Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Gluten Free...To Be or Not to Be?

Although we are not a strict "Gluten Free or Dairy Free" family - we do enjoy many of the healthy advantages a gluten free diet offers.  I was gluten free for over a year and felt fantastic.  While I'm not allergic to gluten, I definitely could feel the benefits of eating a healthier diet in general.  I do have a sensitivity to dairy - if I eat too much I actually break into hives.  But again, it's just not realistic to cut 100% of dairy out of my diet.  So I do the best I can.  Since I don't HAVE to be gluten-free, it was difficult to sustain, so I now aim for moderation in our house and for our family.  We try to eat a healthy balanced diet - some of which contains gluten and some doesn't.  I'd like to teach my children about nutrition at a young age so they get a chance at a healthy start to life.  I also don't want to elminate ANY food altogether, so I do allow them the occasional fast food meal.  I try to be as realistic as possible knowing there are going to be just be times when we're out and about and we're all hungry and cranky and the easiest thing to do is to stop for a Happy Meal.  The key is moderation.  Doing it every day wouldn't be healthy for our bodies or our wallets, but on the same token, it's a fun treat and let's face it - a part of our society.   

That said, I'm always looking for and/or creating new yummy and healthy recipes for our family.  One of these recipes I stumbled upon a few years ago and it's become a staple in our house for breakfast.  My 4 year old daughter Lauren will literally ask for it for all 3 meals some days.  She is my picky little princess when it comes to food, so when this was a hit, I was thrilled as it's chaulk full of protein and fiber, and vitamins.  I call it Gluten Free/Dairy Free Almond Chex Delight

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