Who’s ready for another Summertime treat that’s quick and easy to whip up? My second recipe with Nora’s non-dairy ice cream is an allergy-friendly take on a classic: gluten-free, dairy-free cookies n cream ice cream! Over the years our family has looked for an option that’s allergy- friendly with no luck, so having the chance to work with Nora’s on this recipe was the perfect opportunity to create our own version of this favourite flavour.
Just because something is allergy-friendly doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!
For this cookies n cream ice cream recipe, I picked up a pack of dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free cookies, which were the perfect addition to Nora’s plant-based ice cream that’s made with cashews. Use your favourite non-dairy milk and you’re set! See below for the recipe and click here for another yummy recipe with Nora’s.
1 pint Nora’s non- dairy Vanilla Bean ice cream
3 allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk for this recipe)
1.Bring the ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften for a few minutes. While you’re waiting, use a rolling pin to crush the cookies
2.When softened, scoop the ice cream into a blender, followed by the crushed cookies. If needed, add 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
3. Blend mixture until the crushed cookies are combined. Pour the mixture back into the pint container or another freezer- safe container and freeze. When ready, serve and enjoy!
I hope your family loves this cookies n cream ice cream as much as mine!
Nora’s Non-Dairy ice cream is mixed up in small batches in Vancouver, BC. Available in 4 delicious flavours made with simple, whole foods ingredients. Visit Nora’s Non-Dairy online for a list of retailers + find them on Instagram for updates on new retailers, upcoming events, etc.
Looking for more recipe ideas? Check out OHP’s Recipes page for lots more (including gluten + dairy free)!
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Disclosure: I received product to create this recipe. All opinions are my own.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one: a healthy pesto- style pasta that’s amazing & delicious. We made our gluten/ dairy free but it’s tasty just the same. See below for our vegan version made with avocado.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Avocado Pesto Pasta
Makes 2- 4 servings
2 cups uncooked pasta noodles of your choice
1- 2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 white onion, minced
2 stems fresh basil (approx. 2-3 tbsp when finely diced)
1 ripe avocado pitted, peeled, & mashed
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Bring pot of water to a boil & pop the pasts noodles in the water
2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil & saute the garlic & onion, when onion is cooked (approx. 3- 5 minutes) add basil
3. Add the avocado and remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste
4. When pasta is cooked drain & toss with the sauce
Next time you have a craving for popcorn this is a fun idea to try. Skip the store- bought versions with their artificial flavourings and try making your own microwave popcorn. It’s super simple and a fun idea for movie nights and sleepovers. Now all you have to decide is what movie to watch. 😉
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1 tbsp olive oil or butter (we tried a dairy- free/ vegan butter- style spread made with coconut oil and it was delish)
1/2 tsp salt
1 brown paper bag
1. Scoop the popcorn kernels into the bag followed by the oil/ butter and salt.
2. Roll the bag down about 1- 2″, leaving a small opening for steam to escape and plenty of space for the popcorn to expand .
3. Put in the microwave for approx. 2 minutes (the timing took some trial and error to figure out and can vary by microwave, so if you’re unsure how long start at 1 minute 30 seconds and add time as needed).
4. Remove bag from microwave, sprinkle with any additional seasonings & enjoy!
It’s one thing to change your diet as an adult and this comes with it’s own set of challenges. The same can be said with children who are old enough to have the situation explained to them and an ability to understand and communicate with you (albeit with resistance and different challenges I’m sure). But having to change how your toddler eats at 18 months after finding out she’s sensitive to certain staples comes with it’s own unique set of grey- hair sprouting inducing challenges. If I wasn’t pregnant at the time and had wine as an option, trust me when I say I would have very much enjoyed a glass to mellow my nerves at the end of those days.
