Archive for October, 2014

October 31, 2014

Halloween Day Tip!

by Misty

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Halloween tip! Fill your kids up with plenty of protein today. My kiddos had scrambled eggs with breakfast, are having fish at lunch and chicken with dinner. Having plenty of protein will help stabilize their blood sugar so the candy they do eat won’t leave them with such a crash.

Would love to hear your Halloween strategies – leave ideas in the comments!

Good luck out there and Happy Halloween!

October 28, 2014

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

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Sometimes, a kid just needs to be a kid. While my daughter took leftover salmon cakes, carrots, guacamole and oranges to school, my son just wasn’t feeling it today. And you know, sometimes it’s okay to let a 5-year old boy decide for himself. BUT, there’s no reason a kid-friendly lunch can’t also be a mom-approved lunch! Here’s how we did it:  

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October 27, 2014

Ooooey Gooooey Wormy Oreo Candy (GFCF)

by Misty

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My daughter is obsessed with American Girl magazine, in part because they feature creative snack and party ideas in every issue. So when they released their Halloween issue waaaaay back in August, I was informed that we’d be making candy for our annual Halloween party. Naturally, the original recipes involved lots of gluten, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, but with her little GFCF heart set on it, we decided to modify the heck out of them to make fun AND safe candy for GFCF kids.  

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October 22, 2014

GFCF (& Nut Free!) Granola Bars

by Misty

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Remember how I was whining about the nut-free snack rule at my kids’ school a few days ago? Well, I have just the recipe to solve that problem, and it meets my biggest criteria for snack time: gluten free, casein free, high protein, energy building. This recipe uses seeds instead of nuts, which is fine by me because seeds are PACKED with nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, omega 3’s, fiber and tons more. There’s a touch of sweetness to win the hearts of children everywhere, but not so much to make a mother cringe. A major bonus is that these bars are simple to make and can be endlessly modified to suit your family’s tastebuds.  

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October 17, 2014

Costco Love

by Misty

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I feel like everyone I know is on the Costco bandwagon, but occasionally I meet someone on a gluten-free diet that doesn’t know how AWESOME Costco is. First, let me say that I do not work for/at/with Costco in any way, but that doesn’t stop me from shouting my appreciation from the rooftops. I’m working on my Master’s degree in Nutrition Therapy and even those of us who are deeply concerned with health and wellness bond over the gems we find at Costco. And of course, part of the excitement is the economic value over Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Sprouts (which I also adore for items I can’t find cheaper at Costco). 

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October 16, 2014

THIS is what water does!

by Misty

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This is such an important reminder to HYDRATE ourselves and our children. Our cells are made up of 70% water, which must be maintained every minute of every day. We need half of our body weight in ounces of water daily, so if your child weighs 50lbs, he/she needs 25 oz of water to maintain healthy cells. The rule is an extra glass for each “vice” like a sugary treat and more if they place sports or are super active. Note to parents: we should be drinking one extra glass of water for each cup of coffee we drink each day, too!

Question: Do you guys have tricks for getting your kids to drink water? If so, leave them for the rest of us in the comments below! (P.S. thanks to MindBodyGreen for the visual!)

October 15, 2014

Product Review: Flax4Life Mini Muffin Brownies

by Misty

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I admit that for the past several years, I haven’t batted an eye when other people have lamented the nut-free restrictions at their kids’ schools. Why? Because it hasn’t actually been my problem until now. While the lunchroom is still fair game, snack time in our classrooms are anything but.  

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