Allergy Friendly Vegan Pancakes

These are definitely the best allergy friendly vegan pancakes we have made to date!  I didn’t get a pic because they were all eaten before I got a chance.  So, these are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free, and coconut free.   Because my son is allergic to coconut and nuts, paleo recipes were pretty much out.  We have tried pre-mixed gluten free flours in the past but he is sensitive to the xanthan gum as well as some of the flours such as sorghum, corn, etc.  Rice flour and tapioca are our GF staples.

I based this recipe on one I found on the website Barefeet in the Kitchen.  I did make a few changes based on what we had on hand and our own existing allergies in our household.

3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup rice milk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted Earth Balance soy free butter

Mix all the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients.  Add the melted butter last.  Heat a skillet on medium high heat.  I used more of the Earth Balance butter to grease pan.  Cook until bubbles form and then flip.  Makes a perfect pancake!…on par with regular pancakes for sure.  Both my kids love them.


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Spiralizer for Paleo Diet

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My new favorite kitchen utensil is a spiralizer.   As we work on adjusting to a more paleo-style diet, the spiralizer has come in handy on many occasions.   Here is the link for the one in the above photo that can be found on amazon.   I use it all the time for making sweet potato hash and zucchini noodles (or zoodles), that we use in place of pasta with our spaghetti sauce.  With the sauce you really can’t tell the difference.  Well, okay, the kids can, but I put half zucchini noodles, and half rice pasta in their bowl as a compromise.  Baby steps!

This spiralizer is very easy to use and clean up is a breeze.  This is a must for me since generally I do not like to cook and then clean up a huge mess afterwards.  This is quick and easy.  I’ve been using it to spiralize a sweet potato for my lunch.  I use the smallest “noodle” setting and a small peeled sweet potato.  Once it is in noodle form, I sauté it for a few minutes in olive oil until it is cooked and softened a bit (and a bit browned around the edges).  Once the sweet potato noodles are cooked, I’ll throw some chopped up kale in the same pan, sauté until wilted and then finally cook an over-easy egg in a bit of oil.  Mix this all up in a bowl with a bit of salt and pepper and you have a quick, healthy, paleo lunch.

Sprialized sweet potato, kale, and egg


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Suja Juice Review

I recently signed up to review Suja Juice products through BzzAgent.  As a part time health nut, I was very excited to try the Suja Essentials cold-pressed juices. I have tried juicing myself in the past but found the process time consuming, expensive, and wasteful, as much of the pulp of the fruit is essentially unusable by a traditional juicing machine. To buy a fresh organic cold pressed juice ready-made is a treat.   I measure healthy products based not only on how they taste, but how they make you feel.   A great tasting juice is worthless to me if it makes me feel tired and run down from the elevated sugar content. I am very sensitive to high sugar juices so I opted for two of the lower sugar content juices from Suja. I wanted a juice that contained a fair amount of greens because I know when I drink green juice I feel much better than those made with just fruits. For this reason I choose the Uber Greens and the Mighty Greens. The Uber Greens juice comes in at 50 calories and just 6 grams of sugar. Obviously, I knew this one would likely not be the best tasting one due to the low sugar content. I was right. It didn’t taste very good and smelled like wet grass. However, I felt so great after drinking I would buy it again. I had greater energy throughout the day and overall felt fantastic. For this reason alone, I would buy it again. Not as an every day thing, but when I’m feeling run down, getting sick, or just need a non-caffeinated pick me up, this is what I would drink.

The next one I tried was the Mighty Greens. I loved this one!! It had 19 grams of sugar, which was pretty good compared to the mostly fruit juices. I drank half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. It is just sweet enough to be tasty but not overly sweet. The hint of mint is enjoyable as well. This one was 98% juice and had additional organic powders added to include spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and alfalfa grass. I would definitely buy this one again. Both of these green juices would be my go to Suja juices. After reading the labels on the other ones (that were available), it was just too much sugar to drink in a single or even ½ serving, even if it is naturally occurring sugar.  Overall a great product, and I would buy again, but will stick to the low sugar green juices.

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