Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 18, 2010

New Blog Site

So because I am unable to change my web address without moving to a new blog, I am moving to a new blog.

You can find my blog site at http://www.glutenfreemuse.wordpress.com

Well, that is, for the only person who reads this…Jeff.

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 17, 2010

Ughhhhh

So, I grew up in Central Florida which is like growing up in the rainforest in terms of heat and humidity. I never thought anything of it, but for some reason, I am no longer as tolerant of incessant heat.  I am thinking that this has something to do with the fact that I have always been able to dress for the weather…that is, until I had to wear a uniform every day!  My uniform is extremely stuffy and hot…especially because it is flame retardant.  The other thing is, I’m not used to sweating while sitting at a computer, INSIDE!  The A/C is broken at work if you haven’t caught on.  It was 85 degrees inside today…not conducive to high energy levels or good moods!  I need to keep myself calm and breathe through it, but sometimes it gets the best of me :-( I really hope the air is fixed tomorrow, but if it isn’t, at least I will have the heat to practice in again :-) (trying to look at the positives)

I started my day off with a 5AM workout and unfortunately woke up at 4:36AM ON MY OWN! I had to use the restroom, but couldn’t really get back to bed…don’t you hate that??!

I did an interval workout and alternated miles running at an 8:00 pace to a 6:40 pace and kept that up for 6 miles. I was exhausted afterward, but very proud of myself! I did some abs and then hopped in the shower.

I made a friend at my gym! She is probably in her 60s (40 years my senior) and her name is Karen :-) Nice lady. We always have our lockers near each other in the morning so we have bonded. Why is it that I always meet my friends in the locker room? :-)

Work has been slow lately, so I got to work at 7:40 and finished my work for the day around 9:00. The rest of the day I spent networking, blogging, and fending off my negative attitude from the excessive heat.

I found this recipe on the blog Eat Live and Run for vegan meatloaf and was astounded that I had all of the ingredients minus one or two, so I decided to make it!

Go to the this link to get the recipe and try it yourself! It was pretty good, but I think I needed to cook it longer :-)

http://eatliverun.com/the-grand-finale/

Here are the pictures from my cooking adventure!

1. I cooked the lentils (mine were precooked and frozen) in a mixture of 1 cup Roasted Red Pepper Soup and 2 cups Chicken Broth (way to much liquid for pre-cooked lentils).

I simmered the lentils for about 30 minutes.

2.  Then, I chopped up onion, carrots, and cucumber.  The recipe called for celery, but I didn’t have that, so I threw in my cucumber.

Then, I sauteed the veggies in 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil. The recipe called for 2, but I thought that was too much for my amount of veggies.

3.  I sauteed the veggies until they were translucent and added garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano.

4. Then I added in my toasted walnuts and transferred the veggies to another bowl. Then I added in my flax egg!

5. Then I added in my GF breadcrumbs.  I wouldn’t recommend buying these…they taste like styrofoam and unfortunately, overpower whatever you are eating.  From now on, I will make my own as needed from a piece of GF bread.

6. I threw this all into a greased loaf pan and topped it with the special sauce. Into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I accompanied this with some leftover veggies and my roasted butternut squash! Yummy!

Now I am pooped.  I am enjoying getting to bed at 9:30 every night :-)

I will leave you with this though…an email I got this morning from Tut’s Adventurers Club:

The illusion, Alyssa, is that completion lies just a new toy, friend, job, or idea away.

The reality is that no one will ever be more complete than you already are.

You were my idea,
The Universe

Be happy with who you are, and remember…you are complete!! Any big plans for Thursday??

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 16, 2010

New Identity

So after some discussion with my wise father, I decided that my previous blogger name may be offensive towards some people, so I’ve changed it.  I think that my new name, GF Muse, is much more appropriate for my goals of this blog anyways.  I am hoping that through my lessons learned and experimental remedies and recipes, I will inspire others who are suffering from Celiac to continue trying their best to achieve a gluten free lifestyle…eventually, gluten free nirvana!!

Today was a good day.  Same meals as yesterday, but a little different lunch…spinach salad with tuna.  I had a ton of energy in the morning and it started to wane near the end of the day.   It was a weird feeling though, not like I was really tired, but my body was tired.  And boy oh boy did I have an appetite today!  I got home and felt like I was going to pass out because I was so hungry! But the other weird thing was that I didn’t feel that hungry, but my body was hungry.  Any guys, you can’t relate, but ladies, when it is “that time of the month” my appetite really kicks up, does yours?

