March 11, 2013

What we made with what we got from Azure {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, snacks tagged , , , , at 10:41 pm by Jordan

(This is Mom posting)

Tomorrow marks the end of our 40 day adventure on the GAPS intro diet! It’s gone by fast and yet in some ways it feels like we’ve always eaten this way. I’ve made a lot of trips to stores which is very odd for me since I’ve always gotten most of our food delivered to our house once a month by azurestandard.com and just had my husband pick up supplemental produce as needed. But we used to live on a lot of dry good staples like lentils, beans, rice, and grains. They were sprouted and soaked and very healthy, but they’re not allowed right now. With GAPS it’s all fresh and perishable: meat, bones for stock, and lots of vegetables, which must be replenished every few days for freshness. An extra fridge would have helped so much, but we gave it up to have an upright freezer which also comes in very handy.

So we’ve started to make some treats that will be allowed on Full GAPS later this week. Here Joshua is making “goodie balls” with dried coconut (a new item we can have soon–he’s only pretending to eat something forbidden :). They’re made from soaked and sprouted almonds, fermented dates, and coconut oil blended up in food processor. Sometimes we use sprouted pumpkin or sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, raw honey or cream cheese (made from dripping yogurt to remove the whey). We also made our favorite fudge with the coconut, almonds, coconut oil, raw honey, and raw cacao. Can’t wait to celebrate the end of our fast with these sweets chilling right now in the fridge, but we’re also VERY excited about adding in white beans, lentils, and raw fruit. Stay tuned….

Roll them... spheres... Just kidding!

February 28, 2013

What we got at Azure {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly tagged , , , at 10:17 pm by Jordan

The cheapest way for us to get healthy and organic food is azurestandard.com. Every month a huge refrigerated semi pulls up to our house, and 40-50 families come pick up their orders from our driveway. We’ve started several drops all over Southern Arizona, and we call ourselves the Rincon Organics Buying Club.

This month’s order was a little different since we’re on GAPS–I had a hard time fitting it all in the fridge (since we also received raw milk from friends who came to pick up food). I got 12-pack cases of sauerkraut, cauliflower, and coconut water, four 64oz. tubs of Nancy’s whole milk yogurt, 25 pounds of RAW almonds (from Spain–only $5.40/lb!), 5 pound bags of split peas, lentils, dried coconut, almond and coconut flours, celtic sea salt, golden beets, frozen peas and blueberries (can’t wait til we add raw fruit in soon!), a 5 lb brick of raw cheese, 1 pound bags of ginger and garlic, and on the ground, bigger than Daniel, is a 40# bag of onions! I used up last delivery’s onions today–yes, we used 40# in one month…wow, definitely a first for me. Everything was organic except for Bubbie’s sauerkraut and it was all WAY cheaper than at the store. We get pretty much all our food from Azure except for fresh produce from nearby Sprouts grocery store or farmer’s markets and some organic items from Costco (frozen fruits and veggies,ground beef, chicken, eggs, and a few produce items like carrots for juicing).

Check Azure out and see if they deliver to your area–they’re a great family farm and business that serves us well!

The truck driver unloading to helpers lined up and waiting to deliver a box or bag to the right name and pile!

What we got