Remember the good ol’ days when you could go to the movies, eat a box of sour patch kids, and not worry about them going straight to your a**? Yep, well… those days are over.
What they say is true… they’re sour on the outside… but not so sweet inside!! One look at the ingredients ( the first being sugar ) and the nasty food dyes which have been shown to trigger migraines, hyperactivity, and a number of other undesirable effects…. and you may want to think twice before tasting this rainbow.
Not to fear… I have found a beyond amazing replacement to satisfy your sweet tooth. These bad boys are completely natural, organic, and packed with antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and vitamins. I’m talking about Goldenberries and yes, you can thank me later.
These superfruits are also referred to as “Inkan Gold”. They are sweet, tart, and freaking delish. They provide a healthy dose of dietary fiber, pectin, protein and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite snacks.
Next time you’re craving a sweet and sour treat say sayonara to Sour Patch Kids and hellooooooo to Goldenberries.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s snacking. What I don’t love is stuffing myself full of empty cals. I’m always looking for healthy snacks that not only satisfy my munchies, but actually do something good for my body! Some of my favs include celery and raw almond butter, jicama with lime, raw sprouted almonds, Green Chia Kombucha, coconut H2O, and my new fav… Brussel Bytes!
These things are stupid good! My nutritionist introduced me to them and I’m so so happy she did! They are raw, organic, gluten free, and freaking delicious. They’re made of brussel sprouts ← duh, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and deliciousness. I know… who knew coconut + brussel sprouts = the tastiest treat ever?!?
Wonderfully Raw makes tons of other healthy snacks including my favorite dessert, Cocoroons ← holy shiz.. more on those later!
Are you guys wearing socks…? Cuz I’m about to knock them off with the most insanely delicious stuffing you have ever stuffed your face with! I’m not kidding. This stuffing is so good it literally brings a tear to my eye. The best part…? It’s totally G-Free and Paleo friendly too :)
Growing up I was always the queen of stuffing ( well, maybe self proclaimed queen )… nonetheless, I was queen. Stuffing has always been my jam. It’s the part of the holiday menu I have always been in charge of, and obvi my favorite part of the meal. Finding out I was allergic to gluten kind of threw a monkey wrench into the whole queen of stuffing thing. I experimented with G-Free stuffing recipes for years to no avail. It just never came out right… thus, I was dethroned… until now!!!
This year I came up with the most incredible gluten free stuffing. It’s super simple to make and I swear your Turkey Day guests will be begging you for the recipe. I tried it out last weekend, as I’m a firm believer in experimenting with new recipes prior to the day of an event. This can save you from major stress, and major disasters… totes worth it. Anyhooooo, it was love at first bite, and my family could not believe how light, fluffy, and delicious it was. Forget about letting your nasty, gluten free bread dry out over night, etc. etc. We’re making this from scratch.
Tip: If you live in the real world and don’t have hours to spend chopping away in the kitch, or don’t want to ruin your holiday makeup crying over Mr. Onion you can pick up an organic, already chopped mixture of onion, celery, sage, and parsley in the produce section of Whole Foods. What a life saver!
– Sauté ghee, onion, celery, parsley, and sage over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
– Add your sprig of chopped rosemary and pecans to your pan for the last 2 minutes.
– In a seperate bow, combine your dry ingredients – almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
– Now stir in your wet ingredients: eggs and chicken broth.
– Once your mixture is done sauteing, add it to your wet and dry ingredients and combine well.
– You will be left with a crumbly dough… leave it this way if you like your stuffing nice and fluffy. If you prefer a more dense stuffing, feel free to pack it more tightly.
Pour your stuffing mixture into a Pyrex, Le Creuset, or some type of oven safe dish and bake at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and let me know how your guests liked loved it!
Thxgiving’s only one day away and I can’t wait to reclaim my throne!
You guys are in for a REAL treat! Remember when I mentioned that I would be bringing you one of my fav fall recipes…? Well, here it is. Oh, and you’re welcome in advance.
