorn for our movie night, too!
Jan 13 2016
Clean Eating = Transformation Tuesday
Clean eating is all about the discipline of my mind. It is a battle. I fight me every day, all the time. Today’s battle? Kombucha or Wine? I’m going with Kombucha ? I win!!!! I started a clean eating group this last Monday with an amazing group of women. We decided that we would make clean eating a discipline. That we would make it a focus to not allow ourselves to make choices we regret. We would bring in a collective of clean recipes, ideas and accountability.
Last week in our 5 day clean eating group, I had 19 of the women share how much weight they had loss. There was a total of 108.5 lbs lost as a group!!!!!! Are you kidding me?!! That was 5.7 lbs per person. I don’t have enough exclamation points for this post! ? That is why clean eating and watching your sugars and alcohols pays off. If you were one of the girls who joined us, thank you and✋ high five! ??#girlbosses #onamission
We have monthly clean eating groups. They are five days, they are organized and allow you to really get a whole bunch of ideas to learn more about what it is to eat clean. This January we have 201 women participating! It is so amazing! Sharing so much information is just awesome and it allows everyone to get a feel what works for a collaborative of people.
Don’t miss out! We love helping each other. Feel free to comment here, or reach out to me on Facebook! Looking forward to connecting and helping you learn more about clean eating and the joy that it can bring into your life and the life of your family!
Jan 02 2016
Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas!
Holla back ya’ll, you better believe I have delicious gluten-free lunch ideas ready to go! I always try to balance out my salads with a few different ingredients. I love adding fruit. Lunch is served. 2 ?‘s 1/2 ? and 1 ? This is chopped romaine, chopped celery, grapes and hemp seeds. Not excited about the celery but I’ll deal with it!.
Put the other half ? in my superfood shake (Shakeology), that counted for a ❤(protein). When you don’t have any meat prepped, this is what you get. Couldn’t do the 21 Day Fix without my shakes!
Dec 29 2015
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!
I know there are a ton of family tradition-style cookies being made this time of year -but if you want a treat to have that is on the healthy side, these gluten-free chocolate cookies will do the trick! They freeze amazingly well, too!! I bet you’ll have all these ingredients in your kitchen right now so no need to brave the grocery store. I love finding simple recipes that are easy to make and that my kids continually love! I am always looking for new ones. It is not easy finding gluten-free snacks that my kids can actually eat and this is one that works. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
2 cups oat flour (I took gluten-free oatmeal and blended it in my Blendtec blender)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cardamom (I omitted)
1 cup Enjoy Life Foods vegan gluten-free chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 maple syrup or agave
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp almond milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients with the chips and wisk together to break up the lumps. In another bowl, wisk syrup, oil, vanilla and milk. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Refrigerate the cookies for 10 minutes. Place in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. They are so rich and delicious! This recipe is from the cookbook Karma Chow!! Tony Horton is a huge fan of all the vegan recipes in the book and wrote the foreword. I highly recommend it! So many great recipes!!! These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are so very amazing, don’t hold back, indulge.
Dec 23 2015
My Favorite Healthy Snack!
My healthy snack today, I’m splurging on a tall Americano with one inch of steamed eggnog! This is a huge improvement from the FULL ON eggnog latte I used to order ?
I’ve been thinking about what simple clean eating means to me. Especially when I see all these traditional Holiday foods that are packed with way more butter, breaded-ness, cream, milk, sugar than they truly need. I know it’s fun to splurge but for everyday dinners and meals, we can cut out the extras to preserve our waistline.
Here’s what I have done to think outside the box:
? I don’t do butter on my gluten-free toast, pancakes, gluten-free french toast, just either some peanut butter and jam or just straight jam. We don’t do milk or mayo. Veganaise and almond milk replace them.
? When eating a healthy snack like veggies…..no more dips for my veggies or prepackaged dressings or spreads unless the ingredient list is short and clean!
?I pick and choose my carbs very carefully! No more sticky rice, breaded stuff, carbs late at night. Now it’s about grabbing a healthy snack like sweet potatoes and brown rice or quinoa.
? I do salads instead of sandwiches and tacos. Never underestimate the power of greens!!
I seriously used to want every meal to be like a celebration. It had to have massive condiments and flavor, being exactly what I was craving. Luckily I got free from most of mine and realized that I can adjust my taste buds over time. Now for major Christmas FUN!! Only a few more days!???#salads#glutenfree #cutouttheextras
Remember that a healthy snack is relative to where you have been. I have continually gotten better. I used to have an eggnog latte with a bunch of whip cream on top. Then this healthy snack became an eggnog latte with no whip cream. Then this healthy snack became an eggnog latte with less eggnog! Then, the healthy snack became an Americano with a fair share of eggnog added to it! This year it finally became the Americano with one inch of steam eggnog on top. It has a fraction of the calories it once had, and way less fat. It is called an evolution and change of my body and mind. I can drink this healthy snack, a steamed eggnog Americano with no guilt!! That is the power of changing your health and nutrition from the inside out! Now tell me how you have evolved with your healthy snack.
Dec 16 2015
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
Gluten-free pumpkin bars are a recipe that the whole family loves. I love finding new delicious gluten-free recipes and this one should fit the bill.