I got this amazing idea today, and it was that I wanted to be a free food taster! I love food, and I love talking about food…I’m the perfect candidate! I am on a mission to gain as much commercial interest as possible in order to taste the world of gluten free entrepreneurial foods :-)  So pick me! I promise to get you some good publicity.

For dinner, I had more delicious leftovers, but topped them with peach salsa (Roberto’s) and Heather’s recently marketed Bald Eagle Sauce (with my added honey twist).  OOooooh, exciting news!  Today I ordered some more Don Sabrosa’s Salsas!  I’ve tried the Black Bean and Corn and the Peaches, Blueberries, and Honey, and I must admit, I am completely obsessed with the Peaches, Blueberries, and Honey!! I ordered a 3 pack of the hot. You can order your own here:

http://www.donsabrosa.com

I also made another purchase today in preparation for my hike on Sunday…DUM DUM DUM!!!  THE INCLINE!!!!  If you are ever visiting Colorado Springs, you must give this a try.  This hike is the ultimate stair climber.  Better yet, it starts and ends in Manitou Springs, Colorado…cutest hippie town ever!  After the hike, I plan on going to one of my absolute favorite restaurants: Adam’s Mountain Cafe!!

Another “must eat” restaurant :-) Here is the website for you to check out…they also have gluten free accomodations!

http://www.adamsmountain.com

And, here was my preparatory purchase:

Check out: http://www.departmentofgoods.com for awesome discount apparel and gear for outdoors adventures!

Tomorrow is hump day, ladies and gents.  Get ready for it!

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 15, 2010

Gotta Love ‘Em Mondays!

I woke up this morning and seriously thought that I had been hit by a semi-truck…after jumping a foot in the air at the sound of my alarm and jumping another foot at the sound of my husband calling me at 5:01AM, I definitely got an abrupt awakening!  I woke up shortly after eating my pre-workout snack of banana and almond butter.

I drove to the gym and couldn’t believe how cold it was! 40 degrees and it is June 14th!!! I guess I can’t blame nature…I probably wouldn’t want to change if it wasn’t yet time (summer starts on 20 June…yippee!!).  I got to the gym and headed to the treadmill to try out my new Nike Pegasus running shoes. Ran 6 miles at an easy pace and couldn’t even tell they were brand new! Great break in shoe :-) Did some abs and hopped in the shower to get ready for work.

I don’t know how many of you have intestinal issues, but I have a TON! My Celiac symptoms are quite different from those of others, but essentially, I get very “stopped up” so to speak.  One thing that has worked for me time and time again are Naulis.  Ever heard of them? It is a morning exercise and it is a miracle worker!  If you have problems “going” just go to You Tube and type in “Nauli”.  I think these also help to define your ab muscles because it takes some serious control to do these moves! Just remember to do it first thing in the AM before drinking or eating ANYTHING! Good luck to ya ;-)

My post workout snack was a protein smoothie of berries, vanilla protein powder, and flax seed. I drank half and saved it for a later day snack. Then I got my coffee!

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I follow my morning workout with a latte.  This allows your body to reap the fat burning effects of caffeine without getting addicted (you obviously don’t drink coffee the rest of the week).  The coffee worked wonders!

I think I started the day off running.  Got to work at 7:30 in the morning and literally sat at my desk for 5 minutes before I was walking to the building across the street delivering a classified document. Got back and had PILES UPON PILES of paperwork that needed to be turned in by the end of the day (4:30PM), plus an ever so encroaching staff meeting that notoriously lasts for 2.5 hrs instead of the allotted 1.5.  Mondays are typically NOT my favorite, but I had so much energy that I actually didn’t mind it!  I took my Sepia twice and took my St. John’s Wort and B-Complex 3 times.  Maybe that did it??

For breakfast, I had 3 egg whites and half a grapefruit.  Not sure what is up with grapefruit these days, but WOW! Soooo sweet! I squeeze every last drop of juice right out of that sucker :-) I eat this for breakfast Monday thru Wednesday and absolutely love it! The protein from the egg whites really holds you over for about 2 hours and that grapefruit just hits the spot.

