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The One Healthy Mac and Cheese You Have to Try!

HEALTHY Mac and Cheese

Want to enjoy the delicious flavor of mac and cheese without gaining weight???

Try my Homemade Gluten Free Vegan recipe for Healthy Mac and Cheese!
This recipe contains literally NO CHEESE, NO OIL, NO MARGARINE and NO BUTTER. Seriously, You have to try this!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese (using Homemade Dairy-Free Cheese!)

 

Directions:

Step 1: Cook 8oz package of brown rice macaroni as directed on package.

Step 2: Mix the following ingredients in a small mixing bowl:
1 cup raw cashews, ground into a powder
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp dried basil
1tsp turmeric
1tsp paprika
2tsp ground mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Step 3: Strain the macaroni and rinse with cool water. Place into large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Add 1/4 cup original unsweetened coconut milk (make sure it is not vanilla flavored) + Add 1/4 cup of the dried powder mixture from step 2 and whip together with the pasta! Set aside extra powder to save for your next batch! Dig in and eat your Healthy Mac & Cheese!

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Gluten Free Vegan Mac and Cheese Spirals using Quinoa Pasta

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Written by Kelly Gibson on July 4, 2014

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The Most Spectacular Gluten Free Vegan Pizza!

How to Make a Spectacular Gluten Free Vegan Pizza

In this video, a gluten free vegan trainer who coaches clients online to eat gluten free vegan will walk you through how to make a gluten free vegan pizza with just the basics.  You don’t need any baking experience to be able to follow along and try the recipe that I am showing you. Although I am using alot of ingredients to make the dough, it’s quite a simple process actually. I encourage you to give it a try, you won’t regret it!  This is truly a spectacular gluten free vegan pizza with wonderful flavors. If you aren’t too keen on all the added effort of making the dough, feel free to just skip ahead to the sauce and toppings… anyone with a few minutes on their hands and an appetite can make this delicious pizza with ready-made-crust.  Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • Preheated oven at 450F
  • food processor
  • spatula
  • measuring spoons & cups
  • one medium sized bowl
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Gluten Free Vegan Pizza, Topped with Tomatoes and Olives

Ingredients:

Gluten Free Pizza Dough:

  • Glutino Pizza Crust Mix
  • 1/6th cup olive oil
  • 2Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6TBSP water
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


Cashew Garlic Sauce
:

  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 TBSP fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1Tbsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 1/4 tsp basil

Toppings:

  • 1/2 can black olives
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 3 green onions

Instructions: Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is firm…. Now you have a Spectacular Gluten Free Vegan Pizza !

Video by Kelly Gibson | Gluten Free Vegan Trainer and Online Vegan Coach | on July 30, 2014

 

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Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

A cookie with no butter, oil, refined sugar or eggs?  That’s right!  Cut out the junk and still enjoy a delicious dessert! 100% Gluten-free vegan

These are an especially great treat for the holidays!

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ organic banana, mashed until smooth (makes about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons organic vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 325F. Combine banana, soy milk, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.  Slowly add flour, baking soda + powder, and salt. Mix until smooth.  Scoop dough into one-inch balls, and place onto cookie sheet, and top with sprinkles. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, cool, and enjoy. Tip: if you don’t like banana, try applesauce instead.  Give it a try and let me know how you like your Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies!

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Is Personal Training the Best Job?

Find out if Personal Training is the Best Job to Have

Let me Start by telling you How I Ended up in this Career

When I was a little girl, I would spend much of my time outdoors, from sledding down the hills in our backyard in the winter to running through the sprinklers in the summer.  I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and my favorite childhood memories include playing summer youth softball and achieving the all-star ranking.  I dreamed of becoming a professional athlete and I continued my joys of playing softball from childhood to high school to college.  I enjoyed basketball, cross country running, snowboarding, skating, and more.  There is no doubt that playing sports had a positive effect on my social, mental, and physical health. But, becoming a pro was more of a dream than a reality.

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My youth as an athlete. I loved to play ball and skateboard.

So, could I transfer this love for fitness to a career in Personal Training?

