Posts Tagged ‘gluten-free’

Hey all,
Here is my week in review via my instagram photos.  (Is anyone else sort of in love with instagram?? i actually woke up the other day and liked because i wasn’t 100% ready to get out of bed yet… just me?? Okay, i can accept that!)

I’ll start with my foodie successes!! I usually eat the SAME things every other day!  Habit?  Easier to track my food?  I’m boring?? All of the above?  It’s easy to eat the same things that you like when you’re single!  Probably the only perk of living single.  I can the same things, AND i can have breakfast any time i want!  I will have to find a man that likes breakfast for dinner!!

BUT, back to my successes.  I made both a fantastic gluten free/dairy free cauliflower crust!  🙂  I had a fouled attempt earlier this week… but the second try was WELL worth it!!!  The first round was delicious, but it just didn’t crust like it should have.  I tried to be sneaky and use Coconut Flour.  I have the WORST luck with coconut flour?  I’m starting to think that it dries out so quick because of altitude.  Well, second time around I used Caralyn at Gluten Free Happy Tummy’s recipe!  It was yummy!!! Found here: http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/2012/07/21/cauliflower-pizza-party-a-graduation-gf-v-bed-scd/  I also added some spices to the mixture.

I really need to work on my presentation for photos… I loved it! I actually used half of it for dinner, and saved the other for lunch the next day.  The second day was actually pliable and I was able to use it as a wrap! Even better! Two recipes out of one!!

The second one I made was from Laura at Sprint2theTable.  I am now obsessed with recipe, plus a few others of hers!! It seems like I have a very similar palate to her.  I made her PB & Aggs recipe!!  It was delicious!! http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2012/08/pb-aggs-wiaw/ I think i also added 1/2 banana to it too, and then I put the mixture into a left over Peanut Butter container.  I LOVED it! and I wasn’t hungry for a while… even betteR! Protein does that for you!! The bread in the photo is the Julian Bakery Paleo Coconut bread.

I HIGHLY recommend anyone following a gfree diet follow these two gals!!  They both have a wonderful variety of documentation on their recipes and meals.  🙂
In regards to my fitness… I took a challenge via the gals at Tone it Up from Instagram yesterday!  They said “drop and give me a plank”, SO I DID! 🙂

The other big accomplishment in my “Allergy Fitness” life, was that I completed my Hybrid of Chalean Extreme and TurboFire.  I am going to miss my program until I come back to it.   I hadn’t done Extreme in a while, but wanted to a change from the heavy cardio.  This is a great hybrid, because it gives you a mix of both worlds.  You don’t get bored easily!!

I also took my “After” photos for the FIRST TIME EVER!  Does it ever get easy to pose in a bikini??  And then post the results??

:sigh:: i did it!!

very pleased with the results, but embarrassed… that’s my old insecurities rearing their ugly head…

I will have to do this on Friday’s from now on!  Considering almost all my photos go up on Instagram.  I could post for days of all of Fumble’s photos too! lol!

Just as an aside… it’s a full blue moon today.


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Yah! I can FINALLY reveal my August Foodie Pen Pal!! 🙂

I follow MANY blogs, and I have seen the Foodie Pen Pals that Lindsay over at http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/ started.  I have always been intrigued by the idea of getting a box of goodies.  Plus, who doesn’t love a care package???!!???

I participated this month and got a FABULOUS box from Kyle over at http://eatsandadventures.wordpress.com/ .  She put together a wonderful box from her lovely state, and this one i’m JEALOUS of!! Hawaii!!! 🙂  Honolulu, Hawaii to be exact!

I arrived home a two Fridays ago and there was a box on my doorstep!!  I think i could actually smell Hawaii! So i decided to suck in the scents of the ocean.  I’m a nerd!

Then I got to open all the carefully wrapped goodies!! Inside was a fantastic selection of local goodies!

I loved the notepaper!! I always love a High Five! 🙂

Kyle wanted to give me some variety, not just foods.  She sent me their “native” fruit cookie cutter!  I know this will come in handy with my gluten free baking!  I’m finally getting some recipes that I NEED to try.  Plus, I love to bake in the fall!