Sugar Detox Diaries: Day 3
I’m still alive. That’s all.
Kidding, today was actually better than yesterday. Had energy and focus and remembering all the healthy (and sweet) alternatives there are to gummy bears lol!
???The good news is-it’s PUMPKIN season!!!???
Here is a fave! Grain-free, gluten free food, vegan, and they actually taste good!!
1 can pumpkin
1 cup chilled almond butter
1/2 cup honey
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Spray coconut oil spray in 8×8 baking dish. I used glass.
Stir all ingredients until blended
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
These gluten-free pumpkin bars are amazing. Try to eat only one and make sure the family saves you one for the next day to have with your coffee. ☕?
Nov 26 2015
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are quite possibly one of my favorite foods. I absolutely love them. Actually, my entire family absolutely loves them. My kids will actually ask for them. Are you kidding me?! Baked sweet potatoes? Who knew?! Well they are now a staple in our house. And what makes them the best ever, garlic aioli mustard from Trader Joe’s. This garlic aioli is a staple in our house. We will use it with meat, on sandwiches and with every kind of vegetable. It’s delicious.
Now, let us delve a bit deeper into why I love having family eat baked sweet potatoes. When looking at the benefits of vegetables and fruits I eat, I go to organicfacts.net. They have a ton of information on everything healthy. Some of the main areas that sweet potatoes help with are:
- Inflammation: Like the common potato, sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties. They do not belong to the same family as common potato. This is primarily due to the presence of beta-carotene, vitamin-C and magnesium. It is equally effective in curing internal and external inflammation.
- Asthma: Sweet potatoes are effective for curing congestion of the nose, bronchi and lungs, thereby giving relief from asthma. Its typical aroma helps in this property.
- Immune System: Being very rich in beta carotene, which is a major antioxidant, along with vitamin-C and B-complex vitamins, iron and phosphorus, sweet potatoes are excellent immune system boosters. They can defend your body from a wide variety of conditions and afflictions.
- Bronchitis: The concentration of vitamin-C, iron and other nutrients help to cure bronchitis. Sweet potatoes are believed to be capable of warming up the body, possibly due to the sweetness and other nutrients that impact body temperature. This property is also beneficial for people suffering from bronchitis, along with its powerful effect on congestion.
- Digestion: The fiber content of sweet potatoes is higher than common potatoes and they taste good too! When these two factors are combined with other minerals like magnesium, which is present in sweet potatoes, it makes an excellent facilitator for digestion. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest as well, since they mainly contain starch. They are soothing for the stomach and intestines, so you will avoid any difficulties of passing or digesting them.
- Cancer: Beta-carotene, the champion antioxidant and anticarcinogenic substance, is the pigment responsible for the color of the peel of the sweet potatoes. The beta carotene and vitamin-C contained in sweet potatoes are very beneficial for curing various types of cancer, mainly those of the colon, intestines, prostrate, kidneys and other internal organs.
- Arthritis: Beta-carotene, zinc,magnesium, and vitamin-B complex make sweet potatoes a hugely important food source for managing arthritis. The water where sweet potatoes are boiled can also be applied externally on joints to ease the associated pain of arthritis.
- Diabetes: Sweet potatoes are beneficial for diabetics. They are very effective in regulating blood sugar levels by helping the proper secretion and function of insulin. That does not mean that diabetics should eat them indiscriminately. The idea is that sweet potatoes can replace rice or carbohydrate intake as a healthier option.
- Water Balance: The fiber or roughage present in sweet potatoes helps the body retain water. This maintains water balance in the body, keeping your hydrated and your cells functioning efficiently.
- Stomach Ulcers: Sweet potatoes have a soothing effect on the stomach and the intestines. B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and calcium are all very effective in curing stomach ulcers. Moreover, the roughage in sweet potatoes prevents constipation and the resultant acid formation, thereby reducing the chance of ulcers. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of sweet potatoes also reduce the pain and inflammation of the ulcers.
- Weight Gain: This benefit is pretty awesome and my husband loves it when trying to bulk. Sweet potatoes are sweet, and they contain very quality amounts of complex starch, along with healthy vitamins, minerals and some proteins. Moreover, they are very easy to digest. So, they provide a lot of energy and are excellent bulk builders for people looking to gain weight. People who have recently suffered from illnesses, or are self-conscious about being frail or abnormally thin should welcome this news about sweet potatoes, since there are no associated side effects, which most of the synthetic bulk building dietary supplements have.
- Other Benefits: They are effective for helping people quit addictions like smoking, drinking and taking certain narcotics. They are good for the health of the arteries and veins, as they protect their walls against hardening. The high concentration of beta carotene (an alternative form of vitamin-A) and phosphorus are excellent for both ocular and cardiac health.
This recipe is from the Fixate cookbook. If you have some sweet potatoes handy, I’d throw them in the oven and make these tonight. ?
- Cut in thin round pieces
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
Bake at 200 degrees on parchment paper for 2-3 hours until crisp.
This mustard makes the perfect dipping sauce and is a “free food” on the meal plan. So go make up some baked sweet potatoes and do yourself a favor.