McDevitt Taco Supply

by Grace Boyle on October 23, 2018

Anyone that claims to have “super heady” tacos is a winner in my book.

McDevitt Taco Supply started as a food stand six years ago on Boulder’s Pearl Street mall. Owner Bradford McDevitt found success on Pearl Street so he expanded to offering a second taco truck at Sanitas Brewing, and created a taco trailer he brings around to music festivals. They have a strong catering business now for events and parties, as well.

A year go McDevitt opened his first brick-and-mortar location in South Boulder at 4800 Baseline Road – his third location for Boulderites to find his tacos.

The restaurant boasts a full bar and offers all the well-loved tacos they’ve been serving for years, in addition to a plethora of apps and small plates like Mexican street corn, queso and chips, BBQ chicken quesadillas, and fire roasted sweet peppers to name a few.

{Mexican Street Corn with Chili lime mayo, cotija cheese and lime}

{Fire roasted mini sweet peppers topped with goat cheese & pickled onions}

There are 13 tacos on the menu – all of which are served on gluten-free, local corn tortillas. The tacos themselves are not street style as they’re larger in size. Prices range from $3.5 to $4.75 per.

Most of their tacos come topped with cilantro, onion, and their avocado-tomatillo salsa. They serve the traditional standbys like tacos al pastor but they also serve interesting mashups like the cactus taco, honey chili shrimp taco, or the veggie Kale Yeah! that comes with kale, corn, black beans, and green peppers.

Everything is made in house besides the local tortillas and there’s great attention to detail for their ingredients which include a wide range of offerings for everyone. I appreciate the great variety.

Some standouts include their housemade hot sauces which you should definitely ask for no matter what you eat there, each in their own squeeze bottle: roasted tomatillo chipotle, fermented fresno chile (like a sriracha), and pineapple habanero.

McDevitt has local Tequila company Suerte lined up in his bar as he serves their Blanco tequila in his house margaritas and he serves Colorado beers on their six-tap line. In South Boulder, there aren’t many restaurant / bars so it fills a great need for the area.

One of my favorite parts about the space itself on Baseline is the lifesize photo of McDevitt and his crew in a real-life tortilla ‘fight’. 

It’s larger than life (literally) and evokes the fun energy of McDevitt and is such a conversation starter.

The other wall in the small space is made from reclaimed wood from a local artisan in Loveland, filled with hanging box plants.

One more thing you should know: go for happy hour – it’s daily from 3-6 p.m. The food is is at a great price ranging from $2.5-$4 and you could get the house marg for $5 or a local beer for $3.5. Great deal.

McDevitt Taco Supply is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. Find them at 4800 Baseline, Suite C110.

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For a town like Boulder, it often surprises me there aren’t more health-conscious eateries. I’m glad to share that Flower Child just opened their first Colorado outpost in Boulder at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue.

{Photo by Eat Flower Child}

The healthy, fast-casual restaurant serves made-to-order food that’s nutritious and accommodating with options for vegans, gluten-free, and vegetarian (well marked on the menu). I was surprised to learn across all their locations, each one sources locally which is no small feat.

The menu has salads, hummus and soup specials, plates, bowls, whole grain wraps, and even a kids menu. They do have meat options from all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak, and organic non-GMO tofu as add-ons.

The food is really beautiful, flavorful, and inventive. I believe strongly that no matter your approach to eating or dietary needs, that good food is good food and this is what they serve and offer. Too often do people turn their nose at “healthy” or take it to each end of the extreme – good quality food will nourish you and delight you. Fast-casual concepts like Flower Child, are the wave of the future.

{Photo by Eat Flower Child}

Some of my favorites included the Thai Cashew Quinoa (below) with zucchini, snap pea, celery, onion, shiitake mushroom, jalapeno, thai basil, cashew, and red quinoa (v, and gf). All bowls are $9 unless protein is added.

The Vegan Poke which has a variety compelling components really surprised me with its enticing flavor including marinated beets, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber, radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse (seaweed), brown rice, and spicy ponzu (v, gf).

I don’t care that it’s on-trend, I love a good toast. Since I’ve been eating gluten-free I don’t have them as much, and the below mentioned heirloom tomato toast isn’t gluten-free, but it’s beautiful so I wanted to share. It comes with goat cheese, pistachio pesto, and sea salt, cut into a few pieces for a perfect shared appetizer.

