This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.
The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.
Previously, I have shared with you what my kids like to eat, and even what they take to school in their lunch box. Their diet is probably best described as 80/20, with 80 percent being paleo and 20 percent being gluten-free. I’m trying harder and harder to make sure that that 80/20 becomes 90/10, but gluten-free is still something that’s easier to manage when they are out with friends.
Lunch boxes…they can be a bit of a nightmare some days. While I am always keen to make grain free alternatives for my children, they still have gluten-free rolls in their lunch box occasionally. There was only one type I would buy, and it became the only type my children would eat. It was full of seeds and looked like a multi-grain roll, but it had absolutely no flavour. It started as a convenience item, and is still just a convenience item (some days laziness).
I have wanted to find and create an alternative for a long time, but each recipe I tried or altered just didn’t cut the mustard. They were too egg’y, too dry, too soggy, had a weird taste and lets face it kids are all about taste and texture. Finally, I’ve found it though. A roll recipe to do away with the convenient gluten-free rolls I was spending a fortune on.
Food labelling can be very confusing for most of us, but it is an important tool that enables us to make an informed choice about the packaged food we purchase. Often food labels contain a lot of information, which is not always well understood. This information, if understood, can be the best way for you to make good food choices though. You need to know what ingredients are actually in the item and how to interpret the marketing spin of manufacturers.
Fresh foods such as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, lentils, beans and nuts are not required to carry nutrition information. Also, foods that offer few nutrients, like coffee, tea and spices don’t have to supply this information. However, some producers still will voluntarily. These fresh foods should always be your first option. If you are looking at packaged items though, you need to be able to know what ingredients are in the item and what you want to avoid. Continue reading
We have knuckled down and been eating very clean paleo for the past week. Hubby and I both thought we needed to tidy up our eating and concentrate on portions, sweeteners, and making sure that we are getting enough carbohydrates, good fats and proteins. We have both up’d our efforts at the gym in the attempt to tone things up a bit more.
For me, I probably wasn’t getting enough fuel for the demands I have been putting on my body. For hubby, the balance probably wasn’t right and he found himself wanting to snack more. I don’t find these times too hard, but hubby can. He’s done very well so far, but last night he was struggling after ‘one of those days’. He admitted he really wanted some chocolate…the devil sugar monster was whispering in his head as it does for a lot of us. More often than not, we turn to food when we are stressed, emotional or tired. Am I right?