Category Archives: Allergy-friendly Products

Michigan, Popcorn, and Elana

Hey everyone!

1) I loooove Michigan. Seriously, love. Clean, green, and pure. Law school precludes me from doing too much exploring (um, hello it’s Friday night and I’m reading Torts), but from what I’ve gathered thus far, MI is fabulous. Love it.

Ah, the "mitten" state. Good times.

2) Speaking of the fact that it’s Friday night and I am stuck in my room reading page after page of Trespass to Chattels, popcorn has been a life saver. Really though. USDA organic, gluten-free, and lightly salted. Pairs surprisingly well with my late night mug of coffee and makes reading more fun. (Ha, sort of).

Like you're in a movie theatre, but you're not.

3) I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, whether you can tolerate gluten or not, Elana\’s Pantry is where it’s at. Woman is fierce. And her food, divine. Do yourself a favor and check out her website and fantastic recipes (the flourless chocolate cupcakes are my fav!) And she has a great cookbook out too!

Have you ever been to MI? Do you love popcorn? (It’s an addiction on my end, really). Have you been to Elana’s site before?

P & L,
Mem

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Waffles!

One thing I cannot live without is waffles! Oh my goodness, those babies are incorporated in many of my meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Love ’em. While there are many fabulous frozen brands out there, one of my favorite brands being Van\’s, you can have so much more fun (not to mention save a lot of money) on making your own.

I made a big batch this morning (12) to put in the freezer and last me all through my busy week. My favorite mix right now is Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix with Flaxseed. It’s wheat, dairy, and other common allergies free, but is still full of hearty whole grain sorghum (cereal crop grown for food) and brown rice. Not to forget 450mg of  heart healthy omega-3 oils too. The recipe is simple and you can get really creative with it as well. I always add a splash of pure vanilla extract, berries, or dark cocoa powder (or all three 🙂 ).

Store em’ in your freezer and slather them with some almond butter, greek yogurt, or pure maple syrup. Mmmm.

Love waffles too? Any great recipes?

P & L,

Mem

Not even afraid to admit this…

I have a newfound favorite snack food…

You’ve heard about celebs that are into it, and now I am too. Baby food is where it’s at. Specifically, Ella\’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food. Seriously, call me crazy, but the products are packaged as cute as can be, and the products pack a surprisingly serious punch even for adults, but especially for the cute lil’ babes their intended for.

My absolute favorite so far is the sweet potato, pumpkin, apples, and blueberries squeeze pouch. So much better than a shot of espresso or stale cup of coffee when I’m study wee into the night. There isn’t many allergy-friendly, late-night, I-can’t-believe-I’m-still-up-studying snacks out there, and these all fit the bill.

Absolutely nothing else added except what’s in the name – sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apples, + blueberries. Just 100% organic fruit and veg with nothing to dilute its goodness, not even water.

You all remember how I feel about sweet potatoes and pumpkin , and the apples and blueberries make it just that much better. They have so many awesome looking goodies. These are definitely being fed to my future babies (loooong way off), but for now I’m going to enjoy them 🙂

Check out their site – super cute. They even have recipes!

So what do you think? Will you try them? Or should they be left in the sandbox?

P & L,

Mem

Law School!

Hi Everyone!

Forgive me for the lack of posting…between finishing up my full-time job and getting ready for law school (I’m finally here!), I ran out of any extra time to blog. I’ll be updating more often, hopefully three times a week or so at least.

Michigan definitely isn’t PA, but I’ve found a lot of great organic and gluten-free purchases thus far. Sadly, MI isn’t on the gluten-free bandwagon yet. Very pretty and pure here.

Speaking of pure, I have however found many new and delicious flavors of my all-time favorite,the Pure Bar. New packaging, new flavors (um wild blueberry, what?), all delish. Please try them!!

I have many fantastic allergy-friendly waffle, pizza, and sorbet (lemon, chocolate, raspberry!) recipes coming your way soon!

P & L,

Mem

Got Milk?

Study after study shows that downing dairy (some form of it) after a tough workout can help replenish exhausted muscles and significantly aid exercise recovery. I love working out, but can’t do regular dairy. But, no worries to my allergy buddies who can’t stomach cow’s milk either – according to research, any dairy beverage with some protein (think soy or goat’s), will have the same muscle-building rewards 🙂 

I happen to be head over heels for Bolthouse Farms Protein Beverages, specifically, the Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea flavor. No preservatives and nothing artificial, along with being gluten-free, this baby is a smooth blend of soy protein, brewed green tea, and chai spices all naturally sweetened with a subtle hint of vanilla. It’s got a nice dose of protein (10 grams!) and filled with nutrients like Vitamin C, B6 and B12, iron, zinc, magnesium, 18 amino acids. Not to mention 37 grams of isoflavonoids per serving. BAM. 

It’s crazy delicious :).  One bottle is two servings though, so keep that in mind while you are drinking it in all its chai-glory. 

Protein + Delicious = Yum.

Yay. 

P & L, 

Mem

Chips and Dip, please.

I found another amazing allergy-friendly bag of greatness. Snyder’s of Hanover brand has introduced, Eatsmart Naturals. A new line of all-natural, Kosher certified snacks that are gluten-free (excluding the MultiGrain Sunflower Chips) and all natural. All Eatsmart Naturals items are made with expeller pressed sunflower oil. I got my hands on the MultiGrain Tortilla Chips  with a touch of sea salt. They were fantastic.

I whipped out some goat cheese cream cheese, a la Trader Joes, and topped that with some Full Circle Organic Salsa and went to town.

Snacktastic.

 Have you tried these yet?

P & L,

Mem

An Organic Toast to Graduation!

 Hi everyone! I’m so excited because I graduated yesterday! I am very happy to have had a wonderful and successful four years at Drexel University and I am ready to take on whatever comes up next! 🙂 

My amazing and supportive parents took me out for an awesome dinner celebration after the ceremony. Due to my lengthy food restrictions, I chose one of my favorite places where I can eat almost anything on the menu – White Dog Cafe! Such a great restaurant with really outstanding service. Perfect for a celebration! 

It’s really wonderful for me and other people with similiar food allergies or just those that want to eat well, because they focus on using high quality and farm fresh ingredients that are purchased from local sustainable farmers. Seasonal, local, and organically grown ingredients = awesome.

My mommy and I shared an interesting squash appetizer that was served tempura style with a fresh beet puree – so fun! And my main course was a Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna, that was served with Green Meadow Farm Baby Bok Choy, Wills Valley Organic Kim-Chee, and Sesame Soy Reduction. It was fabulous! I also saved room for some dessert 🙂 They make house made sorbet that is composed daily and I tried the strawberry flavor. It was great. They also had a flourless chocolate torte that I was so leaning towards trying, but it was hovering around 78 degrees outside so an icy treat seemed more appropriate. 

 
Alcohol has its ups and downs in the news in regards to health benefits, but it was a day to have a little something extra, so I felt compelled to celebrate with a fun beverage. I tried a new special martini they offered that was a mixture of fresh and organic meddled cherries, lime, and mint leaves combined with vodka. It was so yummy! 🙂
 

a sweet close up of me and my martini!

 My parents really enjoyed their meals too! If you’re ever in Philly you should try this place for sure! 

Any recent celebrations in your life? 🙂 

P & L, 

Mem