The first two weeks were tough. Brutal. I went from having a toddler who could and would eat mostly anything to having to limit her choices and introduce new versions of foods with varying success; basically repeating history from a few months before when I introduced solids. But this time Ari had already tasted ‘normal’ food and she has developed a sense of taste beyond the bland rice cereal and purees of those earlier months. Suddenly I had a food critic on my hands who didn’t understand why her culinary choices were being changed and why foods she could previously eat were suddenly off limits at play dates and birthday parties (anyone with a little allergy- sufferer can relate to the challenge of having to avoid snack sharing and the tantrums that can ensue). Meal times and snacks suddenly became a battle zone as I tried to convince my little lady that these new options were not only yummy, but were frankly the only ones she now had.
So began the hunt for alternatives to foods such as milk and anything containing dairy, bread, bagels (an Ari fave), and anything containing gluten (now what to do with the economy- sized bag of organic oatmeal I’d just picked up? For those with strong gluten sensitivities/ allergies you have to buy gluten- free oats). There are a few other things I have to look out for, but those are the two biggies. Ultimately, I know that reducing the amount of dairy and gluten products we consume is for the better, but as with most diet/ lifestyle changes the initial transition can be a bit of a hurdle. And even though Will has already made this transition, transitioning Ari was a lot tougher, especially since it impacted how I ate her around (think: suddenly something as simple as a piece of toast was off- limits and I’m not willing to buck up for an extra loaf of gf bread just so I can eat it around her. PS- the budget impact of this experience is a post in itself, but that’s another story…). Upon getting the feedback from our naturopath about what we needed to eliminate, Will & I knew we’d be making more changes to the foods we had in the house- even if he allows himself some flexibility in how he eats, it’s a little tougher with a toddler who can’t communicate if she’s in discomfort from something she ate.
There are a lot of options available, but finding snacks that are healthy and have more taste than flavoured cardboard can be tricky. As I go through the trial & error of trying out new options I’m hoping to share my experiences with my readers in the hopes of helping you with your own dietary journeys and save you some time and money in the process. So when I got the chance to try out a box of gluten free goodies generously offered up by Lloyd James Naturals I jumped at the chance. In the box were various snacks, salad dressings, non- dairy butter alternatives, and sauces to try (I’ll share about those in a later post). The opportunity to taste- test these products couldn’t have come at a better time & we’ve enjoyed working our way through the products and finding new options that can be enjoyed by Will and Ariana. See below for the snacks we got to try & more info about them.
Organic, gluten free, vegan, & paleo friendly & made with non- GMO ingredients. These are a nice option for those with food sensitivities and special diets (note: these do contain almonds) when you’re craving something sweet.
7 flavours available (I got to taste test 5 of them): Vanilla, Brownie, Almond Strawberry, Lemon Pie, & Cacao Nib (my favourite was the Lemon Pie flavour).
Similar to the coconut macaroons you find in the bakery of the grocery store but without all the sugar (unfiltered organic maple syrup is used to sweeten these & it’s the 5th ingredient on the list- yay for not being loaded with sugar!). I also really liked that I could identify all of the ingredients and that there are no preservatives in them. (For example, here’s the ingredients in the Lemon Pie Coco- Roons: dried unsweetened coconut*, almond flour*, unfiltered maple syrup*, cold- pressed coconut oil*, lemon zest*, vanilla extract*, himalayan crystal salt) * = organic.
Cheeky Monkey Puffs
Organic, gluten free, kosher, dairy & casein free, soy free, sugar free, vegan, & made with non- GMO ingredients.
2 flavours: Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chili Pepper
These have the texture of cheesies/ cheese puffs but the flavour of peanut butter (I loved the unique combo of the Peanut Butter Chili flavour & the kick of flavour the chili added).
Produced in a gluten- free facility, making them an option for those with a strong gluten allergy, but containing peanuts (I know the name gives this away, but thought I’d mention just in case, ya know?). These snacks aren’t fried and again, the list of ingredients impressed me in the simplicity and quality of ingredients used. (I’m very picky about certain ingredients such as peanuts and corn being organic/ non- GMO given the amount of pesticides used with certain crops and/ or if they are known to be a common GMO crop unless stated). While these most likely aren’t going to be school- lunch friendly given that they contain peanuts, they still make a great option for day trips, play dates, camping, etc. Ingredients (for the Peanut Butter Chili flavour): organic peanut butter, organic corn, organic palm oil. organic ground chili pepper, salt.
