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Behold: The Greatness of Brown Rice Four

Hey guys! Peyton again!

Today I’m going to do a continuation of my podcast from last week and explain another part of my diet that keeps me going during athletic season.

As I’ve mentioned before, yeast-free living is a high protein diet, but that in no way means that I have completely given up carbs. That would be impossible, considering that I sometimes spend up to six hours a day on an athletic field. I often need something to keep me going, and a product I lean heavily upon is Brown Rice Flour.

Made out of natural, organic brown rice, Brown Rice Flour serves as a healthy substitute for white flour in many of my recipes. Although it does contain yeast, this product falls into the category of “Beyond Yeast-free” living: something that is allowed from time-to-time when living yeast-free.

Brown Rice Flour fits into my lifestyle because of its numerous health benefits:

  • Naturally gluten-free and high in protein, iron, fiber, and vitamin B
  • High in manganese which helps develop cartilage and bones properly
  • Helps the body absorb calcium
  • Supplies 20% of the recommended amount of magnesium, phosphorus, and copper
  • Contains 9% of the daily recommended amount of iron for women

Even with its health benefits, Brown Rice Flour should be used sparingly. In order to stay true to my body and lifestyle, I only consume Brown Rice Flour right before an athletic activity. It is the perfect product for keeping me going at my highest level of performance.

I’d like to rap-up my post today with a link to this awesome Brown Rice Flour Biscuit recipe that I make all the time, courtesy of Simply Gluten Free, found here. I usually eat them by themselves, but they can also be used to make a healthier version of a chicken and biscuit breakfast sandwich!

Enjoy! And have a great rest of the week!

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Coconut: Beautiful Inside and Out

It’s finally Wednesday!

Today, I want to talk to you about one of my favorite parts of my yeast-free diet: Coconut.

Coconut is the key ingredient in a variety of products, both for cooking and beauty, and it is a must when it comes to healthy living!

Coconut Nutrition

Coconut Overview:

Even though it is called a coconut, it is actually a fruit. Made up of three layers, one coconut can produce meat, water, juice, milk, or oil—basically every food group that makes up a healthy diet. For this reason, it’s no wonder that the coconut is a staple in over 1/3 of the entire world’s population.

Coconut Products:

Coconut is used to make thousands of baking and beauty products. It is sweet, hydrating, and incredibly good for you, no matter where it’s used. These are some of the products that come directly out of a coconut:

  • Coconut oil: unique from any other oil or fat because it protects against heart disease
  • Coconut meat: fresh or dried flakes are commonly used in cooking
  • Coconut milk: naturally lactose free, and can be substituted for milk in any recipe
  • Coconut flour: replaces regular flour as a lower calorie option
  • Coconut water: natural source of sugar, fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes

Coconut Benefits:

Coconut is most commonly known for its medical uses. It is great for strengthening a person’s immune system, as well as upping a person’s metabolism. When applied to the skin, it is known to treat a variety of skin diseases like eczema or acne. It is also a great tool for strengthening and promoting hair growth.

When consumed, coconut is one of the healthiest items a body can digest. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, plus tons of fiber. Coconut oils promote weight loss, and coconut water is often used as a sports drink because of its high amounts of electrolytes.

In either case, I absolutely recommend adding Coconut into your health regimen! Check out this coconut crusted chicken recipe for a great and easy coconut filled meal!

Well, that’s all I have for you guys! Stay joyful!

What’s on your shopping list?

Hey y’all!

This is Rae Ann and today I am going to be telling y’all about some alternatives that you can use in your every day diet to help supplement those certain foods that you’ve developed an allergy to.

The whole focus of this blog is based off of almonds, coconut and dark chocolate; these are some of the staple items for people with gluten intolerances, paleo lifestyles and people just looking to trade junk for something healthy AND delicious.

Here’s a brief list of certain must haves for your pantry, here is an extended list for the paleo lifestyle:

  • Coconut Oil- this can be used for just about anything. You can use it as hair masks, skin moisturizer, sweetener for smoothies, butter alternative in baking and so much more! It’s amazing on popcorn and in chocolate chip cookies!
  • Agave Nectar- with the exception of Stevia, this is the best sugar/honey substitute I’ve found. It’s sweeter than sugar but is much healthier. It comes straight from a plant so it’s almost always all natural, typically organic and definitely vegan.
  • Coconut flour/Almond meal- some sort of flour substitute. These are both amazing alternatives. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill. This brand is carried just about anywhere which is awesome and depending on what you buy, it is probably Gluten Free.
  • Dark Chocolate- Just because you’re eating better doesn’t mean you have to give up the sweets! There are tons of recipes that can work with complicated diets and using dark chocolate makes the recipe significantly better for you. Enjoy life is the best kind of chocolate if you’ve got a finicky stomach.
  • Almonds- Though I personally cannot eat almonds, they are very good for you! A great source of protein almonds are an awesome snack and filler for when you don’t have time to stop and eat. HEB has a great “healthy living” department that offers all sorts of different types of almonds. Almond Butter is also really great. Most grocery stores offer it freshly ground.

It’s so important to stock your pantry with these alternatives to make transitioning to this lifestyle easier. I was blessed with blogs to help break down what I could and couldn’t eat so I hope this list makes your first trip to the grocery store a breeze!