She also sent me some local soaps.  I have a cadre of soaps from all over in my bathroom.  One can never have too many to choose from!  I am obsessed with coconut, and I have a sneaking suspicion there must be coconut oil in these!!

I don’t know how she did it too, but Kyle must have known I’m not the most responsible person with my cell phone and I have frizzy hair!  These two items are locally made and will come in VERY HANDY!! She sent me an adorable pin with a flower on it!  Great for girls with flyaways, aka ME!!  Then the other flower is something I have never heard of!  It is a pin that goes into your cell phone to protect the slot for the earbuds!??! Have you heard of this?? It’s genius!!!!

The next photo is my foodie items!  She sent me local coffee, macadamia nuts and honey.  I get local honey here (in NY)  A LOT!  I love to bake with it!!  I can’t wait to try it either.  There must be different floral notes from Upstate NY!!!  I ❤ any type of peanut variety!!! And I am OBSESSED with coffee.  I drink way too much.  (Hence, all the !!!!s)

Kyle could NOT have done a better job in preparing this box for me!!


Have you ever participated in the Foodie Pen Pals?? 

What's your favorite Care Package item you ever received??? 

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I made my first “fitness” purchase not dvd related this weekend.  Well, that’s sort of a lie.  I got the BodyMedia for Christmas, and ended up returning it because I had a feeling my ‘compulsive’ background would not fair well with wearing something 24 hours.  I actually wore it for 2 days, realized I was not burning as much as I thought I did and started to feel myself getting the urge to do more! I was already working out twice a day, typically cardio/strength and then a pilates/ballet workout.  What more could I DO!? I didn’t want to see myself fall into an old trap of doing too much, so I ended up returning the gift!

However, since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I’ve been thinking it would be great to see and document how much I actually burn doing my workouts!  Now, that being said, IT’S NOT THE SAME FOR EVERYONE!! I knew that going in.  I am 5 foot 1 and weigh on average about 115 lbs.  So my calorie burn is not going to be as high as someone with more weight.  The less you weigh, the less your burn.   I did think it would be interesting to see my heart rate during the workouts and gauge them in combo with my calorie burn!

So, off to BestBuy I went this weekend and bought my first monitor.  It was between the Polar FT4 and FT7.  I decided to go with the 7! I did look at the FT40, which I’ve seen a lot of the bloggers use.  There were only a few differences between the two, so I decided to go with this one.  It was about $119 before taxes.  I would have preferred a different color, but black is fine!  It matches everything, even my usual brown tones! (MISCONCEPTION, YOU CAN WEAR BLACK AND BROWN TOGETHER… Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear told me so!) 🙂

When I opened the box, I had received the watch, the heart rate monitor clip on, chest strap and instructions.  I will say, I did not realize that chest strap had sizes?  Mine is a medium-XXL, and it fits fine.  However, I have a broad chest.  I was blessed with wide ribs! 🙂

You wet the portion of the strap that has the heart rate receptors on it, strap it on and then clip the heart rate monitor to the front of your chest.  It’s not that visible.  Here’s a photo I took in my workout tank.

I was happy the first time I wore it, it was with a shirt with a built in sports bra.  If you’re worried about it slipping, which it didn’t, it was that good reassurance the first few times I’ve worn it.  It’s good to know it’s not going to budge.  I have worn it a few times now, still no slipping.  I’ve also done a few workouts, including lifting, pilates, and kickboxing.  Still no budge.

I did take two photos for Instagram so far with my results.

The watch is very user friendly.  It will walk you through the set-up options, which includes entering your data.  Once you’re ready to start your workout, you push the start button and it will begin to read your heart rate and start the workout.  It also has a great feature that will beep when you move from the fat burning zone into the fitness zone.  You can also pause it between workouts.  I did this with my first trial between my cardio and lift.  It was good because I got distracted between the workouts! hehe!

