Garlic and Rosemary Salmon with Broccolini

Salmon and Broccolini
Salmon and Broccolini

I’ve been itching to do some new things with our coconut oil because it is so incredibly versatile, so I decided to do some (what I’m calling) infusions.

The other day, I took a cup of coconut oil and melted it in a soup pan on the stove. Then I added 2 tablespoons of rosemary and ground up some fresh garlic, like 3 or 4 cloves and mixed it in also. Then I let it sit on the stove for about 10 minutes while I stirred everyone once in a while. You have to keep the heat on very low or it will burn on the bottom of the pan. It doesn’t take much to melt the coconut oil.

It smells amazing cooking! I took it out and put it into a container with a lid, placing it in the refrigerator. The contents will bubble and separate a little. Make sure you put it in something that will withstand the heat. I melted a container with one batch and had to throw it away.

We decided to make salmon and I got it out of the fridge to try it. Here is what it looks like –

Garlic and Rosemary Infused Coconut Oil
Garlic and Rosemary Infused Coconut Oil

We baked the salmon in tin foil on 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (depending on how big your piece is). I put some on top of the salmon before we wrapped it up and put it in the oven. Then I threw the broccolini on the stove to saute about 10 minutes before the salmon finished. I added the coconut oil infusion to this as well. It was fabulous. It filled the entire dish with heart healthy oils and mouth-watering seasoning.

This was the easiest gluten-free meal we have ever made in our house. I’m not typically a fish person but I cleaned my plate on this one!

Broccolini
Broccolini

 

 

 

 

Gluten-Free Recipe Baked Avocado

Gluten-Free Baked Avocado
Gluten-Free Baked Avocado

In our house, fats are good. We never buy low-fat products and try to use wonderful and healthy fats in almost all of our meals. Although I can’t eat avocados due to my latex allergy, my husband enjoys them almost every day or every other day. So, when I came across Recipe by Photo’s baked avocado recipe, I had to try it myself.

If you don’t have latex issues, avocados are wonderful fats to incorporate in your gluten-free diet. Studies have linked avocados to cardiovascular disease improvements, weight management, diabetes, and its ability to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients.

This recipe is probably the easiest one I will ever post.

Gluten-Free Recipe Baked Avocado

Ingredients:
Avocados
Eggs
Shredded Cheese
Bacon – nitrate free – organic is what we use

How to make:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cook your bacon – crispy is better.
  3. Cut the avocados open, remove the seed and clean out the avocado to make room for the egg. Don’t take all the avocado out though!
  4. Push the bottom of the halves flat so they sit even on the baking sheet. If you don’t do this step, the eggs will shoot out of the avocados all over the place!
  5. Crack the egg open and drop it into the avocado, sprinkle the bacon pieces on top of the egg. Do not add the cheese yet.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes. Take out and add the shredded cheese to the top and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Take out and let cool. My husband said that was one of the best meals he had ever had.

 

Go Lo Foods Product Review

Go Lo Flatbread Recipe
Go Lo Flatbread Recipe

Go Lo Foods Product Review

Last week I posted this picture on Facebook and said if we got 100 likes, I would post the recipe on the blog. Well, we got over 100 likes which tells me you really want to know what all those delicious ingredients are on the cheeseburger veggie pizza I made last week.

Well, Go Lo Foods sent me a few products to try to review so this recipe is one that came from a product they sent me. I’ll post the recipe at the end of this post.

Go Lo Foods sent me their gluten-free flat bread, gluten-free pita and dark chocolate hazelnut spread to try out.

Go Lo Hazelnut Spread
Go Lo Hazelnut Spread

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread was great. Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Kosher are some of the great qualities about the product. It’s loaded with fiber in this 11oz jar and only 1.3 net carbs per 1.2 oz serving. No maltitol or sorbitol and no stomach ache after I tried it. I will say I’m always hesitant to do the sugar-free products because I think they taste weird but this did not! I melted about a tablespoon of it and dipped raspberries in it for an after dinner treat. It also was a nice change of pace from my usual almond butter on my rice cakes. You can find it online for $7.99-$9.99/jar depending on what website you find it on. HealthyLifeSeasons.com has it for $8.99.

