Substitution Sunday: Gluten-Free Recommendations for Pasta, Snacks and More
Contrary to popular belief, food that is good for you can (and absolutely should) taste good. Whether you live a gluten-free lifestyle, or you're looking to reduce the amount of bad carbs in your diet, this post is geared to give you the information and tools you need to make the best decisions for your body. Everyone's body is different. For me personally, inflammatory foods can have a much stronger affect on my body. As a reminder, always take advise from those of us in the non-medical field with a grain of salt, and consult a dietician and doctor for what's best for you. Today we're going to take a dive into focusing on the difference between "good carbs" and "bad carbs." You may have heard of this expression before, and it's no secret that most weight-loss fads focus on low to no-carb diets. Personally, I hate the word "diet" because it implies there is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Growing up, there were a lot of occasions where I felt like my body was my enemy. And the only solution was to settle for bland food that basically tasted like cardboard. If there is one thing I wish for you through reading this blog, it's that you would feel empowered in the products you buy and the food that you put into your body. My philosophy is to avoid deprivation, and to find all-natural real food that tastes good and can easily substitute a "bad carb." So the changes you make to your eating habits begin through making tweaks. (It'll make more sense when we get into my food recommendations below) So what's good and what's bad? "Good carbs" includeRead more.
- Whole grains
- Anything processed -- processed food = no longer real food
- White flour, rice, pasta, bread, etc.
- Refined sugars (corn syrup, etc.)
Substituting Your White Rice, Pasta, Snacks, and More!
Where I Purchase:
- Thrive Market – Think of it as a Whole Foods meets Costco. You get wholesale prices for quality food and it’s delivered to your door! Click here to get 25% off your first order
- Amazon Pantry – Every once in a while I like to do a bulk Pantry order because sometimes there may be an item that’s cheaper than at the grocery store and I can stock up on my favorites
Gluten-Free Pasta and QuinoaI'm not here to tell you that you "have to switch to gluten-free pasta because the refined flour is horrible for you" and that's my only reasoning. Although yeah, it's true, refined flour is really bad for your body. But I think if you're anything like me, hearing the benefits that pasta made from vegetables has (I swear, you can't even tell the difference) instead of what you've been eating, you're more likely to want to switch.
- Ancient Harvest Pow! Pasta -- My favorite by far. Their green lentil and black bean elbow pasta is my favorite. And they pack up to 25g of protein!
- Banza Chickpea Pasta -- Another healthy dose of protein, this pasta is made primarily of chickpeas. They also have a ton of options - rotini, penne, shells... etc.
- Jovial Gluten-Free Pasta -- Organic brown flour is the only flour I allow myself to have, and if you're not really feeling the vegetable pastas, this one is a great option!
- Explore Cuisine -- If you're wanting to explore a lot of different ways to eat gluten-free pasta, this brand is definitely one I would recommend. They have green lentil, black bean, edamame, and more. (Because just because black bean pasta isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you won't love lentil or chickpea)
- Thrive Market Sprouted Quinoa -- Quinoa is a great source of essential amino acids, protein, iron, and dietary fiber, and this packet of quinoa is awesome.
Gluten-Free Cooking and BakingOne of the worst things I ever did to my body was put refined sugar and refined flour into it. The chemicals, processed foods, fillers, and high fructose corn syrup cause absolute havoc on the way the body functions. In everything you're baking or cooking, I would recommend always looking at the label -- if you don't know what one of the ingredients is (or where it came from), it probably shouldn't be going in your body.
- Nutiva Coconut Flour -- Do yourself a big favor and start using coconut flour for baking. It does give things a slightly different taste, but if you use other flavors (like cacao powder or organic vanilla), you won't notice the coconut taste.
- Nutiva Coconut Sugar -- Probably the easiest switch for me was going from a refined white sugar to coconut sugar. Obviously it's best to minimize sugars, but if you're going to have it, it should be raw and unrefined.
- Thrive Market Cacao Powder -- I'm a huge fan of cacao powder. Cacao powder contains more than 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries, not to mention it’s also 4 times more powerful than dark chocolate. Check out my morning smoothie recipe featuring cacao powder here.
- Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil -- Avocados are a great source of “good fat.” When I’m cooking in the kitchen, I like to use some kind of oil as a base, which used to be olive or canola oil. At this point I’ve gotten rid of both of those oils (I ditched vegetable a long time ago), and this is now my go-to.
- 4th & Heart Ghee Butter -- Ghee butter is lactose-free as it’s made from clarified butter, so the impurities are gone. You can learn more about the benefits of ghee butter over butter in this article. If you have trouble digesting dairy, give this a try!
- Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil -- When you're baking, I highly recommend using coconut oil. This one by Nutiva is amazing because it stays in liquid form that has undergone minimal processing and has no fillers. (Which means you don't have to melt your coconut oil first in order to use it for baking)
Related: 7 Uses for Coconut Oil
- Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers -- These are delicious. I like for my chips or crackers to be as simple as possible so my spread or dip can speak for itself… Simple Mills ha tons of other flavors you can try too, like Rosemary, which is also amaze-balls.
- KIND Cinnamon Oat Granola Clusters -- Rather than having 3 meals per day, I like to space them out into 5-6 small meals. So right around 11am, I have plain greek yogurt with fruit and granola. I love this granola because of its pure ingredients. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, lowers your blood sugar and promotes good heart heath.
- Thrive Market Plantain Chips -- The first time I ever ate plantains, an exchange student from Cuba made some for me from scratch... they were incredible. These aren't quite the same, but they're pretty darn close!
- Garden of Eatin' Blue Corn Tortilla Chips -- When I was eliminating anything with white flour, I realized I would need a substitute for my tortilla chips. These blue corn chips have simple ingredients, and they’re gluten-free. These are my favorite to use for homemade nachos or when I make my famous guacamole.
- Simply 7 Quinoa Chips -- As I mentioned before, substitution is the key to changing your eating habits. These are the regular sea salt ones, but I also love the barbecue flavored quinoa chips by Simply 7 as well.
What’s in My Pantry? My Current List of Favorites – Organic, Gluten-Free, and More
Today we're exploring some of my favorite food that I always have stocked in my pantry. But before we get into the food, I should give you a bit of a preface. A few months ago, I began recognizing a shift in my body. I've never been diagnosed with PCOS by my doctor, but I have had multiple symptoms show themselves through the years that makes me lean in that direction. Over the Christmas holidays, I noticed a new symptom surfacing... and I was like NOPE. I may not be diagnosed with PCOS, but I wasn't about to stick around to find out if I would ever develop it. So I completely altered my diet to follow a strict PCOS-friendly lifestyle and haven't looked back. But wait, I know. WHAT ABOUT PIZZA? Don't worry, I can still have pizza and wine. How? I keep to an approximate 80-20% ratio for my weekly diet. 80% of my meals are strictly from the list of "allowed food" for a PCOS-friendly diet, and 20% is where I allow myself to have pizza or BBQ or anything else that's not on the list. Not only does this keep me sane when eating out since everything always has one ingredient I can't have (automatically making that meal one of the 20%), but it also keeps me from falling off the wagon. One of the best ways to help a new eating lifestyle stick (if that's what you desire) is to begin with substitution. If Doritos are your thing, swap them out for quinoa chips -- the ones I've listed below are absolutely delicious! Swap your white flour and sugar for coconut flour and coconut sugar. You get the idea. So without further ado, let's get into what's in my pantry and my current food favorites.Read more.
Where I Purchase
- Thrive Market - Think of it as a Whole Foods meets Costco. You get wholesale prices for quality food and it's delivered to your door! Click here to get 25% off your first order
- Amazon Pantry - Every once in a while I like to do a bulk Pantry order because sometimes there may be an item that's cheaper than at the grocery store and I can stock up on my favorites
Snackshere. here. here. Thrive Market, but if you want to find your favorite, pick a few different ones from Whole Foods to experiment and then go to Thrive Market or Amazon to purchase in bulk. Check it out here. here.
Spreads and DressingsCheck out my high protein spinach smoothie recipe here. PB Fit has 90% less fat and 1/3 of the calories compared to regular peanut butter. (It also helps that the only ingredients are peanuts, coconut sugar and salt!) Check it out here. Honey Mustard. Check it out here. Beyond Meat's The Beyond Burger -- you can find it at Whole Foods. You're welcome) This sauce is amazing. It has a pickle-y type of bite and I can't quite describe it, except that it's perfection and you need it in your life. Check it out here. here. You can also check out their Nocciolata Dairy Free Spread here. (Kid you not, this tastes just as good as the original... I had a super picky doubter friend give it a go to prove my theory) here.
