Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How To Make The Best Quinoa Mylk In Town {Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Nut-free, Vegan}

This recipe makes much more then pictured

"Six o'clock already? I was just in the middle of a dream.  I was kissing Valentino by a crystal blue Italian stream.  Well, I can't be late because I guess I just won't get paid…these are the days when you wish your bed was already made…It's just another manic Monday…Oh oh oh…Wish it were Sunday…oh ohh oh, That's my funday…oh ohh oh…My I don't have to run day...Just another manic Monday." (The Bangles, Manic Monday 1980's)

Actually it's Tuesday-9am, 2014 not 1980 something and I have overslept all to wake up to Time Warner leaving me a message on my home answering machine advising me that my Internet and television will be turned off in 24 hours if I don't pay my two months worth of overdue bills!  Eek!  That got me outta bed real fast!  With one eye still closed, I managed to call Time Warner and pay up!

I think I'd go postal if my television and Internet were sacrificed because of my poor organizational skills!  (How would I get on Facebook? Instagram?-Oh the stress! Ha ha, just kidding)

I had overslept because yet again I have been having sleepless nights.  Falling asleep by 4am does not count for a restful night of beauty sleep.  I figured I'd allow myself to sleep late on my day off so that I could get some restful shut eye-even if my sleep schedule was totally out of whack.

Note to self-when one has medical and health issues it is important to not let bills slide till they are two months overdue!  

I'll have to assume God or my spiritual guide wanted me awake so I could make Homemade Quinoa Mylk, because that's exactly what I did!

A Nutribullet is the perfect alarm, so to speak.  It's so loud, I'm bound to wake from my dreamy Bangles 1980's song stupor.

So I know what you are thinking…Why make homemade Quinoa mylk when you can buy it at the store.  I know, you probably think it's easier, right?  I thought that too.  But what my mylk doesn't have is that nasty inflammatory thickening agent called Carrageenan or those other random additives, preservatives and thickeners.  Because that's what's in the store bought brands.  

What's Carrageenan?  Well, its a thickener derived from red seaweed and red algae added to foods, drinks and even toothpaste!  It seems harmless right?  Wrong!  It's so bad for us, it's used to test anti-inflammatory drugs-to make sure they are working correctly.  And it has properties that contribute to Leaky Gut!  When I read that…Oh boy!  I decided I was quite ok with making it myself.

It's a messy endeavor.  FYI, but a fun one!

Note to self and all others making this mylk-drain in sink!

And although a messy endeavor, it's easy.  And who doesn't love easy?

I was a newbie.  First time and it came out fantastic, amazing, better then I could have hoped for!  Second time was later this evening, and I was blown away.  I'm telling you, you will feel so spoiled if you make it yourself.  It's creamy and delicious and it tastes nothing like the store bought version in a very good way. 

Plus Quinoa is a complete protein!  It's packed with nutrients!  And it will give your energy a huge health boost-hello cartoon Road Runner

First I will say out of all the non-dairy mylk's out there?  This one is by far the creamiest!  Creamier then soy milk, similar to almond milk with a different taste and totally awesome in coffee!  Oh and smoothies!  You really cannot go wrong with this mylk.

You can bake cookies with it, bake brownies and cakes with it, muffins anyone? or how bout a creamy coffee or latte?, pancakes? soup batter? smoothies anyone?  This can be your go to mylk.  And it's great for those with nut allergies, soy allergies and dairy allergies.

Ok, now that I'm done selling Quinoa Mylk as if I'm representing the grain, I'll tell you how to make it.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup white Quinoa
3 cups water
High Speed Blender or Nutribullet
Cheese Cloth
Nutmeg
Vanilla extract (sugar free if you can find it)
Cardamom

DIRECTIONS:
1.  In your high speed blender or Nutribullet add 1 cup Quinoa and 3 cups water and blend.
2.  Blend, blend, blend.
3.  Add a dash or two of Nutmeg
4.  Add a dash or two of Cardamom
5.  Add 1/2-1tsp. Vanilla extract
6.  Blend again
7.  Drain milk using a cheese cloth (this is the messy part, and if you don't do it in your sink you will end up with Quinoa splatters all over your kitchen like I did-and that stuff dries fast-Remember, it's a grain.

**(If you are using a Nutribullet you may have to divide the mixture as the Nutribullet tall cup cannot hold all of that water at once).

How do you use a cheese cloth?  Easy! 

If I can do it, you can do it.  I didn't know how either.  I just decided to go with it.

Put the cloth over a cup
Drain milk into the cloth
Hold the cloth as if you are milking a cow
I'm so serious.
It's easy.
Once you are done draining your cheese cloth will have what's left of the grainy Quinoa.  That part is garbage and can be washed off the cheese cloth easily after.

Then, Serve!  or store in your fridge for a few days.

Peace and Love!

xx Julie

Monday, July 21, 2014

13 Ways To Get Your Spiritual Groove Back

Yes, I have fallen off the blogger planet.  Yes I stopped posting.

Where do I even start?  Where do I begin.

Do I write an introduction as to why I fell off the planet?

Or do I just start blogging as if I never disappeared?  Though that might be weird.

I feel that I owe it to you guys to fess up.  To let you know where I have been hiding.

Well, In a nutshell…

I left my 12 year fashion career as a women's fashion designer to pursue Health and Wellness.  I went back to school at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition and got a Certification in Health Coaching specializing in Nutrition, Holistic Health, the Gluten-free Diet, Celiac Disease and Vitamin Deficiencies-which was by the way an awesome life changing experience!  I just graduated in the beginning of July, 2014.

I am currently working with a web designer to transform and expand Goodie Goodie Gluten-free on an awesome Wordpress website.  Goodie Goodie Gluten-free is getting a whole new glam look!  And I am super excited.  The site will launch in the Fall.  I can't wait!!

I have become quite spiritual and learned all about yoga, meditation, health Podcasts, self care and my favorite: Gratitude Journals (which I'll explain a little later on).

This is Katie Dalebout's Podcast Series that can be downloaded on iTunes for Free.
Best interviews on some of my favorite health and wellness professionals.
Her show is called Wellness Wonderland.

Mmmm.  Clean eating at is best and of course in style!  Sauteed peppers and onions serves as a nutritional healthy snack.

I have diet hopped from a gluten-free processed diet of sugar, cupcakes and junk to gluten-free clean eating lifestyle, to the Paleo Diet and now to a Balanced Clean Eating, Gluten-free lifestyle and I have been working with a slew of medical doctors to figure out what is medically wrong with me since July 2012.  It's been rough while at the same time a HUGE learning experience.

