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Quick Guide: Gluten-Free Green Drinks

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Forgot to wear a green shirt? Why not try a new way to go green on St. Patrick’s Day this year!   Here is a list of my favorite gluten-free green drinks that you could enjoy today, or, really, any day!

1. Kale and associates from Blueprint Juice

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Readily available at most Whole Foods Stores, this juice is sweet, tart and has the perfect level of spice from the added fresh ginger. Here is a healthful way to help you squeeze in a serving of vegetables and get some green in on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

 

2. Spa Water

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You can find filtered water with various fresh fruits, veggies and herbs in them at some Whole Foods markets or you can easily make this yourself at home. Take any fresh greens you have at home and throw them into your water bottle or into your next glass of water. I love adding cucumber, lemon and thyme to my water giving it an incredibly refreshing taste and smell. This is a simple way to add a little bit of green into your day.

 

 

 

3. CC Gluten Freed’s Dirty Martini Recipe

dmI never had much of a sweet tooth so savory cocktails are usually my go-to. Smirnof may not be the fanciest of vodkas but I know it is gluten-free so I opt for safe option when stocking my bar for a party. The trick to a perfect dirty martini is finding great olives. I use Jose Andres’s Spicy Gordal Olives. Want my recipe? olives

Combine the following in a shaker with ice:

2 oz of Smirnoff Vodka

1 oz of Dry Vermouth

1/2 oz of Olive juice

– shake vigorously – pour – garnish with 2 olives – enjoy-

 

 

There are plenty of ways to go green and gluten-free for St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!

-CC

5 Great Things To Do With KIND Bars

26 Jun

Gluten free, great-tasting yet filling snacks can be hard to come by. Luckily, KIND Healthy Snacks offers fruit and nut bars that hit the spot every time.  When you are living gluten free, being hungry is a common and frequent concern.  If you miss lunch at the office, you can’t exactly ask around to see if anyone has anything in the office for you to snack on because chances are it wont be gluten free! There are a thousand other scenarios where being hungry yet out of reach of anything GF can come up; KIND Bars may be your answer!

Here are 5 great things to do with KIND Bars:

1. Put a few bars in your desk drawer

There is nothing worse than that creeping feeling of hunger that sometimes strikes at around 4:00pm. You have to stay at the office for at least two more hours but your stomach just isn’t having it. If you have a store of KIND Bars you can easily snack on one of these nutritious and filing bars while you finish out the day.

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Bar suggestion: Almond Cashew + Flax (Omega-3). This bar has a lot of nutritional value and is very filling. It is lower in sugar so it won’t leave you craving more. The flax seeds in the bar give you a nice dose of omega-3s that you might not otherwise fit into your diet during the day.

2. Keep them in your car

Keeping a few KIND bars in the car can be a real life saver. Whether you have a gluten free kid and always need to be able to send him off with a snack or you just get hungry while stuck in traffic, having healthy and filling GF snacks available is always a plus.  Winner’s tip: don’t keep the bars with chocolate in them in your because they will melt and be very messy!

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Bar suggestion: Blueberry vanilla cashew bars are great for the car because they are not very messy and, when heated by the sun, are actually pretty delicious and reminiscent of blueberry pie.

3. Emergency Kits

In my emergency kit at home I have gluten free emergency food.  I have a mix of protein bars and KIND Bars. In DC, roads were blocked and my neighborhood lost power a few times this year due to inclement weather. It was comforting knowing I had a store of pretty yummy emergency food in my closet!

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Bar suggestion: Almond Walnut Macadamia with Peanuts + Protein. This bar has 10 grams of protein (the highest protein count for a KIND Bar) which will keep you full and give you some energy back to weather out a storm.

4. Substitute for a candy bar to curb a craving

Ever crave a candy bar but dread the nutritionally challenged calories? KIND Bars offer several varieties of fruit and nut bars that incorporate chocolate. They are great because they taste like candy but have nutritional value!  You get to curb your craving while eating a nourishing snack.  Better yet, while some candy bars can leave you craving more food, KIND Bars have protein and fiber (among other nutrients) in them which will help you feel full and energized.

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Bar suggestion: Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bars are insanely delicious and chewy. In addition to actually tasting like a candy bar they are high in potassium, fiber and protein!

5. Store them at your relatives’ homes

Are you the only GF person in your family? Ever get hungry at family dinners or events?  Next time you head to the in-laws bring a box of KIND bars to keep in their pantry. It will be a relief during future visits knowing that you don’t have to worry about bringing snacks to the house. If you have a gluten free kid it is really important to make sure that family members’ houses are stocked with gluten free options because we don’t want the child to feel left out or hungry.  The last thing grandpa and grandma need when they offer to babysit for you is a hungry kid on their hands without any GF food to fix it so just make it a point to drop off GF snacks the next time you go over.

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Bar suggestion: Apple Cinnamon and Pecan. This bar is great at any time of day. It kind of has a breakfast vibe going on but really can be enjoyed any time.  Whether you are visiting family for Sunday brunch of Christmas dinner, having some bars on hand can never hurt!

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