Go Lo Gluten Free Pita Bread
Go Lo Gluten Free Pita Bread

The Go Lo Pita Bread is gluten-free, low-carb and low-sugar. Right off the bat I didn’t like the way the product cut open. The top part was very flimsy and it make it difficult to stuff or eat like a pita. I did eventually and slowly peel off the top part and put my fillings in it to throw in the George Foreman Grill. It cooked just fine and the most important part is that it tasted great. It is soft and was a delicious lunch addition for me. I will be buying this product again. It retails for $5.99 online.

My next project with them is pita chips!

Go Lo Flat bread is the biggest winner of all 3 of these products. I was amazed when I opened the container to find them flexible, not cracking and smooth. Just like a normal, gluten-filled flat bread would be. They are also low-carb and low-sugar along with gluten-free. We baked them for about 5 minutes first and then put the toppings on them.

My recipe for the cheeseburger pizza

1/2 cup grass-fed ground beef 1/4 cup low sugar and gluten-free marinara sauce
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – hormone free
Spinach
Mushrooms
Sweet Peppers

Layer accordingly on the flat bread after baking for about 5 minutes. Put back into the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. The meat should be cooked prior to going on the pizza.

 

 

 

Gluten Poisoning at the Ballpark – Redd’s Cider

Redd’s Apple Ale is Not Gluten Free
Redd’s Apple Ale is Not Gluten Free

Gluten poisoning. I did not miss you.

I’ve been doing so great without you. No hassles. No problems. Just living my life like you didn’t exist.

Bam.

That’s when it happens.

We went to the Cincinnati Reds game and usually I get an awesome fruit plate and a giant bottle of water during the games and we go out to eat after. While we were in the little United Dairy Farmer shop at the stadium, I scanned the beer section looking for something to have.

Redd’s Apple Ale. How cool, they added an apple cider to the mix. “Exceptionally Crisp Apple Ale” said the can – Okay sweet! I scooped one up for $11 and we went back to our seats.

A few innings into the game, my fingers started swelling to the point where I had to crank my wedding ring off my finger. It was so painful! The ring was completely surrounded by bloated finger flesh. We were in the sun, so I assumed maybe it was because of that.

Then I posted a picture of it online and had a few comments that they couldn’t find that it was gluten-free. So of course, when I looked, I saw it is a regular beer but an apple ale.

I’m the first one to admit I screwed up. I should have known better. I looked at every other product in the stadium that I ate to be sure I could eat them. But, I just assumed it was gluten-free. If anything, always learn that you can’t ever assume! Always research.

HOWEVER…..

I would like to point out that the can had a giant apple on it and the marketing of the can looked very much like apple cider ale’s I’ve had before that are gluten-free. It was easy to mistake this for a regular gluten-free cider because of the packaging. Go to their site at http://www.reddsapple.com and tell me if you think it’s a beer!

But I’m poisoned. So, now what?

What I’m finding interesting about this gluten poisoning incident are my symptoms are not stomach related at all. I did get bloated but had absolutely no gas or intestinal distress. My joints blew up like crazy and are stiff now, which affected my dexterity while playing Bejeweled Blitz on the drive home from the game. I can also feel some nerve ending problems on my skin all over my body, like pricks. But, I noticed my ear canals are aching, very similar to when my allergies are acting up. I can feel how tender they are when I rub them and they just are getting very uncomfortable. It’s also funny because I have what I like to call a gluten skin patch. It’s in my right elbow and I get bumps on it whenever I eat something with gluten. It doesn’t happen often, but when I get a rash there, I know something was off during the day.

I’m just baffled at the lack of stomach problems. Could my stomach be healed after almost 1.5 years? Could a strong, healed stomach reduce the intestinal symptoms of gluten poisoning? What do you think?

So, for now I will drink a ton of water, take a nice hot bath filled with epsom salts and lavender oil, pop 2 Tylenol arthritis and hope for a good night sleep. Tomorrow will be a better day, the effects will wear off but I will have it hot on my mind the next time I want to try something I’m not sure of, like a new drink.

My celiac gluten patch
My celiac gluten patch

 

Celiac and Premature Gray Hair

Celiac and Premature Gray Hair
Celiac and Premature Gray Hair

I got my first gray hair when I was a junior in college.

I was 21 years old.

At 24, my roommate used to sit on the couch and pluck my gray hairs out while we watched tv. If someone peaked in on us they probably thought she was combing lice out of my hair. I wanted them gone. There weren’t that many but enough to drive me crazy.