I have experienced Anemia, Vitamin deficiencies, a full body absorption problem, inflammation almost everywhere, crazy rashes, cystic acne, hair loss (which is still and was terrible), facial and throat numbing with 80 percent of what I eat causes facial, throat and tongue numbing on the left side of my face; yet the cause is not from food allergies, cat scans on my sinuses, a brain scan, leaky gut, an endoscopy, environmental allergies, Eczema, drastic weight loss (almost 15 pounds), Acid reflux, food sensitivities (to way to many foods), Adult Asthma (that I'm not sure is even asthma), chronic fatigue, long bouts of Strep Throat, swollen glands, stomach viruses, random Flu like viruses, Ankle tendonitis (twice), horrific headaches, stomach issues (to say the least), dreadfully long periods (10 days!) and so much more!

I have been under the care of Neurologist, an Immunologist, an Allergist, 2 Integrative Functional Medical Doctors, an Endocrinologist, a Specialist Gynecologist, a Gastroenterologist, 3 Dermatologists, 3 Hair Doctors, a Trichologist, a ENT doctor, a General Internist, an Orthopedist even a Homeopathic doctor and more all since August 2012.  Though in August 2012 it started out slow.  I had an Endocrinologist and a Specialist Gynecologist.  By the time January 2013 approached my doctor roster had doubled and shit really started to hit the fan in June of 2013.  After June 2013 my doctor roster along with my medical mystery symptoms and ailments had quadrupled.  And my medical problems really escalated.  A whopping two years of doctors.  My week looks like 3-4 doctors appointments plus working and school.  The blog had to take a backseat.  The Anemia started back July 2012 and that is really what triggered this crazy journey.  Wow, that was even a lot for me to write!  I'm sweating over here.  Haha, just kidding...I have been misdiagnosed, told I needed a Psychiatrist, and overall completely misunderstood since August 2012.

Just when I thought one medical issue was horrific the next one following was and is so much worse.  I honestly thought I would crawl under a rock when my hair started falling out.  There were days I sat and cried in my apartment.  Actually pretty much all of Summer 2013 was me crying in my apartment over my hair loss.  I just didn't know what was happening.  And the stress that went along with these health issues was enormous! I was gluten-free 100 percent-I followed all the rules, and I couldn't understand why me, why now.


This is me in early March 2014
 (My awesome and super fun Birthday Celebration),
 with the hair piece colored blonde.
It started to look funny with my real genuine hair 
that was actually going gray on top
So I had my stylist re-color the piece to match my natural brown roots.
As you can see below there is a mix of gray, blonde and brown.
I have the ombre thing going…
And I'm embracing it!

This picture was taken early July 2014, and as you can see
I did loose more hair
And you can see the gray
And you can kinda see the two toned look
And what is my hair and what isn't.
Like I said, I'm embracing it!

This is what a Halo looks like.  
It's real hair attached to a string and colored to match my hair,
Although this was color matching when I was still blonde!
I haven't colored my hair in 1 year and 3 months!

Lucky for me I met this amazing WIG MAKER through a friend of a friend who made not only custom wigs, which I didn't need, but Halo's which is real hair sewn to an invisible elastic string and worn sort of like an invisible headband.  You would never know I was wearing partially fake hair.  It took me a long time to bite the Halo hair bullet.  Getting diagnosed with a non-permanent form of Alopecia in June 2013 and realizing that my hair was really going to take 3 years to grow back like the hair doctors said, was a tough pill to swallow.  But I am so grateful for people like Merria Dearman who create hair as an art and do it well.  Because the fears that were going through my mind were stopping me from living.  Well I was letting these fears stop me with tormenting thoughts like…"Who is going to want to date me, my hair is falling out." or "I can't blog now, I have so many issues" or How am I going to be a Health Coach with my hair, my acne, my _________."

My fears were getting the best of me, holding me back.  You see, I have always preached that once you go gluten-free, you are set for life, never to deal with ugly Celiac Disease again and onward to the life you are meant to enjoy in sweet perfection.

But this thinking of mine was oh.  so.  wrong.  The truth is, is that going gluten-free is not always the ONLY answer.  It's only part of the equation.

So instead of blogging, I completely retreated.

I'm sure If I had blogged, all you Celiac's and Gluten-freebee's out there may have related.  And perhaps I could have inspired some of you, or maybe some of you may have felt less alone.  I have laughed and cried all off my blog.

So where have I been?

In all honesty,

I have been afraid.

I have been afraid to post my life, because of all my crazy health shit.

I think I had every excuse in the book to not move forward.

And that sent me backwards!

I vowed that by Summer of 2014 all of this, all of me would be healed and I would go back to normal and enjoy my Summer.  And I thought…when I'm all better I'll start blogging again.  I thought I'd save all my recipes, creative cooking and funny stories for when all of 'this' went away.  Well.  That didn't happen.

The latest medical mystery of all?  80 percent of what I eat makes the left side of my face, throat and tongue completely numb.  Like scary numb.  I lived on Benadryl at first because we didn't know what it was.  I thought it was an allergy.  Imagine that diet!  It's clean eating with some serious restrictions and this is what I am currently dealing with on top of everything else, because I haven't healed yet, not even close.  At first I was hysterical.  I would stay up late at night trying to figure out how to fix this, try and figure out why it was happening, making game plans and to do lists to conquer this.  But guess what?  I'm human and I can't conquer it alone.  Nope.  Can't.  Totally tried.  For months and months and months and MONTHS.  Made myself nuts.  Rid myself with crazy anxiety to the point that I wasn't sleeping at all.  All to realize I had no choice but to let this go, and work with what I have got.  We are still trying to figure this out.  Currently I work with a new amazing Integrative Functional Medical Doctor, a Homeopath and an Endocrinologist and we are taking this step by step, clean meal by clean meal.

I realize Perfection does not exist and we are all on some sort of journey.  And a Journey is not a destination, nor is happiness.  We have to create what we want and take action to get it and even that is part of the journey.  Without our stories, our struggles, we wouldn't be who we are, or even where we are today at this very moment with the good and with the bad.



While most would keep this to themselves as I have, I have realized that by keeping this to myself, I am not only dis-servicing myself, but you guys as well.  I know that I love to read other's stories and I'm sure you do too.  Where they were before they got here, and how they got "here" (whatever "here" means).  What sort of pain and happiness did they have to go through to make them who they are.  I would look for these stories because they would inspire me, cheer me on and make me realize I'm not alone.

But my blog?  My story?  What I'm about and why I believe what I believe?  Why I am who I am today?  Where my journey has lead me?  Over a year ago I took down my "About Me" section because I felt my story was just too complicated.  I am now re-writing it and it will soon be posted.