Gluten-Free Pastashere. here.
Cooking/Bakinghere. here. in this article. If you have trouble digesting dairy, give this a try! Check it out here.
Superfoods and Supplementshere. here. here. Check out my favorite smoothie recipe here) Hemp has 20 amino acids, including the 9 that your body does not naturally produce on its own. Check it out here. here. So that's it! These are some of my favorite items I like to keep stocked in my pantry at all times. What's in your pantry? Are you a health nut or are you just starting on your journey? Let's chat some more about it down below in the comments. Remember, I'm not a doctor, and you should always consult with your physician to determine what's best for your body. Don't forget to check out Thrive Market if you're interested in saving a ton on your grocery bill and have the food delivered directly to your door - Click here to get 25% off your first order. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Recipe: Protein-Packed Spinach Smoothie
I hate mornings. Nothing good ever comes before 11am. However, since we have to go to work in the morning, and I'm told it's good to eat breakfast, it means that whatever I have for breakfast can't be difficult to make. I like to have smoothies in the morning because it means that I can pack in protein, antioxidants and any other healthy powder into one drink. Today I'm going to share with you the recipe Joseph has come up with for my spinach smoothies. It's like The Green Monster, but way better.Read more.
For this recipe, these are the main benefits for each ingredient:
- Spinach - includes folate, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium
- Banana - high in potassium and gives you energy
- Almond/coconut milk - free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and is naturally lactose free
- Cacao powder - contains more than 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries; also 4 times more powerful than dark chocolate (helps that it satisfies the natural chocolate craving)
- Hemp protein powder - protein heavy powder for women because it contains all the 21 known amino acids
- Nut butter/PB Fit - another protein benefit, but also fills you up
- Honey - adds a tiny bit of natural sweetness, and also is amazing for natural energy
7 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil
Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you today. My husband, Joseph, will be guest posting alongside of me on the blog! Today, Joseph will be sharing 7 ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life and specifically sharing some stories about how we use coconut oil at our house. Joseph here! Let’s face it; coconut oil is probably the most versatile oil out there. I mean what other oil can you use in so many ways? From moisturizing your face to cooking, to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial usage, coconut oil has numerous applications and today I figured I would share with you some of the ways that Jenn and I use it in our everyday life.Read more.
Our Coconut Oil Favorites and Where to Buy
- Jenn and I love this one from Nutiva
- You can also purchase any generic oil at your local grocery store -- this option tends to be pricer
7 Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life
As a MoisturizerI personally suffer from extremely dry feet. I’m on my feet all day and my feet can dry out to the point where they become cracked and sometimes bleed. After I get home, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and slather it all over my feet. (If you need something more intense, put two layers on and then put socks on so everything soaks in) It's an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, not to mention it doesn't have any chemicals or harmful ingredients that other moisturizers have.
As an Oral RinseSo it's a bit gross but works like a charm. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes and spit it out. The coconut oil removes bacteria from your mouth (bad breath included), and it’s good for your teeth. Coconut oil is also great for treating cold sores and canker sores, as well as other dental issues. Just make sure to brush your teeth out afterward because otherwise it leaves a gross slimy feeling inside of your mouth.
As an AftershaveThis is one of my favorite ways to use coconut oil. Gentlemen, after you shave by straight razor/disposable/electric, or if you're blessed but your beard is course, put a bit of coconut oil on your face. This moisturizes the skin and prevents bumps. Also since it doesn’t really smell, you won’t be putting on anything too strong in scent for an interview or meeting.
As a Cooking OilIt would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how great coconut oil is for cooking. It has a high heat threshold, meaning that it won’t start smoking and stinking up the kitchen at a minimum temperature of 350 degrees for refined (400 degrees for unrefined). Use it for sautéing, stir frying, baking, and even in vinaigrettes if you so desire. Check out my Noms page for other healthy eating tips!
