What I Ate Wednesday

by danielle on January 23, 2013

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to another What I ate Wednesday! Hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. This week I have some of my meals for the week to share with you as well as a trip with Whole Foods expert Katie on her favorite gluten free products in the store. Hope you enjoy!

In typical fashion I did some extra meal prep on Sunday to get some of my meals for the week ready ahead of time.

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Lunches have been quick and easy with collard wraps. I bought a bunch of leaves to have on hand and they make the perfect bread replacement…

Collard wrap with chicken

Wrap with roasted chicken and goat cheese 

Dinners as usual have been an attempt at getting in veggies and lean protein.

Quinoa, butternut squash, spinach, and chicken

Roasted chicken, Quinoa with butternut squash, baby spinach, dried cherries, and pistachios. 

Spaghetti Squash and Paleo Meatballs

Spaghetti squash and paleo meatballs. 

Okay now onto the fun part: my Whole Foods tour. Katie from Whole Foods Wayland offered to show me around her store and point out some of her favorite gluten free items. I was really curious about this and wanted to share it with my readers because a lot of time when I am looking for gluten free foods I lean towards things that are naturally gluten free such as fruits,veggies, proteins, brown rice, etc… But let’s be real, at some point in time, I’m going to want bread, or a cookie, or chocolate and it’s going to need to be gluten free. Since being diagnosed with Celiac, it’s no longer a choice for me. So I wanted to learn as well as share with all of you some fun things Katie picked out for me.

Whole Foods Wayland

The beautiful Katie with her favorite gluten free english muffins! 

Amaranth and Kind Granola

Katie recommended this Amaranth and suggested adding a few dates into the boiling water when cooking, once the water is almost absorbed. Totally trying this tip. Amaranth is a great naturally gluten free grain.  Plus Kind granola which is 100% whole grains, free of GMO’s and contains Omega-3. Katie suggested mixing this into Greek yogurt.  

Some of her favorite gluten free bars consisted of…

Kind Bars

Kind Bars

Bonk Breaker Bars

Bonk Breaker Bars. These bars were created by elite level athletes and are the official bars of the Ironman Triathlon Series, so they would be great for gluten free endurance athletes. 

Rise Bars

Rise Bars. These only contain 3 ingredients and have added protein. I had never seen but they’re a pretty decent choice. 

Lara bars

…and of course Lara bars. Naturally gluten free and Paleo. 

coconut milk ice cream

Katie recommended this but said it is dangerous. I’ve never tried it and now I’m not sure I want to ;) All seriousness though coconut milk ice cream is a great gluten free and dairy free option if you’re craving ice cream. 

gluten free cookie mix

Katie suggested these cookie mixes too. They’re local to Massachusetts and while I’ve never tried them, I trust her opinion. They look great and super easy to make. 

gluten free cookies

Katie suggested both of these cookies. They are both free of refined sugars, dairy free, and gluten free. They are also both local companies again, which I love. She warned me that the skinny mint cookie tastes just like a girl scout cookie and it was so good that she  wished she had never tried it! 

cocomama quinoa cereal

Quinoa cereal. A great ready to go package that you can warm up and eat for breakfast in replacement of a typical sugary oatmeal packet. It would be great for mornings when you’re in a rush. 

taza dark chocolate

And my personal favorite choice 70% dark chocolate. This is locally made in Somerville, Mass. Katie told me if you’re in the area they offer tours of the chocolate factory too.

Want more gluten free suggestions! In you’re in the Boston area head to Whole Foods Wayland on this Saturday (Jan. 26th) from 11-2 for a gluten free fest complete with some their favorite gluten free samples.

whole foods wayland

Have you tried any of Katie’s gluten free favorites? What’s your favorite gluten free food? 

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

kim@hungryhealthygirl January 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Looks like lots of great suggestions. I really wish I had a Whole Foods closer to me. I’ve never tried Amaranth, but it something I really want to experiment with soon. Happy WIAW!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I can’t wait to try it out myself! Happy Wednesday!

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Miz January 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

OOOH VERY COOL!!!!!!!!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thanks! Just saw your gluten post too. Heading to check it out now!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple January 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Ahh chicken and goat’s cheese, what a brilliant and delicious combo! I need to try that salad leaf thing, but I’m worried it’ll all collapse on me when I try and eat it haha.

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hahaha it is a bit messy which is why simpler is better. I do love it though!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I love how simple the wrap is: greens with chicken and goat cheese. Yet it sounds delicious!! :)

My favorite gluten-free snack bars are Quest. Full of protein and they taste great. For a treat, I do like Larabars–coconut creme is fabulous.

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Quest bars are one of my favorites too! Love them!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I am loving your dinner. I really need to roast some spaghetti squash ASAP before it starts going out of season.

That is a great Whole Foods tour. Some of those protein bars are new to me, but look and sound delicious. I will have to be on the look out for them :) .

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Definitely check them out. I can’t wait to try some of them myself too.

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

LOVE Whole Foods! So fun that you got to tour!!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

It was a blast! Katie is the best too!

