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.
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 18 2015
Gluten-Free Recipes – Gluten-Free Brownies
It is not always easy finding quality tasting gluten-free recipes. If you are looking for a yummy but also “healthy” treat to take to a Christmas gathering…look no further. This recipe even passed the husband and kid test, I’m in no way taking credit! The creator of the 21 Day Fix Autumn Calabrese put it in her new cookbook. #genius
FLOURLESS CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE BROWNIES – One of the Best Gluten-Free Recipes
Makes 16 brownies and for better nutrients and taste, use all organic ingredients
- 1 can chickpeas-rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted (by favorite brand is Tropical Traditions because it doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder, gluten-free
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat over to 350.
2. Line 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray.
3. Place everything except the choc. chips in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Add c. chips and mix by hand.
5. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan
6. Bake for 25-28 minutes
7. Cut into squares and enjoy!! If you use an 8×8 inch pan the brownies will be a thicker.
1 square = 1 yellow container
These are so much better than you think they will be. If you want the cookbook for you or a gift, today would be the last day to get it in time for Christmas. Here is the link to my website:http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/ShkSuperSmpl… If it doesn’t pop up, just search for the Fixate Cookbook. I know some people have made these with Shakeology…I have not tried that yet….but I will!! Another one of my gluten-free recipes, that will be made over and over!
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 20 2015
Gluten-Free Meal Plan
Gluten-free meal plan prep has become a way of life for our family. With myself and my daughter, highly gluten intolerant, we really have to be careful. I wanted to show you an example of what I have given my daughter. Practicing packing lunches for my kindergartener and I think this combo might be a hit! Here is what I packed for her, food items I use all the time:
- Organic Sausage
- Black Bean BBQ Organic Chips
These items really are part of my gluten-free meal plan. Now to get frilly toothpicks because these plain ones just won’t do. I love going the extra mile to treat my little girl like a lady. She is only small once, I will never get this opportunity again. 😉
This gluten-free meal plan list, is really just a mix and match. These are the main foods I give my kids. I really stay basic and consistent. I don’t really make it a big list. My kids hardly ever have soda, and have never had fast food. That is not to brag, we just don’t have those things as a family and we educate our kids on why. We also keep our meals simple. We have found they love all these food items probably because we just have not introduced them to the junk that we had before we got healthy.
- Chicken (Organic breast and thighs from Costco)
- Tacos (gluten-free tortilla shells, ground turkey, lettuce, home made guacamole, salsa, green onions, romain lettuce, yogurt, and black beens.)
- Dried Fruit
- Fish of any kind
- Gluten-Free Toast – we love Udis or Rudis.
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Vegan Chocolate Chips (the kids love these, we get them at a co-op near where we live.)
- Organic Fruit Snacks (Costco has some bulk options)
- Any vegetable!!
- Pamela’s Gluten-Free Pancake Mix (My husband makes pancakes once a week, but only uses about half a cup of mix and includes 7 to 8 eggs. He calls them his “protein pancakes”. It is probably the kids favorite meal.)
- Broccoli (it is a staple and our most eaten vegetable. Just steamed with a little himalayan salt.)
- Coconut Chips (I already have a write up on these. Love them!)
- Shakeology (Yep, they have it everyday….I practice what I preach!)
I will continue to add to this list. But our gluten-free meal plan is simple. Take basic healthy foods and have our kids eat them consistently. (Here is another lunch idea I posted.) We don’t keep them from eating junk occasionaly, but their main treats are included above. Literally this is the list we eat from 5 to 6 days a week. My husband BBQs chicken every week, he makes a braised leafy green and egg mix every day, which he shares with our son. It is crazy how well our kids eat and mostly it is because we share what we eat with them. We just all eat the same thing. No one gets different food at dinner.
So be encouraged and make your own gluten-free meal plan. It is not hard, but you have to be consistent with your kids and you need to eat it with them. We can’t expect our kids to eat things we aren’t willing to eat. Oh and I also give them gluten-free waffles for breakfast occasionally! Anyways, I hope this helps, please share your ideas….I need all the help I can get!
Oct 01 2015
Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas
Being gluten-free, I am always looking for gluten-free lunch ideas. I am going to be consistently looking for more an more simple ideas, that you can buy while on the go. I find that almost anyone can make gluten-free lunch ideas at home….but what about at work or while out with the kids. Here is one I love!
Veggies are so hard to get in when life is crazy busy. We live by eating whatever is in front of us in this fast paced life. Fall ?and Winter❄ are so great for soup and you can hide tons of veggies in a yummy way. The other reason I love it? My kids will eat it! You can’t beat that! Finding food that my kids will eat that is healthy for them, on the go, is a win-win in my book.
This is a hearty veggie soup with kale, carrots, potatoes. Yum!!!!! It is at Metropolitan Market. This is one of my all time favorite grocery stores. They have all kinds of unique items. The market actually labels which soups are gluten-free. It is so nice to quickly jump in the store, pick up what I need and then pay and get back in the car, within five minutes.
