Every Friday there is a farmers market within walking distance from my apartment, but I rarely go because it closes at 11am and I'm usually still sleeping (I'm a night owl and don't go to bed until 3 or 4am)! However, since I've been eating so much produce recently I decided it's worth getting up "early" at 10am and making it a weekly trip. Today I made my first trip there in a while and bought a bunch of delicious, local food that will last me about a week - all for less than $30! The best part is, most things at the farmer's market are naturally free of gluten, soy, refined sugar, and oil (unless you buy pre-made food like bread).

I realized that I'm often writing about what I don't eat: I don't eat gluten, I don't eat soy, I don't eat refined-sugar, I don't eat oil. People probably think I'm depriving myself! Sure, I post recipes and list what I consume everyday, but I feel like it's time I highlight all the amazing food I do eat. Check out this video of all the organic produce I picked up today and stay tuned for the recipes I'll use them in later this week.



Here's a list of what I bought:

  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Daikon Radish
  • Carrots
  • Bok Choy
  • Beech Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Mixed Greens
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
Keep in mind these are just the items I bought at the market today - they do not include any of the grains, seeds, nuts, or spices I use, or any other produce I've purchased recently.


Have any good recipe ideas for these ingredients? Comment below to share! : )
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Thursday, 22 April 2010 18:12

Purely Elizabeth: gluten-free pancakes

Following the gluten-free diet may seem daunting, but it's easier than you might think and completely worth a shot. You can enjoy many fun foods, like pizza, ice cream, and all sort of baked goods. A great example is Purely Elizabeth, which offers lots of baking mixes. I was really excited to try the Perfect Pancake Mix, but unfortunately I had a hard time with them - they fell apart in the pan and didn't look very pretty. However, they tasted delicious - very hearty and satisfying. The mix is sugar free, so you can add your favorite sweetener (agave is suggested). I'm definitely willing to give them another go - maybe I'll try a different type of oil, egg replacement, pan, or add more liquid.

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I AM GRACEFUL (INDIAN BIRYANI BOWL) from Cafe Gratitude


You've probably seen me writing about eating gluten-free (GF) recently, but I'm excited to report that I've been GF for almost 2 weeks and I feel AMAZING! Mainly, I have more energy, my body seems lighter and less bloated, and my skin is clearing up.

I was inspired to reduce the amount of gluten I ate when my best friend Sarah started doing it on our trip to Maui. I'm always looking for ways to eat healthier, and I've felt guilty about eating a lot of bread and pasta for a while. Sarah showed me how easy it was and how many GF options were available, especially in L.A. We made delicious pancakes from The Cravings Place, ate GF pizza at 3 different restaurants (Pizza Fusion, Z Pizza, and Fresh Brothers), found options at Veggie Grill, etc. etc.

My real commitment to going gluten-free started on my tour with vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, who was promoting his new book: Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness (check it out, it's amazing). I brought up the GF idea and he was interested, so we decided to give it a try because we both wanted to feel our best during the intense trip. Within a day we were both feeling a difference and got really excited about it. We also decided to avoid soy as much as possible, which made us feel even better. I think it's a great testimonial that a bodybuilder is living a gluten-free, low-soy, vegan lifestyle! In fact, some of his friends built themselves up on a completely raw diet.

See the slideshow below of the delicious gluten-free food we had in Oregon, Washington, and California. More details and videos soon to come.

I'll keep you posted on my progress. If you're interested in what I've been eating, check out the What Whitney Ate Today section of this site.

You also may be interested in a recent post I wrote about whether the gluten-free diet is a fad, a rare allergy, or a serious issue for everyone. Please share your thoughts with me on how you feel about the matter.

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Thursday, 08 April 2010 06:11

Eco-Vegan Eats in Portland, OR


I have only been in Portland for a day, but I have already done so much and I'm having a blast! I'm making videos of it all, but it may take me some time to get them up, so here's a summary in the meantime. 

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I feel like I don't need to write much more after you see that picture of the cinnamon rolls - you probably just want to know where you can get them! But let me assure you that they are delicious!!! Even though they are a week old already, they still taste very fresh, semi-moist, and flavorful. The sugar frosting is just right and there's a perfect amount of cinnamon. The Baby Bites are the great size, but you'll probably end up eating two or three (good thing there are 12 in a box!). To top it all off, they're gluten free!  
 
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A few weeks ago, Veggie Grill in El Segundo started testing some new menu items with Daiya cheese. The combination of Veggie Grill and Daiya was too good to ignore, so I headed over last night and tried all 3 dishes: Uptown Nachos, V-Cheeseburger, and Mac-n-Cheese.

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