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Mother’s Day is coming up! I’ve organized my favorite simple Keto Diet Recipes for your celebrations so that all of you Mamas can choose from these yummy low-carb dishes!

Keto Mother’s Day Recipes

Send your family this list and let them know what you’re craving! With everything from low-carb french toast to quiche and bagels, you’re set for a Mother’s Day feast!

Savory Vegetable Quiche

The Keto Quiche recipe from my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook is made with broccoli, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and goat cheese, enveloped in a low-carb, high-fat almond flour crust. Find this easy recipe on page 61! It’s also wonderful for dinner with a salad.

Keto Bagels

Did you say Keto Bagels? This 10-minute Bagels recipe is made with 8 ingredients total. Find it in my third book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, on page 19. Toast the Bagels and then smother in cream cheese and lox for a classic New York style sandwich. This 10-minute recipe has no yeast or rising time so you can make them the morning of Mother’s Day!

Breakfast Sausage

The Breakfast Sausage on page 31 of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is another 10 minute Mother’s Day dish. Serve with the Green Frittata, also shown here, found on page 31, along with low-carb Salsa Verde, on page 89 for a healthy, low-carb Mother’s Day feast that’s perfect for brunch or dinner!

Bacon Tart

This savory and scrumptious Bacon Tart on page 79 of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is made with an almond flour crust filled with 5 fabulously flavorful ingredients. Make the crust the night before, then fill and bake the next day for Mom and serve with a big salad and the mocktails below!

Low-Carb Cocktails

If you love the combination of mint and lime as much as we do, the sugar-free Mojito Mocktail in my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, found on page 124, is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch. Serve as is for the little ones, or spike with some rum to make Mom a cocktail and jazz things up.

Easy Keto Muffins Recipes

While readers tell me how much they love the sweets in my second book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes, their favorite section is frequently the one filled with savory muffins. Make Mom a duo of low-carb muffins for brunch, letting her choose from Scallion Goat Cheese or Garlic Cheddar, pictured here. Those recipes can be found on pages 84 and 86 of that book. If you don’t have the book try my Keto Pizza Muffins recipe featured here on the blog.

Low-Carb Blueberry French Toast Casserole

If you’re looking for something sweet, surprise Mom with my Low-Carb Blueberry French Toast Casserole recipe that can be found here on the blog. It’s a wonderful make-ahead recipe for Mother’s Day. You can prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven for brunch the next day. Serve with Homemade Whipped Cream for an extra decadent low-carb treat!

Nutrition Information for the Recipes in my Books

Looking for nutrition information? I provide it for every single recipe in my books. Go here to get the macros for Mom if she’s on the Keto Diet!

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Perfume, deodorant, laundry detergent, hand lotion, soap, shampoo, dryer sheets, hand sanitizer, potpourri, scented candles, air freshener. What do these products have in common? Artificial fragrance made from endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Olfactory Trespassing

For those of us with autoimmune disorders or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), the products above can do more than just ruin our day. They can ruin our health.

The Toxicity of Everyday Products

Most of these chemical fragrances contain endocrine disrupting chemicals which may lead to cancer and interfere with immune system function too.

I’m a Hugger

I love hugging people. I’m a hugger! But there’s nothing worse than hugging someone and having the chemical fragrance from their perfume of cologne stay with you all day. It stains my clothes and doesn’t come out in the dry cleaning. The stuff has staying power.

Losing our Sense of Smell is Making us…

All of these scented and perfumed products are so strong that we are losing our sense of smell. It’s like listening to loud music blasting through a speaker. Soon one cannot discern softer sounds.

Lose our Sense of Taste

What is the most integral component of our sense of taste? It’s our sense of smell. If you can’t smell, you basically can’t taste your food. This can lead to food cravings, a lack of satiation, and unsatisfied hunger.

Solutions for Scented Times

The soap provided in most, if not all, of the alternative practitioners’ offices, that I go to is perfumed with artificial fragrance. Even the exercise studios I go to do not provide unscented soap. Because of this, I carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with me.

Traveling Scent Free

When we travel and stay in a rental, I bring my own hand soap, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. This provides my family with a scent free environment.

Why Can’t We Smell Like Humans?

I’m trying to figure out what our cultural obsession is with not smelling like humans –what do you think?

Is Your Home a Scent-Free Zone?

What’s the point of eating all of this organic food while slathering our bodies in layers of chemicals? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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This Paleo Orange Cake recipe, made with 6 healthy ingredients, is one of our favorite desserts. All you need to make it is whole oranges, almond flour, eggs, honey, salt, and baking soda.

