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I am Gluten & Dairy Free!

I prefer organic and unpackaged foods.

I want my kids to eat healthy!

Do you or anyone you love relate?

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Even the most serious dieters need a sweet sometimes.  Without treating yourself every so often allows more of a chance of binging which can ruin all your hard work!

Quick snacks

Rice Dream Bites
These are an excellent ice cream alternative and are great if you are craving chocolate. They are lactose, gluten and cholesterol free with no transfat or refined sugars. Click Here to look for yourself!

Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins or (my fave) Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants which milk chocolate does not. And there is yummy fruit inside!

Trader Joes Power Berries

These delicious, chocolate covered pomegranate, blueberries, acai berries, etc … can leave you very upset you just ate the entire bag. Don’t do it! Moderation! They are delicious and have all sorts of antioxidants, so you feel less guilty!
Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Creams
These are basically Trader Joe’s version of peppermint patties.  2 or 3 of these can cure a sweet tooth and not kill your diet.

Strawberries and chocolate
Hershey’s fat free double chocolate sundae syrup
Dip your sliced strawberry’s in a little of this for a sinless sweet
Here are some options that require a bit more time but just as delish!

Zac’s Dessert Nachos
2 to 3 corn or flour tortillas
Yogurt flavor of your choice
Assorted berries

Cut up a few corn or flour tortillas and place on a foil lined cookie sheet
Use any butter or oil alternative and lightly brush onto cut up tortillas
Sprinkle cinnamon on top (add sugar or sweetener if you’d like)
Bake in over at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown
Put tortilla strips on a serving tray and top with Yogurt and assortment of fruit

Baked Apples
4 medium baking apples
4 teaspoons sugar-free strawberry jam
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups orange juice

Place apples in a foil lined 8-inch square baking pan.
Spoon 1-teaspoon jam into the center of each apple; sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour orange juice into pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve immediately. Recipe yields 4 servings.
Nutritional Analysis per serving: 126 calories, 1mg Sodium, 0 cholesterol, 36g Carbohydrate, 1g Protein, trace fat

Treat Yourself! You are worth a few sweets now and then … just don’t Binge!

xo TVM______________________________________

Kids Eat Free? Where? When?


Monday through Friday for dinner and Sat. And Sun. all day:

One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.

Baja Fresh

Monday: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.

Marie Callender’s

Most locations-Monday and Tuesday: Kids 12 and under eat free

10050 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake (818) 985-6862

Monday through Thursday: One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.


All locations including Northridge and Woodland Hills.

Tuesdays: One free kids meal which each adult entree purchased.


Tuesday and Wednesday: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.


Tuesday and Saturday: Kids eat free from 4-10 pm. You must order one adult entree for every two kids eating free.


Monday: One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.

Giggles N’ Hugs

11701 Wilshire Blvd # 11, Los Angeles (310) 478-4847

Tuesday, all day long: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.

(eventhough not in Valley, this place is so much fun, worth the drive!)

Islands Restaurant

Tuesday: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.

Sagebrush Cantina

23527 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas (818) 222-6062

Tuesdays: Kone free kid’s meal with each adult entree purchased. There is also entertainment for kids on Tuesday nights as well (puppet shows, music, juggling, etc.)


Wednesday and Thursday: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased after 4 pm.

All locations including:

18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana  (818) 343-0782

18521 Devonshire St., Northridge (818) 368-2911

El Torito Mexican Restaurant

Wednesday: One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.


Most locations-Wednesday: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased.

Maria’s Italian Kitchen

Wednesday: One free kids meal with each adult meal purchased.

23331 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills (818)225-0586

Marmalade Cafe

14910 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 905-8872

Wednesday: One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.


Sunday: Kids 12 and under can get a $.99 kid’s meal with each adult entree.

Sisley Italian Kitchen

24202 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia (661) 287-4444

15300 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 905-8444

Sunday: Free cheese pizza for kids.



May 20. 2010:

Calcium Foods v. Supplements: Which is Best for Our Bones?

It seems that the milk bottle beats the pill bottle.

A recent preliminary study by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found that postmenopausal women who met at least 70% of their calcium needs through natural food sources and fortified foods had a higher bone density than those who relied mainly on calcium supplements.

Researchers also found that the calcium-from-food group had higher levels of active estrogen metabolites, which may help improve bone density.

Bottom line: Even if you take calcium supplements, include calcium-rich foods in your diet, such as low-fat dairy products and calcium-fortified beverages such as soy milk and OJ.

May 14, 2010:

Gluten Free Recipe

My Favorite Gluten Free Recipe:

Erica’s Famous Gluten Free Banana Pancakes!

  • 2 Cups of Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix –  Click Here to buy or go to Whole Foods
  • 1+1/2 Cups of water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp of organic applesauce (cinnamon applesauce better)
  • 3 drops of vanilla
  • Mix these ingredients in a bowl on medium, then add:
  • 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil – Click Here to buy or go to Whole Foods
  • Mix these ingredients in on high to desolve
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar (this is entirely up to you on amount, you decide what’s right for your family)
  • 1 Tsp Salt (again, up to you on usage)
  • 1 Banana (or 2) – take a fork and smash banana to chunks and bits, add to mixture and spoon this in evenly

Flame up your griddle, if you have one or Click Here to purchase one, or use your pan. I personally use butter on my griddle for taste. This makes about 12 or more 4″ pancakes. I store unused batter in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Easy to take out and just plop on the griddle for the next day!

My husband and son LOVE these even more than I do! Enjoy!

Please feel free to send me any Gluten Free recipes that you love too!

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