Gluten Free Pre- and Post- Race Snacks

Gluten Free Racing

This year, I decided to invite my extended family to participate in the Naperville Turkey Trot, an annual 5k race the morning of Thanksgiving!
Bright and early, I rallied with 4 of my favorite family members and headed to the starting line. Two of my siblings, Daniel and Kirsten, breezed through the race, which also happened to be their first! **Proud sister moment**

Naperville Turkey Trot

You might be wondering, what are good pre-/post-race snacks for someone following a gluten-free diet! I mean, aren’t you supposed to carbo-load?!
Well I’m happy to share a few yummy, GF, options!

Gluten Free Pre Post Race Snacks

Naturally Gluten Free
1) Banana with peanut butter
2) Low-fat Greek yogurt and berries
3) Strawberry-Banana smoothie
4) Cottage cheese and fruit

Show me the CARBS! (pictured above)

I can’t say it enough! There are tons of gluten free breads, pastas, muffins, etc. out there! Here are four great options to start or end a race:

1) Udi’s “Mighty Bagel
2) Udi’s Harvest Crunch Muffins
3) Toast made with Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
4) GF LaraBars

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

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Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts

This bag of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest was included in my Best of Box from KLUTCH Club.

Now, it’s featured on this week’s grocery list.

I had seen a lot of use of chia seeds on health blogs recently, but I was unfamiliar with the taste or texture hemp seeds and what they could be used in/what health benefits they possessed. I was pretty excited to try them!

Hemp hearts are the inner kernel of the hemp seed (sans the hard outer shell). They have add an interesting texture and a distinctly nutty flavor to whatever they are added to.

The hearts are rich in omegas, protein & fiber. Nuts.com even refers to hemp hears as “one of the world’s most nutritious seeds.” The bag suggests to “Sprinkle hemp hearts on salads, or add to cereal, yogurt, in baking or even into smoothies!” I loved mixing it into my Greek yogurt for breakfast.

hemp heart nutritional information

 

 

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

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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