Be Kind

KIND bar

One of my favorite mid-morning/afternoon snacks has to be a KIND bar. You will see my favorite variety, Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew, pictured above! (Though they have 22 different bars to choose from, and trust me, I’ve sampled the collection.)

The best thing about KIND products? You can actually recognize all the ingredients on the back! The company is committed to using all-natural, whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. Not all of their products are gluten free, but many are. I picked these babies up and the company Starbucks. Trust me, if I could afford it, I’d buy a case!

What are your favorite bars and snacks?

 

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Alternative Eating | Lo Martinez
exploring gluten-free, paleo & clean eating

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A Taste of KLUTCHclub

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If you know me even remotely well, you’re probably aware that I’m a proud and committed thriftser. I love browsing seasonal sale racks and have come to love the internet’s equivalent.

I first became hooked on two deal sites—Groupon and LivingSocial—during a winter spent in the Chicago area. Recently, as I scrolled through LivingSocial’s national deals, I came across a $1 coupon for a “best of box” from a service called KLUTCHclub.

KLUTCHclub is a monthly subscription service that sends “themed” boxes of holistic health, fitness and wellness products. As with similar subscription services, like the popular beauty equivalent BIRCHBOX, subscribers get to try out and learn about new, niche brands and products that fit their interests.

Even though I’m not big on monthly subscription sites, I thought, “Hey, it’s only a dollar! Whynot?!”

After redeeming my coupon and paying the $8 shipping and handling fee, I anxiously awaiting my health and wellness box’s arrival.

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A few days later, my KLUTCHclub box arrived and I was ready to rip it open and explore the organic, healthy, fit products within.

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As I pulled the items out of the box, I was impressed with the variety of products. Definitely worth the $9 investment! Products ranged from a soy joy health bars to organic energy drinks to a rejuvenating facial cleanser.

Though I haven’t tried out many of the products yet, I’m really looking forward it and plan to keep you all updated with a few product reviews.

Today I brought and “organic flavrz,” an all-natural liquid drink mix to work with me. The flavor is called “boost” and has a citrus-hibiscus taste. It’s USDA and Quality Assurance International certified Organic, non GMO, gluten-free AND delicious. At 70 calories per pouch, it’s a great, low-cal way to add a little extra flavor to your day. One point for KLUTCHclub! 

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Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean “no bread”

Gluten-free french toast made with Udi’s Whole Grain Bread and topped with greek yogurt and GF blueberry granola

When I tell people that I’m gluten-free, I usually get the following response:

“So you can’t eat bread?” (…of course, that’s only in lieu of the alternate response, “What in the world does that mean?!”)

If you are gluten-free, you avoid products with wheat and gluten. Luckily, that doesn’t eliminate all grains and starches (and this carb-o-holic thanks the universe for that)!

Here is a list of some of the grains that even the gluten-free can enjoy:

  • Buckwheat
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
  • Hominy (corn)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Soy
  • Tapioca

But GF’s beware, make sure to read the labels for hidden gluten-y compounds. If you don’t feel like taking the chance, check the packaging for the the GF stamp. Some of my personal favorite brands include Udi’s, Red Mill, Tinkyada (for pasta!), and Glutino.

About Alternative Eating

Welcome to my new blog, Alternative Eating!

If there’s one thing that my finicky stomach has taught me, it’s that not all foods work for all people. I’ve learned that by adopting a specialized diet, a person can experience significantly positive side effects–from weight loss to increased energy and improved mental health. I tried out the gluten-free lifestyle and I’ve (almost) never looked back!

Here’s my theory:

Happy tummies lead to happier lives!

If your diet isn’t working for you, try something new! Explore different diets and ingredients to find the foods and flavors that work best for you. That’s what this blog is all about. Exploratory eating. Alternative Eating.

Here’s to eating, drinking & loving life,

Lo