To Relieve ConstipationYep. You read that right. It helps treat constipation. Can’t go? Instead of buying all of those fancy diuretics and laxatives, take a teaspoon of coconut oil at meals. Avoid too much as it can cause cramps if you overindulge.
To Treat Pet's Hot SpotsEarly last year our dog got hot spots in multiple areas on her body (hot spots are irritated areas on a dog’s skin that get worse and worse as the dog will keep biting and chewing on the infected area). Coconut oil is very soothing for a dog’s skin and fur. Not only will it soothe irritated area, but it will also keep it from becoming infected with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This saved our butts from a very hefty vet bill. (Well, that and the cone of shame) Keep in mind, we are not a vet or medical professional. Consult your vet for the best remedies for treating your dog's issues.
As a Dog Food AdditiveSookie goes nuts for coconut oil. I kid you not, peanut butter and pumpkin do not compare with how amazing coconut oil tastes to Sookie. Some days I wonder if we should just do away with treats and give her a spoonful of this stuff instead. Coconut oil is great on a dog’s digestion and… well... number two. (It prevents her from straining or becoming dehydrated) When digested, coconut oil will also make your dog's fur softer. So there you go. 7 ways you can use coconut oil in your everyday life. What are some ways you use it? Leave a comment below and share it with us. J & J For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Did You Know? Straight From the Root is Now at Publix!
Straight From the Root's revolutionary sous vide-cooked vegetable brand now available throughout the Southeastern United StatesStraight From The Root is pleased to announce that its sous-vide cooked, nutrient-rich vegetable line is available at Publix locations throughout the Southeastern states beginning in February 2018. This development will expand Straight From The Root’s grocery store distribution to both U.S. coasts. “After finding success in the Western United States, we are excited that Publix will help us bring the French style of sous vide to even more kitchens across America,” says Founder and President Paul Lagudi. “Our USDA organic, cut and fully-cooked vegetables and vegetable noodles are the most convenient, cleanest way to get your vegetables every day. Great quality, healthy food doesn’t need to be a hassle or a mess. Straight From The Root offers preservative-free and organic produce that can be eaten straight from the bag, warmed over a stove or heated up in a microwave in under a minute.” Straight From The Root’s sous vide cooking method involves submerging a BPA-free, vacuum-sealed bag of cut, organic vegetables in heated water to cook them completely. The bags are then blanched in an ice bath to stop the cooking process, resulting in tender, flavorful vegetables that are evenly cooked and never mushy. The bag traps nutrients, vitamins and minerals and also allows the vegetables to stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 45 days after purchase. Even better — you'll only find one ingredient in all Straight From The Root products: vegetables. Straight From The Root never adds oils, spices, salt, or anything else for that matter. Straight From The Root’s Publix lineup will include Organic Red Beets, Organic Sweet Potatoes, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Butternut Squash Noodles, Organic Zucchini Noodles and Organic Sweet Potato Noodles. In addition to Publix, the product line is also available in select Ralphs, Smith’s and Whole Foods stores, as well as online at SFTroot.com.
Straight from the Root vegetables are:
- Cooked sous-vide style (in a vacuum-sealed bag in heated water)
- Fresh, and never frozen
- No additional oils, spices, or salt
Did You Know? Rogue Has a Limited Edition Double Chocolate Stout for February
Dark, viscous and bursting with cocoa, Rogue’s chocolate stouts are showing their love more than ever this February. With a fresh redesign of Chocolate Stout and limited release of the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue’s chocolate beers are ready to be adored all over again. Now looking as chocolatey as it tastes, Rogue Chocolate Stout’s label dons a pint glass full of chocolate candy. Double Chocolate Stout, dressed in a bright red painted bottle is back just for the month of February. "It's like there are chocolate bars in your beer,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “These stouts are dedicated to all the hardcore chocolate fans out there.” Ebony black with a rich, creamy head and an earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish, Rogue’s chocolate stouts are ready to be loved. Chocolate Stout is available in its newly designed 22oz bottles and on draft starting in February. Double Chocolate Stout in 750ml bottles and on draft only throughout the month of February. To find these beers, check out the Rogue Beer Finder. What do you guys think? Leave me a comment down below on your thoughts on this beer. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER! Note: All of the information above was provided by RogueRead more.