I’ve been told that drinking green tea in conjunction with a meal, not only helps you to eat more slowly, but also helps you metabolize your food better. Plus, you get to drink GREEN TEA! This one is Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life by Yogi Teas.

I was hungry about 2 hours later, so I drank the rest of my smoothie.  I’m not going to lie, my smoothies are very unattractive :-( But quite tasty! For lunch, I didn’t get to take a picture because we had a working lunch, but it was so delicious! I had brown rice, steamed spinach, and a half filet of salmon that I broiled and topped with McCormick’s Seafood Rub.  I know this isn’t organic or completely all natural, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy it. Just sprinkle it on your fish, and pop in the oven at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Delish!

For a midafternoon snack I had a turkey and alfalfa sprout wrap with a brown rice GF tortilla. You can get these at Whole Foods and they are tasty.  If you heat them up, they are even better :-) I upped the anty for tomorrow by adding a teaspoon of sundried tomato and garlic hummus.

Right before leaving work (5:45PM) I got hungry again so I ate my emergency snack of half a banana and a GF rice cake (Lundbergs is the guaranteed GF brand…unfortunately, Quaker cakes can be contaminated).

I was going to go to yoga, but all I really wanted to do was go home and take a steaming hot shower as I had been cold all day. After doing that, I regained tons of energy and got extremely motivated in the kitchen.  I just had some leftovers for dinner…balsamic grilled chicken, quinoa cake, grilled fennel, squash, and asparagus yum!

However, for the grand finale, I made Gluten Free Mommy’s Homemade Granola! Check out her link in my Favorite Blogs menu.  Absolutely delicious.  I took some of that, some leftover mango and blueberries, and topped it with kefir and more granola.  Completely satisfying!I also tried my talents at making the much recommended Bald Eagle Sauce by HEAB.  It isn’t her recipe, but she has been using it on everything! I had almost all of the ingredients on hand and mixed it all together. I am not the biggest mustard fan, so it was a bit too tangy for me, so I cut it with a bit of organic honey.  Then it was like a honey mustard heaven sauce…plus some mixed up bald eagles ;-) You can get the recipe on Heather’s site (also in my Favorite Blogs section).

Tomorrow is my weightlifting day, and because I don’t plan on being so adventurous in the kitchen, I am hoping to catch some yoga in the evening. I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday and sweet sweet dreams…of granola if you’re lucky ;-)

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 14, 2010

Relaxation at its Best

I woke up to the sunlight at 7:30 this morning and although I was tired, it was so nice to wake up without an alarm!  I love that the sun comes up at 5:30 here in Colorado because it makes it so easy to get up in the morning.  I also love that the sun doesn’t go down until about 8:30, I just don’t get nearly as tired.

I turned on the Food Network and checked emails while dissolving my first dose of Sepia under my tongue today!  It was sugary sweet (the ingredients being lactose, sucrose, and sepia), and I had to time it perfectly so I wasn’t eating or drinking 20 minutes before or after the dose.  That is one of the very particular things about homeopathic remedies…they are extremely finnicky.  I will keep you posted as to whether or not it seems to work.  I have also been taking my St. John’s Wort and B-Complex.  Both seem to have an effect on my energy levels, and I really like that!

After I waited my 20 minutes had passed and made myself the most yummy breakfast!  I made a cream of brown rice hot cereal with blueberries and green grapes and an egg white omelet with spinach, basil, portabella mushrooms, and goats milk sharp cheddar.  Delish!I have been drinking Yerba Mate hot tea in the morning and loving it! Have you tried Mate before? I use Guaryaki brand, but I would like to try others as well.  Honest Tea’s Agave Mate is my favorite cold brewed version.  Give them a try for a gentle caffeinated pick-me-up.

I went to the gym and power walked for 45 minutes at an incline of 12 percent on the treadmill.  Today was my easy and recovery day, but for some reason I am even more sore than I was earlier!  After that I went to a Yin Yoga class at my gym!  This was my first yoga class in a couple of weeks, and boy oh boy did it feel great!  It was very different from the classes I am used to, but still very good.  I used to go to Corepower Yoga Studios and I loved it, but it was super expensive for offering only yoga.  The new gym my hubby and I belong to is much more practical for a family.  Not only does it offer tons of yoga classes, but also cardio and weight training classes, along with a full fledged gym and 8 different swimming pools to choose from!  We love it, and Yoga is Yoga. Now that my practice has been expanded through Corepower, I can translate that into these lower level classes and still get a good workout.  The funny thing is that I never thought of Yoga as a workout prior to Corepower.  I always did it for the stretching and stress relief.  Corepower made it seem like more of a workout because we sweated so much!  In reality, it just dehydrated me and then I gained all that water weight back afterwards.  I am excited to get back into the stress-relief and relaxation aspects of Yoga again :-)

