Healthy Gluten-Free Snacking
Here at Glutenista, we are not exactly known for our *ahem* healthy recipes (exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c). Hey, when a girl wants to indulge, a girl wants to indulge, right? What you don't see is that the other 95-99% of the time, we are indulging in natural, healthy whole foods that are providing our bodies with the natural nourishment that they need. And maybe a little red wine too, but just for the health benefits of course.
Two major components to maintaining our healthy balance, without feeling deprived, are Water and Snacking. By making simple adjustments to these two things, we have found that we have more energy and more willpower to *just say no* to extra-large portions or a second helping of a delicious dessert.
First Thing is First: DRINK MORE!
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EAT MORE! (Protein & Fiber)
By simply upping the protein and fiber content of your snacks and drinking a LOT of water, you are giving your body a chance to feel satiated for longer than if you had a carb/sugar heavy snack with no nutritional value. Here are a few of our go-to snacks (here at Glutenista we like to keep things EASY):
Eat More: Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is now our go-to snack while on the road, thanks to Chobani being in many airports and gas stations. It is also a staple at home, being served with berries, in chicken salad, for dessert, etc. Try out all the flavors and brands until you find the one that is right for you. I am a 2% Plain Chobani lover, while the man of the house eats 5-10 Pineapple Chobanis a week.
Eat More: Raspberries (& Blueberries)
Berries have many benefits, and Raspberries and Blueberries are packed with fiber to help you feel full. Mix them in with greek yogurt, or freeze them for a low-calorie tasty treat that you can pop in your mouth without thinking while you are working away.
Oatmeal: It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
We have been known to keep packets of Glutenfreeda's Instant Oatmeal in our purse for emergency hunger situations. Simply stop at a coffee shop or gas station for a cup of hot water and voila! a 180-calorie snack or lunch that will fill you up for hours.
Eat More: Almonds
Trader Joe's and Emerald both make portion-controlled Almond Packs (or make your own) which helps ensure you get all the benefits, without over indulging.
Other Healthy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas: Apples or Pears with Almond Butter, Deviled Eggs using Greek Yogurt, Lentil & Quinoa Salad, Veggies & Hummus
New Website Alert: The Balanced Platter
Lucky for all of us who have resolved to take healthier steps in 2012, two members of the gluten-free community, Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and Maggie Savage of She Let Them Eat Cake, are starting a new online resource called The Balanced Platter.
The Balanced Platter is all about balanced, healthy gluten-free living and living well on a gluten-free diet. The Glutenista team is SUPER excited to have this new resource around because let's face it, we can all use healthier inspiration, especially from people who understand what it is like to be gluten-free.
TBP is kicking off 2012 with a month-long event called Balanced, Healthy, & Gluten-Free, featuring healthy tips & tricks from many of your favorite gluten-free people. Check out The Balanced Platter's Facebook & Twitter for the latest scoop.