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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free

 

Tuesday
Mar152011

there’s always time for breakfast

Despite how busy I’ve been lately, I still make time for breakfast.

Who am I kidding?  I make time for every meal.  But breakfast is one that I just have to get right.  I hate when my oats turn out sub-par, or when a smoothie is just “okay.”  You know when you eat the meal, because you don’t want to be wasteful, but it really doesn’t taste that great?  Hate that, especially in the morning!

This may look like a plain bowl of oats to you.

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But if you look closer, you may see the deliciousness that lies within!

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What type of oats would taste good with maple syrup on top?  Okay, well, all oats, but what specific type?

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Any guesses?

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French toast oats! 

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These were cooked on the stove top, so don’t expect any type of crunchy toast-action, like the real thing.  However, these were about as similar in taste to French toast as oats can get!

The secret?

1 whole egg!  I’ve been putting in egg whites all this time but why waste the nutritious yolk when you can make this!?

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French Toast Oatmeal [serves 1]

  • 1/3c rolled oats [I used 1/4c rolled + 2T steel cut, for crunch]
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/2c water
  • 3/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 1T pure maple syrup
  • 1/4c chopped walnuts
  1. In a small pot, over medium heat, whisk the oats, cinnamon, sliced banana, water + almond milk together.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low boil.
  3. Whisk 2-3x while cooking, until almond all the liquid is absorbed. ~6-10min depending on pan + stove type
  4. Whisk in flax meal + vanilla.  Let cook 1 minute.
  5. Vigorously whisk in 1 [pre-whisked] egg for about 15 seconds, until thoroughly combined.
  6. Let cook, without stirring, for 2min.
  7. Pour into a bowl and top with nuts + maple syrup.

This was incredibly creamy + thick and tasted like no bowl of oats I’ve ever had.  I think I’m done with just adding the 1 egg white.  Gimme’ that full egg!  I loved mixing rolled oats with 2T of steel cut oats.  The texture difference, compared to plain rolled oats, was much better!

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After doing a few hours of computer work, I hit up my 2nd home [Home Depot and/or Lowes] and then hit up my 3rd home [the new house].  I got back to priming the walls and am ALMOST done.  Well, I would say I’m 75% done priming.  Still need to prime the kitchen, once the new drywall is put into place, and the 3rd bedroom. 

Painting alone is b.o.r.i.n.g. and at least when 2 people are there you see double the progress! 

Did I mention we have to also start packing up the current house we live in??? Gaaaaaaasp!

Enough whining…here’s my lunch!

Packed up picnic style again.  It was really nice outside, so I sat on our front step and soaked up some sun. 

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  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 apple
  • ~1/3c almonds + walnuts + a few nut clusters [for a little suga’]
  • 2 plain Lundberg rice cakes with pb + j

Simple. Delicious. Nutritious. 

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I worked at the house from noon –> 4:30.  I figured I would spare you more photos of white walls. ;)  When I got home I made lunch #2, which consisted of:

I realize that is quite the random assortment!

It’s 11:02pm and I’m almond almost done blogging??  I haven’t finished before midnight in the past two weeks!  Maybe I can actually get to bed by midnight!

I wanted to thank all of you for the lovely comments on yesterday’s detox post.  I’m still reading through them and responding.  I loved hearing all of your personal stories on this topic.  It’s all extremely interesting to me!  I’ll keep you posted on any new findings with my diet.

That’s a wrap!

Ashley

Tuesday
Mar152011

detox recap – week 8/9 – gluten

How many weeks have I been doing this detox?  Well, I’m not really “detoxing” anymore, but I am still trying to figure out what is up with my stomach discomfort!  I have definitely noticed changes, as I’ve started reintroducing foods back into my diet.  Here’s a little recap for you.

*Please note: I am not a doctor, RD, or detox specialist of any sort.  Please consult a professional, before attempting this type of dietary change!

Weeks 1-3

Eliminated

  • all added sugar

  • coffee

  • alcohol

  • gluten

  • soy

  • dairy

  • sodium [limited to 400mg daily ~1/4tsp]


Added

  • detox tea 1x daily

  • dry brushing 1x daily before showering

  • warm lemon water 1x daily in the morning, before eating

  • upped water intake


Things I noticed

  • difficult to not eat bread for the first few days

  • The 5th day was the hardest

  • really hard to not eat chocolate

  • focused on eating a lot of healthy fats + protein during this time

  • soy was the hardest to avoid, so I basically ate almost nothing from a box for the first 3 weeks [except things like pasta]

  • it wasn’t too hard past the first few days avoiding added sugar

  • I missed coffee, but didn’t have withdrawal from it because I only drank 1 mug in the morning every day

  • I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so not drinking wasn’t too bad

  • warm lemon water on an empty stomach, really awakens your intestines + gets things moving…it also helps cleanse your kidneys, among many other things

  • dry brushing helped make my skin tighter + softer after the first 2-3 weeks – it also helped rid my body of toxins

  • in the first week I was still fairly bloated but felt like my body was really starting to detox everything out

  • in weeks 2-3, the bloating went down by at least 80%

  • I incorporated cocoa powder into my breakfasts to get past the chocolate cravings and used things like coconut butter, bananas + dates for sweetness

  • working out really helped to release the toxins during these elimination weeks


Weeks 4-5 – dairy reintroduction

Still Eliminated

  • gluten

  • soy

  • coffee

  • refined sugars

  • sodium [~400mg]


Added

  • natural sweeteners in very small amounts, maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup

