Best Gluten-Free Yeast-Free Bread Recipe

Clearly one of my New Year’s Resolutions should have been to keep up with the blog ūüôā

The good news is that every time I came across something I wanted to share with you, I filed it away, so I have an abundance of recipes, research and resources ready and waiting!

The most exciting dietary discovery of 2012? BREAD!

Since I try to follow the Phase 1 diet 90% of the time (eating whole foods with lots of vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds), the one thing I miss (for taste and convenience at lunch time) is BREAD. When you take it out of your diet, you realize just how much you were consuming in the first place!

So when the dietician on Know the Cause shared this recipe, I thought I’d won the lottery. And then I thought it couldn’t taste like REAL bread without wheat and yeast. But you know what? It’s AMAZING.

It’s flatbread, but depending on how thick you spread it on the pan, it will have some fluffiness to it. And the spice on top is perfect.

Here is a link to this recipe on the Know The Cause website, as well as other Phase 1 recipes for Apple Cinnamon Amaranth, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Yogurt Ranch Dressing.  I take no credit for anything except stumbling across this recipe on their site and wanting to share it with all of you!

Simple Flatbread Recipe
Developed by Kristin Kons

1 ¬Ĺ cups blanched almond flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup (2 TBS whole seeds) ground flax or ground chia seeds
1 teaspoon xylitol or raw honey or 7 drops liquid stevia
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 organic eggs
1/3 cup plain organic yogurt, preferably full fat or low fat
Any dried herbs with sea salt‚Äď Italian seasoning,¬†Frontier Adobo Seasoning Blend

1.¬†¬†¬† Pre-heat oven to 350¬ļ

2.¬†¬†¬† In a large bowl, combine almond flour, tapioca, ground flax or chia, xylitol, baking soda and salt. [I use chia seeds…]

3.    In a small bowl, blend eggs and yogurt with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds.

4.    Add the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and use mixer or stir to combine until it forms a sticky, wet dough.

5.    Pour batter onto a 12×16  jelly roll pan/cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Smooth batter out with a spatula over the entire surface area, so it is thin and even.

6.    Sprinkle herbs of choice and sea salt (if you’re using a salt-free seasoning blend) evenly over dough.

7.¬†¬†¬† On center rack of oven, bake at 350¬ļ for 8 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Don‚Äôt over bake or it will be too dry.

8.    Cool and cut into desired size. I like using a pizza cutter to do this.

I did try making this recipe with different combinations of buckwheat, amaranth flour and tapioca (because we have a nut allergic child), but it just didn’t turn out the same. Luckily my mom lives in the area and makes us a batch every once in a while (oh who am I kidding…at least once a week!) because I noticed that the almond flour does tend to escape the mixing bowl and I didn’t want to contaminate the kitchen with the fine almond flour. (Speaking of cross contamination, we also don’t toast the bread, because we want to keep the toaster “nut-free” and if we butter the bread, we don’t double-dip into the container after touching the bread.)

I haven’t tried any of the other recipes by Kristin Kons, but the chewy chocolate cookies are tempting! If you do try one of the other recipes, please let me know how you liked it!

Recipe: Prosciutto Chicken

I’ve had some requests for easy, weeknight Phase 1 dinner ideas…this one fits the bill!

I made it a few nights ago and thought it was delicious. My husband and I ate 2 of the chicken breasts with a big salad and some quinoa, so we had 2 more for lunch.¬† That’s one of my biggest tips for eating healthy…double a dinner recipe so you have something easy to reheat at lunch time.

