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8 Great Gluten-Free Copycat Recipes, Larabars and Babycakes +

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Celiac-Friendly Treats to Make at Home

8 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE COPYCAT RECIPES, LARABARS AND BABYCAKES + WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Trying to run a gluten-free household for patients of celiac disease can be daunting- not to mention, costly.  Many food manufacturers make outstanding snacks, mixes, and breads for people who are either allergic to gluten or suffer from gluten intolerance.  However good these packaged products are, they are still hard on your food budget.  Cooking your own meals at home is not only cost-effective, but it also puts the restrictive diet control back where it belongs- in your capable hands.

Gluten is a common ingredient in all products containing wheat, barley, corn, rye, spelt, Kamut and triticale. By stocking up on whole, gluten-free certified flours, like bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, and brown rice flour, you can make any of these tasty gluten-free  copycat versions of your favorite meals and snacks.

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Eight gluten-free favorites you can make at home:


8 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE COPYCAT RECIPES, LARABARS AND BABYCAKES + WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Not-Kraft Gluten-Free “Boxed” Mac and Cheese

Prepackaged gluten-free mixes are convenient, but let’s face it- they’re expensive.  Why pay extra for the paper packaging, when you can make your own version at home?   Save money and a tree at the same time.  In Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, blogger Heidi shares her instructions for “boxed” gluten free mac and cheese that even your kids can make, using powdered cheddar cheese and your favorite gluten-free pasta.

“Allergy Free FoodsGluten-Free Chicken Nugget Recipe

Instead of heading for the supermarket freezer aisle, make these crunchy, juicy copycat gluten-free chicken nuggets at home.  You’ll love the fresh taste, the healthy allergy-free ingredients, and the convenience of being able to adapt the recipe to your own liking or dietary needs.  Use the money you saved to splurge on dessert, like gluten-free ice cream.

8 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE COPYCAT RECIPES, LARABARS AND BABYCAKES + WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Almost Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Baking Flour

All-purpose gluten-free baking mix should be a staple in your gluten-free kitchen. Use it to make breads, cakes, cookies, and other recipes that typically contain white flour.  Bob’s Red Mill makes an excellent mix containing a blend of bean flours, tapioca, and potato starch.  In a pinch, you can make your own version at home, using these copycat instructions from the Gluten Free Cooking School.

Gluten Free Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Copy Cat Recipe

The Jiffy brand cornbread mix contains white flour- not an option if you’re on a gluten-free diet.  This allergy-free, non-glutinous fluffy cornbread muffin recipe incorporates brown rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour.  See blogger Lisa Whitaker’s page, Extraordinary Life, for many more gluten-free copycat recipes that you’ll love.

“Odi’s” Gluten-Free and Vegan Bagels

These healthy gluten-free bagels are a delicious knock-off of a popular gluten-free bakery line of breads and treats.  These bagels take some time to make, but you’ll agree that it was worth the effort when you try them.  Set aside enough time to make a large batch of flavorful sorghum-buckwheat bagels, and toss a bunch in the freezer for later- if they even last that long.

Authentic Babycakes Bakery recipes

See Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, Goop, for an interview with Babycakes owner, Erin McKenna.  In it, Erin gives away a few of her celeb-faved Babycakes recipes, including instructions for gluten-free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Poppy Teacake, Chocolate Cupcakes, and Vanilla Frosting.  Try these at home!

15 Gluten-Free Glitterati, from Aniston to Zooey

Gluten Free Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

In the Learning How to Cook…Gluten Free! Site, celiac disease-patient blogger gives shows you how she took a copycat recipe for the famous chewy Girl Scout cookie treat and made it her own by substituting gluten-free flour for all-purpose white flour.  Enjoy the all-American favorite cookie, topped with coconut, caramel, and a chocolate ribbon, without the gluten!

8 GREAT GLUTEN-FREE COPYCAT RECIPES, LARABARS AND BABYCAKES + WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Cookie Dough Larabar Knockoff Recipe

Larabars are deliciously sweet, all-natural energy bars that will satisfy your celiac-sweet tooth.  Flavors range from Pecan Pie, Key Lime, and Carrot Cake to Chocolate Peanut Butter and Ginger Snap.  This Livestrong article tells you how to make your own Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars, using fresh almonds, dates, and organic chocolate chips.

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Celiac Summer, Part 1:Plan a Fun and Gluten-Free Disney Vacation

Celiac Summer, Part 2: Gluten-Free Road Trippin’

Celiac Disease and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Throw a Diabetes-Friendly Dinner Party in 4 Easy Steps

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

 

 

Nervous about what to serve guests who are diabetic? Hosting a dinner party for guests with diabetes is no sweat if you follow these four simple rules…

Throw a Diabetes-Friendly Dinner Party in 4 Easy Steps: Making an Occasion Special for Diabetics

Planning a dinner party can be overwhelming, even for the most confident of hosts…

Deciding which kinds of appetizers to serve, how much food to buy, and what to present as the main course can be daunting, even without taking into consideration one’s dietary preferences.

