My older daughter absolutely LOVES donuts so one day, on a whim, I saw this “Mini Donut Maker” at Target and decided to try it out. It’s a plug-in machine (similar to a waffle maker) and comes with a booklet of recipes that I tweaked to use whole-wheat flour and no refined sugars. This discovery is nothing new (I’ve shared this maker within a post or two on the blog before), but we’ve been getting so many questions about it lately it I’ve decided to give it a post all of its own today! So without further ado, here are two whole-grain donut recipes that work great in this little donut maker, and if you’ve discovered any other variations of your own please share them with us in the comments below! And FYI – These obviously don’t have the same consistency as deep-fried donuts, but regardless both of my daughter’s LOVE these things as a special treat! In fact I think we’ll have to make a batch today. Continue Reading »
This is a guest post by Jill Miles our Team Assistant. To learn more about Jill check out “Our Team” page or her first post about gluten allergies.
Did you know that food intolerances affect approximately 10% of Americans, whereas food allergies are thought to affect 4% of teens and adults and 5% of children? Cow’s milk is the most common food allergy in American children, affecting approximately 2.5%, however many will outgrow this allergy by the time they reach school age (about 80%).
FOOD INTOLERANCE OR ALLERGY?
So, what’s the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy? According to WebMD, a food allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food. Milk is one of the eight most common food allergies.
A food intolerance on the other hand is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance. Continue Reading »
If you don’t have anything special planned for Father’s Day (this Sunday!) then here is your answer. This simple whole-wheat German “oven pancake” can easily be passed off as a breakfast, snack, or even a dessert dish (especially if you top it with homemade ice cream…yum). Both the apple and pear suggested below go really well with the flavors, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other fruits like bananas, raisins, or blueberries depending on what you have on hand.
Some other Father’s Day brunch ideas are as follows:
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My husband used to think he didn’t like strawberry ice cream, and come to find out it’s because he’d never had “real” strawberry ice cream before…only the bright pink stuff out of a box. But once I made him the real deal his mind was forever changed, and I promise you’ll be “won over” by this recipe as well. It’s honestly hard to beat the taste and consistency of fresh homemade ice cream no matter what flavor you make it. And with the high tech ice cream makers these days it’s fairly easy to make it at home yourself, and it doesn’t take long either…no cranks, ice or salt necessary. We have a Cuisinart ice cream maker and love it.
What do you plan to make with your fresh strawberries this season? Please feel free to share strawberry recipes/links in the comments below. Continue Reading »