Fast forward 10 years later and I have more gray hair than I ever imagined. I absolutely love being a dark brunette but the gray’s show so much more prominently when my hair is dark. This means I need to get it touched up every 4-5 weeks instead of 6-7 if I had highlights.

I don’t mind getting my hair done, I really love being in that chair. If I ever became famous, I would have no problem doing my make up but I would have a team of hair professionals following me around to make sure it always looked great. I wish I knew how to do more with my hair.

Anyway, I started researching a link between celiac and premature graying. There was a study done in 1980 by a British researcher that found  patients who lived with undiagnosed celiac disease suffering from premature graying had a reversal in the amount of gray growth after living gluten-free.

In the book, Living Well with Hypothyroidism, it states that people who are left-handed and have premature graying are at a higher risk of autoimmune diseases. I can’t find the cited source online for this stat but I found it extremely interesting. I am not left-handed but I certainly do have premature gray hair.

A B12 deficiency is also a cause for premature gray and often the deficiency is caused by bowel disorders like Chron’s disease and celiac disease.

I have noticed in the past year that my hair and nails are remarkably better after being gluten-free and my gray hairs are still there but they do not appear to be growing at the rate previous to diagnosis.

So, while there is no official link between celiac and gray hair – there seems to be quite a bit of people on celiac forums talking about the subject and saying their grays improved on a strict gluten-free diet.

Do you have experience with premature gray hair? Have your symptoms improved since your diagnosis or going gluten-free? Please share your story below!

 

 

Perfect Butt Building Exercise for Bad Knees

A few years ago, I underwent surgery for my right knee. The procedure was a lateral release and a scope to clean out all the damaged cartilage in my knee. A lateral release is used to loosen the knee cap by cutting the tendons and ligaments to create a floating knee cap. This surgery removed almost all knee pain I had been having for some time. I got tired of feeling like an ice pick was being jammed into my knee and this surgery did the trick!

Because of this surgery, my knees become very tender if my legs and butt are not strong. Because I haven’t been working out as much as I was before, my knee is getting tender quicker than usual during a workout so I’ve been trying different things to help make it stronger without always doing squats and lunges.

Rich Klingel of Bexa Body Fitness is the king of creative exercises. He always thinks of the best things to do for different injuries and is able to think on his feet. He showed me this exercise yesterday (for my bad knees) that I absolutely fell in love with and I think would be a great addition to anyone trying to build a better lower half but struggles with their knees.

You want to get an infinity band (one that makes a full circle) and wrap it around something like the support bars on the squat rack. Make sure the band is thick enough to hold the weight of your back leg and provides resistance when you go back on it or else you will fall and injure yourself! Watch in the mirror as you go down to see if your legs are bending at a 90 degree angle and your core is tight. You do not want to curve your back so pull your abs into your spine and tighten them as you go down.

Once you get the hang of the movement, try to complete 3 or 4 sets of 10-12 reps. My legs are so sore today! If you want to kick up the exercise to a full body movement, add dumbbells into the mix like in the second video shown below.

Struggle with balance? You can always have someone hold your hand or get a body bar to use as a balance pole to hold on to until you get the hang of it!

Gluten-Free Post Workout Shake Recipe

My gluten-free muscle-building shake.
My gluten-free muscle-building shake.

I get asked frequently what gluten-free whey protein powder I use or what I eat after I workout. I’ve tried many different kinds and I think Tera’s Whey is my favorite. It’s been the easiest on my stomach and doesn’t seem to cause any problems.

However, I’ve decided this month I’m completely changing the way I eat. I’m experimenting with a plan for the next 30 days and if it works, I’ll share it but until then I’ll just post some snippets like what I’m using instead of protein powder.

I’m concerned about the chemicals in any of these protein shakes. What the heck are those ingredients? Have you ever looked at them? It always baffled my mind as to how there could be so many odd things that we are putting into our bodies. If you aren’t allergic to egg, this is the perfect option for you. I really don’t enjoy eggs all too much but these are tasteless and pasteurized. It’s great!

This is my new favorite post workout shake.

The Lean, Mean, Green, Muscle Building Machine Shake is super easy.
2 cups of raw organic spinach
1/2 cup of either coconut milk or 1/2 cup of lactose free milk
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of frozen organic mixed berries – mine are blueberry, strawberry and raspberry
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
3 pumps of the International Egg Whites  (affiliate) You can see my review of them here –> Protein

Blend everything and enjoy…

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I needed this tasty treat after I did a workout this morning and then took the dog to the park!

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