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When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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Gluten Free Banana Bread Granola: Sugar Free and Nut Free

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Yes, I realize this isn’t fully paleo but I’ve been craving granola and I don’t like those all nut paleo granolas (I try to limit my nut consumption because I notice it messes with my digestive system and skin). Like I said, I’ve just been wanting a bowl of granola for breakfast for the past week or two so finally I decided to make me some! This granola has absolutely no added sugar or sweetener (besides all natural fruit!) of any kind- how fantastic?! It uses seeds, oats, buckwheat, and other goodies.

Fun Fact: Did you know buckwheat is a fruit not a grain? It is called an achene. (Hmm… does that make buckwheat paleo? Input anyone?)

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Ingredients:

1 cup certified gluten-free oats

1/2 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup buckwheat

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1 cup fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries (I get them in bulk at Whole Foods)

1 cup applesauce (room temp. or warmer)

2 ripe bananas (feel free to leave this out if you don’t want banana flavor in your granola… you can always top your granola with banana slices like in the picture to add a little sweetness if desired)

1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, EXCEPT for the cranberries. In a separate bowl, mash bananas and mix all wet ingredients in. Add in wet ingredients to dry and mix thoroughly. Spread granola out on a greased cookie sheet.

Place in oven for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown and it has reached your desired crunchiness. Once it is done, let cool then stir in the cranberries.

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Eat covered in nice cold milk while sitting in the morning sunshine :).

My weekend was pretty uneventful… actually it wasn’t that bad. I had a much needed girls night on Friday night- we watched movies, baked gluten free chocolate chip cookies (yes I indulged and it was heavenly), did face masks, painted nails, watched youtube videos, and gossiped. Perfection. I’m such a girl sometimes.

I had Saturday off from work so I was epicly lazy… my friend, her boyfriend, and I did earwax candles though. I’m not so sure it did all that much…

Sunday my friend from Friday night came over and we curled up on my couch with my comforter and studied for a few hours as the snow came down hard outside. Once we were too antsy to study anymore we went to the park and played in the snow!

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Her friend came with his two dogs, which was a blast. And we built a face down snow person with an anatomically correct back and butt (we are all Sports Medicine majors and obsessed with Anatomy). Then I proceeded to not do anymore studying. I made an awesome stew though, recipe to come soon! And now I am continuing the trend of not doing homework….


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Vegetable Spaghetti and Meatballs Part 2 (Plus an Easy Sauce Recipe!)

Before I begin my day of studying (ugh!), I figured I’d post part 2.

Yesterday (Saturday) was awful! Friday night I didn’t fall asleep until 5 am! I was so tired and got in bed around 10 (maybe a little later since I was watching Friends with the roomie) and then proceeded to NOT sleep until 5 am. Then had to wake up at 7:30 for work. I felt like i was actually dying.

I came home and slept until about 2:30 when my friend called to chat. Then I called my mother to complain about all of it, since I have 3 exams this week I was supposed to spend the day studying, not sleeping! I finally managed to get some food (and thus some energy) into me and studied for a few hours (not that I remember anything today….) before heading to a friends house to watch tv and proceed to do more of nothing. Fell asleep at about 11 last night for a good 11 hours of sleep:).

I have a phone consult with my LLMD on Wednesday which I am ecstatic for since I’ve been having some pretty bad symptoms lately. I have been on some of my antibiotics for the last 6-8 months and I honestly feel like she needs to switch up my treatment plan. I mean, I could be becoming immune to some of the antibiotics…. right?! I just want less pills, new pills, and to feel better! Duh.

Okay recipe….

Part 2 is all about the meatballs! These are really earthy tasting and I like them.

Ingredients:

1 lbs. ground turkey

1 egg

2 tbsp. coconut flour

1/2 onion diced

1/2 package of frozen spinach (I buy those rectangular small boxes and I used half, if you want them extra spinach-y then go ahead and use the whole thing)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tbs. of some sort of zesty seasoning blend (you can find it in the spice aisle- ya know, one of those pre-made mixed up spices)

-If you don’t have this or want to buy it then mix up: ground black pepper, chili pepper, oregono, basil, rosemary, cumin, garlic, salt in a bowl and use 2 tbs. of the mix.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

First, take out your spinach and start to let it defrost. Next, sauté your onion in olive oil until becoming soft then add in your spinach to heat it up a bit (not so frozen and cold!). Season veggies with salt and pepper.

