March is National Nutrition Month, which is perfect timing to shed those last few pounds before bikini season. I follow these five tips to really fine-tune my nutrition during the month of March:
I was talking with a guest the other day in the pharmacy about how hard it is to come up with unique yeast-free snacks that aren’t hard boiled eggs or hummus and vegetables. While these are tried and true yeast-free snacks that will get you through in a pinch, try a few of these easy snack ideas to spice things up!
If you’ve noticed one similarity between most of these snack ideas it is that they are all roasted! What I typically do on a Sunday night is heat up the oven and get a few pans of vegetables roasted, that way I can make all of my snacks and have them pre-packed for the week to come!
Please, as always, share with me your yeast-free snack ideas!
If you’re participating in the Yeast-Free with Me Challenge you may find lunch to be difficult. Between business lunches and forgetting to pack your lunch each morning, it can be very easy to fall off of the wagon. . Here are five of my favorite yeast-free lunch ideas:
1) Vegetable and meat stir-fry: On Sundays I will heat up my wok, use a little bit of coconut oil and seasonings and stir fry a variety of seasonal vegetables along with chicken, beef or shrimp. I then package my stir-fry in easy to-go containers so I can grab it in the morning on my way out the door!
2) Bagged salad: I usually keep a few bags of salad in the refrigerator at work. I especially like the Dole varieties that have an assortment of vegetables in them such as sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes and radish! In place of dressing try tossing your salad in hummus and lemon juice!
3) Sandwiches: You may have thought sandwiches were off of the list since you are not allowed to have bread, but think outside the box! Large leaf lettuce such as Romaine makes a wonderful wrap that you can fill with meats and vegetables. Avocado also makes a wonderful spread to replace mayonnaise.
4) You pick the lunch restaurant: Plenty of restaurants have Yeast-Free options. When the office decides to go to lunch pipe-up and you pick the place! Restaurants such as Chipotle, Freebirds or Mongolian Grills that allow you to pick your own ingredients and put them on top of a bed of lettuce make for a filling and excellent lunch.
5) Make your lunch Eggcellent: Hardboiled eggs make great and portable salad toppers and even make delicious fillings for lettuce-wrapped sandwiches. I usually boil half a dozen eggs on Sunday night and pack them along for my lunch.
Please share with us in the comments section any Yeast-Free lunch ideas you love!
It’s the New Year and our annual Yeast-Free with Me is right around the corner! This is where we invite all of you to join us for a month of delicious, healthy yeast-free eating! It officially starts January 14 and will last until February 14. To sign up and get e-mails full of recipes and tips just follow the instructions here.
Hotze Pharmacy will be offering $15 off of Nystatin during Yeast-Free with Me, simply mention the coupon code “YF” in the comments field when placing an online order, or to the technician over the phone when placing a phone order.
I thought I would share one of my favorite and easy yeast-free recipes with you all!
Yeast-Free Turkey Taco Wraps:
Brown your ground turkey in a pan until browned. Turn your Crockpot on low and place onions, peppers, tomatoes, chicken stock, browned ground turkey and taco seasoning into the Crockpot. Stir, and allow to cook on low for 6 hours. When the taco meat mixture is finished cooking place two large leafs of lettuce on your plate. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out a mixture of taco filling, draining the excess liquid, and place a scoop in each taco. Top with fresh onions, diced tomato and guacamole!
I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe! I look forward to doing the Yeast-Free eating plan with all of you this month!
It is oftentimes very easy to allow the holidays to get you off track with your yeast-free eating. You are surrounded by the ones you love and dozens of delicious sweet and savory treats. These are the top five ways I keep myself on track during the holiday season:
1) Prepare your own yeast-free dish and bring it along for your friends and family to try! At Thanksgiving I prepared a spaghetti squash casserole and my entire family loved it.
2) Focus on what you can eat, not what you can’t! Many holiday functions are filled with meats and vegetables such as turkey and green beans. Focus on what you can fill your plate with!
3) Pack a few sparkling waters. One of the main things I can miss about the holidays is sharing a champagne toast with my loved ones. Sparkling water garnished with lemon or a few berries still gives me that same festive feel of drinking an alcoholic beverage!
4) Bring fruit for dessert. Instead of filling up on sugary carbohydrates such as pecan pie and Christmas cookies bring a fruit torte filled with fruits and nuts. Trust me; you’ll feel a lot less guilty the next day.
5) Go for a walk after dinner. My mom and I always go for a brisk walk after Christmas dinner to help our food digest more quickly. Also, since we have made our after dinner walk a tradition that we look forward to, neither of us overeat so we will have a comfortable walk!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and if you are following the Yeast-Free Eating Program this holiday season I hope these tips help!
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My all-time favorite holiday dish is green bean casserole, the traditional recipe with the cream of mushroom soup, crispy onion strings on top and a little bacon stirred in. I have given this recipe a healthy makeover!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 2 ½ quart baking dish with cooking spray. If using fresh green beans bring enough water to cover your green beans to a boil and boil for thirty minutes. For crispier fresh green beans boil them for less time and immediately transfer into a bowl of ice and water, then dry them. If using frozen green beans prepare them according to the package directions and then add to the dish. Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan, add onion, stirring often for about 4 minutes or until translucent. Stir in mushroom, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, thyme and pepper, cook until mushroom juices evaporate. Add milk and bring to a simmer, then stir in sour cream transfer to baking dish and mix in with green beans. Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Tomorrow a small army of ghouls and goblins will be knocking on your door saying, “Trick or Treat!” With so many children having food allergies, food sensitivities and specialized diets, candy is not always the best option. Here are a few fun and festive alternatives to giving out traditional candy! As an added bonus you won’t have giant bowls of candy lying around your house to tempt you!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Pumpkin Carving Contest
With all of the different pumpkin varieties at my local grocery store I couldn’t help but purchase a few pumpkins for me and my husband to carve! We both have a very competitive nature, so needless to say it turned into a pumpkin carving contest!
My husband decided to carve his pumpkin to look like a haunted house, and I must say it looks pretty spooky!
I decided to carve this ghoulish goblin! I must say that both of our pumpkins came out looking very festive, and I can’t pick a favorite!
We used all of our seeds that we scooped out of the pumpkins to make delicious roasted pumpkin seeds!
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Clean your seeds removing any major string or pulp. Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasoning. Spread on a single layer lined baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown and enjoy!
Please share with us your pumpkin carvings on our Facebook page! We will have our staff vote on their favorite pumpkin and have a not-so scary surprise for the winner! The contest will end on Halloween, October 31!