Well, in high school I thought it would be a cool job, but to be honest, I didn’t even consider it when I was in college. I was so out of shape, and I never thought I could start a career as a chubby trainer! My college degree was in Biological Engineering because I dreamed of designing treatments or cures for medical diseases. I always had a passion to help people, and to make the world a better place for all people.  In 2010, I graduated from Penn State University and moved to Arizona to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and big city life.  I met my husband shortly after living here and we eventually moved into a house together.  When I was pregnant with my son, I started to take my own health very seriously. I spent much of my time learning about nutrition. Little did I know, diet and exercise are the leading cause of most chronic diseases in the United States!  After doing some research, my eyes were opened to the harsh realities of how genetically modified foods and pharmaceutical drugs can negatively impact human health.  I quickly transitioned to a plant-based (vegan) diet and signed up for the NASM Personal Trainer Certification in hopes of losing weight in a healthy way.

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Kelly Gibson, 2010 Penn State Graduate

I started to consider making Personal Training my next job, but I still had my doubts that I’d ever get fit enough. 

Once my son Vincent was born, it became a priority for me to stick to a workout program to get rid of my excess baby weight.  I lost weight very quickly with my newfound knowledge of diet & nutrition, and that led me to believe I really could become a Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach! I wanted to teach others how to do what I did.  Had I known the things I know now (back in college), I would have been in the fitness industry years ago.   I was so excited about starting a new career because I sincerely wanted to help other people look and feel their best.

The Weight Loss Story that Made it all Happen

I had gained over 50 pounds during my pregnancy. By that point, I was ready to commit to my health and get the body I always wanted. I transitioned to eating a plant based diet for weight loss after I spent several months studying nutrition on my own.  It became apparent that the most successful weight loss diets require eating less meat, less dairy products, and less cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol is only present in animal-based foods, and I wasn’t interested in having any foods in my diet that could hold me back from my goal. Everything I read would suggest we increase whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. I wanted to focus on eating the highest quality foods for weight loss, and avoid the lower quality foods for weight gain.  At this point, it was pretty clear to me what I needed to do to get fit and healthy – go vegan!

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I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy and had alot of work ahead of me to lose the weight!

So, that’s what I did. Like many of you, I got tired of the misinformation shared on the internet, the calorie restriction diets, and getting nutrition advice from bloggers and sales reps (especially those who have no credentials to make health claims.)  Health was also very important to me, as I wanted to stay healthy for my newborn son and didn’t want to rely on supplements or diet pills. I learned about plant-based diets from a variety of reputable websites such as www.pcrm.org, www.nutritionfacts.org, and from several nutrition books and videos. I watched “Forks over Knives” and “Food Inc”, as well as video footage of how animals are raised for food. I watched several videos to learn how food is made in factories including the processing of meat, cheese, butter, and poultry.  After becoming educated, it was easy to transition to veganism as my new lifestyle of health, compassion, and fitness. A whole foods plant-based diet helped me lose weight and feel great! I’ve never felt better.

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From uncontrollable pregnancy weight to bikini body!

Starting in January 2012, I spent most of my free time learning new vegan recipes, reading food labels to find vegan products, and learning about fitness and nutrition. During this transition I lost 75 pounds in 10 months.  So, I took the plunge! I opened a Fitness & Nutrition business in September 2012 and called it Kelly Athletics, because I like to take a fun athletic approach to fitness.  I was finally able to help other women and moms lose weight too! Did I mention Personal Training is the best job ever?! I had so much fun working with other moms and women who had the same struggles that I did. They were inspired by my story, motivated by the outcome, and driven to succeed too.

The twist to the story… Personal Trainers can earn just as much as Engineers!  (Curious what we charge? Go here.)

I don’t feel like I wasted my engineering degree. In fact, the work ethic and skills I developed in college have led me to where I am today.  I don’t let anything stop me from achieving my goals, and that is what I thank engineering school for. After a year of maintaining my weight loss, I experienced an amazing reward for the hard work I have put into my health & fitness journey. I became the featured cover model & weight loss story in Woman’s World magazine! Go here to see the January 2014 weekly issue that I was the cover for. I am so thrilled that I had the chance to share my story with millions of readers! Since staying active after college can be tough on us, I decided to focus my work on young women and moms who need help getting fit.  It is my passion to incorporate fun training into my exercise programs to make working out more athletic in nature and enjoyable for my clients! There’s nothing like feeling young when you’re getting old! I still feel excited to help more people as a Gluten Free Vegan Trainer, and not only will I keep doing it, I live for it! Yes, Personal Training IS the best job!

