In the hot summer weather I began experimenting with ice cream recipes. My girls love ice cream and always wanted to go to the local town ice cream shoppe. There were a few issues with that. I didn’t want them constantly eating all that ice cream, I didn’t want to keep spending money on it and my own will power can only last for so long!! Then finally I found a few recipes on pinterest and modified them removing the heavy cream they called for and not adding the sugar. This recipe doesn’t make me feel guilty making it for them. And they love eating it!
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Prep Time: Overnight
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 4 ripe bananas- frozen
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons Nutella (this is gluten free not dairy free) or other chocolate hazelnut spread
- Freeze bananas overnight.
- Add all ingredients to blender or food processor, blend until creamy. (Hint: You may need to use a spatula to bring ingredients down towards blades. Do this while processor is OFF.)
- Serve and enjoy immediately. This is not meant to be prepared ahead or frozen.
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This recipe is great to be used as a meal for dinner or sometimes I use it as an appetizer for everyone to enjoy with toothpicks. It is super easy and you just toss everything in the crockpot and your prep is done. The sweetness added with the pineapples are always a hit with the kids. There are also many options for Gluten Free Frozen meatballs if you want to cut down on your prep time. Farmrich has frozen turkey and original meatballs that are gluten free, however if you want to ensure this is also dairy free I recommend prepping the meatballs yourself.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 hours
Yield: 4-5 servings
- 28 ounce package of frozen meatballs (gluten free, dairy free) or make your favorite meatballs into cocktail size balls
- 15 ounce can of pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve juice
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup ketchup (I prefer Simply Heinz due to no added High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsps cornstarch
- 1 tbsp Gluten Free grape jam
- 2 tablespoons Gluten Free Soy Sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Place meatballs in crockpot.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, mix and pour over meatballs
- Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
- Serve with brown rice or your favorite Gluten Free pasta.
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Although I am a pediatric gastroenterologist, which means a “Kids Tummy Doctor”, many of my patients with chronic diseases suffer from dry, itchy skin. This, if left untreated, can be painful, make children cranky and frustrated and can lead to excessive scratching. The excessive scratching worsens the problem and can lead to cuts and possible skin infections. Patients that suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, Short Gut Syndrome or Small Bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy or other allergic colitis conditions can experience this. It is a multifactorial problem that can stem from poor nutrition and the bodies immune system reacting to the food allergen or is an additional manifestation of their chronic condition.
It is heartbreaking when I see one of my patients, especially the little babies, so itchy and scratching their legs together to try to get a bit of relief. Over the years I have compiled a list of helpful hints that I give to my patients and I have found that used together they work.
- Avoid soap. Use a non-soap cleanser such as Cetaphil, Cerave or similar products
- Try Rubbing, vibration or applying pressure instead of scratching. A good thing to “scratch” with is an ice cube
- Drink plenty of water or other clear fluids to keep hydrated. Remember although milk is nutritious it does not count as a hydrating fluid.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after a shower or bath and do not rub dry with a towel. Only use the towel to pat dry and take excess water off.
- Creams are more effective than lotions
- Apply moisturizer twice a day. Good options are Aveeno, Eucerin, Lubriderm, or Aquaphor
- Use only non-perfumed and unscented bath and personal care products
- Avoid extremely hot showers and baths
- Take an oatmeal bath to relieve itching and help with relaxation
- Try baking soda or unscented bath oils for bathing
- Apply cold packs, wrapped in a cloth to the skin
- Whenever possible wear loose fitting clothing made from natural products. This allows the skin to breathe
- Protect your skin from the sun – wear sunscreen
- Don’t forget your lips – wear lipbalm with SPF
- Get plenty of rest
- Keep room temperature at 60-70 degrees and keep air circulating and ventilated
Hope these are useful and provide some relief for those who need it. Let me know your thoughts and comments below.
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Breakfast is always a rushed endeavor on weekdays but when I have time on the weekends I love making something that is yummy and doesn’t make me feel bad giving to my kids. This recipe is a favorite. It is loaded with strawberries and bananas. You use your favorite bread (this recipe is with gluten free bread) and the almond milk makes it dairy free also.
Strawberry – Banana French Toast Casserole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings
(Adapted from Jeanette Chen’s Jeanette’s Healthy Living.)
- 4 slices of your favorite gluten free bread, crusts trimmed, cut into cubes
- 1 banana, mashed
- 6 strawberries, diced
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- maple syrup for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a small baking dish or individual ramekins with cooking spray. Place cubed bread into baking dish or ramekins.
- Mix mashed bananas, strawberries, milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla together in a medium bowl.
- Pour mixture over bread cubes and toss gently until bread is evenly coated.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Top should be golden brown and crisp.
- Serve with maple syrup.
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In the summer I am always looking for a different option besides juice boxes for my kids. This is a great option and the kids love to help make it with me. And I notice when they help me make the recipes they are more likely to try new things because they are so proud of their work.
I have also used this recipe for brunches. For the adults it is delicious if you add champagne to change this into a Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa, you can add Moscato wine for a delicious wine spritzer or just Vodka for a delicious cocktail. Relax and enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
- I bottle (59 oz) of Simply Pink Lemonade or plain Simply Lemonade
- 1 pint of strawberries, cut and hulled.
- 1 lemon
- Agave nectar or simple syrup (1 cup sugar with 1 cup water boiled until dissolved and cooled) for sweetening
- In a magic bullet or blender fill with strawberries and add Simply Lemonade about 3/4 way up and blend.
