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5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips for eating smart and staying on track this season. Plus a new recipe that will impress even the pickiest eater!

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Last week on Instagram I shared 5 Healthy Holiday Tips that will help you stay on track during the holidays. The time of year when food is in abundance and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves overindulging and sabotaging all the hard work you’ve put into improving your health. 

Here is a recap of my tips for staying healthy this holiday season plus a delicious veggie recipe that will impress even the pickiest eaters! ⠀

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5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 1 – Eat mindfully. Have one plate of your favorite holiday foods and stop when you’re satisfied. Holiday meals aren’t a free pass to overeat and drag it out with unhealthy leftovers. Instead, enjoy the foods you love during one meal and move on.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Tip# 2 – Share your favorite veggie dishes and keep it simple. Don’t risk complicated recipes that might not turn out as you expected. Try roasting or sautéing your favorite fall veggies or try making my Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder or  Purple Potato Salad 

Bonus tip: Share your recipes with friends/family and get a conversation going on ways you plan to stay healthy this holiday season. You never know who will leave inspired! 

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 3 – Beware of the Food Police! Friends and family that overstep boundaries and try imposing their dietary rules on you and your family. As I tell the clients that I coach, our food choices are unique to our individual needs – what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. This is why one-size-fits-all diets don’t work. Stay on your path and choose foods that work best for you and your family. 

Tip# 4 – Stay hydrated! Water accounts for 60% of your body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. Also, if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. This will help with unwanted weight gain and hangovers. 

Tip# 5 – Carve out 20-30 minutes a day for yourself. This might sound challenging at first but making time for yourself can be a total game-changer during the holidays. Take some time off to unwind. Try going for a walk, meditate, listen to a podcast or read a book. Whatever it is make sure it’s something for you – something that brings you joy. 

Click here for other healthy holiday tips! 

Joe and I are spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico this year. Carolina is very excited to spend time at the beach and pool! 

I also have a very exciting announcement to make! I’ll be sharing these healthy holiday tips with my friends on Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR in Puerto Rico this Friday, November 29th at 1.30 pm local time. I’m so excited for the opportunity! If you’re in Puerto Rico I hope you can tune in. 

And Before I take off, I’m leaving you with a new recipe for Cauliflower Mash that is a hit in our home and so simple to make! Try making it this Thanksgiving as your veggie dish! I hope you enjoy it. 

 

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower (florets only)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted

1 tbsp dairy-free milk (almond or oat)

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped chives

 

Instructions

  1. Place a pot with water over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, and simmer until the cauliflower is soft, 6-7min. Drain well and set aside*.
  2. In a blender add the garlic, melted butter, dairy-free milk and blend until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the cauliflower into the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, and puree again. If it’s thicker than you like, add dairy-free milk until you reach the consistency you like.
  4. Serve and top with chopped chives.

*Drain the cauliflower well by squeezing out as much extra water as possible. You can do this by wrapping the cauliflower florets in a towel and twisting.

Version En Español

La semana pasada en Instagram compartí 5 consejos saludables que lo ayudarán a mantenerse saludable durante las festividades navideñas. La época del año en que los alimentos abundan y, si no tenemos cuidado, podemos darnos el gusto y sabotear todo el trabajo duro que ha realizado para mejorar su salud.

Aquí hay un resumen de mis consejos para mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas, ¡además de una deliciosa receta vegetariana que impresionará incluso a los más exigentes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

5 consejos simples para mantenernos saludables durante las festividades navideñas.

Consejo # 1 – Las comidas navideñas no son excusas para comer en exceso ni un paso libre para continuar con las sobras poco saludables. En cambio, disfruta de los alimentos que te gustan durante una comida solamente y ya!⠀⠀⠀⠀

Consejo # 2: Lleve verduras a la mesa. Hágalo simple y no se arriesgue con platos complicados que podrían no resultar como esperaba. Intente asar o saltear sus verduras de otoño favoritas o intente hacer esta sopa de coliflor sin lácteos o ensalada de papa morada

Consejo adicional: comparta sus recetas con amigos / familiares y entable una conversación sobre maneras de mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas. ¡Nunca se sabe quién se irá inspirado!

