grain-free-chocolate

Simply Grain-Free, Vegan, Coconut, Raw Chocolate, Nutty LOVE!

Ingredients - 2 cups minced coconut - 1/2 cup maple syrup - 2/3 cup coconut milk or milk of choice - 2 tbsp coconut flour - 1 cup raw chocolate chips - no sugar added - Chopped nuts- optional - Chopped pumpkin sunflower seeds - optionalDirections - Preheat oven to 400 degrees. - Put all ingredients in a small saucepan except raw chocolate chips. - In low heat, stir to combine - about 5 minutes. - On parchment paper lined small baking sheet place mixture and with hands press together [...]

freedom in 2017

Freedom – 2017

I lived up the block from a park when I was a child. It was Brooklyn and the park consisted of a handball court, lots of concrete and some swings. That's all I needed. I could swing for days. It was one of my favorite things to do. I would try to go as high as I could and I would almost feel like I was flying. It was a freedom my little 8-year-old self never experienced before. I [...]

Home made Coconut Yogurt

Home made Coconut Yogurt A quick, easy breakfast when dealing with celiac disease, an egg allergy, AND without dairy isn't always easy. The days of grabbing a yogurt gone forever. Right? Wrong! Make your own!! Let's make a coconut yogurt that is far better for you than the dairy version. It has a few steps, but when finished you have breakfast or snacks for days. I like to pair mine with some fresh antioxidant berries, some antiinflammatory cinnamon, and beautiful [...]

Oh the flavors of the season are here and ready to make your home smell like a cozy warm hug

Every time people enter my bakery and get overwhelmed by the amazing smells that lead them in...vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, mint... They say, "Do you have a candle that smells like that?" "Not yet" I would answer. But now is a perfect time to make your home smell just as dreamy. Nothing is better than walking into someone's home that smells of fresh-baked yummy holiday cookies, cakes and pies. But what if you don't cook, or don't have all my [...]

Coconut Oil – oh Let me count the many ways you are good for me!!

Who would have thought that those magical big, hard-shelled, weird looking things from the trees when I took family vacations at Christmas time would end up such a huge part of my life. I do recall it being a tasty treat brought to me after it was smashed open on a rock, what a decadent treat. Now it is a staple in my home and not only a treat to eat but has so many other wonderful uses as [...]

grain free biscuits

Chicken Pot Pie w/ Grain-Free Biscuits

Feeling bloated? Unexplained weight gain? Tired, body aches, depressed? So many complain about these same symptoms, especially those with an autoimmune disease like me. There are times when for some reason, my lovely autoimmune disease named Celiac likes to kick my butt. Whether it be stress, eating something off, not getting enough rest or simply just what an autoimmune disease actually does, makes your body unnecessarily attacking itself - it's off and it's cycling out of control. How do you [...]

grain free blueberry pie

End of Summer BLUES

Yes it's among us, the end of summer. Mid-September is here and just like that, another New York City summer has flown by. But as New Yorkers, we won’t let go of summer until it’s pried from our cold, gloved hands! To make the most of the time between now and those beautiful fall veggies and fruit, we’ve prepared several fun and wholesome recipe ideas to squeeze the last drop out of those summer berries. With minimal prep time [...]

what does it mean to live free?

Living Free Can Have a Lot of Different Meanings

When I began to create this site, Living Free meant living free of allergens in your food and products. My goal was to make people aware of the toxins in not ONLY their food but products and items around them and give people alternatives for living a better, cleaner and healthier life. That was a year ago. In that year, my life took a 180 or a 360...or to say it better, how about just knocked me on my butt then [...]

broccoli soup

Eat Free: Broccoli Soup

Eating clean does not have to be boring, dull or tasteless! What’s better than warm soup on a cold day? Or any day for that matter? For me a rich, thick, nutrient dense soup that eats like a meal, only takes 15-20 minutes to make, and has just a handful of ingredients is a win, win, win! Not only is this soup bowl-licking-delicious, but the benefits of broccoli are endless! First and foremost, it is anti-inflammatory and supports your body’s natural detoxification process. It contains fiber [...]

eating seasonally

The Benefits of Eating Seasonally

The most important step on my journey to living free has been learning to eat free. For me, this means a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars, plus rotating my food, choosing organic unprocessed foods clear of GMOS, and eating seasonally. Eating seasonally is one of the best things you can do for your body for a few different reasons: 1. Fresher and More Flavorful Produce Freshly picked produce that’s in season has the most beautiful flavor imaginable. A [...]