Breakfast Thick sourdough bread slathered in real butter and strawberry preserves. Whole milk blended up with protein powder and almond butter. This is my Monday morning breakfast. Wait a minute, gluten-filled bread? Real butter and whole milk? Blasphemy! This is a gluten –free and dairy-free blog, right? That time has passed. I am welcoming in all the foods. No restrictions. I have battled an eating disorder for ten years. Evidence of that is written all over this blog. Last fall I recommitted to weekly therapy sessions with an ED (eating disorder) specialist, and as I described Sparkle Kitchen in our first meeting the fog began to lift. My special protocols and elimination diets were blatantly feeding my disease. Snack Cheddar cubes and raw carrots. 10am snack. My therapist recommends using the following guideline to avoid any ED triggers: Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner Snack I was intermittent Read More
Zucchini Noodle Greek Pasta Makes 4 servings. 4 cups spiralized zucchini noodles ½ cup radishes, sliced 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped 14-16 shrimp, peeled, frozen or raw 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided ½ teaspoon salt 2-3 teaspoons seasoning mix (recipe below) ½ teaspoon fish sauce ¼ cup parsley SEASONING MIX 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon basil ¼ teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon dill ½ teaspoon marjoram ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch ½ teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 375. Toss radishes and asparagus with ½ tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast 15 minutes. Set aside. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil 3 minutes until pink. Drain water and set aside. In a large skillet, add ½ tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini noodles, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and sauté Read More
On Sunday I took my first hike of the season. It was a spectacular, sunny day and and the whole time I was thinking: ice cream! So when I got home I went straight to the store to buy everything needed to make dairy-free ice cream. The summer is torture for a dairy-free girl. Ice cream trucks are sending their melodic call, new gelato places open-up, kids are passing with cones dripping down their shirts and I can’t have any of it. A few coconut ice cream brands are on the market but they’re only available at larger grocery stores and typically have unnecessary additives and too much sugar. So I came up with a recipe to satisfy my ice cream dreams. This dairy-free ice cream is creamy, melty and the perfect amount of sweetness. And if you’re not a coconut fan this is still a good option for you. Read More
Coconut is a dairy-free girl’s best friend. It’s that huge sigh of relief when you realize creamy ice cream can still be a part of your life. I did a little dance the first time I tasted coconut whipped cream. I wanted to shout, “Yay! My tastebuds are no longer deprived!” Coconut makes a delicious alternative that’s rich in key nutrients. High in magnesium, 1 cup of coconut milk contains 88.8mg and this combined with it’s content of calcium keeps muscles and nerves functioning properly. It is also an excellent source of potassium, where 1 cup has over 630mg compared to 422mg in 1 banana. It is also rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6. A saturated fat, coconut is a medium chain fatty acid and quickly absorbed as energy in the liver. The body views it as priority energy and is therefor less likely be stored Read More
Going dairy free can be complicated when you don’t know how to substitute for your favorite foods. I’ve spent years of trial and error to find the foods that work best. This is the first of a series of videos showing examples of easy food swaps for dairy. I had to begin with something extra delicious, whipped cream! I’d love to know your thoughts on this video. Please share with me below!
Christmas came early this year. We had a pre-Christmas celebration with my family in south Florida last week. It was 75 degrees and clear, blue skies everyday. My body soaked up the sun, the humid sea salt air and the therapeutic beach sounds. The hubby and I were grateful to be out of the winter chill and have a peaceful place to relax. I spent a few Christmases down there as a kid, yet it’s still odd to see palm trees decorated like candy canes. Going from the northeast to the tropics numbs the holiday spirit a bit. We managed to keep the Christmas music playing as a reminder that it’s still December. I was so disoriented until I heard “White Christmas” playing. The highlight was our special Christmas dinner, surf and turf style. We stood in line for over an hour to buy the perfect lobster tails. The guy Read More