I used to spend $1200 a month on food

I used to spend well over $1,000 per month on groceries.

For two people (and more recently a baby).

In fact, I even neared $1,200 twice in the past year or so. Ugh.

The truth is that I never meant to spend that kind of money on food. I went to the store, even with a shopping list in-hand and bought to my hearts content.

I bought what looked good, what seemed like a good idea in the moment checked off my list, added a few odds and ends, and headed to the checkout line.

It wasnt until I got to the end of the month when I looked at our finances that I realized just how quickly my spending added up.

The first time it happened, I thought oh wow, I guess I just need to pay closer attention to what Im putting in the cart.

Then when it happened again, I vowed to myself that Id actually DO something about it.

Ive spent years planning my meals, shopping smartly, and learning how to save properly on good quality food. But even with a gluten-free dairy-free diet, my strategies didnt take me as far as they used to.

With this lifestyle, I have to pay even closer attention to how I shop, how I plan my meals and snacks, and optimize my monthly food budget to save even more.

With a few months of really getting serious about my spending, Im now saving hundreds of dollars a month.

It was time that I walked my talk and now, Im ready to share with you all that Ive learned. Some strategies Ive carried over from my pre-GFDF life, and others are brand new.

All of them Im ready to get into your hot little hands, so you can do some serious shopping and saving too.

With a GFDF lifestyle, its inevitable that if you dont pay attention to what you toss in your shopping cart, your grocery shopping bills will skyrocket. And you wont know what to do about it.

See how your dollars can go farther, how you can shop smarter, and how you can save even more with my new GDFF Money-Saving Action Guide.

This ebook will be available on July 31st, but Im offering the opportunity pre-order at a pay-what-you-can price (with a minimum of $5). The price will be $17 once widely available at the end of the month.

If youre ready to save some money while still eating whats right for your body, snag your copy of this new ebook now before the price goes up!

Dairy-free Yogurt? It Can Be Done!

I love yogurt. Plain and simple. Any flavor. Any time.

As a kid, one of my favorite foods in my packed lunches (yes, I was one of “those” kids who always brought her lunch from home – and in a brown paper bag no less) was little yogurt cups that my mom sent with me. Once I was to the age that I could start picking out the different items that filled my brown lunch bag, yogurt became a regular staple.

As an adult, I learned about the health benefits of yogurt and how the probiotics contained in good quality yogurt can actually help your digestion and gut health. I already loved the flavor and texture of yogurt, so these healthy facts just won me over more.

Eat more yogurt AND stay healthy? No problem here.

Of course, once I started having issues with dairy, aside from cheese – yogurt was one of the foods I missed the most. This staple on my grocery list every week sadly disappeared as it gave me more digestive issues than benefits.

Over the past couple of years, being dairy-free has sparked a new trend in the food industry – which is great for those of us who avoid it. There are a ton of non-dairy products on the market – and dairy-free yogurt is one of them. Now, we can stay away from the dairy and still reap the benefits of the good-gut-probiotics and creamy flavor that we’ve come to love.

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Miss cheese? Try this

If there’s one reality of living a dairy-free life, it’s that living without cheese is HARD.

When I was first cutting dairy out of my diet, a few months after going gluten-free as well, cheese was the number one food that I felt like I couldn’t live without. It was the one that I just couldn’t find a replacement for.

The truth is there isn’t a really good alternative that tastes the same or has the same texture.

There are brands of non-dairy cheese out there, like Daiya, that are great for adding to recipes that call for cheese. And when you just HAVE to satisfy that cheese craving, it can work.

In my experience, I feel like it’s a once-in-a-while splurge than an everyday necessity in my diet. Especially since it’s so expensive and is such a stretch in terms of flavor and texture of “cheese.”

So I have all but given up on trying to replace cheese in my life. Gosh, typing that sounds so cynical. But I do still enjoy a cheesy flavor once in a while…

And that’s where my non-dairy cashew cheese comes into play.

Cashews are a great option for turning into a non-dairy cheese, because they:

  • have a mild flavor thatbecomesa completely blank slate to layer other flavors
  • are a great source of monounsaturated fats (the healthy ones!)
  • contain magnesium, which is great for helping absorb calcium into the body (aka awesome for bone health)

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This cashew cheese is a great recipe to have in your recipe arsenal, because it can be used for so many things. In the past week after whipping up a batch, I’ve used it a number of different ways, like:

  • in place of cream cheese
  • as an added flavor layer in salads
  • spread on sandwiches
  • dipped raw fresh veggies in it

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You can also use this recipe as a great base for a mac and cheese style sauce. The possibilities really are endless with this recipe!

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Non-Dairy Cashew Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions

  1. Add cashews to a bowl of water to soak overnight.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a bit of water at a time until it’s just right (Note: it will thicken up in the fridge).
  3. Transfer to a jar or other container and refrigerate at least an hour.
  4. Enjoy however you please!

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Have you ever had cashew cheese? What’s your favorite way to eat it?