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No Bake Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)


No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
Gluten Free Dairy Free


Simple with only 7 easy to find ingredients- these no bake cookies are better than the ones you remember growing up. They are gluten free, dairy free and made with coconut oil. The entire family will love them.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Creme Pies- Little Debbie Copycat- Gluten Free & Dairy Free


Chewy and Soft- these Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pie Copycat cookies will be the hit for every occasion. Without the junk- these babies are gluten free and dairy free but full of rich and delicious flavor.

Growing up there was a lot of junk food. I mean, I thought food came from a box. Isn’t that horrible? I know this is what has contributed to my food intolerances and health issues as an adult. How can you expect developing bodies to be healthy and strong when it is constantly fed chemicals, sugar and preservatives?


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I do my best to make sure that my family eats well. I feel like I have to say no a lot, so I try to come up with yes treats as often as I can. At school and outings it is always no. I know it is difficult for me and it is even more difficult for them. My kids don’t get a lot of junk but I do allow some things from time to time.


Super Smoothie- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Kid Approved

Smoothies really are an excellent way to sneak in all of the raw vitamins that we need. I love these for the kids because they enjoy making them with me and they also love drinking them.

I know that when they have these they are getting everything their body needs to grow and be nourished. They are excellent as a snack, frozen into popsicle molds, or for a fast breakfast.

Gluten Free Sunless Tanners

My skin tone is translucent. You can see right through it. I am not fond of it, luckily my Husband likes my paleness. During the winter I cover it up with lots of clothing but when summer approaches I have to start wearing shorter sleeves and shorts. For at least 3-4 months out of the year the average temp is over 90 and often 100 or more. I try to stay indoors but my family always wants to eat and my kids like to play, so I do have to get out in this sun and rough it. Ugh!

When the temps start reaching over 80 I have to start applying my tan a few times a week. By the way, you are all welcome. This is totally a service to the community so I don't scare all of you people by blinding you will my pasty pale skin. It is a chore, but I do not tan and this is the approach many take now in order to avoid skin cancer. Lucky for me, there are some great self tanners out there! Not all of them may be gluten free though.

Simple Guacamole

Born and raised a Cali girl- Mexican food is my thing. I am also Spanish (my maiden name is Martinez) but you would never know when you look at me. I look like I belong in Ireland. That’s ok though because I can throw down some good Mexican food in the kitchen. (Compliments of Grandma Olga)



After going gluten free I was so incredibly thankful that I could still enjoy Mexican food. It is our go-to because gluten and dairy free is pretty simple.


Mint Chip Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Today is the first day of the year (its May 3rd) that I have the windows open. Feeling the sweet breeze through the house is amazing. I have a hard time with windows being closed for so long. Living in California for the majority of my life- this has taken some adjusting. However, my family is battling 92 degree weather and its a beautiful 70 degrees here. I will take it!


It was so warm and sunny outside today that I had to put on sunscreen (it really doesn't take much, I'm a natural red head) and I felt like it just called for ice cream. Today is the day I have been longing for- for the last 8 long agonizing months. We had the wettest winter on record since the 1800's. I am picturing us sitting in the back and eating our ice cream tonight. YES!

I never ate a lot of mint chip growing up, but I thought it would be fun to create a clean, gluten and dairy free version.

All of those fun flavors and treats become hard to find and when you do they are expensive when you need dairy free.



Top 15 Gluten Free Kid Snacks 2017 (Picked by Little James&Claire)

Snack time is often something that I dread. Trying new gluten free items to see what the kids like ,but also being mindful to not overspend. Some gluten free snacks can be expensive so the kids don't get to have a ton of them.
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However, that is difficult because kids love to snack. I also like to make these Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins once a week for the kids to have in the morning or after school. You might want to double the recipe because the kids will devour them.

Overnight Oats (Original, Chocolate PB, Pina Colada, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Coconut)


I often neglected listening to my body before going gluten free. Even for sometime after- my body would tell me I needed breakfast, but I would ignore it.

I am not a fan of making breakfast, and I am not a fan of eating it. Let's just say- I 'm not a morning person in general. It takes me a few hours after I wake up to be ready to tackle the world and that includes cooking.

When I did a Whole30 the main thing I learned from it was that breakfast isn't optional. I have always been the kind of person who had coffee for breakfast and then ate closer to lunch time.

Now that I listen to my body, it tells me that it wants breakfast. If I do not eat in the morning then I am setting myself up for a bad day. I have learned this time and time again. It start's with start to feel light headed and then I get very short tempered, then I get tired and even if I eat lunch- I will form some sort of a headache.

Lately, with getting my son off to the bus and taking care of my 2 year old- I have been neglecting breakfast again.

I don't care much for hot oatmeal but this cold and flavored oatmeal is perfect.