The Perfect Holiday Cake

This easy paleo cake recipe is the perfect holiday dessert for Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and Passover.

Whole Orange Cake Recipe

It seems weird to make a cake with whole oranges. However, using the orange with its peel adds a rich flavor dimension to the cake. Yes, use the entire orange including the peel in this recipe!

Paleo Orange Cake
    Servings8
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Wash the oranges and boil them whole (peel and all) for 1½ hours, or until soft
    2. Place whole oranges (peel and all) in a food processor and blend until smooth
    3. Pulse in eggs, honey, almond flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined
    4. Pour batter into a greased 9 inch springform pan
    5. Bake at 375°F for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean
    6. Cool in the pan for 2 hours
    7. Serve
    Paleo Orange Cake Recipe

    The idea for this easy grain-free cake recipe came from one of my favorite cookbook authors, Claudia Roden. Her recipe is called Gateau a l’Orange. Nigella Lawson also has a a citrus cake recipe using fruit and peel made with clementines.

    Lemon Cake Recipe

    This paleo cake recipe would likely be incredible with lemons, though adjustments would likely need to be made. If you do experiment leave a comment and let us know if it works.

    Low-Carb Paleo Cake Recipes

    Here are some of my other easy low-carb paleo cake recipes for you!

    This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in November 2008.

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    Elana, did you say Keto Cereal? Yes, I did! My friends Gabi and Greg have created a low-carb Keto Cereal called Magic Spoon.

    Magic Spoon Keto Cereal

    This is the only cereal in my pantry. I stopped buying breakfast cereal in 1998 when I went gluten-free after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

    Low-Carb Cereal

    That’s because breakfast cereal used to be a carb bomb. Not anymore. Magic Spoon Keto Cereal has only 3 grams net carbs per serving and is absolutely loaded with protein –12 grams!

    Gluten-Free Cereal

    Like me, one of my boys has Celiac Disease. Now, it’s amazing to have a low-carb, gluten-free cereal that I can feel great about giving them for a high-protein, healthy breakfast when they need to get out the door fast.

    Magic Spoon Cereal Flavors

    With four magically delicious flavors, each a nod to your childhood favorite, Magic Spoon tastes just like you remember, only better and without all the crud.

    • Fruity
    • Cinnamon
    • Cocoa
    • Frosted
    Where to Buy Keto Cereal

    Grab yourself a box of Magic Spoon Keto Cereal and use code PANTRY for free shipping.

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    Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Cake is one of my favorite comfort foods. Growing up my mother used to buy a tasty frozen coffee cake at the grocery store as a special treat.

    How to Make Homemade Coffee Cake

    My healthy homemade coffee cake is made with only six ingredients –almond flour, salt, baking soda, coconut oil, honey, and eggs. This easy coffee cake recipe can be thrown together in no time flat. The topping has three additional ingredients –coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sliced almonds.

    Almond Flour Coffee Cake

    Like the one Mom used to buy, this cake is moist and has a sweet cinnamon topping. It’s perfect with a cup of my Dandelion Coffee on a lazy weekend morning.

    Low-Carb Easter Cake

    Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a fabulous low-carb, paleo brunch dish for Easter Sunday!

    Cinnamon Coffee Cake
      Servings8
      Ingredients
      Topping
      Instructions
      1. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with coconut oil and dust with almond flour
      2. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
      3. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, and eggs
      4. Spread the batter into prepared baking dish
      5. To make topping, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sliced almonds in a small bowl
      6. Sprinkle topping over cake batter
      7. Bake at 350°F for 25-35 minutes
      8. Cool and serve
      Kosher for Passover Coffee Cake

      This low-carb Cinnamon Coffee Cake is Kosher for Passover. Like all of my recipes, it does not contain any chametz.

      The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook

      This Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe is adapted from one on page 24 of my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, published in 2009. Both coffee cake recipes are dairy-free. All of the recipes in that cookbook are 100% dairy-free!

      Are you Dairy-Free?

      Will you eat dairy? Do you consider dairy to be part of the paleo diet? Leave a comment and let me know!

      This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in March 2015.

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      This vegan egg-free mayonnaise is a family favorite. With only four ingredients it couldn’t be easier to make!

      Egg-Free Mayonnaise Recipe

      All you need to make this egg-free mayonnaise recipe is olive oil, marcona almonds, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup.

      Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

      If you don’t want to use maple syrup you can use agave. I don’t like to use agave but since it has such a neutral flavor profile it’s perfect for this recipe. Honey doesn’t work in this recipe, and it’s not vegan.