    5 Healthy Holiday Tips

    Version En Español

    Consejo # 3 – ¡Cuidado con amigos y familiares que sobrepasan los límites e intentan imponer sus reglas dietéticas a usted y su familia! Cuando les digo a los clientes que entreno, nuestras opciones de alimentos son únicas para nuestras necesidades individuales: lo que funciona para usted no necesariamente funciona para otra persona. Es por eso que las dietas de talla única no funcionan. Manténgase en su camino y elija alimentos que funcionen mejor para usted y su familia.

    Consejo # 4 – Manténgase hidratado: el agua representa el 60% del peso total de su cuerpo y necesitamos mantenernos hidratados para mantener esta proporción. Además, si consume bebidas alcohólicas durante las vacaciones, intente alternar con vasos de agua entre sus cócteles. Esto ayudará con el aumento de peso no deseado y las resacas.

    Consejo # 5 – Reserve 20-30 minutos al día por ti mismo. Esto puede sonar desafiante al principio, pero tomarse un tiempo para usted mismo puede ayudar muchisimo. Tómese un tiempo libre para relajarse. Intente salir a caminar, meditar, escuchar un podcast o leer un libro. Sea lo que sea, asegúrese de que sea algo para usted, algo que le brinde alegría.

    Joe y yo vamos a pasar el Día de Acción de Gracias en Puerto Rico este año. ¡Carolina está muy emocionada de pasar tiempo en la playa, piscina y con la familia!

    ¡También tengo un anuncio muy emocionante que hacer! Compartiré estos consejos con mis amigos en Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR en Puerto Rico este viernes 29 de noviembre a la 1.30 pm hora local. Estoy muy emocionada por la oportunidad! Si estás en Puerto Rico, espero que puedas sintonizar.

    Y antes de partir, te dejo con una nueva receta de Puré de Coliflor que es un éxito en nuestro hogar y ¡muy fácil de hacer! ¡Intenta preparar este Día de Acción de Gracias como tu plato vegetariano! Espero que lo disfruten.

     

    Puré de coliflor

    Ingredientes

    1 cabeza de coliflor (solo floretes)

    3 dientes de ajo (picados)

    3 cucharadas de mantequilla o ghee, derretida

    1 cucharada de leche sin lácteos (almendras o avena)

    sal y pimienta  a gusto

    1 cucharada de cebollin picada

     

    Instrucciones

    1. Coloque una olla con agua a fuego medio. Agregue el coliflor y cocine a fuego lento hasta que el coliflor esté suave, 6-7min. Escurrir bien y dejar reposar*.
    2. En una licuadora agregue el ajo, la mantequilla derretida, la leche sin lácteos y mezcle hasta que se combinen los ingredientes.
    3. Agregue el coliflor a la licuadora y mezcle hasta que quede suave, raspando los lados con una espátula de vez en cuando. Agregue sal y pimienta a gusto y vuelva a hacer puré. Si es más espesa de lo que desea, agregue leche sin lácteos hasta que alcance la consistencia que desea.
    4. Sirva y cubra con cebollin picada.

    * Drene bien el coliflor exprimiendo la mayor cantidad de agua posible. Puedes hacerlo envolviendo las flores de coliflor en una toalla y girándolas.

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      Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

      Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

      A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

       

      Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

      I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

      When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

       

      Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

       

      BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

      I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

       

      Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

      Ingredients

      2 green plantains

      Avocado oil, for frying

      Sea salt

      Toppings (optional)

      Fresh cilantro, chopped

      Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

       

      Instructions

      1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

      2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

      3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

      4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

      5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

      6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

      7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

      What is Aquafaba?

      Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

      It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

      Where to use it

      Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

      In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

      I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

      Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

      1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

      My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

      Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

      You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.

