Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Healthy No Bake Cookies


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This is another great recipe to get your chocolate fix for the Valentine's holiday without the sugar. I made these for the Big Game this past weekend and everyone loved them. So here is the recipe for you.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup honey
1 cup SunButter
1/2 cup coconut oil
6 Tbs cacao powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups gluten free quick oats (I used GF Harvest)


Directions:

In a large pot mix honey, SunButter, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla and cook on medium low until the mixture begins to boil.  Remove from heat. Stir in oats. Scoop by spoonful onto parchment paper and allow to dry 2 hours.

Enjoy! I dare you to only eat one. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hearts of Love - Gluten Free Brownies


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This month we bring in the celebration of Love and the need for chocolate.  Or at least that is what I will be celebrating this month love and chocolate! I will have some fun recipes to share with you in the next few weeks and provide you with a few allergy free solutions to celebrate Valentine's Day safely.  This includes a special post on the SunButter Blog later this week with a Valentine's Day card your kids can make and give away. I know we will be making more of these to give away. 
Today's recipe is a gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, egg free and corn free brownie.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup applesauce
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup white rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.

In a large sauce pan combine applesauce, coconut oil, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, vanilla, cocoa and water. Cook while stirring on low until the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from heat.  Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until done.

Let completely cool.  Remove brownie from pan by lifting out the parchment paper.  Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out individual heart shaped brownies.  


Top with glaze and top with Valentine's sprinkles.  Package and give away to your loves!


Hello San Diego Friends!

The GFAF Expo is coming up, and we're so excited! We will be at the Expo teaching about cross contamination and home and signing our newest release Kid Approved. More Details on our Event and Speaking Page. For you my Family and Friends we have a bonus reward for you!

Free Tickets
5 free ticket to give away. Each is good for ONE FREE Adult Single Day Pass.
The codes can be used one time and are good for one day of the event (either Sat or Sun).

  The first 5 people to comment our blog post telling what you are making for Valentine's Day 
will win a ticket!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Smoothie before Coffee the rule to follow!





Smoothie Rules:
  1. First rule is smoothie before coffee - because if you take coffee first thing in the morning it will spike your adrenals and cause you to go into a stress overload. Although if you introduce a smoothie then your body will start to nourish your mitochondria and starts our metabolism for the day before we introduce caffeine. 
  2. Second rule smoothie before coffee by doing this you are able to stop the blood sugar spike that would be introduced to your body with the fancy nancy coffee. Your smoothie will help regulate your blood sugar for the day.


All right, so how do you structure your smoothie? 

Go get your big cup first. Put in your liquid. I prefer canned coconut milk then, add your frozen items like frozen fruits, frozen vegetables. Some great ideas include: frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, frozen raspberries or blueberries even do frozen peaches. Next add your vegetables including spinach, celery, cucumber, kale, sweet potatoes(if there are somewhat mushy/precooked), if you're going to add any soaked nuts or flax or quinoa or oats. Finally, on top it off with fresh fruits oranges, kiwi, clementines, avocado, strawberries, bananas, any of that stuff. You can also get fancy and add a little lemon juice, lime juice, flaked coconut or shaved almonds. Give it a good blend and enjoy!

The idea is to get fruits, vegetables, proteins and good fats in your body when you wake up before anything else. 

If you're looking for more great ideas I invite you to follow our Instagram account GF Mom Certified where we post pictures of our smoothies before they get blended and after, along with other great inspiration for your health and gluten-free lifestyle.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rainbow Dash Birthday Party


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Birthday parties are to be fun and full of joy, although for a child with food allergies they can be a time of sadness and isolation.  If you have been to our BYOC class at a gluten free expo or pick up a copy of Kid Approved you know I will never let that happen.  Today I am going to show you how to make your little pony smile and be the star of her own Birthday party even with food allergies and celiac.

No bringing your own cupcake at your own party and no crying!  Let's get started.

First, we only serve food everyone can eat.  When the guest RSVP ask the parent if they have any food restrictions or allergies.  We found out one of our little dance friends is anaphylactic to shellfish. So the party menu was to be gluten free, diary free, peanut free, soy free, shellfish free and egg free!  Quite the combo.  

Pick your color scheme and hop over to Pinterest and look at our party boards for inspiration. We choose rainbow with a focus on teal for the Little Pony party. Make your Plan.


Plan the menu and remember kids do not need a whole meal for a 2 hour party. 

Menu:
Rainbow Cupcakes
Sugar Cookie Clouds
Marshmallows



Cloud Sugar Cookies
Use Wilton lollipop sticks and tie curly ribbon around them to make magic clouds!



Little Pony Cake toppers from Amazon (super cheap and make great take home items)


Marshmallows dipped in leftover icing and sprinkles. Remember Wilton items are mostly gluten free, just read the label.

Time to Decorate

Visit you local Dollar Tree and Party City for the decorations. We chose 1 purple table cloth and 1 rainbow table cloth along with the streamers at the Dollar Tree. I picked up the My Little Pony plates and Wall background at the party store. 



Here are downloads we found!


Here is a link to all the fun Downloads including the table tents and banners.

Games:
Hoof Painting - pick up dollar nail polish and paint the girls toes
Cutie Mark Station - face paint each girl with a cutie mark
Pin the tail on the pony
You can always play freeze dance too! 