Brussel Bytes & Snip Chips
Organic, gluten- free, vegetarian, paleo- friendly (note: this refers to the Snip Chips not the Brussel Bytes), & contains non- GMO ingredients.
I got to try 2 flavours for each: Chili Pumkin and Tamarind Apple (Brussel Bytes); Chipotle Lime Cilantro and Cheezy Herb (Snip Chips)
I’ll start with the Brussels Bytes: I’ll admit I’m not huge into kale chips, etc and so was a little hesitant with these but they grew on me. After digging into both and giving them a fair chance I’m not actually sure which flavour I liked more. Even if these don’t sound that appetizing, the fact that they’re made with nutrition- packed ingredients such as brussel sprouts, kale, carrots, and pumpkin seeds make them worth a shot (again, if you’re already into things like kale chips these snacks will be right up your alley).
Snip Chips: Despite the name, with dried unsweetened organic coconut as the second ingredient, these snacks are actually on the sweet side. If you can have cheese/ dairy, the Cheezy Herb flavour is yummy; if not I also really liked the Chipotle Lime Cilantro flavour. I would probably pick these over the Brussel Bytes just because I have a sweet tooth and liked the sweetness of them (note: these contain cashews).
As with the other products I’ve shared in this post, none of the ingredients gave me cause for concern, here are examples for each: Brussel Bytes (Chili Pumpkin flavour): brussel sprouts*, raw cashews*, kale*, raw pumpkin seeds*, tamari*, coconut nectar*, carrots*, cilantro*, onion*, garlic*, apple cider vinegar*, vinegar*, cumin*, chipotle*, himalayan crystal salt. * = organic; Snip Chips (Chipotle Lime Cilantro flavour): parsnips*, dried unsweetened coconut*, raw cashews*, tamari*, pumpkin seeds*, coconut nectar, cilantro*, raw cumin*, garlic*, chipotle peppers*, apple cider vinegar*, dried onion*, lime juice*, himalayan crystal salt. * = organic).
If you’d like to try these snacks out for yourself, you can find them in Choices and Whole Foods Markets, among others.
A special thanks to Lloyd James Natural Food Sales & Marketing for providing our family with all of these goodies to try. Visit their website & find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to learn more.
To learn more about the products mentioned in this post, see below:
In my journey to remove chemicals from my family’s lives I’ve been re- thinking the products we use, including everything from cleaners to personal care products. And that includes makeup. Many of us have a daily routine that involves layering chemical- laden products on one of the most delicate parts of our body- our face- without much thought to how this might be affecting the rest of our bodies and the very skin we’re applying them to. Luckily there are more options becoming available that aren’t full of scary chemicals, but quality ingredients, ones that are actually good for our skin.
With that being said, one of the natural cosmetic lines I’ve been really excited about is Elate Cosmetics (part of the Leaping Bunny Program& found on the Think Dirty App) and and I’ve been enjoying trying out their products as I cleanse my makeup bag (check out this post featuring 2 of their other products, including their AMAZING mascara). So when the opportunity came up to try out their Spring 2015 line complete with a makeup bag from Smoking Lily I was one very happy mama (who can turn down an offer like that???)!
The Spring 2015 collection from Elate Cosmetics
Please note that the pressed cheek powder in the above photo was a purchase I made from their existing product line to replace another bronzer I had been using & have included in this post as part of my 5- minute makeup routine.
As a Mom of a very active 21 month old and #2 due to arrive at any time, it’s safe to say my time is limited when it comes to my morning makeup routine. Unless I motivate myself to roll out of bed a few minutes early (which these days never happens) I have the pleasure of the company of my little lady while I try and polish my appearance. It can be fun company, but sometimes you just need to get up & go and a toddler can definitely make your time in front of the mirror much less productive.