      How to Make Egg-Free Mayonnaise

      You will definitely want to use marcona almonds for this recipe. There’s something special about them. First they don’t have skins. Second, they’re roasted. Third, they’re salted and oily.

      Marcona Almond Mayonnaise
        Ingredients
        Instructions
        1. Pour vinegar and maple syrup into vitamix and puree on high speed for 20 seconds until combined
        2. With motor running on medium or high, drizzle in olive oil to create an emulsion
        3. Don't worry, if you don't get the emulsification, the almonds will thicken up your mixture
        4. Blend in 2 tablespoons of almonds, then check for thickness and texture
        5. If necessary, blend in another tablespoon of almonds, until thick and creamy
        6. Serve with sandwiches, burgers and salads
        Marcona Almond Mayonnaise Recipe

        I created this healthy mayonnaise recipe when adapting a peanut salad dressing from Martha Stewart Living. I had accidental emulsification resulting in this amazing vegan mayo!

        Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

        This homemade Marcona Almond Mayonnaise recipe works well on Kaleslaw and the perfect spread for sandwiches.

        Low Cholesterol Mayonnaise Recipe

        This low cholesterol egg-free mayonnaise recipe is ideal for the cholesterol-phobes in your life!

        This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in January 2010.

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        Over the years, I’ve worked with several non-profits that focus on diagnosis, treatment, and support for those that suffer from MS. In my quest to spread awareness, I’m clearing up misconceptions and providing answers to questions commonly asked about this disease.

        My MS Story

        I was diagnosed with MS in 2006 but was recently told by one of my neurologists that I’ve likely suffered from the disease since my first neurological symptoms appeared in 1993 when I was 25 years old.

        What is Multiple Sclerosis?

        Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Essentially, the immune system misfires, attacking the myelin sheaths that coat the brain and spinal cord.

        Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

        Generally, symptoms of MS can include vision loss, severe fatigue, impaired balance and coordination, and more. The disease manifests differently in different people. Some MS patients remain symptom-free their entire lives while others may have severe chronic symptoms that don’t go away and end up wheelchair-bound.

        What are the First signs of MS?

        MS manifests differently in different people. Common initial symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

        • Impaired Vision
        • Balance Problems and Lack of Coordination
        • Unsteady Gait and Trouble Walking
        • Numbness and Tingling
        • Muscle Spasms and Pain
        • Weakness and Fatigue
        • Dizziness
        • Bladder and Bowel Issues
        • Sexual Dysfunction
        • Impaired Cognition
        How is MS Diagnosed?

        Multiple sclerosis can often be very difficult to diagnose. The most common methods of diagnosis for MS are MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), spinal tap, also called lumbar puncture (to examine cerebrospinal fluid for antibodies), and testing for impaired nerve responses using an optic test called EP (evoked potential).

        Is MS More Common in Women or Men?

        Multiple sclerosis is far more common in women than in men. It is thought that up to 80% of those who suffer from MS may be female.

        Do You Die from MS?

        Multiple sclerosis is rarely a fatal disease. In fact, the leading causes of death for those with MS are the same as those in the general population.

        Celebrities with MS

        Over the last few years, a number of young celebrities have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They include:

        • Selma Blair
        • Jamie Lynn Seigler
        • Jack Osburn
        Do You Have MS?

        What is your experience with multiple sclerosis? Do you know someone with this disease? Leave a comment and let us know how MS has impacted your life.

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        Those of you with severe autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis know that many things can throw you over the edge! Little tasks that other people with good health take for granted can be incredibly taxing for those with celiac disease, Hashimoto’s, diabetes, and other AI conditions.

        Be Kind to Yourself

        That’s why it’s important for those of us with autoimmune disorders to be extra kind to ourselves and observe how we feel in our day-to-day activities. Or as the medical profession refers to them, ADLs (activities of daily life).

        House Cleaning = Exercise

        Even little things like housecleaning can be a form of exercise for people with autoimmune conditions. When I cleaned out our fridge and pantry the other day, I didn’t think it was a big deal. That was my mind talking! When I checked in with my body, I realized I was tired and needed to rest.

        Don’t Push Yourself

        This is a lesson that has taken me some time to learn! If you have an autoimmune disorder or any sort of health issue, it’s important to rest and not push. I remind myself of this every single day!

        Don’t Worry About Others

        Sometimes people ask why I don’t just push through it and exercise more. What they don’t understand is that I’ll get a full body migraine the next day or my leg will go totally numb, definitely NOT worth it.

        Competition vs. Compassion

        When we worry about what others think of us, it’s not about them, it’s about us. That’s because we’re being competitive instead of compassionate. Focusing inward on how I feel in my body, rather than what’s going on in my mind is key for me in slowing down.

