10 Delicious Gluten free Avocado Recipes

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When I was younger I used to love and still do today, eating a plain avocado with a spoon. In fact, many of my friends in high school joked about it and thought it was funny that I would eat plain avocados. Have you ever eaten a plain avocado? In any case, avocados contain a high amount of healthy fats and omegas and can use used in a variety of gluten free, and dairy free recipes. Here are ten of my favorite gluten free avocado recipes.

1. Avocado green smoothie

There are various variations of this avocado recipe but the basic one that I like the best is the following:

1 avocado, handful of strawberries, coconut or almond milk, scoop of protein powder. (contact me for my recommendation.) and handful of spinach. Optional: spoon of peanut butter.

2. Avocado, tomato, black bean and corn salad

This is probably my favorite. You get a mixing bowl and you put into that bowl: 1 can of tomatoes, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn and 1-2 sliced green onions. Mix all together. Then cut open and mix in 1-2 avocados. If the avocados are small you will need 2, if they are large then 1 will be enough. Makes a great salsa with corn or potato chips or a sauce that you can eat with grilled chicken, salmon, or other dishes.

3. Basic avocado salad

This is another one that has a variety of options. This is my basic favorite. I mix lettuce (spring mix is my favorite), with tomatoes, sliced red onion, sliced cucumber, sliced green or red pepper, a can of tuna or a can of chicken and 1 avocado. I also like to drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing.

4. Avocado chocolate pudding

For this yummy pudding, you mix together an avocado with 2-3 tablespoons of raw cocoa and 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or almond milk.

5. Turkey avocado lettuce wrap

This is a great gluten free alternative to a turkey and avocado sandwich. It’s really simple. You start with a large piece of ice burg lettuce. Then you put in 1-2 slices of deli turkey, 1-2 slices of tomato and 1/4 to 1/2 of avocado. Then eat.

6. Avocado quinoa salad

For this quinoa dish, you will need to start by cooking quinoa. I like to use a rice cooker to make it nice and easy. Then I mix in avocado, onions, broccoli or peas, tuna or chicken, cucumber, and red or green pepper with the quinoa.

7. Avocado egg omelette

To make this you make an egg omelette with broccoli, spinach, or zucchini or your favorite green vegetables, then add some avocado on top.

8. Chicken tomato soup with avocado

This is a great gluten free crockpot recipe. To make this get out your crockpot and put in: 1 can of black beans, 1 can of tomatoes, 1 whole chicken deboned or 3-4 chicken thighs or breasts, 1 can of green chilis, and 1 can of salsa. Cook on low to medium heat for 4-8 hours. Then when done serve in bowls with avocado on top. (If you aren’t dairy free and can have cheese, it’s also good with some cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.)

9. Salmon and Avocado

To make this dish broil or cook salmon in a pan with your favorite vegetables. I really like either broccoli, cabbage or spinach. When done serve with avocado slices.

10. Broccoli, potatoes, chicken and avocado

Cook broccoli, potatoes, and chicken in a pan until done, then serve with avocado slices.

Which avocado recipe is your favorite? Share with me below in the comments.

How to Flavor Tin Foil Dinners with Essential Oils

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Have you ever considered flavoring tin foil dinners with essential oils? If you are like most people you haven’t. Yet if you know how to do this properly, you can make healthier dinners while camping that have fewer calories and less fat and yet taste delicious by taking advantage of the flavors in essential oils.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

1. Make sure that the essential oils you are using are either a food grade or are labeled as safe for internal use. This is not true of all essential oils so you need to double check the ones you are using first.

2. Decide which essential oils you want to use with your tin foil dinners. Personally the best ones I’ve found are:

Basil
Cilantro
Lemon
Thyme
Orange
Black Pepper
Lime

If you are cooking anything sweet you can also try Cinnamon or Cassia.

These oils are the best because they are also those which usually are used in an herb or spice format when cooking tin foil dinners.