If you know that a guest is diabetic, you will need to make a few adjustments to your usual dinner routine, but not a lot.

Diabetics can eat the same kinds of foods as non-diabetics, only in smaller amounts and with limitations.

Mainly, try to limit foods that affect blood sugar levels, such as carbohydrates like sweet beverages and starchy white bread rolls. Encourage guests to help themselves to crispy vegetable sticks with dressing and sparkling water with fruit juice.

With careful planning, you can treat your guests to a delicious and diabetically healthy dinner party they’ll be talking about for years.

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Throw a Diabetes-Friendly Dinner Party in 4 Easy Steps - B12 patch

Here are 4 simple rules for planning a party for diabetic guests:

Step 1: Make it a six-course meal, or longer

Doctors warn diabetics not to eat a heavy meal in one sitting, but rather to eat small bites throughout the day, with at least an hour in between servings.

Greet your guests with a small, heart-healthy appetizer, preferably something that is low in carbs, like marinated artichokes and mushrooms.  Later, introduce a soup course, followed by a light salad.  For the main meal, serve your guests a selection of smothered chicken breasts, lean roast beef, or vegetarian stuffed squash.

Limit starchy pastas and rice to side dishes, and incorporate veggies like broccoli, carrots, and zucchini.

Step 2: Support their drinking habit

Diabetics need to drink plenty of water- it keeps their blood sugar down.  Refrain from buying cases of colas and the like- they’re just candy in disguise.  Instead, stock up on mineral water, plain seltzer, and sugarless iced tea.

In addition, in case their sugar level should plummet, station a few pitchers of fresh, pure orange juice around the room.

Throw a Diabetes-Friendly Dinner Party in 4 Easy Steps: Making an Occasion Special for Diabetics

Diabetics, Take Heed

Step 3:  Use dessert plates…for every meal

Even if you’re not diabetic, a good rule of thumb for limiting portion sizes is to use small plates.  Seeing a lot of empty space on our dish makes us feel like we’re depriving ourselves.  Likewise, filling up our plate, however small, tricks our brain into thinking we’re getting more, and we’re more likely to feel satisfied later.

THROW A DIABETES-FRIENDLY DINNER PARTY IN 4 EASY STEPS: MAKING AN OCCASION SPECIAL FOR DIABETICS

Step 4: Don’t skimp on dessert

Diabetics’ worst enemies are often the stuff of dessert tables- chocolate layer cake with fudgy ganache, tiramisu; even seemingly, innocent fruit pies promise to give you a sugar high in record speed.

Make a lovely presentation of grapes, melon, and berries.  Serve sugarless yogurt and light whipped topping on the side.  Follow up with some skinny wedges of assorted cheeses and coffee or tea.

Throw a Diabetes-Friendly Dinner Party in 4 Easy Steps: Making an Occasion Special for Diabetics

Suggested Reading:

New Study: Diabetes Drug Metformin Causes Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Study: Gastric Bypass as a Cure for Diabetes?

Hot Celebs with Diabetes: How They Manage

Diabetics, Put On Your Walking Shoes

Sources:

Planning a Dinner Party for diabetics

Holly B. Clegg: 6 Ways To Make Dinner Parties Diabetic-Friendly

How to Plan a Dinner Party with a Diabetic Guest | eHow.com

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

Monday, July 11th, 2011

 

 

Healthy and delicious fruity milk shakes are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants- these smoothies will keep your energy up all summer long…without the caffeine!

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

Nothing beats an ice-cold drink on a hot, lazy summer day.  Colas and “energy drinks” might temporarily give you that extra power boost you need in the middle of the afternoon, but that’s only because they get their fuel from caffeine.

One 16-ounce can of SoBe’s No Fear contains 141mg of caffeine; that’s about as much as an 8-ounce cup of coffee, which can have anywhere between 100-150mg of caffeine.

So, what’s wrong with a caffeine buzz?

Nothing, if it’s an occasional cup of coffee.  But if you’re banking on a can of Diet Coke or a tall Frappuccino to get you through your morning workload or afternoon gym class on a regular basis, then you should consider the health risks involved.

Caffeine and your health

Besides guaranteeing a “caffeine crash” a few hours later, which defeats the whole purpose of drinking an energy drink, excess caffeine intake causes the following side effects:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Nutritious, energy drinks just make more sense

Why risk all the ill effects of caffeine addiction, when you can get a vitamin-packed power boost from heart-healthy ingredients that your body loves?

Whip up a high-energy smoothie for a quick, refreshing breakfast, snack, or frozen dessert. 

Dairy ingredients such as yogurt and low-fat milk provide protein and vitamin B12, for long-lasting energy and metabolic performance throughout your day. 

Individuals on special diets can substitute soy milk or soy ice cream for a vegetarian milk shake. 

Fresh fruits of the season deliver maximum vitamins and antioxidants.

