Author: Brianna

18th Anniversary + Myabetic James Compact Case Review

Well, I’ve reached another September 17th. This year, in 1999, was just after my T1D mom turned 40 and had a 4-year-old child who wouldn’t stop trying to drink her bath water. While I don’t particularly focus on, or celebrate, this anniversary, I do treat each September 17th as a day to renew my strength, knowing I’ve worked hard to care for myself for another year with T1D. + knock-on-wood, no complications.

I want to take this anniversary to focus on something great– Myabetic cases!

As you know, I’ve reviewed the Cherise bag in the past– which is perfect for a day on the go and check out the post for a coupon code! When I reached out to the team at Myabetic in need of a little case to combine my meter and my syringes/vials for my work bag/smaller purses, I found myself anxiously awaiting a delivery of the James compact case, in quilted black gloss.

A word from the *now* wise– be careful when opening the box with scissors! It’s tightly packed in there!

Anyhow, I immediately loaded this baby up with my meter, strips, 2 vials of insulin, syringes, clicker, and alcohol wipes– outer pockets got a spare battery and spare lancets in one, room for my cash/odds and ends in the other {if I don’t need my full wallet}!

It arrived just in time for a quick overnight trip for work, so this beauty flew the skies + was whipped out for that morning long-acting in the airport bathroom. No one blinked when I took it out — as a matter of fact, one woman said– “I love your bag!”– little did she know what I had tucked inside!

James Myabetic Case James Myabetic Case Inside

I love my Myabetic bags more and more every day. Next on my list? The new Brandy backpack!

Here’s to another year with T1D– with all the highs and lows, literally and emotionally, but little glimmers of light and hope with things like beautiful supply cases that don’t feel so medical.

Take it easy but take it,

Brianna

*Myabetic sent me this bag free-of-charge; as always, opinions are my own*

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Well, I’m realizing {thanks to those commenting on my Instagram!} that you all like to see my easy meal ideas but you also want to know how to make some of these things!

Okay, that’s not all that unexpected. But now that I know there’s an audience, I’m going to start posting recipes of things that I see you all want to make.

So, here’s the first quick dinner: turkey meatballs and zoodles!

Zoodles + Turkey Meatballs

I’ve been saving up for an Inspiralizer— I currently use a mini spiralizer I found on Amazon for really cheap and it’s on it’s last legs! But, you can indeed get a low-cost one to give zoodles {and other spiralized veggies/fruits} a try.

I love zoodles because they’re not only fun to make + eat, but super low carb!

See the recipe below; I’ve included the brands I love but this post is not sponsored.

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Yield: 3-4

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3-4 thin zucchinis {so they fit your spiralizer/don't have many seeds!}
  • BBQ sauce {I use Sweet Baby Rays}
  • Ketchup {I use Heinz; nice and easy!}
  • Parmesan cheese {shredded or grated}
  • 1/4 c GF bread crumbs {I absolutely love my old standby, Gillians, that are top 8 free too!}
  • Garlic powder/onion powder
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Olive oil for pan + non-stick spray or parchment paper for baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spiralize zucchini into a bowl, lightly salt, and set aside for 10 minutes while you make the meatballs.
  3. In a bowl, combine ground turkey, generous squeeze of BBQ sauce and ketchup {about 1/3c each}, handful of parmesan, breadcrumbs, few shakes of garlic + onion powders, S&P to your preference.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Spray non-stick onto a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  6. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop meatballs and line up in rows on the baking sheet.
  7. Put in oven for 30 minutes, setting timer to turn at 15 minutes.
  8. After turning the meatballs, heat non-stick skillet with a few tbs. of olive oil.
  9. Take zucchini and place into heated oil.
  10. Turn gently several times over next ~10 minutes, until cooked to desired softness.
  11. Remove meatballs from oven and zoodles from skillet; serve warm.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/08/quick-dinner-turkey-meatballs-and-zoodles/

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

No-Bake Gluten Free, Egg Free, Lactose Free Cheesecake

Alas, the long awaited cheesecake recipe.

I’ve posted photos of my favorite dessert many times on Instagram {@breezygfreezy} and continually get the comment: “Recipe please!”

Well, I’m finally getting around to it.

I’ve always loved cheesecake– my mom has a famous recipe and made it for many special occasions when I was growing up.

Her recipe morphed into a perfect GF cheesecake that I enjoyed for years, but when I was slammed with a severe egg intolerance, everything cheesecake came to a screeching HALT.