3. While the number of combinations that you can cook are nearly endless. My favorites include: lemon with any kind of chicken or fish, cilantro with any chicken or fish and or anything with tomatoes in it. Basil is also good with any kind of tomato dish. Eggs with black pepper, thyme, or cilantro. Vegetables with cilantro, thyme, and or basil. Basil or black pepper and lemon also goes really well with potato dishes.

4. Use only 1-3 drops per tin foil dinner depending upon how much food is inside the tin foil. This is crucial as essential oils are very potent and using more than that is too much and will overwhelm you with too much flavor.

5. Cook your tin foil dinner just like you would without essential oils.

How to Make Great Tasting Dairy Free Popsicles

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It’s Summer and Summer can only mean one thing it’s time for ice cream and popsicles. While many of these have milk in them, there are ways to make some great tasting dairy free popsicles that you can enjoy in the hot weather. Here are some ways to make them without all of the hassles.

1. Make fruit popsicles only from fruit juice or real fruit. Have you ever frozen a banana with a popsicle stick in it? If not, you really must try it. Frozen banana popsicles are very yummy. You can also pour fruit juice either one kind such as apple, or a combination such as apple and grape juice into a popsicle mold and enjoy. For example these ones look like great ones to use to make your dairy free popsicles. Best Popsicle Molds The Kitchen Paradise TM, 100% BPA FREE & Dishwasher Safe Tupperware Quality 6-piece Repeat Use Green Plastic Ice Pop Mold Set. Includes Stable Tray & Drip Guard

2. Make creamy popsicles with dairy free milks such as coconut, almond or cashew milks. To make these dairy free popsicles, you first need to use a blender to blend the milk with banana, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, orange or whatever fruits you desire. Then pour the mixture into a mold as mentioned above and then freeze for about 1 day. Personally I really like banana and coconut milk, banana, coconut milk and pineapple, almond milk with strawberry and raspberry, and almond milk with banana and blackberry. You can experiment and see which combinations you like best.

Here’s to some great summer dairy free popsicles. Got a favorite recipe? Share it with me below in the comments.

How to prevent essential oil poisoning of your children

Essential Oil Safety for Children

Are you worried about essential oil poisoning and children? There have been several media reports lately about children being poisoned by essential oils. While this is a valid concern, all it takes is a few safety precautions and you can easily prevent essential oil poisoning from occurring. Here are some things to think about and some action steps to take.

1. Remember that while essential oils are natural, natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Plenty of things are natural but still aren’t safe. Furthermore, many things are natural and safe when used in the proper amounts and in the proper ways. Essential oils are one of these things. They are safe for both children and adults when used properly.

2. Keep all of your essential oils locked away in a cupboard or other place for safe keeping. A young child who can climb should not be able to access your essential oils on his or her own without help from an adult.

3. Teach your child that he or she must not use essential oils without asking you or another trusted adult first.

4. Teach your children how to properly use essential oils so that if he or she does accidentally get into them, so he or she will know how to use them properly. This means never ever putting more than 1-2 drops on at a time, putting the oils only on the hands, wrists, or feet and never ever in the ears, eyes, nose, or mouth. Even if you are using essential oils internally you should not use them in this way with any children under the age of 6. Your child should not think of essential oils as food, or as something that you can eat or drink.

5. Always have some coconut oil, olive oil, jojaba oil or other carrier oil ready to dilute your essential oils if needed. I like to have roller bottles already prepared with both a carrier oil and an essential oil and to teach children to only use these. That way if they do get into them, they will avoid many of the skin issues that can arise when too much of an essential oil is put on the skin.

6. Educate yourself about essential oils so that you will know how much is too much and you will know which ones can be used internally and which ones are poisonous when used in that manner.

Comment below if you have additional ideas on how to avoid essential oil poisoning.

Subzero Dairy Free Ice Cream

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Have you ever tried Subzero dairy free ice cream? If not you should consider trying it. Here in Northern Utah, we have several locations. The one I went to is at about 5600 South and 900 East in Murray. There are also stores in Sandy, Draper, Provo, Ogden, Layton and down in St. George in Southern Utah. There are also SubZero ice cream stores throughout California Idaho, Washington and Oregon. I’m not sure what other states have them although I did try searching my old zip code in Indiana and couldn’t find any close by. So if you leave so you would have to search the store locator on their website to see if there is one near you.

