Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Bullet and Beyond

How many Christmas gifts do we get and wonder why? Well, my mom bought us a Magic Bullet this year and I wondered why. At the time I did not do a lot of cooking and put it up on my shelf to sit.
Then my husband Todd decided to make drinks with it. Wow, that was easy. We moved onto milk shakes and then smoothies. Boy, were they good.
My advice is to get one of these silly little things. It is quick, easy and fun to use.
Noah has to have food in the afternoon, but sometimes he really does not want to eat, so I use the bullet to make him a fruit smoothie. All fresh fruit and coconut milk no added sugar. When he is really hungry he drinks 16 oz at a time.
You can use frozen fruit or fresh and it only takes a few minutes to whip it all together.
Another added bonus is that you can make sauces, salsa, and baby food. I have done it all and they have been grain free which makes me feel great!

We used that Magic Bullet till it died.  But today, I have a high tech BlendTec and use it every day.  It is important in grain free cooking to make food preparation easy.  With the BlendTec I can turn almonds into almond meal in about 2 seconds.  Using my cookbook Grain Free Cooking, you can bake muffins and cookies with almond meal and it takes no time at all. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shopping guide

Let's shop the right way without distractions.

Foods that I have found that do not bother Noah.

1. Low pasteurized 145 degrees, non homogenized grass feed Milk

2. Cheese Raw Or grass feed local cheese

3. Sargento Cheese

4. Haagen-dazs ice cream (only if you can't make your own)

5. Organic Chicken (Perdue seems ok, but local farm is best)

6. Organic grass feed Beef is best (ask around for a local farmer)

7. Fish - Salmon, Cod, shrimp, scallops

8. Potatoes and sweet potatoes

9. Kettle(Brand name) Potato Chips lightly salted

10. Organic fruit leathers & fruit sticks

11. All sorts of Squash

12. Tropical Source Semi-Sweet chocolate chips Dairy and Gluten free

13. Capri Sunrise

14. Bob's Red Mill Almond meal flour (you can make it at home)

15.Lets Do Organic(brand name) Coconut flour flakes

16. Bob's Red Mill Tapioca flour

17. Light Agave Nectar, Raw Honey

18. Applegate Farms packaged deli meats and hot dogs

19. Planters mixed nuts and cashews.

20. All fruit & vegetables

21. Organic Frontier(brand name) spices

22. Organic free range eggs (local is best)

23. Organic bacon (no preservatives)

24. Organic or simply made tomato sauce.

25. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

26. Grapeseed Oil

27. Florida Crystals Organic Sugar

28. Organic or Greek yogurt (read the labels for corn)

30. Santa Cruz organic Soda

31. Organic Guar Gum

I shop at a store called MOM's in Bowie, MD and all the above items can be found there, But some of the items can be found at BJ's like the yogurt and cheese.
Also I know you can find all the items online or at Whole Foods

If you can't find these things at your local store talk to the manager.

The key is to stay away from anything that is packaged in the store like deli meats or bulk items.
I also stay away from products and companies that produce other wheat or grain products like Kraft.