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!
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…
Wrap with roasted chicken and goat cheese
Dinners as usual have been an attempt at getting in veggies and lean protein.
Roasted chicken, Quinoa with butternut squash, baby spinach, dried cherries, and pistachios.
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.
The beautiful Katie with her favorite gluten free english muffins!
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…
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. These only contain 3 ingredients and have added protein. I had never seen but they’re a pretty decent choice.
…and of course Lara bars. Naturally gluten free and Paleo.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have you tried any of Katie’s gluten free favorites? What’s your favorite gluten free food?