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Review – Lifestyle Foods Gluten Free Pasta

I’ve at last found a gluten free pasta in shops that tastes like pasta and not cardboard. We have spend so much money on gluten free pastas and to be honest, most of them ended in the drain. Much to my surprise I found a pasta at Dischem that is not only pleasant tasting but is also cheaper than the other. What a bargain!

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I do like the screws and penne more than the  spaghetti one. For some reason the spaghetti sticks together even if you put some oil in the water. The screws and penne do not and it makes for great salads.

My only big problem with it is the fact that the only ingredients listed is gluten free flour. It does not say anything else, which is worrying to me seeing that my 9 month old is allergic to egg so I’m worried to try it with her. The toddler enjoys it and will eat it every meal if she can.

So for all the moms and dads out there that need something quick and easy and gluten free to make for supper, this is a real winner. It is a Dischem make so you will only find it at Dischem or online.

 

Side note: This is not a paid review and the views on here is my own.

 

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Healthy Christmas Snacks for SA kiddies

Hello all unicorn loving, fairy chasing, weird and wonderful souls,

 

Me again! The inspiration hit me and I went searching for some healthy snacks for the little ones that we can give them over Christmas. Being in South African we have a lot of fruit options, so I’m going to make the best of it. Sky loves fruit so there will be no complaining. Not so sure about the cousins, they might not appreciate the ‘no sweets, no refined sugar’ policy. But I’m sure they will enjoy it as well. (Here’s the teaching by example thing again. Not going to say anything, just give them the snacks and let them decide if they like it or not).

 

I found some really cute ideas. And we all eat with our eyes first, so I’m sure they will go down very well.

Strawberry Santas

How cute are they???

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Grape christmas tree

I will make these just before the time, otherwise they will go soft in the heat very quickly

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Banana Santas

I think if you put some reindeer horns on it will look like reindeer as well, so try putting some pretzels on as horns.

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Frozen yogurt with fruit

I love love love these. I will make LOTS of them this Summer

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Watermelon Stars

How cute! Just take a cookie cutter and go wild with your own designs

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I will place some more goodies in my next post.

 

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Thank heavens for small mercies – Nature’s Choice Milkshake

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We are going through a full lifestyle change at the moment. We are all going gluten, dairy and sugar free. It’s been crazy to get Sky not to ask for sweets / juice / ice cream the whole time. So I remembered the packet of Nature’s Choice Milkshake I had in the cupboard. I made it with water and she loved it! She has been asking for her milkshake rather than anything else at the moment. It has no refined sugar, no unnecessary chemicals or genetically modified products. The list of ingredients:

Rice Milk (Dextrose, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Phosphate, GM-Free Imported Rice Flour, Poly-Unsaturated Palm Oil (not palm kernel oil)), Maltodextrin, Fructose, Strawberry Flavour, Vitamins & Minerals

  • Sucrose Free
  • No Preservatives
  • Lactose Free
  • Gluten Free
  • GE/GMO Free Ingredients
  • Cholesterol Free

I’m busy making her ice-cream with it, so waiting for the result when she comes home. Will keep you updated but I’m sure it will be a huge success as she LOVES ice-cream.

 

They have different flavors and at the moment Dischem has a 20% discount on all their health products, so now is the time to try it out.

Money wise it might sound expensive at first. But if you think what milkshake cost or just a normal mix of milk and something like Nesquick it’s a good deal at around R40 a packet.

You only need 3 teaspoons per glass, so you do get far with it.

Give it a try

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Ten Budget Healthy Snacks

Top Ten Budget Healthy Snacks 2011

Thanks to http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/budget-healthy-snacks/

Top Ten Budget Healthy Snacks

 

Are you financially stretched? Honestly, who isn’t feeling the pain of our economic downturn?

Having your weekly budget slashed is never easy. It can be challenging to get out of the supermarket with a bag of groceries that totals less than $40.

For me, there is one critical point to remember about cutting food costs. I will not stop buying whole food even when times are tough. A cheap bag of cookies is just not going to work!

I believe there are potential long term health care costs of diet that does not include fruits and vegetables. Just like I pay for my car’s scheduled maintenance so it will last longer, I pay for fruits and vegetables so I will be here to greet my grandchildren.

Yes, it costs more per calorie than many of the packaged foods in the supermarket – but, I get all those nutrients and I feel better when I eat them.

The list below includes 10 snack recipes that feature less expensive whole food (no wild mushrooms on this list). The last 3 recipes are less expensive in the summer months because those fruits and vegetables are in season and can be bought for a song.

There are so many tricks to eating cheaper. My favorite involves a small extra freezer. I have seen friends buy flats of corn and just cut of the kernels and freeze them for the winter months (so smart). We freeze all the berries – strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries – that we pick and don’t eat immediately.

Here is a list of budget snacks that will cost you less than $1 per serving (some much less):

1. Homemade Microwave Popcorn DIY Microwave Popcorn: Healthy, Yummy, and CHEAP

2. Pickled Carrots How To Avoid Wasting Carrots

3. Low Calorie Devil Eggs Satan Would Hate This Recipe

4. Beans and Rice What The World Eats (Cheap and Healthy)

5. Sweet Potato Fries Recipe Never Eat Fast Food French Fries Again

6. DIY Yogurt Save Money, Calories, and the Environment with this Yogurt

7. Turn Cauliflower Into An Awesome Snack See How Easily You Can Turn Cauliflower Into An Awesome Snack

Less expensive in the summer months:

8. Watermelon Cucumber Lime Salad Why Watermelon Makes Us Feel Good

9. Sweet Corn is a Healthy Snack Sweet Corn Is A Stellar Snack

10. Low Calorie Chinese Green Beans Love Chinese Take Out? Try This Trick

I realize that the prices on the produce items can vary quite a bit in different regions of the country. Generally, these items can be found for less – I bought TWO POUNDS of carrots for $1.79 yesterday (for example).

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Pumpkin bars

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Pumpkin Bars Gluten Free Dairy Free Egg FreePumpkin Bars, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free
Ingredients
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin or homegrown pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Butter or olive spray for the pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Have all ingredients except the coconut oil at room temperature.
  2. Mix together pumpkin, oil, and sugar in a mixing bowl until well mixed. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put batter into greased 9-inch square cake pan. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until firm.
  4. Cool completely.
  5. Store in fridge since the pumpkin bars will be wetter than other bars.
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Peanut Butter Energy Bars

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Peanut Butter Bars ~ A No-bake Energy Bar Recipe.
Prep time
15 mins
Total time
15 mins
Author: Kendra ~A Proverbs 31 Wife
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup of Honey
  • 2 cups Peanut butter. (I buy an organic brand that has one ing. peanuts)
  • 2 teas. Vanilla
  • 5 cups Crispy rice cereal
  • 4 cups quick oats
  • ½ cup Wheat germ
  • 1 tbs Chia seeds
  • ¼ ground flax
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbs Ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan warm the honey and peanut butter. Do not cook. You just want the two ing. to mix together smoothly and reach a runny consistency. After the mixture is warm and runny, stir in the vanilla.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together and pour the honey peanut butter mix over it. Using a large spoon (or your hands) stir until the mixture is well blended.
  3. Pour the mix into a greased jelly roll pan and press. The best way to get the bars firmly pressed into the pan is to lay plastic wrap over the top and use a rolling pin to evenly press the dough into all sides and corners.
  4. Let cool in fridge for an hour or so and then cut into 36 pieces.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 205 Fat: 8.3 Saturated fat: 1.5 Carbohydrates: 28.2g Sugar: 15g Sodium: 41mg Fiber: 2.7g Protein: 6.3
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