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Monday, April 7, 2014

Supplements, and stuff!!

Wow...It's been a long time since I've made a post!!!  The warmer weather...or hopes of it, has given me some motivation!  I'm back on my healthy kick, and hoping to stay on it going forward!

Over the last month, I started taking some supplements that really have seemed to help me.  I typically lack energy, and could easily take a nap mid-day.  Due to having both Celiac & Crohns  I'm sure the lack of energy is due to malabsorption. So, I researched some things and came up with the following list of supplements to take daily:
1.  Hawaiian Spirulina

2.  BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

3.  Aloe Vera juice to help heal my guts
(Purchase a big container at Trader Joe's)

4.  Acidophilus Probiotic

5.  Vitamin D due to being deficient 

Also, I've added taking about a tablespoon a day of coconut oil; which I add to my coffee with coconut milk. Delicious!!  

My 4 year old daughter, takes a multivitamin and probiotic daily, too.

1.  Hakuna Matata Vitamins

2.  Chewable Probiotic

Please note I chose all the supplements on my own...this by no means is a paid advertisement...and what works for me may not work quite as well for you.  As always, be sure to verify all supplements are gluten free before taking them!  

I'd love to know what supplements you take!!  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

G-Free Foodie Box Club

So sorry for disappearing for so long.  Life completely got away from me this summer, and got hit with a huge exhaustion spell!  

Recently, I discovered G-Free Foodie Box Club, and decided to give it a try.  My package arrived yesterday, and I was quite pleased...especially since all is a full size, and not a sample.  In the Pittsburgh area, we don't have too many options of the little businesses that have homemade GF goodies or products -so, this is a great option to try new things.  

One of the goodies in the box was Somoma Infused Syrup.  Call me crazy but I have yet to ever have a Martini -so, this gives me the perfect reason to make one!!  

Another goodie was Gluten Free Mama Pie Crust Mix; which gives me a great excuse to make a pie!  One of the many reasons I'm thankful for being a Celiac is that I'm bolder in the kitchen than I ever thought I'd be!  Having Celiac has helped me become a baker, and a much better cook.  If I weren't a Celiac, I'd always just take the easy way out, and get take out, order pizza or bakery.  So, for the sake of feeling great, and healthy eating, I'm glad to be a Celiac!  

There were 5 more goodies in the box:
1) Dark Chocolate Nut & Sea Salt KIND Bar
2) Gluten Free Please Graham Crackers
3) Mariposa Baking Company Crostini
4) Popsicle Spatula
5) California Dried Mission Figs 

Included in the Foodie Box is a newsletter with great recipes, and product descriptions!  I'm looking forward to trying to all, and enjoying so many new things!  It's looking like we will be making s'mores for the first time ever since being Gluten Free this weekend, and I'll be doing to baking...and raising my cup with a Martini!!  Cheers!!

I'm trying my best to get back on track, and post more often.  If you have any request, don't hesitate to ask!  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tonight's Dinner

Today, was a lucky day! I got to come home early and make a meal for dinner instead of counting in the crockpot!

Tonight, I made a recipe from Pinterest...of course! We had orzo with shrimp, asparagus, and feta. Even before my celiac diagnosis, I never had orzo -so, I can't really compare it to the non GF version.

We all really enjoyed this recipe, and will certainly make it again:

Note: I substituted orzo with Delallo gluten free version.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Banana Pancakes with only 3 ingredients

Recently discovered a super easy, yummy pancake recipe...on Pinterest of course!   At first, I was hesitant -but, now my daughter keeps requesting them.  Needless to say, they were a big hit!!  They are even easy to make on a morning of rushing around, and being short on time.  All you need is 3 simple ingredients, and no measuring:  1 egg, 1 banana, and blueberries...or chocolate chips!  This Banana Pancake Recipe will be used time, and time again at our house!  Hope you like it as much as we do!  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Conscious Box

Thanks to a dear blogger friend of mine, Annsley of Gluten Freedoms, I discovered Conscious Box; which is a great Mother's Day gift idea!  To find out how it works, check out this link:  The best part is there is a Gluten Free, you get great, safe products delivered to your door (or send as a gift) for $19.95 (includes shipping)!  How great is that?!?!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Disney Research

Sorry I disappeared for a while!  My husband owns a seasonal business, and I run the store for him, so I've been adjusting to my crazy summer life!  The huge perk is that I get to take our little girl to work with us, and we have a blast!

Most are planning their summer vacations -but, we obviously can't take summer vacations due to the business -so, I'm planning our winter vacation!  We are huge Disney fans and highly recommend the DVC (Disney Vacation Club).  We are considering spending Thanksgiving in Disney, and am researching options for Thanksgiving dinner.  Thought I'd share all my finds for you to have information, too!  I'm sure you think we may be crazy to want to go on vacation for a holiday -but, for holidays, I tend to want to run away!  I'm sure you all know what I mean.  I have been a Celiac for almost 10 years now -but, the holidays still get tough for me.  I'd never cheat -but, just being around the unsafe food and all the anxiety of contamination drives me crazy!

There is a great Disney Q&A called Disney Mom Panel.  Every time I have asked a question, I received a response in a few days...very helpful.  Also, emailed WDW Special Diet and received a very helpful response which included this pdf:  WDW Resorts Gluten Free Dietary Guide.  Another unofficial helpful site recommended was Allergy Free Mouse.

In the past 10 years of going to Disney, we have not had one single bad experience...especially with food.  They have been amazing with my, and my daughter.  After eating all the delicious food, and having such magical experiences, it makes it very tough to come home!

If you have any Disney questions what so ever, please don't hesitate to ask.  Hope you all have a great rest of the day, and an amazing Gluten Free weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Meal Plan through April 6th

Finally, I put together my meal plan for today, and to get me through next week; which is already April! Hoping the snow stops falling by the time April starts!

Of course my favorite recipe source is Pinterest!! As I've mentioned before, I don't search for GF recipes, I just adjust as needed -so, please be sure to always check labels/ingredients.

Wednesday: Appley Kielbasi
Even though is notes appetizer, it sounds delicious, and will serve over rice with Asparagus.

Thursday: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken
Please be sure to use GF soy sauce.

Friday: Pizza night

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken
2 (14 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14 oz) cans corn, drained
1 (1 oz) package taco seasoning
1 lb chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
3/4 cup water

Place all ingredients in resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together in bag and zip closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
When finished cooking, shred chicken and serve over rice, with tortilla chips, over a salad, in tortilla shells, or wrapped in a soft tortilla (this meat is so versatile). Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce.
(Six Sisters Stuff)

Sunday: Happy Easter! We will be eating over my parents, and I'll be taking a dessert. More than likely I'll be making a BabyCakes NYC recipe!

Monday: Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole
I'll be skipping the hot sauce since my little one doesn't like spicy!

Tuesday: Oven Tacos

Wednesday: Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken with Trader Joe's fries, and green beans

Thursday: Chicken and Black Bean Casserole Recipe'+Stuff)&m=1

Friday: "Naked" Burgers & Potatoes and corn

Saturday: Ranch Cheddar Chicken with Tator Tots and Salad
instead of Panko, I'll use GF bread crumbs such as Gillian's.

Hope you all enjoy yummy GF food this week, and especially on Easter!!