       

      2. If you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook you know I’m co-hosting a Woman’s Summit tomorrow (March 9th) at Hub Seventeen in NYC. It’s going to be an amazing event and I invite all you kick a** ladies to join us. We have experiences (essential oil consultations, chair massages, a braid bar, etc) guest speakers, healthy food, music, and other fun surprises. To learn more and to purchase tickets click here.

      Ingredients

       

      1 cup chickpea water

      ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

      ¼ teaspoon salt

      1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

      1/3 cup oat milk

      Instructions

      1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

      2. Once ready set aside.

      3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

      4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

      5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

      6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder. A creamy, low carb, hearty and simple recipe perfect for the entire family. 

       

      Happy New Year, guys! I hope everyone had a nice (and somewhat healthy) holiday season. It’s hard to believe that it’s over, right? We didn’t travel this year – instead, we celebrated with Joe’s family here in NYC. I missed seeing my family who is scattered across the country but it was nice to relax, wake up without an alarm clock, not workout in a rush and catch up our favorite shows (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisle being my favorite!). I also took the time to organize and clean our apartment which is, in my opinion, a great way to start the New Year. 

       

      Anyways, it was also nice to eat at home. Joe and I cooked a ton and only indulged a few times while visiting family on Christmas and New Year’s. While at home, we made tons of easy, healthy meals that I will be sharing over the coming weeks. 

       

      One of my favorites is this Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder made with fresh veggies and roasted garlic. It was my first time roasting a head of garlic. The flavor is mild enough to spread on toast/crackers and incredibly delicious as part of a hearty soup. It’s the star ingredient in this dish! 

       

      I hope you like the recipe as much as we did and when you try making it, let us know! Leave a comment, and don’t forget to tag a photo #OurFlipSideLife on Instagram!

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Ingredients

      4 cups vegetable broth

      1 head of garlic

      Olive oil

      1 head of cauliflower, chopped

      1 sweet potato, chopped

      2 shallots, chopped

      2 tsp fresh thyme

      Salt and Pepper to taste

      Method

      1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line two baking sheets.

      2. Slice off the top of each head of garlic to expose some of the cloves inside and place the heads on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in the foil and place on the baking sheet.

      3. Add the chopped cauliflower, sweet potato and shallots alongside the garlic and onto the second baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive and season with salt and pepper.

      4. Place both baking sheets in the oven to roast, 30-35 min or until tender. Remove the veggies from the oven and let cool, 5-7 min.

      5. Remove the roasted head of garlic from the foil and gently squeeze each clove casing onto a dish (you should now have a deliciously fragrant garlic paste).

      6. Add the vegetable broth, garlic paste and roasted veggies to a saucepan over medium heat. Let the veggies cook in the broth, 10-12 min or until the flavors are combined.

      7. Using an immersion blender blend the veggies until smooth and season with salt, pepper and thyme.

      8. Plate and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, more thyme, gluten-free croutons, pumpkin seeds and cauliflower (toppings are optional). Enjoy!

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder
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      and FlipBox

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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      Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles

      Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles

      Give this Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodle recipe a try any night of the week because who doesn’t love easy and healthy recipes that can be ready in less than 20min? I DO, I DO!!! This dish is also low in calories, gluten-free, dairy-free and is packed with tons of flavor. So yummy!

      I totally get the benefits of meal prepping, it offers quick, healthy options and helps us stay on track BUT come Thursday (sometimes even Wednesday), I’m over it and wish I had something new, fresh and exciting for dinner. Welp! This noodle recipe does the trick! It’s perfect on nights when you want something new and don’t have much of time. Prepare the sauce while the noodles cook and BOOM…a delicious dinner that is ready in no time!

      Feel free to add more veggies and extra protein! Bon Appetit

      Ingredients

      1 package of noodles (or pasta of choice)

      1/3 cup Liquid Aminos

      3-4 garlic cloves, minced

      1 tbsp ground ginger

      2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

      1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

      1 tbsp avocado oil

      1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes

      1/2  tbsp toasted sesame seeds (more for garnish)

      1/3 cup green onions, chopped (more for garnish)

       

       

      Instructions

      1. Cook pasta per package instructions
      2. While the pasta cooks, mix the sesame sauce ingredients
      3. Drain and rinse the pasta then add in the sauce. Coat noodles evenly
      4. Serve and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
      5. Enjoy!
      6. Read my PSA below 🙂

      This is a PSA 🙂 HA!

