Namaste Foods: Pizza Time

Pizza crust mixI am so excited to tell you about a new brand that I have just discovered. The wonderful folks at Namaste Foods might just be my new best friends. I tried their pizza crust mix for the first time tonight and LOVED it! I didn’t realize how much I was missing not being able to have pizza. Their crust mix is super tasty and all I had to add to it was a tiny bit of olive oil and some water. I went to their website after dinner and found that they also make pasta, muffin mix, brownie mix, and frosting! I can’t wait to try out some more, or all of their products.

Jesse is a pretty tough critic when it comes to pizza, the man really knows and loves his pizza. When he says it’s one of his favorites you know it’s got to be really good. We’ll have to experiment with some different toppings and see what other kinds of pizzas we can come up with.

The recipe was intended for one 14″ pizza, but we like thin crust so I made two 9″ pizzas. The crust goes in the oven to cook for 20 minutes. Then add all your toppings (can you tell which one is for Jesse?), and back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Making pizza

Pizza sauceMy toppings were ground beef mixed with pizza sauce. I like to use Muir Glen‘s tomato products. It’s really not because it’s organic, but because it’s hard to find sauces that I am able to have. We love their spaghetti sauce so I thought their pizza sauce would be good too… and it was! They add lot of yummy spices to their sauces that made the pizza that much more fabulous. And, of course, we had cheese.  Too much milk products tends to bother my stomach, but I do fine with a little.

The pizzas came out perfectly! I think pizza will be back to a regular part of our diet again. I had to email Namaste Foods after dinner just to let them know how awesome it is that they make such a great product for people with allergies. It is really hard to find foods that avoid all three of my allergies so I just wanted to make sure they know someone is really enjoying them.



Allergic Girl by Sloane Miller

Sloane Miller’s Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies is a great book. It is definitely a must read for anyone with food allergies or anyone who cares and cooks for someone with food allergies.

Allergic Gril

In my never ending google-ing for information to make my new, food-allergic life easier, I came across a blog called Please Don’t Pass The Nuts. I discovered that the author of the blog had also written this book. Sloane is a psychotherapeutic social worker who coaches people on how to live with their food allergies. I found that since she deals with multiple food allergies herself, she had tons of helpful advice and stories that I could relate to.

Here is what I learned from Allergic Girl:

1. Know when you’re having a reaction, and when you’re not. Let me explain. One of the first things that my allergist had me do after the results of my allergy testing was start keeping a food diary. I wrote down every single thing that I ate and any reaction I felt as a result. I now think that was the worst thing I have taught myself to do. Before long I couldn’t tell if I was imagining symptoms or actually having them. I was concentrating so hard on every little throat tickle that I was afraid to eat. I began crossing more and more foods off of my safe list. This book let me know that I was not alone in my ability to worry symptoms into reality. Now when I feel something I take a deep breathe, drink some water, and reevaluate when I’m calmer.

2. Love your food. I’ve always loved food, especially pasta and sweets. For a while I felt like my world ended when everything was eliminated from my diet. It wasn’t that I was going hungry, but I sure wasn’t feeling satisfied with my food life. This book helped my to start to discover my inner foodie by focusing on all the foods I could have instead of the foods that I couldn’t. I’ve been enjoying foods I’ve never had before and never would have been willing to try before. Cooking is still difficult because it still takes a LOT of planning, but it is also fun and exciting!

3. How to eat away from home. I haven’t tried this one out too much yet. I feel so much more comfortable at home where I know every ingredient and exactly how everything is prepared, but eating at home is not always possible. I’ve learned to trust that other people are just as capable at cooking within my new rules. I feel more confident that I can communicate my needs to others and still stay safe. This will really be put to the test this summer, as we are planning a trip. We will be away from home for a whole week (yikes)! When the idea of the trip was first presented to me I thought there was no way that I could go, but now I’m determined to work it out. Even though I’m still a bit scared about the idea I know that with some extra planning it can be done.

Discovery of Enjoy Life Foods

I have been on my allergy diet for quite some time now. I feel so much better avoiding all of the foods that we bothering me so much. However, I sure do miss the of the convenience foods we used to buy such as hamburger helper, sauce mixes, and especially snack foods. You know something can’t be too good for you when the ingredients list takes up the entire side of the box. It’s no wonder I felt crappy with all the crazy stuff that was in our food. I try to convince myself that my fresh and healthier alternatives are just as yummy, but the truth is… sometimes I need junk food!

Double chocolate brownieThat’s why I was so excited yesterday when I discovered Enjoy Life Foods. I was once again spending forever in the organic section looking for something new to try. The problem is that so many of the gluten free products use corn starch or some other form of corn. Enjoy Life cookies are free from wheat, soy, corn, milk, and eggs! I bought the double chocolate brownie cookies to try first. I was so eager to try them, I had one right after breakfast… very yummy! That was the first cake-y food I’ve enjoyed in months because I’m always so afraid of having corn syrup. I can’t wait to try more of their products. My grocery store only had a couple of their cookie varieties, but I really want to try their snack bars. The only thing I’ve been able to have for snacks is fruit. I don’t think this box of cookies will last too much longer! 🙂

The only disappointing thing about Enjoy Life Foods is that their products aren’t for sale on their website.  I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to sell directly to the consumer.  It would be a whole lot easier to order online and have the snacks shipped right to me than to have to drive around to different stores in my area to see which store carries each item.

**Update**  Enjoy Life Foods replied to my post with a link to where I could order online!  It’s slightly cheaper than the store price too!