Beat your egg and mix it in with the meat and coconut flour and spices. Next, add all your veggies and mix everything together well.

There is a couple ways to cook them: I have a mini muffin tray so I put one meatball in each “muffin” holder, you could also do this with a big muffin tray… each meatball would have a lot of space to itself. Might enjoy the room. Or you can just line them up on a cookie sheet.

Make sure whatever you used is oiled so they don’t stick!

Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool. Take some vegetable spaghetti add a few meatballs and top with some garlic tomato sauce!

You can easily make garlic spaghetti sauce (leave out garlic if not wanted):

Chop up 4 cloves of garlic and saute in olive oil until becoming fragrant (don’t burn!).

Add in 1 big chopped tomato plus 1/2-3/4 can tomato paste and 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix everything in your saute pan and add more olive oil or water if it seems to thick form the tomato paste. Simmer down for about 7-10 minutes until everything is heated and desired consistency is reached.

Top your spaghetti and meatballs and you are good to go!

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Vegetable Spaghetti and Meatballs Part 1

I have to say, I’m very impressed with this recipe. Simple but delicious and super filling.

Today I’m going to tell you how to make the Vegetable Spaghetti. We will cover easy, earthy meatballs on another day (tomorrow probably).

Ingredients:

2 medium to large zucchini’s

4-6 big carrots

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

First, seed and cut your peppers into very thin strips.

Heat a skillet with some olive oil and begin to saute the peppers.

Peel your zucchini and carrots. Next take one zucchini at a time and using your peeler, peel strips of zucchini into a bowl (so you get “noodles”). Peel until you get to the seedy center then do as you please with that portion (trash, cut up and eat, sauté, whatever). Do the same thing with the other zucchini and then with the carrots. You’ll reach a point with the carrots where it is too hard to peel anymore so I just cut that part up and ate it…. I threw some in with the pasta, too!

Once the peppers are beginning to soften, pour them into a bowl on the side. Add a little more olive oil and put your zucchini and carrots in the pan to saute up for about 5 minutes until begin to soften. Add your peppers back in and mix everything well, sauteing for a few more minutes.

This pasta serves 3-5 people depending on how big your servings are.

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This is beautiful. And true.

Fighting Lyme Disease

I can’t post the entire Spoon Theory on my blog but I highly recommend you go read it. Especially if you think you know what you are talking about when it comes to my illness. The girl in this story has Lupus but the same theory can be applied to any chronic illness. Before you start gossiping about my illness or families decisions make sure you actually know what you are talking about. Sometimes those extra spoons from unlikely places are what get me us through all this.

“I rarely see her emotional, so when I saw her upset I knew maybe I was getting through to her. I didn’t want my friend to be upset, but at the same time I was happy to think finally maybe someone understood me a little bit. She had tears in her eyes and asked quietly “Christine, How do you do it? Do you…

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Technology…. I NEED YOURHELP!

As you may have noticed, I have a new blog theme. Yay? Ugh, I suck at technology and everything that involves blogging besides writing the actual posts.

Thoughts on the new one? Like better or worse then the previous one?

SO if there is anyone out there who would like to help/inform me on how to make an awesome theme with my own pictures at the top, etc… that would be fantastic!

1… 2…. 3….

don’t all comment at once 😉


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Perfect Paleo (Snack) Bread: Sugar-free, Dairy-free, Delicious

So after what all of you know was a rough week last week, I surprisingly had a great weekend despite all the lady cramps (sorry gentlemen). I grabbed coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, worked out with a good friend, went laser tagging with my roommate another friend and my roomies friend, stayed up late after laser tag discussing arabic vs. israeli vs. american culture (my roommate is from Israel and her friend is from Kuwait), and baked a lot :).