In the drink department on tap they have Rowdy Mermaid kombucha and organic cold brew. They also offer seasonal lemonades, organic wine, and Colorado beer.

Pro tip: Order the dark chocolate pudding for $5 that’s vegan and gluten-free. It’s sprinkled with shaved coconut and made with coconut cream, sprouted almonds, and cocoa powder. You won’t be disappointed.

The space in Boulder at 28th and Arapahoe is near Colorado University and has free, easy parking. The restaurant seats 68 and there’s a beautiful patio that seats 28. Inside there are mosaics, decorative tile, plants, and colorful wall paintings to brighten up the vibrant space.

They’re open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On opening day on August 22nd, they gave a portion of their proceeds to Boulder Food Rescue. To celebrate further, they’ll host a lemonade stand on Saturday, August 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of McGuckin Hardware, giving away free lemonade and Flower Child swag. Keep an eye out for them!

Finally, we’re offering a giveaway of $50 gift certificate to anyone that lives in Colorado and wants to try their new Boulder location. Follow the link to my Instagram post to enter – like the post AND comment by tagging someone you would love to try their food with. We will pick a winner at random on Monday the 27th.

Find Them:

2580 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 110.

iamaflowerchild.com

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My Favorite New Food Truck: The Ginger Pig

by Grace Boyle on August 16, 2018

Food trucks are all the rage these days. I think they’re fun because you get to consume food in a different manner, it’s fast-casual, quick, and since they’re mobile they can be where you are or in unique environments.

That said, I sometimes find the novelty of food trucks can wear off when perhaps due to circumstances or their tiny space, the food isn’t always as good as I hope it would be.

When it comes to the Ginger Pig, my love for the food truck has been renewed.

Serving “inspired Asian street food,” the Ginger Pig is woman-owned (yes!) by the passionate and wonderful Natascha Hess. The Boulder-based food truck serves inventive food with love and compassion, packed with intense flavor and vibrant spices.

Natascha’s tie-in with Asian food started in college. She lived and studied in Beijing, China and she learned all the unique ingredients and cooking methodologies from her host family. Her Chinese ‘mother’, Zhang Baba, Nalu, taught her how to grind pork with a cleaver and make potstickers from scratch, and Chinese Borscht, which was one of the original inspirations for The Ginger Pig.

After college,(where she also played college hockey in Wisconsin!) and a lot of travel in Asia, Natascha and her husband Steve moved to Colorado where they’ve lived the last 20 years. She practiced law and worked in sports broadcast television. However, her love from those traditional Chinese recipes never waned and she was always cooking and playing with recipes in her spare time. Her desire for starting a food truck kept growing.

One night, while dining out, Natascha and Steve met local celebrity chef Carrie Baird of Top Chef fame. Just by telling her story, Baird invited her to intern for her (sight unseen, no formal experience) in her kitchen. Baird even eventually helped her work on the truck to get them launched.

The rest, they say is history.

And their following is growing: Ginger Pig Truck won Westword’s Best Food Truck 2018 this year!

They have a regular post at Isabelle Farm in Lafayette, they’re frequently at Rayback in Boulder, are the sole food truck at Boulder County Farmers Market on Wednesday’s, they make special appearances at many local events or festivals, and also do catering. You can track their calendar to keep up with where they’ll be next.

Now to the best part, the food. 

One thing I appreciate the most is that Natascha is very considerate to all her diners. Everything is marked gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian where applicable, and she’s cognizant of allergies. She never uses MSG in her food, either.

Here are my favorite dishes: 

BANGKOK BALLS
In closing, their Sesame Ginger Braised Pork Banh Mi Rice Bowl (the PBR for short) is one of their best-sellers.
Community, collaboration, and giving back are all important to Natascha and it shows in the team she has built, the food that she serves, and her outlook on life. Go ahead and find where they’ll be next. You won’t be disappointed. I’m sure you’ll find Natascha grinning in the food truck window, excited to serve you, exuding her warmth.

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Whole Sol Blend Bar Opens in Denver

by Grace Boyle on August 13, 2018

Lately, as I’ve been eating gluten-free and dairy-free, I get really jazzed when I find nutritious but inspirational, delicious options outside of my kitchen.

Enter, Whole Sol

Opened in July in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood by power-couple, Phil Dumontet and Alexa Squillaro, their small, superfoods restaurant serves up inventive smoothie bowls, packed with flavor and nutrition.

