Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pear and Maple Yogurt Cups

**found in September 2011 Real Simple Magazine

Rich, creamy Greek yogurt, loaded with protein and probiotics, helps keep your system in check.  The dried fruit contains vitamin C, and almonds are rich in vitamin E.

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes/Total time: 5 Minutes

1 cup plain low-fat or 0 Greek yogurt (try Fage)
1 pear sliced
1/4 dried cranberries or cherries
1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted almonds
4 tsp. maple syrup

Divide the yogurt between 2 glasses or bowls and top with the pear, cranberries and almonds mixture; drizzle with the maple syrup.

Your best bet is to go with authentic real maple syrup.  Do not use processed.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Healthy Snacks For Your Desk

**found in Real Simple Magazine September 2011 Issue and greatly modified by moi to fit a GF diet.

1. 1/4 cup of gluten-free granola with or without a Fage Yogurt

2. 1 KIND bar

3.  1 cup yogurt + 1 peach sliced

4.  Celery with cream cheese

5.  Carrot sticks with peanut butter

6. 1/2 sliced cucumber + 3 tbsp. hummus

7.  1/2 cup low-fat yogurt + 2 tbsp. canned pumpkin + a pinch of pumpkin spice

8.  1 1/2 cups of Raspberries/Blueberries/Blackberries

9.  1 Polly-O cheese stick

10.  2 x Orgran Buckwheat Crisps or Quinoa Crisps with 1 Laughing Cow Light Cheese

11. 1 package of City Snacks (freeze dried fruit) (super delicious and under 100 calories)

12.  1 package of pop Chips

Most of these great options are under 100 calories!  So you can eat well and maintain your figure at the same time.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sergio's Pizza-Long Island

Formally known as Vogue Pizza, Serigo's has a fabulous menu.  And what's even better? The pizza (all pies), pasta and entrees (all) can be prepared gluten-free.  At first they just started with gf pasta (which most restaurants carry, so no surprise there), and then one day I called for some gf pasta, and they told me they had gf pizza and could do the entrees too!  Say what? I'm um super psyched?  Whenever I visit my parents out in Long Island, I always need a go-to take-out spot that I can order from without worrying that a mistake was made or that the person on the other end of the phone understands what gluten-free means.  I never have to worry with this place.  I even spoke to the manager the first go round and he assured me.  And I have NEVER been disappointed.  Right on!

Now I should have blogged about Sergio's at least a year ago, because it has been that long that I have been eating from this restaurant.  And for those of you who live in Long Island near the Old Brookville area-this is for you!  They deliver (though it takes forever, so order in advance).

And another great thing about Sergio's?? They cater!  Half and full portions, and they will do gluten-free.

Sergio's is located at 3-7 Waldbaums Shopping Center, Old Brookville, NY (Long Island).  (516) 674-9480/fax: (516) 759-1128.

My typical order usually consists of Chicken Gabriella (chicken sauteed in a white wine sauce topped with fresh broccoli and mozzarella cheese, a gluten-free pizza usually Margarita or the Salad Pizza (pictured below) and a side of gf pasta.

I don't know about you, but all of these dishes are making me really hungry!!!  Seriously, I'm talking good food here.  So good my 16 year old brother couldn't even taste the difference!

Enjoy!! xoxo Julie

HotDog & Hamburger Bun Smack Down

A few months ago I was at BareBurger, Murray Hill location NYC, one of my fav super casual gf spots for burgers.  They have lettuce wraps there, and that is what I usually get, however they told me they brought in a brand of gf buns.  I asked what the ingredients were and they mentioned they were tapioca rice buns.  Blech!  Seriously?!  Why not go for the good stuff?  I applaud any restaurant that wants to bring in gluten-free, but why bring in the undesirable gluten-free buns?  I mean really!  I told the manager they were disgusting and that they should bring in the better brands.  He mentions that kids and other people with Celiac or a gluten allergy are just so happy to see they can have a GF bun, they don't notice that it doesn't taste so good.  Say what?  That is not an excuse.  I don't think so!  I noticed!

My top favorite brands for hot dog and hamburger buns are:

Rudi's (don't forget the hamburger bun too!)

You will notice the difference between a nasty bun and an amazing bun.  Gluten-free or not, we all still have taste buds, and we all want and wish to eat foods that tasted they way they used to be.  So enough of this rice tapioca stuff!! Bring me the good stuff!

xoxo Julie

Katz Donuts

Another fabulous brand comes out with gluten-free donuts.  I guess you could say I am in heaven!  I have always LOVED Kinnikinnick donuts, but with Katz you are looking at a lot of "free".  Free of gluten, dairy, soy and some are rice/corn free too! And what else is sooo great?  Katz is a strictly kosher manufacturer!!

Try the Custard Donuts (210 calories/contains eggs) or the Jelly Donuts (210 calories/contains eggs) or even the Powdered Donuts (150 calories/contains eggs) !! They look spectacular!  Yum I cannot wait to try!

Check out this handy Store Locator so you too can enjoy these spectacular goodies!

Check out some of my other posts about Katz:

Now I have to say, I do NOT love all gluten-free goodies.  And some manufacturers I do wonder how they made it this far with their horrid tasting products.  But Katz is so different!!  There is not one item that I don't like from this manufacturer, and these products are FREE of A LOT!  I have had the Rugelech (all flavors), Challah Bread, sandwich breads/whole grain (GF) breads, the buns, the cookies...this list goes on.  I am a HUGE fan.  Bravo Katz!! You really know where its at.!

Enjoy! xoxo Julie