Dining Out and Eating Clean

I love breakfast. I love food in general, but I especially love breakfast. So what’s a newly-almost-paleo-breakfast-lover to do when the café barista hands you a menu that’s not gluten or wheat-free? Or when you see those hot glazed, flaky apple tarts glistening up at you through the glass showcase saying ‘remember me, you used to think I was so tasty’? Y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶r̶y̶. No you stay strong, take a breath. You might have said farewell to your former breakfast life of café waffles and buttery croissants, but there’s a whole new breakfast world to explore.

Plan ahead. There’s a lot of great places that now cater to people with diet restrictions and to make dining out a little easier, Adam Bryan of Gluten Free Guide HQ helps you find those places with his menu guide.

If you didn’t plan ahead like I didn’t this morning, and stop by a place on the whim that doesn’t have those options, don’t be afraid to ask the staff if they can customize something for you. Most places will be happy to oblige. It’s your health, kudos for you on being proactive. Oh and that breakfast Fritata pictured above, it was bomb! Thanks Cozee Cafe <3 

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On the hunt for Italian

So last night my family and I decided we would all go out for dinner. We picked our old go-to place, Olive Garden, which is an American-Italian chain of restaurants, but of course since most of the items on their menu contain pasta, I hopped on over to their site to see what allergen free options they had. Quickly my heart sank. Even their wheat-gluten free options had soy. So I was like ok, I’ll just order their Chicken Marsala, it’s just chicken and mashed potatoes no biggie. Eh, WRONG! I scrolled down to that section and it also contained soy.

Trying to decide what to order on the menu

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Snack Find: Cranberry Almond Snack Bars

Time for a new snack find update! I’ve been harboring this snack find to myself for a little while now, but for good reason…they’re just too good and I secretly want them all to myself. But since that doesn’t sound like a fair enough reason to keep it a secret, I’ve decided to share the wealth of knowledge.

They’re Gluten-Free Cranberry Almond Oat Snack Bars by Van’s Natural Foods.  Now say that 5 times fast. And go!

Made from Whole Oats, Brown Rice, Cranberries, Almonds, Almond Butter, Flax seeds, and Fig paste, this soft chewy snack contains 4 grams of fiber in every bar.

Not only is this bar great, but so is the rest of their line of snacks, cereals, and breakfast goods. *Some contain soy.

Where to find them:

I purchase mine from the baking goods, gluten-free section of Wal-Mart, but Van’s can be found at a variety of locations by using their store locator.

Van’s products are Gluten-Free, Kosher, All Natural, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Low in sodium, and Free of artificial colors or flavors

How to make Almond Flour

Making Almond Flour is very simple but there is one thing you should know: it can be very easy to over-blend your almonds and have it turn into Almond Butter from the natural oils. To prevent this I recommend blending your almonds 1/2 cup at a time and to blend in 7-10 second increments, patting or stirring it around so the blade doesn’t get too hot in one spot and the almonds blend evenly so there are no lumps. Continue reading

Food Find: Weber’s All Natural Barbecue Sauce

Stuffed roasted red pepper with Weber’s BBQ

With 4th of July right around the corner, for many Americans that means celebrating the holiday with the traditional backyard barbecue feast and it just isn’t a barbecue without some BBQ sauce. I was able to find Weber’s All Natural BBQ Sauce for only $2 at my Publix grocery store.

Does not contain any high fructose corn syrup and is gluten-free.

If you are looking for other gluten-free BBQ sauces here’s a site that might help with your search:

http://www.bbqsaucereviews.com/gluten-free-barbecue-sauces/

Enjoy!

Snack Find: Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Oh yes this is happening right now.

I could go into detail about this cold piece of heaven but then I’d get ice cream all over myself and my keyboard, so I’ll save myself the mess and link to the site, which I do here. TGIF!

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Snack Find: Enjoy Life Chocolate

If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth on some chocolate without all the artificial by-products found in your typical s̶n̶a̶c̶k̶ junk food isle, I’ve found the answer to your prayers. Ring the gong, release the doves and Enjoy Life! No literally. This amazing company not only makes different varieties of chocolate bars (dark chocolate, rice crisp) but they also have a whole line of Non-GMO snack foods.

Their products are free of the 8 most common allergens:

– wheat – peanuts – egg -fish – dairy – tree nuts – soy – shellfish

They even exclude casein, potato, sesame, and sulfites too for those of you who are sensitive to them.

Can I just say how hard it is to find chocolate chips to bake with in your typical grocery store without soy? Even the dairy I can understand being in chocolate chips, but SOY?! That shouldn’t even belong in there except for being used as a filler. They should be called soy chips with chocolate flavoring. Ok I’ll stop with the rant, but you get what I mean.

Of Enjoy Life’s products so far I’ve had all their candy which I LOVE, their Chocolate Chip Cookies which weren’t bad but I prefer homemade(recipe soon to come), and their Cocoa Loco, which I wasn’t too fond of, but I can’t wait to try their granola bars. So check them out and hope you Enjoy Life!

Snack Find: Apple Chips

Who ever said the only way you could enjoy an apple was in its full form or only by juicing?

Try baked APPLE CHIPS!

• No added sugar or preservatives
• Fat free
• Gluten free
• All Natural
• 2g of Fiber

What’s so great about this snack, other than the fact that it tastes good, is that there’s 1 WHOLE apple in every bag. And the only ingredient is APPLE, unless you buy the Cinnamon flavored chips, which in that case the only ingredients are still Apple and Cinnamon. That’s it!

Add them to your:
Salads
Yogurt
Or Morning Oatmeal

Enjoy and Follow Your Bliss!

How to make Almond Milk

Almond Milk is a great alternative to dairy if you are lactose intolerant. It is also free of gluten, soy, low in calories, and tastes great in smoothies. But why would you want to make your own almond milk if you can just buy it from the store? Sure you can forgo the hassle and pay $3 for a carton yourself, or you can get the most out of your almonds if you’re going on a detox from dairy and wheat by making your own milk and flour from the leftover pulp. It’ll also save you some money in the long run.

I recently took a trip to the grocery store and was curious to see what ingredients lay in a typical carton of almond milk. The two popular brands were Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and Silk Pure Almond. Both had nearly identical ingredients lists: Continue reading