As you know I was chosen as one of the 15 bloggers to represent Mamavation in the #LivingNowFoods Gluten Free 30 Day Challenge. I’ve been on vacation and got my package of goodies from Now Foods when I returned and let me tell you I was so excited to dig into so many different flours that I’ve never used before such as Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour , and Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour .
I’ve been dappling in doing more gluten free and paleo meals for the last few months because I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish, bloated, headaches (which I’ve had for years) and an upset stomach which all could be caused from gluten. I was allergic to wheat for the first 2 years of my life and milk until I was 7 years old. Even though I grew out of those allergies I still feel that my body can’t handle a lot of either. For instance when I eat ice cream I need to go to the bathroom within minutes afterwards. When I eat a lot of wheat based foods I instantly become bloated and uncomfortable. Now that I am over the age of 40 I’ve had issues losing weight and those symptoms are occurring more and more. So this challenge couldn’t of came at a better time.
Now onto the FOOD! Let me tell you I’ve had some fun in the kitchen these last few days. I always want to have healthy snacks and treats on hand for my boys…they are HUGE eaters and always digging for food. Now foods has a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread mix and let me tell you – it was fabulous! I never would of known it was gluten free and my boys gobbled it up within the first day. What I like about the bread is that it only has 8g of sugar 16g of carbs which is a lot less than traditional box bread mixes.
Now Foods also has a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix which I tried and then made into ice cream sandwiches using Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The reason I use Ben and Jerry’s is because all their ice creams are made without wheat, flour, barley, oats, rye, or malt. Here is a current list of gluten free ice cream brands. These were also a huge hit and so much better than getting a processed chipwich from the ice cream man.
Saturday I spent the morning making something totally new to me – Crepes! I’ve never made them before so I thought this would be a perfect time to dive into a new dish. I used the brown rice flour, Tapioca flour and corn starch for the gluten free flour mixture and filled it with a dark chocolate cashew mixture with fresh strawberries and bananas. I think for the first time they turned out pretty darn good and the family loved them too. You could make a big batch and freeze the extra crepes to use at different times. Recipe coming soon!
This next week I am going to focus on more savory dishes that we can enjoy for dinner. I could really use some gluten free inspirations – if you have any to share link them up to inspire me and others trying to go gluten free. I’ve also created a Gluten Free Goodness Pinterest Board that all recipes will be place on.
Disclosure: This post was created as part of the #LivingNowFoods 30 Day Gluten Free Challenge in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador for Living NOW Foods. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.