I have only been to Subzero once and this was just a few days ago. I really liked and for sure will be going again. If you are vegan or dairy free because of a milk allergy or for any other reason then you are aware that finding dairy free ice cream at ice cream shops can be a challenge. While TCBY and a few other chains do usually have one soy milk version it usually is just the plain version and doesn’t taste as good. Subzero has a vegan option with either soy or almond milk as well as a lactose free but not vegan option. I added agave since the clerk recommended it. He said that the vegan ice cream is less sweeter than the cow milk based kind. I also added in raspberries, pineapple and mango flavoring. It was really delicious. The ice cream freezes from a complete liquid into ice cream in about 15 seconds. You can see the process in the picture above.

This diary free ice cream was really good. The taste was nice and creamy and it was quite a bit less sweeter than regular ice cream but I still really enjoyed it. I started eating it inside and it stayed frozen, however, once I did step outside it seemed to melt faster than normal ice cream. So if you are looking for a dairy free or vegan ice cream that tastes good, is reasonably healthy for you, and is different than the usual stuff you find at the grocery store, give Subzero a try. You won’t be disappointed.

How to Use Essential Oils for Camping and Hiking

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Do you enjoy camping and hiking? Summer is upon us and camping and hiking are two favorite Summer activities for many people. Did it ever occur to you that there are ways to use essential oils for a more fun and a safer camping and hiking experience? For years, the thought never even occurred to me that using essential oils for camping and hiking can make these activities more pleasurable. Here are some ways you can use essential oils for camping and hiking:

1. Use eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils to help reduce or avoid bug bites. Have you ever gone hiking or camping and then when you came home you felt like you had been eaten alive by bugs? The chemical deet that is used in a lot of bug sprays is very unhealthy and has been shown to even cause heart problems in some people. There are other studies that have shown that essential oils can be just as effective. My favorite way to apply these oils is to dilute them in some coconut oil and rub the mixture all over my hands, feet, arms and legs. You can also mix the oils into some unscented body lotion and apply as well.

2. Use lavender essential oil to make your own sunscreen and or as an after sun to help reduce the effects of a sunburn. You do still want to be careful though because using lavender does not mean that you can or should expose yourself to direct rays of sunlight for more than a few minutes. You can also mix lavender with aloe vera for soothing relief.

3. Use lavender essential oil to help obtain a calmer and more restful sleep. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love camping, sometimes trying to fall asleep can be tough and lavender can help.

4. Ever go hiking and come home and find random scratches, rashes, and other skin irritations that you have no idea how they got there? Lavender and melaleuca essential oils can provide soothing relief and can help these skin irritations to heal faster.

5. Have you ever accidentally pulled a muscle while hiking? Or maybe you all of a sudden feel a little bit of tension in your knee or leg and you can’t figure out how it got there? You can try rubbing 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil, cypress essential oil or frankincense essential oil on your knee or leg for a cooling sensation and for help to be able to finish your hike.

These are just a few ideas of many. Once you start using essential oils for camping and hiking, you will find many more uses. I’d love to hear how you have used them in the comments below.

Ultimade Guide to Gluten Free and Dairy Free Salads

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Salads are a great staple for any healthy diet. However, making sure that your salads are gluten free and dairy free can be challenging, especially when it comes to dressings. Here are some steps to take to make sure that you always have plenty of ideas for healthy gluten free and dairy free salads.

1. Prepare ahead. Gather your ingredients and prepare up to 1 week’s worth of salads ahead of time. For some ideas on how to make this work, check out the book Salads In A Jar: 30 Delicious & Healthy Salad Recipes You Can Make with a Mason Jar or Container & Eat on the Go Wherever You Are (Essential Kitchen Series Book 24). There are other similar books as well. While not all the recipes in this book are gluten free and dairy free you can find ideas in that book and the idea behind it is the same. You use mason jars to store the ingredients for your salad.

