Gluten-Free On-the-Go

When you have food restrictions or allergies, you often lose the option to pop into any restaurant or store for a snack when you are out and about. After finding myself starving on numerous occasions, I finally wised up to the importance of snacks. There are tons of gluten-free snacks on the market now, but since I avoid processed foods, I went on the hunt for items that were relatively shelf-stable and had very few ingredients. These are some of my favorites that have saved me from getting hangry when too many hours have passed in a situation where I’m unable to eat. I’m always looking for new snacks to add to my rotation though, so what are some of your favorite snacks when you are on the go?

GF on the go

1. Sprouts Organic Kale Chips: I’ve written about my kale chip love before, but these are my current favorite. The ingredient list is super clean and they run about $5.99 so a little less than many on the market. I really love the sea salt variety too but for a fun change, I’m in love with these spicy, crunchy chips.

2. Larabar & Kit’s Organic Bars: I’ll admit that bars are a saving grace for me, as they fill me up and give me some nutrition when I don’t have time for real food. I’m really discriminating when it comes to bars on the market as so many have tons of added sugar and questionable ingredient lists, but I love these two because they contain only nuts and fruit. Although Larabars are more well-known, I do prefer the texture of the Kit’s one a little more as it is slightly drier and this dark chocolate flavor is perfect for when I’m craving something sweet.

3. So Delicious Coconut Yogurt: I used to be a big fan of yogurt before going dairy-free and was so excited when I discovered this yogurt because it’s the perfect snack that actually will hold you over. I love this particular unsweetened one because it only contains 1g of sugar and has a clean ingredient list. Lately I’ve become obsessed with cacao nibs and I usually add some, as well as almonds and if I have time, strawberries, for a great snack or meal.

4. Bare Organic Apple Chips: When I’m at home, one of my frequent snacks is a sliced granny smith apple, but I only like them cold and sliced, so when I’m out, these Bare ones are my favorite. What I love about these particular ones, is that they only have one ingredient: apples. They also have an addicting thin, crispy texture and are perfect when I need a snack that is going to last me for more than a few bites.

Gluten-Free Spotlight: Liquidology

As soon as I know that I’m going out-of-town, one of the first things that I like to do is check out fun restaurants in the area. (That, and plan my outfits of course.) This is a crucial move for me given that it’s hard for me to eat at a lot of restaurants due to cross-contamination, but it’s also just something that I enjoy. I absolutely love perusing menus and trying new places. So when I went to Sacramento last weekend for a special family occasion, I got to thinking about places I wanted to visit. First up, was another trip to Pushkin’s, the gluten-free and dairy-free bakery that dreams are made of and if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw the amazing sandwich that I had. Not pictured was the bakery box of goodies that I also walked away with… Next up was to find a great juice place and I was so excited to discover Liquidology in East Sacramento. It’s no secret that I love my green juice so I couldn’t wait to check out somewhere new.

Liquidology GGGF1

Liquidology is a cold-pressed juice restaurant that features 100% organic juice that is also local and seasonal. Their juices are served in glass containers which apparently helps retain vital enzymes and phytonutrients. (Not to mention, they look great in Instagram pictures.) The vibe of Liquidology is awesome too with fresh flowers all over which contrasts perfectly with their brick and concrete walls. Of course, the best part were the juices. It’s a place where sampling is encouraged and each taste is served in a ceramic sake-type glass, which just makes the experience even cooler. The hard part was narrowing down which ones to taste as I pretty much wanted to try them all. The first one I tasted was Greenie in a Bottle (romaine, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, watercress, lemon and ginger) which definitely had a bitter edge to it due to the watercress and would be a great option for when you want something that isn’t too sweet. I also tried the Vitality (romaine, spinach, cucumber, kale, apple, lemon and ginger) which is similar to my favorite green juice that I drink at home all the time and was delicious. It was a winner with my family too as each member purchased one!

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I was also tempted by the coconut waters and tried both of them. The Alchemist (coconut meat, coconut water, tumeric, Madagascar vanilla and nutmeg) was absolutely delicious and I love all the health benefits of tumeric! In the end, I had to get a full bottle of the Coco Cinnamon (coconut meat, coconut water and cinnamon) which was simple and incredible. It tasted like a milkshake and made me seriously think that this would be the perfect nighttime dessert. Another great thing about Liquidology was that they offered raw, gluten-free, vegan food as well and had a refrigerated case of goodies which I will definitely be back to try. However, I did go for a container of The Cultured Kitchen’s Cultured Kale Chips to split with my family which were so yummy and may be my favorite kale chips ever due to the amazing cashew sauce they are covered in. They went so quickly among our group that I had to buy another box for the road! If I was local I would be at Liquidology all the time, but at least I know now that I will definitely be visiting each time that I’m in town.

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Question:

-What’s the first thing you do when you know you are going out-of-town?

