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Great Gluten-free Recipes

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Written by: Amanda Cressman, N.D.

If you are like most people I have spoken with in the last few weeks, eating balanced meals that are healthy has been tricky.   There are so many reasons for this – less access to grocery stores and fresh foods, the sheer stress of shopping and the emotional eating that can occur from the stress and sadness of all the changes to our lifestyle.  Even just being home all day, everyday, where the kitchen is central to the home, it’s easy and understandable as to why many are eating more frequently than we need to.

When stress levels are high, blood sugar changes occur, whereas the body is needing to provide glucose to support the stress response.  Sugar cravings can increase and with chronic stress, weight changes then happen, specifically around the midsection.

For many, the past few weeks have been one of the most stressful experiences that they have gone through.  Supporting your stress response is of vital importance, not only for mental health but also for maintaining the daily habits that keep us grounded and supported in ourselves.

Even though it may not seem to be connected, eating balanced meals and choosing healthy food options supports our stress response.  Avoiding known food sensitivities is also helpful to ensure the body has no additional stress responses occurring.

So, I wanted to share some recipes/resources to hopefully inspire and surprise you with how easy and tasty they are.  They are all Gluten-free and some are also Grain-Free , supporting a variety of dietary plans in this time.  I have no affiliation with any of these sites, just happy to have found recipes that are easy to make and that support gluten-free and grain-free eating.

See what you think and I hope these recipe ideas taste great for you and support all the changes going on in your world.

Breakfast Ideas

Grain-free Berry Granola – Healthful Pursuit

Banana Oat Blender Pancakes – Kitchen Treaty

Coconut Flour Chocolate Crepes – Healthful Pursuit

Sweet Potato Hash – Healthful Pursuit

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal – Oh She Glows

Soft and Chewy Sugar Free Granola Bars – Oh She Glows

Almond Flour Pancakes – Comfy Belly

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes – Comfy Belly

Quinoa Granola – Comfy Belly

Blueberry Syrup – Nourishing Meals

Gluten Free Raspberry Scones – The Roasted Root

Mochaccino Chia Breakfast Pudding – Joyous Health

Lunch Ideas

Spiralized Thai Salad Recipe – Against All Grain

Sea Salt Rosemary Zucchini Chips – Joyous Health

Veggie Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce – Avocado Pesto

Soft Gluten Free Sandwich Bread – A Little Insanity

The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread – My New Roots

Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup – Cook with Manali

Low Carb Irish Soda Bread – Elana’s Pantry

Tahini Glazed Carrots – Elana’s Pantry

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – Detoxinista

The Best Quinoa & Black Bean Salad – Detoxinista

Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette – Detoxinista

Honey Balsamic Dressing – Detoxinista

Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry – Detoxinista

“Cheeseburger” Salad with Special Sauce – Eating Bird Food

Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad – Paleo Running Momma

Dinner Ideas

Coconut Cauliflower Rice – Healthful Pursuit

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl – Minimalist Baker 

Spicy Buddha Bowl – Crazy Vegan Kitchen

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust – Blissful Basil

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Detoxinista

Curried Cauliflower Soup – Cookie and Kate

Dessert Ideas

Black Bean Chia Brownies – Joyous Health

One Bowl Jumbo Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Oh She Glows

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake – Comfy Belly

Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies – Against All Grain

Fudgy Chocolate Tarts – Against All Grain

Banana Bread – Comfy Belly

Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins – Running with Spoons

Flourless Banana Bread Muffins – Running with Spoons

Fudgy Paleo Beetroot Brownies – The Roasted Root

Raw Tiramisu – Unconventional Baker

Chocolate Avocado Pudding – Pop Sugar

Cassava Banana Bread – Paleo Running Momma

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips Paleo – Paleo Running Momma

Sweet Potato Brownies – Paleo OMG

Healthy Carrot Cake – Detoxinista

Paleo Pumpkin Pie – Elana’s Pantry

Snacks

Chocolate Gelatin Bars – The Healthy You Project

Crunch Raw Protein Balls – The Healthy Family and Home

Homemade Gummy Candies – Healthful Pursuit – Use a juice of your choice

Date Energy Balls – Detoxinista

Mint Chocolate Truffle Bites – A Virtual Vegan

Easy Paleo Snack Bar Recipes – Beaming Baker

Recipe a day to Inspire

Posted on: March 28th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Today’s recipe is definitely all fun – Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  This is a treat for sure with a fun twist of chickpeas and sunflower seed butter.  I find it fun to be creative in the kitchen and turn delicious favourites into something more nourishing and nutrient dense.  Hope this is a fun one for you!

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Recipe a day to Inspire

Posted on: March 27th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Today’s recipe is simply delicious…which is great as today has been a hard day.  We are now almost 2 weeks into this drastic change in all our lives and the emotions have moved from shocked, to fear, to anxiousness, to fatigue.  Amongst all there is to be grateful for, today has been a day of feeling many of the unpleasant emotions, which is important.

