31 Days of Gratitude: Good Food 

It has been a great weekend at the Breathe Christian writing conference. I am home and exhausted and ready for good sleep before diving back into another busy work week.

My thankful thoughts for today are simple but not so simple. When you have food sensitivities, eating out is both challenging and frustrating. To find an amazing place is a treasure.

My friend researched and discovered Anna’s House. Voted the best breakfast in Michigan, this gem offers a variety of gluten free, vegan, and dairy free options. The only problem was….so many choices to choose from!!!

I went with an omelette and gluten free toast. My meal even came with a gluten free pick in the omelette.

Great food, great company, great weekend.


Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies…Healthy Version

I have a problem with chocolate…a love hate relationship of sorts. I love chocolate. Most women do. But…when I start eating it, I want more of it. Then, I wake up with acne….doesn’t that end after the teen years???!!!

Henceforth….enter the small batch chocolate chip cookie recipe. Gluten free. Low sugar (depending on the amount of chocolate chips you add…at your discretion).

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
6 Tbsp buckwheat flour
1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp. applesauce
1/2 Tbsp cocoa
3 Tbsp milk alternative
pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
chocolate chips…to your liking
Mix ground flax with water and allow to sit for a few minutes to gel together. Add the ingredients together and mix well. Bake on parchment paper or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes approximately 4 cookies.
Not too sweet, soft, and chocolately.

A Little Goes a Long Way….

A little goes a long way…especially in the form of caffeine and chocolate and especially when you are living with food intolerance. Sometimes, you just need a treat, though. For me, it would be chocolate….something that won’t completely kill my stomach yet probably could will if I eat too much of it!

chocolate bliss

Pure gluten-free chocolate bliss.  Thankfully, my husband shared with me. It was the perfect end to a Valentine’s dinner at P.F. Chang’s. It was rich. It was wonderful. And, I could have eaten three of them, but a little goes a long way. Six dollars for a small dome of chocolate bliss kept my portion control in check!

I believe God has given us all things to enjoy, but it is our responsibility to exercise self-control and portion control…especially with food intolerances. I know if I buy a bag of Dove dark chocolate, I am in trouble because I can’t eat just one. Should I be able to stop myself at one? Yes, but I don’t always. We all have our weaknesses. For me, it’s chocolate, baked (gluten-free) goods, and nut butter. I think I could eat an entire jar of almond butter in one sitting, but of course, I don’t!

This verse is a reminder for me that all things are fine in moderation. And with my food intolerances, some things are better for me than others. A little goes a long way!