Disclaimer: I was provided with two free passes to attend the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.
Glory day, it’s Monday!
I’m trying this new thing where I try to pretend I REALLY love Mondays. It’s a struggle.
As I mentioned on Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo this weekend in Springfield as an Oh-ffical blogger.
I brought along my gluten-free sidekick, Hannah for her first expo..and to take ridiculous pictures with me for the day.
The expo was packed with so many great vendors and booths with gluten and allergen free foods from pizza, cookies, and Emily size bags of sriracha chips.
I got to meet more NH bloggers like Meg for me to follow and share my appreciation for pre-meal pictures and blogger probz with. Along with some celebrity guest appearances. He’s a lot more shy in person.
We ate our way until 12, when we could officially get buck wild off of free samples of GF beer and cider before our info session.
Then we sobered up in about 3 minutes to attend Bill Bradley’s talk about eating gluten-free while following a Mediterranean diet. It made me really want to travel again and bathe in a tub full of olive oil.
Then we were ready for our second round of samples including an amazing ice cream bar from So Delicious, probably a dozen samples of every variety of cookie, and some noodles made out of beans that I wasn’t a fan of. I did however manage to find my entourage there though.
It was great to meet so many RDs, food bloggers, and food peeps all in one place all sharing a love and appreciation for every diet, allergy, or intolerance. I encourage you to go if there’s one in your area. And if not, I found out they now have a monthly mail subscription box called Send Me Gluten-Free full of JUST gluten-free goodies delivered to your doorstep! Such an easy way to find new products out there without having to scavenge the grocery aisles or read labels.
Aside from the expo, my weekend consisted of lots of meal prep and my Sunday long run. Do you know what you get when you combine 5 different recipes in the same time frame?
A war re-enactment on my kitchen counter. But it was all worth it for the meals and snacks ahead.
I ended up with the following:
-A batch of Lindsay’s Orange Chocolate Bites
-A not so successful attempt at Greek-style Salmon Patties (my usual salmon patties with spinach, onion, garlic, and oregano)
-Spinach & Feta Frittata following this recipe here
-Roasted a kabocha squash with sea salt and cinnamon
-These peanut butter cookie dough balls made into a cookie
Then an attempt at a zucchini crust pizza topped with spinach and feta.
The flavor was great, but it was a bit soggier than I had wanted, which resulted in eating with a fork. I think eating pizza with a fork is sacrilegious. I’m a fold in half kinda girl.
Cooking all that food doesn’t leave me with the biggest appetite after, but I wanted some fuel before my long run. 3 dates with some pb are now my favorite pre-run snack.
Along with a cuppa coffee while listening to a totally legal copy of T-Swift’s new album.
I started playing around with my fuel for the half marathon which is in less than a month, eek!! With all the gu and chomps and bites and whatever other runner fuel there is out there, I choose to take the more simplistic approach.
Yup. Star mints. I played around with jelly beans which didn’t work for me. Then it was hard candy which worked perfectly. I debated between honey cough drops for a natural sugar source, but all of the bags didn’t give the sugars or carbs so I opted for peppermints instead.
My thoughts behind it is that most fuel is taken all at one time, or having to take them multiple times in smaller doses. With an iffy stomach already, the threat of upset with a big dump of sugar ruled out the gels for me. The mints are made with glucose syrup instead of high fructose corn syrup (YAY!) so I see it as a steady state of sugar in small doses to avoid stomach upset, but still give me carbs. Plus peppermints make me feel so fresh and so clean, clean.
I had the first mint at about 40 minutes in, and found it to be a little too big to fit in my cheek like I did with the other hard candies, but not unbearable. With only 1.5 miles left when I finished it, I found I didn’t need the second one.
While I was really looking to finish in under 2 hours, my average pace is telling me this is probably unrealistic. I know your first half goal should be just to finish, but I’m a numbers gal so I’m settling for a more realistic par 2:30 time. I’m hoping more speedwork will put me closer to the 2 hour mark though.
Well that’s enough of my weekend rambling for now. Catch ya later, dudes!
Make it a great day!
How do you eat your pizza?
What’s one fun thing you did this weekend?