Posts tagged ‘snacks’

May 15, 2012

Corn and wheat free, day four

As I mentioned yesterday, I just found out I’m allergic to wheat and corn. I want to clarify that I do not have celiac disease. I am not allergic to gluten but to wheat specifically. And, to add a little extra fun, I’m hypoglycemic.

So for the past two days, I’ve been making sure I pack a good amount of snacks to get me through 8 hours at work. I used to just ignore my body telling me it was time for me to eat. I would argue with it, bargain with it to hold off until it was “time” to eat. But I can’t do that anymore. It makes sense now why my body was acting the way it was. It needed food. Granted, now it feels like all I’m doing all day is eating. But I’ve decided that if I can pack a reasonable amount of food for the day, as long as I don’t eat more than what I pack, I should be good.

This is what was in my snack pack today (and yesterday, pretty much). Strawberries, carrots (I ate about half of them before I took the photo), rice crackers (I also ate a few of), tofu (Its teriyaki flavored and may have trace amounts of wheat, but I threw away the package and I didn’t want to waste the rest). Also in there is a cappuccino flavored Lara bar and a couple of Dove chocolate hearts.

Yesterday this combination, along with some of this salad, got me through the day quite nicely.

It’s the Mediterranean Crunch salad from Whole Foods, and ti’s got all sorts of deliciousness in it including chickpeas, red peppers, zucchini, kale, kalamata olives, onions, lemon juice and tomato among other things. It’s not something I would have normally picked up, but since it was “clean,” I figured I’d give it a whirl.

Last night before Jim and I went out to play tennis, we ate frozen pizzas for dinner. This was one section of Whole Foods I almost broke down in the other night because all the pizzas seemed to have either wheat or corn in them. Finally I found two that were “clean” and I tried this one last night:

As an added bonus, this pizza was vegan. Although I fixed that by adding some goat cheese to the top for the last five minutes of cooking time.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this. My mom has dealt with food allergies, including wheat, for a long time, and I’ll tell you, some of the stuff she used to have to eat, I wouldn’t touch with a 35 foot pole. But this pizza? It surprised me. I think I actually enjoyed the rice crust more than I enjoy wheat crust. It was crispy and had good texture as well as flavor. The sauce was really good and the veggies, although not quite as pretty as the ones on the front of the box, were pleasant enough.

Eventually I plan on making a lot of my own food. Pizza crust and breads and such, but I also count on some of my energy coming back as well. My philosophy, as of now, is to get by. To eat what I can eat and stress as little as possible so I continue to stick with it instead of getting frustrated and quitting, and giving my life back up to exhaustion. I feel like I may finally be able to live a little, to feel like I’m experiencing it and not just going through the motions, and I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew (ha ha) and get overwhelmed at the start.

So even though they’re not the greatest for you, I figure I’ll eat a lot of frozen pizzas…and prepared salads from Whole Foods and bento lunch boxes full of fruits, veggies and rice crackers. I just have to get through each day. And when I feel better, and not so much like just plopping on the couch when I get home, I’ll start to experiment with my own corn and wheat-free creations. So stay tuned!

Do you have any food allergies? Or sensitivities? Have you ever tried rice crust pizza?

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November 19, 2011

A favorite snack + TJs!

During my last year of college, I worked at Trader Joes. It was probably one of the most fun (also most exhausting. Have you seen those people? They’re always moving!) job I’ve ever had. Aside from the fact that the people were cool, the benefits and pay were off the freaking wall and they were willing to work with my school schedule, I got to taste a lot of really good food!

Anyone who knows Trader Joes knows that they’re pretty much the opposite of mainstream. You can’t go in there, necessarily, looking for one item. It’s likely not to be there, even if it was there the last time you were there. They call themselves a “specialty grocery store.” That being said, there are tons of really fun, different foods you can get there.

I love looking in other people’s carts while I’m there. Katie, over at healthy diva eats, calls people like me cart stalkers. And more than once I’ve seen something in someone’s cart while on my way to the checkout and just HAD to go back and find it. Katie has taken cart stalking to a new level though, and started posting her highlights on her blog! So, here are the highlights from my trip to Trader Joes last night.

My favorite snack is in there. When I was working there, I went through a, like, two month phase where every day I would come home and have the same thing:

Toasted seeded sourdough bread + fresh mozzarella + bruschetta sauce = DELICIOUS!

The final product:

I added the steamed broccoli because I was feeling a little nutrient deprived.

I assume you also noticed to Tofurkey in the photo above. Yes, I’m one of those. I eat Tofurkey and I love it. And no, Jim doesn’t eat it. He eats regular turkey or whatever else was cooked by whoever we’re sharing Thanksgiving with.

It’s really not that bad. If you’ve never tried it and you get the chance, give it a bite.

Tonight’s dinner is another “compromise” meal. A compromise because I’m cooking it, Jim’s eating it and I’m picking around it. Stay tuned for that one!