Good morn…err evening my Friday friends!
I know this post is uber goober late, but I’m running on weekend time right now, so it’s really only about 10 AM in my mind.
And maybe it’s the fact that I went to midnight mass last night.
And by midnight mass, I mean an Eric Church concert. I’m sure I am the ONLY person to come up with that joke EVER. Whatever. He’s adorable in his shades and all.
I guess all that “praying” we did singing along to Springsteen paid off since my social media extraordinaire and I will be attending the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo this weekend!
A weekend full of vendors, speakers, companies and did I mention FREE SWAG involving any and everything related to gluten and allergy free. That’s a lot of free.
I will be working as an official blogger for the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo in Springfield, so expect me to be blowing up your IG and Twitter feeds with all my happenings this weekend. You’re welcome.
While I don’t necessarily call myself “gluten-free”, I also don’t call myself “vegetarian” because I eat fish, eggs, and dairy but not poultry or beef. But for the most part I eat a gluten-free diet, following the 80-20 rule. 80% percent of the time I avoid foods with wheat since I just feel better without them, and then 20% of the time I splurge and eat delicious pizza or some chocolate chip cookies.
I think one of the most important things for me as a dietitian is to have an open mind to each and every “diet” out there. I used to roll my eyes at the gluten-free and paleo crazes, thinking them like all of the other fad diets out there. Until I saw what a difference they made in peoples’ lives in so many more ways than losing weight. After all, it’s that incredible power that food possesses to solve so many ailments that keeps me so fascinated and in love with nutrition.
Now of course I’m excited to gorge myself on 15 varieties of gluten-free pizza and allergy-free chocolate, I can’t wait to get my nutrition nerd on with all of the great speakers there, especially Mr. Rob Landolphi who I worked with during my internship at UConn!
In the spirit of the Expo, I thought I would share a few of my favorite gluten-free recipes on the blog with you for another recipe roundup!
Strawberry Pie – While it may not be strawberry season anymore, this easy and (almost) no bake pie is reason enough to buy a $8.00 pint of strawberries this season!
Key Lime Pie Bites – Do I really need to say more? Macadamia nuts and coconut make these little bites of the tropics pure HEAVEN. They’re just missing a cute little umbrella
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai - Hands down one of my favorite meals. So easy. So delicious. You’ll forget that you’re actually eating a bowl of veggies instead of noodles.
Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread Muffins – A mouthful in more ways than one! Stuff your face with the taste of cinnamon raisin and banana bread combined with these love muffins.
Pumpkin Cranberry Energy Bites – Pumpkin-palooza is still in full swing. These little balls of energy are the perfect snack to power you through collecting free GF samples..or maybe a bike ride.
Strawberry Peanut Butter - Just..yes. This is completely necessary. No gluten-free bread required. Just a spoon. And no dignity.
Five Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Easy, peasy five spice…pleasy.
Hope to see you there if you’re in the area!
Make it a great day!
Do you follow a special diet?
What would be or was the hardest food to give up on a gluten-free diet?