Monthly Archives: February 2013

Say “Aye” if you are a breakfast lover. AYE!!

I LOVE breakfast. LOVE. I have to force myself to not have breakfast-like foods, all through the day. Just sayin’. Lately, I have been craving nothing more than Lauren-safe pancakes and egg/veggie scrambles. To veer away from carb overload I have been sticking to daily scrambles. I believe that nearly every vegetable/meat goes excellent in a scramble, and it is much quicker than you think. We had leftover pizza ingredients (dinner party!) that I used in my scrambles for the week. YUM! Get creative!

Scramble with pizza ingredients (bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, spinach, and eggs).

Scramble with pizza ingredients (bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, spinach, and eggs).

As far as pancakes go, I tried my first heavenly, yes PERFECT vegan and gluten free pancake yesterday. All I can say is… BLISS. I encountered such a thing at Goodieville Bakery and Restaurant in Missoula, MT. It was fantastic. In the meantime, until I recreate such bliss, I use Tammy Credicott’s pancake recipe in her book Healthy Gluten Free Life. This woman is genius. Just sayin’.

I confess, I have jumped off the paleo bandwagon this week in a big way. Embarking to paleo-ville again this week, and REALLY excited about it. I’m searching as we speak. Decisions, decisions.


Trying Gluten or Dairy Free? Here are some quick tips!


Hey All!

I’ve had some people ask me about where to start when wanting to go dairy and gluten free. I wrote up a quick email to a friend with some information about it. After being completely dairy, gluten and soy free for a year, I’ve tried A LOT of different foods that fit.  Here is a quick “download” of some resources of where to start. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or inquiries!

Like I had promised here are some resources for going Gluten and Dairy Free!

Recently, I have been calling this book my bible. It contains the recipe to the best Gluten Free bread I’ve tried yet.  And we (as in me AND my husband!) have loved every recipe in it that we have made so far.  I present to you: “Healthy Gluten Free Life” by Tammy Credicott. It is AMAZINGGGG. Last time I looked it was $20 on amazon.

Another great resource is “Babycakes Covers the Classics” by Erin McKenna. This book contains really great baked goods recipes. She started a bakery in New York a while back. I went to her shop in LA, SO YUMMY. Gotta try those gluten/dairy/vegan cookie sandwiches. Mega yum.

Another awesome resource is pinterest! I find A LOT of my recipes on there. Just search “gluten free recipes” or “dairy free recipes” etc. You can find me on there as well. I have a board dedicated to Gluten, Dairy and Soy free recipes (Lauren Helland)

As far as good brands go…

Rudi’s has the best pre-made gluten free bread. You can find it at Safeway, Real Foods and Natural Grocers.

Enjoy Life makes really good stuff. They make cereals, chips, baked goods, chocolate chips (for baking!), and other miscellaneous good stuff.

Again, as far as milks go. There are a ton of different types: Soy, Almond, Hazelnut, Coconut, Rice, Hemp, etc etc etc. Soy is probably the cheapest.

As far as cheapest places to buy things…. That’s the tough one when you get into the “free” diets. It can get pricey. Some good places to look/compare prices are on and I’m always keeping a lookout for other less expensive resources.

Another great route to go is with the paleo lifestyle. Naturally, dairy, gluten, and soy free.  And you will have more energy than you know what to do with. I have also found it saves a lot of money. Purchasing the packaged “free” foods, gets really expensive. Surprisingly, I’ve found paleo to be much cheaper.

My biggest advice is to religiously read labels when looking at packaged foods. Even when you don’t think dairy and gluten are in them. You will be really surprised. It’s amazing what companies put in packaged food! Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Some tricky ones that I have learned….

Dairy = whey and casein (not eggs).
Gluten = Whole wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, farro, durum, bulgur, semolina

This can get really overwhelming. So I would try to start small, instead of cutting both out cold-turkey. I tried to cut out dairy cold turkey and it made me “relapse” for about a year, until I was completely tired of feeling like crap.

Good luck. And don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. Even as simple as wondering if you can eat a certain food or not. I promise you will feel SO much better. I’m here to help my fellow “free” eaters!