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Food Boss Spotlight: Consider It Joy {Part 1: The Food}

At Be Well, we love learning about local foodies and their businesses. Today, we get to hear from
Elizabeth at Consider it Joy baking- a bakery that specializes in Paleo and gluten free goodies! A sweet patient of mine was struggling with celiac disease when his mom took him to this bakery. At the next visit. he was so excited to tell me that he can have desserts just like his friends!  This bakery is changing lives of families who deal with celiac disease and food allergies every day and I couldn't wait to learn more about the journey!


*video from Consideritjoybaking.com

Read about the bakery and vision below and come back next week for Part 2: The Business!

Consider it Joy started in 2015, but were you baking paleo goodies before then? What motivated you to start baking Gluten free/paleo goods? 

I began baking Paleo goodies in 2013.  My oldest son was dealing with chronic stomach pain and some other health issues.  Doctors were not able to provide answers or solutions, so I decided to implement major dietary changes in our household.  Because my kids were 6 at the time, I knew it would take some delicious baked goods to get them on board, so I set out to learn.  

What helped shape your vision into adding cooked items and take home meals rather than only baked goods?


Meeting my customers' needs was huge--people were asking for it from Day 1.  Many people truly want to nourish their families with healthy food, however their hectic work schedules prevent it--or maybe they don't enjoy cooking.  Sometimes people come to our shop looking for meals to take to a friend or family member with dietary restrictions.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to cook for someone with many restrictions and it is easier to know that at Consider it Joy, we have that covered.


Where do you find inspiration for new foods and baked goods?
I really just think about what I liked to eat pre-Paleo and try to recreate those old favorites.  I love to change our menu seasonally to reflect the weather or different holidays.  Many of us have special memories we associate with certain foods like pumpkin pie or even S'mores.  So I start there and work to recreate those items in a way that even non-Paleo people would enjoy.

What advice would you offer to someone who may be just getting started in the kitchen?

I think a lifestyle change like this can be accomplished in many ways, and a lot of times it depends on the temperament of the person.  If someone is feeling overwhelmed, I often tell them to take it one meal at a time.  For instance, if you are going Paleo, perhaps start with making a compliant dinner every night.  You'll need a protein and 2 vegetables.  Get comfortable with that.  Experiment a bit.  Then start working on your breakfasts, etc.  Some people prefer to go cold turkey and that's fine too.  Remember the reasons you are making these changes.  Get your family involved.  If you don't have friends around you that are interested, find a support group online!  

What easy tips do you have for someone who may need a gluten free diet for medical reasons, but is overwhelmed with the process of changing their diet? 

Going gluten-free is overwhelming to anyone at first.  Gluten can hide under a variety of names and reading ingredient lists is time consuming and confusing!  My best advice is to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store.  Meat, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables--there are no hidden ingredients when your food doesn't come from a box.  For those on a budget, I would recommend shopping at ALDI or Sprouts to find great deals on produce, or if it is possible, joining Costco to take advantage of bulk pricing.  While organic and grassfed are optimal, they are not required, and any fresh meat and vegetables are better than fast food or boxed alternatives.

Thank you so much to Elizabeth for taking the time for this interview. Consider It Joy is located in Hoover, Alabama, but is able to ship worldwide. Make Consider It Joy one of your weekday stops! The grain free granola and pecan shortbread cookies have been my favorites so far, but share your favorite below!

Do you have a local business you would like to share with the Be Well readers? Email us today at rainiecarterrd@gmail.com!

Homemade Granola Bars

September is whole grains month and to celebrate, Dave’s Killer Bread sent some whole grains my way! I have written about their bread and program before, and have quickly learned to love their bread (coming from a non-bread fan!). 

Whole grains are so important thanks to fiber and protein (the two things that help keep us fuller longer). Adults need around 35g of fiber each day and we typically get around 11g. Basically, we are all walking around hungry, tired, and constipated! If this sounds like you, read this earlier post—and add more fiber (and water) to help out with that!

I thought vacation would be the best time to toss some fun, new whole grains into my home-made granola bars for a fiber packed snack. I don’t buy grocery store granola bars because they are typically high in sugar and don’t keep me full very long. I had pretty much nixed granola and bars all together but since trying my friend, Kathleen’s, granola bars, I have been enjoying them as convenient on-the- go snacks. Plus, extra fiber is always needed on vacation...anyone agree?!

Kathleen originally got the recipe from the Minimalist Baker, but we have both added our own twists to the basic recipe. Add your own spin with any dried fruit or nut and share your ideas below!




Healthy Granola Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour freezer
Ingredients (12 bars)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup local honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. (A loaf pan also works, but will make fewer, thicker bars).
  2. Using a food processor (or Ninja blender) mix raisins and peanuts until well combined and forms somewhat of a paste.
  3. To the food processor bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, oats, and chia seeds. Pulse until all ingredients are mixed well.
  4. Add chocolate chips and stir them in. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  5. Freeze for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before cutting. Cut them into whatever bar shape you like! Store these bars in an air tight container in the freezer for best results. They may also be kept in the refrigerator but they don't do well on the counter top!
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Product Review: Organic Valley Fuel Protein Shake {Healthy Fudge Popsicle Recipe}

I have to admit that when the generous people over at Organic valley sent some delicious protein shakes for us to try, I was hesitant. Rarely do I actually like pre-mixed protein shakes. I much prefer to mix up my own...until I tried the Organic Valley Organic Fuel protein shake. The vanilla was my favorite, naturally, since it tasted like a melted milkshake. I love how fast, low maintenance, and versatile protein shakes can be. Plus, they really have fullness staying power and last right through midmorning snack time!

The only con I found was that there are a few more grams of sugar (27g) than I usually like, but some sugar is expected since they contain lactose (milk sugar). If you prefer lower added sugar like me, they do have a lower calorie version (Organic Balance) and would be more appropriate for post workout snacks or any-time snacks!

The Organic Fuel Shake is 260 calories so it served well as a breakfast replacement on our long road trip! It also passed the teenager test and made a great lunch item for my sister's volleyball tournament! {Even she agreed that it tasted like a milkshake!} Which, made me think, it should be a milk shake---or maybe a popsicle?

Enter deliciously crafted protein pops! At 68 calories a piece, they make  a perfectly refreshing snack that tastes like the fudgsicles from my childhood!


Popsicles for breakfast?! Why not?!

Healthy Fudge and Peanut Butter Popsicle
Yield: 6 popsicles; 68 calories; 5g protein; 9g carb 
Ingredients:

1 bottle Organic Valley Organic Fuel
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons PB2

Directions:

1. In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients until well combined.
2. Pour into popsicle molds.
3. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
4. Enjoy!

For more delicious frozen treat ideas, check out Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet by Christine Chitnis! (thanks for the rec, Sarah!)

Thank you to Organic Valley (and Sarah!) for providing both Vanilla and Chocolate shakes. All opinions expressed are my own.