Posts Tagged ‘simple’

REVIEW: Real Deal Veggie Chips

Starting August 3, LWF will hold a giveaway of a package of 12+ gluten free snacks, desserts, and foods every week in August (that’s 4 giveaways!). I will provide a list of all the products included so you can see what you’re winning. I’ll use Rafflecopter, and if you’ve already followed me on Twitter, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to enter the giveaway by telling me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll have a different question every week.

On with the review!

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Health Values: Certified gluten free, non-GMO verified, vegan, baked, low fat, kosher.

Confession: I miss potato chips. For the past two years that I’ve been on an anti-inflammatory diet – which doesn’t allow me to have regular potatoes and certainly nothing fried – I’ve missed that crunchy, snacky goodness that only potato chips delivered.

Until now.

Real Deal Veggie Chips

Real Deal Veggie Chips filled that void in my snack world, but in a much healthier way. They’re very light but have a satisfying crunch and don’t leave you feeling weighed down, nor is there an oily taste or feel since they’re baked and not fried. The lightly salty taste mixed with a mild sweet pea flavor makes for a wonderful combination.

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The veggies used in Real Deal snacks are grown in Pennsylvania and made in a Pennsylvania Certified Organic facility, which makes me feel even better about them. They’re great as a snack by themselves or as a side for lunch or a barbecue.

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I’m beyond thrilled with Real Deal Veggie Chips; I highly recommend them to any other crunch-loving snackers.

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REVIEW: Good Health Kettle Chips Sweet Potato with Sea Salt

Starting August 3, LWF will hold a giveaway of a package of 12+ gluten free snacks, desserts, and foods every week in August (that’s 4 giveaways!). I will provide a list of all the products included so you can see what you’re winning. I’ll use Rafflecopter, and if you’ve already followed me on Twitter, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to enter the giveaway by telling me what you’d like to see on this site. I’ll have a different question every week.

On with the review!

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There has been a huge uptick in sweet potatoes eats over the past few years, and the list of sweet potato products has grown continually. Good Health Snacks has a few different kinds of snacks, but I tried their sweet potato sea salt chips.

Good Health Sweet Potato Chips

These were a wonderful surprise to someone that loves sweet potatoes in any form. Their aroma is natural and subtle when you first open the bag, but the treat is when you bite into the first chip and experience the pure, unadulterated sweet potato flavor. They’re v crisp and crunchy with just the right level of salt to bring out their flavor. What a great standalone snack that can be enjoyed anytime without the guilt associated with traditional chips!

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I highly recommend these chips to anyone who is interested in a healthy potato chip alternative that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor.

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REVIEW: Gluten Free Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, organic, wheat free, nut free, vegan, no added sugar, GMO free, handmade in USA.

No sugar or sugar substitutes in a gluten-free chocolate snack? I’m in!

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My local Whole Foods had a few flavors of Go Raw Super Cookies (they recently changed their packaging and product names, as you’ll notice on the website), so naturally I decided to try chocolate first. The ingredients are proudly displayed in large print right on the front of the bag – that coupled with the fact that there were very few ingredients was a good sign. Here is the simple list:

  • Organic Unsulphured Coconut
  • Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds
  • Organic Dates
  • Organic Cacao

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I couldn’t wait to try them as soon as I got home. I have one suggestion for anyone trying these for the first time: don’t think of them as traditional “cookies”. Instead, think of them as snack wafers; if you’re expecting a traditional cookie, your taste buds won’t give them a fair chance.

Once I got past the cookie expectation, I loved them. To be able to satisfy my chocolate craving while eating a raw, live, healthful snack is more than I ever expected. These are not what I would call sweet, but they have just enough sweetness to do the trick.

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They’re also a very convenient little snack – each hand made “cookie” is about the size of a quarter, so you can easily pop them into your mouth without making a mess or leaving a trail of crumbs. Very good as an on-the-go option or as an office snack.

They’re a little pricey – $4.79 for a 3 oz. bag – but they’re definitely worth it when you consider the wonderful taste coupled with the health values. I’ll be trying the Ginger Snaps next and then I’ll hunt down their lemon Super Cookie, which wasn’t at my Whole Foods. But you can bet that I’ll find them!

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Keep on living the wheat free life!

Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Nut Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free, no added oils, raw, vegan, organic

Have you ever heard of the brand Two Moms in the Raw? I hadn’t until I got a sample of their Goji Berry Nut Bar from the Seashore Celiacs’ Gluten Free Picnic.

Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Bar

Although it’s called a bar, it’s actually broken down pieces of what were probably multiple bars made of just nuts, goji berries, agave, spices, and sea salt. And it’s all organic!

Gogji Nut Bar Ingredients

I really like anything high on protein that I can snack on, something that can help fill me up and give me energy but also tastes good. It’s hard for me to find pre-made food like that because I have so many other allergies and intolerances other than gluten and dairy. If it doesn’t have gluten and dairy, it has tapioca. If it doesn’t have tapioca, it has sesame seeds. You know how it goes.

I was so happy to see a nut bar I could have – and it’s really good!

Goji Nut Bar

 

The agave and sea salt don’t overpower the nuts – it wasn’t too sweet or too salty. Instead, both ingredients balance the flavors to give it a taste that appeals to all your cravings: sweet, salty, and nutty. The goji berries are a little sweet, but not overly so, which I like. I could really eat half a bag of these at a time, even though I’d be overly full – that’s how good they are! They’re extremely snackable, so take them on your next road trip or even to the mall for a power snack. You can find them at Whole Foods. That’s the only place I’ve seen them so far.

