It’s the first week of June and things are starting to heat up down here in North Carolina. When it gets hot, I crave refreshing foods. Lemon flavored desserts not only clear the palette but perfectly end any meal. I recently found a recipe for Gluten Free Lemon Cookies that have been a hit with my husband. They don’t last long and I think I’ll be baking double batches next time!
What I love about this recipe is the simple ingredient list, how fast these cookies are ready to eat and the fluffy, moist texture. We keep these in the refrigerator for a fresh, chilled dessert. They are great straight out of the oven as well. You can’t go wrong with these cute cookies!
These fresh, lemon cookies are prepared in less than thirty minutes and yield a dozen or so cookies. A perfect snack or dessert that is Paleo friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and egg-free!
Memorial Day weekend, I learned my lesson. Never walk into a weekend unprepared. I was coming off of a week of traveling and had not properly planned meals. This left us watching everyone at the pool eating pizzas, drinking sodas and snacking on chips. We were craving everything that’s terrible for you. Then we made the mistake of venturing to the grocery store.
While falling off the healthy diet wagon looks quite different from individual to individual, for us it equates to binging on chips, cashew ice cream, gluten free pizza and cookies. We were not off to a great start after our holiday weekend. I was determined to do better.
The neighborhood pool has opened up for the summer season. We enjoy spending Saturday and Sunday morning soaking up a little Vitamin D. This means I need to plan healthy pool snacks and have lunch ready for when we walk home.
Friday morning, I got the crockpot out and made Chicken Enchilada Chili. As you know, Mexican recipes are full of dairy and I am always on the lookout for tasty alternatives. This recipe called for 8 ounces of cream cheese. I haven’t had cream cheese in years and I wasn’t aware of any dairy free options on the market. During my weekly visit to Earth Fare, I noticed Kite Hill had a few flavors. We love their yogurt so I had a good feeling about their cream cheese.
I picked up the Kite Hill Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread for my chili recipe and the Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread with a few gluten free bagels as a treat for myself. The next morning, after a pretty intense leg workout, I decided to reward myself with a bagel. The chive almond milk cream cheese spread smoothly and the consistency was similar to dairy cream cheese. The spread was packed with flavor but the chives and white pepper were not overpowering! If you are on a Paleo diet, I know this cream cheese would pair well with veggies rather than my Udi’s bagels.
The Chicken Enchilada provided easy meals all weekend long and it was super creamy thanks to Kite Hill’s plain cream cheese! My husband loved this recipe and I am adding it to my rotating meal schedule. We topped the chili off with Kite Hill’s Plain yogurt
as our sour cream alternative paired with our favorite guacamole.
This chili takes about 15 minutes to put together, cooks all day and leaves you with meals that last all weekend!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free
When do you find it the most difficult to eat healthy? For me, it is when I travel. Whether it is a road trip, an international flight or an airport layover, I can never seem to find a restaurant that meets all my dietary needs. Chocolate Almond Energy Balls to the rescue!
These sweet treats not only fix that afternoon sugar craving, but they are naturally filling and full of good things for your body. On weight training days, I eat a few of these in-between meals. When traveling, I throw a couple in my purse and freeze the rest to store in my luggage for later.
After viewing a few mouth-watering photographs below, scroll down to print the recipe for yourself!
Energy balls are the perfect on the go, hunger-satisfying snack. If you are on a weight training program, like I am, it is essential that you feed your body the proper nutrients it needs throughout the day. The husband and I love these Chocolate Almond Energy Balls as they satisfy our sweet tooth while feeding our body the protein it needs.
Traveling with food allergies or on a limited diet can be a real struggle. However, these chocolate goodies can be frozen and stored in your luggage for future snacking needs! They are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan.