Do you like yummy recipes? Or anybody out there trying to avoid grains, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, or processed sugar? I know I am supposed to be cutting back on processed sugars and two of my close friends have to avoid wheat and gluten, so I was super excited to get to review the new eBook, Beyond Grain & Dairy by Starlene Stewart over at GAPS Diet Journey. In case you don’t win her giveaway, here’s the rundown to see if you would be interested in purchasing it outright (discount code below).
What is GAPS?
In short, GAPS is Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which is a condition that establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. The GAPS diet was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist and nutritionist. It was created to help heal issues like autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia and schizophrenia by treating the root cause of many of these disorders: compromised gut health.
Even if you aren’t 100% convinced that your gut and your brain are super connected, the GAPS diet is great for anybody that needs to cut grains, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, or processed sugar out of their daily meals.
Why Do I Like this eBook?
Honestly, I was just really interested to see if there would be any recipes at all out of these 100+ that would make a junk food addict (like myself) drool. And there were quite a few! Here are the ones that I will be trying myself over the next few months since they sound delicious and should help me with my latest Crystal Light Challenge:
- David’s Quick Chicken Soup (I love all chicken soup)
- Ham Wrap Breakfast Tacos (the picture looks devine)
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza (again, the picture grabbed my attention and the ingredients should all taste amazing together)
- Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers (yum…I love all stuffed bell peppers)
- Hamburgers on Leaf Lettuce (sounds yummy and we can do this with turkey burgers)
- Mom’s Salmon Patties an/or Pork Roast Croquettes (who doesn’t like a great croquette?)
- Shepherd’s Pie (with cauliflower mash)
- Spaghetti and Meatballs (zucchini squash in the recipe, souds great and I would even go as far as using ground turkey for the meatballs…)
- Butternut Squash French Fries (I’ve been looking for good substitutes here…)
- Taco Salad (again, great with ground turkey too)
- Cantaloupe Smoothie (yum and looks low points)
- Rasberry Coconut Milk Smoothie (diddo)
- Coconut Flour Sandwich Bread (just sounds interesting)
- Fudge Babies: Banana Bread Style (looks yummy and easy)
Interested? Here’s Your Discount Code
Be honest with yourself, do you need to avoid processed sugars or do you have an allergy to wheat or gluten? I was not expecting to be so tempted, but some of these recipes are in my head now and I will have to try them. If zucchini squash is as fantastic a substitute as I think it will be, my lower carb days will be much easier to obtain.
If you are as enticed as me, head on over to buy Beyond Grain & Dairy (that’s my affiliate link*) and remember to use the code “BFS201” to receive a 20% discount that will be good until January 31st, 2013.
How do some of these recipes sound to you? Feel free to ask any questions as well and I’ll beg Starlene to stop by with answers. 🙂
*I am an affiliate for this eBook, BUT I reviewed it for several reasons. At first, it was because I knew the author, Starlene. But after looking over the recipes, I was honestly super intrigued. AND if that recipe for Butternut Squash French Fries works out as well as I’m expecting, I will have to hug Starlene personally. In short, this review is my super honest point of view. I do not personally care if these are GAPS recipes or not – I am honestly looking forward to playing with a lot of them and building up my healthy recipe stash. If they help my gut or my brain, that’s just the icing on the wheat and gluten-free cake. 🙂
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