Who doesn’t like sweet potatoes? I mean… they’re everywhere, on every menu, in every form: baked, mashed, fried… you name it. I for one love a good sweet potato, especially on a cold rainy day like today. It’s the ultimate G-Free comfort food.
Ya know what’s not comforting? Spending all day in the kitch when I have a to-do list a mile long. That’s why my favorite recipes are the ones I can whip up in no time, yet act like I’ve been slaving away over a hot stove. So here it is… my ultimate 10 minute sweet potato.
First, take your potato and scrub ‘a dub it. These are root veggies, aka they grow in the dirt, aka they’re kind of filthy. Next dry it off and with a sharp knife poke 3 holes in each side of your potato ( this lets it breathe while it’s heating ). Now, place your potato on a paper towel and microwave it for 5 minutes. Next, flip your potato upside-down and microwave for another 5. Carefully take your potato out of the microwave ( it’s going to be HOT ). Cut your potato in half and remove skin if desired.
If you prefer your potato sans skin it slips right off. If you’re like me, leave it on. The skin is seriously the best part. Sweet potatoes are packed with calcium, folate, potassium, beta-carotene ( an antioxidant that combats free radicals and is great for your skin ), and vitamins A & C. These nutrients totally thrive in the skin of the potato, so I say leave it on. With a fork, start mashing your potato.
Now it’s time to add some ghee! The nutrients in the potato are actually said to be more easily absorbed when consumed with a small amount of healthy fat. Adding ghee is perfect for this reason, plus it’s delish. Sprinkle a little pink himalayan salt and cinnamon to taste. Voila! You’ve just made yourself the perfect sweet potato.
Feeding the whole fam? Not in a crunch for time? Pop your potato( es ) in the oven for an hour instead of using the microwave. Needless to say, I’ll definitely be whipping these bad boys up for Thxgiving.<– Only one week away! Yay!
I always wished I was one of those people who just couldn’t get enough Kombucha. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case… until now!
GT’s Green Chia Kombucha may just be the tastiest treat ever. It’s not too vinegar-y (which is why I tend to not be crazy for Kombucha), it’s so refreshing, gives me TONS of energy, and supplies some pretty crazy health benefits. It’s also packed with chia seeds, which I love.
So, what are the health benefits of Kombucha? First of all, it’s been around for 2000+ years and is referred to as ‘the immortal health elixir’. It’s been shown to fight cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. Kombucha is an amazing detoxifier, boosts your immune system, promotes joint health, aids in digestion, and has even been shown to reduce or eliminate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia.
If you already love Kombucha, I suggest trying out my favie flavie. If you’ve been hesitant to try this strange concoction, don’t be. You’ve got nothing to lose and SO much to gain!
So, coconut milk may just be the best thing that has ever happened to my morning routine. I’m not talking the kind in the carton full of nasty chemicals and fake ingreds… I’m talking the kind in the can, ya know, the one that’s make of actual coconut and nothing more. ( My fav is Native Forest because the can lining is BPA free! Soops important. )
Coconut milk is packed with some serious health benies. It’s packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Magnesium helps to calm the nerves ( a necessity for me ) and maintain normal BP. Coconut milk regulates blood sugar, making you feel fuller, longer and thus eating less throughout the day. Woohoo! Also, the vitamin C and copper content improves skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles making coconut milk one of the best anti-aging superfoods! Who doesn’t like the sound of that? It’s thick and creamy and makes the perfect addition to my morning tea ( this one’s my new fav) and my morning green shake.
Replace your current milk of choice with coconut milk for just one day and I swear your life will be changed! And let me know… what’s your fav new way to use coconut milk?
Ok… I know what you’re thinking. Let’s get our minds out of the gutter… I’m talking almonds (my fav), cashews, and any other nuts of your liking. You know, nuts. Those little gems that provide protection against diabetes, heart disease, and cancer!
First of all, try to buy raw, sprouted nuts <– they’re available in the raw section of your local Whole Foods or health food store. If you can’t find them already sprouted you can sprout your own by soaking them overnight.
