Month: January 2020

5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides

5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides

In this post, I will discuss ways to use collagen peptides and what they are. What is Collagen? Body-wise, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It forms connective tissue which is important for many parts of your body. It helps give support 

Gluten-free Beauty Products

Gluten-free Beauty Products

Trying to find gluten-free beauty products? Want to know if people with celiac disease need to even use gluten-free beauty products? This post is for you! In this post, I will discuss everything from whether or not you should use gluten-free beauty products, how to 

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free)

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free)


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Peanut butter is always a crowd favorite. It’s one of my favorite forms of protein making because it’s so accessible and affordable. It’s the perfect star of these gluten-free peanut butter protein balls.

Why I love peanut butter

  • It’s an affordable source of protein with a whopping 8 grams per serving
  • It’s versatile (you can use it in sauces, on sandwiches, in baking recipes, and more)
  • It’s delicious – most people love it.
  • It’s a decent source of all 3 macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) making it super filling

All of these things are what make this gluten-free peanut butter protein balls amazing. Not to mention this recipe has buckwheat flour in it, a source of complete plant-based protein and also a grain-free flour. Meaning this recipe is not only gluten-free but also grain-free.

Protein Balls are Perfect for Meal-Prep

These energy balls are also perfect to meal-prep for the week, or even the month. The last up to 1 week in the fridge and upwards of 3 months in an air-tight container in the freezer. If you’re feeling super motivated to meal-prep, consider making a large batch for the month.

Here are some other energy bite recipes to check out too:


Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • 1 cup peanut butter ((creamy))
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed collagen powder
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowls

  2. Mix ingredients until well combined and doughy

  3. Roll the peanut butter protein bite dough into balls

  4. Chill in the fridge and enjoy!

Feel free to substitute any flour for the buckwheat flour if you desire.

Lasts up to 1 week in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer when stored in an air-tight container.

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The difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

The difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

There is often a lot of confusion on what the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance is. I’m frequently asked “I have the symptoms of both celiac and gluten intolerance – how do I know which one I have”. First, I want to say 

Protein Hummus Recipe (gluten-free and dairy-free)

Protein Hummus Recipe (gluten-free and dairy-free)

Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grass-fed beef collagen
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kits are incredibly helpful for managing being glutened. Being exposed to gluten (or being “glutened”) happens. Gluten exposure is a part of life when you are living gluten-free. Even the best of us get exposed. Rather than beat yourself up about it, give yourself grace, learn from your mistakes, and focus on recovery.

How do you recover from gluten exposure?

That really depends on the individual, their needs, and their reaction to gluten exposure. I wrote a blog post featuring my tips for recovering from gluten exposure here. I will say though, that a Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit can be incredibly helpful on top of those tips. Having a place to keep everything that you need to help stay comfortable and heal really changes the game.


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What to put in your Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit

A great way to start planning your gluten exposure recovery kit is by first listing the symptoms you struggle with when you’re glutened. Make note of the symptoms that are particularly tough for you to deal with and then brainstorm ways you can comfort yourself.

If you find yourself struggling with ideas on self-soothing specific symptoms, check out my post on coping with bloating and constipation for some inspiration.

Now that you’ve identified the symptoms you struggle with and how you might cope. Now it’s time to decide what to put in your Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit that supports your findings.


My Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit Recommendations

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit ItemSymptom it helps Alleviate and How
Squatty PottySometimes your response to gluten exposure involves long trips to the bathroom. A squatty potty can help make those trips easier and more comfortable.
Babe WipesThese go along with the long trips to the bathroom. The make the clean-up a little bit easier.
ElectrolytesElectrolytes are a must for Gluten Exposure Recovery Kits because often symptoms of gluten exposure involve water-loss. Think of diarrhea and vomiting. Electrolytes are good to have on hand to help make sure you’re staying hydrated.
Carminative TeasCertain teas are known for their carminative effects, or their tummy calming effects. I personally keep the following teas on hand for gluten exposure recovery:
Ginger Tea
Peppermint Tea
Green Tea
L-Glutamine L-Glutamine has been thought to help repair the gut. In a time where your body has been attacking itself, taking L-Glutamine is thought to help improve repairs.
(always talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement to make sure it’s right for you!)
Heating PadTo help soothe cramps and aches that might occur from gluten exposure.
Chicken BrothSimple foods like rice and broth (make sure it’s gluten-free) can help soothe your upset stomach.
Full-Body Bath RobeFor maximum comfort, comfy clothes are a must! I like walking around in loose clothes that don’t put pressure on my stomach after gluten exposure. So naturally, robes are a go-to pick.

If you’re looking to improve your self-care tactics for gluten exposure, I developed a Celiac Self-Care Planner to help you do just that!


What’s in your gluten exposure recovery kit? Let me know in the comments!

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Gluten-Free Air Fryer Falafel

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Falafel

Ingredients:
1 cup chickpeas
1 cup cilantro
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbsp gluten-free flour of choice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Celiac Disease Journal Prompts

Celiac Disease Journal Prompts

Living with celiac disease means that you have to live gluten-free for the rest of your life. Even if you welcome your celiac disease diagnosis with open arms, managing a completely new way of living can trigger a boatload of emotions. In this post, I’m 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Energy Balls

Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Energy Balls


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These gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls are the perfect filling snack that will curb your hunger and sweet-tooth. Not to mention these delicious energy balls are not only gluten-free but also grain-free!

The importance of protein

Protein is one of the 3 macronutrients that is needed in large amounts for our body’s survival. It is involved in many body processes like:

  • production of hormones and enzymes
  • building bones, muscle, skin, blood, and more
  • repairing body tissues

Not to mention, making sure you have protein at every meal will help you stay full longer. The same applies to snacks, making these gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls the perfect tasty snack to hold you over until your next meal.

The peanut butter and grass-fed beef collagen are the main sources of protein in this recipe, but did you know buckwheat also is a great source of complete plant-based protein? Buckwheat is also not a grain, it’s a seed, meaning these gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls are grain-free. I know, you basically can’t lose with these energy balls.

Why protein energy balls?

I’m a firm believer in meal-prep, especially if you have to follow a restrictive diet/lifestyle. Meal-prep makes staying on track effortless because options that support your needs are always available. Thus, protein energy balls are the perfect snack because they can be made ahead of time and are quick and easy to pack in a lunch or to grab-and-go with.

If you’re feeling extra motivated to meal-prep energy balls, consider preparing a bunch at once and freezing them (they’re typically good in a air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months). When you’re ready to enjoy them, take them out of the freezer and pack them. They should be thawed by the time you want to enjoy them. Or thaw them in the fridge the week you plan to enjoy them.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Energy Balls

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed collagen powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl

  2. Fold/mix ingredients together until a dough forms

  3. Roll into balls (if the mixture is too crumbly, add more water)

  4. Chill and enjoy!

Good in the fridge for 5-7 days and lasts in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months in the freezer.

You can sub what ever flour your like for the buckwheat flour if buckwheat flour isn’t your thing.

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