SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week

I am not a foodie or a food photographer; but I do enjoy cooking and eating gluten-free muffins *wink*

I am not a foodie or a food photographer; but I do enjoy cooking and eating gluten-free muffins *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am chatting about the gluten-free top picks of the week.

I know that it has been a bit since we chatted about gluten-free food finds, but I have been running around like mad trying to get all of my Etsy orders packed and shipped. I am not complaining, but some days I wish there were more than one of me *wink*

Because I am really busy with everything from laundry to walking the furbabies + dedicating every spare moment to creating new art pieces, writing Etsy listings, and marketing my shop, I don’t have time for elaborate meals or snacks. So, when I go to the grocery store, I look for simple + quick + good.

I picked up this quick + easy muffin mix at Whole Foods in Asheville.

I picked up this quick + easy muffin mix at Whole Foods Market in Asheville.

I love muffins. I really do. And I really love muffins with fresh fruit added to them. I discovered a delicious and easy muffin mix at Whole Foods Market in Asheville and added fresh strawberries from Stanley’s Produce & Garden Center in Johnson City. By the way, y’all have to try the strawberries from Stanley’s–oh.my.goodness! They smell divine and taste deliciously sweet. Where was I? Oh, yes! The muffin mix *smile*

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What I can tell y’all is I do like to eat (on occasion–not like everyday) powdered donuts for breakfast…and brunch…and late night snacks.

Finding a gluten-free version proved to be a challenge. But I didn’t give up. And I found one that is sooooo good. Even the hubby loves them–which that says a lot! Personally, I love eating them straight out of the freezer–slightly thawed–but not too thawed.

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Also, be sure to check out my brand new Etsy shop for all kinds of reclaimed wood adorableness and even a proud peacock *smile*

Lolly Molly Art featured art piece of the week. All Lolly Molly Art items are one-of-a-kind pieces.

Lolly Molly Art featured art piece of the week. All Lolly Molly Art items are one-of-a-kind pieces.

SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: Whole Foods Market

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the blog. Today, we will be chatting about all my gluten-free favorites at the new Whole Foods Market Asheville. I attended the grand opening yesterday,  and it was fabulous. Lots of folks came out to celebrate and shop. I wandered the aisles with my baskets–one in each hand…purse on my shoulder…Samsung Galaxy Tab on top of the basket that was filled with bottles of wine…the hubby built a really awesome piece for the dining room, and it needed pretty bottles…I will share that with y’all another day *smile* Back to top picks.

I am a huge fan of pizza, junk food, comfort food, and sandwiches. The following photos will support that statement *smile*

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Do y’all want to hear some great news? Whole Foods Market has a huge selection of gluten-free foods. Too many to list! And with this wide variety, I will not lack for gluten-free top picks *smile* I’m super excited about being able to try so many new things!

Now, here is a sneak peek of what I picked up at the grand opening. Stay tuned to next week’s gluten-free top picks for all the details.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we explored the gluten-free goodness at Whole Foods Market Asheville.

SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks: On-the-go Breakfast

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s top gluten-free picks of the week–which are all about making breakfast gluten-free, easy, and healthy. Now, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me.

If y’all are like me, there is little time for a fancy breakfast. I’ve tried making the casserole the night before, popping it in the oven the next morning, and cooking it while getting dressed. Yes, dancing around the kitchen with birds chirping outside…serving my family a delcious, homemade breakfast dish made with wholesome ingredients and love.  Haha! Not in this lifetime *wink* Yes, I tried the cooking while getting dressed breakfast ideas…let me just say that we ate cereal instead of a fancy casserole.

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My favorite go-to breakfast item is Pamela’s Whenever Bars.  They are super delicious, gluten-free, and non-dairy with 150 mg of OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids and a good source of fiber. Most contain gluten-free oats, coconut,  eggs, and almonds–so, if you are sensitive to these ingredients, you might want to avoid the snack bars. My personal favorite is the Oat Blueberry Lemon…yummy for the tummy! I keep a nice variety of these in a basket in my snack drawer. Easy to grab and go.

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Who wants muffins for breakfast? Well, ginnybakes has the perfect gluten-free muffin mix. All you need is the mix, one egg, butter, Greek yogurt, and flavoring of your choice (like vanilla). The ingredients are simple and preparation is fast. I usually bake mine the night before because I’m not a morning person…and cooking is not what I want to be doing at the crack of dawn!

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The “peace love & crumble” muffin mix is certified gluten-free and kosher. It contains organic shredded coconut, organic dried apples, and organic Medjool dates. I give ginnybakes muffins five stars *smile*

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Cookies for breakfast?!? Absolutely!! The “coconut oatmeal bliss” cookie mix by ginnybakes is not only easy to make, but also healthy and hardy enough to eat for breakfast. Make the cookies the night before, pop one in the microwave for about ten seconds, and pour yourself a glass of milk or cup of coffee for a quick breakfast that makes you feel like a kid again + the kids will think you’re the greatest for giving them cookies for breakfast!

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A great on-the-go breakfast is trail mix. I make my own because of all my crazy diet restrictions + it’s fun *smile* My best advice is to read the ingredients of everything carefully. If you are adding dried fruit(s), check for added wheat or gluten. See examples below.

P.S. I learned this lesson the hard way!

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Just read those labels carefully and give yourself extra time to shop so you can read labels and ask questions. It’s your health…your life…don’t take chances or make guesses *smile*

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Once I’ve mixed up my trail mix, I put it in either sandwich bags (because I can never remember to buy the snack size) or cute containers.  Those are then placed in my trail mix/snack food drawer. Yes, I’m that dedicated to my trail mixes and on-the-go snacks *wink*

Where did I shop for my gluten-free items?

Pamela’s Whenever Bars–Publix in Trussville, Alabama (also available on Pamela’s website)

ginnybakes–The Fresh Market in Johnson City, Tennessee

trail mix items–Earth Fare and The Fresh Market in Johnson City, Tennessee

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Please keep in mind that what doesn’t bother me–might bother you–so be extra careful when trying new foods. Read those labels! *smile*

Now that you have super easy and delicious breakfast ideas, you can hit the snooze button a few extra times *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. I’m off to walk the girls…Bless their sweetness! They’ve been so patient while I chatted with y’all *smile*

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