Their backgrounds are the perfect recipe for bringing forward active nutrition to Colorado. They’re avid marathoners, Alexa has her Masters in Nutrition from Columbia and spent time in New York bringing nutrition to children through the school system, and Phil just sold Dashed, a delivery business, to GrubHub last year (he was also named Forbes’ 30 under 30, a list of the most influential young entrepreneurs). They recently came to Colorado from the East Coast and we’re so happy to have them here!

The menu is entirely gluten-free and dairy-free. They never add any sugar or fruit juice to their ingredients, and everything is made right in front of you making for a transparent experience. The menu ranges from smoothie bols – served in reusable coconut shells – cold-pressed juice, hot bols that are great for breakfast on-the-go, snacks, and toasts, which is perhaps one of the best avocado toasts I’ve had in Denver.

If you’re going the bol route, try the ‘I Like You Matcha’ which has a green base of kale, spinach, banana, pineapple, almond butter, and matcha topped with coconut, banana, blueberries and granola or the ‘The OG’ one of their simplest and most popular, 100% pure, wild-harvested acai base, topped with banana, strawberry, granola, and honey.

The OG Bol

Unlike other cold-pressed juice places, I find their juices to be inventive. I suggest trying the ‘New OJ’ which is savory, but unlike anything you’ve ever tasted (as Alexa shares when I first tried it). It has bell pepper, sweet potato, orange, black pepper, apple, lemon, and turmeric in it. For something a little different, try their ‘Glacier Water’ a blue concoction made with coconut water, aloe water, spring water, blue spirulina, lemon, and a touch of stevia.

The snacks Alexa came up with are perfect on the go, and the kind of thing you should buy in bulk to pop after a workout or maybe mid-afternoon. I love the ‘Matcha Protein Bites’ made with dates, macadamia nuts, matcha, coconut, and plant protein. They also have a chia-seed pudding I recommend, which is made with almond milk.

I know it’s everywhere, but I don’t care: I love avocado toast. The best part, I’ve not had a gluten-free avocado toast this good. Anywhere.

You must order the ‘White Truffle Avocado’ toast (pictured above). It comes on Kim & Jakes gluten-free peasant loaf, topped with avocado, EVOO, red pepper, microgreens, cherry tomatoes, and the special ingredient of white truffle olive oil. I also found their ‘Bruschetta Pesto’ to be really interesting made out of hemp pesto, treenut cheese, tomato, and balsamic glaze. The cheese-like taste is impressive given it’s dairy-free.

Bruschetta Pesto Toast

Another impressive component is that all of their utensils, napkins, bowls, and cups are plant based which means they’re all compostable (as is any leftover food you might have on your plate, which I doubt). That means nothing from inside Whole Sol goes to the landfill. Restaurants can do better, and Whole Sol is.

What’s next? They plan to open a second Whole Sol location in Boulder, on Pearl Street mall at 1420 Pearl Street.

Their Denver location is at 1735 Chestnut Place, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Longmont: A Guide to Eat and Drink

by Grace Boyle on July 31, 2018

I’ve lived in Longmont since 2015, and prior to that, I was a Boulder girl and lived downtown for six years. Even though I’m in Boulder frequently, I’ve been acclimating to not being in the ‘bubble’.

We live in a cute neighborhood, near a great park, walking distance to bars and restaurants, and I’m in awe as I watch the city of 100,000 (yes, basically same size as Boulder) evolve and grow. I have a hunch it’s going to be the Brooklyn to Boulder’s Manhattan – probably needs another 5-10 years but it’s happening.

Last I checked there are 11 craft breweries in Longmont (two of which are famed Left Hand and Oskar Blues) there’s also a cidery and a four distilleries. A few other interesting facts – Longmont gets its name from its beautiful Longs Peak that presides over Longmont (great views any which way you look), it was the site of the first JC Penney store, and the first public library was here in the state of Colorado.

This is not sponsored by Visit Longmont, but I found this cute video on Longmont I thought I would share that shows the variety and landscape of the town. 

As I’ve been stockpiling some favorites in the area, here are my recommendations largely around food and drinks for Longmont, Colorado. In no particular order…

To See and Do:

Shop over 350 different cheese at Cheese Importers: Cheese Importers is a family-owned business that has been open since 1976 by Lyman and Linda White.  Now run by their children, the beautiful space offers over 350 types of cheese from around the world, cured meats, specialty oils, spices, olives, chocolate and other specialty foods. In addition to their large cheese “refrigerator” (they even give you coats to walk around to see all the cheese) they also have “Bistrot des Artistes”, a delicious French cafe. People come from around the state to this infamous ‘cheese emporium’.

