• Gluten Free Green Monster Smoothie

    by Ellen Allard on April 30, 2014 · 2 comments

    Green Monster Smoothie 2014

    What do gluten free and green smoothies have to do with each other? Everything.

    Why is this smoothie called the Green Monster Smoothie? Because I live near Boston and I’m a Red Sox fan and I have a secret wish to sit in the Green Monster section of Fenway.

    Since becoming the Gluten Free Diva Health Coach, part of my journey has included crowding out the foods that don’t contribute positively to good health with foods that have everything to do with supporting my desire to be healthy. And that’s where green smoothies come in. I have one of these green babies every single day. Of course, I change it up. They never taste the same because I’m constantly experimenting. Today’s yumminess included grapefruit juice which has a bitter sort of tastae, but by the time you add the rest of the ingredients, you really only taste a hint of the grapefruit.

    Get your greens on. It will make a HUGE difference in your health. I’m not talking about just having a salad every day. That doesn’t count. It’s not enough. If you want to start seeing a decrease in your inflammation, if you want to start seeing an increase in your energy as well as about a million other improvements, start incorporating one of these into your everyday food choices.

    And if you’re ready to join me on my Gluten Free Diva Healthy Habits Spring Detox, click HERE and register. The Early Bird has been extended.

     

    Green Monster Smoothie

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 c. red grapefruit juice (or OJ or coconut water)
    • 1 c. curly kale
    • 1 c. chopped cucumber
    • 1 fuji apple, cored and seeded (or apple of choice)
    • 1 medium stalk celery
    • 1/2 pear, cored and seeded
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
    • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or 1 tbsp Hemp Protein Powder)
    • 4 ice cubes
    • optional: doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil

    Instructions

    Place grapefruit juice and kale in blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.

    Add remaining ingredients to blender jar and blend until thoroughly combined.

    Notes

    doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil is safe for ingesting. Please note that most essential oils are NOT safe for ingesting. Take precautions and make sure you only use essential oils that are safe for taking internally.

    http://glutenfreediva.com/gluten-free-green-monster-smoothie/

     

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    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

    by Ellen Allard on April 20, 2014 · 5 comments

     

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    I’m all about loving my gluten free breakfast. You love your gluten free breakfasts, too, don’t you?!? I’ve posted on my blog about pancakes and waffles and smoothies for the last bunch of years. And I just never seem to tire of trying new recipes. This morning was no exception.

    My sister, Faye, who is an amazing preschool special needs teacher AND gluten free, vegan, oil-free cook, shared this recipe with me. She was going for five criteria:

    1. Oil free
    2. Gluten free
    3. Vegan
    4. Crisp
    5. Yum

    Admittedly, it took 3 tries to get it right. The first two times, the batter cooked nicely but stuck to the bottom and top of the waffle maker. The trick: spraying the waffle maker with ample coconut oil spray (use oil of choice). Which of course renders them not totally oil-free, but since my criteria for this recipe match with Faye’s #2, 3, 4, and 5, that worked fine for me.

    These aren’t your big, fluffy waffles of yesterday. But that’s ok with me. I’m going for healthy. And these are. Healthy. This is what I call plant-based eating at its’ best.

    By the way, in case you’re wondering why I’ve posted an oil-free recipe…I’m not completely oil-free. But my sister, referenced above, was able to kick almost all of her heart meds (she had two stents put in her heart to help with her blockages) by following Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease. She is my hero. Imagine that, my baby sister, my hero! So, in a nod to her, I occasionally (and sometimes more often) cook/bake oil free. This recipe fits the bill.

    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

    Ingredients

    • 1 c. rolled oats (make sure gluten free)
    • 1/2 banana
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 c. milk (I used flax milk, use milk of choice)
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar (use sweetener of choice)
    • Coconut oil spray (or veg spray of choice)

    Instructions

    Put all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined.

    Allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

    Pour into preheated waffle iron sprayed generously with coconut oil. Cook as directed.

    Serve to one happy gluten free, vegan belly.

    http://glutenfreediva.com/gluten-free-vegan-waffles/

    Only question I have is this: what toppings would you put on your gluten free, vegan waffles? Happy Belly!

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    Gluten Free Figgy Oatmeal

    by Ellen Allard on February 13, 2014 · 1 comment

    20140213-084849.jpgWhat does the Gluten Free Diva do on a day when the snow is falling fast and furious and the weather report promises that this will be a historic snowstorm? She gears up in her bright yellow snow shoveling jacket, heavy fleece mittens and hats, and she shovels. Probably completely unnecessary to shovel, as there will be much more snow, however it made her feel productive!