My first test was a blanket test, so I didn’t document it.  However, I was surprised by my results! I thought I was burning a lot more than what was documented.  I guess it really does help to have hard evidence!!  I did a 55 minute cardio workout and I only burned about 460 calories.  Not horrible, but I was thinking I was burning closer to 500.  So already, the equipment paid for itself in knowledge!!

I did my High Intensity Interval Low 25 minute workout with the TurboFire Dvds yesterday morning.  Here were my results.


It shows your duration, calories burned and average and maximum heart rates.  **NOTE: This workout does not yield a high calorie burn during the workout.  The science behind a HIIT is that you continue to burn after the workout is over!  Whereas with most other cardio sessions, you will stop burning the moment you stop moving!**

My second reading was this morning with a 45 minute kickboxing session that included 2 HIITs.  I did the TurboKick Sport Home DVD round!


I got VERY SWEATY during this workout!  I was able to grab a photo of my Fat Burn time and Fitness Time this round! (bottom left photo).

Overall, I REALLY like this watch and think it will come in handy while I’m working out.  Especially as I transition into other fitness.  It will be interesting to see if I burn the same when I start running, or if I do another program?

I’m also excited to do another reading today with just my weight lifting!??!  More to follow on my instagram  (you can find me at “eirenm” and facebook!
On another note! I want to review a new product I got this weekend.  I had to order something for my “Foodie PenPal”! 🙂 I so decided to try this Paleo bread from Julian Bakery.  Julian Bakery is in California and they offer Low Carb and Gluten Free breads.  I am a firm believer in “if i can read all the ingredients” i will eat it!  So when I saw this bread it intrigued me!

Here is the info from their website:

Paleo Bread -Coconut, is organic, starch-free, grain free, gluten free, yeast free, soy free, dairy Free, and ideal for any diet.  The Paleo Bread, Coconut, is the first starch free, gluten free, grain Free, low carb bread on the market!  Get lean and sculpted while still enjoying this particular variety! *Nutritional Info Provided By An Independent Lab For Accuracy* **GI= Zero / Stay In Ketosis** **Freezes great for 4+ Months** “Paleo Breads Are Soft & Fluffy & Do NOT Crumble” (HCG Diet Approved)

Coconut is Low Carb & Low Calorie:  The term available carbohydrate refers to the portion of carbohydrates that have the potential to raise your blood sugar levels and provide calories, or energy. Available carbohydrates include both sugar and starches, but exclude dietary fiber. You can calculate the available carb content of any food simply by subtracting its fiber content from its total carb content. In the case of all-purpose white flour, the available carb content is 23.1 g per 1/4 cup and whole-wheat flour has 18.4 g of available carb per 1/4 cup, while coconut flour contains 7 g of available carbohydrate per 1/4 cup.

Because of its lower available carbohydrate content, coconut flour can prevent blood sugar spikes and help you maintain more even blood sugar levels after eating, which is especially helpful if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight.

High Fiber Content:  Coconut flour contains a lot more fiber compared to any other flour, with as much as 12 g per 1/4 cup, compared to only 3 g for the same serving of whole-wheat flour. You should get between 25 and 38 g of fiber a day, according to the “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” to help you stay regular and prevent constipation. A higher fiber intake can also help you feel fuller with fewer calories, which is especially helpful if weight loss is a goal.

**As seen on http://www.Julian Bakery.com

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice (43g)
Servings Per Loaf Approx. 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6g  (1 Digestible Carb) 2%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Net Carbs 1g 0%
Soluble Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Iron 2% Calcium 4%
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda.

So Saturday afternoon this is the little package in the mail:

It is sliced thin!  I plan on freezing mine so it will last longer.  I don’t eat bread that much, so I don’t want it going bad before I get a chance to really enjoy it!
I tried it on Saturday afternoon.  I typically stay away from “Carbs” in the afternoon, however there is only coconut flour in this!  So I figured I was in the clear!  I ate one slice (halved) with a turkey burger.  It was actually pretty good! I haven’t eaten bread in a LONG time because I am so picky about the gluten free varieties.  None seem to “cut the snuff” in my book to the real stuff!  But this will definitely do for now!  At the calories/nutrition of it, how can I pass it up?? I am anxious to try the almond variety too.
To be determined…
Have you tried a heart rate monitor at all?

