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Loving Lately: Gluten-Free Food Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about anything food related on the blog, mostly because I’m pretty boring when it comes to food. I’m not a huge buyer of a lot of gluten-free “packaged” foods because, like I said, I’m just kind of boring but I did want to pop in and share a few really awesome products that I’ve found in the last few weeks.

 

MyOatmeal

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I first heard of this company because they sponsored one of the Ladies Lift Here contests and provided samples to competitors. One of my teammate’s told me it was delicious and that I should check out their website because they allow to make custom oatmeal blends and best part? They have gluten-free oats (!) and insane flavors like s’mores, peanut butter banana bread,etc. You can mix your own and chose your own add ins, sweeteners, types of oats, etc. I highly recommend! Shipping is a little pricey so I usually combine my order with a friend to score free shipping.

 

Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza

*Note: I was compensated and provided free product by the company. All opinions are, as usual, my own.*

Pizza is one of the things I really miss as a gluten-free person. While there is one place in Richmond (Ashland, actually) that makes gluten-free pizza that is nearly cross contamination free, it’s pretty far from where I live,  I rarely get a chance to grab some so I rely pretty heavily on frozen gluten-free pizzas to get my pizza fix. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried nearly every brand available and have yet to find one that I reallllly like. Usually, they either: taste weird, never ever get crispy (I love a good thin crispy crust), fall apart and don’t hold up to toppings, or they’re just plain bad. Since I am all about equal opportunity pizza eating (duh), I was eager to accept Freschetta’s offer to provide me with some pizza (free pizza is the best!) and do a small review. I picked them up at my local Food Lion but they are also available at some Martin’s nearby. Anyways, pizza. My go-to pizza making method is simply to buy a plain cheese pizza on pile on the entire contents of my fridge - so that’ what I did. And HOLY. CRUST. This is truly the first frozen pizza I’ve tried that had an actual crispy crust (like real crispiness!) and held up and tasted awesome.

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Besides being absolutely delicious, here are some other things that made me loooove this:

- Certified gluten-free by the Celiac Support Association

- Personal AND full size pizzas (but every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough, right?)

- Average price point for gluten-free pizza ($9.99 for regular, $5.99 for personal)

Seriously, I cannot recommend it enough. PIZZA FOR EVERYONE. #TrustTheCrust

 

KRAVE Jerky

Post weigh in/competition food. #saltfiend #poweredbypbcups

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Jerky is one of my competition day staples because give me all the salt and I really love the KRAVE jerky brands. Not only are they gluten-free (and gluten-free jerky is crazy difficult to find) but they also have SO MANY different flavors ranging from sweet to super spicy. I usually buy mine from Target but they’re availables tons of places. My favorite flavors are definitely the black cherry pork jerky and the garlic chili beef.

Skillet Plantain Bread

Despite the fact that I am completely obsessed with plantain chips, I rarely use plantains at home. #sortofpaleobloggerfail So I decided to pick some up and try doing something other than chip-ifying them. I wanted to make plantain pancakes but didn't feel like standing over my stove, flipping pancakes so I just poured allll of the batter into one skillet instead.

The result was a super delicious skillet bread that I seriously can't stop munching on.

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Easy Workout Snack - Sweet Potato Puree

Most people know that my go-to food option before or during a workout or competition is...baby food! Yes, really. Sweet potato baby foods are easy to eat and digest, high in carbs, low in fat, and taste quite good. While baby food pouches aren't expensive, it's just as easy to make your own "workout baby foods" at home. It's SUPER simple: DSC_0001_03

1. Roast some sweet potatoes until they're very soft.

2. Scrape flesh from skin and place in a food processor with about 2 tablespoons or so of water.

3. Puree. Add water if needed for a smoothier consistency.

4. DONE.

Seriously, it's that easy!

Now plain sweet potatoes are pretty delicious, but they can be a little boring so feel free to add in some additional goodies. My favorites are:

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  • applesauce: add about 1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce for some extra carbs and flavor
  • honey: add in 2 teaspoons or more of honey for sweetness and fast digesting sugars (super helpful during competition)
  • cinnamon: I usually add about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon simply because it's delicious
  • protein powder: add in 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder (vanilla flavors work well here)

Told you, simple. And you don't have to deal with people asking you about your child (that doesn't exist), explaining that they're snacks for YOU, and getting odd looks while you're buying a boatload of baby foods.