With so much change and disruption, I decided to choose a recipe that is rooted in tradition, in familiarity and in comfort….bread.  But this isn’t any loaf of bread – it’s easy to make, it’s honestly delicious and works for so many different dietary plans/restrictions.

If you make this, I hope it is delightful.

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Recipe a day to inspire

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Today’s recipe is a really, really good one.  Egg roll in a bowl.  It’s surprisingly easy and tasty.  It’s a great way of getting in lots of veggies in a convenient way.  Hope you enjoy and have enjoyed the sun today.

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Recipe a day to inspire

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Today’s recipe is a wonderful salad…roasted-cranberry-sweet-potato-quinoa-salad.

This salad is delicious, easy to make and full of nutrient dense ingredients.  Hope you enjoy!

Recipe a day to inspire

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by TouchStone Health

This is a new time for us, a time that none of us have ever experienced before.  It has been hard, scary, unnerving and difficult.  Amongst it, there has been bravery, kindness and compassion.

Every day we will bring you something – hopefully to inspire, encourage and remind you that we are in this together as we are better when we are together.

This week we are bringing inspiring recipes each day – something healthy, something easy and something that will hopefully surprise you with its deliciousness.  Today’s recipe is: carrot-cake-chia-pudding – it could be a snack, a dessert, a breakfast…you decide and stay tuned for tomorrow, when we bring another dish to hopefully inspire another day of healthy eating.

Wishing you the best, in health and spirits.

Foundations of Health…Healthy Food Choices

Posted on: October 27th, 2019 by TouchStone Health

Written by: Amanda Cressman, N.D.

This time of year holds a lot – a lot of excitement and anticipation for festivals, parties, celebrations and events.  Amongst all this, there can be many who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed from the expectations placed upon them by others and most importantly, by themselves.

This past week has been an interesting one for myself and for many that I’ve spoken with.  The changing of the season to real Autumn weather has been hard – many have colds and coughs, the reminder that a new season is now here, where the nights are quickly dark, the wind is sometimes harsh and the temperatures are dropping, making it a little less easy to be outside.

This is a wonderful time to come back to centre, back to self and remember some key things you can do to support your health for a healthier and more comfortable winter season.

This week we are talking about healthy food choices, but I want to take a moment to highlight some key foundational pieces to health that will be highlighted in the coming weeks.

Healthy Food Choices
Digesting your Food/Choices
Digesting your Emotional Experience
Detoxifying your World
Giving your Body the Rest it needs
Inspiration/Breathing
Moving Stress Out
Being Understood
Belonging/Connection

Although these may seem obvious, they are surprisingly hard to do and even more surprisingly have been forgotten by many amongst our busy world.  I’m always amazed at how many of us, myself included have forgotten simple truths, such as – ensuring you are outside, daily…even for a few moments, taking at least one deep breath in a day, ensuring you are eliminating your food regularly, having a daily bowel movement, letting yourself feel emotions when they come up or at least soon after to honour what has been, sweating regularly, doing something you enjoy every day, remembering your body needs to sleep and loves routine of familiar bedtimes, etc…the list goes on and on.  When things are off in our health, it can be a great opportunity to reflect and reassess priorities and goals for oneself. For many of us, we know what to do but the doing can be difficult. Like Dr. Seuss said, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

So, today’s focus is healthy food choices.  This is one that we are all confronted with daily, yet continues to be hard to accomplish in a world where food prep takes more time than what most people have and the convenience of prepared foods is becoming easier and more affordable.

So, I don’t like to cook.  It doesn’t come naturally, I’m not super good at it and I just haven’t ever enjoyed it.  I don’t enjoy grocery shopping and find it always just takes way more time than I allot for it and thinking about new and exciting foods is stressful for me.  I am working at changing this because when healthy food choices don’t work out, the following takes place.

BAD FOOD CHOICES = IMBALANCED BLOOD SUGAR = INCREASED CRAVINGS FOR CARBOHYDRATES = INCREASED INTAKE OF CARBOHYDRATES = LACK OF DRIVE/AMBITION = MOODINESS = SHAME AND SELF LOATHING FOR BAD FOOD CHOICES.

Obviously, not a great place to be but one that many experience, sometimes daily.  And it can be avoided but it takes looking at your day/week honestly and prioritizing healthy food choices to ensure blood sugar is balanced, helping mood, mental focus, digestion and all the other systems that are positively supported when good foods come in to your body.

I could go on about the benefits of eating local or in-season or organic or non GMO foods…that is all great, but first, looking at the foundations of health, I think it’s important to focus on eating regularly and to do so with whole foods…ideally foods that you or someone you know have prepared.

There are many ways to do this.  In our house we have a weekly menu chart with foods picked out for each day and the designated cook who will make it.  This ensures all foods are purchased for the week on Sunday, as coming to Wednesday night and seeing no vegetables left in your fridge is a sure fire way to eating poorly and generally thereafter feeling poorly.  When we do this, everything is easier and less stressed when it comes to food choices.

