SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Pick-me-up Snacks

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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 perfect pick-me-ups for the mid-afternoon slumps. So, go grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell with me *smile*

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I loved Fig Newtons as a kid. Loved them. It was a fun and delicious snack. It was a cookie and a tiny cake.

But then along came Celiac Disease,  and it robbed me of one of my favorite snacks. It took a lot away from me, but I’m not here to complain…I’m here to celebrate and announce that Pamela’s makes a super delicious, extra large, Fig Newton substitute…really a replacement because the “Figgies & Jammies” are incredible…fantastical + fun to say! Figgies & Jammies…Figgies & Jammies!

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I wanted to include a photo that showed the nutritional information and ingredients of the “Mission Fig Figgies & Jammies”–bless, I get so frustrated reading labels in the grocery store. Always apologizing for being in the way…digging in my purse for my reading glasses…trying to remember if that’s the gluten-free crackers the hubby eats. The hubby doesn’t have any dietary restrictions, but he’s super sweet to follow all of mine *smile*

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The next pick-me-up snack is the 100% freeze-dried pineapple “Crispy Fruit” by “Crispy Green”–which also offers apple, Asian pear, banana,  cantaloupe,  and mango. I’ve only tried the pineapple, but cantaloupe is next on my list. I will let y’all know how that venture turns out.

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At first, I was hesitant about trying freeze-dried fruit…big fan of the dehydrated ones…but freeze-dried? I admit the visual appeal is not there, and the texture is a bit odd…but…the taste is divine…like fresh pineapple…a bit of a crunch…packed with tons of fresh flavor. Fresh…crunchy…pineapple!

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Check out the ingredients list. Just one. Pineapple!  *big smile* Plus, there are only 9g of carbohydrates and 35 calories in the individual snack pack. Just toss one in your purse or briefcase, and you are set for the 3:00 p.m. slump.

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I never liked to eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast…not enough substance to get me through until lunch. However,  Pop-Tarts were great for afternoon snacking. Call me crazy–but I liked mine straight out of the package. No toaster required. Occasionally,  I’d put one in the microwave for a few seconds. Well, along came Celiac…and out went the Pop-Tarts…and in came glutino toaster pastries…apple cinnamon to be exact!

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I admit this isn’t the healthiest snack, but who cares! Glutino toaster pastries  taste great + eating one makes me feel like a kid again. Sometimes, it is good to be bad *wink*

As I’ve stated before, I’m no food expert.  Not a food photographer.  Not a cook. Please don’t come over expecting fancy meals that I found on Pinterest.  There will be no cookies that look like penguins or veggies shaped like flowers. But, I will have a great pot of coffee and delicious snacks that are gluten-free…and we can sit a spell, chat, and drink coffee while the hubby cooks *wink*

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Now, I must get back to my painting project. Stay tuned to find out which rooms are being brightened with color.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about gluten-free, pick-me-up snacks.

P.S. Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you. Be careful when trying new foods.

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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