      I’m sharing some fun Thanksgiving-inspired recipes later this week. Make sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM too! Also, FLIPBOX is having a Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday Sale this year! That’s 2 chances to get discounts on FlipBox so don’t miss out.

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      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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      Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

      Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

      I know Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas doesn’t go together but we’ve gotta get these kids away from so much junk – don’t you agree? One way to do it is by adding healthier alternatives to the mix. Stores like Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joes are making it easier to buy better-for-you options that are just as yummy and fun to eat. Here are My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas tested and approved by Carolina and Joe! We do the test tasting so you can focus on cute Halloween costumes. 🙂
      Caro can’t decide what she’s wearing this year – it’s a toss-up between Winter Else (cape and all) and a fairy with wings. I’m loving every minute of her excitement this year. I hear her singing “Trick or Treat Smell My Feet!”! She’s just too cute and I’ll have to share photos with you guys but in the meantime, you can also follow us on INSTAGRAM to see live stories of us on Halloween.
      What are your little ones dressing up as? I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Happy (healthy) Halloween, guys!!!
      My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas
      Caro and I made these cute Ghost Donuts with FlipBox. We skipped the sprinkles and added candy eyes for a SPOOKY and healthy way Halloween treat that is gluten-free and refined sugar-free!! Readers of OurFlipSideLife get 10% off all orders of FlipBox with promo code LOVE2BAKE 
      I promise they taste just like traditional candy corn and gummy fruits + they’re gluten-free, allergy-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
      A favorite in our house. Carolina loves her bunnies and these are just too cute! Made with Whole Grain and no artificial ingredients.
       Say no to high-fructose corn syrup! These yummy snacks are made with natural fruit flavors and other good-for-you ingredients.
      Not pictured because I got them late last night but holy moly (!) these are sooo good! Real milk chocolate and colored with veggies! These are the perfect addition to our Healthy Halloween Candy Dish!
      Karla A Salinari

      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

      Instagram Posts

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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      Sweet Potato Muffins (Grain-Free, Naturally Sweet)

      Sweet Potato Muffins (Grain-Free, Naturally Sweet)

      If you follow us on INSTAGRAM you know all about these Sweet Potato Muffins. The recipe is simple to make and requires a short list of ingredients including almond flour making it a grain-free alternative.

      Wait! It gets better – skip the mixing bowls and all the ingredients into a blender! Yes, blender! Why spend extra time in the kitchen when you don’t have too!

      My goal with this blog (and FlipBox) is to share healthy recipes that are simple to make and require minimal time in the kitchen. So if there is a way to cut corners and save me some time, you better believe I’m gonna do it! Wouldn’t you?

      We hope you enjoy these moist, tender, not too sweet and oh so delicious muffins! Let us know what you think!

      Btw – we are now live on Pinterest! Make sure to follow us, comment and upload your best FlipSide recipe photos!

       

      Ingredients

      2 cups almond flour

      ½ cup coconut palm sugar

      1 tbsp baking powder

      1 tsp cinnamon

      1/8 tsp salt

      1 cup mashed sweet potato

      ½  cup dairy free milk

      ½  cup unsweetened applesauce

      ½  cup coconut oil, melted

      2 eggs

      1 tsp vanilla extract

      Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray
      2. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until a batter is formed
      3. Scoop spoonful’s of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners
      4. Bake 25-30min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean
      5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
      6. Serve and enjoy!

      These muffins are freezer friendly! Make an extra batch and save for later. 🙂

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      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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      Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

      Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

      Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are here!

      It’s incredible how fast the summer came and went, no? We had an action-packed summer. We took Caro to Sesame Place (bless your heart if you’ve gone more than once, btw), Philly, the Coney Island Aquarium, she was all over the place. She had so much fun you’d think she’d reward us with NO MORE TEMPER TANTRUMS, right? Nope…still happening!