Time to set up!

Place the lollipop clouds on a tray


Add the cupcakes to the three tier stand or even on top of a cake stand would be fun.









For the table scape pull out your serving trays. These are from Pamper Chef and go with anything. The lemonade was dyed teal with blue food coloring. The girls loved the purple mason jars and teal paper straws. I found these at Target and we can reuse them for future parties and play dates. Cover the rings with washie tape for added fun. 


Party Favors are from the Dollar store and Target. Puzzles, mini Play Dough containers and a Hair Bow from Etsy for each little girl. 



Remember to hang a sign on your front door and put balloons on the mailbox announcing your party! 





For more great party ideas purchase Kid Approved today!


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Gluten Free Buyers Guide is your Map

It's HERE!  This years top of the top in Gluten Free has been announced.  The ​Gluten Free Buyers Guide for 2106 has arrived.
And You can ​download it for free today and tomorrow only!  You really need this guide. I am telling you it is like a secret map to the world of gluten free. The awards are voted on by the community and are consumer driven.  I am excited to see GF Mom Certified listed in the runnings for Kids Books and Cookbooks, kinda cool! 
The details: The 2016 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide highlights only the best in gluten-free utilizing The Annual Gluten Free Awards. This year, we had 36,580 individual responses from 1805 people within the gluten-free community. The guide gives you the opportunity to have all of the results right in an easy to carry book that fits in your purse. The guide highlights over 40 categories and contains valuable coupons and promo codes to some of the best gluten-free brands and products. We believe in quality not quantity. You will not need to navigate through 40,000 gluten-free products in our gluten free shopping guide; our process gives you only the very best. Finally, the gluten free experimentation is over!
Make sure to grab your guide and share with our community!
- Tiffany

Monday, January 4, 2016

Dare to be Different and Free - Allergy Free Sugar Cookies #glutenfree #eggfree #nutfree

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This break has all about baking for our family.  We have made cake, cookies, brownies, pie and more cookies.  Today I am sharing with you a recipe for sugar cookies which do not need to be refrigerated. Sometime you need to be different and sometime you just want a cookie and don't want to make for the dough to chill. Am I right? or right?  


We made snowman and our nanny turned a few into adorable penguins. 
Ingredients:
 1 cup (two sticks) of Earth Balance, softened
 1 1/2 cups sugar
 1/3 cup favo water 
 2 tsp almond extract or vanilla extract
 2 3/4 cups gluten free all-purpose flour (I used GF Mom blend from Kid Approved)
 2 tsp baking powder
 1 tsp salt
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cream together Earth Balance and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix almond extract with favo water and shake or whisk together. Add favo water mixture to mixing bowl and mix on low until well blended. In a separate bowl mix gluten free flour with baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and stir on low to combine.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut out with your favorite cookie cutter.

Placed cut out cookies on prepared baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Allow to cool 2-3 hours before icing.  Decorate the our egg free royal icing from Santa's Gluten Free Cookie Plate or found here on the blog.







** favo water is from a can of drained garbanzo beans.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The 5 Keys to Healing Inflammation



1.  21 Day Rule

The 21 day rule basically says this, it takes your body 21 days to stop producing antibodies to the food that you're allergic. Your liver needs time to recover and your blood needs to be clear of the toxins that are poison. Your body needs the 21 days for your body to stop producing the antibodies which produce inflammation. 

This means you need to give the new you a really good three weeks of a really clean eating. So what is a clean diet? You want to go grain free, legume free, dairy free, and  sugar free for the complete 21 days.

2. Supplies

You need to go to the grocery store and get your veggies, your organ meats, nuts, coconut milk, chicken and grass fed beef.

Prepping is done when you get home. Cut up the veggies.  Next, freeze the fruits that you need for smoothies. Stock your refrigerator with pre-made salads and jars. Put your plan and your menu on the front of the refrigerator this way there's no temptation. There's no confusion preparing food in the next 21 days and when you're hungry you can open your fridge and not worry about fixing a snack because it's already there for you.

3. Food Options

You need to pick food with color the more vibrant the better. The key is color. Pick up the berries, the egg plant, pineapple, avocados and deep green leafs.  Stay away from fruits with a white center like apples and bananas. Live on the wild side for the 21 days. No ice berg stick to the leafs that have fun names like dinosaur kale or arugala. 

4. Bath

Soak in your tub in warm to hot water with Epson salt which has the minerals your body needs to release the toxins at least three times a week. Now, what this really means is you get to take a soak three times a week and enjoy it. Put on the music, light the candles and actually reflect on your week or on your day. Reflect on the improvement of yourself.  Visualize yourself having a healthy gut and joints free of inflammation.

5. Accountability

Are several ways to get accountability. You can get a person you talk to every day on the phone for two minutes or you can get an app like Argus which will track what you eat and track how many steps you walk, and your heart rate or you can even get an app that lets you set goals. The Fitbit is a great idea too. 

The idea is it will keep you honest. Another way you can do this is share with Facebook or another social media outlet your progress and how you feeling today in your improvements and only focus on the positives.

If you need a really good resource to read, pick up Dr. Whals Protocol. You can find it at your local library or on Amazon. Here's to great a New Year and getting back on track for 2016!


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