Glutton for Gluten-Free

Good Food, Gluten Free

What haven’t I eaten?

That is a more accurate description of my What I ate Wednesday.

Breakfast started off with a giant Dunkin’ Donuts coconut coffee.  Cream, no sweetener.  I know it’s probably not healthy, but that coconut coffee has quite the allure at 6am.  Or anytime if you’re me and love coffee and coconut.  I was rushed to a meeting rather than having quality time with my breakfast as I prefer, so I scarfed a banana and some almond butter.

Mid-morning snack = Larabar in Key Lime Pie with a new favorite.  La Croix COCONUT!

A recycled picture of lunch.  Berry Pecan salad.  Also, included in lunch was a PB and J on the last 2 slices of Udi’s bread.

Dinner was some NEW spaghetti from the Celiac Awareness Tour, red sauce, and a cut up chicken sausage.  I also had some crudite on the side.

And for dessert – 2 Smooze popsicles!  I bought these mainly to get a taste so I could re-create this combo in the future.  Boy WILL I.  I LOVE coconut (we all know I’m a little obsessed), but just as much I love pineapple.  What a nice summer-y treat!  It is simply coconut milk and pineapple juice mixed with some agave nectar.  I love every bit of these!  They were even worth the $3 for the convenience of a no-mess clean up.

I’ll probably have another tonight!

I have a lot of info and pictures still to share from the conference, along with reviews of some of the products I hauled.  I have a few more to try, so as soon as I get that finished I’ll let you know!

 

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Celiac Awareness

So…I know it’s been nearly a week since I updated, but I think everyone can agree that it was for a good reason!  I’ve been sharing so much of the *bummer* side of living gf, that I am excited to announce the “glass half full” part of gluten-freedom (aside from feeling so much better…).

This weekend my momma and I went to the Celiac Awareness Tour in Indianapolis, IN.  It was a bit of a drive, but it was a lot of fun and so worth it!  I got tons of information, coupons, free samples, and met a lot of people who have great stories to share and are super helpful.  It was really much smaller than I expected, but that’s okay.  It sometimes makes it easier to share and learn when you start off in a small group.

The most exciting thing for me was learning that there’s a whole group out there that has been through many of the same struggles I’m dealing with now.  It’s so nice to see that misery isn’t always awaiting the end of a meal out, and that people are so willing to help out. 

Here I am taking pictures out of the car as we are pulling up!

I have tons of info and fun pictures from the weekend (because you KNOW shopping was involved after), but I’d like to keep this post short and sweet.  Check out the list at the links posted above, or feel free to share others you know of.  (I know a big one is going to be in Chicago in April).  If you haven’t been to a gfree conference, I recommend getting your butt there ASAP!

 

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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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