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Gluten Free Chip Discovery

The hubby LOVES his chips no matter how carb conscious we are. It’s his weakness. Not only does he love them but like most people, adhering to the actual serving size is near impossible. Because of this we started looking for a chip of a “lesser evil” for him.

While I’m not opposed to having yummy crunchy snacks in the house, I lean toward homemade snacks like my homemade granola because most store bought snacks have too many ingredients that I don’t like or for that matter can’t even say.

It’s taken time and lots of experimenting with different brands, ingredients, flavors, etc.  But through all of that, we not only found a “lesser evil” but we found a chip that’s not evil at all!

(For the record, I am not being compensated in any way shape or form for these reviews, this is just my honest opinion)

Behold our Gluten Free Chip Discovery!

These chips not only solve the healthy ingredient preference but also the “serving size” dilemma and each of these 2 brands of chips are Gluten Free.

Van’s Gluten Free Multigrain Chips

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Our first favorite chip discovery is from Van’s.  Our favorite flavor is Nacho Nacho Man. This chip has so much going for it.  The stats might not leave you thinking these are very tasty but let me tell you – THEY ARE AWESOME!  They do not taste like cardboard, they have awesome flavor and are airy and light.  Check out these stats and you’ll be thinking “how can something with stats like that be yummy?”:

  • Loaded with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth
  • 18 grams nutrient rich whole grains
  • Gluten Free Certified
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • No hydrogenated or GMO oil
  • Corn Free
  • Cholesterol Free

Impressive stats huh?  What even better is that the whole bag is 5.5 ounces so by the hubby’s standards equals “1 Serving Size per Hubby“. So if your snacking gets away from you, it could be way worse.

They cost a little more than the typical potato chips but we look at them as a once in a while treat. They are way better than any fattening, greasy, hydrogenated oil laden potato chip, not only nutritionally but they taste awesome!

We savor these and eat them slow because they are so good.  They melt in your mouth.  They also have a BBQ version too.

Simply 7 Quinoa Chips

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Our second favorite chip discovery is by Simply 7.  We absolutely love these Cheddar Quinoa Chips.  They have a different texture than the first chip.  They are firmer and the texture reminds me of a bugle chips, remember those?

I love the nutritional stats of this chip too.

  • Gluten Free Certified
  • Non-GMO Project Verified (nothing genetically modified)
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • No Preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher
  • 9 grams of protein

This bag is a little smaller at 3.5 ounces which again falls into the “1 Serving Size per Hubby”.  They have an awesome crunch and are super satisfying.  Strong enough for your favorite Greek yogurt dip too.

Neither one of us are gluten sensitive either, which goes to show that you don’t need to limit your choices just because it’s labeled gluten-free. There is no taste sacrifice with these chips. Delicious is delicious.

There you have it.  The clouds have parted. Now go do a victory lap around the house with a bag in each hand, speaking in tongues because you can have your chippity chips again!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coconut Vanilla Quinoa (Gluten Free)

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Coconut Vanilla Quinoa (Gluten Free)

Curious what quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is?  Let me give you a brief run down.

  1. Quinoa is a seed, not a grain.  Because it is a seed, it’s a wheat-free, gluten-free “grain”.
  2. Quinoa has more high quality protein than a lot of meats.  In fact it’s a complete protein meaning it provides protein, fiber and essential amino acids.
  3. Quinoa is filling, easy to prepare, can adapt to so many different flavors making it extremely versatile.  It’s so incredible that according to the Inca culture they refer to it as the Mother Grain (even though it’s a seed).

So now that you know a little about this ‘superseed’, let me tell you how I prepared it for breakfast this morning.  I saw this recipe at one of my favorite blogs and tweaked it a little.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of organic quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of organic ‘lite’ coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut (I used sweetened)

Directions:

Combine 1/4 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup of coconut milk.  Bring to a boil.  Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg.  Cover and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

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If you find that the quinoa is getting too dry, add a tbsp of coconut milk at a time.  If you have added too much, just simmer for a few minutes longer.  Quinoa isn’t complicated at all.

Once its done, serve warm like you would oatmeal, stir in a little vanilla extract and top with a little coconut.

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Quinoa tips:

  • Whatever amount you want to cook, always double the amount of liquid.  Example: 1 cup of quinoa requires 2 cups of whatever liquid you use because it will absorb double its size.
  • If you use a 1/4 of a cup uncooked, it will yield a 1/2 cup cooked.  Like I said, it doubles in size.
  • Quinoa is frequently served as a side dish.  Instead of using coconut milk, use chicken or beef broth, add some scallions, chopped up mushrooms or whatever suits your taste.  You can even mix cooked quinoa with turkey and stuff peppers with it.  Quinoa is one of the most versatile, adaptive grains I eat.
  • A 1/4 cup of quinoa has only 166 calories, 3 fat grams (no saturated fat), 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.  Sounds pretty darn perfect to me.

Next time you are looking for a seed disguised as a grain, bypass that pasta or rice and make this one small change that will make a big difference.

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Doesn’t that look delicious?