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)?
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.