- Repeat step 1 until all strawberries are blended.
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into blended mixture
- May sweeten as desired with agave nectar or simple syrup if agave not available.
*If a frozen lemonade is desired freeze strawberries night before preparing and use the frozen strawberries in above recipe, serve immediately.
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I can not tell a lie. My kids prefer to eat the typical toddler foods. They love pizza, hot dogs, french fries and chicken nuggets. I had to spend ALOT of time to find a recipe for chicken nuggets that taste as good as their favorite frozen nuggets. I played around and came up with a recipe that my kids love and that is also gluten and dairy free, YAY! Hope you like it and let me know what you think.
Coconut Breaded Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings
- 1.5 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup flour mixture (may use recipe provided for Gluten free flour or coconut or almond flour)
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut ( I get it from Whole Foods Markets)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon pepper ( may substitute with regular back pepper if not available)
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- Wash and cut chicken into bite size pieces.
- Mix all dry ingredients together and place in a large zip-lock bag.
- Beat the egg in a medium bowl.
- Add chicken to egg mixture and coat all chicken pieces with egg.
- Add chicken and egg mixture to the dry ingredients in bag and close. Gently shake the bag to coat all chicken pieces with flour mixture.
- Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chicken to pan.
- Keep moving chicken in pan until it is cooked through to a golden brown. May need to add more coconut oil to pan as the chicken soaks up the oil. However do not place too much oil as it will make chicken soggy and won’t allow them to brown.
- Allow to cool and serve.
Sophia gives this a THUMBS UP!! Let me know what your family thinks!!
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So I wanted to share with you a new product that we started drinking in our house. Its called Fairlife milk. My kids love drinking it and it keeps mommy and daddy happy knowing how transparent they are with their methods of filtration and dairy farming.
Directly from their website they describe their product better than I can. “.. ultra-filtered milk flows through soft filters to concentrate milk’s goodness, like protein and calcium, and filter out the sugars. That allows us to bottle only delicious, nutrient-rich ultra-filtered milk – no protein powders necessary. Fairlife® is ultra-filtered for more natural protein and calcium that comes directly from our milk. The protein found in milk is an excellent source of energy and vitality to get you through your busy day. Calcium helps keep your bones strong. And with less sugar and no lactose, it’s a fresh source of simple nutrition you can feel good about.”
This product has more protein and less sugar than other milk products and is lactose free. It has 50% more protein, 30% more calcium and 50% less sugar than ordinary milk, which definitely makes me smile, especially with a picky eater at home any extra nutrition source part of their every day diet is great. They maintain their cows on dairy farms that pride themselves on finding innovative, sustainable farming practices. They are using every resource from the farm to put back into the farm, which includes creating a biofuel that is created from the cow “poop” and then convert it into fuel to run their trucks and machinery and so much more.
It makes me happy to pick a product that is doing things the right way. I hope you give this product a trial and let me know what you think!!
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When we think of Jim Carrey, we think of the slap stick comedian and actor best known for Dumb and Dumber, the Mask and Ace Venture:Pet Detective. But you never know when someone can move you. Jim Carrey gave a commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa last year that I just stumbled upon. It was funny, silly, typical Jim Carrey but it was also genuine and he gave such sound advice that I found myself replaying a part of his speech to listen to it again. He said to the graduating class towards the end of his speech, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”
For me this comment moved me and I thought back to medical school and undegrad. It wasn’t easy, there were so many times I wanted to change to an “easier” major. In med school there were countless times when up til 4 am studying that I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this!” I thought that I must be a fool. I should do something easier. But like Jim Carreys statement, I did not want to do something for the ease of it or for the safety. There was nothing in life that I wanted to be more than a doctor. For me to be a female physician gives me such pride, I enjoy going to work. I look forward to the simple thank yous that the parents and my little patients give me at the end of their appointments. The thanks from the parents for my patience with their scared child or their child with autism whom never had a complete exam or evaluation due to his “behavior issues.” They appreciate the little things like getting on the floor with the patient to talk to them and they take notice in the level of concern and sincerity I have for these families. And it is because I decided to Do What I Love.
I hope that our younger generation does this and that we, as parents, urge them to follow their dreams. We are their guides in this life, their mentors, as well as their parents.
Have a Blessed Sunday!
Well of course after a long day and putting the kids to sleep what do I do…… go on facebook like the rest of the world. The other night I saw a post that perfectly summed up life after kids. It made me laugh so much I almost peed myself. Hope you enjoy it and have a Happy Saturday!
I am always trying to find ways to get fruits and veggies into my kids diets. When my oldest daughter was 2 yo she would constantly drink my husbands smoothies. After that we started making them at home instead of buying them and I would sneak in a veggie with the fruits. Carrots, kale, spinach work great in smoothies and when mixed with other items my kids didn’t even notice they were in there. They also loved being a part of making the smoothie and loved adding in the milk and fruit. This is one of our favorites. You can substitute the Kale for carrots if you prefer. Also start with adding a little Kale at a time. Kale tends to turn the smoothies very green which can be good or bad for certain kids. 😉 Hope you enjoy it and let your kids help out in the kitchen. They love to help even with the little things. When they are engaged in the prep they are much more likely to try out new foods and recipes.
Pineapple, Strawberry, Kale and Passion Fruit Smoothie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 fresh pineapple, hulled and cut in pieces
- 2 1/2 cups strawberries
- 2 passion fruits, halved and seeds scooped out
- 1/2 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
- 1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- Place all ingredients in blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy immediately.