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Written by Kelly Gibson on September 2, 2012.  Gluten Free Vegan Trainer Online.  Revised March 7, 2017.

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Vegan Cookies Your Kids Will Love

Gluten Free Vegan Cookies Your Kids Will Love

(and have fun making). Imagine your kids doing all the baking!  Vegan cookies for the win.

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Cookie Cutter Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies GF

 

1. Prehead oven to 350F
2. Mix the following ingredients in a small bowl:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/8 cup vanilla coconut milk
3. In a separate container, mix these dry ingredients:
1 cup gluten-free flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
4. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Shape into balls (or in this case, shapes 🙂 )
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool & serve.

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 8 cookies! I hope you have 7 friends to share with 😉

1. Prehead oven to 350F

 

2. Mix the following ingredients in a small bowl:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/8 cup vanilla coconut milk

 

3. In a separate container, mix these dry ingredients:

1 cup gluten-free flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

 

4. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

5. Shape into 8 cookie balls (or in this case, shapes 🙂 )

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.Cool & serve.

Enjoy these delicious Gluten Free Vegan Cookies !!

 

Written by Kelly Gibson on Oct 28, 2014

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Kelly’s Gluten-Free ThanksLiving Recipe Plans

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ThanksLiving Is The New Thanksgiving!

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With all the amazing meat-free, vegan options out there today, why settle for Turkey as your main course when you could eat healthier and start a new Gluten-Free ThanksLiving tradition. As a vegan of 4 years, I still love to experiment with new foods!  I picked out a few recipes this year, and look forward to digging right in!

I plan on having a ThanksLiving celebration, with my vegan family and vegetarian friend Erica, with delicious plant-based foods! I also donated some help $$ to Mercy for Animals, who is currently doing a Million Dollar Challenge!! This ThanksLiving, give back!

Main ThanksLiving Course: Vegan Meatloaf made out of Lentils and Gluten-free Bread Crumbs, topped with cranberry sauce. (I’m the only one who has a gluten allergy, so the other three will be eating Tofurky as their main course.)

Delicious Plant-Based Sides:

  1. Mashed Potatoes mixed with Non-GMO Canned Corn and topped with a satsifying gluten-free gravy.
  2. Vegan Stuffing made with Gluten-Free Brown Rice Loaf (instead of wholegrain bread).

Amazing Beverages:

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Delicious Latte from Pomegranate Cafe, AZ
  1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes with Vanilla Almond Milk and gelatin-free marshmallows; Hot Cocoa with marshmallows for Vinny 🙂
  2. Reisling for the adults; grape juice for the kid.

For Dessert:

I’m still debating between this Banana Cream Cake and the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Meal Crust.  I will have to post pictures of which dessert I end up making!!

 VS Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie | Vegan Richa

 

Which one would you choose?  I was really eying down that cake… we ended up making both!

Happy Gluten-Free ThanksLiving to all of my vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friends out there. GO YOU if you are working on reducing meats and introducing new plant-based meals! I would love to help you – just contact me for more info.

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Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

A 3-Step Recipe

It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Trader Joe’s sells a vegan pumpkin muffin mix, so all you have to add is water, oil, and … eggs? Actually, you can use a plant-based egg substitute to keep it vegan & delicious! Alternatively, you can find a gluten-free muffin mix and add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to give it pumpkin flavor 🙂

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Mini Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

 

Here’s the 3-step instructions to make Vegan Pumpkin Muffins:
1. Preheat oven to 400F and use cupcake liners in a mini cupcake tin.
2. Add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the dry mix if you have a plain muffin mix. Mix the muffin mix flour with 1 cup water, 1/2 cup coconut oil, and 2 servings of Ener-G Egg Replacer. Then, Spread batter into the tin.
3. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Cool and serve 🙂
You won’t be disappointed. These are the best vegan pumpkin muffins you could possibly have.

Written by Kelly Gibson on 10/31/14

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