Written by Maryann Penney
Tonight I found myself home with no husband or my kids. They stayed at the lake for an extra night. I came home to babysit my month old grandson. but being only a month old, he sleeps...alot.
So I found myself in my kitchen, surprise surprise.
If anyone knows me, I am my happiest self when I'm in the kitchen cooking and/or baking. However tonight I was not the happiest camper.
Why was I not happy? A Bagel....yup a Bagel made me cry
So I am assuming you all have heard about the 2 ingredient dough, if not google it.
I have made the dough many times before, until dairy became my nemesis and gluten was running behind it.
So I rolled up my sleeves, got out of my heels, haha, I rarely wear heels, and busted out my All purpose Gluten Free flour, my unsweetened plain coconut yogurt, baking powder and started "takin care of business"
As per the original recipe, it is even amounts of flour and plain unsweetened greek yogurt.
Now, knowing full well coconut yogurt is no where remotely close to greek yogurt, I decided 1 cup of flour, 3/4 cup yogurt.
The dough mixed up great! And I put them in the oven. I watched them with the light shining, dreaming of billowy (is that even a word?) chewy bagels, smothered with a dreamy cream cheese (vegan of course) and chowin down on one of those bad boys for my supper.
Remember I was basically here by myself, so I could eat what I want for supper.
As I watched patiently, I was wondering if my oven was actually working.
Ok I am not giving them enough time to actually start baking.
15 min later and I was still giving them enough time. Nothing. no rise from the baking powder, nothing. Nothing was happening.
Then I thought, ok they are gluten free and dairy free. So of course they will be a little different.
By this point in time I had five minutes of baking time left, my stomach was rolling like the thunder in that Garth Brooks song
The timer goes off and I take them out of the oven. Good God they look horrible. Here comes the glassy eyes. I blamed it on being hangry. Don't worry they will taste better and everything will be great.
NOT. They were like hockey pucks, white hockey pucks. Best part? When I "cracked" one open, the inside was raw. Yup....raw.
At this point,,, I cried. I was so hungry, it's 7:30pm and here I was sitting on my island, crying.
Not some little whimpering cry, this was big ugly sobs.
It lasted 20 min. Really Maryann? 20 minutes crying over a bagel. All I wanted to do was make one of those Betty Crocker mug cakes I had bought for the kids last month as a treat. I swear I could have made 6 mugs and ate every. single. one.
I reached for the tea towel, wiped my face off and threw those suckers in the garbage, made some gluten free pasta with a quick cashew "cheese" sauce and enjoyed every bit of it.
The moral of my story? Don't go too long between meals. Being hangry is not a good emotion, at all.
And you, bagel, I will be coming for you in the morning, And no it will NOT be like that 2 ingredient dough bagels, mine will be the best gluten free vegan bagels ever.
If you are partial to the occasional minty, refreshing mojito, you are not alone. While you probably shouldn’t make a regular mojito your morning pick-me-up, this dreamy Strawberry Mojito Shakeology is a yummy alternative. Bubbly sparkling water, fresh lime juice, and lots of mint make this Shakeology recipe taste just like strawberry mojito cocktail, except this blended beverage won’t drag you down. Creamy Strawberry Shakeology provides your daily dose of dense superfood nutrition and the energy you’ll need to power through your morning.
Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here!
This vegan Buddha bowl with spring vegetables is perfect for the veggie-lover who wants a little bit of everything in their bowl.
It features whole grains, nutrient-dense powerhouses like hemp seeds and sprouts, and a mix of raw and roasted veggies add color and texture.
Don’t let the long ingredient list scare you off: This recipe can be batch prepped for the week ahead and portioned out into your meal prep containers for easy lunches or dinners throughout the week.
I make this pretty much all the time (well when I run out of course). Most Gluten Free flours are full of craziness! This one has 3 simple ingredients and no extras needed
3 Ingredient Gluten Free Flour Mix
2 cups Otto's Cassava Flour (or you can use Chickpea Flour)
2 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Arrowroot Flour/Starch
Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
Store in glass jar with lid in your pantry or fridge (if you have the room)
Summertime is in full swing, and the weather here in Calgary has been beautiful, to say the least.
