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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.

                            Featured photo credit: Richard Scappini via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                            Listen carefully:

                            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                            1. Pray Daily

                            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                            3. Smile Often

                            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                            4. Organize Your Working Desk

                            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                            How do you do that? This is my formula:

                            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                            8. Go Exercise

                            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                            The Bottom Line

                            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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