Monthly Archives: May 2021

Are you ready for Summer with Safe Sunscreen and some delicious Memorial Day Recipes?

Hey, friends! Who’s ready for the unofficial start of summer? I sure am! Longer days mean more fun outdoors, but most especially – no more virtual school! 🤞 I can’t believe my youngest is graduating. We’re excited for summer break as a family paddle boarding, boating, swimming, going to the beach, picnics, eating outdoors, biking, bocce ball (yes our new lawn grass is coming up!). 💥

Time to stock up on all things sun! How about you? Are you ready? If not, it’s the perfect time! I’m getting my sunscreen and replenishing some of my makeup favs and getting the freebie. It’s been about a year since Beauty Counter had a giveaway like this and the value on these minis is 32 for the resurfacing peel and 26 for the supreme cream! I love a good stackable deal! Use codes, credits, combined with a choice of free gift with purchase! You’ll find the details and all this below:

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields is where you can to to get the free gift!

From now until June 1st you can choose between a Free mini Countertime Resurfacing Peel or Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream!

The Resurfacing Peel is GREAT for evening skin tone and removing any dark spots, increasing skins clarity and radiance. You wear it overnight! It’s lovely and light!

The Countertime Supreme Cream (night cream) supports elasticity and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use your skin will be more radiant and youthful-looking. This feels very indulgent!

If you are a new Beauty Counter Customer you can stack this deal with the CLEANFORALL20 coupon code! If you are a Band of Beauty Member you can combine this deal with your credits!

I LOVE Beauty Counter’s Zinc Based Sunscreens! We use them all Summer long and they come in Stick, Spray and Lotion and even a Tinted Spray Sunscreen in Two shades as well as a clear zinc face sunscreen! I put together some ideas for you below. If you have any questions, I am here. I will put my Beauty Counter link below so you can find me. If you hadn’t seen my Beauty Counter posts in the past, I am a consultant for Beauty Counter a great place to go to get safer products in your hands!

Keep reading for some delicious Memorial Day weekend food ideas!

Try this Greek Salad with Salmon Skewers this weekend!

This is a delicious one bowl main dish salad! Paleo, Gluten Free

Another winner of a salad is my Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad! It has loads of color and flavor and is very festive!

Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad, AIP Option, SCD, Paleo, GAPS and Gluten Free

This Peach Mango Sorbet is very refreshing, light and tasty!

Refreshing Peach Mango Sorbet AIP and Paleo

I hope you have a wonderful kick off to the unofficial start to Summer this weekend doing some things you love and eating good food!

Here’s the link again to get your Summer zinc based sunscreen from me and your gift!

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

Sweet and Sour Pineapple BBQ Sauce SCD, Low FodMap, AIP

I’m always on the hunt for new healthy sauces I can make that are versatile and can be used throughout the week to make meals more interesting and delicious!

This Sweet and Sour BBQ is a very versatile sauce that you can use on chicken, vegetables and as a dipping sauce for delicious savory sweet and sour flavor. You will love that the ingredients in this sauce are so good for you with very little added sweetener. It’s the pineapple that gives it most of it’s sweetness with a little smoked salt, honey and cider vinegar for sweet tanginess. there is also a little butternut squash puree in it to give it beautiful color, creaminess and sneak in some veggies that kids won’t even know is there. This recipe is SCD, Low Fodmap and AIP Paleo!

Sweet and Sour Pineapple BBQ Sauce SCD Low FodMap

Ingredients:

1 Can of Native Forest Organic Pineapple Chunks (14 oz.) This is in it’s own juice only

1/2 Cup of Pureed Cooked Butternut Squash

1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Clover Honey (clover honey is low fodmap if under 2 tablespoons)

1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Smoked Salt (optional but highly recommended)

3/4 Teaspoon of Salt (use a whole teaspoon if omitting the smoked salt)

In a high speed blender, blend all the ingredients using the whole can of pineapple with the juice. Do not drain. Pour the blended ingredients into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop. When the BBQ sauce comes to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes until it has reduced by a third, stirring often.

Cool the sauce if you are not using it right away. Pour the BBQ sauce into a container and store it in the refrigerator.

Yesterday, I made some crab spring rolls using rice spring roll wrappers in my air fryer, and this sauce was delicious to dip them in. You can also make a double batch and freeze half. It’s so good to have a variety of homemade sauces on hand with no additives!

Safer Skin Care with Bright Side Duo from Beauty Counter!

Beauty Counter All Bright C Serum and Overnight Resurfacing Peel Duo Safer Skin Care

Beauty Counter Bright Side Duo is back tomorrow. May 11th! This sold out quickly last time it launched. It is a great way to get both the All Bright Vitamin C Serum I’m talking radiance and antioxidants without irritation (I love this serum!) and the pm Overnight Resurfacing Peel to boost clarity, texture and radiance while you sleep, in a set of smaller bottles with a great price point!


I love both of these and use the Vitamin C serum in the am and the overnight resurfacing peel (it’s so easy to use and non-irritating) every other night. Beauty Counter is a leader in safer skin care. What would you like to better with your skin’s appearance? Go here to look at all their fantastic face and body products. Questions? I’m here! Health is whole body, mind, food, and very importantly what you put on it too!

Don’t worry, if the duo sells out, it is still available in the full sized bottles. The duo is a great way to get started and get glowing, even skin!

These two are a power couple for healthy, beautiful skin with no regrets!


Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good! In this recipe I used brown rice flour and maple sugar, and the flavor is so delicious with a lovely crumbly cookie texture.

Spring is here, although in Northern Michigan it is a bit sketchy at times, we have had some beautiful warm days, and I do find that the spring flowers blooms like daffodils and hyacinths last a very long time in the cooler climate. This is my first spring in many years up north, and having moved from Maryland last May, in my adult experience the spring flowers faded fast in the heat. That’s a big plus here, but my favorite time in spring is when the lilacs start blooming the end of May! Can’t wait for that!

This month is the anniversary of my 7th year writing this blog, and I hope the recipes and healthy living tips have been an inspiration to you! Leave me comments. I love to hear from you!

If you are with me on your digestive healing journey, you will see that my recipes have evolved from being completely grain free to including some gluten free grains and flours in my baking and recipes. I have healed so much and am enjoying a much larger variety of healthy food, including some aged cheese and healthy grains. Don’t worry if you aren’t eating them, I still have plenty of recipes that don’t include them and will continue to blog those as well and more healthy living tips. Inspiring you with veggies is a passion of mine, and baking is my guilty pleasure, so I try to make versions of cookies and treats that are healthier and also delicious!

Here’s my newest cookie recipe that I think you will love! If you have never baked Mint Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies, you are in for a lovely surprise!

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Brown Rice Flour

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Maple Sugar

1 Egg

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/3 Cup of Chopped Mint Dark Chocolate Bar (I used Endangered Species Forest Mint & Dark)

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, olive oil and maple sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat. In a separate small bowl, mix together the brown rice flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to your egg mixture and beat it in with an electric hand held mixer. Fold in the chopped mint chocolate bar until evenly distributed reserving a bit to press into the tops.

On two parchment lined cookie sheets, drop the cookies two inches apart with a tablespoon cookie scoop or equivalent. With damp fingertips, flatten each cookie.

Bake in your preheated oven for 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.

Happy healthy baking!

Makes approximately 15 cookies.

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