Posts Tagged ‘Gluten-Free’

20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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Allergy-Free Halloween Treats

Halloween is a wonderful day for both kids and parents alike. Kids enjoy nothing more than dressing up as their favorite characters, walking around the neighborhood with friends, and getting treats. As parents, we love to see our children’s eyes light up as they transform into their latest obsession and we stand proudly on the sidewalk as they walk up to each door exclaiming, “Trick or Treat!” We have fond memories of doing the same things as a kid, and it’s a joy to watch our children follow in the same traditions. 

But if you are a parent of a child with allergies, you often become the villain to their superhero inspired costume. You have to carefully inspect all packaging to be sure the contents don’t include any harmful allergens, reading ingredient lists and “processed in facilities” lists before they can dig into their loot, throwing away delicious contraband that might make them sick. Luckily, with the growing knowledge of allergies and sensory issues, there are now more and more options to ensure that there are treats out there for everyone to enjoy. 

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Spooky Spaghetti: 2 Healthy Halloween Dinner Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, dinner ideas might be the last thing on your mind. With last minute costume alterations, stocking up on treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters, planning snacks for classroom events and purchasing decorations for your own party, you probably haven’t even thought about what you’re going to serve for dinner on Halloween night.

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2016 Back to School Bash Giveaway Event on Facebook LIVE

Back to school season can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned parents. Each year there seems to be new gear, new trends, and new tools to help your child succeed during the school year. This guide, in conjunction with our Back to School Bash on Facebook Live, provides you with some of the best back-to-school items out there. From backpacks to school supplies, games to snacks, tools to memory keepers, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for a chance to win something from our $3,000 worth of giveaways! Over 45 winners will be awarded!

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.

She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy AppleIf you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply. 

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Real Food on a Real Budget

Shopping for a family can be a challenge, especially when you want to buy real, healthy foods on a real, average budget. If you think you can’t afford to buy organic or make healthy choices because you can’t shop every week at Whole Foods, you are wrong! If you are willing to put in a little more effort and search for the organic quinoa in the haystack, you can eat incredibly well and stay within your means. The secret to real food on a real budget is where you shop. Here are three discount stores that you need to check out. 

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Meatless Monday: The Perfect Vegan Chili

There are lots of vegetarian chili recipes floating around the Internet — but trust us when we say: this is the only one you need!

This chili is quick, versatile, freezable and kid friendly — not to mention packed with veggies, protein and inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients. Black beans take the place of ground beef, sweet and yukon gold potatoes add creaminess and texture, and fire-roasted corn and tomatoes pack a punch of flavor! Kids will love dipping tortilla chips into this hearty, thick chili; but you can also garnish with cilantro and avocado to elevate it into a dinner-party-worthy meal.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities

It can be daunting to think of all the food pushed at you, enticing you to take at least a bite of everything in sight this holiday season. However, you know what will happen if you indulge. The cramping, the aching, the bloating and then just plain discomfort for the next 24 hours to name just a few of the possible symptoms.

That’s no way to spend the holiday season when all you want to do is enjoy the food, the company and, oh yeah… the food! Whether or not you have sensitivities to gluten (what’s found in wheat products), eggs, nuts or dairy you can avoid the discomfort and completely savor every holiday morsel you desire! Here are three ways to enjoy the holidays, even if you have food sensitivities. 

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Meatless Monday: Tempeh Tacos

In honor of Meatless Monday, today we are talking about tempeh. You know — that brownish, grayish, grainy, cake-y looking block you see in the meat substitute section at the grocery store.

We just made tempeh sound really appetizing, right?

We know — tempeh looks a little odd, but it really is quite delicious! Plus, it’s bursting with protein and vitamins, is super easy to digest and a total breeze to cook with. Don’t believe us? Here’s a recipe for tempeh tacos that will take you all of 15 minutes to whip together, start to finish. Add your favorite taco toppings, and you’ll have a nutritious and delicious Meatless Monday dish your family will be asking for all week long!

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Make It: Nice Krispie Treats

With the holidays just around the corner, your child will likely be coming to you with requests for treats to take to his class parties (hopefully, not the night before!).

However, gone are the days where you could buy a box of Duncan Hines cake mix and whip up two dozen “homemade cupcakes.” Today, kids’ treats must be allergy- and special-diet friendly. In other words:

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