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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living. So far this month, we’ve shared ideas for sugar-free snacks and detoxing smoothies. This week, I’m sharing ideas for Sugar-Free Sweeteners.

I was much more successful last week at taking sugar out of my diet. I had some very low-energy days and some headaches as I detoxed from the sugar, but I’m feeling much better now. Now my energy is back, I’m not feeling lethargic and bloated, and my cravings have subsided.

Oh, why do I ever buy sugar? I know it tastes good, but I have found that using other natural sweeteners really does the trick for me. Most of the time, I don’t even miss sugar. Honestly, once I’ve taken refined sugar out of my diet, I don’t need as much of it in recipes. Everything tastes sweeter.

However, I still need some sweetness to satisfy my taste buds. Here are some of the alternative sweeteners I use to replace refined sugar at my house. You’ll find that most of these are more expensive than white sugar, but fortunately, you don’t need to use as much.
Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:

  • Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
  • Coconut Sugar and Coconut Nectar — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use it in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
  • Fresh Fruit and Juice — I don’t add any sweeteners to smoothies. The fruit is enough for me! Add fruit to salads and other dishes for a little added sweetness.
  • Honey — I use locally-sourced honey in my tea and some recipes (marinades, dressings, baked goods, etc.).
  • Maple Syrup — Buy the real stuff, not the “maple-flavored table syrup.” This will add some maple flavoring to your recipes. Yummy.
  • Stevia — Comes in different forms: liquid drops, powder, granules. Easy to add to drinks and recipes, needing just a few drops or sprinkled granules. A little goes a long way because it is very sweet. Be sure to read the packaging for how much to add.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Monday – Chili, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Coconut Palm Sugar

Tuesday – Shredded Chicken TacosAvocado Salsa

Wednesday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Brussels Sprouts with Maple and Cayenne, Roasted Potatoes

Thursday – Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad with Berries and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – leftover meat and veggies used to make Fried Rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for healthy gluten-free meals.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living.

Last week, I was hoping that finding some yummy-looking sugar-free snacks would help me get through the week sugar free. I did better than the week before, but honestly, I cheated. 🙁  I’m going to try to lose the sugar again this week. I’m also working on detoxing this week with some energizing smoothies. Do you have some favorites, to share?

Gluten-Free Detox Smoothies

I found some new ones to add to my Pinterest Board of Smoothies.

Follow Heather’s board “Green” Smoothies on Pinterest.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Indian Chicken

Quinoa Indian Chicken

Monday – Roasted Chicken, Spaghetti Squash, Stir-Fried Kale with Bacon

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – White Chicken Chili with rice

Thursday – Quinoa Indian Chicken, Steamed Broccolini

Friday –Hamburger Patties, Roasted Potatoes, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Saturday – Chicken Wings, Raw Veggies and Hummus

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has more great meals on her menu this week. She said her family loved the Garlic Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon, so they’re having it again this week. She also has a couple Paleo slow-cooker meals on the menu: Paleo Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut, Apple, and Onion and Paleo Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken. Italian Sausage Potato Quick Skillet Meal, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Asian Zucchini Noodle Bowl finish out the dinner meals at Mom’s Plans this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
The healthy dessert at Elisabeth’s home this week is Egg Nog Protein Bites. Elisabeth says they finally got some cold weather in Florida, and is making warm meals this week. Her husband’s Veggie Soup and Chili are on the menu, as well as Sticky Chicken, Make-Ahead Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce, Pizza, and Popcorn and Smoothies.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for healthy gluten-free meals.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals and menus for healthier eating and living. That can mean different things to different people: no grain, no meat, low sugar, low salt, various allergens, etc.

I always indulge in sweets over the holidays. Never gluten, and never dairy. But I bake cookies, cakes, and candy for friends and neighbors and can’t help but eat some of it…OK, a lot of it! I’ve eaten way too much sugar this season, and I know that I need to eliminate it from my diet.

That’s how I’m starting my “Healthy Eating” for January: This week, I’m taking sugar out of my diet. Even as I’m writing this, I’m not sure I can do it. It won’t be in any of my meals. That isn’t too difficult for me. It’s the snacking that gets me. Too many cookies and sugary snacks are still sitting around. So, I’m going to have to make some healthy snacks to replace the sugary ones. Then maybe I’ll work on eliminating reducing the snacking…maybe.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Snacks

Did you make some goals for 2016? Healthier eating, perhaps? I’d love to know what healthier means to you and your family. Please share with us in the comments!