How could we re-make Brianna’s favorite dessert {again} so it’s safe?!

Well, folks. We did it– thanks to my mom’s ingenuity, some recipe tweaking {okay, a lot}, and some of my favorite products. This recipe/post is not sponsored– I’m simply sharing it because it’s:

a. absolutely delicious

b. the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and midnight treat

c. only possible because of the brands I’ve found and fallen in love with over many years

No Bake Cheesecake GF/EF/LF

Without further ado…

No-Bake Gluten Free/Egg Free/Lactose Free Cheesecake

Yield: 12

No-Bake Gluten Free/Egg Free/Lactose Free Cheesecake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put cookies into food processor and pulse until crumb texture.
  2. Add melted butter and mix.
  3. Press cookie-butter mixture into 9 inch springform pan.
  4. In a stand mixer/using hand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Remove from mixer and gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  6. Fill crust with filling.
  7. In a small pot, melt Smucker's Sugar Free Jelly over low heat until liquid consistency.
  8. Slice strawberries and arrange as desired.
  9. Drizzle warm jelly liquid over the top.
  10. Chill in fridge 2-3 hours or longer before serving.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/08/no-bake-gluten-free-egg-free-lactose-free-cheesecake/

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery: Review + GIVEAWAY!

*This review has been sponsored by Hannah’s Healthy Bakery, but as always, the opinions expressed are my own.*

I met Hannah at this year’s GFAF Expo in Schaumburg, IL– and boy, am I happy she was there!

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery is a line of mixes that are gluten free, paleo {grain free}, and dairy free. They’re all almond flour based and result in delightful goodies that just happen to be beautifully low carb!

I’ve made her cookie mix over and over– using egg replacer {I’m not specific– I’ve used Orgran, Namaste, and Ener-G} to make them egg-free {and ultimately now vegan!} and Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup in place of maple syrup + Enjoy Life Mini Chips and BAM! Delicious low carb, egg free cookies that allow this cookie monster to indulge and eat a few in a sitting!

When Hannah reached out to me about using her brownie mix to create vegan brownies, I was eager to get baking! The result? Cocoa-forward, cakey brownies that I’ll absolutely make again.

Here are the substitutions:

  • Eggs –> Egg Replacer of choice
  • 1 c sugar –> 1/3 c sugar, 2/3 c Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup
  • 3/4 c oil –> generous 1/2 c

I also added Navitas Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs from my Love With Food Snack Box this month to top them off with a fun twist!

Hannah's Healthy Bakery Brownies

Baking time remained the same and though they look super thin in a 9×13″ pan, they do fluff up a bit. Next time, I’ll opt for a 9×9″ pan!

So, gluten free/celiac/paleo/low carb/grain free/diabetic/vegan/dairy free/egg free/you-name-it friends, who wants to get their hands on some of the fabulous Hannah’s mixes?! Hop on over to my Instagram and enter to win 6 bags of your choice!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Looking for a quick tummy fix?

Okay, it’s no secret that my GI system wages war against me frequently. Despite the fact that I am the “most careful celiac” physicians have ever seen, have eliminated another 3 foods/food groups that I identified make me feel miserable, and am endlessly careful about overloading my stomach with lactose/dairy, I’ve got issues.

Recently I went through another round of tests and scopes to see if a new doctor could find the answer to my nausea and bathroom-running woes, but nada. Nothing. All “looks good.”

Well, okay then.

As I continue to deal with periods of misery and some periods of near-perfection, I’ve learned a few tricks about putting together at-home tummy fixes that are agreeable, budget-friendly, and quick.

Last week, I grabbed a few Imodium from my medicine box, a Powerade Zero from my emergency stash {yes, I have one}, and filled my hot water bottle {I prefer it over a heating pad–the weight seems to be helpful! My mom has been giving it to me since I was little}. Dinner hour was creeping up and food was not sounding appealing.

So, I wanted to share what I made. Here’s everything you need:

Alright, folks. These are pantry staples. Not hard to keep things that are frozen or shelf-stable around for these in-a-pinch situations.

I heated the chicken in the microwave, added the frozen onion for a quick zap, poured the bone broth over and heated it for another couple minutes. I toasted my Bloomfield Farms GF Vegan Loaf bread on the side and all set. A balanced meal with healing bone broth that can be put together in under 5 minutes using things that don’t require slaving in the kitchen when your stomach is cramping.

Bone Broth Quick Soup

Take it easy, but take it. + feel good!

Brianna