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morning inspiration: DIY RAISIN BRAN and spirulina in Haribo!

raisin bran diyHappy things filled my brain this morning.  Firstly, the discovery that was made this weekend is worth mentioning: Haribo has Spirulina in it.  Yes, Haribo — those delightful gummies that are neither too sweet nor too tacky.  Since they are flavored with natural flavors and colors (another woo!), they contain Spirulina, which is a cyanobacterium that contains calcium, protein, antioxidants, vitamins… lots of good stuff.  While eating green gummies will probably not save my life, this was certainly a petite pleasure to discover.

haribo croco

My head was further massaged when I blended things in my pantry.  Not machine blending, but more holding hands, I guess.  Being a “Bubble Child” with a strong nut allergy, gluten intolerance, and corn sensitivity makes finding cereal in France rather challenging.  If it’s not filled with wheat its gluten-free alternative is a flake of corn.  If I can find a healthy looking muesli, it will have hazelnuts.  What’s a girl to do?  Ahhh, DIY.

All I seem to find are buckwheat flakes and puffs of various sorts (rice, buckwheat, etc.)  How about…. I want raisin bran so I combine those two with raisins?  Magique!

flakes and raisins

Here’s your morning inspiration: to save your stomach, histamines, and wallet some work, try combining different cereal flakes you can eat with different dried fruits and dark chocolate chips (!!) to have some custom lovin’ every morning in a bowl.  Top with either lactose-free milk or dairy-free milk of choice, and you’re smooth sailing for the day. <3

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New food crush: TEECHIA

IMG_5387I have to admit, I have a new food crush, and its name is TeeChia.

If I were to be an animal when it came to breakfast, I would have to say I’d be something like a gerbil or maybe a goat or giraffe or something, because I love my whole grains.  Growing up, before I realized what was making me bloat all the time, I had grains for breakfast every morning.  I miss that.  They taste so good, and I imagine they would make you feel great, too, if they didn’t send your stomach into a full space orbit every time they hit the small intestine.

IMG_5381TeeChia was like a little premature Easter Bunny gift sitting on my front porch last night when I arrived home late from work.  The kind people of Santa Barbara had mailed two Bubble Child-safe samples to Bubble Child headquarters (aka my apartment) in Portland, Oregon, for some taste reviews.  Well, TeeChia, your review gets a figurative stamp of approval and an A+.

Composed of tasty nuggets of dried fruit, chia, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkin, and flax, this cereal satisfies both your morning crunch and cream.  Pour a little warm water on this blissfully just-sweet-enough cereal, let it expand, and top with your favorite milk (or not), and it is a powerful start to your day!  Like the taste, the cereal is loaded with good energy: 6g of fiber, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, 26g of whole grains (which is my lucky number, so I am pleased!), and 6g of protein per serving.  It’s the good energy that stays throughout the day, not food that stays in the belly.

IMG_5384<–Ready for H2O.

IMG_5389<–Rose and shined.

TeeChia is available in various health food stores and online at TeeChia.com.  Cool thing: if you have a coffee allergy, they are the ones who make Teeccino, an excellent caffeine-free coffee alternative.

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