Many apps are available to help with this and luckily we live in an era of phenomenal online recipe bloggers, creating new and healthy recipes for all different types of dietary plans and preferences.  I am so grateful for this as I need real recipes and real advice to ensure I can serve something that is edible and delicious.

One thing we enjoy doing at TouchStone Health is putting together meal plans to help with this.  Melanie Reidl, N.D. and myself put together meal plans for those wanting support. We can put together plans for various dietary needs, health or weight goals.  My favourite parts of the plan are knowing it’s all figured out for the week, so no extra mental work is needed trying to be creative mid-week. And the best part is the shopping list, knowing all that is needed before the week begins is purchased or available, brings peace to my mind.  I’ve attached below a 3-day Paleo Plan to show how it works. Please use it, hoping the recipes are easy to work with, delicious and create a more peaceful experience in the kitchen, even if just for 3 days.

We can put together these plans for existing patients, with more information about the meal plans, here.

Even doing just this – ensuring you are eating Whole, healthy foods is a major piece in the bedrock of your foundation of health.  Your body, your mind and your emotional health will all benefit…helping you digest the rest of this busy world we live in more easily.

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Wonderful Iced Tea Recipe for Warm Weather

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by TouchStone Health

I have found the most delicious iced tea recipe that is anti-inflammatory, easy to make and is great for anyone wanting to avoid caffeine.

Audrey from the Unconventional Baker created it and it’s delicious both warm and cold.  It’s a wonderful addition to a hot summer day with the healing properties of the ginger, lemon, turmeric and cinnamon to decrease inflammatory load, support insulin and your digestive tract.

See what you think.

Anti-Inflammatory Lemon Ginger Iced Tea

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Meal Plans to Help Make your Life Easier

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by TouchStone Health

Do you find it intimidating or overwhelming to prepare healthy foods for yourself or your family?  This is a common reasons why most people struggle with clean eating.  We all know the basics of eating better – lots of vegetables, added fruits, healthy proteins and clean carbohydrates work for many but it’s hard to actually do this on a consistent basis.

Diet meal with friends

Many people’s lives are full…full of many things and eating healthy foods generally falls off the priority list or is forgotten.  By the end of a busy day/week, it’s hard to make good decisions that are in alignment with how we wish to be eating.  Check out this article on Decision Fatigue by The Harvard Business Review.  Do you ever find yourself eating well and clean for the first part of your day but by the end are eating foods you wish you hadn’t?  We make dozens, some studies report hundreds of food-related decisions throughout our day and after deciding many things throughout the course of a day, we are tired and start making easier decisions which usually results in poorer choices for our health.  I know for myself, I have ideals of eating healthy foods but sometimes the inspiration falls short and I’m eating the same thing over and over or eating rice crackers and hummus at the end of a long day which although is an ok food, not a match for my constitution which does better on vegetables and a light protein.

So, we have begun a new program to help you eat clean and take away the work of deciding what to eat and when.  We are now developing Healthy Meal Plans to suit your specific dietary needs.  Weekly or Monthly recipe plans are put together for your specific needs.  Foods can be avoided specific to your needs and menus can be created specifically for your health goals (example: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, FODMAP, Anti-inflammatory, PCOS, Thyroid, Autoimmune, etc).

What’s included:

-a detailed shopping list is given for your plan

-a to-do list for the week of prepping food

-all the recipes

-micro and macronutrient breakdown

-caloric breakdown

And…we can make it for whatever serving size you want.  If you have a family of 5 we can ensure all recipes are specific for your 5 people or for one person. Prepping your week/month is incredibly easy as we do the work for you.

We started this program a month ago as many people were sharing their desire to eat well but that more support was needed to stay interested and consistent.  We hope this is the solution to help.  Pricing is located on our Meal Plan page and ask Dr. Cressman, N.D. if you have any other questions.

Attached is a sample 3-day eating plan to let you know what a plan would potentially look like.  sample-diet

This helps make eating delicious, healthy foods easier.

 

Kale Chip Recipe

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by TouchStone Health

Kale has made a serious come back from being one of the most unpopular veggies around to the most talked about.  I remember having to eat a cup of cooked kale/day when I had mono, some 25 years ago.  I had to eat this for a month straight, at the request of my dad who wanted to ensure I was eating nutrient dense foods to help heal.  Eating this kale helped boost my antioxidants, increased my immune supporting vitamins A and C, was anti-inflammatory and high in iron.

As trendy as it is now, it is an amazing food that provides numerous benefits to various health conditions.  I wasn’t impressed with eating it 25 years ago, but appreciated my father’s insight into knowing I would benefit from it.  If you are unsure of trying this popular food out, I’d recommend trying this recipe, as it’s delicious and easy to make.

Vegan “Cheesy” Kale Chips – Little Green Dot

I made mine with a dehydrator with 1/2 the seasons as recommended and they were tasty.  See what you think…a fun summer treat.

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