Have you tried any gluten free breads that you would recommend??


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I am an avid follower of MANY blogs (I get over 150 emails a day).  I know that sounds crazy, but I do love to read about other people’s success stories.  I think a lot of it has to do with my yearning to do the same thing, but fear of getting started. BUT, here i am!! Ready to start.  Taking the leap!

So here’s my first recipe of something i LOVE TO MAKE AND EAT!

Does anyone else love breakfast for dinner??  I have a tiny little addiction to egg whites, because they’re such a great source of protein.  I also love, LOVE, LOOOVVEE anything related to pancakes, waffles… you name it!  Favorite meal of the day!!

I make this thing called a protein puff.  Have you ever had a Dutch Baby?  Or is that just a Pennsylvania thing?  Well basically, a dutch baby is a pancake that fluffs up like a souffle in the oven, but is one large pancake.  It’s yummy, but SUPER high in calories.  My **TwIN** and I used to make them, years ago, when we lived together on Cape Cod.  We got a recipe that was lower calories and ‘better for you’.  We would make the basic pancake and jazz it up as much as we could with other healthy toppings, ie apples, bananas, strawberries.  We tried to be as seasonal as possible!

Since going gluten and dairy free, I have struggled to find the right combo of flours and mixtures that will bake properly, stay fluffed and taste good.  I try to stay away from carbs in the evenings, so I also struggled with the flours.  I’ve used everything from garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour, almond flour… all too dry.  It took me a while, but I was reading another blog.. I think it was Purely Twins (I hope i can put them in here, i haven’t gotten as far as how to reference others in a blog.. sorry if i took a mistep).  I love their blog because not only are they twins, duh!? but they’re also healthy fitness lovers who eat gluten and dairy free!  When I read their blog, I feel like I could be their triplet!  They posted a recipe for a protein pancake, and I figured if I tweaked it a little, I bet I could fluff up my dutch baby to work!

Gluten Free HIGH PROTEIN Dutch Baby


1/4 C Egg whites

1/4 C water (or almond milk)

1 Scoop Protein Powder (I use Raw Vegan Sunwarrior Blend)

1 T peanut flour

dash of salt

seasoning as you like… i use pumpkin pie spice, you could add 1 T of cocoa powder… jazz it up as you like!

1 egg white beat until peaks form

Extra virgin olive oil spray


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

I mix everything, except for the egg white in to a bowl.  In a separate bowl, I beat the egg white until soft peaks form.


In a small frying pan, I spray a little EVOO into the pan and then place it into the oven for approx 2 minutes.

I slowly fold in the whites into the protein bowl mixture.  Be careful not to break the fluffy whites!


Once incorporated, take your pan out of the over (use a mitt!!) and spray again with a little EVOO.  Slowly place the mixture into the pan and then flatten it out a little.


Place into the 400 degree oven and bake for approx 20-23 minutes.

When it comes out it will be a little fluffed up, let it cool for 3 minutes.  And there you have a protein puff pancake!  I put a little spray butter on mine and top it with either more PB or put  a banana, apple slices, dip it cranberries… you name it! The nice thing is that this is a blank canvas for you to jazz up depending on how you like flavors!
I also will sometimes make it in a muffin pan and split it into 2 servings and save one for a snack the next day!

Hope you like it!! I haven’t tried it with other protein powders, so you may have to play with the amount of powder you add!

🙂  GOod  Luck and Happy Wednesday!!

PS, did you get your workout in today??? I DID!! I was wide awake at 4:10 am for NO APPARENT REASON.  So, rather than stare at the ceiling, I went down and got my Chalean Extreme Get Lean Intervals done! 43 Minute work=CHECK!!! 🙂

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