Galen was a standout his first season at the YMCA, when he was 8. The next year we signed up for the club team, which turned our six-week rec league season into six months of intense tournament play. He played in a 3-on-3 league over the summer and, at the conclusion of the club season the following spring, he began playing with an Amateur Athletic Union team, a national youth sports organization that, in addition to increasing the level of competition also expanded our travel radius to a tristate region. But while I (most of the time) looked forward to swimming practices and meets, the chance to test my mettle against my peers, basketball tournaments made Galen nothing but miserable. “Maybe it’s time to quit,” I said. “If I quit basketball, what sport do I play?” Galen asked. “How about NO sport,” I said. You can play basketball with friends all you want, but you don’t have to play on a team. “Every kid at my school plays something.” If he didn’t have a sport, he continued, “I’ll be a nobody.” “I’m only trying to consider how our light is spent,” I told Galen. He didn’t become a nobody or stop being an athlete.
Super-absorbent, kinda clumpy, and somewhat dense, coconut flour is often seen as one of the trickier grain and gluten-free substitutes in cooking. But its metabolism-boosting, high-fiber, and protein-rich benefits make it well worth trying out. Once you’ve got a handle on the stuff, you probably won’t look back. Useful for anything from breading meat to baking cookies, a little goes a long way with this unique no-wheat alternative. Get started with these nine sweet and savory recipes.
These cookies use a combo of sunflower seed butter, dark chocolate chunks, and coconut flour to be chewy, gooey, and totally vegan. A light sprinkle of sea salt on top is the perfect savory contrast to all those sweet, rich flavors.
These fluffy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside savory egg muffins are an ideal convenient breakfast. With sausage and coconut flour adding a bit more sustenance, a couple of these should hit the spot on a busy morning.
What do you do when you’re craving chunky monkey ice cream but can’t do dairy? Make these bars. With coconut flour, mashed banana, and plenty of vegan dark chocolate chips, you’ll get all the flavor of the frozen treat without the stomachache later.