Grain free, you’ve got to be kidding me!


Blueberry Lemon BarsOn my continuing quest to heal what ails me I have run into another food group that doesn’t agree with me. Two weeks ago was the 2nd or 3rd week in a row I realized my indigestion was bothering me again. I’ve been gluten free for over a year and a half and since then hadn’t had acid reflux or indigestion issues. But my nemesis was back. Each evening I had heartburn and kept burping (even took Pepto for the first time in forever!). So I started thinking about what I had been eating. Here’s what I discovered. Over the past year I had been adding gluten free grains back into my diet. Like rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, and items containing these ingredients. I seemed to be tolerating them fine; until my recent flare up. I realized I had started to have these grains 4-6 times a week instead of every once in a while. So, last Wednesday I had no grains, no tortilla chips, etc. I realized that evening I also had no indigestion issues. Coincidence, NO! This was further proof that I can’t eat any grains on a regular basis. Seriously, are you kidding me??? My food choices were dwindling before my eyes. Luckily, I had found a website (and facbook page) called Real Sustenance. She has tons of recipes that are gluten, grain, dairy, egg, sugar free.

Breakfast has been challenging and I’ve felt deprived of pastries. So I decided to try her recipe for Blueberry Lemon Breakfast
Bars (picture above). They are gluten, grain, sugar, egg and dairy free (or have options to make them that way). I used regular sugar and since I’ve been limiting my dairy intake I used coconut milk in place of regular milk. I can’t begin to tell you how delicious they are! Everyone in my entire family loves them. After tasting them, my husband was going to take a regular sized piece when I told him he wasn’t allowed. He could eat regular muffins and I couldn’t, they were for me. He immediately agreed and stepped away from my bars 🙂 The author of the website has asked not to re-post her recipe’s but allows links to them. So here’s the link to the recipe.

Try it and let me know what you think. I’ve tried another of her recipes and will post about it another day. So, what’s for breakfast in your house?


9 responses »

  1. Wow, I feel for you, that’s tough! I enjoy following a Paleo/primal lifestyle but I don’t have a problem w/ dairy. I honestly believe though that this is how we are supposed to eat and the way we were created to eat as our DNA is no different today than the caveman. Grain has only been eaten for a very insignificant fraction of our time on Earth and our bodies have not adapted to it.
    As far as breakfast, I do egg mugs, mug muffins, and my banana/almond butter pancakes are to die for! Delish! Good luck!

    • Yes, it is tough. On and off I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself :(. As for breakfast I’m kind of sick of eggs. Although I’m looking into trying a grain free egg “sandwich” made in muffin tins. Are the pancakes grain and oat free? If so can you send the recipe to me?

  2. I’ll have to try that recipe! I was thinking of trying to bake more muffins, homemade granola, etc. Thanks! The only food issues we have in our house are “mommy-feels-guilty-giving-this-to-you.” We eat cereal every single day. Even if I make something for breakfast they insist on cereal while I’m making it. As I look at the long list of ingredients on the cereal box I think I’ve got to change this! Thanks for the ideas!

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