After Yoga, I showered off and went out to run some errands.  I went to Whole Foods again for lunch…I think I’m addicted to the hot bar!  (on a sidenote, there is a lovely thunderstorm outside…that will rock me to bed tonight easily :-)  I did an awesome job with self-control and my meal was only $5.51!  I was practicing how to be a “slow eater” today under the tutelage of Summer Tomato (www.summertomato.com).  It really did work! I only ate about 3/4 of my meal and then saved the rest for later in the day.

I then proceed to visit the Colorado Running Company to redeem my Groupon!  Not to mention that I needed a new pair of running shoes…I’ve had mine for over a year and run about 40 to 50 miles a week…whoopsies!  I got a pair of Nike Pegasus’.  Not the shoe I would have picked out for myself, but they really didn’t carry Mizuno or Asics, my typical buys.  They did carry…VIBRAM 5 FINGERS!!  I tried on a pair of the classics and they were awesome…hopefully I can get some with my hubby so we can break them in together :-)

After that I went to Plato’s Closet and sold some clothes. Made $10! Took about 45 minutes though…way too long for 10 bucks!  On my way home the weather was decent, so I thought that I might plant the birch tree that is sitting outside our garage right now, but after doing a little research, I realized that planting this tree will take a little planning!  Did you know that a birch tree can grow up to 50 feet tall, and its root system is usually twice the distance as the tree is tall?? This tree will have 100 foot roots and since they are shallow, they will uproot your sidewalk, driveway, or even the foundation of your house! Make sure to plant it will plenty of distance in all directions :-) I will wait for the hubby to help me pick a spot that won’t cause too many problems.

For dinner I cooked mostly leftovers and transformed them into something fantabulous!  I was really in the mood for curry flavor, so I made a curried quinoa pilaf.  Here is the recipe:

-1 c cooked quinoa

-1 c sliced green grapes

-1/4 c pine nuts, toasted

-1/4 c scallions, chopped

-1 t chopped garlic

-1/4 c sliced baby portabella mushrooms

-2 T curry powder

-1/4 c golden raisins

-Chopped parsley, for garnish

-1 t coconut oil

I sauteed the green onions, mushrooms, and grapes in coconut oil over medium high heat. Once that had sweated out, I added the garlic (don’t want to burn it).  Once that got fragrant, I transferred the mix into the toasted pine nut sautee pan and combined the two.  Then I added in the cooked quinoa and curry powder and folded it all together.  I turned off the heat and sprinkled the fresh parsley on top, tah-dah!!

Next I made the same tofu from last night, but I pan seared it. Turned out much much better!  I typically don’t marinate my tofu, and I think that I will continue to NOT do so.  It just gets too soggy.  I usually press my tofu as dry as possible and pan sear it in toasted sesame oil, that makes it nice and crispy. I recommend that process :-)

Last but not least, I made roasted brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes in coconut oil and garlic. Yum! Heated the oven to 425 F, tossed the sliced brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes in 2 t of coconut oil, and threw it in the oven for 25 minutes. Then I pulled it out and added the garlic and cooked it again for 5 minutes. Delish!

Eating slowly again, I ate only about half of this.  However, I was hungry for dessert within 2 hours! I chopped up a fresh mango and white peach, and the mango was amazing! They are definitely in season. I will have to get my hubby to make his famous Thai Sticky Sweet Rice with Mango…maybe when he gets back from OH if I’m lucky!! :-)

I have been wanting to try Chobani Greek Yogurt, but refuse to buy the 24 pack at Costco.  It was gluten free and delish, but waaaaay too much sugar: 19 grams!! Plus, the packages are 6 oz of yogurt a piece, and I rarely eat that much yogurt at one time.  Glad I tried it, but not willing to buy the Costco pack…sorry my fav warehouse :-(

Then I topped it all with a bit of MeandGoji cereal (Jeffy Pooh’s Birthday Blend to be exact), and threw in a Mae’s Vegan Raw Cookie Dough Ball.  Check out the recipe at http://www.ohhmay.com…you will not be disappointed!Finally, here is what the adorable hubby ate for lunch…needless to say, glad I’m not sleeping in the same bed as him tonight!! That would have wreaked havoc on my insides!! Glad you have intestines of steel, sweetie ;-)

Time for bed. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow!

