Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Get ready, set, go!

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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Ingredients:

1 C (Gluten Free) Rolled Oats

2/3 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/3 C Ground Flax

1/2 C Chocolate Chips (use raw cacao chips for raw version)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1/3 C Maple Syrup (or honey)

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 C Almond Butter

Directions:

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.

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Add ‘wet’ ingredients and mix well.

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Roll into 24 equal sized balls.

Refrigerated for one hour.

Enjoy!

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Day 3 ~ RAW Strawberry, blueberry, and banana!

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Okay, so I’ve been slacking pretty bad here!  See why I need this space to hold myself accountable?!  This smoothie was

day 3 for me.

Day 4 is a bit hazy to me, that’s what happens when old age kicks in (at least for me) I have a bad case of CRS!

(Can’t remember sh*t)

Day 5, I do remember having a wonderful RAW caesar salad.  It was so big that I actually had it in two meals!

I hope that you’re enjoying the ideas I’m sharing!

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Healthy fast food? Yup!

Tonight’s dinner was delish! Trying to prepare for the holiday, shopping, wrapping, etc. Dinner was ready in about ten minutes!  The healthy fast food alternative ~ gluten free sprouted grain wrap with a veggie burger, tomato, and cheese…

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UMM… YUM! More on gluten free pup food…

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From left to right:

1) Ground chicken, gluten-free shells, spinach

2) Lean ground beef, peas and carrots with gluten-free shells

3) Gluten free peanut butter pup treats…pb with carob chips, pb sprinkled cinnamon, and regular pb.  They can not get enough of these!

4) GF pumpkin gf oat treats!  Helps keep them ‘regular’ so, if you make anything with pumpkin, don’t over do it! (Especially if you have paper trained pups, cause you could have a mess on your hands!)

5) Lean ground beef, brown rice, corn, peas, green beans, and spinach!

They also get a daily vitamin to make sure they are getting all the minerals needed in a pups diet!  Our vet is right on board with us and how we feed “the girls.”  Lil Roo is about 15 months and just had her check up, has maintained her weight to the ounce for a year!  Both of their fur is sooo soft from the diet and natural soap I use to bathe them!

 

So you wanna go gluten free?

Some people need to have gluten free diets because of gastro problems or allergies like celiac or chron’s disease.  Others choose to be gluten free as a way of life, such as my household.

Gluten is found in most commercials breads and baked goods.  It is sometimes found in condiments, such as, soy sauce, ketchup, and horseradish.  Sometimes canned fruit may contain gluten.

There are many alternatives to using wheat (gluten) flours in your recipes.  They can be tricky to work with sometimes.  Some common alternatives are, garbanzo flour, coconut flour, almond flour, rice flour, sorghum, and oat flour.  (Oat flour is somewhat controversial due to where it is processed.  Oat is gluten free but use caution when purchasing oats from companies that also process other grains that contain gluten.)

I, personally, like to use oat flour.  I grind my own in my Vitamix.  (You could use a blender or food processor to grind to a fine powder) I use about 1 1/2 cups of oats to make 1 cup of oat flour.  In my recipes, I substitute equal parts of oat for white or wheat flour.  I haven’t had any problems with my recipes using that exchange.  Almond flour is a heavier flour, use caution if making breads or baked goods.  Almond flour can also alter flavor a bit since it is made from nuts.  I have also used a good amount of coconut flour.  I have yet to make my own using coconut flakes.  Coconut flour adds a slightly sweet flavor to your foods.  I like to use it when baking things like banana bread.

For those that follow low carb diets, coconut flour much lower in carbs than traditional flours, rice flour, or potato flour.

Stay tuned for more gluten free tips! (Feel free to ask questions in comment section)

P.S. Here is a good link I found to help with substitutions! http://forum.lowcarber.org/archive/index.php/t-214051.html