Why should you sprout your nuts? Raw almonds naturally contain tannic acid. This enzyme inhibitor protects them from sunlight, moisture, etc. It can also make them extremely difficult to digest properly and inhibits your body from absorbing all of those awesome nutrients such as protein, fiber, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and lipase (an enzyme which digests fat) <– hello, who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Why you should never roast your nuts… like ever! Roasting nuts destroys many of their nutrients and releases free radicals. It also destroys their naturally delish flavor, so nasty additives such as MSG and Maltodextrin ( which are both neurotoxins BTW ) are typically added to replace the lost flavor ( YUCK )!!
So let’s get to the point… why should you freeze your nuts? Do you ever notice how when nuts are left at room temperature for awhile the taste and texture get a little funky? NBD… that’s just your nuts going RANCID! Nuts are composed of delicate, healthy fats <– ya know… the kinds that actually help you to lose weight! These fats are somewhat volatile and do NOT do well at room temp.
In short… freezing your nuts will keep them fresher, healthier, and tastier for much longer… plus, taking about your frozen nuts may just be the conversation starter you’ve been waiting for ;)
OMG… let’s talk about one of my favorite foods, ghee! You’re probably asking yourself, what the eff is ghee? (Either that or you’ve already hopped on the ghee bandwagon with me). Either way, let me break it down for you.
Ghee is essentially clarified butter. It’s composed of a short chain of fatty acids that is readily metabolized by the body. Ghee has been shown to reduce cholesterol, support brain health, treat constipation ( ya, I said it ), and help with digestion. It also promotes healthy bacteria in the intestine which can aid in weight loss (score!!). It’s packed with antioxidants and helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods. Oh ya, and also… it’s DELICIOUS!
You can use ghee in place of butter, olive oil, or basically anything that calls for oils or fats. You’ll find it in the dairy aisle of your local Whole Foods ( if you can’t find it, just ask)! Ghee is a stable fat and can withstand super high temperatures ( meaning you can avoid those nasty free radicals many other oils release when they are heated ). I love sautéing my kale in ghee, adding my favorite garlic pink himalayan salt, pairing it with a chicken breast, and voila… a super easy, super healthy dinner.
[I have been waiting to share my gluten free story with all of you. I always like to keep it fun, fresh, and fashionable here on the blog; but let’s get real… sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Here is mine.]
Most of my readers know that I am strictly gluten free… but very few know why. It’s not for fun, it’s not to be trendy, and it’s certainly not out of convenience. I am gluten free so that I can thrive, survive, and enjoy life.
Many many years ago I was incredibly ill. The cause was unknown, but as time went by I could hardly function. I was in and out of the hospital, was dropped from most of my classes as my attendance was less than stellar, and lost the majority of my friends. When you are 21 going on 80 you’re not exactly a hoot to be around. I felt terrible the majority of the time, couldn’t go out and party, alcohol was a definite no-no in my condition, and I truly felt like my life was slipping away. I moved back home as I needed lots of physical and emotional support. [My fam is the best BTW!]
I saw doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, and underwent test after test. Taking care of me and running around from appointment to appointment became a full time job for my family [esp the Mama]. I was diagnosed with a myriad of illnesses, was prescribed a ridiculous amount of medications from anti-seizure meds to anti-depressants [at one point I was popping 30+ pills a day], and overall I continued to feel worse and worse. I looked awful, felt awful, and all in all things were pretty freaking awful.
I had kind of resigned myself to the fact that this would be how my life would play out. Sick, tired, and constantly in pain. It wasn’t until years later that one of my doctors recommend that I go gluten free. I underwent blood and saliva tests that showed a definite gluten sensitivity. He told me to go strictly g-free for a solid six weeks and see how I feel. Let me say, I was sold in way less than six weeks.
After two weeks I started feeling alive again. I was less achy, experienced less joint pain, had more energy, and could think more clearly. The longer I avoided gluten, the better I felt. It was as if my entire system had gotten a re-boot.
I became a gluten guru… reading EVERYTHING there was to read on gluten and a gluten free lifestyle. I can now look at an ingredient list and in about .85 seconds tell you if it contains gluten. Gluten is a sneaky little devil and can take on so many forms. Just because you don’t see wheat, barley, rye, or oats in the ingredients does NOT mean the product is gluten free. Also, beware of labels saying “free of gluten” or “wheat free”. They are marketing ploys. Only trust the official GF stamp and your own good sense.