Prosciutto Chicken

4 chicken breasts
4 pieces of prosciutto
8 slices of lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper

Combine butter and garlic powder and set aside.¬† Place one chicken breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a rolling pin to 1/2″ thick. Repeat with the other pieces of chicken breast and place them in a greased baking dish.¬† Place a piece of prosciutto and two slices of lemon on each piece. Dot each chicken breast with 1/4 of the butter and season with pepper.¬† Bake at 350¬į for about 30 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Don’t know why I didn’t take a picture when it came out of the oven…probably because it smelled soooo good. It’s garlic-lemon-salty goodness. And so easy! It took me all of 5 minutes to take the ingredients out of the frig, “assemble” and put this in the oven. This is definitely an easy weeknight meal ūüôā

Some Things I’ve Learned in 2011…

This year I became much more cognizant of health. (I’m sure, in part, because I’m writing all of my thoughts¬†and research¬†about health right here!)

The process of staying healthy–the effort to eat well, make time for exercise, make better choices, and of course, get enough sleep–is NOT an easy proposition in this day and age.

If you read my last post on what Americans are eating these days, the food options we are choosing are not usually healthy ones. Exercise is often the last item on a daily calendar and somehow that “appointment” gets lost in the shuffle of life.¬† And sleep. One of my passions these days as a sleep consultant.¬† As my business has grown, I get A LOT of friends asking, “Does this work for adults too? I have insomnia [or some other sleep issue].” It seems that if we’re lucky enough to get to bed at a reasonable hour each night and able to get enough hours of shut, we’re in the minority.

I say let’s make health a priority for 2012!¬† There are a whole bunch of different resolutions floating around my house today…some are BIG and some are small, but ALL will contribute to a healthier you (or me):

1.¬† My husband and I are going back on the Phase 1 diet ¬†after falling off the wagon over the holidays. A nice bonus is that you can quite easily shed those extra fruit cake pounds by eating whole foods.¬† Try it for 4 weeks. See if that lingering sinus infection or¬†sore throat goes away, and if those¬†migraines or lethargic feelings actually disappear. AND it’s actually LESS expensive (double duty for that financial resolution too!)

2. Drinking more water (including coconut water).¬† I think I need to be more aware of my hydration…my skin is DRY!

3. Going to bed (and waking up) at the same time every day.¬† If you read my post about Daylight Saving Time and that extra hour of sleep, you get a sense of the sleep debt we all are carrying around.¬† If you need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning, you have a sleep debt.¬† Try going to bed earlier every night for a week (not sleeping in a few hours on the weekend–that messes up your circadian rhythm) and see if that puts a dent in reducing your sleep debt.

4. Exercise more. I’ve mentioned that I’ve never had an issue with weight…which is actually a downside to being thin. Most people are motivated to exercise because they want to change the way they look. (If you’re someone who¬†does it to get your insides in order too, good for you!) I often push exercise to the back burner when I’m busy. But I’m going to try to walk our dog more and actually get to the gym on a regular basis. I will never be a 5-6 times a week kind of exercise girl, but I should be able to pull off 3-4. That’s my goal.

5. Spending more quality time with my kids.¬† This year, we’ve had surgeries. Out-of-town guests. I’ve started a new business. I’m volunteering at church. I tutor math.¬† I make time for all of these things, and I should make more time to PLAY with my kids. Just 20 minutes each day makes such a difference. And not 20 minutes while you have one eye on your computer screen or are mentally reviewing your to-do list in¬†your head. REALLY PLAYING, down on the floor, getting messy kind of play.

6. I try to have one “learning” resolution every year. This year it’ll be to more fully understand all of the computer “stuff” I’m using to grown my business.¬† I just got on twitter (@sleepbetterbaby) and am feeling like a grandma learning about # and retweets! There are so many things to do with a business Facebook page (mine is Sleep Training Solutions) and I’ve barely scratched the surface.¬† And Mailchimp.¬† That cute little monkey “spokesman” is taunting me these days because I’m not really sure how to use email distribution systems.

So those are my resolutions for the New Year. I hope they last into February (and beyond!) It feels productive to write them down and see them on paper (or computer screen). It doesn’t seem so daunting now that all of my IDEAS are a¬†6 item list.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2012 be a year full of health and prosperous¬†for all¬† ūüôā

Care to share your resolution(s)?

What is the Average American Eating?