      Anyway, NYC Schools start classes today and we want to wish all the littles (and not so littles) a happy and successful year! GOOD LUCK!

      Joe is dropping Caro off at school today. Unfortunately, I have to miss her first day and head to work. Huge *sigh* #thestrugglesofworkingparents – it’s days like today that I wish I had more flexibility in my schedule but those days will come!

      Don’t worry this isn’t turning into a sad post, HA! It’s quite the opposite – it’s a happy post b/c I get to share this AMAZING recipe with you! 🙂

      I made these DE-LICIOUS, Healthy and Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins over the weekend and froze them. Thawed them out yesterday and boom…they were fresher than fresh this AM! I packed one in Caro’s lunch box, Joe had a few and I took some to work – everybody wins!

      They are the perfect amount of sweet without being too sweet, healthy and most importantly, easy to make! We hope you like them.

      BTW – how did you guys like our last post? Were the recipes helpful? Have you made them? if so, don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments, and pictures if you have them by tagging us on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK 

      Ok – here’s the recipe! Happy Baking, guys!

      Ingredients

      2 ripe bananas, mashed
      ¼ cup maple syrup
      2 large eggs
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      ½ teaspoon salt
      ¼ cup applesauce
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      2 cups gluten-free oat flour
      1 cup fresh blueberries

      Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
      2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and applesauce and combine. Then mix in the baking powder and oat flour.
      3. Gently fold in blueberries, then scoop spoonfuls of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners.
      4. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for an additional 18 minutes.
      5. Let cool before serving.
      6. Enjoy!
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      Grain-Free Tabbouleh with Tahini Dressing

      Grain-Free Tabbouleh with Tahini Dressing

      Temperatures are warming up which means we can finally enjoy dinners on the patio. Joe loves to grill and I’m usually in charge of the sides. First up, this easy Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad made with cauliflower, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, onions, fresh parsley, mint and dressed in a light Tahini Dressing. It’s the perfect addition to any Spring/Summer menu and a recipe everyone will enjoy!

      Ingredients

      2 cups cauliflower (1/2 a head)

      1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

      1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

      ½ cup cucumber, chopped

      1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped

      ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

      1 garlic clove, crushed

      2-3 tablespoons, Tahini Dressing

      ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

      Sea salt and red pepper flakes to taste

       

      Tahini Dressing

      Ingredients

      ¼ cup tahini

      ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

      ¼ teaspoon lemon zest

      ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

      1 garlic clove, crushed

      Sea salt and pepper to taste

      Tahini Dressing Instructions: Wisk or blend all dressing ingredients together. Drizzle over salads or roasted veggies. The dressing will keep 5-6 days in the refrigerator.

      Salad Instructions

      1. Using a grater, grate the cauliflower into grain-sized pieces.
      2. In a large mixing bowl combine the grated cauliflower, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, mint, and garlic. Toss to combine.
      3. Drizzle with tahini dressing. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.
      4. Separate into bowls and enjoy!
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      Easter Inspired Brownie Nests

      Easter Inspired Brownie Nests

      Happy almost Easter, guys. If you’re like us you don’t have anything prepared for Easter Sunday. Joe and I still working on baskets and of course the dessert menu which will definitely include these cute Brownie Nests. They’re gluten-free and refined sugar-free so you can add a not-so-healthy topping because it’s Easter and calories don’t count, right? 🙂 I shared the recipe on Food Solutions Magazine last month and everyone loved it. We hope you like it too.

      Ingredients

      2/3 cup warm water

      1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

      2/3 cup coconut oil

      2 eggs, at room temperature

      2 teaspoons vanilla extract

      2 cups coconut palm sugar

      1 cup gluten-free oat flour

      1 cup tapioca flour

      1 teaspoon xanthan gum

      2 teaspoons baking powder

      1/2 teaspoon ground coffee

      Pinch of sea salt

      Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
      2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
      3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oat flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
      4. Add the oil, eggs and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
      5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
      6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
      7. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
      8. Serve and enjoy!
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