Today I thought I would talk about another gluten free brand that I eat quite a lot. Udi's is a great brand, especially for their bread products which taste the most similar to real bread in my opinion. Here are some of my favorite products from left to right:
Whole Grain Bread: I mainly use this bread to make sandwiches. The only thing that I have noticed with all their bread products is that it tastes much better when toasted, so I will toast up two pieces of bread and make sandwiches for my lunches. It is also good for breakfast as toast.
Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns: Like the bread, both of these taste better when toasted. I have tried quite a few different gluten free brands when it comes to hamburger and hot dog buns and these are by far the best taste wise. My only complaint with these (and other gf) buns is that there is a lot of bread and it is very heavy; I usually can only get through half of whatever it is I am eating before I ditch the bun altogether.
Plain Bagels: I really love bagels and it was hard to give up when I went gluten free, luckily I found these not too long after I switched my diet and I am happy that I did. These are really great toasted for breakfast with dairy free cream cheese or as a sandwich for lunch.
Pizza Crust: This is my most used product from Udi's by far. I use one at least once a week whether I am making a vegan pizza or toasting up like a pita to eat with with hummus these are constantly in my freezer.
Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies: These are a relatively new product from Udi's and they are quite good. I have said in previous posts that I love anything with peanut butter and coconut too so it was a no brainer to try these and are good as a snack in lunches.
Cinnamon Buns: These are also a good treat every once and a while. What I find great about these is that the icing is dairy free so I do not need to worry about taking lactose pills or getting sick when I have them. Like some of the other bread products, I do find it difficult to finish a whole one by myself so I do freeze these and take out one at a time.
Cherry and Walnut Granola Clusters: I am not sure if these are in Canada yet, I have not looked but I have tried this granola in the states and thought that it was really good. I just ate the clusters as a snack on the go, but this would also be good used as overnight oats for breakfast too!
So those are my favorite products by Udi's. What's your favorite product from this brand? Do you have recommendations for other gluten free brands that you enjoy?
I got back from Vegas late last night and thought I would share some pictures of the trip. I did not take many pictures, so if you follow my instagram there is a good chance that you have alread seen these.
It was a fun weekend and the weather was amazing! Suprisingly eating out was not as hard as I found it to be last year. There were quite a few restaurants with seperate gluten free menus; we had some really good mexican and of course P.F. Changs, I even had pizza yesterday afternoon with dairy free cheese which was awesome! I did quite a bit of shopping and splurged on a Ted Baker dress which I am excited about wearing. On Monday night we went out to XS to see Skrillex and Diplo play and they put on a great show, it was cool to see them play in a smaller venue for a lot cheaper than what I have paid to see them at home.
It is now back to normal life and counting down the days until Hawaii in October. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends as well!
It is a difficult thing for me to be saying farewell to someone that has always been there literally through the good, the bad, and the UGLY in my life. It is hard to put into words the emotions because on one hand it is not easy for me to let go but on the other I am excited for what the future has in store in both of our lives. When I look back at the memories we have shared, I am so so grateful that I had someone to grow up with as close as we were and I keep those memories close no matter where life takes us.
Part of becoming an adult is accepting that things change and people come in and out of our lives for a reason; as long as you can look back with a smile and hopefully a few laughs then that is what truly matters.
I am super excited that Brandy Melville is now open in the mall. I was in Hawaii the first time I went to one of their stores and instantly fell in love with their clothes. Here is my current wish list from left to right:
Alexa Sweater $59
Alexis Kimono Top $39
Chandler Hoodie Top $29
Mariana Knit $59
Matilda Tank $15
Quinn Elephant Embroidery Top $24
Rasia Stay Weird Tank $21
Heather Skirt $22
and Maya Dress $38
All prices are in USD
I have never been big on New Years resolutions, however at the beginning of 2014 I wrote down a list of things that I wanted to accomplish over the course of the year. At the top of the list was making sure that I started to do one or two things a month that was outside of my comfort zone.
For me it can be difficult to break out of this zone in fear that I will get judged and it has (and still is) been a process to learn not to care what others think. I have always been a very shy person and it is hard for me to tell people how I am feeling; as I grow as a person though this is becoming an easier thing to do. In the past six months (we are already half way through the year?!) I feel like I have been able to do things that have helped me start to accomplish this resolution.
In February I started a new job. This was for me, a very scary thing to do as I had become very comfortable managing a retail store. While it was a great experience overall where I do feel that I learned a lot..it was not something that I felt like doing long term. In getting a job that was so different than what I was used to, it forced me to break out of my comfort zone fast and it has been a great experience so far.
While that has been the biggest push, I have also done smaller things as well like run a race, planned a trip at the end of June without my family, have gotten to a place where I am comfortable to date again, participated in work events that last year there is no way I would have done and started this blog. While these things may seem small to some, the little things add up and I feel that I have come a long way even since the beginning of this year.
Obviously me writing this post does not mean that I am going to stop pushing myself to have new experiences and to say yes to things that introduce me to new people and adventures; it is important to just let go sometimes and try new things and I am excited to see where the next six months take me.
What are some experiences that you have had that helped push you out of your comfort zone?
This little weiner dog is determined to get the blow up shark in his crate and it is adorable. I hope you all have a good weekend!!
All Saints is another one of my favorite high end brands. If I had an unlimited budget, a lot of money would be spent here. They make amazing leather jackets and shoes. Here is my wishlist for the week from left to right:
Aura Top $125
Eyes Sweat $125
Flora Crew T Shirt $88
Flora Mortis T Shirt $140
Itita T Shirt $215
Mortis Aura Top $125
Portere Parka Jacket $468
Hide Monument Jacket $540
Koko Boot $418
Kurve Heel Boot $418
Vespers Boot $358
Flora Mortis Limited Ed. 3 Scarf $178
All prices are in USD
There are many gluten free brands available at the moment which makes going to the grocery store a bit more enjoyable. Out of the brands that are out there, Enjoy Life Foods is one of my favorites.
This brand is free from the 8 most common types of food allergens. While at first I was a bit hesitant because sometimes even taking away one common allergen can effect the taste of the product, I have not been disappointed with anything that I have tried of theirs.
Another thing that is great about this brand is that it is easy to find in most grocery stores and some drug stores as well which is convenient. Unfortunately I have noticed that not everything is at one place so if you are looking for something specific sometimes you do have to go out of your way to get the item but I think that it is worth it.
Pictured above are some of my favorites (from left to right):
Dill & Sour Cream and Margarita Pizza Flavored Plentils-These crunchy lentil chips are actually so good. They have lots of flavor and are hard to not eat the whole bag in one go! These tend to be pricey (a lot of gluten free products tend to be) but are an awesome treat.
SunButter Crunch Bars-I love any nut butter flavored thing and these are no exception. They are soft and chewy but have rice crisps in them to add a bit of crunch. These are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Sugar Crisp Cookies-It is hard to find a gluten free cookie that does not taste awful (unless you make them yourself) and so far these are the only ones that I have liked. They are super crunchy and taste really good. Definitely recommend if you are on a gluten free diet.
Boom Choco Boom Bars in Dark and Milk Chocolate-I love chocolate, and it was difficult to give up when I stopped eating dairy (who doesn't love chocolate?!), so when I discovered these I was so excited. It tastes exactly like regular in my opinion..I honestly cannot tell the difference.
So those are my favorites from Enjoy Life Foods. If you have tried this brand, what are your favorite products?