Try some of these healthy, summertime smoothie recipes for yourself; listed below is one for each day of the week!

Sunday: Tea-Licious Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

This frosty drink gets it vavavoom from peppermint tea, lemon sorbet, and vitamin C-rich citrus fruits.  It’s an excellent alternative to caffeine-laden Southern sweet tea.

Monday: Apple à la Mode Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

You’ll start loving Mondays if you make this apple pie smoothie a part of your morning ritual.  The apple pectin provides high fiber, so you won’t get hungry by the time 10:00 am rolls around.

Tuesday: Creamy Date Shake

Dates add natural sweetness and filling fiber to this low-fat milk shake.

Wednesday: Banana-Yogurt Smoothie

Martha Stewart recommends this naturally wholesome and delicious banana drink, which also contains flax seeds, honey, and plain yogurt.

Thursday: Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

Are you ready to try something refreshingly different?  If you love crisp watermelon, then you’ll flip for this cooling summer treat, made with fresh watermelon, mint leaves, honey, and lemon yogurt.

Friday: Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Recipe

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

You don’t have to wait until October to enjoy antioxidant-rich pumpkin pie! Just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, and add banana and almond milk.  This recipe also contains two cups of baby spinach, but you can substitute your favorite leafy greens.

Saturday: Avocado-Pear Smoothie

Avocado and silken tofu add a smooth, creamy texture to this protein drink, and pear juice and honey give it a naturally sweet taste.

Other great healthy recipes:

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Sources:

Too much caffeine – Caffeine crash – TheSite.org

Caffeine Fuels Most Energy Drinks

The Daily Meal

Health.com

Food.com

Incredible Smoothies

Whole Living

My Recipes

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Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

 

 

If you think Arugula is a Mediterranean village off the coast of Italy, then you should really give dark leafy greens another chance.

Dark green salads, such as romaine, spinach, and kale are wonderfully versatile and tasty, in addition to containing tons of beneficial vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, B6, and K, and folate, iron, calcium, and magnesium.

Green veggies are also high in fiber, which is great for your digestive system.

What’s in it for me?

Overall good health

The virtues of green salad vegetables are too numerous to mention, but here are just a few:

Including a variety of dark green salads in your daily diet is a recommended course of action for optimum overall health, as they are high in antioxidants and carotenoids.

In addition, because salads are high in fiber, they help to quickly and efficiently remove toxins from your body before they have a chance to do you any harm.

Avoid getting Type 2 diabetes

    According to a publication in the British Medical Journal, eating spinach regularly improves your insulin response; this is due to its high magnesium content.

    Type 2 Diabetes Often Undetected- Do You Have These Symptoms?

    Heart-healthy

      The Harvard Public School of Public Health announced that eating one serving of dark salad leaves improves heart health by 23%.

      Anti-aging benefits

        When combined with vitamin B12, the folate that occurs naturally in salad greens boosts memory retention in people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of brain atrophy caused by old age.

        Alzheimer’s Disease and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

        Promotes healthy skin

          Eating nutrients containing vitamin A is like getting a facial from within.  Vitamin A benefits the skin by curbing acne flare-ups, improving skin elasticity, and removing toxins.

          Vitamin B12 for Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

          Prevents birth defects

            Folate is one of the most vital nutrients for women who are either pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive.

            It is essential for proper development of the nervous system; deficiencies in folate are linked to several types of birth defects.

            Folic Acid and B12: Your Nerves Need Both to Thrive


            Did you know…?

            Always pair leafy greens with some form of healthy oil.  The vitamins in salad greens are oil-soluble, meaning if you don’t sprinkle some olive oil on them, then you’re missing out on a powerhouse of nutrients.  So say bye-bye to that fat-free salad dressing.  You didn’t really like it, anyways.

            The most popular way of preparing salad greens is…

            in a salad, of course, but there are many other great greens recipes.

            Make yourself a healthy low-carb gyro- just substitute a few large leaves of romaine or Swiss chard for the pita, choose your fillings, and that’s a wrap!

            Kale holds up well in Chinese stir-fry.

            Spinach makes a tasty addition to soups and casseroles.

            Some people still enjoy eating their greens “old school.”  That is, the way their grandma’s grandma ate them- stewed or steamed, mustard, collard, or turnip greens.

            The top ten

            Here is a list of the ten greenest of the greens.  Try one today!

            Mustard Greens

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Watercress

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Arugula

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Dandelion Greens

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Collard Greens

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Swiss Chard

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Spinach

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Romaine Lettuce

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Kale

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

            Turnip greens

            Crack the Iceberg Habit: 10 Green Leafy Veggies you’ll Love, www.b12patch.com

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            Sources:

            Top 5 Reasons to Eat Your Green Leafy Vegetables

            Leafy Greens — Ranked and Rated

            Healthy Salad Greens: New Options To Power Up Your Salad

            Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

            Green leafy vegetables reduce diabetes risk, study finds

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