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Breakfast Smoothie Istanbul Style // Frühstücks-Smoothie Istanbuler Art

Breakfast Smoothie Istanbul Style (fructose friendly, gluten free, dairy free) // Frühstücks-Smoothie Istanbuler Art (fructosearm, gluten-frei, laktosefrei) // by FructopiaBreakfast Smoothie Istanbul Style (fructose friendly, gluten free, dairy free) // Frühstücks-Smoothie Istanbuler Art (fructosearm, gluten-frei, laktosefrei) // by Fructopia

(Die Deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)

When it comes to breakfast, pretty much everyone has his or her own idea of the “perfect” set-up. The choices are endless, be it cold or warm, liquid or solid, savory or sweet, or nothing at all. Since being diagnosed with FM breakfast is not only mandatory for me but also a way to start my day in a calmer manner. It’s a chance for me to be nice to my stomach first thing in the morning, so that it won’t be too upset later in the day if something wrong comes along. Whenever I skip breakfast entirely the day is basically ruined. Then all I think about is ‘how on earth will I get something quick to eat on the way to wherever I’m headed. Which is, as you probably know yourselves, rather impossible. So breakfast has become a very important part of my morning routine. Options being somewhat limited for us, it’s easy to stick with the one meal we like that doesn’t upset our stomachs. As I am constantly freezing I’m in love with my bowl of warm oatmeal, which I discovered last fall. It tastes good and warms me from the inside. However, now and then, I do crave something different. I’ve experienced that my stomach and thus my digestion tends to get lazy, when I feed it the same thing everyday. So I went into the kitchen one morning last week and finally put my newly acquired blender to use. I gathered all my favorite foods and came up with one heck of a breakfast smoothie. Even though I actually prefer to chew on something solid, it was hard not to fall in love with this creation. It is a true blend of flavors (no pun intended). The avocado gives it a silky touch, while the turmeric adds a hearty taste and ginger and cinnamon fire up digestion adding warmth and spice. The seeds give it a subtle crunch and add valuable seed oil. The tiger nut and banana add natural sweetness before the bee pollen tops it off with a taste of summer. Still not convinced? How about it leaving you energized for the rest of the day? :) Recipe after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Going Gluten Free IV: A side note on dairy // Abenteuer gluten-frei Teil IV: Und was ist mit Milch?

Going gluten free IV: A side note on dairy // Abenteuer gluten-frei Teil IV: Und was ist mit Milch? // by Fructopia

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Last year, during my initial phase of going gluten free I reflected not only on my wheat consumption but also on my diet in general. I figured that I was consuming a lot more dairy here in Istanbul than I used to do back in Berlin. Since moving here I had yoghurt for breakfast every single morning, drank many, many café lattes and ate lots of salads topped with loads of feta cheese. Everybody knows, too much of anything is never good, so I felt the urge to put a halt on this. In the back of my head I developed this thought that just maybe I could hit two birds with one stone: Going gluten and dairy free at the same time. I mean, why not? I was about to change my diet completely anyway, right?

Some of you might break out in hysterical laughter right now and I can’t even blame you.
Little did I now, how time consuming and sometimes frustrating it would be to go gluten free. This process once again put all my previously acquired eating habits into question (see Unlearning snacking). Cutting out dairy as well was just as naive as believing in sticking to one’s New Year’s resolution. More after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Spelt is your friend and blueberry pie // Unser Freund Dinkel und Heidelbeer-Törtchen

Spelt is your friend and blueberry pie // Unser Freund Dinkel und Heidelbeer-Törtchen // by Fructopia

Spelt is your friend and blueberry pie // Unser Freund Dinkel und Heidelbeer-Törtchen // by Fructopia
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Last week I was eating myself through several spelt products to test my personal level of tolerance. What can I say? I’ve fallen in love with it. I didn’t experience any side effects no matter what sort of spelt product I was eating. What’s more, spelt or “Dinkel” in German is a very popular grain here in Germany. That is why you can find a gazillion spelt products in almost any supermarket and, even better, freshly baked spelt bread at any bakery that sells quality bread. Wohoo!

Spelt is your friend and blueberry pie // Unser Freund Dinkel und Heidelbeer-Törtchen // by Fructopia

A few of the products I bought and/or tested so far. // Ein paar der Produkte, die entweder schon getestet wurden oder im Koffer gelandet sind und darauf warten in Istanbul verzehrt zu werden.

Nonetheless, even in Germany it is difficult to come by a spelt dessert that is low in fructose. Time to step up to the oven again. This recipe for blueberry spelt tartlets already landed in my inbox a while ago. I fell in love with this recipe at first sight. It sounded too delicious, too easy, too tolerable for us fructose malabsorptioners. Too good to be true? Without a pack of whole grain spelt flour at hand I was going to have to wait a while before I could have my first go at baking with spelt. As soon as I did, this recipe turned out to be just like I had imagined. Thank you Carole for this wonderful recipe!
Recipe after the jump. There is a German version too …

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