January 29, 2009

Dairy and Soy Free IceCream

I like this product better than the soy ice ream options that are available as a substitute for vanilla icecream. And I just read online that they now carry a yogurt that is made from cultured coconut milk. I will have to try that next!

January 27, 2009

Fruit Smoothies

My pregnant body has been craving smoothies lately. So after a huge grocery shopping trip for my 2 weeks worth of groceries, I finally had all the ingredients needed for one. My daughter absolutely loved them as well. And I bet that I could put some in a sippy cup just for her.

All measurements are approximate....I tend to eyeball it to get the right texture.

1 cup frozen fruit
1 container soy yogurt
1 cup dairy/soy free coconut ice cream
1/2 cup-1 cup of juice

Strawberry and Mango
-1 cup frozen strawberries and mangoes
-1 container strawberry soy yogurt
-1 cup dairy/soy free coconut ice cream
-1/2 cup orange juice

Blueberry
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-1 container blueberry soy yogurt
-1 cup dairy/soy free coconut ice cream
-1/2 cup grape juice (made the smoothie really blue)

Peach and Mango
-1 cup frozen mangoes
-1 container peach soy yogurt
-1 cup dairy/soy free coconut ice cream
-1/2 can of peaches with the juice

January 26, 2009

Oreo cookies

Did you all know that oreo cookies are actually dairy free? I about jumped for joy when I found this out. I was breastfeeding and starving and wanted a cheap and easy indulgence while staying on the elimination diet. I found them in oreo cookies. At first, I had to avoid chocolate but, thankfully, vanilla oreos exist as well.

January 23, 2009

Enjoy Life Foods- Recipe Page

I just found that Enjoy Life Foods has a recipe page. Check it out!

Enjoy Life Foods

I think that every food allergy sufferer should know about this product line. I know that I was ecstatic to find it when doing the elimination diet. Early on when I was eliminating ALL eight of the major food allergy items I thought that I was going to starve. Thankfully, my local Whole Foods had a great selection of Enjoy Life products. After a quick visit to their website, I found that they had many great options.

My favorite indulgence was snickerdoodle cookies. I could eat an entire package in one sitting!

Chicken nuggets

These chicken nuggets by Earth's best are my daughters new favorite food. I love them because they are easy to make (microwave in 40 seconds), healthy, and allergy free.


January 22, 2009

Starbucks

I wish that more places (like Starbucks) had more vegan options, peanut-free options, gluten-free options, etc to match peoples dietary and food allergy needs. I would love to be able to take my daughter out and buy her a cookie or piece of cake and know that it is safe. Right now she is only one-year-old and so it is really easy for my husband and I to order whatever we want...as long as we have a 'safe' option for her to eat while we eat. I know that this will become more and more difficult as she gets older until she gets old enough to fully understand her food allergies. My ultimate hope is that she will outgrow her mild food allergies and this will never become an issue. Until then, I will continue to search out places that my daughter can eat worry-free.

I came across this blog entry in which Starbucks is doing research as to whether or not people would want gluten-free options available on the menu. I do not need gluten-free options, however, I do feel that it is a step in the right direction.

January 20, 2009

Fried Fish

In an effort it get my daughter to eat tilapia I tried frying it. My husband and I loved it, but my daughter still wouldn't eat it. Strange that she will eat salmon but not tilapia.

Here's the recipe basics.

4 pieces of tilapia, rinsed
shallow dish of soy milk (could use water or other milk product)
shallow dish of fish fry or bread crumbs

Heat fry pan on medium high heat. Cover bottom of pan with 1/8th inch of olive oil. Dip each piece of fish in soy milk and then into bread crumbs making sure to cover well. Once hot, fry fish for 4-5 minutes per side. Should be crispy and golden brown.

January 17, 2009

Oatmeal cookies-revised

I just made a modified version of my favorite vegan oatmeal cookies recipe using coconut oil to add in some saturated fat.

The original recipe is linked below.
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6605

I used 1/3 up melted coconut oil instead of canola oil. They came out thinner but tasted great.

January 16, 2009

Fat Muffins

This muffin recipe is from my friend Monica. Although she calls them 'baby friendly muffins' instead of 'fat muffins.' She also adds coconut oil to her daughter's diet to increase her daily saturated fat. If you look closely at the ingredients you will realize that they is no sugar in them. I think it is because Monica is a nutritionist and thereby a super health nut. LOL Despite the lack of sugar they taste good and my daughter loved them. The only reason I call them 'fat muffins' is because of the added coconut oil. If you use canola oil instead of coconut oil they would be really. really healthy.


2 cups Instant Oats, plain
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or spelt flour
1 1/4 cup rice or soy milk
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
3/4 cup shredded zucchini
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
tiny pinch of salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease mini muffin tin. Mix ingredients well. Fill each muffin cup almost to the top (they don't grow too much). Bake 15-18 minutes.

Makes about 30 mini-muffins.

Heartburn during pregnancy and Food Allergies

This article was brought to my attention from Peanut Free Mama. It doesn't show a direct link between heartburn medications and food allergies but is inferred. Interesting? I do have heartburn with this pregnancy but did not have any with my first pregnancy.

January 15, 2009

Dairy and Egg Free Lasagna

This lasagna is surprisingly good. My mother-in-law came up with the recipe and am just stealing it from her. Even my husband and father-in-law ate this and liked it. You could modify your own favorite lasagna recipe by just substituting tofu and soy cream cheese for the normal ricotta and egg mixture.

1lb ground turkey burger
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning (or 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano)
lasagna noodles
1 zucchini, shredded
1 cup of mushrooms, diced
1 jar of marinara sauce
1 package of silken tofu, firm
1 container of Tofutti soy cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil lasagna noodles according to package directions. Cook ground turkey burger of medium high heat. Season with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Mix in shredded zucchini and diced mushrooms once done. Mix together tofu and soy cream cheese until well blended and smooth.

Then layer the meat mixture, marinara, and cheese mixture with the cooked lasagna noodles. I end with marinara sauce instead of the normal mozzarella cheese topping. Doesn't look as good but still tastes fine.

January 13, 2009

Coconut Oil

So, I went in search of coconut oil this weekend. My local grocery story, Kroger, did not have it and so I had to make a trip to Whole Foods. Not that big of a deal since I needed a few things there anyway. They had two brands of coconut oil. The 365 Whole Foods name brand was out because it lists peanut oil as a possible ingredient (contaminent). So we went with the Spectrum brand...which of course, was more expensive.

Coconut oil is the consistency of candle wax. Never would have guesssed that....I guess that it why is has such a high saturated fat content.

I will post my muffin recipe using coconut oil soon!!!

January 6, 2009

Saturated Fat

My daughter drinks soy milk. Now that she is off of soy formula and breastmilk she is not getting any saturated fat in her diet. Traditionally pediatricians recommend switching to whole cow's milk (3.25% milkfat) at one year (or after weaning). One cup of whole milk containes 5g of saturated fat, soy milk has none. Typically a one-year-old should be getting 16-24oz of cow's milk each day. That would be 10-15g of saturated fat daily. So my new challenge is to get enough saturated (and other) fats into my daughter's diet.

Here are some sources I have found so far. The next trick is getting my daughter to actually eat them.
  • Avocado, 1 cup cubed 3g
  • Coconut oil, 1 oz 24g
  • Olive oil, 1 oz 4g
  • Sunbutter, 2TBS 2g
  • Earth Balance spread, 1TBS 3.5g
  • Tofutti cream cheese, 2 TBS 2g

I hope to use coconut oil in baked goods...we will see what works and I will post more as I find more. Any suggestions would be appreciated.