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Friday, September 16, 2011

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

One of the foods I've missed the most cutting wheat out of my diet are my heavenly pumpkin muffins with dark chocolate chips (in case you hadn't caught on yet, I'm a huge dark chocolate fan!)  With some trepidation, I decided to try making these muffins with gluten-free flour.  And how did they turn out?  Well, using my three boys as taste-testers, only one detected a "funny" taste, so I think I can declare that "2 out of 3 white-flour fans enjoyed the gluten-free version!"  I, personally, was in dark-chocolate-pumpkin heaven!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Nut-Free Granola Bars

Who would've thought eating low-fructose foods could taste so delicious?  I love finding foods that are both "legal" for mom, AND that the kids will enjoy.  These chewy, scrumptious granola bars make a perfect snack, dessert, or an on-the-go breakfast!  They're also a great take-in treat for the kids' classroom since they contain no nuts!

*This recipe contains dried blueberries.  Some FM-ers may be sensitive to those, and may want to omit (or substitute with something else). If you add them to the recipe, be sure you find unsweetened ones (usually at a health-food store).


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blackberry Smoothies

 Summertime is still hangin' around these parts, and cool refreshment is still callin' my name!  Us fructose malabsorbers are limited in our choice of sweets and fruits, but I'm happy to say that this recipe has passed the test!  Quick, simple, and healthy; it's perfect for an easy breakfast, or a mid-day snack, or a late-night treat. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fructans = Bad!

Fructans are a long chain of fructose molecules, with a glucose molecule attached.  Many people with fructose malabsorption are also sensitive to fructans (experiencing symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea). Avoiding or limiting foods that contain fructans can help resolve symptoms.


Here is a list of high-fructan containing foods:


*Wheat                                *Custard Apple
*Onion (all varieties)            *Peach, white and yellow
*Garlic                                 *Pineapple
*Zucchini                              *Inulin (found in low-carb products or cottage cheese;
*Mango                                 also listed as "chicory root extract")
*Persimmon                          *Shallot
*Watermelon                        *Asparagus
*Leeks                                  *Grapes
*Artichokes                           *Fructo-oligosaccharides (artificial sweetener)                           
*Jicama 

Monday, August 29, 2011

"BBQ" Pulled Pork






 Pulled pork is one of my family's favorite slow cooker (i.e., easy for me to prepare!) meals.  However, one of the hardest things I've had to give up with my low-fructose diet is BBQ sauce (in addition to the HFCornSyrup, it usually has garlic and onions, which I avoid). So I've been on a mission to create a suitable substitute for the beloved BBQ flavor.  I'll admit that my recipe does not taste exactly like BBQ sauce, but it is very tasty, and it's deliciousness was confirmed when my husband declared that my pork was tastier than his commercial-brand-smothered pork.  And that's sayin' something! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chewy Granola Bars


It's no secret to folks who know me that chewy granola bars are the staple light of my life. They are one of the few guilty pleasures that have survived the low-fructose cut, and remain a frequent choice for my snack-time, lunch-time, or anytime in-between munching needs.  The nut butter provides softness, while the dark chocolate (lower in fructose than milk chocolate!) adds just enough sweetness.  My 2-year-old gobbles these babies up almost as fast as I do, and because there is no "added" sugar or "unhealthy" fat I don't object!