If you had to estimate how many pounds of food the average American eats per year, what would say?

[Average is a 5’9″ male or 5’4″ female, approximately 36.6 years old…]

Any guesses?

You’re going to be shocked.

Every year, the average American eats 1996.3 pounds of food…that’s almost 2 TONS?!

I recently came across a website that showed the number of POUNDS of food we are eating by food group. Being on the Phase 1 diet, I was especially interested to see how much food we eat that is NOT on the diet:

600 lb Dairy (non-cheese)
193 lb Wheat Products and cereal
56 lb Corn
141 lb Caloric sweeteners (including  42 lbs Corn Syrup)

990 lbs!? That’s almost HALF of what we’re eating for the whole year!¬† If you think like I do, that certain foods are actually medicinal (those with anti-fungal properties) and some actually encourage fungi¬†to thrive (sugar, grains, peanuts, pistachios, corn), then it makes sense why we, as a society, are sicker than ever!

The research was broken down further to show the “really bad foods” too:

29 lbs of French fries
53 gallons of Soda
23 lbs of Pizza
24 lbs of Ice Cream

No wonder obesity is such an issue in our country.

I truly believe that people don’t understand that the foods they eat are directly impacting their bodies. The INSIDE of their bodies. People usually adopt healthy eating habits when they notice their pants are getting snug, but not necessarily when they get random tummy troubles or an increase in sinus infections.

It would be great if someone could invent an x-ray type machine that could show you what your insides really look like. I remember Oprah had Dr. Oz on a few years back and showed a large 15 pound piece of fat, what many Americans are carrying around their middle. Seeing that would make anyone want to diet. I think we all need these reality checks more often ūüôā

 

 

 

Things Change

I am a creature of habit…

I have my daily routines.¬† There are appetizers¬†and dinners that I make on a regular basis. If you look in my closet, it’s filled with jeans and MAYBE two or three colors of shirts and sweaters.

Maybe that makes me boring. Definitely not trendy!¬†I think predictable is a more positive way of thinking about it ūüôā

I was reminded today, though, that things do change, whether you want them to or not!

As I’ve mentioned before, we have a nut allergy in our house.¬† After the initial AHHHHHH, and spending 2 hours at the grocery store scouring the shelfs for nut-free items, I found my list of things I would be regularly buying for him.

And I’ve stuck to that list for about 5 years, with minor tweaks here and there.

But today, as I was picking up a loaf of bread, glancing quickly at the ingredient list as I always do to make sure there aren’t any new nut warnings, I found one!

It seems that MANY bread companies have nut warnings now.  Brownberry and Arnolds were safe a few weeks ago. Now they are made in a facility with walnuts and almonds.

Were they always make in the same factory with nuts and someone called them out on their labels? Maybe.

All I know is that I now have to buy a different kind of bread (as of today, Natural Ovens and Pepperidge Farms were still nut free) and I’ll have to reprogram reaching for the old loaf of bread for the next few trips to the store ūüôā

If you are shopping for someone with a food allergy, please remember to check labels every time to buy an item.¬† Things can change overnight….

Deja Vu…

Strange deja vu moment today.

Back in September, right after my son had surgery, I wrote this post  about the government wanting to put restrictions on supplements.

And here we are again, shortly after his second surgery, and I get ANOTHER email request to take action and call government officials.

Clearly we need to stop the surgeries ūüôā

This is an excerpt I got today from a Know the Cause email, written by Doug Kaufmann:

“I’m concerned that we have a dilemma on our hands with the FDA accepting funds from pharmaceutical companiesthose whom they should be governing rather than commingling with. At the very least, this represents a blatant conflict of interest. At worst, I am concerned that this improper relationship between our FDA and the pharmaceutical companies may be one of the very reasons that our FDA is now considering imposing legislation against the freedoms we enjoy in health food stores…”

I’m¬†flabbergasted.¬† Why the FDA would want to partner up with the big pharm companies is beyond me. ¬†No wait.¬† I do get it.¬† I just don’t agree with the money-driven motive…

This is the way I see it….Big pharm companies are annoyed that they can’t patent (and sell at a ridiculously inflated price) naturally occuring supplements/minerals, etc. like Chlorella. So they partner up with the FDA, slip this government agency some $$$, and buying supplements (that these pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money off of) becomes¬†much more difficult. Does anyone else smell a skunk?

