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Sugar Free Sunday & “Mom, Can I Have A Twinkie For Breakfast?”

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

Kiddo: “Mommy, can I eat a Twinkie for breakfast?”
Mommy: “umm [HELL]…No, sweetie.”
Kiddo: “How about if I dip it in milk?”
Mommy: “Sorry honey. How about you eat this bowl of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.”

Seems like a reasonable conversation don’t you think? Except…… the Mommy above decided to give her Kiddo more sugar than what was in the Twinkie.

Yup. According to a study recently released by the Environmental Working Group, many popular children’s cereals have more sugar than sugary desserts.

According to the report, most children’s cereals fail to meet even the US federal government’s guidelines for food nutritious enough to be marketed to children. Sugar seems to be the top problem but many of them contain too much sodium or fat.

If you’re a parent or just a supporter of kids’ health, please download the report and read through the details. It’s a pretty easy read with a large dose of information.

On that note, what do you feed your kids or kids you host for breakfast? My Read More

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

About a month before the holidays I start schemeing and plotting; what would be the perfect way to make this season special. This year it involved buying *the most perfect* gift for the dearest people in my life, decorating my home with colorful lights. And of course.. there are The Breakfasts.

“The Breakfasts” are different than just “breakfasts” in that they are made to leave you rubbing your belly and smacking your lips rather than provide enough energy to get through till lunch. I decided we hadn’t had enough pumpkin over thanksgiving this year, so The Breakfast had to incorporate this. Luckily a good friend had sent me a recipe for gluten free pumpkin pancake. I had tried it earlier in the month, but it didn’t quite turn out right. Probably because I use honey instead of sugar. Anyhoo, I decided to make some changes including using a different flour and that’s how I developed this recipe for The Breakfast.

It’s wonderful.. I really mean it. Especially when I served it with warm 100% maple syrup. Oh – drool! I normally am not big on starting the day off with a sweet dish.. but I’m making an exception for The Breakfast. This Read More

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Super Easy Breakfast: Baked Grapefruit

Grapefruits have such a bad rap. It certainly tastes bitter. I’ve never heard anyone ever claim grapefruit as their favorite fruit. Nor have I really seen many desserts or dishes that use grapefruit in it. I think besides “grapefruit juice” the only use of grapefruit I’ve ever seen was in ONE restaurant in Los Angeles where they had it in a salad. And to top it off – it has gotten linked to “dieting” and “weightloss”. So probably a lot of negative connotations in most people’s minds.

But today I’m going to try to give some reasons why you should include grapefruit in your everyday healthy diet:

  • It’s a great source of Vitamin C which helps support the immune system.
  • It is low in calories yet rich in the fiber pectin which helps reduce constipation and diarrhea.
  • Grapefruit pectin is also indicated to lower cholesterol. Researchers in Israel recently found that red and white grapefruit contain powerful antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • The red and pink variety of grapefruits are rich in lycopene which appears to have an anti-tumor effect as suggested by the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • Grapefruit is also a source of Naringenin. Researchers at UCLA and Read More

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Cinnamon Rolls/Muffins

So, I have officially hit a bit of a cookers block! Firstly, I’ve been sulking since my parents went back to India (they stayed with me for about 6 months), add to that, my two year old started daycare (I know! huge cutting of the cord moment right?) and spasms/stiff back just makes everything feel worse! At times like these, I reach for comfort foods… simple to make comfort foods… I had already had all the comfort foods my mommy used to make for me last week, plus the non-indian comfort foods were done too as I made them for her before she left. Which left me without any ideas. Hence the cookers block.

A few days back I saw this recipe by Comfy Belly for Cinnamon Bun Muffins which immediately appealed to me. I suddenly had to have Cinnamon Rolls! I looked around for a proper cinnamon rolls recipe, but the ingredients list itself was so long, and being in a dreary hole, I didn’t want to make anything complicated, just something that would provide simple comfort. I followed the recipe pretty much word for word except I added the walnuts to the cinnamon topping itself and used honey instead of Read More