Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Yeast-free Breakfast Ideas!

Good Morning!  Hopefully your mornings will be a little better with these new ideas for a yeast-free breakfast.  So, if you are like me and get in a breakfast rut, try these new ideas!

The first is a cold cereal I found that is easy on the pocketbook.  It is Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal.  The ingredients are perfect--puffed whole grain brown rice!  That's it--no added salt or sugar! One cup of the cereal is 2 Weight Watchers points on the PointsPlus system.  Add unsweetened almond milk and berries and you are are on your way to a perfect breakfast!

Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal




Pumpkin Pie Overnight Flax Oat Surprise (adapted from Hungry Girl)

How would you like to wake up and have breakfast waiting for you in the refrigerator?  Sounds good to me on those mornings when you want some extra sleep or need to be early for work!  Plus, if you are like me, you may have a can of pumpkin in the pantry leftover from the holidays that needs to be used.  I adapted Hungry Girl's hungry-girl.com Pumpkin Pie Overnight Flax Oat Surprise to be gluten and yeast free.  The recipe is the below:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Stoneyfield organic fat free plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp.unsweetened vanilla almond milk (maybe a tsp. more)
  • 2 tbsp.of gluten-free old fashioned oats or steel-cut oats
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax meal
  • 1 packet of Truvia
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 ounce (1 tbsp.) sliced almonds
Directions:

1.  In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except almonds.  Mix together.

2.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for a last 4 hours, or until the oats are soft.  

3.  Top with almonds.

Makes 1 serving.

Gluten free and Yeast free Pumpkin Pie Overnight Flax Oat Surprise




This recipe would look pretty in a Mason jar.  Also, Bob's Red Mill makes gluten free old fashioned rolled oats.  Steel cut oats are also fine on the Candida diet.  Quaker makes steel cut oats that can be found in most grocery stores.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

The next recipe can also use some of the leftover pumpkin that you have in the pantry.  I found this recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes on the paleonewbie.com website.  They are delicious!  I will tell you that you must cook these "low and slow" or else they will burn.  Another disclaimer I must tell you about is that the recipe calls for raw honey, so it is up to you whether you want to make this receipe based on how you are feeling.

Ingredients:

2 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tbsp. raw honey
Splash of pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup almond flour
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. baking soda (aluminum-free)
Some coconut oil to grease your griddle or pan

Instructions:

1.  In a small bowl, combine the two whisked eggs, pumpkin, honey and vanilla.
2.  In a medium-size bowl, mix together the almond flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda.
3.  Pour combined wet ingredients into the medium bowl with dry ingredients, and mix into a batter.
4.  Melt coconut oil on the pan or griddle on LOW HEAT.
5.  Spoon mixture onto a LOW HEAT griddle or pan, smooth out into an even layer.
6.  Allow to cook slowly until pancakes are browned on both sides.  Add coconut oil as needed.
7.  Keep pancake size smaller than your spatula for easier flipping.

Makes 5-6 pancakes.
Batter is ready!


Melting the coconut oil.

First batch ready to go.  Remember low and slow!

Finished!

Yummy!



I topped the pancakes with butter and a very small amount of maple syrup.  However, you can leave off the maple syrup and top with Stoneyfield organic fat free plain yogurt and berries of your choice.  You could even sprinkle a little Truvia on top of the pancakes as a substitute for maple syrup.

I hope you will enjoy a few breakfast alternatives.  It gives me great joy to share these new ideas with you.  Oh, and as usual, Abbey is napping while I'm writing.

Sleepyhead!


 Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Snack--Beanitos

I can't believe how long it has been since I've sat down to write a blog entry.  I have a lot of new products and recipes to share.  One bit of news is that I did meet my Weight Watchers goal last fall.  I am now a Lifetime Member.  That was an exciting goal for me to reach.  I've been doing a pretty good job of maintaining, but the holidays have crept up on me.  So, it is back to counting points for the January weigh-in to make sure I keep on track and stay Candida-free!

If you are like me, you get excited when you find a new snack.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps I have written about on the blog, as well as the Baked Lentil Chips, and the Late July Summertime Blues and Sweet Potato Chips.  Recently, I found a coupon for Beanitos, so I thought I would try them.

I first bought the Beanitos Original Black Bean with Sea Salt Chips.  They were delicious!  They are corn free, contain no trans fats, are certified Kosher, as well as gluten-free, and vegan.  They are fiber rich (5g) and contain no sugar!  The ingredients listed are whole black beans, whole grain long brown rice and/or long grain white rice (I'm hoping for more brown rice than white rice), pure sunflower and/or safflower oil, guar bean gum, and sea salt. A serving size is about 12 chips and they are 3 Weight Watchers points on the points plus system.  I usually pair them with hummus, salsa, or use the avocado pasta I have posted on the blog as a dip.



Beanitos Original Black Bean with Sea Salt



I have also tried the Beanitos White Bean and Sea Salt Chips.  I loved them, too!  Again, they are corn free, contain no trans fats, are gluten free, certified Kosher, and vegan.  They contain 6 grams of fiber and are sugar free.  The ingredients listed are:  whole navy beans, whole grain long brown rice and/or long grain white rice, pure sunflower and/or safflower oil, guar bean gum, and sea salt.  A serving size is about 12 chips and they are 3 points on the Weight Watchers point plus system.

Beanitos White Bean with Sea Salt




Again, as always, I will caution you because the ingredients say brown rice and/or white rice.  So please take that into consideration in your journey with Candida.

Let me know if you enjoy them!  I will be posting again soon!