Leanne’s Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Leanne’s Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

By: Leanne Ely

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One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, “Hey, Leanne, can you help me out with some gluten-free snacks?” I love a gluten-free snack just like anyone else and my favorite go-to’s of course are apples and oranges or tangerines because you can throw it in your purse.  But also, I like nuts, a handful of nuts that is.  And when I say a handful, I’m talking ten.  The problem with nuts is that they are full of fat which is not a problem, but too much fat is too much fat, people, right?  They also have lots of fiber and protein so they really are the quintessential great snack. You need to limit them though, because overeating is overeating and it doesn’t ever work out well.  So that’s one of my favorite things.

Another of my favorite things, and you can find this over on the Leanne Recommends page is Bulletproof Coffee.  Bulletproof Coffee is from my friend Dave Asprey, also known as the Bulletproof executive and he has MCT oil.  This is high-octane, Brain Octane Oil. And what this is is pharmaceutical grade coconut oil plus Kerrygold unsalted butter.  So you take a cup of coffee, one tablespoon of the upgraded Brain Octane Oil and a tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter, you blend it in your blender and you drink it in this like a fabulous cappuccino! Seriously! And the only dairy is just a little bit from this butter and let me tell you something, this puts your brain on fire.  So, if you have to work really hard or you’ve got a lot of things going on, this is the best coffee drink that you can get. Sometimes, this is all I’ll have for breakfast.  I’ll have a couple cups of this and I’ll just be going like crazy.  That fat is amazing.

The other thing I like is celery and almond butter.  I think it’s just fantastic and eat it all the time.  I love hard-boiled eggs.  I mean, again, if you stick it in a Ziploc bag and throw it in your purse, you can take it with you.

Avocados are fabulous.  One of the things that I like to do with an avocado is cut it in half, put a little salt and pepper on it and a little bit of salsa right in the middle, and just spoon it out and eat it that way. It’s very satisfying and very delicious.  You can also stick part of an avocado into your smoothie to make it extra creamy. You won’t taste the avocado, so you don’t have to worry about that.

And if you’re wondering, “What on earth is that stuff on the counter?”  It is chia seed pudding.  Now chia seeds are fantastic.  They are full of fiber and particularly pectin which is awesome because pectin holds toxins and pushes them out. So, you know what I’m saying… it’s the ultimate cleaner upper. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids so that’s brain power right there.  So if you mix them up with a little coconut oil or almond milk. That is, around a quarter of a cup of chia seeds versus a cup of almond milk or coconut milk. And you shake it up, let it sit and it gels… it’s a pudding!  Put some fresh raspberries on it, blueberries, whatever you want, maybe even some slivered almonds and it’s fantastic. I will have that for breakfast and I eat about a cup of this for breakfast and I’m telling you, honey, it keeps you regular.  That’s what I’m saying.

Also, speaking of keeping you regular, I am crazy about fermented foods – sauerkraut, pickles, good pickles, Bubbies is an awesome brand. Also this is really pretty crazy.  This is kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage food and this one has spicy ginger..  It’s a little bit hot but you just throw it on your plate and eat it! Fermented foods help to build the good guys inside of your gut and that’s what helps to get rid of the bloat and again, keep you regular.  I’m all about keeping you regular.

Anyway, so those are just a few of my favorite things that I like for snacks and I hope you give them a try and see what you think!

 

Don’t Dump Your Joe – Healthy Reasons Not to Kick Your Coffee Craving

Don’t Dump Your Joe – Healthy Reasons Not to Kick Your Coffee Craving

Food for Thought
Don’t Dump Your Joe – Healthy Reasons Not to Kick Your Coffee Craving

by Leanne Ely, CNC

 

The women in my family all have a single priority upon gaining consciousness in the morning: coffee. Not instant, and not your mother’s coffee from the red can – but gorgeous, freshly ground coffee that newbies have protested as “too strong”. I began grinding my own beans a full 20 years ago or more and passed this tradition down to my own daughter and presented her with her first coffee mill when she got her first apartment. Yes, coffee is that important!

Are you a fellow coffee addict? Do your friends tell you need to give it up, or it isn’t healthy for you? Do you feel like you’ll eventually end up sitting in a circle with a bunch of strangers while you each list off: “Hi, my name is __________, and I’m a caffeine addict.” I have some great news for you! There are actually health perks to drinking coffee, pun intended. Oh yeah, you heard me. Coffee can be good for you!

Researchers have found that coffee drinkers have a smaller risk of: type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, strokes, and even certain cancers. Coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes is because of the rich magnesium and chromium content, which assists insulin helping blood sugar regulation. It aids Parkinson’s because both antioxidants and caffeine have anti-aging qualities and help with brain function. Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants if you can believe it.

Fruits, veggies, and… coffee? Who knew!

Do buy organic coffee as coffee crops are more sprayed with pesticides than any other crop.

TTR – Coconut Milk

As many of you know, I’m almost done with my 28 Day Break Free Plan (I’ve been bad about blogging), but I’ve lost weight, feel great, have clear skin, and (can I just brag for a minute?) have amazing digestion, from stem to stern (if you know what I mean-wink!)

Coconut milk has been my new beverage of choice to add to my smoothies (and if you’re doing the 28 Day Break Free Plan too, you’ll understand) so I wanted to tell you a little bit about this fabulous food.

First off, it’s fatty. Love that! But good fatty. It’s full of short and medium chained fatty acids which get used, not stored unlike long chained fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids aid in weight loss folks, yee haw! Also, lauric acid (a MCFA) is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. That means it’s going to help you fight the bad guys in your body, boost your good guys in your gut and give you great energy. Love that!

Here’s today’s TRICK:

Open the can UPSIDE DOWN! The fat rises to the top; so if you shake it and open it upside down, it will be better mixed when you open it.

Here’s a TIP:

Add it coffee instead of creamer. Use the full fat variety for a little tropical flavor.

And your RECIPE:

My New Smoothie

1 cup mixed organic berries
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon local honey (great for fighting allergies)
1 scoop protein powder
water as needed

Let ‘er rip! Makes one big old smoothie. Very satisfying, very filling. Love, love LOVE coconut milk!

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