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 13, 2010

Rainy Day Saturday

I woke up this morning to a phone call from my favorite person in the whole wide world…my hubby!!!  He is working in Ohio right now, but he still wakes me up on a daily basis with his beautiful voice and lovely words, “I love you.”  What a great way to wake up!!

I got up with the intention of mowing the lawn and planting the birch tree my mother in-law gave my husband and I for our recent promotion, but after looking out my window at the pelting rain and the 40 degree temperatures, that plan slowly started to disintegrate.  So, instead, I got up, putzed around, and folded some laundry and had a morning pre-workout snack, homemade almond butter and half a gigantic Costco banana!  I used HEAB’s recipe for almond butter and I prefer to make mine with raw almonds.  I keep my almonds in the freezer and I’ve found that this actually speeds up the grinding process! Almost like roasting them, but you get to keep the raw flavor :-) Neat little trick to keep in your back pocket ;-)

After a while, I started getting ready for the gym.  I usually carry snacks with me everywhere I go, so I started prepping by making a smoothie!  I really wanted to use my eggplant from last night since it was so bitter and I didn’t know what do with it, so I took a couple squares of the eggplant, some frozen banana, Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, unsweetened chocolate almond milk, rice protein powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, and chia seeds and blended it all together for this!!!!! It was delicious!  I highly recommend freezing your bananas after they have turned black.  This way, the bananas are at their highest sugar concentration and you don’t have to add any sweeteners of any kind. Good for banana bread too!

At the gym I didn’t think that I would be able to do much because I was actually very hungry.   Yet, when I got on the treadmill, I just kept going! Ran 6 miles and felt really good. Then I went and drank half of my shake to get some energy before my new weightlifting routine!  I just started this beginner’s bodybuilding workout…not like I want to be a bodybuilder, but I was trying to get a little more toned.  It is a full body workout and is great!  I got to abs and I was spent, so I drank the 2nd half of my smoothie and then got ready to run errands.
I felt quite accomplished today, after grocery shopping, getting my oil changed, buying some new/age appropriate clothes for myself , getting a bedspread for our new guest bedroom, cooking a fabulous dinner, and organizing our office. But let’s get back to dinner…

I had a wonderful dinner, using Darya Pino’s grilled fennel with lemon oil recipe, a recipe I found in Natural Grocer’s newsletter for quinoa cakes, grilled tofu, roasted broccoli, and grilled summer squash.  I marinated the tofu in a little bit of tamari, galangal, roasted sesame oil, honey, and red pepper flakes.  The grilling of the tofu wasn’t super successful, so next time I would recommend pan-frying. The quinoa cakes were amazing! Here is a rough estimate of what I used:

- 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

-1/2 medium white onion, diced

-2 cups raw spinach, chopped

-1/4 cup crumbled herb goat cheese

-1/2 cup basil

-1 egg white

-1 teaspoon olive oil, and 2 teaspoons olive oil

-1 tablespoon of garlic

I sauteed the onion and spinach in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and added the garlic after so it wouldn’t burn. Then I took the cooked quinoa and added it to the mix. I removed it from the heat and added in the basil and goat cheese.  Once it cooled, add the egg whites and form patties with the mixture.  Turn a sautee pan to medium high heat, and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to brown the patties. I had to do this twice since my pan wasn’t large enough.

Hope that recipe made sense! Enjoy!

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 12, 2010

Nice and Easy Friday Night

My weeks are so busy that occasionally, I will just do all my cooking on a Sunday night and eat leftovers all week.  Tonight, I felt like doing some partial cooking :-)

Yesterday was really frustrating for me.  With Celiac disease, the symptoms manifest in many different ways, some quite obscure.  I have had Celiac disease for the past 4 years (2 years diagnosed), and I am fairly sure that I have experienced most if not all of them!  The worst by far is the depression.

