Gluten Free Coconut Pineapple Crunch Muffins

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Gluten Free and Low Calorie: WIN WIN

I have had a yearning for baked goods as of late. Baked goods are hard to come by when out and about and unfortunately when I am presented with the opportunity to indulge in a gluten free baked good, I take it. I have also been craving something summer like… what a better a combination pineapple and coconut.

Baking gluten free goods requires so many different flours and I haven’t had it in me to invest in 10 different ingredients quite yet. I wanted to bake something simple and stumbled upon this recipe.  What’s great about this recipe is: all you need is gluten free flour and gluten free oats. I adjusted the recipe quite a bit.

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They are only 95 calories! Woo!

Substitutions:

  • 1 mashed banana instead of apple sauce
  • 1/3 c egg whites instead of 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c plain almond milk instead of 3/4 c 1% milk

Add ins:

  • 3 tbsp coconut shreds
  • 3/4 c fresh pineapple
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Follow the directions in the link and use substitutions and add ins

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Gluten Free Chickpea Pita Pizzas

It’s day 5 of the diet and I must say… things are good! I have had only one stomach ache (opposed to 5) which is a big relief!

Pittas are supposed to eat cooling foods. Garbanzo (chickpeas) are one of the foods that are okay to eat. Last week we made these pizzas and they were great. I am glad it aligns to the ayurvedic diet and we can  make it again!

Balsamic Cabbage Chickpea Pita Pizzas

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serving: 3

Ingredients:

  • 3 gluten free pitas (I found great low calorie ones in the gluten free freezer case at whole foods)
  • 1 bag of 16 oz shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 can of 15 oz garbanzo beans- drain and split
  • cilantro
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp goat cheese crumbles

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Over medium heat heat 1/2 tbsp of the olive oil in a non stick pan. Place cabbage in pan with balsamic. Mix ingredients, lower temperature a little, cover and let cook for 10 minutes.

2. In a food processor place half of chickpeas, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tbsp of cilantro and mix.

3. Remove cabbage and drizzle with honey, set aside.

4. Clean out the skillet, lightly dust pitas with olive oil and toast each side.

5. On a greased cookie sheet place pitas and spread chickpea mix evenly on pita. Distribute cabbage evenly among each pita. Then top with remaining chickpeas, sprinkle with cumin and goat cheese.

6. Place in the oven for approximately 6 minutes, or until cheese begins to soften and melt.

She is such a Pitta

Balance. I need it, I want it, Im going to get it! I feel balanced in my mind, however my body has been a bit out of whack. I have been consistently practicing yoga and doing cardio but my digestive system and at times sinuses aren’t liking me very much. Recently I went to an ayruvedic lecture and it was incredibly interesting.

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What is an ayruvedic diet?

“Ayurveda is a holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state.” To find that balance you first identify which dosha aligns to you and then work to balance that dosha so that you feel great!  There are certain foods and activites that help to balance each dosha and should be exercised when a dosha becomes imbalanced. We each have a body and mind dosha, which can often be different.

I am bi-dosha, with a natural tendency towards Pitta. Inherently my genetic blue print is Pitta and I generally do align with this dosha. I am fire-y, passionate, aggressive  and medium build. However, my mind tends to align with the Vata dosha, in that I am always: go go go.

The Pita Diet

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I have been looking for the right motivation and plan to get my body back into alignment. I haven’t gained weight (in fact Ive added muscle) or anything drastic, but I feel YUCK inside. I know I am imbalanced and I yearn to feel clean inside. Its super interesting to read which foods cause imbalance in a Pitta because guess what… its the majority of what I consume. There was a week or two recently where I lived like a small squirrel and survived on nuts. Pitta’s are supposed to avoid all nuts which the exception of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, go figure!

What to avoid: 

Fried & steaming hot foods, salty, fatty, or sour foods (pickles, yogurt, sour cream, sour fruits, tomatoes, vinegar, and anything fermented). Avoid condiments and hot spices like mustard, cayenne, chillies, ginger, black pepper, and clove.

Avoid also hot drinks, yeast bread, aged cheese, red meat, potatoes, and reduce “heating” grains like brown rice and corn, and “warming” vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, eggplant, onion, and garlic.

Stay away from honey and protein powder drinks, as they create hyperacidity. Pass up all nuts except coconut (shredded) and almonds (in small amounts). Any processed & fast foods are completely out of question, as they contain bad fats that create huge amounts of stomach acid and throw your Pitta dosha completely out of balance.

Gluten Free Oats with Apple, Cinnamon and Flax

I am going to try and maintain a pitta diet (I am up for the challenge) and try to track my results. My recipes for the next few weeks will align to the Pitta diet, enjoy!

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