Friday Finds is a segment on the blog where I discuss things I’m currently interested in. I hope you find this enjoyable, and please comment below with anything new you’ve recently discovered, no matter how small. It’s great to be able to exchange ideas here!
Oh my, I am loving teff flour these days!
Since Spring hit, Jade has been struggling more with her allergies. The poor thing has both seasonal and food allergies, so she’s hit double time at this point in the year. In light of that, I work even harder to find things that she can eat without itching and sniffing. Enter teff!
I became interested in teff after learning that it has the nickname of ‘runner’s superfood’. Ethiopians use it as a source of energy, and it is abundant in protein (seven grams per 1/4 cup!).
It is the tiniest grain in the world, and in its whole state, makes a great hot cereal (think cream of wheat).
I like to grind it into flour and use it in various bread recipes, including muffins, flatbread, and pancakes.
In fact, I recently made some honey teff pancakes with it, and since we all loved them so much, I’ll be posting the recipe soon. So, go get yourself some teff! 🙂
2. Quinoa Pasta
I love perusing Costco! My dad and I used to go there every weekend to shop, try samples, and eat hot dogs together.
It’s been nice to revive the tradition with my family today.
My husband and I often take Sammy there when the girls are at school. I love finding new-to-me items, such as this quinoa pasta!
I love these noodles not only for their taste, but also, they cook up in about FOUR minutes! Gluten-free noodles typically take about 12-15 minutes, so this is a vast improvement from that.
I’ve been using these as a base in a healthier tuna noodle casserole that I’ve been working on. Another recipe I’ll hopefully share in the near future!
3. Celery Juice
I’ve never been big on juicing.
In the past, it seemed to do me more harm than good, so I shied away from it for a number of years, despite having bought a rather expensive juicer!
However, after recently reading that celery juice could heal the digestive tract, I thought I’d give it a try!
There’s so much that goes into a diet and health, including allergies, sensitivities, how fast you eat, when you eat, exercise, stress level, etcetera, so there’s no magic cure for myself or anyone else…BUT! I can tell you tell celery juice has made a difference with my digestion, as well as the way I feel mentally.
I typically juice it in the morning (about 1/2 -1 a bunch) and drink it on an empty stomach.
I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and feel my digestion is running a bit smoother, though it’s no miracle worker.
My husband recently purchased an adult-sized Nalgene bottle, and since Sammy wants to do whatever daddy does, he ultimately became the proud owner of a kid version.
I wanted to mention these bottles here because of their efficient design.
I’ve had SO much trouble with kids’ water bottles becoming moldy or grimy inside all the little crevices and silicone parts! It’s been a real nightmare to find something that didn’t employ a flip top or some type of insert.
These are simply made: BPA-free wide-mouthed bottle with a screw on lid. That’s it!
I’m able to get my bottle cleaner in there and really get that bad boy squeaky clean.
5. Monk Fruit Powder
I recently bought some pure monk fruit powder through Nuts.com.
From all my reading, I’m cautiously optimistic about it being a helpful way to sweeten recipes without impacting blood sugar.
I’ve played with it a bit, and it reminds me of stevia in that it has an aftertaste. I like to combine a sweetener, such as coconut sugar or honey, with it in order to cut that out.
I’m mentioning it here wondering if any of you have tried it?
I’m not at all crazy about sugar alcohols like erythritol (though I have dabbled with xylitol), and this brand was pretty much the only one I could find that was 100% monk fruit.
I’d love to hear any opinions you have on it or how you use it in recipes!
What’s new with you this Friday?