My Physical Therapist tells me I am the most cheerful person she has ever met with medical problems.  And she sees me twice a week!  So she knows what she is talking about.  Serious accuracy.  Totally Legit.


I still LOVE to cook and bake.  I just do it differently now.  It's always a challenge, but creativity is my gift.  It's what I can give to the world effortlessly.  Not many people can do or say that, so I feel it is important for me to pay that forward.  I also love to read about health and wellness, holistic health, remedies, recipes of all kinds, different diets especially gluten-free and clean eating.  I love color, music, sequins, designing anything, vampires, music, sunshine, warm weather and so much more.  And despite all of this happening, I still love all of those things.  So that is what is portrayed on my social media.  It's me.  No holes barred.  Real.  Genuine.  Me.

Instead of blogging, I have been using social media as an outlet to keep things going.  Because even during all of this crazy stuff, I am still a health and wellness lover and warrior.  Going to the best kick ass school-The Institute For Integrative Nutrition was my knight in shining armor!  Had I not had the support of the most amazing school, had I not had that school to look forward too, I don't think I would have been able to deal with all of this as well as I did.  And that is saying a whole lot! I graduated with straight A's and was determined to not let my health issues get in the way.

My Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook feeds have been constantly hopping.

I love posting creative concoctions and peeks of my daily life on Instagram.  Curious?  Follow me there!  I'm @GoodiegoodieGF.

Twitter has been my outlet for awesome articles from various other bloggers and websites like Mind Body Green, Nitika Chopra, David Wolfe, Jenny Sansouci, Wellness Wonderland, Gabby Bernstein, Kris Carr, Go Sweet and Skinny, The Healthy Apple The Balanced Blonde, formally known as The Blonde Vegan, The Bach Book and (many, many more), with my humorous sidekick tweets.  Curious?  Wanna see why I love health and wellnesss so much?  Follow me on Twitter @GoodieGoodiegf

Pinterest is a PLETHORA of good vibes, positivity, amazing recipes, and rocking quotes.  I can't get enough of Pinterest.  Interested in my creative pins on cooking, baking, Paleo, Gluten-free, cakes, cookies, easy gluten-free nosh, desserts, home decor, holidays, fashion, summer BBQs and more? Follow me at Goodiegoodiegf

And Facebook for a little bit of everything.  Currently just my personal page (and soon to be launching a GoodieGoodiegf page).

So here we are, another years past and it's the Summer of 2014.  It's time to conquer fears and move forward.  I have used a lot of skills I learned at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition and I am going to share these amazing simple secrets with you!  These are the kinds of things that you wouldn't think would HOLD THE POWER that they actually hold!  And Anyone can do these.

Some of my favorites are:

Gratitude Journals-These little books are the bomb!  I got mine at Barnes and Noble.  It's a little orange book that says Gratitude on it and inside are lined blank pages where you write 3 things per day that you are grateful for.  There are no rules for this book, no one sees it but you!



Bedside Dream Journals-Never underestimate these amazing books!  They unlock your subconscious and tap into places you didn't even know existed further helping you deal with your everyday life and finding solutions to problems.  The trick is to immediately write down your dream in full detail the moment you wake up!  Way before you grab your morning coffee.  Why?  Because you remember the most upon first awakening.  Jot down everything from colors to places to scents and scenes.

Inspiration Boards totally rock my world, which go hand in hand with Vision Boards.  An inspiration board is simply a foam board where you pin or tape all things from magazines, Pinterest, souvenirs from your life onto this board.  It's something fun and pretty to look at and since you created it, it's homemade functional art.  It serves a purpose.  That is, to inspire.

Vision Boards are similar but instead of putting things on it that inspire, you put things on it that you want.  What you want your life, love life, career, house etc to look like.  You have to be really sure about what you want, because what you put on this Vision board is a way for the Universe to see what you are asking for and actually give it to you.  It's very spiritual to put your life in the hands of the Universe.  And trust that what you put out there you will get in return.  It's a Law of Attraction kind of thinking, like what you put out into the Universe you get right back.  And a vision board also serves a purpose.  It's showing the world and you in case you have doubts your vision for what you want out of life.

Mediation-ah I love.  It's a practice and needs to be done often to reap any benefits.  But to just sit in a safe space and deeply relax is the ultimate gift.  Its a place inside yourself where you can really get to know what you need.  Start with classes on this activity.  And you can even create a safe space in your home or apartment.  A small area designated to be your meditation station.  In that space you can add a comfy pillow to sit on, an array of your favorite books and magazines and anything inspirational you may want to sit with when you are having a meditation moment, some relaxation time, down time or even a bad day.  Fill that area with stuff you love!

This is my space.  I have my inspiration board, a few buddha's and my favorite books

There is my Buddha snow globe, a smaller Buddha, 
a Ganesha and a magnet with an awesome quote that makes me happy.

Yoga is something I absolutely live for!  And there are a few reasons.  1.  It's relaxing.  Sometimes you don't even realize all the stress you are carrying until you stretch it out.  It's like the ultimate release.  It's better then a massage, because you are the one working the stresses out.  And often an hour of yoga solves so many problems that are going on in your world.  2.  It balances stress levels.  3.  Helps period cramps.  4.  Is totally relaxing.  5.  Builds your muscles and tones your body.  6. Gets rid of toxins by sweating.  7.  It ultimately gets you so much closer to the inner you and 8.  You literally leave the yoga studio like you are walking on clouds.

Exercise-this can be done in conjunction with Yoga.  Has similar effects to yoga but is more energizing then zen relaxation like Yoga.  Exercise is a great way to get anger out or frustrated emotions.  Same with yoga, but it's a different kind of Adrenaline. Exercising feels like a rush.  It also rids toxins quickly, tones your body, gets your sweat on and gives you confidence.

Clean eating-Seriously such a big one!  You are what you eat.  You can't have all the energy in the world if you are eating fast food, tons of sugar, bad fats as opposed to good fats, processed junk and ingredients you can't even understand.

Chia Seed Pudding with Baked Green Apples

Fresh Salmon with Snap Peas, Bok Choy, Coconut Aminos and Garlic

Elimination Diets-Seriously eliminating sugar was the best thing I ever did.  Elimination diets are not forever, they are merely set in place to detox your body from toxins.  And when you do a detox diet or an elimination diet, as frustrating as it is in the beginning, you learn so much about your body.  You learn what you body can handle and what it can't.  You learn that you only have one body so you want to treat it right.  You learn that some foods are just not workable for your body despite it's "healthy" label or even it's junk food label.  And what's even more amazing is that when you finally learn to eliminate what's not OK for your particular body, mystery symptoms disappear. Taking charge of your body feels amazing!