    Yes, that would be me I’m talking about. So what did I do after I finished shoveling? I came inside and I made my favorite gluten free Figgy Oatmeal Deluxe. Full of juicy golden raisins and dried figs, and lots of other health promoting goodies, I sat down to a steaming bowl of my favorite morning cereal.

    In addition to being delicious, one of the other things I like about this cereal is that it is quick and easy to make. It cooks up in about five minutes, and is an exceptionally healthy way to start the day. Full of fiber from the oats and the raisins and the figs and the walnuts, this fuels me for the morning. When I’m in super organized mode, I line up paper muffin cups and fill them with all of the dried ingredients in this recipe, and store them in a large container. Then, all I have to do is dump the contents from one cupcake liner into the pot, add milk and vanilla extract, and in five minutes, my Figgy Oatmeal Deluxe is ready to eat. [Click to continue…]

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    LAST CHANCE TO GO GLUTEN FREE & LOSE THE BLOAT

    by Ellen Allard on November 30, 2013 · 0 comments

    Ready for a gluten free makeover?!? Wanna do it for a few days and see how your body feels? Read on….

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    I don’t know about you, but after a couple of rounds of Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m ready to hit the grocery store and restock my frig with kale and nothing but kale. I’m only partly kidding:).

    For me, the best leftovers were the Balsamic & Maple Glazed Roasted Brussel Sprouts. They were even better the next day. I stood at the frig and picked right out of the leftover container and then decided to act civilized and spooned them over my salad instead. Click HERE for the recipe I followed (for the most part).

    If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m a very healthy eater. That’s what happens after you become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. There’s no turning back. A little knowledge can be dangerous.

    But really, since becoming a mostly plant-based eater, I haven’t felt better. It took going gluten free and blew it out of the water. And now that I’ve gone through my own detox a few times, it’s taken me to another whole new place. I feel like a million bucks after I go through my own program.

    I was thinking that you might have felt as full as I did after Thursdays’ feast. That being said (and even if you weren’t), it also occurred to me that there might be a few of you who want to get a leg up on getting “clean” before you start landing at every holiday party known to humankind. I have a super easy way to do it. I’ve been running this challenge since October and decided to give you the lowest possible price. I want you to feel great before you hit the hors d’Oeuvres.

    My theory is this: if you feel really good BEFORE you start the round of holiday feasting, you might decide to make really good choices instead of getting to Jan. 2 and feeling like crap. What do you think?

    Grab a seat at the Gluten Free Diva Fall Clean Eating Challenge (there are still a few days left in autumn!). Ask a friend to join you so that you have your own personal accountability buddy. And let’s rock this December like never before.

    xoxo, Ellen Allard, your Gluten Free Diva

    Click HERE for more info.

     

     

     

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    A Great Gluten Free Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    by Ellen Allard on November 7, 2013 · 6 comments

      pumpkin_pie_smoothie When I went gluten free, it was the beginning of a journey that started with gluten free, added dairy free a year later, and morphed eventually into mostly plant-based. Not 100% vegan – probably 80/20. I’m so much happier and healthier than I used to be, almost 9 years since this all started. Back then, before my Celiac diagnosis, I always followed the “divide your plate into three parts” philosphy. And the protein (meat, chicken, sometimes fish) was always way bigger than the other two sections. Little did I know what was coming down the pike. Now, it’s the polar opposite. I’m mostly about vegetables and fruits and grains and beans and seeds, and I have to make room on my plate if there’s meat on the menu. Take breakfast for example. Where before I would’ve had a couple of eggs and a few slices of bacon and a bagel, now I have hot cereal (like THIS recipe for Hearty Four Grain Gluten Free Hot Cereal) or an apple with homemade granola and almond milk or I’ll make a smoothie packed with all kinds of powerful nutrients. This morning, my breakfast consisted of a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. It rocked my morning. I’m in love with this smoothie and can’t wait to have it again tomorrow:). I have to put on my health coach hat and get kind of geeky about the nutritional goodness of pumpkin. Indulge me for a moment, please and thank you:).

    • Wanna give those eyes a boost? Mashed cooked pumpkin has more than a whopping 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. And if that weren’t enough, the carotenoids in pumpkin offer additional protection for your peepers.
    • Ready to increase your fiber intake and feel fuller longer? Yup, you guessed it. Pumpkin.
    • There is evidence that beta-carotene, which our lovely pumpkin contains, may play a role in cancer prevention.
    • Interested in keeping wrinkles at bay? The carotenoids in pumpkin come into play here as well.

