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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!

Yeast-Free Protein Balls

Happy Wednesday! Peyton here!

I have two things for y’all today:

  1. A podcast about my transition to yeast-free living as a college athlete, found here.
  2. This amazing recipe for Yeast-Free Protein Balls– my own twist on Hotze’s popular snack!

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

MAKES: 15 Balls

SERVING SIZE: 1 Ball

NUTRITION FACTS: 123 calories, 8.2 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 1 g sugar

Needed:

  • 1 medium sized Tupperware container
  • 1 sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon or spatula
  • 1/2 cup measuring cup

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of organic nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 scoops of sugar-free protein powder (I use Jay Robb Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-replacement product (I recommend Xylitol or Erythritol)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or coconut oil

Directions: 

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1. Place the nut butter, oatmeal, protein powder, and vanilla extract together in the mixing bowl. Stir until sufficiently combined.

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2. On Wax paper, spread out the sugar replacement (I used Erythritol) and cinnamon.

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3. Using your hands, scoop up an handful of the mixture, rolling it between your palms to make half-dollar sized balls. One at a time, roll each ball in the Erythritol and cinnamon until the ball is completely coated.

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4. Once coated, place each ball in the Tupperware container. When finished, place the Tupperware container in the refrigerator. After 10 minutes, enjoy!

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Happy Wednesday– Peyton here!!

As I mentioned in my previous post, before my yeast-free lifestyle change I was all about all things bad for me. I literally ate myself sick on a daily basis, not only in the amount of food, but the type as well. . .and my body was paying the price. 

A processed food is any food that has been altered from its natural state, often high in trans-fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium.

With that being said, let’s talk about some of the problems surrounding these products.

1. One word: Sugar

Processed foods contain an overload of sugar. These are sometimes hidden sugars (High Fructose Corn Syrup or “-ose” chemicals) that cut down your metabolism and boosts your empty calorie intake. Yet they always make an unwanted appearance on your waistline.

2. The Periodic Table 

Okay, not exactly, but no one looks to ingest the chemicals listed on the scientific table now do they? However, this is exactly what happens in processed foods. Food additives like antibiotics, flavors, binders, and preservatives are just a few not-so-great ingredients. One in particular to be watchful for is MSG, which can eventually lead to a smattering of health problems.

3. Trans-fats: they’ll make you fat.

Not all fats are created equal. In fact, you need fat to burn fat, weird right? But with that being said, trans-fats (aka hydrogenated fats) are a big no-no. Your body notices that they are chemically produced, and they have also been linked to all kinds of cancers and heart problems. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

These are just a few of the more disastrous elements of Processed foods, but there are many, many more. 

To avoid, just remember these three tips:

1. Stay fresh– look for fresh produce in the grocery stores.

2. Stay outside– think outside isles. Healthier foods are located around the border of grocery stores.

3. Stay alert– read, read, read! Ingredients are listed on the labels, but don’t be fooled by long names.

Alright guys, that’s all I have for you! Try making an effort to avoid Processed foods this week– it will bring you joy, I promise!