Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Simple Gluten-Free Day

It's time for another gluten-free day. I love seeing what Kath eats every day. And who doesn't want to know what Jenna's eating? Of course I have to check in on Lynn and Christy to see what culinary delights they have to show us. And then I run over to Gena's to see what raw surprises she'll tempt us with. But what are the gluten-free gals (and guys) eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

I present to you my gluten-free day, starting with my favorite meal: breakfast. Why is it my favorite? Because it's so easy. I wake up knowing what I'm going to eat and that I'll feel satisfied with it. It's not like dinner, where you eat it...and then get the inevitable nighttime munchies. Nope, breakfast is simple.

I filled my blender with mixed greens for my smoothie.

Unsweetened almond milk, half a banana, blueberries, and cinnamon made for a tart morning treat. The best thing about green smoothies (I mean, aside from being a great way to get more greens in) is that they make you feel full but have less than 200 calories.

I waited a little while before having some fat-free plain yogurt with flax seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon.

Lunch was a mash up of leftovers. Mixed salad greens with shrimp and red kidney beans. I stirred in some cilantro pesto and guacamole for the dressing. It was okay, but I have to be honest with you: next time I need to use up a bunch of cilantro, I'll follow a recipe. My random mix of cilantro, olive oil, walnuts, and garlic didn't exactly make the cut. The guacamole was necessary to give it a little more oomph.

After an amazing session of yoga (I love the new yoga studio I found!), I was starving. I had some carrots and rice crackers with guacamole and hummus. But that wasn't enough.

I added a serving of corn chips.

And frankly that still wasn't enough. Did I mention I went to the gym too? A little overkill? Maybe...

I munched on some grapes while I waited for dinner to cook. It took a ridiculously long time, but I think it was worth it. Greek lemon chicken with roasted potatoes, onions, and red peppers. I got the recipe from The Diabetes Diet Cookbook. It's the first recipe I've tried, but I like the book because it includes the dietary exchanges for all of the recipes, as well as a comprehensive nutritional guide in the beginning.

A side of ginger carrot soup completed my meal.

And...that's it. Time for bed.

Or not.

My day should have ended there, but I couldn't stop myself from having a couple of spoonfuls of almond butter too. I'm telling's the nighttime munchies. I think tomorrow I'll pick out a couple of fancy fat-free yogurts to satisfy me at night... Those almond butter calories add up way too quickly!

And that's it...for real this time.



thanks for the shoutout! i saw some delicious looking gluten free waffles today but my freezer is so stuffed i didn't purchase them....

thedallasceliac said...

My favorite night time snacks are fruit that take a long time to eat, like cherries or an apple.

And of course I'm also partial to a glass of red wine and a serving of chocolate chips, which I've convinced myself is just as healthy when you take into account all the antioxidants from the red wine and dark chocolate.


I hadn't thought about using mixed greens in the smoothies instead of spinach - great idea.


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