Whoa, I had no idea that the same day that I was publishing my post on perspective that so many others would be as well! I think that it is amazing how in sync we are without even knowing it! If you are new to my little bloggy (sup?), I would encourage you to check out yesterday’s post for a moment that will surely warm your heart. I promise! I couldn’t resist, sorry. Oh wait, no I’m not. What was I supposed to talk about today? That’s right, FOOD!
For my regular foolish readers, you all know that I do not have any specific food-related allergies, but rather sensitivities. For my new foolish readers (again, greetings), to briefly fill you in, I have Crohn’s Disease, and though I am (knock on wood) currently well managed, I still have to maintain a healthy, balanced, nutrient-dense, and sizable diet, even if my slight appearance may not indicate it! Imagine if I DIDN’T eat as much as I did!
Anyway, in thinking about this week’s post, I realized that a great deal of my food choices have, without really even trying, been tending towards the gluten/allergy* free end of the spectrum (also, some lactose free things, but I hesitate to say that outright as I do consume a substantial amount of Greek yogurt, ice cream, and chocolate). Consequently, I thought that I would share some tidbits from past week that offer some gluten/allergy/lactose free options that are delicious as well as healthy and filling.** So we have a round up of easy gluten free recipes for your pleasure.
*When I say allergy-free, obviously this varies from person to person and is a blanket statement. I am more indicating shellfish, peanut, milk, and a few other common allergy triggers.
**I am not a nutritionist, I am not an expert (though I think myself very smart indeed). Consult with a medical professional before taking any advice, and if you know you have allergies, please always take necessary precautions when trying new things out!
Breakfast: For breakfast, I typically focus on easy-to-digest but carb-dense options that will get me through my workouts. On days that I don’t workout first, I can have a little wiggle room in side and type. Examples:
Workout Breakfast Original English Muffin/GF alternative + nut butter + jam with Crispix/Special K/Multigrain Cheerios/Raisin Bran Crunch and half banana or cherries See my running fuel post here
Sleep In Breakfast Cherry Apple Pie Protein Oats (GF, Lactose Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian but not Vegan (egg), can be nut free (nut butter dependent) and greek yogurt/cottage cheese
Brunch No Fail French Toast (can be lactose/gluten/nut/soy free; vegetarian but not vegan) with eggs and fruit
Lunch (always eaten with multiple sides)
Salad Smorgasbord Spinach + tomato + cucumber + onion + zucchini + green beans + cherries + spaghetti squash + quinoa + protein of choice + dressing/topping of choice (my pick? Cindy’s Kitchen Coconut Mango Pepper dressing/sauce and Korean BBQ–both GF and lactose free; I also love Annie’s light Goddess and TJ’s Cilantro Dressing)
TVP Wrap or Tuna Wrap Spinach + tomato + onion + spaghetti squash + tuna mixture (whole grain mustard, miracle whip, a ton of dill, garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper) + capers + Flatout wrap + Cholula
Easy Baked Salmon and Microwave Corn A summer staple for us!
Gluten Free Quinoa Chicken Parmesan We had this last night!
Gluten Free Sauceless Protein Bowl Spaghetti Squash + tomato + mini bell peppers (roasted in toaster oven!) + quinoa + Annie’s Goddess dressing + Thai(ish) Sloppy Joe TVP; Sweet potato (on side)
Mexican Feast Ceviche (lime juice + olives + carrots + capers + white fish + scallops + shrimp + seasoning); corn chips + guacamole (avocado + peppers + onion + tomato + seasoning + lime juice)
Fusion BBQ Sauce (GF, Lactose Free, etc) Snacks
Popcorn I took a break from shoveling popcorn in as quickly as it could be made, but Alex has awoken the monster. Boom Chicka Pop and 479 Popcorn are great GF, non-GMO, vegan/vegetarian/lactose free friendly (depending on the flavor but they are clearly marked) options. Kay’s Naturals Protein Pretzels
Seasoned nuts or Chickpeas (in moderation–the fiber can be upsetting)
Best Supporting Players
Cashew Butter (FOUND AT TJ’s and it’s amazing!!)
Cindy’s Sauces (see above) Also see my round up of quick and amazing sauces
Apple Cider Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar
Social (Alcoholic) Kevita (non-alcoholic)
For more snack ideas, check out this post! Now, I am well aware that I am not reinventing the wheel here. I was not intending this post to be ground-breaking, necessarily, but the fact of the matter is the following: find one ingredient that takes your meal to a new level, that makes you feel like you are eating something new, that you have never had before.
This week, I prepped quinoa, green beans, and spaghetti squash for the week (which you know I never do, food prep, I mean) and then just went to town and added them to everything. This is how I figured out that:
- cooked zucchini is freaking amazing on sandwiches
- spaghetti squash makes amazing pancake filler,
- mint cookie and peanut butter and cinnamon and sprinkles are a match made in heaven,
- acv is meant for oats
- beets are even better in power breads.
Just because you have to be careful doesn’t mean that food has to be lacking or complicated. I love seeing fun and innovative ideas as much as the next person, but at the end of the day, I refuse to buy things that I will use once and that is it. Or that I simply don’t know what to do with. Last but not least. Remember these?
Recipe coming at you Friday. There wasn’t enough room in the post 😀
Do you ever find yourself eating a certain way, as if you were ascribing to a certain diet?
Are you a planner, or a throw-it-together and hope for the best type of person?