Do be careful. A lot of the canned soups are not that healthy and can have hidden junk in them. Make sure to always read the labels. A lot of gluten-free items are made with quality ingredients, but I am seeing a trend of more and more that are not good. It seems like we can never get away from the junk! So, I will continually search for gluten-free lunch ideas.
Do you have a favorite “go to” soup? I would love to hear it!! This time a year, I start making them weekly. They are great to have for leftovers. Comment with a recipe of the one you can’t live without!
Sep 15 2015
A Kid Friendly Gluten-Free Lunch
Oh school….how I miss my baby girl! She is in all day kindergarten and I have to come up a gluten-free lunch everyday. It has killed me to not hear her beautiful melodic voice throughout the house during the day. To watch her color a drawing, running over to me to have me give her approval, then squealing with joy when I say I love it. I will miss watching her mumble to herself as she plays with her toys, in her own little creative world. I will miss those feet stomping through the house as she is focused on finding this or that. Okay…enough of my mommy depression!! 😉
After about two weeks of gluten-free lunch packing, I have gotten a bit better. Here is a look into what Sam eats:
Applegate roasted turkey
Van’s gluten-free cheese crackers
Strawberries and Cucumbers
But the best part is……..frilly toothpicks! They make it more fun. Finding those little things that make it special are Sam and my special little bond. She loves those little things as much as me! My husband just roles his eyes, but it is so amazing to see that little sparkle in her eyes. She has even mentioned it when she gets home after the long day. It makes it so worth it!
Oh, and she’s a true girl which means a little dark chocolate to get her thru the day ???
Jul 31 2015
One of the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Call me crazy but I love this trick!
If you are feeling bloated or have a little tummy issue…take 1-2 Tbs of ACV and add to a glass of water. It doesn’t taste as yuckie as you might think! I was really surprised at how much I liked it actually.
My doctor recommended doing this before a meal to help with digestion, too. This is just one of the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
I had this last night shortly before bed and you could also do it in the morning. Or maybe if salads or too many greens upset your stomach? Or you go out to dinner and come home feeling not so hot from what you ordered? Great times to use this trick.
Make sure to purchase this brand. It’s the best and the others won’t give you the full benefits because they are stripped of all the good stuff. Feel free to search online for reviews. This is my go to and has really helped me so much in being more healthy.
It’s these types of things that you begin doing as you stay consistent in trying to get more healthy and fit. It isn’t an overnight change, it is day in and day out, changing the way I live. I am sure my body has so many issues from what I used to eat…and for a very long time. That culmination of fast food, candy, and just junk in general really has taken a toll on my. So make sure to remember to have some patience with yourself and know that it will all work out.
Bye, bye bloat!! Remember, this is just one of the benefits of apple cider vinegar!
Jul 25 2015
It’s Friday and these are awesome gluten-free snacks!!! Traded my homemade chocolate chip cookies or a big greasy burger for dark chocolate instead. I still get treats but they don’t make me feel sick and bloated ?? Being #glutenfree isn’t so bad after all! Gluten-free snacks for the win in every way possible!
About My Gluten Intolerance
By the way, I am severely gluten intolerant. I will break out in eczema all over my hands. I will also have a distended belly that makes me look like I’m pregnant. It isn’t a joke and isn’t to be looked at lightly. Everything we do to our bodies compounds over time. There were times where I would feel horrible for multiple days in a row and had no idea why.
I literally knew none of what I know, and that was just four years ago. Gluten-free? Didn’t have a clue. When my husband went through his transformation, my mind started going crazy. He started really finding sensitivities in his own body and then pushed me to find out what was wrong with mine. The saddest part….I know my body does way better without red wine. So it’s not just gluten that hurts me. The only reason I found this out, was because I had slowly removed junk out of my diet and finally found different areas that might be cause for concern. I eliminated those areas and then I am seeing more and more change….for the good!
The key is to test things. On a lighter note….this little treats don’t give me any side effects!! Yeah!!
What “happy meal” are you going to splurge on this weekend?
Just a little splurging is fine but don’t go too crazy or you’ll be bummed come Monday’s workout.
Jun 02 2015
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The Fixate cookbook is out today! It is finally here! Now you have so many more easy options for 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plans! Get the 21 day fix results that you have been looking for! These two programs have changed the game for transformations that I am seeing. In just three weeks you get that jump start and really see changes. After 2 rounds you are very different and after 3 rounds, it is a whole new you! With Fixate, you now have the variety to keep it fresh and exciting. We all get bored with our food from time to time. This recipe book, really removes all excuses.
If you have the containers, the workout, the original recipes and Fixate, you are set! There is not a more simple way of weight loss workouts combined with healthy quick meals, that really change you from the inside out!
If you are like me and need fresh ideas all the time for your meals then Fixate is the perfect match for you. I’m getting mine today and you can message me really quick to get yours!! I’m hoping they don’t sell out!!
This is going to be great for Fall and give us fresh ideas for the kids lunches, too! Our team is running a free 5 day group to help us mom’s get clean eating tips so be looking for that as August approaches. Don’t wait any longer, just take the plunge!