Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fruit Leather

Last week we were so glad to find that some Walmart's have started to carry Stretch Island Fruit Leather!

We were able to find two legal flavors, which are Grape and Raspberry. Ingredients to steer clear from in other fruit leather are sugar and natural flavors. It is legal if it contains just fruit and ascorbic acid or lemon juice.
These are great to carry in a purse or backpack for a quick snack while at school or out on the town!
I will add this to my Prepared Products page soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

My son's birthday

Last week my son turned one! The year has just flown by. It has been truly amazing to see all of the growth he has undergone in the past 12 months. As I reflected on his 9 months in my womb, and his first year in the world, I feel so blessed that the SCD worked so well during both pregnancy and nursing him. My doctor was thankfully supportive of the SCD during pregnancy, but did admit to me later that he wasn't sure I was going to do so well. But - in his words - I had the picture-perfect pregnancy! Our son was an extremely healthy 7 pounds 15 oz. when he was born, and was a 9 out of 10 on the Apgar scale. He was beautiful when he was born - rosy cheeks and all. I can't imagine a healthier pregnancy or baby!

At first, I was a little nervous that he would get enough from me while nursing. I shouldn't have worried! The whole year he wowed us by being in the 95th percentile for weight and length consistently, and at his one year check-up last week the doctor said he's almost off the charts for length! Neither my husband or I are overly tall people so we can definitely attribute his robust health in large part to the healthy diet I ate while nursing him this year. Thank you, SCD!

It feels great to know that I gave him the best start I could give him while sticking to the SCD.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Adapting an old favorite to the SCD

On Saturday we had our church small group over to our house, and the dinner was a potluck. I wanted to make a dish that others would really enjoy, but also wanted to make sure I had some food that I could eat too!

One of my favorite meals growing up was Chicken Broccoli Casserole. It is made with steamed broccoli and chicken with a sauce of Cream of Chicken soup, mayonnaise, curry powder, and lemon juice poured over the top. The topping is grated cheddar cheese with bread crumbs.

I made a 9x13 dish of the original recipe, and then made a separate dish for myself with steamed broccoli, chicken and lots of cheddar cheese on top. I put both dishes in the oven together and cooked them at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes.

It turned out great! Everyone loved theirs, and I enjoyed mine too. I loved having a lot of cheddar cheese on top so I didn't feel at all deprived! Also, some of the cheese cooks on the bottom of the dish into a yummy crackly treat.