• Gluten Free Green Monster Smoothie

    by Ellen on April 30, 2014 · 0 comments

    Green Monster Smoothie 2014

    What do gluten free and green smoothies have to do with each other? Everything.

    Why is this smoothie called the Green Monster Smoothie? Because I live near Boston and I’m a Red Sox fan and I have a secret wish to sit in the Green Monster section of Fenway.

    Since becoming the Gluten Free Diva Health Coach, part of my journey has included crowding out the foods that don’t contribute positively to good health with foods that have everything to do with supporting my desire to be healthy. And that’s where green smoothies come in. I have one of these green babies every single day. Of course, I change it up. They never taste the same because I’m constantly experimenting. Today’s yumminess included grapefruit juice which has a bitter sort of tastae, but by the time you add the rest of the ingredients, you really only taste a hint of the grapefruit.

    Get your greens on. It will make a HUGE difference in your health. I’m not talking about just having a salad every day. That doesn’t count. It’s not enough. If you want to start seeing a decrease in your inflammation, if you want to start seeing an increase in your energy as well as about a million other improvements, start incorporating one of these into your everyday food choices.

    And if you’re ready to join me on my Gluten Free Diva Healthy Habits Spring Detox, click HERE and register. The Early Bird has been extended.


    Green Monster Smoothie


    1/2 c. red grapefruit juice (or OJ or coconut water)

    1 c. curly kale

    1 c. chopped cucumber

    1 fuji apple, cored and seeded (or apple of choice)

    1 medium stalk celery

    1/2 pear, cored and seeded

    1/2 frozen banana

    1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

    2 tbsp hemp seeds (or 1 tbsp Hemp Protein Powder)

    4 ice cubes

    optional: doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil


    1. Place grapefruit juice and kale in blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.
    2. Add remaining ingredients to blender jar and blend until thoroughly combined.


    doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil is safe for ingesting. Please note that most essential oils are NOT safe for ingesting. Take precautions and make sure you only use essential oils that are safe for taking internally.




    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

    by Ellen on April 20, 2014 · 2 comments



    I’m all about loving my gluten free breakfast. You love your gluten free breakfasts, too, don’t you?!? I’ve posted on my blog about pancakes and waffles and smoothies for the last bunch of years. And I just never seem to tire of trying new recipes. This morning was no exception.

    My sister, Faye, who is an amazing preschool special needs teacher AND gluten free, vegan, oil-free cook, shared this recipe with me. She was going for five criteria:

    1. Oil free
    2. Gluten free
    3. Vegan
    4. Crisp
    5. Yum

    Admittedly, it took 3 tries to get it right. The first two times, the batter cooked nicely but stuck to the bottom and top of the waffle maker. The trick: spraying the waffle maker with ample coconut oil spray (use oil of choice). Which of course renders them not totally oil-free, but since my criteria for this recipe match with Faye’s #2, 3, 4, and 5, that worked fine for me.

    These aren’t your big, fluffy waffles of yesterday. But that’s ok with me. I’m going for healthy. And these are. Healthy. This is what I call plant-based eating at its’ best.

    By the way, in case you’re wondering why I’ve posted an oil-free recipe…I’m not completely oil-free. But my sister, referenced above, was able to kick almost all of her heart meds (she had two stents put in her heart to help with her blockages) by following Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease. She is my hero. Imagine that, my baby sister, my hero! So, in a nod to her, I occasionally (and sometimes more often) cook/bake oil free. This recipe fits the bill.

    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles


    1 c. rolled oats (make sure gluten free)

    1/2 banana

    1/2 tsp baking powder

    pinch of salt

    1 c. milk (I used flax milk, use milk of choice)

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar (use sweetener of choice)

    Coconut oil spray (or veg spray of choice)


    1. Put all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined.
    2. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
    3. Pour into preheated waffle iron sprayed generously with coconut oil. Cook as directed.
    4. Serve to one happy gluten free, vegan belly.

    Only question I have is this: what toppings would you put on your gluten free, vegan waffles? Happy Belly!


    While going gluten free made a huge difference in my  health, I knew that I wanted more. I wanted more energy, I wanted less joint pain, I wanted to look and feel healthy and vibrant.  While 80% of my hair loss had reversed, I wanted my hair to completely grow back. I wanted to do everything I could to reduce or eliminate inflammation in my body.

    Enter doTERRA’s Life Long Vitality, otherwise known as LLV. It’s doTERRA’s #1 selling product for a good reason. It works. It took the good health that I’d achieved in the 8 years of being gluten free (including my hair growing back after being diagnosed with Alopecia) and blew it out of the water. After faithfully taking my supplements for a few short weeks, I noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. And I’m already a high energy person!

    LLV (1)And while I’ve always been aware of washing my hands regularly, especially throughout our cold New England winters, I still used to catch a cold now and again. Since taking LLV, I’ve not been sick once. [Click to continue…]


    GF Cookbook Review & Contest, Apple Pear Crisp, Gluten Free & Dairy Free

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    Would you like to win a copy of Carol Fenster‘s newest cookbook called Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking? Read on and learn how you can enter the contest. Gluten free Apple Pear Crisp for a mid-morning snack. Yup. Couldn’t help myself. It was delicious! While I usually opt for a […]

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    Gluten Free Figgy Oatmeal

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    November 30, 2013

    Ready for a gluten free makeover?!? Wanna do it for a few days and see how your body feels? Read on…. I don’t know about you, but after a couple of rounds of Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m ready to hit the grocery store and restock my frig with kale and nothing but kale. I’m only partly kidding:). […]

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