It seems more and more people, children included, are developing food allergies. It does raise the question whether it's truly developing or awareness that's actually going on. Have we abused our bodies so much with GMO's and other environmental risk factors that we've reduced our body's natural ability to digest foods? Or is it that we've become more aware of our bodies and how they should feel and function? I'm willing to say that it's a bit of both. This is my own opinion however.
One thing is for certain, we must honor our bodies, feed them right in order for it to function properly. Many times, this is not an easy task for families. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, the list goes on and on. Time spent in the grocery store reading labels is no picnic but it must be done.
Luckily there are so many great resources out there to turn to for help. From the internet, grocery stores, restaurants people are coming together to help. It's a wonderful thing! If you have any favorite resources, please share them.
This weekend I tried making GF Oatmeal Cookies. I used GF oatmeal, grinding half of the measurement into flour for a nice consistency. These smelled insanely good and taste amazing!
1/4 cup butter (I used Earth's Balance)
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3 cup Gluten Free Oats (Grinding 1 1/2 cups to a flour)
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 oz chocolate chips
2 eggs (I use cage free organic)
1/2 cups sunflower seeds and pepitas (total)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (organic)
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine sugars, and butter and beat until creamy.
3. Add eggs, peanut butter, vanilla and baking soda and mix well
4. Stir in oats and oat flour, chocolate chips, and seeds.
5. Place teaspoon full of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 2" apart
6.Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown around the edges.
7. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.