Cheesemaking class with The Art of Cheese: Run by award-winning cheesemaker and dairy goat farmer, Kate Johnson, you can make artisan cheese alongside Kate in her classroom at Haystack Mountain Creamery. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see some of her goats that she raises (and uses their milk for cheese) in North West Longmont.

Book a trolley ride to visit all of Longmont’s distilleries and craft breweries with BrewHop Trolley: Available on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 9 p.m., BrewHop brings you to 13 different locations in Longmont.  You can stay as long as you want at each location and on the hour the trolley comes by and you can choose where you go next. You’ll get discounts as a trolley rider at each location, as well. This is so fun for a birthday of group of friends!

Farm Dinners: With the growing trend of local and organic, farm dinners are exploding. The cool thing is the majority in the area are actually in Longmont. You can read my farm dinner guide here. Go to one and support a farmer and chef!

Longmont Farmers Market: Longmont and Boulder are both run by the same Farmers Market. It’s bustling with people and really quite large. It’s a great way to see a town and support local. Longmont has their farmers market every Saturday, April through November.

Union Reservoir: This isn’t far from our house and it’s an 800-acre lake with a beach, campgrounds, and dog beach. You can also rent stand-up paddle boards which is a fun summer activity as you see the mountains in the distance. Great for families.

Lagerman Reservoir: Easy access, and great 1.6 mile walk around the water with the mountain vista views.

Golden Ponds: This is such a beautiful walking trail system that boasts beautiful views. The park features 94 acres with 56 acres of water surface across these four ponds. It’s almost 3 miles of park trails too. Really beautiful area and easy walking for any level.

Honorable Mention: The Boulder County fairgrounds are in Longmont. All year round they have interesting events you can attend from the annual fair, to dog shows, to roller derby, to home shows – there’s a little something for everyone. You never know what you might find and I had no idea it was the county fairgrounds until I moved here.

To Eat and Drink:

Eat Colorado’s favorite BBQ at Georgia Boys BBQGeorgia Boys has stood the test of time. Back when I lived in Boulder, I would make the trip to Longmont just for their BBQ that almost always sells out of the good stuff. Now they’re in a bigger location that has plenty of seating and a great bar for hanging out. Try their burnt ends.

Oskar Blues – the original craft brew in a can, home of Dale’s Pale Ale: These guys knew what was up with Longmont, long before anyone else. They’ve been around for a long time and not only are their HQ here, but they have many locations. You could do Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids (their main restaurant), Tasty Weasel tap room – best on a weekend afternoon in my opinion, their brewery, CyclHops, their Mexican bike/cantina, or Chub Burger their casual burger jointThe crispy clucker (fried chicken sammy) is one of my favorites at Chub Burger. Support this amazing Colorado company. All their restaurants are delicious.

Pubs: Long’s Peak Pub, by Mountain Sun: Thanks to a Boulder tradition we’ve got Mountain Sun within walking distance to our house and it never disappoints. They have a great selection of local beers, delicious pub food, very family friendly, ample outdoor seating, and often live music on the weekends. Pro tip: This location has the best wings I’ve ever had. The other locations (besides Southern Sun) don’t have the wings, so I suggest you order them. I suggest half BBQ, half hot. The Post is owned by a much-loved restaurant group, Big Red F, and they serve fried chicken and great, house-brewed beer. The fried chicken is gluten-free, and Diners Drive-ins and Dives featured them before. Take a look at their weekly specials they have each night – like Monday is $0.75 wings or Friday is a fish fry.

Best Pizza: Proto’s (this is the original Proto’s and first location, so it’s really dialed serving Neapolitan style pizza), Rosalee’s Pizzeria (always packed, serving East Coast style pizza, love their garlic knots too), and I need to give a shoutout to Abo’s because they’re a classic and there’s a location in Longmont. They’re who you order for delivery on a Friday night when you’re too tired for anything else.

