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13 Gluten-Free Recipes That Will Make You Drool

13 Gluten-Free Recipes That Will Make You Drool

It is not easy when you switch from a “normal” diet to a gluten-free diet. One of the things I like do is reinvent old favorite recipes. It sometimes takes a bit of testing but well worth the challenge. Here is a great list of gluten-free recipes to get you started.

Breakfast

Cinnamon And Coconut Pancakes

    These are so easy to make and so good. I always like to us a cast iron frying pan, I believe they brown better. The trick is finding the right temperature so they don’t burn.

    Blueberry Quinoa

    Blueberry Quinoa

      How you can not fall in love with this breakfast? It is like having a dessert for breakfast! You can make the Quinoa the day before. I would use yogurt instead of half and half.

      Breakfast Pizza

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        I bet your mom told you not to have pizza for breakfast! This is definitely not your mom’s pizza. With kale (sautéed in olive oil), smoked mozzarella, prosciutto and an egg this makes the perfect breakfast. If you are eating it with a fork, you can cook the egg medium, but if you want to pick it up and eat it, then let it get a little harder.

        Kitchen Sink Egg Muffins

          Every time you make this you can select new ingredients! I loving being able to change it up, whatever left overs or what is in the fridge always works great. These are actually really good cold or reheated so they are perfect snacks.

          Lunch

          Power Protein Salad

            Seriously how could you not want to eat this right now! Ensuring your lunch has a large portion of protein will give you the extra energy to make it through the rest of the day.

            Gluten-Free Vegan Dinner-Quinoa With Black Beans

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              By easily switching the veggies and the fruit you can change it up everyday. Now add in a really awesome vinaigrette dressing you are set for awesome lunches.

              Curried Chicken Salad With Apples And Raisins 

                The lovely flavor of curry and apples together, makes a truly mouth-watering lunch! Chicken is a great low-fat protein to have at lunch. You can bake or grill up chicken to last the entire week and store in the fridge, handy whenever you need it.

                Salmon With Cucumber-Radish Relish

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                  Growing up in Western Canada with easy access to Salmon, I didn’t realize how amazing it could really be when cooked perfectly! In this recipe the simpler the better, a little oil, salt and pepper.

                  Dinner

                  Cauliflower Lasagna

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                    Ohh the warm your tummy goodness that comes with comfort food. The gluten-free version of lasagna fits the bill!

                    Mongolian Beef (Low-Carb And Gluten-Free)

                      How can beef stripes in a little brown sauce taste sooo good! This is a very easy to make recipe that can be as low-carb as you want as well as being gluten-free. Fast to make as well, this will take less than 20 minutes to cook.

                      Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy And Delicious!

                        We have to end the dinner section with PIZZA of course! This pizza is made with a cauliflower crust, lightly brown and super awesome. You could easily make the crust a head of time then add your toppings and bake it.

                        Appies

                        Gluten-Free Spring Rolls With Spicy Ginger Sauce

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                          These do take a bit of time to create, but setup a little assembly line and you will be set. I often make these in the morning and have them ready for a light lunch. Great finger food for any party!

                          Sweet ‘N Sour Bacon Wrapped Pineapple {GF, Low Calorie And Low Fat}

                            Can you smell the bacon yet? This particular recipe uses sweet and sour sauce on the bacon/pineapple wraps, but you can make it naked or with a little brown sugar and it also tastes wonderful! The last couple times I have made these, I literally make three or four cookie sheets at a time.

                            I hope this list gives you a few ideas for making your gluten-free cookie fun and delicious.

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                            Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                            Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                            To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                            Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                            1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                            Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                            Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                            To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                            2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                            Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                            If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                            Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                            3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                            Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                            Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                            4. Feed Your Brain

                            Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                            This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                            Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                            Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                            5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                            According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                            Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                            Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                            6. Write it Down

                            If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                            It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                            You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                            7. Listen to Music

                            Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                            8. Visual Concepts

                            In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                            Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                            Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                            9. Teach Someone Else

                            Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                            Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                            10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                            Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                            So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                            Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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