Eliminating substances and alcohol-I'm not sure I even need to preach on this topic.  Just merely reducing your intake will improve your moods, your diet, your weight, your thoughts, your energy levels, your quality of sleep and your overall zest for life.  Learn to party sober.  It's kind of amazing!!

Listening to Music-I have always said life is better with music.  I swear it makes everything so much less stressful.  And it actually changes brain chemistry in a really good way.

Reading good books-Sometimes getting lost in someone else's story is a good thing.  It takes you away from obsessing on your own problems and promotes better sleep.  (Make sure its a real book or an old Kindle and not an iPad (that blue light will get your further into sleepless nights).

Listening to your body-When you start doing some of the things I mentioned above you will be able to be in tune with your body a lot more then before.  You will hear and see signs you didn't see before that you can now read differently and more effectively.  You will be able to make better decisions for your body and that is some sweet stuff!

Stay Nutritionally Awesome!!
xx Julie

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Raspberry Chia Pudding (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan)


I say move over Oatmeal, there is a new Sheriff in town!


                              
Consistency of Chia (Below is with Coconut and Hemp Milk and is pictured for what Chia Seeds look like after they have expanded in liquid.
                             
Chia Pudding Bowl of Goodness 
                        

As far as Chia seed pudding goes, I'm a HUGE fan.  I love it.  I can't get enough of it.

It's filling.

The creamier the better.

The more toppings the better-and you don't have to feel guilty about it!

It's like dessert for adults.  And you can eat it for breakfast too!

It's so EASY to make!!

So easy, that often I make two or three of them before bed, and the prep is done in 10 minutes!

You can load it with toppings like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, oats, granola, warmed sweet potato, mashed banana, raw cacao nibs, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, coconut butter, cocoa powder-the sky is the limit, but the trick is to stay with healthier toppings as opposed to candy, cookies and cereal.

I prefer going sugar free when it comes to Chia Pudding.  Meaning, no added sugar.  But if you are a sugar whore and you need your fix try maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar.  And just a little goes a long way.

The best part is?  Your brain thinks it's dessert!  So you think you are eating a treat, but low and behold it's healthy!

The benefits? OMG this little seed is LOADED with goodness!

  • Was eaten by the Aztecs for strength. Boosts energy!
  • Excellent vegetarian source of Omega Fatty Acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9)
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Aids Digestion
  • It contains more natural antioxidants then flaxseed 
  • Excellent source of dietary fiber
  • Versatile in any recipe as an addition (in small quantities)
  • It's a healthy fat but low in fat!
  • Carries large amounts of Magnesium which is great for muscles and helps you sleep
  • Diabetic friendly
This version uses a water base.  It's a little lighter.

Using Organic Chia seeds is best.

What is the dilly with Chia Seeds?  
Well, when you add them dry they do not expand but are still delicious and packed with the nutrients above.  But when you add liquid they expand, get larger and the quantity becomes doubled.  It's like Jello.  Jello doesn't become that gummy consistency until it sets in water in the refrigerator for a few hours.  That's like Chia.  When they expand you get your pudding consistency.  

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds 
3/4 cup Water
1-2 capfuls Sugar free or regular vanilla extract
1 tsp. Raw Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder of choice
Desired toppings for later use
(I used Frozen Raspberries, Goji Berries, Sunflower Seeds, Raw Cacao Nibs)

By now you might be wondering what Goji Berries and Raw Cacao Nibs are.  They are Superfoods.  That means they have more nutrient packed benefits then most.  Vitamins, Nutrients, Trace Minerals, Healthy Fats, Protein and healing properties.  Goji Berries are known for lasting life according to Chinese Medicine and they are the most nutrient rich berry and antioxidant.  Raw Cacao nibs provide lots of Magnesium, is a natural source for energy and at the same time aids in sleeping.  Did you know that Chia seeds are considered a Superfood?  Yup!  Lucky you!!

Are Superfoods Necessary for your Chia Pudding?  No they are not.  Superfoods are pricey.  They are best bought Organic online on Amazon or Vitacost.  Buying retail will cause you to faint on sight because of the price increase.  Therefore if your wallet cannot afford all Superfoods, simply choose one as a little goes a long way, and then stick with your more affordable toppings like dark chocolate (70 percent and higher, frozen fruits, mashed fruits, fresh fruits, dried fruit, oatmeal, oats, granola etc).

What I love about Chia Seed Pudding is that all you need is a good base.  The rest is up to you.  Create my darlings, create!

MASON JAR DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Mason Jar mix 1/2 cup of water with 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
2. Add in 1 tsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3. Secure jar tightly and shake it like a madwoman
4. Put in refrigerator over night sealed
5. The next day open jar and mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon
6. Add in an addition 1/4 cup of water and re stir thoroughly
7. Pour into a dish and add desired toppings or put toppings into jar and eat

KITCHEN CUP DIRECTIONS:

1. In a cup mix 1/2 cup of water with 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
2. Add in 1 tsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3. Mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon  
4. Cover with saran wrap and put in refrigerator over night sealed
5. The next day remove saran wrap and mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon
6. Add in an addition 1/4 cup of water and re stir thoroughly
7. Pour into a dish and add desired toppings or put toppings into cup and eat




Serves 1

Enjoy!! xx Julie


Apple Aloe Tart Green Juice (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Sugar-free, Vegan)



Is it a smoothie or a juice? The consistency is more juice like.  But it was not made in a juicer.  You decide.  The consistency is a cool one, and is almost in layers.  The denser part of the juice settles to the bottom while the fluffy cloud like foam remains at the top.  It tastes delicious!!

Why Aloe? Ah the benefits.  Aids in Acid Reflux and Indigestion, calms the Esophagus from irritation, great for digestion, a sour tummy, and amazing for skin and hair.  Often the holistic and natural remedy for Acid Reflux or Indigestion is Aloe.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 large handful of spinach
1 cup skinless cucumber
a squeeze or two lemon juice from a half of a lemon
3-4 slices of Granny Smith apple (less then half of an apple)
1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Juice
1 serving of your powder Probiotic
1/2 cup water
3-4 ice cubes

TIPS:
-The more Green apple you put in the more tart it will be.  Start off with 2-3 slices, and then add in as you go along (with a taste test of course)
-Sometimes apple can be grainy, so make sure you blend it for a longer amount of time.
-Adding in your Probiotic is a great way to get it in!  Especially in the morning.  Faster absorption, better effects and tasteless in a drink.
-If you don't have Aloe Vera Juice, try the Gel or the actual plant.
-Measurements do not need to be exact.  Play.  Have confidence in your instincts and see what comes out.