Best Breakfast: Aunt Alice’s  a true Longmont, old school diner – you really only see locals and there’s no place really like this in Boulder), Janie’s Cafe (great diner on Main Street, open since 1999. Two Dog Diner located in fun, new Prospect neighborhood of Longmont, this is less of a diner but I love the large breakfast menu and variety of options. Lucile’s Creole Cafe – a Boulder staple, but they have an outpost here too serving Creole cuisine, order the biscuit the size of your head. Note: A Tangerine is opening in Longmont on Main Street in the near future. Breakfast all day, everyday, and a Boulder favorite.

Breakfast Burrito – Taqueria Las Palmeras on Francis Street: There’s really solid Mexican food in Longmont, way more than Boulder could dream to have, but I really love Las Palmeras’ breakfast burritos. These are $2.75, but go to $3.75 after 11 am. Not only is that such a legit price, but they’re a great size and so filling. All breakfast burritos include egg, potato, choice of mild, medium, or hot green chile, and cheese. You can choose plain/vegetarian, pico de gallo, ham, chorizo, bacon or sausage.

Mexican / Tacos: My favorites are – Tacos Al Molcajete – family-owned, menu in Spanish, super legit, Jefes Tacos and Tequila –old-school hip-hop plays in the restaurant, lots of tequila, probably a little less traditional tacos, but still fun and best ambiance of all these, Benny’s Tacos – rated by Daily Camera the best taco in Longmont, family-run too right on Main, and Guacamole’s – divey, traditional, you know it’s all about the food as they have no website, great spot – try their Menudo if you dare.

Sushi: There’s actually great sushi in Longmont, but my two favorites are Sushi Leo – my #1, Chef Mori San is from Japan and has been making sushi for 40 years! He used to own famed Sushi Tora in Boulder and I also enjoy Sakura.

Fine Dining: If you’re looking for a special dinner out I recommend Sugarbeet or Tortugas, a seafood Carribean restaurant.

Best Patio: I love Martini’s patio – the restaurant is inside a transformed 1890’s home and you should ask to sit outside. I think they’re really best for the cocktails and small plates (less on the dinner side). The West Side Tavern, a neighborhood gastro pub that has most of their seating outside under twinkling lights and amongst the trees. It’s really cozy. A little different vibe, but the Pumphouse has a patio that is always packed (doggies allowed) and straightforward pub food/sports bar vibe.

Coffee Shop: There are a plethora of coffee shops in the area, but my favorites are: Luna Cafe in a quaint house on a park, where they bake pastries fresh everyday, have great espresso, many gluten-free and vegan options, and a small selection of used books. It’s a great gathering spot. Cavegirl Coffeehouse in Prospect is newly opened in 2018, but they have ample space for meetings (even conference rooms for phone calls/meetings), and Paleo snacks, lunch, and coffee all made in-house, as well. Everything is organic and gluten-free. I name these two for their uniqueness, feeling as if there aren’t other coffeeshops quite like them in town.

Favorite Guilty Delivery: Tasty Asia delivers, even on those cold snowy nights, and I just really just like their Chinese food (guilty pleasure for sure). Not all delivery companies are in Longmont, but DoorDash is, so I recommend taking a look there.

Asian Food: China Gourmet has been in Boulder for years. It’s legitimate Chinese food (look for Chinese only menu) and was cash only in Boulder. They opened another outpost in Longmont, a little off the beaten path, but in a large space in South Longmont. It’s great food and not too heavy. Jai Thai is another favorite offering homemade Thai food. Their avocado curry is a unique item I recommend ordering. Flavor of India has solid Indian food that I’ll often do for pickup on some nights.

This list is ever growing. What are your favorites in Longmont? I hope you enjoy!

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Grace’s Favorite Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Products

by Grace Boyle on June 18, 2018

Lately, I’ve been eating Paleo focusing on no gluten, no dairy, very little-to-no grains, and largely removing (complex) carbs and sugar. It’s a doozy.

I’ll get more into how I’m feeling and healing in another story, but I do feel lucky that in 2018 there are a lot of brands and products out there that offer healthy, allergen friendly, and alternative foods that are good for you.

As of late, I wanted to include some of my favorite products that have been helping me reset as they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in sugar (this is such a feat, have you looked at sugar levels on labels lately)?

Insane.

My naturopath shared that in present day, a five-year-old will have consumed as much sugar by the time they’re five, as someone in their entire lifetime, that was born at the turn of the century.