I am now 100% gluten free [and have been for quite some time]. This includes everything that goes into or onto my body [yes… makeup, shampoo, lotions, etc. can have the same nasty effect on me]. I am never tempted to “cheat”. Nothing in the world could possibly taste that good… and to be honest, I don’t miss a thing. Actually, I do miss one thing: Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers. My favorite chapstick since the age of 3. They are so amazing and so not g-free :( [Wheat germ oil is one of the main ingredients. Wah wah.] Ok, so other than the Lip Smackers… I don’t miss a thing.
Since I have gone gluten free I have been “poisoned” a handful of times. Even if you are completely diligent in your g-free efforts, it can still happen. Let’s face it. You’ve got to live your life. This means eating out at restaurants or at other people’s homes. Not everyone can be as careful as you… and honestly, you can’t expect them to. Plus there’s always the matter of cross contamination. I would say I prepare 90% of the food that I put into my body, and with the other 10% I just have to pray for the best.
I will know if I got “glutened” within hours… and the negative effects typically last 3 – 5 weeks. I’m not gonna lie, it totally sucks. The nausea, headaches, brain fog, joint pain, body aches, tenderness to the touch, and fatigue all come rushing back. I spent one Christmas “glutened” and couldn’t even be hugged by my family members as it was so painful to be touched. My whole body felt like a bruise. And forget about cute clothes. Times like these call for the baggiest of baggy sweats as waistbands and bras become the stuff of nightmares. I haven’t found a great way to fight this quite yet… but I’m working on it. Aloe vera juice is very cleansing and the last time I got “glutened” I chugged aloe like it was my job. I only felt terrible for about two weeks that time instead of the usual 3-5.
I feel that it is only appropriate to share my GF journey with my dedicated little ‘doos [that’s you]. I want you all to know that every recipe I post and every product I recommend is totally g-free and safe [in my experience]. I also want you to know that if you have questions about going gluten free or are experiencing road bumps on your own GF journey I want you to talk to me. Trust me, I’ve been through it all and nothing would make me happier than helping out a g-free friend in need.
I don’t know about you… but I’m obsessed with “what’s in my” posts on blogs, articles in magazines, YouTube vids, etc. etc. What’s in my purse? What’s in my makeup bag? What’s in my closet? What’s in my kitchen? I love it all! Maybe it’s a bit voyeuristic… but I love feeling like I’m getting a secret sneak peak at people’s fav products.
I’ve had a few “what’s in my” posts on the back burner. As a self proclaimed product junkie, it seemed like kind of a daunting task… plus I’m constantly buying and trying new products, testing out new recipes, and finding new favs. [<– thus, what’s in my fill in the blank changes on the reg].
Instead of spilling all of my secrets at once, I decided to break it up. This way I can keep all of my little ‘doos [that’s you] super up to date on my current favs! I’ll be sharing my favorite beauty products, tastiest GF recipes and snacks, and of course those random little products that totally make my world go round. Pretty please comment below or let me know via FB, Twitter, or Insty if you have any special requests! I love hearing from you guys!!
If you haven’t already caught on… I’m pretty darn excited that it is finally Fall!! So, to kick off What’s In My… Wednesday we’re going to start with what’s in my kitchen! I want to share one of my favorite Fall treats with you! This is how I start each and every day. To me, it tastes like a nice warm cup full of heaven. It’s my take on the traditional PSL [Pumpkin Spice Latte], only IMHO it’s way tastier [and healthier too]!
In the past I was a total coffee addict. It was bad. My body needed coffee to function. If I didn’t have a huge cup of coffee [or ten] upon waking I would be hit with an excruciating caffeine withdrawal headache. The only fix for that was more caffeine. Needless to say it became a vicious cycle. I recently made the transition to tea and honestly… I feel like a million bucks.
It tastes so rich and creamy, fills me up, and warms my heart! P.S. It’s good over ice too ;)
So… what’s your favorite way to start the morning?