DIRECTIONS:
-Add the spinach, cucumber, lemon juice, Aloe Vera juice, Probiotic, water and 2-3 slices of the apple and blend until desired consistency.
-Taste to see if tart enough.  If not add more apple.
-Blend again.
-Add ice cubes and blend again.

Serves 1 large beautiful green drink or 2 smaller ones.

Enjoy! xx Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com


Bonkers for Banana Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan)





Sometimes a smoothie looks like vomit but tastes so good! I remember when I visited my parents over the Summer I was making a smoothie in their blender.  I wanted everyone to try just how amazing these green smoothies were, just how good they tasted and just how wonderful they would feel with these nutrient-dense, protein-dense, healthy fat drinks with no sugar added with the exception of natural sugars I was concocting.  Sadly, my Dad, my Step-Mom, my Step-Sister and even my Brother took one look and said "I'm not drinking that, it looks like vomit".  

Looks can be deceiving my friends!  I am not sure what you expect from a green smoothie filled with sunflower seed butter.  Without the Raw Cacao or a secondary fruit, vomit color is what you are going to get.  But to no avail they would not try, and they missed out.  Don't judge a book by it's cover, you may be pleasantly surprised.  Haven't you heard?  Vomit color is all the rage!  Think Grunge Era.


Did you know that a smoothie doesn't always have to use a milk or non dairy milk base?  You can always use water!  It is a tad challenging when you are limited to certain fruits, veggies and have allergies to tree nuts and other various non dairy milks, but creativity works at its best when you have to "make it work" as Tim Gunn would say (Project Runway).  

One of my favorite things to do is to add the probiotic powder into my smoothie.  It's one less pill to take.  It's totally tasteless in a smoothie.  So you are killing two birds with one stone.  And by drinking your probiotic powder, it goes into your system faster which means faster effects and better absorption! So that's killing three birds with one stone!  I'm not really going to kill three birds.  I am not a murderer!  I am a Smoothie maker!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 small/medium banana
1 large handful spinach
1/4 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter
2 capfuls sugar free vanilla extract
5 x 1/4-inch thick cucumber slices (no skin)
1 cup water
1 serving of your powder probiotic
3-4 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:
Blend all ingredients together except for the ice.  Blend until you have reached your desired consistency.
Add ice in and blend again.

Serves 1


Enjoy!! xx Julie


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Making My Own Paleo Trail Mix (Gluten-free, Paleo, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Sugar-free)

Doesn't it look cutesy and fancy in a cupcake tin? 

Why?  I am so pro Paleo.  I sell it like a car commercial I am told.  And I'm not a sales gal.  I just have passion for the lifestyles that make my clients, my friends, my co-workers and fellow strangers I often chat to feel better.  Including myself!

Because when I make a trail mix with foods that don't inflame my body I don't get tired after I eat it.  Grains, legumes, dairy or added sugar all can make you very lethargic.  I'm sure you have heard people speaking of a food coma after a meal.  And that word has become a trend.  "food coma".  I'm in a "food coma".  I'm having a "food coma".  Whenever someone eats an amazing, star quality meal, it's usually followed by lol, "food coma".  I'm not sure why this is a laugh out loud situation.  In fact, if you are feeling food coma like after a meal that is supposed to nourish your body, I'm not so sure it is doing the right job.  Nourishment should not make you feel tired after.  Refined Sugar makes you tired after.   Grains can make you feel tired after.  Even legumes and dairy can make you tired after.  They all might be tasting mighty good at first, but if you are walking back to work feeling utterly exhausted, or sleeping at your desk, or not able to make it out past your dinner dates-you have a problem on your hands.  It's called-Your body isn't getting nourished.

We need nourishment in order to function in this lovely world.  If we don't get the nutrients and vitamins we need it hinders us from conquering our dreams.  And let's not forget about absorption!!  That is huge.  If your body is clogged with unwanted substances and yes that even includes sugar!! Then how do you think your body will get the necessary nutrients to absorb and feed your body.  Without proper absorption, your body is screwed!  Hello hair loss, thin nails, acne, rashes, eczema, vitamin deficiencies...You probably think I am exaggerating, but seriously?  How can you be your healthiest self, if you are too tired to figure it out?  Think about it.

Since I went back to school for Nutrition, I am all about Superfoods.  Have you heard about Superfoods? Superfoods are foods that have healing properties.  So what do they do for you?  What are the benefits?  What are you going to get out of this?  They are not intended to cure, but they bump up your immune system.  They give you healing boosts!  They maintain stress, provide super nutrients, help skin, make you feel balanced, give you excellent sources of vitamins, iron ,magnesium, vitamin A, they give you energy!! and more!…They are so truly amazing.

Are you ready now?  Ready to dive into my super amazing Trail Mix??

Ok first.  You need to purchase some super foods.  And I bet you are wondering where to get these lovely gems?  Whatever you do-If you want to save money, shop online!!

Vitacost.com is probably the best source quality, price and quantity wise.  I tell you I went to Fairway and Whole Foods to grab some and each bag was at least 12-20 dollars MORE then Vitacost.  And that is A LOT!  Because superfoods are expensive!  They are so worth it, because a little goes a long way, but since they are expensive you want to get them where it won't cost you an arm and a leg.  For example Maca Root, especially if organic, and you really want organic-this powder comes in a bag.  My first bag lasted me 9 months.  At a typical retail store like Whole Foods or Fairway Maca Root Powder can be up to 38 dollars a bag.  On Vitacost.com Maca Root Powder is 18 dollars.  As for Goji Berries, I have had the same large bag for 1 full year.  I bought them on Vitacost.com at 18 dollars, but at the retail stores they were 25 dollars.  So be your own Superfoods Detective.  Know your prices.  Get these online.  Check out Vitacost.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
For this mix, I do not use measurements, I go by fistful handfuls.

1 large handful unsweetened Coconut shreds (I love Bob's Red Mill)
1 small handful Goji Berries (1 serving is 14 pieces-use this sparingly)
1 large handful raw cacao nibs
1 small handful chia seeds
1 large handful hemp seeds
1 small handful pumpkin raw seeds
1 small handful sunflower raw seeds

optional: 1 small handful blueberries

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Mix it all together and enjoy

Serves 1.

Enjoy!! xox Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com


Sesame Chocolate Bar Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan, No Refined Sugar)



When it comes to following the Paleo Diet (aka Primal, Primal Blueprint Diet, Caveman Diet) the "no added sugar" part can get tricky.  I learned this even before Paleo, when I enrolled at my awesome Nutrition School The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Did you know that even nut and seed butters have added cane sugar?  Why do you think it tastes so good? And even though it's not a lot-1-3 percent of added cane sugar-it's still added sugar and would be considered not Whole 30 or Paleo friendly.