-What’s your favorite kind of juice?

This post is not sponsored in any way, nor did I receive any free products. I simply love highlighting great gluten-free restaurants and get so excited about what they offer that I love to share them with all of you!

Go-To Green Smoothie

When it comes to breakfast, I’m a creature of habit. For years I had oatmeal with cinnamon and Splenda and then when I started eating cleaner, transitioned to Greek yogurt, honey and granola. However, for the past few years, I’ve been all about smoothies. I’ve changed my smoothie recipe up quite a bit, but my gold standard is a green smoothie. I love that I can start my day with a breakfast that is packed with vegetables and nutrients and it has the added benefit of being super quick to make so that I can run out the door.

For my smoothies, it’s important to me that they have staying power, so I use protein powder as well as nut butter for extra satiety. My favorite protein powder is Rainbow Light’s Vanilla Protein Energizer because it’s a super clean, natural formula that is free of most allergens, has 14 grams of protein and tastes delicious! For added nutrients, I use chia seeds and flax seeds which are both full of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. I’ve recently started adding Hemp Hearts as well once I discovered that they have a nutty taste and don’t taste earthy at all. I love that they also contain fiber and Omega 3s but pack a protein punch as well. For the green in my green smoothie, I love adding fresh spinach, which if you are new to green smoothies, I promise you don’t even taste. I enjoy this smoothie year-round, but in the winter I always follow it up with a cup of tea!

Go-To Green Smoothie

Go-To Green Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 C. Crushed Ice
  • 2 Extra-Large Handfuls Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 T. Hemp Hearts
  • 1 T. Chia Seeds
  • 1 T. Flax Seeds
  • 1 t. Almond Butter

Directions:

In high powered blender, combine almond milk, protein powder, all seeds, almond butter and spinach. Blend until spinach is fully distributed and mixture looks green, then add ice and blend until smooth.

Question:

-What’s your go-to breakfast?

Pin, Cook, Eat

I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree lately and have been making some recipes I’ve long since salivated over on Pinterest. The wonderful thing about Pinterest is that it provides endless inspiration and connects you to great recipes, some from bloggers or websites you know and others that are brand new to you. The bad thing is when you spend time on Pinterest but don’t ever make/style/do the things you pin. So instead I utilize it for things that I know I’m actually going to use, like paleo and gluten-free recipes, as well as style and beauty inspiration. I’ve long since given up on my Feeling Crafty board because let’s face it, I’m never feeling crafty. With my boards continually growing, I’ve been making new recipes weekly and have found some new favorites. Of course, not every creation results in a picture that’s blog worthy, so if you are interested in seeing what I’m eating, drinking and wearing, check out my Instagram!

Crockpot Thai Beef Stew via Against All Grain

Thai Beef Stew

This first one is from one of my favorite paleo bloggers Danielle, from Against All Grain. This recipe is featured in her Meals Made Simple cookbook but she also shared it online so if you don’t have the book, you can still give this a try. I don’t eat beef but I made this for my Mom’s birthday in January and it received rave reviews. It was fairly easy to make and apparently was incredibly flavorful and delicious. Danielle is so creative and I loved the addition of jicama, an unexpected ingredient for the stew that added a great crunchy texture. I served it with her Coconut-Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice which I did have, and it is officially my new favorite Caulirice recipe!

Persimmon and Pomagranate Salad via Martha Stewart

Persimmon Pom Salad

When it comes to holiday meals, if I don’t have time to test a recipe before, I try and go for a trusted chef or recipe with lots of great reviews. I knew I wanted to make a delicious salad with Christmas colors and winter flavors this year, so I turned to Martha. I had made a salad of hers that was fantastic for Christmas a few years ago and I knew that she wouldn’t let me down. This salad was hands down, one of the best that I’ve ever had. And that’s a bold statement because I make and eat a lot of salads. The combination of the peppery arugula with the sweetness of the pomegranate and persimmons and the nutty hazelnuts was perfection. It was a salad that people even went for the next day when sorting through leftovers and we had to ration it between ourselves. It was just that good and now adding pomegranate seeds to salads is my new favorite thing.

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins via Paleo Newbie

Banana Walnut MuffinsI have been completely grain-free for a few months now and it’s been going pretty well. However, lately I’ve been craving something carby and thought it was time that I do some baking. Muffins sounded like the perfect thing so I scoured my Paleo Brunch board and decided on these Banana Walnut Muffins from Paleo Newbie! I made them minus the chocolate chips because I’m not eating sugar right now and added additional chopped walnuts instead. These turned out amazingly well and are are moist and light and filling due to all the protein and fiber from the almond flour and walnuts and I love that they require very minimal sugar. I have a few more bananas ripening now and I think it’s clear that I will be using them for this recipe again!

Questions:

-What do you use Pinterest for?

-What’s a favorite recipe that you’ve made recently?