Waking up to your breakfast already in the fridge and ready for you to eat is a wonderful feeling. Especially when you are already rushing out of the door or you have hungry kids who want something but not a lot of time.



These oats are full of healthy and good-for-you ingredients and taste like dessert. You can also dress them up any way you like. I choose to add shredded coconut, chocolate chips and bananas to the top of mine. Some other great options are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Whatever you have on hand will work.

So, prepping a few of these twice a week to have something ready to go is an excellent way to set yourself up for breakfast success.



Original Overnight Oats


Ingredients:





Per Serving, these ingredients are for 1 jar of overnight oats so double, triple as needed.


1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used Almond)

½ Cup Oatmeal

1Tbsp. Chia Seeds

½ Tsp. Vanilla

Dash of Salt

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

½ Tsp. Cinnamon



Directions:

In a jar or container with a lid, add all of the ingredients and stir. Allow to sit overnight and top with your favorite toppings.








Coconut Cream Pie





Ingredients:

1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used Almond)

½ Cup Oatmeal

1Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax

4 Tbsp. Flaked Coconut

½ Tsp. Vanilla

Dash of Salt

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Directions:
In a jar or container with a lid, add all of the ingredients and stir. Allow to sit overnight and top with your favorite toppings.


Chocolate Coconut






Ingredients:

1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used Almond)

½ Cup Oatmeal

1Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax

4 Tbsp. Flaked Coconut

1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

½ Tsp. Vanilla

Dash of Salt

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Directions:
In a jar or container with a lid, add all of the ingredients and stir. Allow to sit overnight and top with your favorite toppings.

Chocolate Peanut Butter





Ingredients:

1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used Almond)

½ Cup Oatmeal

1Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax

½ Tsp. Vanilla

Dash of Salt

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Directions:

In a jar or container with a lid, add all of the ingredients and stir. Allow to sit overnight and top with your favorite toppings.



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4 WEEK MEAL PLANNING PROGRAM

If you follow my newsletter or social media then you have seen that I just did my first ever free meal planning challenge and 4 week program. It has been so much fun and the feedback I have received has made me decide to keep the party going.

I am now launching the  Meal Planning Program for June and I am so excited. It is 4 weeks of meals but so much more. The program provides tools to help you learn how to meal plan if you want to do it on your own.

Why meal planning? Meal planning reduces stress and helps you to save money and stay healthy. When you have food allergies this is incredibly important to set your family up for success.

Here is a post I wrote about How to reduce Your Stress by Meal Planning.

What is included in this meal plan? Here is the breakdown of what you will be getting.



Cost $59.00


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·         4 Weeks of Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with lunch suggestions e-mailed to you on the Friday before so you have the weekend to shop. (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)


·         Grocery List


·         Facebook Group Mastering Meal Planning where you can share and ask questions.


·         Your guide to meal planning


·         4 Live Videos, one per week talking about the meal plan, answering questions and providing support.


·         PDF Build Your GF Pantry


·         Printable Meal Plan and Grocery List Templates for you to use.

If you would like a guaranteed spot to sign up for this program the link is HERE. The first 10 people to sign up get my e-book Cold Weather Comforts for free with the program that is a $6.99 value.

If you need a more one-on-one and intimate experience- I offer that as well.

Here is the link and good luck! Claim my spot in the Meal Planning Program

GIVEAWAY (2 jars of Wild Friends nut butters)

I recently discovered  Wild Friends nut butters at a trip to my local Haggen store. I created a recipe for a promotion that Haggen is currently having and I was excited to discover a Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter. Those 3 things spoke to me, chocolate...coconut...peanut butter, all combined together in one jar? I was like, "yes please". I was super excited to stuff my French Toast with this amazing concoction. I never tried it before and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

French Toast has always been a favorite of mine. It is rich, so I reserve it for a special treat. This Stuffed French Toast is truly decadent and it is the perfect Mothers Day brunch show stopper.





I also had the pleasure of trying their creamy peanut butter. It is truly the creamiest peanut butter I've ever had. I like peanut butter, but I LOVED this creamy peanut butter. You can literally spoon some out and swirl it on top of anything to make it the perfect peanut buttery treat.

I used it for a snack and drizzled it all over my sliced apples and then I sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top. It was the perfect compromise of a healthy snack and sweet treat.



I reached out to Wild Friends to tell them how much I loved the nut butters and they wanted to share the love with my readers! They are giving one of my readers 2 jars of their nut butters. This is limited to U.S. residents only. Also, disclaimer for those with severe celiac's, these are manufactured in a facility that also manufactures wheat and it is not certified gluten free. However, there are no gluten ingredients and I have been eating them with no problems, but I wanted to let you know in case you can not take the chance.

To enter to win simply follow the prompts in the rafflecopter below and good luck!



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