Therefore I only buy organic nut and seed butters that are unsweetened-sugar and sodium free.  That means the only sugars in these nut butters are the natural ones that come with the seed or the nut.  Now the butters I buy definitely taste different then what you would be used to-no doubt-the ingredient list on the back you can actually read, and understand what's in your seed or nut butter.  And there are only like 4 ingredients, sometimes 2.  I even have a friend who makes a kids "gross" face when she tastes it on its own and claims that's what her mom used to buy her when she was growing up and therefore resists it.  But the way I see it, is that in this world we eat pounds and pounds of sugar without realizing it-Pounds!  So if you can't taste the sugar in the nut or seed butters in a smoothie, why add it?  It just seems like a healthier option.  Why do we need to consume all that sugar?  Does sugar really need to be in your nut or seed butter?  Do you need it that badly?  When you add Raw Cacao powder and some low fructose fruits like berries, green apples, kiwi's, lemons, limes and grapefruits-you will never notice that the nut or seed butter you bought was sugar and sodium free.

On the Paleo Diet Tree Nuts are welcome.  Tree nuts are almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, Pralines, Macadamia, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine nuts...  That means tree nut butters, actual nuts, raw nuts, nut flours.  But what if you are allergic to tree nuts?  My options are peanut butter or seed butters.  Sadly Peanuts are a legume and not a tree nut and therefore not Paleo or Whole 30 friendly.  Therefore, for me it's all about Sunflower Seed butter, Hemp seed butter (which I haven't found yet), Coconut butter and Tahini Butter.  Tahini butter is sesame seed butter made from sesame seeds.  This is the only nut butter that I find unbearable when unsweetened.

But today finally, after months of having this sitting in my fridge, I decided to give Tahini a fair chance.  I imagine baking with it one day.  I have visions on how I can make some mighty tasty raw balls, or mock ice cream of some sort.  Tahini dreams.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1/4 piece of Banana
2 capful's sugar free vanilla extract
3-4 drops liquid Stevia
5-6 frozen broccoli florets (all sizes-make sure you use all sizes big, small and medium)
1 handful spinach
8 thick slices of cucumber
pinch Nutmeg
pinch Cardomom
1 heaping small kitchen spoon of unsweetened Tahini Butter
1 heaping tsp. hemp seeds
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. Maca Root powder
2 tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
4 tbsp. coconut water (organic real stuff)
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
optional: 1 chunk frozen peeled pear
3-4 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

1.  In a high speed blender or Nutribullet blend everything except the ice and the spices.  Blend, blend, blend until smooth.
2.  Add in the spices and the ice.  Blend again.


Serves 1 16oz seedytastic smoothie.

Enjoy!! xx
Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com



Monday, April 28, 2014

Blueberry Tootsie Roll Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, No Refined Sugar, Vegan)


Lately I have been in a candy mood.  I swear I have dreams that I eat candy!  I wake thinking just how good that sugar was.  But since my body doesn't process sugar so well, I am glad I only ate it in my dreams!  My dreams are often really vivid.  I remember scents, dress code, people, weather, taste-and I actually feel like the dream is reality.  So when I ate those sour patch kids and chocolate in my dream, I woke up thinking I actually had.  I woke up as if I had just finished chewing it.  It was wild!

So I opted for my Tootsie Roll smoothie day 2.  But this time, I needed it a tad sweeter, so I added in some extra raw Cacao powder, a few drops of liquid Stevia, a tad more avocado, some more Maca Root powder and a small handful of organic frozen blueberries.  I used some Goji Berries (superfood) as a garnish.  It was so delicious to eat those last!  It was perfect!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 tsp. Hemp Seeds (no you won't get high, and no there is no THC in these seeds)
2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
2 tsp. Maca Root Powder
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
3-4 chunks Honey Dew Melon
1 handful Spinach
7-8 thick slices of Cucumber
1 large floret Frozen Broccoli
Juice from 1/2 Lime
1/3 slice Avocado
1 small handful Organic Frozen Blueberries
3-4 drops of Liquid Stevia for sweetness
4 ice cubes (add last after all is already blended)
Garnish: Superfood Goji Berries (just a handful goes a long way)


**Smoothies are a great way to get your probiotic in!  You don't taste it.  I have a probiotic that is a powder.  I simply add the daily dosage amount into the smoothie.

**When it comes to clean eating and Organic-I strive for half and half.  I follow the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.    And that means that my cucumbers, broccoli, maca root powder, blueberries and spinach are ALWAYS organic.  The fruits and veggies that have a protective shell I am more inclined to just get the regular (non gmo) fruits and veggies.  Those are the ones that have a sticker starting with the number 4, which are in this smoothie: Avocados, Melon, Limes

No need to freak if you can't afford Organic, and It's just not your jam.  Use what you have and get those nutrients in your body! : )  We all start somewhere.

In case you are wondering what a large Broccoli floret looks like here is a pic.  You can always even go bigger!  But don't go smaller.



DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Nutribullet or high speed blender add everything minus the ice.  At this point you would add the probiotic.  Blend, blend, blend.
2. Blend until there are zero veggie particles.  You don't want to chew your smoothie.
3. Then add the ice and blend again

Pour and enjoy.

Makes 1 gorgeous smoothie

**If you enjoy a super thick smoothie then add more avocado.

xo Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tootsie Roll Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan, No Refined Sugar)


There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether the coconut is a nut or a fruit.  Until this year, it was always a fruit.  Now there are debates on this fact.  I am allergic to tree nuts, and I don't have any issues with coconuts.  Since the debate is up for grabs, I am going with the notion that they are in fact a fruit rather then a nut, hence the reason I consider this a nut free smoothie.

Hemp seeds, often called Hemp nuts, are in fact a seed, so this seed is safe for those with nut allergies.  Hemp seeds and Hemp milk I adore!  I used to ignore these nut free milks when I was a dairy drinker, but when I quit dairy milk, I needed a substitute.  I went for coconut milk and hemp milk.  Since I can't have almond milk (which is so delightful), I sub in unsweetened Hemp milk or Hemp seeds and it gives my smoothie that nutty texture and taste almonds would have.

Stay tuned for my recipe of Hemp milk!  I'm going to make that a little later on.  I can't wait!  Hemp milk with zero additives.  How totally awesome and healthy!!

Lately when my friends come over, I insist on making something.  A concoction of sorts, using my creative magic, whether it be a smoothie or a fabulous appetizer or treat.  My creative soul peaks out when I cook.  I often do not follow recipes, I just look at what I have in my kitchen at that moment and I let my instincts guide me.  I often jot them down after, but then I forget to blog them!  Silly me!!  So instead of forgetting this time, I am going to write down here exactly what I did to achieve the taste of a sugar free Tootsie Roll smoothie.