When I think back on my childhood, summer meant No School (of course) but it meant being out doors...all the time.
I can remember my mom driving up and down the road (I grew up in rural Newfoundland) calling out my name. And Summer meant more daylight, so why, at the age of 8, do I need to be home when the sun is still shining at 9:30pm??
All us kids would hide, and hide me, so I wouldn't have to leave. We had a great game of dodgeball going in Bell Powers meadow, and we couldn't stop now?!?
When I was growing up, we watched 1 hour of cartoons in the morning, during the summer, and that was it. We went outside to play, and rarely came home for lunch. Plus we would only be home long enough to hoover our supper, and gone outside again. Because we all knew what was approaching fast......Back to School...ugh
This day in age the kids are all about video games and youtube. They actually watch Youtube videos of other people playing video games...Huh? Our kids are on time limits, then they must go outside and play for a certain amount of time in order to earn more gaming time.
Many times my kids come back saying no one is at the park to play with. And I wonder...are all the kids home gaming or watching Youtube?
We spend all our summer at our lake place. Yup they still have game/youtube time...I mean they are kids and it's 2018. But only first thing in the morning and an hour before they go to bed, unless we watch a movie which normally we do. The rest of the time? You got it, outside.
They play at the park, we take them to the pool, life 6 times a day, and we go to the lake. We pack food and make the afternoon out of it. Last week I took them strawberry picking, and they said it was the best day ever! See the simple things matter to them.
When I pack our food when we go down to the lake for the afternoon here are my tips:
Get a cooler. This will do it's job - keep things cool
Make finger sandwiches! Cut the crusts off their favorite sandwiches, and cut them in finger length/width strips! They always think that's fun
Pack juice and water. They are kids so they can have some juice. But ALWAYS have water...remember the 2 bunnies system, Water first!
Cut veggies (the second part of the bunny system. Want to know more? Pop me an email ) I cut carrots, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower. When they are available kids will eat them.
And lastly, but my favorite, is pack a treat. When the kids (and adults) know there is a treat coming, they will eat the healthy items first. So don't give in to the whining parents. They will get over it!
My favorite thing to make? Energy balls of course! Click the pic for the recipe!
So that my friends is the end of my email. I do hope you take something away from this and enjoy the recipe!
Whip up this recipe for Almond Espresso Energy Balls. They are a satisfying mid-day snack that works right into your healthy meal plan
Servings 12 Servings (approx. 2 balls each)
Getting a common cold doesn’t have to be so… common. There are things you can do naturally to make getting sick less likely.
But, if you do happen to get sick, there are things you can also do to help support your body to fight it off.
Detoxes are very popular right now. Most involve drinking a series of juices and while you may temporarily feel better, it is very important to understand that you may not have accomplished as much as you think you have.
At one point in time I did a 3 Day Juice Cleanse. It was probably the hardest thing I had to do. I happen to like chewing my food. But hey, everyone was doing it so I may as well join in!
We are heading into the Thanksgiving weekend here in beautiful Canada. And according to the forecast, we are gonna have an amazing fall weekend here in Calgary!
If you know me you will know I love any reason to cook a turkey and stuffing. And top that with cranberry sauce and gravy...well now you are after my own heart.
While turkey is the main character on many tables this weekend, I didn't want to forget about the sides. We tend to put so much effort and spotlight on the turkey, we forget how important sides are to round out the meal!
So fear not! Keep reading for my favorite side dishes....and of course the recipes
We have all had it one time or another - that burning feeling in our chest and throat after a meal. Or maybe you experience a certain food "repeat" itself.
Around half of North American adults experience it at least once per month. Somewhere between 10-20% have it at least once per week! Heartburn, also known as reflux, occurs when the strong acid in your stomach creeps up into your esophagus.
Glycemic this and glycemic that. Does it matter?
You'll notice that they both begin with "glycemic." That's one tip that they have to do with sugars and carbs. Not only how much sugar is in foods, but more importantly, how it affects your blood sugar levels.
Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellbeing Counselor