Occasionally I will sink into an incredibly deep and dark depression, who knows why, but it just creeps up on me without much warning.  Being tired is one factor for sure, and not eating enough fat in my diet is another.  I tend to pick the same solution every single time I fall into this depression, and that is to fix it with eating foods that I have been depriving myself of: sweets and cheese and wine.  Like an idiot, the same thing happens every time I do this…I GO EVEN DEEPER BECAUSE I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH MYSELF!!! Why do I not learn each time around?? I think that is part of the depressive state as well, all rationale goes out the window.

So, I’ve come up with a solution to this problem. Eating healthy and admitting the fact that I am in love with food.  With my love for food and creativity, I am going to employ it through this blog.  I need to be better about being committed, but I think that this will be something I look forward to…my outlet, so to speak.

Also, I need to refrain from alcohol of any sort.  Alcohol not only makes me exhausted, but also makes me tend to binge and makes me extremely emotional.  Many reasons to get rid of it!  Not to mention that my most amazing and wonderful husband doesn’t drink alcohol, so all the more motivation to stop.  Not like I have a drinking problem, but on the rare occasion that I do drink, I never feel well after.

Lastly, I am going to check into my birth control prescription.  I know that it is probably a lame excuse for PMS type depression, but it should be worth looking into :-)

Now onto dinner.  I had made some grilled chicken earlier this week…and almost lit myself on fire lighting the grill, but that is another story for another time.  I marinated the chicken overnight in a plastic freezer bag in a mixture of fresh parsley, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and a splash of molasses (inspired by my handsome hubby).  I grilled the chicken for about 10 minutes and put it in the fridge to reheat during the week.  I also made a baked sweet potato and put it in the refrigerator for later on.

When I got home, I pulled out the chicken and sweet potato along with some fresh asparagus and eggplant for more adventures in grilling!  I cut the ends off of the eggplant and sliced it in half longways.  Then I trimmed the ends off of the asparagus, and used extra virgin olive oil and a silicone basting brush to season the veggies along with a heavy coat of pepper and popped them on a hot grill for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway.  The asparagus was AMAZING, but the eggplant, not so much :-( I don’t think it was quite ripe enough.  I think I might save it and try it in a protein smoothie as a good thickener :0)

I put the chicken on a bed of fresh spinach, along with half of the sweet potato and microwaved it for 2 minutes and piled my plate high with eggplant and asparagus.  To mask the sour taste of the eggplant, I topped it with one of my FAVS, TRADER JOE’S SMOKY SPICY PEACH SALSA!  If you have a TJ’s near you (I have driven 5 hours to get to the nearest one!), I highly suggest this salsa.  Although it is super tasty, it has minimal sugar and calories.  I recommend it on top of veggies or for dipping with chips…sweet potato chips are the best!  Then I drizzled a little tahini and sprinkled with nutritional yeast.  YUM!

Dinner

I’ve also been trying to regularly eat a form of “dessert” at night prior to bedtime.  I try to keep it as healthy as possible, but give myself a little bit of sweetness in order to curb that craving I get on occurrence, but in binge quantities.  Here is a pic of tonight’s creation!

Antioxidant Probiotic Berry Bowl

This little bowl not only hits the spot, but is packed full of awesome ingredients!  I chopped up one little white peach, a handful of raspberries, a handful of blueberries, and topped it with kefir, a little agave nectar, and finally, the best touch of all!! Some of the MeAndGoji cereal I made for my husband for his birthday :-) Thanks baby!!  MeAndGoji.com is an awesome website and a super creative gift! I’ve given it to my mom, mother-in-law, dad, and father-in-law for every holiday imaginable and it has always been a hit!  Also, they offer gluten free options! Check out MeAndGoji.com, you won’t be disappointed!

Now, I’m off for my detox bath…maybe tomorrow I’ll share my yoga buddy’s sugar scrub recipe. I plan on using it tonight! Ta ta and happy Friday night!

live.light.love.

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | February 28, 2010

Stir Fried Friday!

Friday was quite a day! I expected to be completely dead at the end of the day, but I was actually pretty energetic.

I got up at 5AM and swam for 45 minutes and finished it up by sprinting a mile. Feels so great to run fast after swimming! Not sure why, but it really feels like you can run forever and as fast as you know how.