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday – Grilled Chicken Breasts, Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and GarlicStir-Fried Kale

Tuesday – Tilapia, Wild Rice Salad, steamed Green Beans

Wednesday – Beef Stew

Thursday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken TendersOrange Spiced Carrots

Friday –Hamburgers, French Fries, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Saturday – Grilled Chicken Strips, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – leftovers with Corn and Black Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has found that she and her son do best on a Paleo diet. So this week, her menu has many Quick Paleo Meals on it. Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Garlic Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon, Chili with Black Beans, Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl, Salisbury Steak, Italian Sausage Potato Quick Skillet Meal, and Kung Pao Chicken are on her menu this week.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for healthy gluten-free meals.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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HolidaySnacksThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap finishes off the month with one more roundup of Gluten-Free Holiday Food Gift ideas. This week, the theme is Gluten-Free Nuts & Snacks.

Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean that you can’t still give gifts to friends and neighbors. Make it a gift to celebrate the New Year!

Nuts and Snacks are great to give as holiday gifts or hostess gifts. They are pretty quick and easy to mix up, and they last longer than baked goods. Place them in a nice jar or dish to present as a gift, or just bag it up with a nice bow.

They are also great to serve at Holiday parties, New Year celebrations, Superbowl parties, Cocktail parties, etc. Of course, if you’re giving nuts, I suggest you check to make sure the recipient doesn’t have nut allergies.

Gluten-Free Nuts:

Gluten-Free Snacks:

Other Gluten-Free Recipe Roundups for Food Gifts this month:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Indian Chicken with Jasmine Rice, roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – leftovers

Christmas Eve – Hamburgers, French Fries, roasted broccoli

Christmas Day – Eating Out

Saturday – Beef Stew

SundayBaked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has some great meals on her family’s menu this week: Turkey Pot Pie, Slow-Cooker Chicken Fajitas, Parker’s Split Pea Soup, Paleo Beef Stew, and Omelets. She also has recipe links for Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and Tuna Noodle Casserole. Check out her full menu plan for all the links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth cleaned out her pantry and freezer, and found food to use up in meals this week. He family will be eating Hamburgers and BBQ Chicken Legs, Waffles, Cheeseburger Soup, Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese, Smoothies, Popcorn, and Pizza. For lunch ideas and recipe links, check out the full menu plan.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for DIY gluten-free mixes.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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HolidayMixesThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap continues with more Homemade Gluten-Free Holiday Food Gift ideas. This week, the theme is Homemade Gluten-Free Mixes.

There are still a few days left before Christmas. That’s plenty of time to make some homemade gifts for friends and neighbors.

We’ve shared recipe links this month for Gluten-Free Cakes & Muffins and Gluten-Free Candy & Cookies for gift giving. If you aren’t sure it will get eaten right away, or you need something that won’t perish in shipping, consider a homemade mix to give to family and friends.

You can put the ingredients in just about anything to make it festive. Jars are always a nice way to offer the mixes. Most of the recipe links below were created with the right amount of ingredients to fit perfectly into a mason jar. But you can easily put the mix into a sealed bag, and place it in a ceramic dish or festive treat bag like I did in the photo above. I’ve also seen mixes put into ornament balls, which is fun!

Don’t forget to include the directions for cooking, baking, etc. And, it’s nice to add a list of ingredients if you aren’t sure about the recipient’s food allergies.

Gluten-Free Bars and Cookies Mixes:

Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Mixes:

Gluten-Free Soup Mixes:

 

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly

Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Chicken Chili with corn tortillas

Tuesday – Fish & Chips, roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, steamed Green Beans

Christmas Eve – Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Mushroom Bake

Christmas Day – Ham, Potato Skins, Rainbow Salad, Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly, Poppyseed Bread

Saturday – Beef Stew, Toasted Garlic Bread

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for homemade gluten-free baking mixes for holiday gifts.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for DIY gluten-free mixes.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
Categories : Menu Plan
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