I took a two week break from smoothies.  I had gotten super sick and the thought of a smoothie was just hideous.  On a normal day green smoothies are my rock,  but when I got sick you couldn't have paid me to drink one.  My taste buds had left the building.  Yesterday was the first time in two weeks that I had a smoothie, and I didn't add avocado, so it was more like a juice.  Today I added a bit of avocado-so good!  I think my taste buds are coming back! Yay.

What I like about this smoothie is that it is not sweet.  I put in just enough fruit so that it wouldn't taste like broccoli, but on a strict Paleo diet, with a side of Candida, I prefer to keep the sugar low which would make this a diabetic friendly smoothie.  Better for my body, ya know?

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 tsp. Hemp Seeds (no you won't get high, and no there is no THC in these seeds)
1 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
1 tsp. Maca Root Powder
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
3-4 chunks Honey Dew Melon
1 handful Spinach
7-8 thick slices of Cucumber
1 large floret Frozen Broccoli
Juice from 1/2 Lime
1/4 slice Avocado
3-4 ice cubes (add last after all is already blended)
Optional: 3-4 drops of Liquid Stevia for sweetness

**Smoothies are a great way to get your probiotic in!  You don't taste it.  I have a probiotic that is a powder.  I simply add the daily dosage amount into the smoothie.

**When it comes to clean eating and Organic-I strive for half and half.  I follow the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.    And that means that my cucumbers, broccoli, maca root powder and spinach are ALWAYS organic.  The fruits and veggies that have a protective shell I am more inclined to just get the regular (non gmo) fruits and veggies.  Those are the ones that have a sticker starting with the number 4, which are in this smoothie: Avocados, Melon, Limes

No need to freak if you can't afford Organic, and It's just not your jam.  Use what you have and get those nutrients in your body! : )

In case you are wondering what a large Broccoli floret looks like here is a pic.  You can always even go bigger!  But don't go smaller.




DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Nutribullet or high speed blender add everything minus the avocado and ice.  At this point you would add the probiotic.  Blend, blend, blend.
2. Then add the small amount of avocado and blend again.
3. Then add the ice for your final blend.
Pour and enjoy.

Makes 1 gorgeous smoothie

**If you enjoy a super thick smoothie then add more avocado.  This smoothie is not super thick at all.  For me it's just perfect.

xo Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bistango Gluten-Free Restaurant Expanding

Have you heard?!

Bistango Italian Restaurant in NYC is expanding!!  This is such exciting news!!  Bistango's original location is in the Murray Hill neighborhood and is expanding to the Upper East side with it's own 'on premise' gluten-free bakery!! Yeah!!

Coming soon!

Enjoy!! xx Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Green Goddess Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low Sugar, Paleo, Vegan)


By now perhaps you have noticed that I am totally obsessed with Smoothies!!  If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you would definitely know that I love them!  If you don't follow me, then what are you waiting for?!  Get on the goodie wagon with me and let's go for a ride!

Smoothies make me feel ALIVE!  And it is the BEST feeling ever!! Step aside coffee, you won't dehydrate me this time! (at least not in the a.m.) : )

I never realized how different my mornings could be until I started making smoothies.  A few years back I was basically a zombie dragging myself each morning to my job as a Fashion Designer and starting off with a caffeinated cappuccino followed by random carb snacks to stay awake, followed by another cappuccino at lunch, when really all I needed (clearly) were some low sugar fruits, veggies blended into a gorgeous smoothie! I don't think I ever realized what energetic (naturally) really felt like.  It was and still is amazing each and every morning.  In fact, when I don't have one not only am I bummed, but I'm not my spunky self at all.  And that's just no way to live.  Especially since I have seen the other side and it is greener!! It's greener, it's better, it's prettier, it's clearer the list can go on my friends!!-That's why I wake up even earlier then I should just to make those gorgeous green smoothies!

I wake up an extra 20 minutes just to make them daily.  It's not just the drinking part that rejuvenates me, it's the whole process.  Gathering the veggies, fruits, super foods and proteins and concocting beyond my wildest imagination some pretty freaking awesome smoothie combos.  And then I usually drink them while I'm getting ready, or I shower with the smoothie.  Yes, you heard right…I shower with my smoothie.  What else am I gonna do while I wait for the conditioner to settle in? By the time I leave the house I am wide awake on a natural high that completely satisfies me until lunch time.  It's pretty amazing.

I perfected this goddess this evening so I could get it on the blog ASAP!  Just 2 tries and it's the Shizzle! 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 cup ripe Honey Dew Melon
1 cup English Cucumber plus 3 extra slices (not frozen) (peeled)
1 handful spinach
1/4-1/3 slice of avocado
1 heaping kitchen size tablespoon of Coconut Butter
1/2 coconut water
1/2 unsweetened coconut milk
Optional: 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel
Optional: Lime juice from 1/2 a lime (this is only needed if you add the Aloe)
Ice

DIRECTIONS:
-Add everything into the blender minus the ice and blend until all particles have disappeared.  
-Add 3-4 ice cubes and blend again

Serves 1 very large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies

Tips:
-Aloe Vera is a magical plant!  It's inside gel heals/aids burns, sunburn, skin irritations, rashes, eczema.  It's great for the hair and the scalp and makes your skin shine.  It's gel is soothing.  Aloe Vera helps with indigestion and Acid Reflux.  I sometimes put it in my tea.  Chamomile tea brewed with coconut milk and some Aloe Vera gel is amazingly relaxing.  
-Cucumbers.  While I used an English Cucumber for this recipe, sometimes they are hard to find.  Fear not my lovelies, just use a regular cucumber.
-I prefer organic produce as much as humanly possible, but whatever floats your boat ladies and gents!

Enjoy!! xx Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com 


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hot Chocolate Coffee (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar-free)



Sometimes I feel like there are days only chocolate would understand.  And following a strict Paleo diet does not allot for chocolate eating.  Especially chocolate with added dried cane sugar.  And especially in abundance.  Of course special occasions allot for this type of activity, but today is not that day.

So how do you put a sock in your chocolate craving?  Well, simply remove your sock from your foot and put it in your chocolate.  I'm kidding!  Please use a clean sock! Kidding again!!…

Often, chocolate cravings can get the best of us, so I created a delicious recipe to kick my craving and your craving.  It's delicious.  And it's perfect for the lover of coffee and chocolate.  Taking a sip of this sent signals of pure decadence to my brain.

