Now that I’ve been through my first gluten free week, I’ll try not to bore you with so many details and just focus on the new stuff. I’ll stick to mentioning things that involve a new learning experience, a new product or a recipe I haven’t posted yet.
Avocado BLT on Udi’s whole grain toast.
I think this bread is great, actually. At least toasted it is. I haven’t tried it not toasted yet. Before this I was using Food For Life Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, which is not gluten free. I think this Udi’s bread tastes more like typical sandwich bread than the Ezekiel does. At first I thought the slices were a bit small, but it turns out, I actually like that about this bread! I now think all that other sandwich bread is too big and that this actually makes a perfectly sized sandwich. My daughter agrees with me. My husband, however, does not appreciate the tiny bread as much.
Like I always did with the Ezekiel bread, I just pop this in the toaster right from the freezer. For this sandwich, I simply spread some avocado on the toast and added a few tomato slices, a handful of raw baby spinach and two slices of cooked turkey bacon.
Easy, yummy, nutritious lunch.
So, these self-serve frozen yogurt places are the new big thing. My kids definitely love them. In fact, when given the choice between the ice cream sundae shop and the frozen yogurt place, my 5-year-old chooses the frozen yogurt place. Why? It’s a toppings free for all! When we go, I let them go crazy with whatever toppings they want. I really wish I had a picture of one of my 5-year-old daughter’s creations. It usually involves 3 or 4 different candies, always gummy bears or gummy worms (yuck!), some cereal, sprinkles. It’s ridiculous.
At our first visit to the yogurt place after giving up gluten, I was pleased to see they had the gluten free yogurts marked as such right on the machines. Most of them were gluten free. The toppings, however, are a bit trickier. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to have my favorite topping, crushed waffle cone. And, of course, you can just stick to the fresh fruit and nuts and know you’re being safe. But I decided to do some quick research to see if I could indulge a bit more and put some of the mini Reese’s cups on my chocolate yogurt. The Hershey’s website lists Reese’s cups ALL except seasonally shaped items on their Gluten Free list. So I went ahead and had them and some shredded coconut on my chocolate yogurt.
As for the gummy thing, I just want to say that as someone who loves almost all food, gummy bears and gummy worms are one of the few things that I just can’t eat. I find them repulsive. And on ice cream? Just, no. Kids are weird! I just wanted to put that out there.
I’ll finish today with a recipe. A very easy one. And one that my 5-year-old declares as one of her favorite dinners, Grilled Spiced Chicken with Chickpeas. I serve it with roasted kale. And, obviously, no pita bread. But I’ve never served it with the pita, even before giving up gluten.
I’ll also try to get better about pictures. I, for one, love food pictures. And I usually take them a lot, but for some reason once I started keeping track of all the gluten free food I’m eating, I stopped taking pictures.
For now, I’ll leave you with a totally unrelated picture of my 5-year-old. After all, we did talk about a few small things today (bread, mini Reese’s cups). She’s small. Plus, she did make a few appearances in today’s post. And maybe I just like showing off my kids…