The workday was super busy, not too stressful, but just really busy. I worked nonstop from 7AM until 5:30PM! I got a lot accomplished though and was still able to make it to my 6:30 PM Hot Power Fusion Yoga class. Just what I needed. I feel like I am on the verge of getting a horrible sinus infection and thought this class would help. It helped last night, but I got up this morning and felt worse! So I took some sinus medicine and did my netti pot, and that seemed to help a bit. It is super weird because I sound so sick, but I feel completely fine! I ran my 9 miles for the half marathon training plan and then hit up the 10 AM C2 Yoga class and was going strong the entire time…I hope I don’t get surprised by this thing! I should get more sleep tonight to try to get ahead on this little bug.

Anyways, last night, I came home and decided I would make stir fried veggies with seared tofu. I didn’t really stir fry, but I more sauteed veggies. They were sooooo good! Just what I needed for my semi-sick self. The recipe was one of my throw it a big pan recipes and turned out great!

I started with 1/2 a chopped chilean sweet onion, 10 sliced baby portabello mushrooms, and fresh chopped ginger.

Then I chopped up my veggies…

Broccoli Rabe, cucumber, spinach, and leftover kabocha squash and brussel sprouts

Then I heated up my sautee pan and used some coconut oil as my base for sauteeing the veggies.

This stuff is awesome! Heather Eats Almond Butter got the idea in my head, and I am hooked on coconut oil and butter :-)

Then I put the onions, mushrooms, ginger, and garlic into the oil to soften until they were translucent.

sizzle, sizzle, sizzle :-)

Then I added the veggies! Meanwhile, I had been drying my tofu. I sliced the tofu width-wise about .5 inches thick. Then I cut the tofu into diagonals. I put paper towels on a dish, laid out the tofu, and put another paper towel and plate on top to press out all the liquid. It works pretty well. Then I put a little toasted sesame oil into a small sautee pan and seared the tofu on both sides.

yummy!

Meanwhile, I added some tamari soy sauce and chili paste to my veggies for some seasoning.

gluten free!

Would like to make this from scratch, but this is more convenient. You can find it in the ethnic aisle at your grocery store.

Lastly, I made HEAB’s World’s Easiest Peanut Sauce….soooo good! I used 2 TBSP raw almond butter, a couple squirts of lime juice (didn’t have fresh, but want to try that), a couple squirts of tamari, 1/2 a packet of stevia, and some water to thin it out…and….TA DAH!!! Dinner is served :-)

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!!

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | February 25, 2010

Yummy Breakfast!

So I am amidst training for a half marathon and seem to have good days and bad days…don’t we all?!?! On the good days, I am full of energy and ready to conquer the world, but on the bad days, all I want to do is sleep and eat…too much!

Today was a good day! I tried to get out of bed at 4:30AM, that didn’t work, but at least I tried. I made it out of bed by 5AM and went to the gym. Had my pre-workout snack of apple slices with almond butter and yogi tea, and then hit the gym for my 6 mile interval run. Made it all 6 miles easily, but had a tough time keeping the 7:07 pace for 4 miles straight. BUT….I made it further than I did on the last one at that pace!! Gotta look at the positives, right? And I kicked my butt in the end anyways :-)

I had breakfast as I strolled into work around 7:15 and boy was it yummy!

Breakfast consisted of greek yogurt, frozen blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, grade B maple syrup, raw almond butter, and some of Fiona’s quinoa flake cereal. My tummy was sooo happy with me!

Sorry I don’t have pics, but definitely give it a try! I like to let it sit in the fridge overnight and let the quinoa flakes get a little soft, really brings out their sweetness.

Enjoy!

Did you push yourself today? Doesn’t have to be physical :-)

Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | February 24, 2010

Kombucha…I might be an addict!

Not sure how many of you have heard about this amazing product, but I am slightly, ok, seriously obsessed!

G.T.’s kombucha is a fermented bacterial tea, and it rocks my world. For those of you that like carbonation or sodas, this is a great all natural alternative.

Kombucha can be made at home, but I am too chicken to try it just yet. G.T.’s seems to be the most popular and the easiest to enjoy. Although, Honest Tea just came out with their own brand of Kombucha, but it just doesn’t do it to me.

If I had to describe the taste, I would say a mix between beer and fermented fruit juice. It does wonderful things for your digestion and I have personally noticed that it helps keep my immunity in check.

Go out and try one for yourself! In fact, the first time I bought one at Whole Foods, the cashier made me try it before I bought it. They were going to give it to me free of charge if I didn’t like it! It takes an acquired taste for some, but I loooove it!

Let me know what you thought!

This is the Trilogy Flavor...one of my favs

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