ANYWAY, there is a link to voice your concern:

http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-food-detention-powers-endanger-food-and-supplements (scroll down to the¬†last paragraph right before the facebook¬†share button and click on that link…it’ll bring you to a demographic form and prewritten letter.)

BUT the comments are only accepted through tomorrow–Friday, 12/2/11. So please don’t save this for a better time. Take¬†2 minutes and do it right now ūüôā¬† This is a big deal!

 

Elderberry Taste Test

I love Elderberry.  If you take some right at the moment that you feel a tickle in your nose or throat, it can usually head off an illness pretty quick!

This is what I had in my house today as far as Elderberry products go. (I TOLD you my stash of homeopathic remedies would make you jealous!)  

My standard go-to elderberry syrup, for me or my boys, is the Sambucus Sugar-Free (orange box). I buy that in bulk ūüôā But there are so many products out there, that I thought a taste test might be in order (and my Coconut Water Taste Test was so darn fun!).

The verdict?

The Natural Elderberry Concentrate by Natural Sources was DELICIOUS. You mix the concentrate with water and it isn’t syrupy or too sweet.¬† Tastes like a glass of juice you’d willingly drink in the morning.¬† BUT I didn’t like the packaging. I could pull the seal off with my bare hands, and there was no inner seal under the cap.

I was so suspicious, I actually sent it back thinking something was wrong with the bottle. Nope. The second bottle was exactly the same. I guess I’m just paranoid. This needs to be refrigerated after opening.

The Sambucus Sugar-Free Syrup (orange box) is my kids’ favorite. They ask, “Is this the good elderberry or the yucky one?”¬† This is the good one. There’s an adult dose and child does both for maintenance and intensive use. AND it comes with this on the label, “Safety sealed with printed outer shrinkwrap and printed inner seal. Do not use if either seal is broken or missing…” And it’s in bold font. Perhaps they could give some advice to the Natural Sources people…

The Original Sambucus Syrup (purple box) has fructose in it, a bit sweeter. I’ll stick with the Sugar-Free.

Both of the Sambucus products have 100mg standardized elderberry (extract from 6.4g of berries).

The Sambucol Original Formula was my least favorite. It tasted more like a cough syrup. This is the “yucky” one my kids referred to in the previous question. It has MORE sugar (3g more than Sambucus) and the elderberry extract is only 3.8g.

The zinc elderberry lozenges are amazing. They are free of artificial sweeteners , colors or flavors, and have no¬†corn syrup, sucrose or cane sugar (they’re sweetened with brown rice syrup). Each lozenge has 3.8g of proprietary blend of¬†elderberry and 5mg of zinc. I eat 1-2 of these every day during cold season.

The last elderberry product in my stash was the Sambucol Cold and Flu Relief.¬† It’s unopened, so I can’t tell you if it works or not. (Perhaps this is a good endorsement that my proactive approach of elderberry and zinc is working!)¬† They are quick dissolve tablets and should be taken an the onset of symptoms. It says fast relief of nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing and chills and fever. No know drug interactions, no known side effects, non-drowsy, non-habit forming. Can be given to children over age 4.¬† If I do get something this winter, I will definitely give these a try! But hopefully, like an umbrella, if I have this box with me, I won’t need it!

Here is a great explanation of why elderberry seems to work. Elderberry seems to be most effective against the flu–Influenza A and B.¬†

This is something I ALWAYS have around the house.¬† I truly believe it’s helped to improve my immune function the few times I’ve gotten run down ūüôā

Do you have a favorite supplement that you turn to when you start to feel sick?