A lot of my readers often describe how tough it is to drink black coffee without sweetener, so this one is for you guys!!  This recipe is a total Brain Trick.  It tastes sweet and chocolaty, so you think there is sweetener.  But it's all naturally sugar free.  And it's easy.  No slaving in the kitchen for this one…I just need a few minutes of your time.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup of your favorite coffee (decaf or regular) (I use decaf)
1 Tsp. Raw Cacao Powder
3-4 drops of Liquid Stevia Concentrate
2 capfuls of Sugar Free Vanilla Extract  (that means no alcohol in the extract)
1/8-1/4 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk

DIRECTIONS:
1. Brew your coffee and pour into a cup
2. Add raw cacao, coconut milk, liquid stevia and vanilla and mix well with a spoon
3. Serves 1

Drink it hot.

TIPS:
-Sugar Free vanilla extract is hard to find, but well worth the search.  The brand I use is called Premium Quality Pure Vanilla Extract All Natural, Sugar Free by Morton and Bassett Spices.
-Liquid Stevia-Not all Liquid or even powder Stevia is created equal.  The real Diabetic friendly Liquid Stevia is from the Whole leaf and is a very tart dark substance with purified water.  If you read the labels (despite the pretty marketing of 'all natural', 'safe for diabetics') read the ingredients list.  If you see ingredients like Dextrose, or any other ingredients you cannot pronounce, know that is not pure Stevia).
-Raw Cacao powder is not processed, but Cocoa Powder is the processed version.  I say stick with Raw Cacao powder because there are so many nutrients worth your while in Raw Cacao, that regular cocoa does not have like Iron, Magnesium, dietary fiber, antioxidants, mood improving qualities and more.



Enjoy!! xx Julie
www.goodiegoodiegluten-free.blogspot.com



Monday, March 31, 2014

The Versatile Pancake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar-free)



Over the weekend I woke up with the overwhelming feeling of needing to eat pancakes.  So I thought, what would be the best way to accomplish Paleo Pancakes and what ingredients could I use?  I began to scour the internet at 8:30a.m. on a Saturday determined to find a good recipe.

I came across one that called for 3 eggs, Ghee, Coconut Flour and a sprinkle of salt from Nom Nom Paleo.  

I thought…That's easy, and I have Coconut flour.  Score!

I ran to my kitchen and began to prepare.  I got out the griddle pan.  I buttered the pan and turned on the heat.  I cracked 3 eggs into my cooking bowl and opened the cupboard looking for the Coconut flour.  I had so many gluten-free flours, but I didn't have coconut flour.  But I wasn't going to give up.  I scoured through my gluten-free flours again and decided on Arrowroot and Flaxseed Meal, since those were the only two Paleo friendly flours I had, and I hoped for the best.  You see I have never used either of those flours before, so it really was trial and error.  I was uber excited that the pancakes were such an awesome turnout!! 

Recipe 1: The Crepe Pancake:

2 Tbsp. Arrowroot Starch
1 Tbsp. Flaxseed Meal
1 Tbsp. unsweetened Coconut Milk
pinch of salt
3 eggs
up to 1 Tbsp. Ghee
optional: handful raw pumpkin seeds

Recipe 2:  The Thicker Pancake:

3 Tbsp. Arrowroot Starch
1 Tbsp. Flaxseed Meal
1 Tbsp. unsweetened Coconut Milk
pinch of sea salt
3 eggs
up to 1 Tbsp. Ghee
handful raw pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS:
1.  In a mixing bowl add Arrowroot, Flaxseed Meal, Coconut milk, 3 eggs and mix on medium speed with a hand mixer or fork until blended.
2. Grease pan with cooking spray and 1 Tsp or more. Ghee for each pancake.  Turn the stove on to medium heat.
3.  Add mixture to the pan, so that mixture coats the pan.  For a thinner crepe like pancake rotate the pan in a circular motion getting the pancake batter around the edges of the pan.  
4.  Add pumpkin seeds to pancake, or any spice or herb that you want to try, add at this point.
5.  These pancakes cook fast, so just a minute or two on each side, or until lightly browned, while pressing your spatula downward on the pancake.

Serves 2.


And as I began, It turned out to be the easiest and fastest recipe that ever lived.  I really think it was a total of 15 minutes from start to finish.  Perhaps even less.

I have to say, I was envisioning originally a sweet pancake, but once I realized I didn't have coconut flour I knew this would be savory.  I made these two different ways, and both were FANTASTIC.  The recipe makes two huge pancakes or a few small ones.  The flexibility, the chewiness of the pancake was all so perfect.  The arrowroot used curls up the edges, and even one pancake looked like it could have been an edible bowl.  It was literally the shape of a bowl.  The edges just curled inward.  It was wild.  Now keep in mind, and do not be alarmed if your pancake morphs into odd shapes.  Simply tame your cake with a spatula and pat it down.  Each pancake I made had a life of it's own.  It was definitely cool to watch.  I do believe that the pancakes come out differently if used with a fork to mix the batter vs. a hand mixer.  When it comes to appliances you use what you have as there is no 'wrong' way to make this pancake.  

Some of the pancakes looked hardened, but within moments would relax back to a flimsy pancake.
(This is from the thicker batter)  This one looked like that Indian Nan bread I used to get at the restaurants.

The thin Pancake started out like this: Flat, thin and flimsy.  It wasn't as thin as a paper thin crepe, but it was thin enough for me.  I got it this thin by rotating the pan in a circular motion so the batter would hug the sides of the pan too.

Then it morphed into this:
Small circular craters within the pancake, with the edges curling inward and upward.

Then the craters flattened, and the edges got curvier.

And then a flattened masterpiece.  Ta Da!

The Thicker version at first looked like this:
All wonky and weird.  But a few pats down with the spatula and it looked like

this.  A bit on the thicker side with wonkier edges curling in...
So I flipped it and patted it down.

And then it looked like this.  And of course, when I flipped it again another crazy thing happened!

This could have been a pie crust the way it looked.  But then it relaxed completely.  


 I ate mine plain.  They were just that good.

TIPS: Amazing and Delicious options to pair with these gorgeously tasting pancakes:

1. with maple syrup or honey, ghee and a sprinkle of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom and Cloves
2. with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maple syrup
3. with dates and crushed bananas
4. with steak, spinach, sautéed onions
5. with steak, sautéed red peppers, sautéed spinach, Portobello Mushroom
6. with chicken, red peppers, carrots, sour cream, avocado and salsa
7. with bananas, dark chocolate and whipped cream
8. with sautéed apples or pears, cinnamon and nutmeg
9. with grilled peaches and coconut sugar
10. with chicken, dried chives, sour cream and guacamole


Enjoy!! xx Julie