A few weeks ago I shared some of my 2015 resolutions. So far, I am happy to say that I’ve stuck to each one of those. Isn’t it funny how some people make resolutions for one thing or another, not really committing to them, and by the second week in, it’s already over. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through my life it’s that if you are seeking change in your life, you have to want it. You have to believe it. You have to live it each day. Commit to it and move forward. But, it can be a struggle each day to stick with that commitment. I have also learned this. I hope you’ve stuck with your New Years resolutions and continue to live them each day!
When I first committed to being gluten free, I had no idea what was in store for my family. I didn’t know what was in store for the boy. But, after watching him for 2 and a 1/2 years I knew that something needed to change. So for us, going gluten free was the only option. We watched in amazement as we saw him light up. It was like he came out of his shell. He started sleeping. His constant tummy issues stopped. Those nasty black circles under his eyes disappeared. His moods stabilized and he became himself. We were elated that changing something as simple as his diet could unlock his door. That was just the beginning for the boy and we’ve never looked back. When I decided to commit to being gluten free I had no idea that the results for me would be so positive as well. Gluten makes us sick. Period. We’ve had a few incidences where the boy has been ‘glutened’ and a close family member watched him change very quickly. He became very irrational, aggressive, defiant, and that’s just the personality changes. He had all sorts of tummy trouble as well. He was miserable. It was like he was a different child completely. Over time I’ve gotten better at navigating situations so as to avoid those instances of being ‘glutened’. We’ve taught him to understand why he’s gluten free and that being different from other kids, doesn’t change a thing. It just means that Mommy or Daddy have to do a bit of leg work ahead of time. He’s been in situations where he didn’t get a cupcake when 22 other kids did and I’m proud to say that even though there were a few tears, he was okay with it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s 6 and it’s hard to completely understand it all, but I am very proud of him for being so grown up. We are still working with the girl but she too understands why being gluten free is just our way of life.
Finding recipes to share with your family can be difficult when you’re told to cut gluten from your diet for one reason or another. It can be absolutely intimidating to change something so drastic. Let’s face it, there’s gluten in everything. Literally. It’s hiding in places that it shouldn’t! But, when it’s keeping you healthy, it’s a no-brainer. For us, including dairy and soy, really limits our options when it comes to pre-packaged foods at the grocery store. Not to mention, the cost. It’s tough enough to feed a family of four these days, let alone a family of four that is gluten, dairy and soy free! I have learned that foods made from scratch are not only better tasting, but better for you. All of our meals are made this way. And, I find comfort knowing that I know exactly what goes into my kids’ mouths each day. And, yes, not all of it is super healthy, but they’re still kids right? And every kid deserves to be a kid. That’s why I’m sharing my story with the world. So every kid, gluten free kiddies included, can just be kids.
This week’s recipe is amazing. The reason that I love it so much is that it is something special that I can create for my family and both the boy and the girl can’t get enough of these. It’s reserved for special days. I served this Christmas morning alongside gluten free breakfast sausage, fresh fruit and of course coffee and juice. It’s a simple recipe, but soooo delicious. I like to use coconut milk to give the french toast a slightly sweet flavour, but use whatever non dairy milk is your favourite. If you’re looking for that special breakfast or brunch idea that will wow your guests or family, then look no further. This recipe is for you!
Gluten Free Dairy Free French Toast
In a small mixing bowl combine the following:
2/3 cup Coconut milk (or your favourite non-dairy milk)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat together until well mixed. Set mixture aside.
Using Jenny’s Glorious Gluten Free Bread, soak each piece of sliced bread into the milk mixture. Cook on medium heat until french toast becomes a nice light brown color, flip and cook on the opposite side.
Top with fresh fruit, syrup, honey, jam or whatever floats your boat! Enjoy!
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup Coconut milk (or your favourite non-dairy milk)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small mixing bowl beat the eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
- Set mixture aside.
- Using Jenny's Glorious Gluten Free Bread, soak each piece of sliced bread into the milk mixture. Cook on medium heat until french toast becomes a nice light brown color, flip and cook on the opposite side.
- Repeat until all your milk mixture is gone.
- Top with fresh fruit, syrup, honey, jam or whatever floats your boat! Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com