2. Purchase 1-2 continers of spring mix to use as a base for your gluten free and dairy free salads. I recommend Costco or Sam’s Club as they have them less expensive. However, you can also find similar containers of lettuce at other grocery stores too.

3. Keep an on hand supply of the ingredients that you will use on a regular basis. My favorites include:
Canned olives
Canned tuna fish
Canned chicken
Tomatoes either the regular size you can chop or baby tomatoes that don’t need to be
chopped.
Red onions or green onions- red onions just happen to be my favorite
Humus- I really like humus and it makes it so that you will use less salad dressing and
save calories and fat.
Avocados
Sprouts- best in the summer as they are more expensive in the other seasons of the year.
Hemp seeds- create for adding crunch without the calories and fat
Nuts- Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts and Cashews are always great
Carrots- you can shred them and use them in your salad
Peppers- red, green, orange and yellow- some seasons of the year green may be the least expensive.

I usually use between 3-5 ingredients besides the lettuce mix. I don’t use everything on this list.

4. Consider using other ingridents that you have not previously thought about. Sometimes
I like to add things like fresh strawberries or other berries for example.

5. Decide what salad dressings you will use. Most dressings have gluten and or dairy in them. However, you can make your own. 5 delicious and simple gluten free and dairy free salad dressings You can also find some organic ones that are gluten free and dairy free.

How to Have a Successful Gluten Free Barbecue

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With the arrival of Memorial Day at the end of May, barbecue season is upon us. Who doesn’t love a good barbeque? However, if you are gluten free you need to do some advance planning and be careful because otherwise having a gluten free barbecue may or may not happen and you may even accidentally get glutened at your barbecue. Here are the steps to follow to have a successful gluten free barbecue.

1. Plan in advance. If you are not doing the barbecue at your residence, make sure that the host knows that you are gluten free and if necessary explain to him or her what that means.

2. Have some tin foil ready for cooking your meat in order to avoid cross contamination with the other meats and items being cooked on the grill. If you ask the cook to use it politely or if you offer to cook your meat yourself it won’t be a problem.

3. If you like buns purchase your own gluten free buns rather than expecting a host to provide them.

4. Do what you can to find out what other foods will be served and if necessary offer to bring your own sides or appetizers that are gluten free.

5. Do your own research to find a gluten free barbecue sauce and other condiments that you can eat. Bring your own 1-2 person serving portions if necessary.

6. Avoid making a big deal about being gluten free and just eat your own food indescretely if necessary. The only person who really has to know unless they ask, is the person or people doing the cooking if it isn’t you.

Check out these additional links for information on some great gluten free barbeque recipes:

17 Gluten Free BBQ Side Dishes

Gluten Free Grilling Recipes

How a Sleep Journal Can Improve Your Child’s Sleep

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Have you ever considered using a sleep journal to help improve your child’s sleep? What about your sleep? The concept of using a sleep journal might seem like an unusual thing but it can really help if you or your child or both of you are struggling to get the kind of sleep you need. Here is how a sleep journal works:

1. It’s a guide and a document that helps you track all of the details relating to sleep. This includes things such as the time you went to bed, the time you woke up, how many times you woke up during the night, whether or not you were tired later in the day, what you ate and drank within the last two hours before going to bed etc.

2. It’s a tool to help you track patterns in your sleep and to identify reasons why you or your child may not be getting the kind of sleep you or your child needs.

Using a sleep journal can help improve your child’s sleep when you’ve tried everything. If you’ve already tried essential oils, herbal remedies, drugs, music, changing the lighting and anything else you can think of then using a sleep journal may the just the missing piece you need.

still curious? Check out my sleep journal here.

Cracked Candy Review

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Have you tried cracked candy yet? If not, you really should. It tastes really good and I can’t believe it is sugar free. Learn more about what I think about cracked candy, why you should consider purchasing some cracked candy and what I think the biggest problem with it is.

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