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So this bread… is freaking awesome! I ate 2 loaves in one week…. yeah, talk about addicting. I literally couldn’t stop thinking about it.After the second loaf was demolished I figured I shouldn’t make anymore for a while. I can’t take all the credit though, this recipe is adapted from this recipe!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds

5 eggs at room temperature

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup applesauce

1/2 cup coconut milk (from the can- 1/4 of it being the cream on top and a 1/4 being the more watery milk underneath)… may need more if batter seems dry

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries (I got sugar free ones at Whole Foods)- optional

~1/4 cup sunflower seeds- optional

 

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Combine the dry ingredients and mix together (leave out cranberries and sunflower seeds). In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients, making sure they are at room temperature (except for the coconut oil that needs to be melted) otherwise the coconut oil will solidify and that’s a problem.

Add dry to wet and mix to combine. You should have a smooth, slightly runny batter… if not, add more coconut milk.

If using cranberries, fold them in at this time. The cranberries and sunflower seeds make the bread more of a good breakfast or snack bread. If you want more of a sandwich bread, leave them out.

Grease up a loaf pan and then pour batter into it. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top if desired.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden on top and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting and devouring. Slice up and store in the fridge. Also freezable.

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(I know I know, I reallllly need to get to the shop and get my camera fixed! Sorry it’ll be a few weeks, though, as I have midterms coming up the next couple weeks. Aka Hell). 

Tastes great topped with nut butter or butter and jam or just plain.


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Fears

This week has sucked. Today, I feel like death. Actual death. Everything hurts from my head to my toes. My intestines feel like a giant moving warm that is on fire. I’ve been exhausted yet I can’t sleep. I can’t conentrate at all (which isn’t helping considering I had two quizzes today… yeah, didn’t study for those!). Not that this is anything new- WOOHOO LYME DISEASE! efff that.

To add to the normal stress of life/school/Lyme, I’m starting to think about post graduation, which is in one year. WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO?!

I THOUGHT I wanted to go to physical therapy school. But I don’t actually know if that is ultimately what I want to do. I thought I wanted to take a year off before going to grad school, but I have NO idea what I would do with that year (I don’t want a lame job). And if I am going to go to grad school, I need to apply this summer (that is if I’m not taking the year off).

There are a million things I’d rather do then go to grad school. I know what I want to be able to do with my life, it just doesn’t line up with what is actually plausible to do with my life. All of them require me to have money to start them, thus grad school get a bomb job and make money then do that. But the grad school thing is what is killing me here.

I’m scared of the future because I’m scared of working and having Lyme. No one will hire you if you say “oh I’m great candidate and can do all of this but I have this disease where I may not be able to come into work every couple days or be out for a week.” How the hell am I supposed to work full time with this?! How the hell am I supposed to support myself if I can’t work full time or if I’m sick?! How am I even supposed to do life in general with Lyme?! I haven’t even figured that last part out yet… how can I take on a full time job? At least with school I can ditch classes when I need to and make up the work later or get notes from friends.

YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITH A JOB! 

There is always so much I want to do but I’m scared to do it because I don’t know how I’m gonna feel. I hate planning anything because I hate having to be the one who bails. Nobody, except maybe 2-3 of my best friends understand this concept and are totally cool if I need to bail on plans. They get it. I love them. To death. I know I’ve written about this before.

I haven’t taken my antibiotics today. Or yesterday. And I don’t plan on taking them tonight. I get mad at them. I’m tired of taking them. 

I get tired of cooking for myself. I love it but it’s exhausting. I lived off rice and sunflower seed butter, and larabars, and some other junk this week. My appetite was…. off. Nothing sounded good yet I was hungry. Then I wasn’t hungry but I kept eating. I had no energy to cook nor did anything I had to cook sound appealing. All I wanted was pizza and tostitos chips and quesidilla’s (sp?). Salttttt! All I want is salty salty salty and some chocolate on the side. So if any of you would like to come make me some food and do my homework that would be much appreciated.