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    Guest Blogger Caryn Carruthers Shares Her Journey to Clean Eating

    Guest Blogger Caryn Carruthers Shares Her Journey to Clean Eating

    We are so excited to introduce our next guest blogger, Caryn Carruthers, Photographer and Creative behind the food blog tasty 'n' free. She shares with us what led her to changing her eating habits and how it's inspired a new creativity within her! Here's her story....

     Five years ago I officially learned about my wheat allergy. It took me a long time to get up the nerve to take the allergy test and find out – I was avoiding it because I didn’t want my beloved cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies to officially be off the table. But I had been noticing for a number of years that wheat, refined carbs and sugar were causing skin issues for me, and I needed to know what I was dealing with. So I took the allergy test and the results were as I suspected. Wheat allergy. Great. Now what?


    My journey started with a lot of research because I wanted to know what foods I would never be able to eat again. Was I really never going to eat another baked good? I spent a lot of time reading anti-inflammatory and yeast free cookbooks because principals in these methods had proven successful with healing the gut. I started noticing trends in these “clean eating” methods – whole foods, low carb, unprocessed, home cooking, lots of fresh vegetables, low sugar, naturally sweetened, and dairy free – doable, but a big change from what I had currently been eating.

    Clean eating made sense to me and I was willing to do it, but it was important to me that I didn’t feel deprived. I took on healing AND enjoying what I was eating as a fun challenge. I made long grocery lists and spent hours at the grocery store looking through products and reading labels. I experimented with new ingredients and tried out tons of recipes. The failures were many, but the successes made it all worth it. I was healing, learning and even getting to enjoy a few baked goods! I found that every time I read a label that left me disappointed, my creativity would flourish to find a food hack that would satisfy a craving. I substituted, brainstormed and the result was often creatively and physically fulfilling. With time I created a way of eating and a lifestyle that worked for me. In reflection, a lot of what I have accomplished during my years of clean eating is redefining for myself what tastes good. I now prefer fresh, real food to processed food.

    The reality remains that pretty much every treat that stays within my dietary guidelines has to be made at home. There aren’t many companies making products I can buy, and eating out while avoiding trigger foods is nearly impossible. Over the years I have found a few products made by companies who adhere to my same eating principals. When I find products made by these companies I feel like someone has hand wrapped the perfect birthday present just for me. Guiltless Goodies is one of the few companies out there making treats for clean eaters. My reaction to finding their products was nothing short of elation, not only could I eat a baked good, I didn’t have to make it!

    I have included some creative inspiration for how to eat clean and indulge with your Guiltless Goodies products. You’ll see pictured:

    a Cake Donut breakfast sandwich with spinach and egg,


    a blueberry smoothie bowl with a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Donut,


    a Cake Donut dressed up with whipped pumpkin and topped with pumpkin seeds,


    a Coconut Cookie Thin ice cream sandwich with dairy free ice cream

    Eating clean doesn’t just have to be about the sacrifice. Get creative and find ways to indulge that leave you feeling good.

     

    We are so happy that Caryn came to the bakery and became a new customer and friend. Make sure you check out her website and browse through her incredible recipes!

    Guest Zoe Palmer Talks Type 1 Diabetes + Guiltless Goodies

    Guest Zoe Palmer Talks Type 1 Diabetes + Guiltless Goodies

    Ok Guiltless Fam,

    We have a new guest blogger and her story is one of positivity and inspiration. Zoe Palmer tells us about living with Type 1 Diabetes and how our products have become a staple in her diet. If you're unfamiliar with Type 1 Diabetes we've included some visuals we pulled off the web that help explain how it can affect the body.

     

    We hope you enjoy hearing her story! Be sure to check her out on Instagram and give her a follow!

     

    Hi y’all!

    My name is Zoe Palmer - also known as @zoeepalmerr on Instagram, and I am writing to share my love and appreciation for Guiltless Goodies!

    My journey with Guiltless Goodies all started back in April of 2018. I was just a little over a month of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the late age of 20 years old, almost 21. I had honestly been struggling with trying to find a breakfast that was not only good for me and my blood sugars, but that was tasty enough for my cravings! I was a HUGE dessert person before my diagnosis in March of 2018. I thought I would never be able to enjoy anything sweet again without the risk of having my sugars go high UNTIL, I found Guiltless Goodies!!

    Their products have been a life changer and life saver for me. And that’s not even saying enough. I eat their donuts every single morning for breakfast and have their other treats for a light snack to hold me over until my next meal. Their products have worked so well for me, that I don’t even have to take insulin for them. That is a huge success for me. When I don’t have to take insulin for something I am going to eat, it just feels like a really big accomplishment. After I was diagnosed with diabetes I was eating frozen waffles that were lower in carbs and had zero flavor.. I mean zero... I was having to take insulin for these and my sugars were still going high. Even if I carb counted right, I was still feeling bad.

    For those of you that don’t know, when your blood sugar goes high you get very lethargic and you get very testy. And who wants to feel that way? I can 100% say, I have never had a high blood sugar after eating Guiltless Goodies. All while not even taking insulin for them!!! Eating their products have really changed my mornings, days, and all around life. After eating my breakfast I feel satisfied, good, and awake! When your blood sugars are in range, so is your mood.

