Gluten Free Baby Wipes

baby diapersA reader contacted me the other day asking if I could help her find Gluten Free Baby Wipes.  Her little girl was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease and she is struggling to find personal care products safe for her precious little baby.

Most baby wipes contain more chemicals than I feel comfortable using, and I honestly believe that if you are at home using a soft baby washcloth and warm water will do the trick.  You can also make your own wipes with a few simple ingredients.  I’ve included a link for a great homemade recipe by Katie better known as Wellness Mama, http://wellnessmama.com/1459/homemade-baby-wipes/.  For those times when you need the convenience, or if you just prefer to use wipes a little research led me to the following products.  Please note several of these products contain Tocopherols which can be derived from gluten (typically barley).  I have noted those with an asterisk.

NatraCare Organic Wipes (contains corn)

The Honest Company Honest Wipes

gDiapers Biodegradable gWipes

Babyganics Face, Hand and Babywipes

Kinder By Nature Unscented

Treehouse Natural Wipes for Baby and Toddler

Aleva Naturals Bamboo Babywipes

Arm and Hammer by Munchkin Hand and Face

Burt’s Bees Babywipes Fragrance Free

Earth Friendly Baby EcoBaby Wipes

Earths Best Tender Care Chlorine Free

* Pampers Sensitive Baby

* Seventh Generation Chlorine Free

* Walgreens Renew Natural Baby

* Huggies NaturalCare Fragrance Free

 

Always remember to check the ingredients on labels.  Manufacturers change their ingredients frequently and if you purchased something last month it may contain different ingredients this month.

Health, Personal Care

Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds

Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds

Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds

 

The past couple of weeks have been hectic as we celebrated the D-Man’s 11th Birthday!  We split up the festivities and the last of the celebrations was held this past weekend.  With the summers heat and humidity we wanted to serve foods that were light and flavorful because lets be honest who really feels like playing Wii Just Dance after a heavy meal.  This recipe can be made in just a few minutes, and if you don’t have Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta you can substitute your favorite Gluten Free Pasta for this flavorful salad.

For those wondering, I opted to toss in Organic Sunflower Seeds instead of the traditional Pine Nuts because they are an excellent source of Vitamin E, B1, Manganese, Selenium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, B6, Folate, and B3.  Sunflower seeds do not contain phytic acid so it is not necessary to soak, sprout and dehydrate the seeds prior to eating.

Ingredients:

1 Package of Cappello’s Fettuccine
½ Cup of Homemade Pesto (add more if needed to lightly coat the pasta)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest from an organic Lemon
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
¼ to ½ Cup Sunflower Seeds or Pine Nuts
Freshly Ground Black Pepper and Sea Salt to taste
Optional:  Fresh Basil for Garnish

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions

Drain and allow to cool in a large bowl

Add Pesto, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice and Sunflower Seeds and toss together (I use my hands)

Add Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

Cover and refrigerate.

Remove from the refrigerator at least 10 minutes prior to serving as you want to serve this dish to warm up a bit so the flavors really come through.

Serve from a large bowl for parties garnished with Fresh Basil, or plate portions and enjoy!

Main Courses, Recipes

Grain Free Hamburger Buns

grain free hamburger bunI used to make gluten free hamburger buns which were darned good, but since removing grains from our diet I have been unsuccessful in replicating the consistency.  The grain free buns I have created are dry, and the bun crumbles under the weight of a juicy burger, or they are too spongy and leave you with that “when can I brush my teeth” feeling.  The other day I hit pay dirt!  Grain free buns that are easy to make, contain a short list of ingredients, taste good, and most importantly hold up to a burger loaded with condiments.   I will warn you up front that these buns are high in fiber, but since the majority of us don’t get the daily fiber we need that may not be a bad thing.

Makes 4 large sized buns

Ingredients:

1 ¼ Cups Blanched Almond Flour
¼ Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Organic Psyllium Husk (make sure it’s food grade)
2 ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Dash of Organic Onion Powder
Grind of Fresh Black Pepper
3 Large Egg Whites (brought to room temperature)
1 Cup Boiling Water

Optional:  Sesame, Poppy, or Caraway Seeds to sprinkle on top of the bun before baking

 

Grain Free Hamburger Bun Loaded with Toppings

Grain Free Hamburger Bun Loaded with Toppings

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this will prevent the buns from sticking).
In a medium sized bowl mix the almond flour, psyllium husk, baking powder, sea salt, and seasonings.
Add the egg whites to the dry ingredients and blend with an electric hand mixer.
Add the boiling water and mix until a sticky dough consistency has been achieved.
Oil your hands (I use coconut oil) to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands.
Shape the dough into a bun shape and place it on the baking sheet.
Sprinkle the top with optional seeds and press down lightly on the bun.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the bottoms are just lightly browned.

Breads, Crackers and Muffins, Recipes