A Chocolate Christmas

‘Tis the season… TO EAT CHOCOLATE! So I compiled a list of my #glutenfree chocolate faves! Enjoy! xx

Blondie Bars

Protein Hot Chocolate 

Paleo Cacao Donuts

Cacao Banana Bread

No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

** A recipe from my exclusive E-Book!

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Bread

IBS-D Resource and an IBS-friendly Holiday Season!

This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.

A few months ago I opened up to you all about my struggle with IBS (you can read about it, here!)

First things first, what is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disease associated with unpredictable bowel movements. People with IBS usually have stomach (abdominal) pain at least 1 day a week, for at least 3 months. And IBS-D? If more than 25% of bowel movements are loose or watery and less than 25% are hard or lumpy, you could have IBS-D.

As implied above, IBS is complex. Symptoms aren’t always crystal clear and they can be confused with symptoms for a plethora of other illnesses.

Thanks to Salix and their website, IBSDUpClose.com, information on what IBS-D is, including the symptoms and how it is diagnosed, is at your disposal and it has been a HUGE help for finding resources.

Not only does the website really go into some of the possible causes and symptoms of IBS-D, but it gives tips on how to manage life with IBS-D… this is my favorite part!

There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that address the symptoms and a low FODMAP diet may be suggested by your doctor. In the last few months of my low FODMAP life, I have found the diet to seriously reduce my IBS symptoms. What are my favorite low FODMAP meals, you ask? I have become the bone broth QUEEN! Bone broth soup filled with steamed squashes and zucchini is the way to go! Also my smoothies are FODMAP friendly, and we all know I live for a good smoothie!

As you begin planning out your holiday meals, keep in mind the CDC notes that clostridium perfringens (the second most common bacterial cause of food poisoning) occurs most often in November and December and has been linked to foods commonly served during the holidays, such as turkey. Since food poisoning has been linked to developing IBS-D symptoms, it is important to make sure the food you are preparing isn’t cross-contaminated, is cooked properly, and also stored properly! If you are curious as to what holiday menu items are IBS-friendly, here are a few of my favorites!

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast!

Mashed potatoes. Potatoes themselves are low-FODMAP, and to keep them low-FODMAP, mash them with butter and lactose-free milk. Use salt and pepper instead of garlic, and garnish with chives instead of onions!

Gravy- use cornstarch instead of flour!

Green Beans- grilled/sautéed. NOT as a casserole.

This year I even worked on a LOW FODMAP Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!

My Roasted Vegetables dish! Butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, but in limited quantities (2-4 sprouts), of course.

I can’t tell you enough how important IBSDUpClose.com is, and the impact it is having on the IBS-D community. Did you know that if you have IBS in your family then you are more prone to having it? By learning more about IBS and finding the alternatives that work for you, you can help someone in your family and others who are struggling, too!

 

Latte Tour of London

London is my absolute favorite city to travel to… I’ve been twice this year and I am already planning another trip back! I love it because of its energy, its people, oh… and its incredibly delicious food and rising wellness scene! My trip to London this last week was a whirlwind trip of fun and adventure, and LATTES! Each cafe seems to be one-upping the next with creative blends and nut-milk alternatives… and I am totally okay with it! Here are some of the lattes I enjoyed last week, and will continue to dream about until I return to my favorite city <3

Aida Shoreditch: I found pictures of their pink latte on Instagram prior to my trip and knew right away I had to make this spot my first stop. This pink drink is made from rose syrup, organic beetroot juice, nut milk, and dried rose petals. The coolest part about the cafe is that it is part cafe, part store! The store sells the coolest clothing and accessories… you had to drag me (and my wallet) out!

Glow Bar London: When I travel, I realize how spoiled I am by all of the amazing health and wellness facilities around me. Infrared saunas on every corner, cryotherapy centers, and cafes who boast their own, homemade nut milks is simply the norm! In asking my London friends for their “wellness oasis” spots in London, I discovered Glow Bar. AND OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY I DID.

The drinks: I wanted one of each, but my friend and I settled for three 😉 Pictured above are the Siren (Spirulina, Pearl, Marine Collagen),  Glow (Rose, Beetroot, Schisandra), and Chill (Macqui Berry, Ashwagandha, Lavender). Sip, SWEAT downstairs in their infrared saunas, and shop the best in wellness products! AN ABSOLUTE MUST!  

Jusu Brothers: This matcha latte with coconut milk was the most fresh/pure tasting matcha I had in London! I found this cafe on Instagram and was in awe of its natural light (a blogger’s dream) and delicious avocado food-porn. Enjoy your matcha latte with a gluten-free avocado toast and a few energy balls for dessert. This cafe is Tulum meets Bali… in London!

Farm Girl Cafe: I’d like to say I come to Farm Girl Cafe for its amazing retro vibe and mile high gluten-free avocado toast, but I really come here because they make the best lattes in town. This trip I went to town on the Blue Magic Matcha with almond milk and the Happy Hot Choc- cacao, date syrup, peppermint, matcha, CBD, and hazelnut milk. For the coffee drinkers, the rose latte is a must! FGC serves Rude Health nut milk… this is BY far the best nut milk sold in Europe… I asked for a cup of the hazelnut milk PLAIN!

I go to Farm Girl Cafe EVERY time I am in town… and multiple times each trip! Read more about my favorite cafe, here!

Milk Beach Cafe: A latte too beautiful not to have. This pink masterpiece is made from Beetroot Powder, Chai Spices, and Oat Milk. It was so good I had two! I highly recommend pairing your latte with the Green Bowl, Scrambled eggs, avo, mushrooms, #nobread, gluten-free poke bowl, and acai bowl. OH, make sure you order the bacon… it was AMAZING!

Coconut Cacao Pancakes made with Califia Farms Almondmilk

PANCAKES! Do you remember when I was the queen of #glutenfree pancakes?! Two-ingredient, three-ingredient, FOUR and more… I made them all! Until I discovered my smoothie obsession and put my pancake game on pause. WELLLL, it’s time to spruce up my pancake collection… and what’s a better way to do so than by adding a little cacao into the mix?! Introducing my Coconut Cacao Pancakes! With a special thank you to Califia Farms for saving me on a day-to-day with their incredible dairy-free Almondmilk.

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1 T Honey
2 T cacao powder (TRY 2T to start!)
1/4 Cup + 1 T Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Farms Almondmilk
4 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp Vanilla

What You Will Do:

In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine Califia Farms Almondmilk, eggs, honey, and vanilla.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until totally combined.
Add cacao, and stir!
Spray a heated skillet with coconut oil spray.
Pour batter into 3″ diameter circles on your skillet (should be able to make 4 at a time). Let the pancakes cook for ~1 minute, or until they start to bubble/firm on top and are firm on the bottom. Flip and cook for ~30 seconds!
Stack your pancakes and top with melted chocolate chips or chocolate sauce (NECESSARY), and more toppings of your choosing! (I added more honey!)

Enjoy!