    Fast forward a couple months later and I was finding out my kidneys had been damaged from being undiagnosed with diabetes for so long. I have really been trying to watch my sodium intake because that can help some with keeping the damage under control. I had already been eating Guiltless for awhile and when I was broken the news about my kidneys I started looking at the sodium in everything I was eating. I can’t even explain to y’all the amount of happiness that went through me when I learned that the sodium in Guiltless products are low. I was not ready to give up the donuts, and honestly don’t think I ever will be.

    Lindsey and Daniel have created treats that fit well with a lot of lifestyles. And just to make me love them even more, they CARE about how their products affect your body. Being a diabetic that is super important to me, and that’s a big win in my book. What I am getting at is, if you don’t have Guiltless in your life by now, you are truly missing out! I have even gotten my family, friends, and boyfriend hooked on these sweet treats. And my boyfriend doesn’t have a sweet tooth in his body. Since being diabetic I have really started to pay attention to what I am putting in my body and I am so happy that I found Guiltless Goodies. I would be lost and grumpy without them.

    We are so thankful Zoe shared her experience with us. Above is a photo she sent us of her insulin levels after eating our donuts. She was delighted that her levels hadn't spiked and that she didn't have to take insulin! Simply Amazing! Congrats, Zoe!

    Guiltless Chocolate Chip + Pecan Pumpkin Bars (gluten, grain + dairy free)

    Guiltless Chocolate Chip + Pecan Pumpkin Bars (gluten, grain + dairy free)

    Guiltless Chocolate Chip + Pecan Pumpkin Bars

    It might go without saying, but these are one of our favorite holiday desserts! Light, fluffy, yet dense, and way delicious! Gluten, grain, and dairy free. These are wholesome and real crowd pleaser! Delicious with our without the pecan glaze! Shown here both ways! Enjoy!! 

     

    Ingredients:

    1 cup pumpkin puree

    1 cup almond butter 

    3/4 cup coconut palm sugar  

    4 organic eggs

    2 T pumpkin pie spice 

    2 t vanilla extract 

    1/2 t sea salt 

    1 t baking powder 

    1 1/2 c Guiltless 7 Seed Superfood Flour 

    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    3/4 cup chocolate chips 

     

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

    Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

    Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. 

    Pour batter into greased baking dish. 

    Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center of pan is firm. 

    Slice into squares. Makes approximately 24 squares. 

     

     

     Without glaze and chocolate chips baked inside and also sprinkled on top! 

     

     

    Lemon Tarts (gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, dairy-free, paleo)

    Lemon Tarts (gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, dairy-free, paleo)


    We're counting down to the 4th of July around here! We'll be taking our big family vacation of the summer to our favorite place, Crested Butte, CO! Our little family has so many memories there already, including it being the place where the idea to "use seeds" came to me. And it's also the place where we got the name "Asher" as we visited when we were pregnant with our third son. 
    On the 4th, we will attend the parade in town and will try to stay up late enough to watch fireworks. We'll also eat lots of good food and include our favorite recipes, like this Lemon Tart! 
    Inspired by PaleoOMG. This is soo good! Daniel called it one of the best things I've ever made. That's huge! But the toddlers didn't seem interested. I guess little ones and lemon aren't always a match, but I would definitely make it for the older crowd or those that love tart! 
    The crust is an almond butter and Guiltless flour base with coconut flakes and walnuts. You don't bake it, so it stays a little soft. It isn't a crispy, flakey crust - more of a rich almond butter and walnut crust with a little crunch from the nuts. Daniel loved the crust as is. So you can take his word for it! -- UPDATE: I also tried baking the crust, and it turned out great! I think Daniel preferred the softer crust still. But I think the crunchy crust would be preferred by most people. Anyway, directions for both are below, so you can choose yours! BTW these tarts in these photographs are the softer version (not baked). 
    Ingredients: 
    For the crust
    • ½ cup almond butter
    • ½ cup Guiltless 7 Seed Flour 
    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • ⅔ cup walnuts
    • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut milk (full fat, in the can) 
    • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
    • pinch of salt
    For the topping
    • 5 eggs, whisked
    • ⅓ cup honey
    • ⅓ cup Coconut Oil (unrefined)
    • juice of 4 lemons
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • ½ cup raspberries
    • ½ cup strawberries 
    Directions: 
    1. Place all crust ingredients in food processor and mix until smooth. (Our big food processor broke, so I used a small one and everything still fit!) 
    2. Add crust ingredients to an 8x8 baking dish (use glass if you have it so you can see the pretty inside!) and press down to form an even crust. / For crunchy crust: bake at 350 degress for 10 minutes / For softer crust: Put in fridge for about 20 minutes (no baking for soft)
    3. While the crust is baking / or hardening in fridge, make your lemon topping.
    4. Place a small saucepan over medium heat.
    5. Add your eggs, honey, coconut oil, and lemon juice to the saucepan and whisk together.
    6. Continue stirring together until mixture begins to thicken. Increase heat to medium high, if needed to thicken. (just make sure not to cook your eggs) 
    7. Once lemon mixture has thickened, remove from heat, and place in bowl to cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
    8. When your lemon topping has cooled, spread it over your crust then place your raspberries and blueberries however you'd like! You might alternate berries to get some of each in every square! 
    9. Enjoy!