The Perfect Gluten-Free Picnic

GF-picnicIt’s the countdown to the end of summer, but there’s still time to get outside and enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic! Picnics are a great way to relax and unwind, while eating delicious food and taking in nature with friends and family. They typically include doughy sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and a piece of cake for dessert… but that doesn’t cut it for us! Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you know that something like this takes a bit more effort that just ordering a sandwich from a deli. But lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfect gluten free menu to follow for your next picnic or adventure!

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Yam Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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It’s hot outside, and it’s back to school time! How about trying a new ice cream recipe that will cool everyone off, and provide a healthier treat at the end of a long day? Have you ever had or made dairy-free ice cream and felt that there was something missing? A creaminess, a thickness, a heartiness, that comes standard with every bite of dairy-full Haagen-Daz ice cream? Well we discovered the perfect ingredient to add this creaminess to non-dairy ice cream: yams! Although yams are one of the more starchy root vegetables out there, they contain complex carbohydrates and a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Combine them with pumpkin-pie-esque spices and you’ve got yourself a wonderful pre-fall dessert that will remind your taste buds of the season ahead. If you can’t find yams, sweet potatoes work too!

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Fun Summer Workouts We Love!

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It’s summer, and we’re getting ready to step into our bikini bodies and have fun doing it. No one wants to do a workout they don’t enjoy, right? It’s been proven that by doing exercise you enjoy, you will be more inclined to stick to it to achieve your own personal goals, and we couldn’t agree more. Summertime opens the door to so many more exercise opportunities, and we can’t wait to dive into all of them! Keep in mind that temperatures are hotter in the summer, so be sure to stay hydrated and replenish your muscles with nutrients (e.g. potassium) after your workout. 

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My Favorite Summer Fruits!

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Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!

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Spice Up Your BBQ with Grilled Fruit!

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How to Add Grilled Fruit to Your BBQ Like A Pro

Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbeque season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally.

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Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler (GF, SF)

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It’s summer! And that means an abundance of colorful and nutritious fruit! Not only do we love eating the raw fruit – they’re definitely sweet enough on their own – but why not get a little frisky in the kitchen and make a cobbler or crisp out of them (can anyone tell us the difference between the two? Comment below with your thoughts). We love berries for so many reasons – they taste good and are easy to bake with, and they also pack a serious nutritional punch. Not only are they high in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, but they’re also lower in carbs and calories than most other fruits. What a win-win!

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Tortilla Chicken Drumsticks

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It’s the 4th of July this weekend, and we’ve got an easy, creative party recipe for you: Tortilla Drumsticks! This is a healthy play on crispy fried chicken, but instead of the crispiness coming from deep fried batter, it comes from baked bean & rice chips. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free, and it’s fun for the whole family and super delicious!

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Peanut Butter Paleta Dairy-Free Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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Making your own ice cream is one of those things that seems like it would be time-consuming, complicated, and require expensive equipment. But it’s not! It is actually super easy and just requires a freezer and an ice cream maker (which on average costs $40). Given that its summer, I decided to give it a go and see how my homemade ice cream compared to the various dairy-free alternatives out there (we like Purely Decadent). I have to say that I was very pleased from a flavor and cost perspective. The texture of my homemade ice cream was also really good, but not quite as hard as store-bought dairy-free ice cream, but I guess that’s because I didn’t use any of the gums and other not-so-natural ingredients that they use.

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