Since this is a common theme among many of my friends I thought it would be a fun experiment/ challenge to see if I could get myself ready to face the day in 5 minutes (or less) using the goodies I received from Elate. I’m happy to say that I achieved my goal and was really happy with the results. See below for my five minute makeup routine & info about the products I used.
Ready, set, go!
1. Start by applying your foundation of choice (I use a mineral powder as a base to keep my makeup feeling light & clean).
2. Apply blush and/ or bronzer, and add highlights. Blend until desired effect is reached. Products used: Universal Creme in Tender & Wonder (used as a highlighter on cheeks and above eyes) followed by Flushed Cheek Colour in Sunkissed Bronzer (an existing product I purchased from Elate). Elate’sUniversal Cremes come shaped perfectly for defining cheekbones and to use on lips, making them easy to apply.
3. Use an eyelash curler to curl lashes and apply first coat of mascara. Apply eyeshadow(s) while you wait for first coat to dry. Follow with a second coat of mascara (I’ll sometimes go for thirds depending on what look I want) ;). Products used: Essential mascara (an existing product from Elate that I already had & love); Create Pressed Eye Colour in Rebirth, and Loose Twinkle Powder in Ethereal.
4. Finish off with your lips: If using, apply lipstick followed by a coat of gloss (or go with just the gloss for a lighter look). Products used: Creme Lipstick in Naked and Moisturizing Lipgloss in Sprightly (I also love using Elate’s Universal Creme in Bliss as a foundation colour under gloss). Swap in Elate’s Creme Lipstick in Vivacious from the Spring ’15 Collection for a perfect night- time/ vixen twist.
Universal Creme in Tender- soft pink with brown undertones & Wonder- neutral light beige with a shimmer (used as a highlighter on cheeks and above eyes) The photo on the right shows how these two colours appear on fair skin. Looking at the ball of my hand, Tender is the upper colour and Wonder is below.
Product feature I love: Contains lemongrass essential oil which is great for sensitive/ acne- prone skin. Flushed Cheek Colour in Sunkissed Bronzer
Product feature I love: You can purchase a reusable bamboo compact from Elate to use with one or two powders. Perfect if you want to reduce waste & are a lover of sustainable resources (so you can look good and feel good with your makeup choices!).
Essentials Mascara (see this post for more on this product)
Create Pressed Eye Colour in Rebirth– mossy green
Loose Twinkle Powder in Ethereal– peachy/ golden sparkle
Product features I love: There are no nasty chemicals in any of Elate’s eye products (think: how often do you get eyeshadow or mascara gooped in your eye?). The pressed eye colours are made from mineral pigments and can be used damp for a more intense colour or as an eyeliner. Elate also carries a bamboo compact fitted with room for three pressed eye colours.
Creme Lipstick in Naked– a medium nude brown Moisturizing Lipgloss in Sprightly- bright coral
Vivacious- Sheer berry (I didn’t use this colour in my 5 minute makeup routine, but it’s a beauty! See photo above)
Product feature I love: Elate’s lip products contain shea & mango butter, and coconut oil to help moisturize your kisser. Pucker up ladies!
Each collection Elate launches it includes a gift with purchase. For the Spring 2015 Collection they have partnered with local Victoria company, Smoking Lily, to treat customers with a cute little cosmetics bag with their purchase of $75+.
If you’ve been looking for some natural makeup options, make sure you check out this amazing BC company! In addition to being chemical free, their products are also cruelty free, organic, vegan, and gluten free!
Hugs & Kisses to the lovely Melodie from Elate for the makeup!
Elate Cosmetics is based in Victoria, BC and offers a variety of natural cosmetics with a skincare line due for release in the Fall of 2015. Visit the company’s website to learn more & shop online. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
The Think Dirty App helps consumers easily identify the toxic chemicals found in the cosmetics & personal products they buy. When you scan the barcode of a product, Think Dirty will provide a rating plus information on the product & it’s ingredients and suggest cleaner options. For more information about the Think Dirty App, click here. You can also find the app on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
The Leaping Bunny program provides assurance to consumers that no new animal testing is used in any phase of a product’s development, including the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.
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