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Cecilia @ My Life Sans Gluten January 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I’ve tried the Kind bars (love!!) and the cake mix, but I can’t remember if that was the mix I didn’t like.. I would love to try the english muffins and the quinoa cereal!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

It’s such a challenge to finds mixes you like and don’t like. I tried the english muffins and they’re definitely worth a try!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

It’s great that there are so many good options for people with gluten allergies :) I have to deal with a peanut allergy and I know how much of a bother it can be, but seeing things say “Peanut Free” puts a huge smile on my face.

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I agree. I get so excited when something is labelled gluten free! It eliminates all the guesswork!

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Kierston January 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for sharing all of your eats! Happy Wednesday!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Happy Wednesday to you too :)

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Danica @ It's Progression January 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I haven’t had that Coconut Bliss ice cream in a long time now, but she’s right, it’s dangerous(ly delicious)!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hahaha good to know!

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Lisa January 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Ohhh! How much fun! What a cool experience. That coconut bliss is so delicious! I love that stuff! I have a lot of GF faves. I don’t think I can choose.

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hahaha too many choose is always a good thing :)

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Lot-O-Choc January 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Look at all the good eats in your supermarket – amazingggg! cannot wait until i come over to visit the u.s. in a few months!! yummm!
love that taza chocolate too, such a unique texture. delicious.

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

You wil love Whole foods!

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Corrie Anne January 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

That coconut bliss looks so delicious!!!!!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I know! I’m afraid I might get addicted though if I try it ;)

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Caitlin January 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

what a FUN tour! so cool that they are having a gluten free fest too! i love showing people that gluten free food is not gross. whole foods does a wonderful job of spreading the word about alternatives to traditional products. as an everythingarian, i eat both gluten free stuff and gluten-filled stuff. the more new kinds of food the merrier!
as usual your meals have got me a-droolin. i so need to try collard wraps! that wrap has me drooling even if in the photo it’s NOT yet a wrap! i love the spaghetti squash with meatballs. last night my mom made a to die for spaghetti casserole with ground turkey, red sauce, and whole wheat pasta. even some parm cheese sprinkled on top. i ate the top parts b/c the oven got them REALLY crispy!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I bet a spaghetti squash casserole would be amazing! I need to try that!

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Wow! What great suggestions! I’m currently doing a 30 day Paleo challenge and while I like some aspects of it, I miss my goat cheese and greek yogurt. So I think when I’m through I might continue to live gluten-free but add back in some dairy. So these options will definitely come in handy for me!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

That sounds very smart! That’s something I tend to vary between. I’m about 80% paleo but I do eat dairy and some gluten free grains too. You will love whole30

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Eating 4 Balance January 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

That’s so awesome that she walked around and gave you some suggestions! Even more awesome is the fact that she let you take pictures! :) I eat only naturally gluten-free foods right now, because substitutes bother my stomach. But I know what you mean about just wanting to eat darn cookie ;)

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Yes Katie is the best!

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Brad Gouthro Fitness January 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Never tried a wrap with collard greens before but it looks like it would work great!

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danielle January 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

It is! It’s a great swap for grains!

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Anne@LoveMintChocolateChip January 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm

what a fun day!! i am jealous :)

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danielle January 24, 2013 at 12:39 am

It was a blast!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm

What a fun tour! I’ve tried some of those Cherrybrook Kitchen mixes because they’re nut-free too, and they’re pretty good! One of my favourite GF foods are The Good Bean granola bars – it’s so cool how they have roasted chickpeas in them.

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danielle January 24, 2013 at 12:39 am

I’ve never seen those. I’ll have to check them out!

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Katy January 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

Thanks for the tip! The Wayland store is about 5 minutes away. :-)

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danielle January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

That’s awesome! We should meet up sometime. I didn’t realize you were in MA too :)

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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples January 24, 2013 at 2:07 am

what do collard wraps taste like? i’m always so scared to try something new, but they look really good (and i need to add some variety to my diet!)

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danielle January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

They are great but definitely a little bitter. If you fill your wrap with enough good things though you can’t even taste them. I think they taste similar to spinach.

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 24, 2013 at 4:23 am

First, things first…I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new blog layout!! I apologize for being MIA the past few days, and missing the debut!! Beautiful look, Danielle!! You must be so proud of the design!

Second, this post was written for me! I’m always scoping out new GF products, and get really excited when I discover new ones that actually taste as good (or even better) than their non-GF counterparts. A few of my favorites suggested by Katie include: coconut milk ice cream (I usually buy So Delicious, but will have to try Coconut Bliss next time), KIND bars, and Rise Bars. Products I haven’t tried, but that I’m drooling over: Skinny Mint Cookie (!!!), Cocomama quinoa cereal (I’ve seen this, but haven’t bought it yet), and amaranth!

As usual, your eats look amazing–especially those collard wraps! <3

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danielle January 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thanks so much Sara! Maren did an amazing job on the blog. I’ve never tried the coconut milk ice cream but it definitely does look amazing!

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