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Keep on living the wheat free life!

 

Coming Down from a Sugar Detox

WE’VE DONE IT! We’ve completed the sugar detox! And by “we” I mean anyone who’s ever experienced a sugar detox…and me. Your body is cleansed of refined sugar and is showing signs of its contentment; you have more energy, sleep better, think clearer, etc.

But what now?

I’ll tell you what NOT now. Don’t overdose on sugar as soon as you’re off the detox! You’ll actually undo all you’ve done and shock your body. And we all know how shocked bodies react. Just look what happensno sugar overload to people who go on juice diets to lose weight and then go straight back into a regular diet – they usually gain more weight than they had in the first place. So how do you go about reincorporating some sugars without screwing with your system? Easy. No, literally. Take it easy – ease them into your system. That’s the healthiest way to do it. Don’t go eating a whole pile of refined sugar cookies right off the bat. Instead, limit yourself to two or three per day and slowly increase. You might be surprised, though, at your lack of cravings, or that a smaller amount of sweet things will satisfy you. Or even that the ice cream that tasted so good just two weeks ago now tastes overly sweet. Don’t mourn it – it’s a good thing! The less tempted you are to have refined sugar, the better off your body is.

Here are some good things to start out with:

 Mango Apple Salsa – eat it on chips, salmon, meat, or even by itself; eliminating the sugar is absolutely fine, I actually prefer it that way

Chococorn – spread your chocolate intake out and mix it with healthy air-popped plain popcorn for a lightly sweet and satisfying snack

– Coconut Bliss ice cream – have a small serving of non-dairy ice cream that doesn’t use refined sugar, just agave; look especially for the plainer flavors

– Larabars – they use dates instead of refined sugar; I particularly like the Apple Pie, Banana Bread, and Peanut Butter Cookie bars

– Juice – pick a juice, any juice that (1) doesn’t come from concentrate (2) doesn’t have sugar in it

And those are just four easy things to help you – two homemade, three you can buy in the store.

What do you usually do when you come off a sugar detox? Do you eat sugar alternatives or go back to the refined stuff?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Sugar Detox Day 14: “Like A Pro” Pasta

LAST DAY OF SUGAR DETOX! Wow! It went by faster than I’d expected. For this last post, I want to share with you a product I already blogged about once because it’s surprising that it’s safe for sugar detox. Plus, I’m going to show you how you can spice it up. Did you guess what it is from the title? It’s Hoboken Farms Big Red Marinara Sauce!

Hoboken Farms Big Red Marinara Sauce

This sauce has no sugar and is made from basic organic ingredients, no extras, no preservatives. It’s wonderful by itself, but I like to dress it up a little sometimes. On this detoxing occasion, I used pitted kalamata olives, which I cut in half. But let’s start from the beginning.

1. Boil water with some salt.
2. Put in pasta. I used Jovial’s Brown Rice Penne this time. If you’re doing a single serving, put in about 1.5 cups to 2 cups, depending on how hungry you are. I like a full bowl of pasta, so I use 2 cups.
3. Boil pasta until just barely al dente, then strain and quickly rinse in cold water. Put aside.
4. Rinse out the pot you just used and put in about 1 cup of marinara sauce on medium heat. Use the same stove burner to save energy. Here’s where you can get fancy. You can:
– Add a 1/2 tablespoon of oregano
– Sauté diced onions, then add them to the heated sauce
– Cut 4-6 pitted kalamata olives cut in half and add to the sauce as it’s heating up
– Sauté other chopped veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, peas, etc. and add them to the heated sauce
– Add meat – roast chicken, ham, or even steak – to the sauce as it’s heating up
5. Once the sauce is heated through, add the pasta and mix well. Let the sauce cook down a little bit and stir a couple more times to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick. This will take about 4 minutes.

Kalamata Olives in Marinara Sauce with Penne

That’s all there is to it! You skipped the hard part – making the sauce – and just added some extras. You even used the same pan for the pasta, so that’s one less thing you have to wash. You did this like a pro, and you have the restaurant-quality dish to show for it. What a reward for the last day of sugar detox!

So how did your sugar detox go? Was this your first time? Would you do it again?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Sugar Detox Day 13: Easy Chicken with Apples, Onions, and Red Pepper

Sorry I’m a day behind with these posts! The last one will be tomorrow for my 14-day detox.

When I’m sugar detoxing, it helps cut my cravings if I have something sweet(ish) as part of my lunch or dinner. Then I don’t feel the need for dessert. And with so many different sweet fall apples out there, it’s the perfect time for this very simple recipe that takes next to no time at all.

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1. In a sauté pan, cook diced apple, diced onion, and diced red pepper until the onion is almost done.
2. Add shredded roast chicken breast and mix in well with other ingredients.  Cook until the chicken is heated through.

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That’s it! I found no need for salt in this recipe. I also found no need for any kind of sauce because the cooked apple, onion, and red pepper were so sweet and such a good combo, it felt like a complete dish all by itself. You could possibly throw some balsamic vinegar in there, but I like it best on its own.

Do you like to have fruit in your savory dishes? Do you find it helps cut your cravings?

Keep on living the wheat free life!