Glutton for Gluten-Free

Good Food, Gluten Free

Like I dug it up

Though it’s not a TRUE What I Ate Wednesday because I am only blogging dinner (earlier foods were boring and not photographed)…I figure since it’s still part of what I ate and today is Wednesday I can get away with this:

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Since all I’ve eaten all day is a gallon of fruit salad and a coconut cream pie Larabar, I tried REALLLLY hard to convince my tastebuds that I wanted some veggies.  My favorite food group and I are still estranged after my last gluten-poisoning.  After a HOT track practice for March (87 degrees?!?), I broke out the coupon for a $2.00 Berry and Pecan Spring Mix salad.

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Even the fruit on top of this salad and the cranberry balsalmic I topped it with couldn’t make those greens appetizing to me.  I choked down what I could, and that wasn’t much.  I added some of my free cheese onto the tail end of this salad once I realized I wasn’t hitting the nutritious mark with my intake, and cheese seemed like something my stomach wouldn’t hate.  Plus, cheese has a certain “plugging” factor if you know what I mean?

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Since I picked up some chocolate froyo from the grocery while I was there purchasing the salad, I thought I’d give that chocolate Vega another go with a little boost of yum.

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Around 3/4 of a cup of froyo into the blender.  It starts out exciting.

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A little dropper full of chocolate stevia.  No, there isn’t such a thing as too much chocolate.

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1 scoop of the Vega, along with 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of whole milk.  It already looks gross.  It’s okay.  Just admit it.

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A drinking jar full of some froyo-ed Vega powder.  Don’t worry – The froyo did nothing to enhance the flavor.  It still tastes like I dug it up.  I merely wasted nearly a cup of frozen delight.  Bad decisions.

Anyone have any ideas on how to kill the taste of dried moss in my frozen beverage?  Hope your WIAW brought you better luck!

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Tastes Like Nature

In an attempt to make my gf-life easier, I am trying to keep a lot of snacks around school in case I’m in need of a quick snack, or (more likely) that I am too lazy busy to pack an appropriate lunch.  Not only will this keep my lunch tab at the only two places in town to pick up a non-glutenated salad, it will also *hopefully* keep me from unknowingly cross-contaminating myself.

One of the snacks I tried for the first time today was this box of lentil crackers:

Now, I must warn you that my expectations were low.  Not only did I hear “lentil” and “cracker” together and assume that I was going to gag at my own lunch, but I also got this box for $1.00 at a discount store. I was hoping that I could at least hide the taste/texture with some nut butter, cheese, or hummus.  Well, I was delightfully surprised that there was no need.  The crackers alone have a good taste and texture, and the nut butter was just a nice addition.  Score one for not hating my blusey-Tuesday.

I was super craving some fruit when I got out of track practice, but since I still had a few hours of gymnastics practice.  How badly did I want some fruit salad?  Bad enough to send the hubby to the grocery store without a list or pictures of my desired items.  Luckily, (for both of us :)) he did a good job and I got to enjoy a lovely fruit salad after practice(s).  Score two.

Blueberries, bananas, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple, and green grapes.  It was delicious.  Even if it did have blueberries in it…They’re probably my least favorite fruit.  Besides papaya.  It smells kind of like feet to me.  If you can’t tell from the messy-ish bowl in the photo, this was my 3rd bowl.  I also had some cottage cheese on the side.

My palate has been a little goofy since I was last glutened, and I couldn’t stand the thought of downing some of my typical dinner foods (meat, eggs, veggies all sound pretty unappetizing).  To make up for the lack of variety in my day, I went with a shake of my new Vega powder.  Lots of vitamins and minerals that I’m otherwise missing.  I’d tried this brand before and liked it a lot, but it was not the health optimizer.  I was lucky enough to score this tub of it on sale for $30.  (If you look for it online it is MUCH more expensive than that).  I’m very thankful I did get it for so cheap.

Chocolate is usually the go-to in flavored edibles for me.  Chocolate seems safe, and in my opinion, makes everything taste better.  I’d eat it on cheese.  I have eaten it on crickets.  However, for this powder, chocolate is not my favorite.

I mixed half a serving (1 scoop) with 1/2 cup whole milk and 1 cup coconut milk in my favorite purple shaker cup.
Shake Shake Shake.
I excitedly took a swig.
It tastes like I licked nature.
I fervently dropped 15 drops of chocolate stevia into the cup.
Shake Shake Shake.
I tentatively take another mini-sip.
It tastes like I licked nature’s ass.

It has a good texture, and its worth its weight in gold if you need vitamins (half your daily value), protein (26 g), or fiber (23 g).  But still…it’s not a flavor I’m sure I can get used to.

Strike 1, 2, and 3.  Tuesday-bluesday wins again.

Oh Tuesday.  I should’ve known better than to try a new food on a Tuesday.

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Alphabetically speaking

Since it’s a Monday back at school for me, I figured taking some time out of the work day to practice the alphabet would be a fun idea.  I got this from Mo’s blog, who I believe got it from Janetha.
 
A is for age: 26.  
B is for breakfast today: A coconut Larabar, cottage cheese, and a banana 🙂
C is for currently craving: Kale chips and brown rice?  Isn’t that a normal craving? 
D is for dinner tonight: I think it’s going to be…Kale chips and brown rice!! 
E is for favorite type of exercise: Hiking or kayaking.  🙂 I like outdoor activities.  Indoor?  Spinning.
F is for an irrational fear: Spoons.  I guess I’m not really AFRAID of them, but I hate to use them and in most cases refuse to.  Real irrational fear?  Clowns.
G is for gross food: Cilantro.  Hate the stuff.
H is for hometown: Richmond.
I is for something important: My puppy, Lola.  Is that a something?  If not, then definitely my eye drops as of recently.  My allergies are killing my contact-wearing.
J is for current favorite jam: Anything by GLEE!  I’m a gleek.
K is for kids: None of my own except for Lolie.
L is for current location:  My empty classroom.
M is for the most recent way you spent money: Health food store and Earth Fare!
N is for something you need: More time!
O is for occupation: High school teacher
P is for pet peeve: Having to repeat myself 100x
Q is for a quote: “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”
R is for random fact about you: I like to kill germs.
S is for favorite healthy snack: Froyo!  That’s healthy right??
T is for favorite treat: Froyo!!
U is for something that makes you unique: I hate spoons?  I know I already said that, but let’s face it…It’s not a common fear.
V is for favorite vegetable: Asparagus and carrots.  Or broccoli.  Spinach is good.  Onions, too.  I love all veggies.
W is for today’s workout: Track practice…(does that count?) Then gymnastics practice.  Then Insanity.
X is for X-rays you’ve had: Lots.  I used to be a gymnast, and I’m also accident prone.
Y is for yesterday’s highlight: The grilled cheese sandwich I had for lunch!
Z is for your time zone: Eastern.
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