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My Solution to the Great Peanut Butter Divide

My Solution to the Great Peanut Butter Divide

byMissy

If you’ve got a school-aged kid, I bet you spend a lot of time thinking about food allergies—whether or not your child actually has one. That’s because they’re so commonplace these days—1 in 13 kids now suffers from them—even if your child doesn’t have a reaction to nuts, or kiwi, or eggs, or whatever, she’s surely been in class with at least one peer who does. And that means you have to scour snack labels, make sure lunches are clear of allergens, and really stop and consider the ingredients you use for school birthday cupcakes, or the annual bake sale. Many schools have also banned peanuts and tree nuts across the board, so you may have even had to reconsider the ever-popular PB&J. Probably much to your kid’s dismay. And in my experience, all of these restrictions often breed resentment with parents, too. I feel for you!
If you are a parent on the other side of this issue, like me, you think not just about your kid’s safety, but also the social piece of your child fitting in with her classmates when she’s the reason why a lot of favorite foods need to stay home. My daughter, Sami, was born with more than 30 food allergies, including a severe reaction to nuts. So at school, she had to sit at the No-Peanut table at lunch—which was colloquially known as the No-Friend table. It was that aspect of having a super allergic child that was a real shocker to me. You think everyone is going to rally around the kid who gets sick from nuts and eggs and a litany of other things—but it just gets treated as an inconvenience. Sami became the odd one out. The outcast. And it broke my heart.

That’s how my No-Nut Butter was born. As The Sneaky Chef, my mission is to give kids back their favorite foods—only made healthier and more nutritious. Neither one of my daughters would eat the peanut butter alternatives on the market—the ones made with soy or sunflower seeds. Not only did they hate the taste, to them, those products felt more like punishment than something that was actually delicious and fun. So I set out to develop the great equalizer: A nut-free butter that is delicious and could reach across both sides of the sandwich aisle—and please kids (and their parents) with and without allergies. Instead of looking to the usual nut substitutes, I went in a completely different direction and replaced the peanuts with peas, which are naturally nutty, sweet and creamy—and also happen to be really good for you, too (Sneaky Chef moment!).

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Apple season is in full swing

Apple season is in full swing

byMissy

5 surprising recipes to incorporate this fall staple into your diet from my new book Sneaky Blends:

Frosted Banana Cupcake Bites
Banana Cupcake Bites from Sneaky Blends
Lemon Chia Quick Bread from Sneaky Blends
Lemon Chia Quick Bread from Sneaky Blends

Chai tea smoothie bowls

Warm butternut squash apple breakfast soup

Lemon chia quick bread

Curry chicken salad

Gluten free cupcake bites

 

 

 

 

You’ll find these and 100 more super-good-for-you yet crazy delicious meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Get your copy today at www.Sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

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Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin

byMissy

The healthy benefits of this and other orange-colored produce

Pumpkin – Like other orange-colored produce, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkin is a rich in beta-carotene—an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals and has been linked to cancer prevention. I often use 100 percent pure canned pumpkin, rather than go through the hassle of chopping and roasting fresh pumpkin. There’s good evidence that the canned stuff is just as nutritious—if not more—than fresh. So why not save yourself the time? Just be sure not to get the sweetened pie filling kind.

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Get your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

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Tomatoes: How to get the garden fresh goodness of tomatoes all year long

Tomatoes: How to get the garden fresh goodness of tomatoes all year long

byMissy

tomatoesTomatoes in Tetra Paks, Better than Canned

TRY THIS!  Boxed tomatoes and tomato paste—also called Tetra Paks—are a better way to go than canned. Why? Because they have one of the highest levels of BPA of any canned food. The acidity in the tomatoes actually leaches this chemical from the can. Glass jars are another good option.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup from Sneaky Blends
Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Makes 3 servings (Serving size: 2 cups)

Cauliflower Blend stands in for heavy cream in this homey soup—a trick you can use to add body to any creamy soup. I like to use whole boxed tomatoes, rather than the crushed or pureed kind, because food manufacturers tend to use higher-quality produce for them—who knew Read more …

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4 Powerhouse Foods to Incorporate into Your Diet

byMissy

These simple additions can make a big difference in your Health

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Reserve your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

Chia seeds Tiny, but mighty! Chia seeds are loaded with system-cleansing fiber—1 tablespoon delivers 5 grams of it, or about 20 percent of your daily requirement, as well as omega-3 fatty acids that gobble up free radicals and guard against cell damage. Result: You’ll eat less and lose weight faster.

Cinnamon This spice has been used for both culinary and medicinal reasons since 2800 B.C. And even small amounts may help lower blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

 Cocoa The polyphenols (a group of phytochemicals) in cocoa are extremely potent—more potent than those found in green tea and red wine.  Of course, I’m talking about the kind of cocoa you’d find in unsweetened cocoa powder or high-quality dark chocolate—not a Kit Kat.

 

 

Flaxseed Dubbed “one of most powerful plant foods on the planet,” flaxseed is loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and is the richest source of lignans, an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the odds of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and neurological problems.

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Reserve your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

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Meaty Mushroom Bolognese

Meaty Mushroom Bolognese

byMissy

 Tired of Being a Short Order Cook making 3 different dinners?

This Meat Mushroom Bolognese is the one meal solutions…


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Mixed Berry Baby Kale Base Blend

Mixed Berry Baby Kale Base Blend

byMissy

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, Eat Blends

I usually use frozen berries, especially if they’re not in season. They’re cheaper than fresh, tend to have more antioxidants, and are easier to blend. Don’t worry about buying multiple bags and mixing them together; you can find bags of assorted berries already mixed in the freezer case. Note: This recipe calls for fresh baby kale, which I prefer, but if you have to use frozen, drop the amount called for to 1 ½ cups.

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Skinny Chocolate Cake

Skinny Chocolate Cake

byMissy

Guiltless, Gluten-Free Skinny Chocolate Cake

Makes 12 servings • Serving size: 1 slice

This ooey-gooey, dense chocolate cake is also gluten free. And the Black Bean–Blueberry–Baby Kale Base Blend totally disappears in all that deliciousness, yet somehow adds an incredible depth of flavor. Note: If you’ve never baked with almond meal before, you can find it in the baking or nut aisle of almost
every grocery store these days.

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Sneaky Blends Tuna Salad

Sneaky Blends Tuna Salad

byMissy

White Bean Blend, Mayo Alternative

Want the creaminess of mayo without any of the saturated fat and useless calories?

My White Bean Blend is a delicious alternative for mayo in your tuna and chicken salad recipes, sandwiches, or wherever you’d normally use mayonnaise.  Just swap out the mayo and swap in the White Bean Blend, tablespoon for tablespoon.

One serving of White Bean Blend has just 39 calories and 0 grams of fat; the same amount of mayo has 180 calories and 20 fat grams. It’s more proof that one small swap can make an enormous difference in your diet. Make this mayo swap just twice a week and you’ll effortlessly drop 5 pounds this year!

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