    So, bottom line. While they look lovely on our front porches, either buy yourself a pie pumpkin, roast it and use for making your smoothie or make a can of organic pumpkin puree and go to town making this smoothie. If you want, you can double up on the pumpkin pie spice. If you want more info, or are ready to make the commitment to quit gluten or finally get off the diet roller coaster, come on along and join. Got questions? Email me at support@glutenfreediva.com.  

    Perfect Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    Ingredients

    • 1 c. almond milk
    • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin purée
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
    • 1 - 2 tsp ground chia
    • optional: 1 tbsp raw honey

    Instructions

    Put all ingredients in a blender jar and blend.

    Pour into a tall glass and enjoy your pumpkin goodness.

    http://glutenfreediva.com/gluten-free-pumpkin-pie-smoothie/

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    Ditch The Bloat, Gluten Free Could Be Your Ticket

    by Ellen Allard on October 28, 2013 · 1 comment

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    Here’s a video I posted on youtube:

    I’m not sure what’s going on, maybe there’s something in the air. I’ve had so many emails from people about the need to go gluten free for various reasons, from terrible heartburn and indigestion to confirmed Alopecia (that’s what I have, though going strictly gluten free seems to have not only stopped my hair falling out, but it’s grown back almost 75%).

    Given this recent string of emails, I know you’ll be interested in learning about the Gluten Free Diva Fall Clean Eating Challenge 2013 starting tomorrow. A whole group of folks have registered and are ready to rock and roll with it, including communicating with each other (and me) in our private Facebook group.

    So many of us deal with:

    Bloat
    Headaches
    Constipation (or the opposite)
    Skin issues like Psoriasis
    Mood Swings
    Sugar Binges
    Hormonal Imbalances
    Fatigue
    Joint Pain
    Unexplained Hair Loss
    …and lots more

    That’s exactly the reason I launched this program: for people suffering with these kinds of issues. I’ve been there, done that. I was diagnosed with Alopecia 6 months before my Celiac diagnosis, for years (I’m talking YEARS!!!), I had HORRIBLE bloat (beyond unbelievable), headaches daily (ibuprofen was a constant in my life), bathrooming issues (I’m trying to be polite, ahem), candida (yeast overgrowth), sugar cravings and binges (which didn’t help the Candida), joint pain (all the stuff in the list above, actually). It wasn’t until I went fully 100% gluten free that these issues disappeared (gradually).

    I believe that my being 100% compliant to the gluten free lifestyle PLUS gradually converting over to a very green, plant-based diet, has made all the difference.

    As a teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to teach others how they can accomplish what I did.

    If you think you’d like to join us, please register today. As soon as I get your registration, I will send you the documents. It starts tomorrow, but the first 4 days are the pre-detox part of the challenge, so you have a little leeway in starting a day or two after the 28th.

    Click HERE to register.

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    Celiac, Gluten Free, Hair loss???

    September 11, 2013

    In my wildest dreams, I never thought being gluten free had anything to do with hair loss. I was diagnosed with Alopecia in early 2005. The dermatologist had no prescription for hair regrowth other then to have massive shots of Cortizone injected into my scalp. And he couldn’t guarantee whether it would even work. Waaaa!!! […]

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    Gluten Free Leroux Chicory Coffee Substitute

    August 30, 2013

    Going gluten free was easy compared to giving up coffee. I used to love coffee. I loved the taste and I loved the smell. Still do. So you might be wondering, why did I give it up? Years ago, I used to order coffee beans from a specialty shop in Long Island. I would freeze […]

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    Gluten Free Cookbook Review: The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread

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    Could buckwheat be gluten free? It seems counterintuitive. Who would think that anything with the word wheat in it would be gluten free? Drumroll: enter buckwheat. I recently had a VIP day with one of my gluten free health coaching clients. This is a day dedicated solely to my client, where we bake and cook […]

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    The Secret To Gluten Free, Vegan Artisan Bread

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    Gluten Free, Vegan Artisan Bread made with pysllium instead of xanthan gum. Ideal for smearing with your fave spread or dipping in your fave hot soup.

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    Gluten Free Gratitude & Favorite Gluten Free Bloggers

    January 10, 2013

    Dear Gluten Free Diva subscribers: I am excited to announce that I’ve begun participating in a month long blog challenge via two amazing business women – Michelle Shaeffer of http://michelleshaeffer.com and Michele Scism of http://decisiveminds.com. I hope you’ll stick around and read each of my posts. I’m not sure I’ll post each and every day, but I’m trying […]

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    My New Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

    January 9, 2013

    I can eat an entire bag of Mary’s Gone Crackers Gluten Free Sticks & Twigs Sea Salt Pretzels in one sitting. I won’t. But I could. And I bet you could too. They’re that good. I am not an affiliate. I have nothing to gain other than your undying love and devotion for introducing you […]

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