Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday's Favorites: Gluten-Free Finds

Although I don't suffer from celiac disease, I've found myself gravitating toward gluten-free recipes and products lately.

Some of my obsessions are too far-out to ever be popular. However, it appears you guys are also on board the gluten-free train. My recipe for Chocolate Protein Pancakes is less than one month old but already holds a place at the top of 2013's most-popular posts thus far.


Given our mutual interest and the growing number of persons with celiac disease, I've dedicated this Friday's Favorites post to gluten-free goodies. The following items contain simple, good-for-you ingredients and can be found in most chain grocery stores. A few items may only be available at a health food store or online, but they're generally inexpensive and are well-worth the mailing wait time.

Enjoy!

Friday's Favorites: Gluten-Free Finds



I'll describe each item as it appears in the photo from left to right. Click on the name of the product to find more information.
Leave it to Earth Balance to combine the power of peanuts and coconut oil in a heavenly smooth spread that's vegan and 100 percent natural. Let's just say there are a lot of healthy fats happening in this jar.
This probiotic drink is a cross between low-fat milk and Greek yogurt; it's smooth without being too thick. I've been using it in my post-workout smoothies as an excellent source of calcium and protein. I've also been pouring it over breakfast cookie dough cereal. Do it if you dare. :)

BOOMCHICKAPOP Lightly Sweet Popcorn

These perfectly sweet kernels are only 37 calories per cup and have helped me satisfy some serious snack attacks during the past few days. Dare I say I like Angie's Popcorn more than the Popcorn Indiana varieties? 

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Colombia

My mom drinks the worst flavored instant coffee known to man. Just the smell of it "brewing" in the microwave disgusts me. Needless to say, I had low expectations for any instant coffee brand, even Starbucks. I was pleasantly surprised to taste the full-bodied richness of the VIA Colombia flavor. I've been loving the addition of a packet to my smoothies in the morning to get me moving.

Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips


I've never been a huge fan of salty snacks. I always find myself reaching for chocolate before anything else :) However, these potato chips are unreal. Their perfectly salty and sour crunch beat Lays any day.

Buckwheat

I stumbled across buckwheat in my search for oat alternatives. Although the texture of cooked groats is similar to hot oatmeal, the taste is much nuttier and more robust. 

Although I enjoy buckwheat when cooked in this manner, my favorite way to consume this protein-packed fruit seed is via drink. I simply soak 1/4 cup groats in 1/2 cup water or almond milk at night and blend everything with fruit and protein powder in the morning to make a slightly gritty but thick smoothie. I find it's a nice alternative to avocado.

Note: I was not compensated for reviewing the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

Questions:

  1. Do you suffer from celiac disease?
  2. What are some of your favorite gluten-free products?

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