Running fuel….

imageWow….these pancakes look yummy. Eating wheat and dairy free is becoming so much easier. Even in the short time we have been following this diet I have noticed a difference.

Ingredients are more accessible, every supermarket has a ‘free from’ aisle….even the Co-Op! And sports, health a nutrition fanatics are all taking on wheat and dairy free as ‘clean living’.

I just like finding recipes that are great for the whole family. And super yummy.

I have just found these on Runners World!!! Might try them over half term :-)

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/nutrition/coconut-and-banana-pancakes-recipe/12174.html

These indulgent pancakes make for a perfect post-run brunch or perhaps a hearty pudding for special occasions. They are quick and easy to prepare – you can even blend all the ingredients in a food processor. Banana is a natural sweetener, so there’s no need to add sugar, and the almonds and pecans pump up the protein power, giving a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein – which is perfect for recovery purposes.

Ingredients

2 bananas
45g ground almonds
15g desiccated coconut
1 medium egg, beaten
1-2 tbsp non-dairy milk (use dairy milk if you prefer it)
Olive oil for frying
1 tbsp chopped pecan nuts
1 tbsp honey
Method

Mash one of the bananas in a bowl and stir in the ground almonds and coconut.
Beat in the egg, adding enough milk to the mix make a thick batter.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and place four spoonfuls of the batter in the pan, keeping them separate.
Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden underneath, and then flip over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes on the other side.
Slice the other banana and serve on top of the pancakes, sprinkled with the chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey.
Bananas

A great food for refuelling – bananas are packed with carbohydrates and they’re rich in potassium, fibre and vitamins C and B6, which is needed for protein metabolism.

Pecans

Pecans are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and high in vitamin E, an antioxidant. They are also a good source of manganese, a mineral that plays a role in bone health.

Coconut

While it’s true that coconut is high in saturated fat, it is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain-triglyceride that raises levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and also has antibacterial properties.

Serves 2

Prep time 5 mins

Cooking time 7-8 mins

Vital statistics (per serving)

520 calories,
35g carbohydrate,
12g protein, 36g fat,
10g fibre

Fuelling the family….

Life in the fast lane!!

Life in the fast lane!!

I have been thinking about my blog and the fact that I have not really posted regularly for quite a while. I think the main reason is that eczema and allergies have just become a normal part of our family life. I barely think about it anymore. Even when the husband was formally tested for allergies, and we found that he too is allergic to dairy, it was no biggy!

But then recently a friend questioned me on how we deal with Ayla and her allergies as a family, as it had been recommended that her young daughter eliminate dairy from her diet. I realised that things we now do automatically would seem and indeed were quite daunting when newly faced with a restrictive diet in a child.

So it left me thinking there is so much more to share. How we eat and cook when on holiday, when abroad, when camping, children’s parties, school dinners etc.

But added to this Ayla has made me so much more aware and interested in healthy living and nutrition. I would say I have always been healthy but as I have competed in more and more endurance events (half marathons, marathons, half ironman…) I am more and more conscious of how I fuel my body. I have read several books about ultra runners who have converted to plant based diets and much of what they suggest is in fact already part of our family diet due to the allergies. So I shall also include some super healthy recipes for the mums and dads or older kids.

After all…you are what you eat…!!!

Love Summer…..

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I have always loved summer….the sun, holiday, less clothes to wear, to wash, to dry!!

This summer we decided to stretch it out and spent 3 weeks in the South of France. There is absolutely nothing better for Ayla and her skin. The sun and salt water worked its magic along with a Mediterranean diet….she was silky smooth in no time. Seeing her on holiday you would never know how badly she has and still does suffer with eczema.

But it takes work….no wheat, no dairy, constant creaming up and a good healthy lifestyle.
It’s not hard work though, when you reap such wonderful benefits!

We have been lucky this year. The Summer in the UK was really quite good and only today 4th October does it look a bit grim outside. We can cope with this!! And will look forward to around three weeks in Europe next August :-)

Autumn = Porridge

Full of goodness

Full of goodness

Well the weather looks like it is changing. So it’s time for something warm in the morning. My little boy has always loved porridge but Ayla has taken some persuading!!!

I make a great big bowl, with oats and almond milk and sometimes add blueberries then add a little honey after it is done.

For me….I add chia and flaxseeds.

For birthdays…I add sprinkles!!! Birthday porridge!!!

Eat Study….

I know it has been too long. This winter I will start back with the blog and make more effort!! But for now just a quick update from our 3 year check up for The Eat Study.

We went down to London last week and Cade and Mummy and Daddy had skin prick testing….along with general height, growth for C. No surprises I came back completely clear. However Cade is allergic to grass like Ayla but Daddy has a whole host of allergies!!! I am not surprised as he has severe eczema and I am a firm believer there is always a trigger. So he is also allergic to grass, also pollen, house mites (dust) and big bummer also dairy :-(

In the evening when Ayla goes to bed we often break out the chocolate and ‘treats’…..so now it’s just me and Cade!! When Ayla went to gymnastics last week with Daddy, we dived straight into the Ben and Jerrys!!! I fear I am becoming a secret eater.

Luckily though…day to day eating is pretty much the same as we all generally follow an Ayla Friendly diet.

 

Coconut Oil

My new super food! Coconut Oil…..

I am in to smoothies at the moment…..and have been adding all the normal healthy things like frozen berries, banana, honey and more recently spirulina (green algae!). I usually use a base of soya or almond milk as I personally hate the taste of cows milk and obviously its just easier if we all have the same. I make a big jug and then share it out with the kids.

Recently I read about Coconut Oil and have been hunting for some. I brought a jar from Holland and Barratt so have started on it this week. For eczema it can be used both internally by adding to smoothies, cakes etc but it can also be used externally. Ayla has a little dry and sore patch under her mouth from licking (she has had this previously and it became infected). So I am know using the super oil on it the sore area. It spreads on her skin beautifully and much kinder for the face than steroid cream!

Coconut Oil has anti bacterial and anti viral properties as it contains lauric acid. And it is a ‘good’ fat. It is basically just pretty fabulous all around!

Suits are back :-(

This is Ayla all ready for bed in her cotton sleep suits.  For the first time in 3 years she stopped wearing them over the summer months. However the colder weather is back so we are slapping the cream on and then put the suits on which hold in the moisture for much longer. It also stops her PJs getting as creamy!

I guess it is quite time consuming and most 5 year olds can get ready for bed themselves but the effort is worth it.

For anyone reading this, we get them on prescription from the Doctors. So ask!! Ayla also wears the top under her clothing if she has a bad flare up as they are comfy on her skin :-)

 

Sorbet!!

Why have I not thought of this before! SORBET!

I was out with Ayla today cutting through a big shopping complex heading to the theatre when Ayla’s eyes were drawn to the ice cream parlour! My initial thought was oh poor baby……then I saw ‘dairy free!’ So over we went to ask and not just the one choice but half a dozen sat in with the regular ice cream. I thought Ayla’s eyes would pop out of her head. She chose raspberry with sprinkles! Yum yum!

So now I will be looking for super yummy sorbets in the supermarkets. It is definitely getting easier to be wheat and dairy free!

Winter….

So winter is approaching and the last few years have seen snow and real cold snaps! Brrrr and Grrrrr.

We really do not like the cold weather. The cotton suits are back and extra thick dollops of cream. But worst of all I can see Ayla’s skin getting more itchy and dry each week. I definitely have a better understanding now than when she was little, and I feel that at least during the summer we know that we have it pretty much under control so it’s 6 months of keeping on top things.

Now it’s time to get prepared. Order new cotton suits, cotton polo necks and make sure we have an endless supply of cream!