How our shopping list has changed?….

It has been a gradual process.

When Ayla went Wheat and Dairy Free I started shopping differently, but mainly just eliminating those foods. However seeing the difference her diet made to her skin and general health I have become more and more interested in nutrition and diet.

I am a strong believer that we are what we eat….and many many ailments can be improved through our diets. I am also a keen runner and know how important fuelling my body is.

So food for us is mostly about health and I now cook with coconut oil and hemp oil, I love almond butter (the kids still prefer the cheap peanut butter but I add almond butter to smoothies and flapjack!) and have bags of nuts and chia seeds!! My list of superfoods is endless and there are always blueberries for porridge. But the kids to draw the line at algae!!

Not only has Ayla skin drastically improved but she is thriving on her diet. She has gone from a teeny toddler to a strong tall 6 year old!!! In fact both kids do not stop eating and growing!!!

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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

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!

Eczema Flare Up :-(((

I have well and truely had enough of this cold cold cold weather. It feels like it has been a six month long winter. Not only does it mean we have spent little time outside, it has been mean mean mean on Ayla’s skin.

The lastest cold spell (March!!!) has really hit Ayla hard. Just when we should be thinking of stripping off and getting some fresh air Ayla has had a massive flare up. Probably the worst she has been for 2 years and has reduced me to tears.

It has not been like the flare ups of old though. Ever since Ayla has been dairy and wheat free she has pretty much been flare up free too. This flare up wasn’t all over but for the first time ever her poor little face has been soooo sore. She has had cracked skin under her ear lobes, an infected sore above her lip (where she has licked her dry lips, causing them to become dry and cracked…which then became infected) and eczema all along her hair line.

Added to this she had an infection to the eczema behind her knees from scratching at the dry skin. But thankfully after a few weeks hard work she is looking good again. This is what we did to clean it up!!!……

1) Emuvate on skin infection behind knees twice a day for two days.

2) Creaming up every two hours (luckily it was the weekend!!) and wearing of sleepsuits all day and night for two days.

3) Germolene cream on cracked skin behind knees after infection had gone to help healing process. Also used on ears.

4) Cold sore cream on lip to stop infection every hour for two days. Then normal cream as dry.

5) Anto-dandruff shampoo every other day/every three days. Relieves itching and helps with flaky skin.

It has been hard work…but I am sure like any parent reading this blog I would do anything to make Ayla’s eczema away!! So please hurry up warmer weather…we need some naked time!!

Gruffalo Mozzarella….??

Sorry I have been away for soooo long. Been an eventful new year and I am glad January is over. Onwards and upwards is all I can say.

So Ayla was asking for her favourite ‘cheese’ today. We came about Buffalo Mozzarella a bit by accident really. We were at a County Fair and saw a stand selling Buffalo Ice-cream. So I let Ayla have a whole scoop (and we would wait to see what happened). Well that experience will stick with me forever. The first time she has ever chosen her own flavoured icecream (and all her cousins had the same) and she licked the whole tub clean. She LOVED it! I awaited the hives to appear…..they didn’t come!!

My Mum then suggested we try Buffalo Mozarella. We did…and again she was ok. So now it is a bit of a treat. We but wheat free pizza bases and Tesco Finest Buffalo Mozarella and Ayla gets to make her own pizza and gobble it all up!!!

Ayla couldn’t remember the name Buffalo Mozarella at first so we changed it to Gruffalo Cheese!!

Yum yum….worth a try for other dairy sufferers. Start teeny tiny.

Ayla Friendly Frosting!!!

My niece is totally addicted to buttercream. Seriously if she bakes a cake we are lucky if the buttercream makes it to the cake!! My sister stubbled across these and got her three tubs as a birthday treat!! When we looked at the ingredients, imagine our excitement when we saw they are Ayla Friendly!!

http://www.bettycrocker.co.uk/product_detail.aspx?range=5

They do say ‘may contain milk’ due to factory handling methods but no wheat or dairy in the ingredients list, even the chocolate flavours. Yum yum – I can not wait to try!!