Gluten-free and Dairy-free On-the-Go Foods
I started my gluten-free and dairy-free regimen three weeks ago today. And to my surprise, it’s gone better than I was anticipating. I’ve had my little cheats here and there (like when my mother-in-law put parmesan cheese in a baked delicata squash-yum), but overall, I’ve been pretty good. The gluten-free has been much easier than the dairy-free because 1. I heart cheese, especially stinky cheese, really really love it. 2. I use to eat greek yogurt at least 4 times a week for breakfast and 3. Did I tell you how much I love ice cream, gelato, and fro-yo?!
But, since I’m making a concerted effort to reduce inflammation by way of my diet, I’m giving it the old college try and the foods below have made it easier.
I love protein bars and have an addiction to finding new ones and buying them. Seriously…..my pantry has 6 boxes of protein bars (this is after I cleared out a few random boxes, possibly expired ones) and Hubby and I have a huge glass jar that sits on our kitchen counter with an array of protein bars. I’ve been staying away from soy, so many of the bars we had on hand had whey protein in them. Well, that’s a dairy product, so I had to look for new bars minus the whey protein.
Here are two that I found and LOVE! Bestie Alex shared the keen-wah decadence bars with me and I’ve been digging the Zing bars for quite so time (and love that Zing is a local company here in Seattle).
Both Zing and the Keen-Wah Decadence bars are really tasty, have good texture and have good natural ingredients. They are perfect for breakfast on-the-go or for a midafternoon snack.
Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that tortilla chips and salsa are my vice. Once I start eating, I cannot stop! It’s embarrassing. And as much as I love tortilla chips, I wanted to have other options. Then I found Beanitos and now I might have another vice.
Hubby loves BBQ chips, so he is a fan of these as well. It’s nice that they are corn-free also, just to mix things up.
Recently we were at my in-laws for dinner and my mother-in-law had these beans in her crock pot. OMG….they are so good, I bought 4 jars today at Trader Joe’s just in case they stop carrying them. Sometimes that happens there with my favorite products. These giant beans are good all on their own, but I think they might be good mashed up like a hummus.
Another salty snack that is great for on-the-go are roasted seaweed strips. It’s funny because I’m half Japanese and my maternal grandmother use to always have this as a snack in her house, long before it was a trendy snack and came in cool packaging. But, as a warning….don’t take these to the movies, your seatmate might get annoyed at the crinkle noises as you try to fit an entire strip into your mouth. My Hubby seriously was giving me the stink eye when we went to see the Bourne Legacy.
And if I haven’t promoted Trader Joe’s enough, here is their coconut milk ice cream. I actually prefer Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss ice cream products, but the Trader Joe’s ice cream is much more economical. But, what’s even more economical than Trader Joe’s is making your own coconut milk ice cream at home. Which I’ve been doing on an almost daily basis since I found a great coconut milk on Amazon. I’ll be posting a recipe soon!!!
I love that coconut milk ice cream is dairy-free and tastes as good as ice cream (maybe not gelato-to be honest!). It does have a noticeable amount of fat, but it’s made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are known to have germ-fighting and heart-protective properties.
I’m still trying to get most of my gluten-free and dairy-free foods from cooking real food in my kitchen, but these are some great products when you don’t have all the time in the world and want something quick and tasty. I’m sure I’ll be on the lookout for even more GF and DF products.
What are your favorite gluten-free and/or dairy-free on-the-go foods???
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