Showing posts with label dairy free. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dairy free. Show all posts

Monday, September 14, 2015

School lunch ideas

Back to school is in full swing! Here are a few ideas of what things to pack that are fun, easy to eat but also healthy.

Gluten-Free banana bread
Grapes on skewers
Sliced baby cucumbers
Hard boiled egg.
Brown rice cake with peanut butter and pumpkin seeds
Sliced carrots
Fresh Strawberries
Applesauce squeeze (no added sugar)

Ants on a log
Sweet potato chips (no added sugar)
Turkey lunch meat with no nitrates
Fresh grapes and blueberries


Thursday, September 10, 2015

School lunch ideas

Back to school! An exciting time that can also be a bit daunting with establishing new routines, figuring out where to go and when to be there and getting homework done. Don't forget about lunch! A healthy lunch is an important prep to help you child do their best in each class. 

All lunches are clean eating, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free. What are you packing for lunch?

Aidells brand Apple Chicken Sausage, leftover from the grill and skewered with apple chunks.
Baby carrots
Peas (from frozen)

Leftover roasted potatoes
Broiled lamb cubes
Leftover steamed broccoli with olive oil and salt
Homemade ketchup 
Nitrate free turkey lunch meat
Fresh veggies
Gluten free crackers
Hummus

Friday, August 14, 2015

Chocolate Brownie Cake

It is funny how often folks ask about my sweet-eating habits as soon as they find out that I am a Registered Dietitian. Of course I eat treats once in a while - just not all the time :)

For my new job at Brain Balance, I have been experimenting with gluten-free, dairy free baking that uses honey or maple syrup for sweetness. I thought that this cake turned out great! It was great as is with my afternoon cup of coffee but I also think it would be nice with some chocolate ganache on top - your pick!

Chocolate Brownie Cake
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 bar baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a round or square pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients and spread into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Friday, February 13, 2015

2 Ingredient Ginger Peach Ice-Cream - No added sugar!

Here is a creamy, low-calorie dessert that feels decadent without sabotaging your health goals!

I received the juicer mentioned below for free from Champion Juicer in exchange for 
writing this post. I was not otherwise compensated for my time.

I have had a lot of fun playing around with my new champion juicer. Recently I made pumpkin pie juice! I wanted to experiment with the homogenizing function of the juicer. The nutritional advantage is that this keeps the pulp in the product, ie, you don't lose any fiber! This is kind of like having a very high powered blender or food processor!

In the past I have used my food processor to make banana "ice-cream" by simply pureeing a frozen banana. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually works! I tried the same method with other frozen fruits, such as strawberries, but didn't have as much luck unless there were bananas involved too. The bananas gave the dessert a lovely creamy texture, even though the whole thing is dairy free. 

Because the Champion Juiceris so powerful, it is actually able to turn rock-hard frozen peaches into a velvety smooth mixture just like soft-serve! I added some fresh ginger for a flavor pop.






Step 1: set up your Champion Juicer with the blank. Use the dark funnel to make loading the fruit easier and set a bowl under the spout to catch your peachy dessert!















Step 2: Turn on the juicer. Use the plunger to push frozen peach slices and small pieces of fresh ginger into the feeding tube.

















Step 3: collect the peachy goodness into a bowl and stir to ensure the ginger is evenly dispersed throughout.  Enjoy!














Disclosure: This recipe contains an Amazon Affiliate link which means I may make a small commission, at no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase. Thank you for your support!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fruit "Ice-Creams" more delicious treats

Strawberry-Banana "Ice-cream"

This is such a cool trick! Using frozen fruit and your food processor, we make a ice-cream-like treat that satisfies your sweet tooth without ruining your healthy eating plans!

Low-cal Sundae!
This is a follow up to the original recipe that used only banana; most taste testers loved it, but my dad thought it was too "banana-y", which isn't surprising as it was the only ingredient! For this version, I made two batches; one with half strawberries and half banana, one with banana flavored with cocoa powder and vanilla. I scooped both flavors in a cute dish and topped it like a sundae with sliced strawberries and mini chocolate chips. Delish!

Simply freeze fruit of choice; bananas work well, but so do strawberries, mangoes, peaches and more!

Place fruit in food processor (most blenders won't cut it for this recipe) and puree until smooth and creamy. Some fruits might need a splash of milk, but plain bananas will not. Add flavors if you wish, such as cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract or cinnamon.

Scoop into your dish and add toppings if you like, or enjoy plain!

Freeze fruit
Half-way there!

Creamy and delicious "ice-cream"; thick enough to scoop!

Do you have a food processor in your kitchen? They're such a great tool to have and last for years. This one is well rated on amazon and is Amazon Prime eligible.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana "ice-cream"...a low-calorie dessert that actually tastes super!



There are few things more delicious than excellent ice-cream. And with summer's heat, ice-cream is a tempting way to cool off. However, the high number of calories of even a reasonable portion might take you off track from your beach-bod journey. And the whole pint? Don't get me started! What to do?

I was introduced to this ice-cream substitute last summer from my lovely former roommate Kelly. Even though I am a dietitian, I have a huge sweet tooth. When she was telling me about this frozen banana mush as being something worth trying, I had a pretty high level of skepticism. I tried it though and am an official convert; it really is creamy and delicious! This is lovely dessert that tastes like ice-cream but has the calories of one banana. Magic? Pretty much!

What is in a name? In order for the food package to be labeled as ice-cream, it must contain a minimum of 10% milk fat. Fat gives the creamy mouth feel of good ice-cream, but it also bulks up the calories and saturated fat content. Soft serve treats are sometimes lower in fat and calories, but don't have enough fat to be labeled as ice-cream. Search for the work ice-cream on the menu boards and your cone will be melted before you see it; it isn't there!

Banana "ice-cream"

Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana per person/serving
Optional ingredients and flavors
  • cocoa powder
  • melted chocolate chips
  • cinnamon powder
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut or almond butter

Directions
  1. Peel banana and place in plastic bag or reusable container. Freeze until solid (note: if you're trying to hurry things along, slice the banana. More surface area = faster freezing time).


These slices quickly freeze solid

  • Place frozen banana in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy; this will take a few minutes. Scoop down the sides of the bowl to make sure there aren't any lumps! 
Smooth and creamy "ice-cream"!

  • If you're interested in flavors, add 'em! If not, scoop some into your bowl and enjoy! 
  • Cocoa powder and cinnamon added...yum!
  • If you have left overs, scoop it into a container and store in the freezer. For best results, let the frozen "ice-cream" warm up for a few minutes before serving; this will help it be just as creamy.

Kelly has her own lovely blog called Off The Wall; I'd recommend you check it out! She has great recipes for you to try and love!

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