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

Gluten-free Beauty Products: do you need them and how to find them. Do people with celiac need to use gluten-free beauty products? How do you even identify gluten in beauty products? We will be discussing this and more in this post. Do Celiacs Need 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

Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Keyword: bliss balls, energy balls, gluten-free bliss bites, gluten-free protein bites, peanut butter, peanut butter protein bites, protein bliss bites
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
Cost: 2.50

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed collagen powder
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a mixing bowls
  • Mix ingredients until well combined and doughy
  • Roll the peanut butter protein bite dough into balls
  • Chill in the fridge and enjoy!

Notes

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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Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: What’s the Difference People often don’t know the differences 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 

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 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.

If you’re not sure if you were exposed to gluten, check out my post “Was I Gutened or is it Something Else?

How do you recover from gluten exposure?

Gluten exposure relief really depends on the individual, their needs, and their reaction to gluten exposure. What to do when you’re exposed to gluten will thus, largely be different from celiac to celiac.

My general tips on relief from gluten include: being kind to yourself, giving yourself permission to be uncomfortable, and having a plan in place to help soothe specific symptoms you struggle with.

Specifically, having a Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit can be incredibly helpful. Having a place to keep everything that you need to help stay comfortable and heal really changes the game.

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.

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My Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit Recommendations

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.

Sometimes your response to gluten exposure involves long trips to the bathroom. A squatty potty can help make those trips easier and more comfortable. A don’t just take my word for it, scientists agree that the squatty potty really does help you poop better.

When you’ve been glutened, baby wipe can make the clean up a lot easier… if you know what I mean.

Electrolytes 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.

Certain teas are known for their carminative effects, or their gas reducing effect. Basically, they help calm the stomach. I personally keep the following teas on hand for gluten exposure recovery:
Ginger Tea
Peppermint Tea
Green Tea

Note that if you also struggle with acid reflux, mint might not be a good idea.

L-Glutamine has been thought to help repair the gut. In a time where your body has been attacking the lining of your gut, 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!)

Often times gluten can cause cramps and aches when you have celiac. A heating pad can help these pains if they occur.

For 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.

Getting Glutened too Often?

If you are getting glutened too often, working with a celiac specialized dietitian might help reduce your gluten exposures. Celiac dietitians are specialized in helping people avoid gluten in the least restrictive yet safest way possible.

If you need a celiac dietitian to help you, I’m available.

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

Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Keyword: bliss balls, chocolate energy balls, chocolate energy bites, chocolate protein balls, energy balls, Gluten-free chocolate protein energy bites, protein balls, protein bliss bites
Servings: 16 balls
Calories: 110kcal
Cost: $4.50

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl
  • Fold/mix ingredients together until a dough forms
  • Roll into balls (if the mixture is too crumbly, add more water)
  • Chill and enjoy!

Notes

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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