Did you know that, according to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 10% of people with type 1 diabetes also have Celiac disease? Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and a few other common grains. The fact that there is a good number of people with both of these conditions shows that there is a strong link between Type 1 diabetes and gluten intolerance. This number does not even include people with gluten intolerance or people who have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease yet which means that an even larger percentage of type 1 diabetics are likely experiencing symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
Hand made gifts are always extra special. This cookie mix is easy enough for a small child to help make and they can even decorate the jar or the card to go with it. A lot of people on our gift list have different diet restrictions so it is sometimes challenging to find a recipe that fits our needs. Since this cookie mix is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and soy-free it was a winner for anyone on our list.
This cookie recipe is not only delicious but super healthy since it contains ground flax seeds and coconut oil for lots of healthy fats. It also has no sugar since the sweetener it calls for is maple syrup. It's a great gift for children, parents, and anyone who is health conscious but still likes a healthy treat. I also like to give this gift to anyone who may have recently found out they need to avoid one of these allergens and is just learning about allergy-free cooking. This is a great way to show your friends and family that healthy eating can also be delicious.
Here's how to make it.
This year is my first experience packing lunches for school. My daughter is 3 1/2 and has just started pre-school. I have to admit it's a little overwhelming at first. The school lunches I had as a kid mostly consisted of sandwiches. Since we eat a low-grain and gluten-free diet, a sandwich everyday doesn't really work. As a real food school lunch newbie, I started searching the web for ideas…
The Lunch Box
First I was on the hunt for a lunch box that would suit our needs. The lunchbox needs to be…
- Eco-friendly, meaning it replaces the need for plastic bags or plastic wrap.
- Non-plastic, preferable stainless steel. I don't feel comfortable sending my 3 year old with glass.
- Easy to open, something a young child can open and close on their own.
- No mess (or low mess), if I were to pack something like applesauce I don't want it to get all over everything else.
- Easy for Mom to pack quickly, the less parts the better, easy to clean
What to Pack
Packing a non-sandwich lunch is almost like packing multiple different healthy snacks consisting of different proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This is helpful to keep in mind because the things you are packing can't be heated up at lunch time so snack type items work well. Some simple ideas include hard boiled egg, cut up carrots & cucumber, sliced apples, nuts, etc. To make things more interesting, there are a number of recipes that can be made ahead of time on the weekend and used in lunches all week.
Here are some recipes that I have used so far for lunches that were successful (meaning they were eaten)…
- Mini Quiche – I made a batch of these and used them all week in lunches.
- Guacamole – There is a nice recipe in The Veggie Book
- Coconut Milk Yogurt
- Almond Flour “Bread”
- Crock Pot Chicken & Quinoa
- Simple Seasoned Chicken Tenders from Much Ado About Chicken
- Grain-free Pumpkin Muffins
- Paleo Banana Pancakes – I've seen people use grain free pancakes as bread for a sun butter and jelly sandwich, neat idea!
- Katie's Homemade Granola Bars – Katie's eBook Healthy Snacks to Go is one of my all time favorite eBooks.
- Quinoa Pilaf
More helpful posts on Healthy School Lunches
This week was my daughter's 3rd birthday. I can't believe it, I feel like it was just yesterday that she was a little infant. Birthday's always need cake – even with a healthy mama – it's just a healthier version of cake. Last October I did some cake experimenting for my husband's birthday and came up with a great paleo chocolate cake which have since made for my sister's baby shower and now my daughter's birthday (as cupcakes).
Recently, another mama asked this question on my Facebook page and there were A LOT of great looking cake ideas posted. Today I will share with you my go to paleo chocolate cake and the suggestions from all of my Facebook fans. I have yet to try them all so I'd love to hear from you if you have the chance to try them. I am dying to find a vanilla cake recipe that we like so I will be testing these out myself as well and will post an update when I do.
Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cake
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 10 eggs
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or powder
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Grease a 9 x11 pan with coconut oil
- Combine coconut flour, cacao, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, with whisk attachment, whisk the eggs.
- Add the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and continue to mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are incorporated – about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl and beat cake batter on high speed for about one full minute so that the batter is fluffy.
- Bake for 30 minutes (in 9×11” pan) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
I have never had good luck getting a coconut flour cake out of a pan so I left this cake in the baking dish and iced it in the dish.
More Paleo & Grain-free Cake Recipes to Try
Princess Party Birthday Cake, The Unrefined Kitchen
Vanilla Bean Cake, from The Spunky Coconut – This cake is not paleo because it contains beans but it is grain-free
Strawberries-n-Cream Bundt Cake, Healing Cuisine by Elise
Dark Chocolate Berry Cake, The Spinach Spot
Banana Cake, Elana's Pantry