Gluten Free on the Go: Survival of the fittest… Or at least the most prepared!

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Go Gluten Free on the Go

Sometimes surviving the “hangery” phase requires creative thinking and planning ahead!

Check out a few of these recipes for perfect on the go snacks:
24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

I hope these tips make your holiday weekend a little easier! Happy Memorial Day!

So many recipes… so little time! PS. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mothers Day

I hope all of you have had an amazing day! There is absolutely nothing like the love of a mother. Mother’s are the most selfless, giving, loving people in the world! I can’t imagine a day without my amazing mom! She has made me the woman I am today and started my love for cooking when I was very little! Her favorite thing in the world, even after a long day at work, is to spend hours in the kitchen, creating delicious and healthy masterpieces for the family. She loves hosting dinner parties and having family and friends over for the holidays. I feel so lucky every day for everything she has taught me <3

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I also wanted to let you all know that as soon as I possibly can I will be posting so many new and fun recipes! I have them! I have the photos! I have taken the time to taste test and devour each and every delicious bite… just for you of course! And I am so excited to share them all with you!

Recipes Coming Soon Collage

Here is a mini collage of a few of my favorite recent recipes! Once I have them all posted I will link them back to this post as well ๐Ÿ™‚

LEFT: Zesty Lime Shrimp Tacos

TOP RIGHT: Citrus Cilantro Quinoa Salad with a Kick

BOTTOM RIGHT: 30 Calorie Veggie Fettuccine

I have been insanely busy lately… which is a great thing, but I am dying to have more time with my fingers on this keyboard to type up fun posts and the detailed recipes for everyone. I feel pretty confident you will all be excited to try them. I have been experimenting with savory meals lately to counteract my never ending sweet tooth and am pretty darn happy with the results!

Reader Response:

TASTE THE RAINBOW

Happy Monday!

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Health Benefits Of Multi-Colored Fruits & Veggies

I know it’s Monday and it’s back to the grind at work and school and errands and cleaning, but don’t forget to take the time to include fresh fruits and veggies in your diet. Not only will the variety of colors, flavors and textures help replace other foods your might be craving like chips, candy and cookies, but the extra vitamins and nutrients will give you just the energy boost you need to make it through another week!

If you take one hour (or less!) each week to wash and pre-cut your favorite fruits and veggies you will be less likely to grab the unhealthy snack of convenience out of your pantry! You will be well stocked all week with perfect size packs of multi-colored snacks!

My favorite way to store all this deliciousness is in BPA FREE Tuperware or super fun Mason Jars! ps. Get the wide mouth ones!! I PROMISE they are worth the extra buck or two to save your sanity getting things in and out!! JUST TRUST ME ON THIS ONE!

You can use anything you like but I recommend at least making sure your containers are BPA FREE. If you are trying to avoid plastic, the mason jars are a great way to store anything from fruit and veggies to cereal, sugars and flour. I love being able to see what I have in my fridge and pantry. I even use them for smoothies when I am feeling fancy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

*I need to find an awesome picture I took of all my whole grains (gluten free of course) when I first got all my mason jars. Stay tuned!*

Until then, make sure to TASTE all the COLORS of the RAINBOW for optimum health!! Have a great week!

Photo credit: TryFoodLovers

Snazzy Sweet Potato French Fries

Snazzy Sweet Potato Fries

It’s spring! Time for lighter, bikini friendly recipes! If you think that means cutting out sweets… you clearly don’t know me at all!

What’s better than a vegetable that naturally tastes like candy?? How about a vegetable that is easily cooked up to taste sinfully delicious and is served with a sweet and creamy dipping sauce and is under 200 calories per serving?! Ummm nothing!!!
Snazzy Sweet Potato Fries - Potatoes

*Buddha refused to get out of the picture… I guess he likes sweet potatoes too!*

Thanks to my awesome friends at Southern Acres Garden Center, I had a plethora of sweet potatoes calling my name this week. In the winter I almost always turn my sweet potatoes into creamy, hearty soups, but with spring officially in the air I wanted something lighter and more exciting with a snazzy sweet and spicy twist.