  • dairy was added back in during these 2 weeks to see if I would have any reaction

  • bought a juicer and started juicing

  • wine, 1-2x per week


Continued with

  • dry brushing

  • lemon water

  • upped water intake


Things I noticed

  • lemon water was still definitely moving things along

  • I noticed that eating yogurt made me much more phlegm-y than normal

  • I ate, at most, 1 serving of dairy per day, and had no reaction from my stomach

  • juicing made me feel more energized

  • sugar/sweet cravings have gone way down, but now eating some dark chocolate

  • buckwheat bakes + puffed amaranth cereal keep me fuller much longer than oatmeal

  • new found love for buckwheat


Weeks 6-7 – soy reintroduction

Still Eliminated

  • gluten

  • refined sugars

  • sodium [<800mg]


Added

  • soy [whole soy forms: tempeh + sprouted tofu]

  • coffee, 1-2x per week


Continued with

  • eating dairy

  • dry brushing

  • lemon water

  • wine, 1-2x per week

  • water intake

  • juicing, 3x/week


Things I noticed

  • lemon water still working!

  • bloating increased a bit, but not sure of the cause

  • I incorporated a lot of garbanzo bean flour into my diet and couldn’t tell if it was soy or that flour causing me problems.  After I stopped consuming the garbanzo flour, it helped immensely.

  • We ate out a few more times during these weeks, and I noticed the bloating would be worse after those meals.  I was very cautious to make sure things were gluten free and I didn’t eat soy when out at restaurants either.  This made me think it’s something with the preservatives that are used in restaurants, which many of you said you have the same problems with [especially with salad].

  • maintained my workouts all along

  • felt unsure whether soy works in my diet or not after these 2 weeks

  • the bloating went from 80% better to 60% in these 2 weeks


Weeks 8-9 – gluten reintroduction

Still Eliminated

Added

  • gluten


Continued with

  • eating dairy

  • eating soy

  • dry brushing 4-5x/week

  • lemon water

  • wine, 1-2x per week

  • water intake

  • juicing, 3x/week

  • not eating garbanzo flour


Things I noticed

  • gluten is definitely part of the problem

  • still trying to figure out to what extent

  • I realized that it was for sure gluten, after I ate a slice of bread from Great Harvest [nothing wrong with their bread..it’s amaaaazing!!!]. Two hours later my stomach was in a cramped knot.  I repeated this the next 2 days, with the loaf we bought, and each time my stomach became ridiculously bloated 2-3 hours afterward.

  • When I ate farro for breakfast a few times, I didn’t notice the affects nearly as bad.

  • When I ate the Field Roast “sausages” [DEElicious!!], I definitely noticed bloating soon after.

  • I haven’t been eating more than 1 serving of gluten a day, but my bloating comfort level went right back to where it was before I started this process.  Sometimes it even feels more intense.

  • Beer doesn’t seem to affect me so far.  However, in the past, I’ve noticed problems with I drink really cheap beer. haha


Where I’ll go from here

  • I am SO glad that I decided to do this detox.  Not only did it help to cleanse my system, it made me get more in touch with my body.  I hated having the bloating discomfort so frequently and am glad that I’m starting to figure out the cause.

  • I haven’t experimented with too many other gluten, but non-wheat foods yet, but hope to in the coming weeks to narrow down the problem more.

  • I’m not sure what it was, in the GH bread, that my stomach disliked so much.

  • I definitely want to get back to feeling 80-90% better like I did in the first few weeks.  The rest of the discomfort will always be around, mostly from all of the veggies + beans I consume.

  • I plan to watch my soy intake, eating only whole soy, and not eating soy when out at restaurants.  When I’ve eaten tofu out, it seems to always do a number on my stomach.

  • Since reading Eating Animals, and doing this detox, I’m toying with the idea of eating Vegan when out at restaurants.  When I do eat dairy [which I don’t plan on eliminating completely], I want to know the source.  I don’t think this will be too hard to do this, except when it comes to pizza.

  • I plan to continue eating eggs, as I feel they are a great source of vegetarian protein and healthy fats!  I’m keeping eggs out of my diet when dining out, unless specified as local, which is common around here.  I will be buying my eggs from the farmers market, which we luckily have all year long around here.

  • I’m considering getting allergy tested for food sensitivities.  I’m at least going to talk to my doctor about it and see if it would be able to help narrow down what is causing my problems.

  • I know that I do not have Celiac Disease, because I was tested about a year ago.


did you know….
Humans don’t fully digest wheat. The undigested portions of wheat begin to ferment, producing gas. Icky, belchable, fart-forming gas.


Many people have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, and don’t know it. So, how many people fall into this category? No one knows for sure. But 1 in 100 people has celiac disease — but most don’t know it. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but estimates are that it may be as high as 50 percent, or even 70 percent, of the population.

[for more facts, check this page]

Questions?

If you’re bored, here are links to my more extensive recaps.

Favorite detox recipes

Kale Pesto

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Quick Nacho Cheeze Sauce

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Cocoa Coconut Energy Balls

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Lemon Ginger Date Bars

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Orange Coconut Smoothie

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Vanilla Bean Brown Rice

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Trail Mix Cookies

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Banana Coconut Flax Pancakes

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Herbed Socca

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Buckwheat Pizza Crust

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Chocolate Buckwheat Bake

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Peanut Butter Puffed Amaranth Cereal

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Cocoa Chili

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Cinnamon Coconut Raisin Bake

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Back to painting!!!

Ashley