        Cultivating Patience

        If you’re dealing with an intense inflammatory condition it’s so important not to push yourself. It can take time to cultivate the skills to be kind gentle and patient with yourself. It’s a practice I cultivate every day.

        Your Tips?

        Do you have an autoimmune disease? What helps you slow down? Leave a comment and share your autoimmune survival skills and strategies here!

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        As a Jew, making Irish Soda Bread would not be something that comes naturally to me. However, over the years, I’ve received many requests for a Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread recipe.

        What is Irish Soda Bread?

        Given that I’m not Irish, I had to do some research to figure out what Irish Soda Bread is. According to Wikipedia:

        “Soda bread is a variety of quick bread in which bread soda (otherwise known as baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. Other ingredients can be added such as raisins, egg or various forms of nuts.”

        Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

        Irish Soda Bread typically contains buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create a chemical reaction which makes this bread rise. In order to make a dairy-free Irish Soda Bread I used apple cider vinegar rather than buttermilk.

        Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread Recipe

        Here you have my extraordinarily healthy, almost Keto Irish Soda Bread recipe, made with almond flour. Leave out the raisins (which eliminates around 5g of carbs per serving) and it will be close to a 1:1 ketogenic bread. For an awesome bread recipe without any sweetener, try Blueberry Lemon Keto Bread or my Keto Bread which is perfect for sandwiches.

        Irish Soda Bread
          Servings10
          Ingredients
          Instructions
          1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and raisins
          2. In a small bowl combine eggs, honey, and apple cider vinegar
          3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
          4. Place dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
          5. Form into a large, flat circle 8-inches across and 1½-inches tall
          6. Using a serrated knife, score top of dough ½-inch deep, in shape of a cross
          7. Sprinkle top of bread with caraway seeds
          8. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in for 10 minutes
          9. Cool for 1 hour
          10. Serve
          How to Store Irish Soda Bread

          To store this gluten-free bread, wrap in a paper towel, seal in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

          Low-Carb St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

          I serve this classic St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bread along with my Green Eggs recipe. My naturally sweetened Peppermint Patties are another healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you’ll love!

          Low-Carb Bread Recipes

          Here are some of my other easy low-carb paleo bread recipes:

          This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in March 2011 and that makes me feel very old!

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          Elana’s Parenting 101

          Now that my boys are 19 and 20, I’ve been looking back on my parenting and reflecting on what I did right raising them. Stepping back and examining what I did wrong was a daily exercise while they were growing up. I’m very analytical and audit everything I do. I’m very critical and it’s likely I don’t give myself credit day-to-day for all of the things I do. So now, time for that.

          I Don’t Trust You

          The title of this section should really be, “I don’t trust you as far as I can throw a stick.” I said that to my boys a few times when they bothered to ask if I trusted them. The longer reply to that question entailed the response. It’s not my job to trust you, it’s my job to keep you alive.

          It’s My Job to Keep You Alive

          Yes, it’s true. The main part of my job as the mother of young boys, who turned into teenagers, was to keep them out of trouble and alive. Keeping them out of trouble meant giving the boys tons of chores. You can read about that in my write up on Children & Chores. I also made sure they had plenty of after-school and summer activities. Play a sport and have a part-time job during the summer. Don’t want to play a sport? Get a full-time job. No sitting around with time on your hands here.

          I’m Not Your Friend

          Most definitely. I’m not your friend. I’m your Mother.

          I Don’t Care if You Like Me

          It’s ok if you like me, it’s ok if you don’t. I don’t actually care what you think about me, my job is to parent you. And my job is to raise a good human. If you don’t like the choices I make, it means I’m doing a great job.

          Empty Nest

          Now that they are both in college and the nest is empty, I’ve had time to move away from analyzing all I failed to do, and look at the bigger, better picture. The boys are safe, happy, and living their lives as they wish to. For me, that equals successful parenting. Some success, since so much of life, is luck. We have had a lot of good luck in our child-rearing.

          Reflections

          When it comes to parenting, some things are in our control. When the boys were younger, my husband and I clashed a lot about how to raise them. I drove everyone around me crazy with my perfectionism around parenting, but that’s another story. Once they were in middle school we were on the same page which made our lives much easier. I don’t know what I would have done without Mr. Pantry. He is a strong man and a fantastic role model for our two boys, whom I love and adore, more and more as each day goes by. Although there have been some Challenges in My Life, this little family is the best thing that ever happened to me and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of it!

          Your Parenting Challenges?

          What are your biggest parenting challenges? If you’re an empty-nester like me, what did you do right, and what do you wish you’d done differently?

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