Buddha Loves Sweet Potatoes Sweet Potato Fries

Compared to corn, rice, wheat, potato, soybean, yam AND plantains, sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value when considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A and potassium! These nutrients provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and blood sugar-regulating abilities.*

Sweet Potato Fries

So that same vegetable that tastes like candy can also help you recover from a work out faster, help bring down swelling in your body and keep you healthy in the future?! I’ll take two please!!

Sweet Potato Fries

I am also in love with coconut oil lately and have been so impressed by all of it’s health benefits that I have pretty much stopped using olive oil. Coconut oil can “boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.”*

Sweet Potato Fries_Sweet Potato Fries - Yogurt Dipping Sauce Sweet Potato Fries - Sweet Creamy Dipping Sauce

This recipe is adapted from these fries that use olive oil to coat them and powdered sugar to add sweetness to the dipping sauce. They made my mouth water when I saw the photos! However I decided to lighten them up a little by cutting out all added sugar and swapping the oils.

Sweet Potato Fries - Sweet Creamy Dipping Sauce

For the dipping sauce I used Chiobani Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt which is slightly sweetened already. I thought this added plenty of sweetness but you are welcome to add sweetener of your choice if you want an extra special treat!

Snazzy Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are the perfect afternoon snack to share on the porch with a good friend over a great conversation! I am pretty certain my boyfriend would love them if I could get him to try sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe next time!! Until then, I promise YOU WILL LOVE THEM! So read on and enjoy!!

Happy Spring!!

Snazzy Sweet Potato French Fries

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: 1 potato, 1/3 dip

Calories per serving: 194

Fat per serving: 4.7

Snazzy Sweet Potato French Fries

Ingredients

    Snazzy Fries:
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, washed
  • 1 T melted Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil (any brand will work but this is my favorite)
  • to taste: paprika, sea salt, black pepper, minced garlic (dried such as McCormick) and crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sweet & Creamy Dipping Sauce:
  • 5.3oz non-fat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • to taste: ground cinnamon, sea salt, paprika and crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ยฐ.
  2. Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise (with skin on... unless you don't like the skin then hey go ahead an peel them first but you will be missing out on all the crunchy yumminess and most of the nutrition in sweet potatoes!) into long strips. Thinner = Crunchier and vice versa!
  3. In a large bowl toss the sweet potato strips with melted Coconut Oil and seasonings.
  4. Place on a large baking sheet in a thin layer and roast for about 45 minutes. Check every 15 minutes or so and possibly flip pan around (the back of my oven burns things while the front doesn't even cook things through).
  5. While the potatoes are roasting, blend the greek yogurt (or any yogurt of your choice... feel free to use coconut or another non-dairy yogurt if your diet requires no dairy) and seasoning together with a fork until smooth. Refrigerate until fries are ready to serve!
  6. When fries are almost perfectly crisp turn oven to broil and watch the fries closely. You can skip this step if you don't want your fries to be extra crispy. I broiled mine for about 5 minutes with the door open so they wouldn't burn.
  7. Place fries in a large serving bowl and serve toasty warm with the sweet & creamy dip.
  8. Lick your fingers clean ๐Ÿ˜‰

Notes

Nutrition based on 3 medium sweet potatoes, one 5.3oz container Chiobani Non-Fat Vanila Greek Yogurt and 1 tbsp Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil. May vary slightly based on size of sweet potatoes and choice of yogurt, but either way this is a delicious and healthy snack to be enjoyed any time of day!

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Snazzy Sweet Potato Fries

Reader Response:

  • Do you like your sweet potatoes sweet or savory?
  • I am addicted to spicy food… how about you?
  • Does your diet require dairy free? gluten free? (let me know so I can customize my recipes in the future!)

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