In no particular order:

Beanfields: This is my special snack that I don’t have frequently, but if I need a crunch and don’t want to miss out on BBQ time, I bring on the Beanfields Barbecue chips. They’re plant based chips that have 4 grams of protein and fiber per serving. The best part is it’s <1 g of sugar per serving. I also think they’re the most addicting chip I’ve ever had. Not to mention they happen to be gluten-free, vegan, and are non-GMO. Buy the barbecue, seriously.

Sunshine Burgers: I grew up vegetarian and although I eat some meat today, I don’t do a lot of it (fins and feathers I like to say). It’s hard to find comforting veggie burgers that don’t have some form of gluten or soy but I like the hearty Sunshine Burgers that are gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. There are just a few ingredients: brown rice, ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, sea salt. All organic ingredients.

Amy’s Sonoma Burgers: Another veggie burger I really love is Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger. It also doesn’t have gluten, dairy, or soy. I like how their ingredients are veggies like mushrooms, onions, celery, carrots, quinoa, and walnuts. They crisp pretty nicely in the oven, as well. No they’re not grain-free but I really like having them handy and feel good about the veggie burger option.

Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen: Because I’m not doing much dairy, it’s too hard for me to not have coffee without half and half (the only way for me). So for a little energy in the morning but also helps with less inflammation I love the original flavor and I’ll pour one cup hot water, a scoop of matcha, and fill the rest with coconut milk or almond milk. I like to use a frother. This also works great over ice. It’s $49.00 for a container and lasts me for at least a month, but I have it everyday.

Paleonola: Grain free, gluten-free granola. This is a special treat that I might have as I run out the door since it’s filled with nuts. I missed granola or oats on the gluten-free side and these really hit the spot. I like the original flavor (least sugar).

Forager Cashew Yogurt: I’m sure to get the unsweetened plain version, because the vanilla has upwards of 15g of sugar per serving (which did you know, is around the amount of sugar you should have a day, period)? I love putting the paleonola or blueberries in this yogurt. If you aren’t avoiding sugar like me you could also drizzle a little honey in. I love the protein I get from this and that it’s easy to digest.

Out of the Breadbox: This is a gluten-free bakery in Colorado Springs, so I buy them locally at Alfalfa’s or Natural Grocer’s, however, they ship and have an online store. I’ve tried a lot of gluten-free bread and nothing has compared to the fluffiness. It’s perfect toasted. It was recommended to me by another friend who is gluten-free and I have been really happy with their products.

Bedrock Bakers – Pagels: Now, I know I’m posting some carbs on here, these are items I have maybe weekly or less but it’s still nice to have that backup. I learned about Pagels on Instagram and ordered everything bagels as they’re dairy free and gluten free.

Siete: Siete is probably one of my favorite grain-free, gluten-free brands. I love that it’s family owned and their products are incredible. I bring their chips parties and no one believes the ingredients (they’re made from cassava root and the ingredients are minimal). Although I love all things Siete like their almond flour tortillas, I think my favorite are their lime chips. I’ll never buy another brand of chips.

Wellshire Turkey Bacon: This turkey bacon is a good source of bacon but it’s actually sugar-free (and Paleo). There are just a few ingredients and it’s a breakfast staple for us.

Bulletproof  – Collagen Protein Bites: These are for when I’m traveling or running out the door and need a little something. I suggest the vanilla shortbread. They’re 2g of sugar per bar, and considering bars, is relatively low. The base is a cashew butter so it’s very filling.

Simple Mills Crackers: These are my favorite crackers. Personally, I love the fine ground sea salt. There’s just nuts, seeds, cassava, and some spices. Like Siete, they’re a crowd pleaser and no one wrinkles their nose and says in disdain: “Is this gluten-free??” Nonetheless, Simple Mills has many great products I encourage you check out.

Falafel King – Baba Ganoush: I really like condiments and dips. But focusing on lowering my sugar and also mostly staying away from legumes, it’s hard to find something I can eat. I really like Falafel King’s eggplant baba gannoush. I find it locally in Colorado in Whole Foods but they also sell to other stores which you can find here. In general, a baba gannoush is low in sugar and a Whole30 safe snack to have.

BratHans Chicken Sausage Bratwurst: I like the original as it has 0 grams of sugar and 17 g of protein in one bratwurst. It’s made from organic chicken, as well. 

These are just a few of my favorites. The list always grows and I’m grateful to these purveyors for offering something better and alternatives.

What are your favorites?

Note: This is a not a sponsored post. I just love these brands so much.

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