Author: Brianna

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles {GF, Top 8 Free Optional}

Though summer months scream for ice-cold goodies, I’m a fan of frozen recipes all year!

What if I told you I have a low carb, gluten free, top 8 free {optional} new recipe that could transform your breakfast with 3 simple ingredients and 6 steps?

Introducing Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles!

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

Stop by your local Target, Dollar Store, Walmart, etc. and grab some inexpensive popsicle molds, then head on over to your local grocery store for one container of your favorite berries, a bag of your go-to granola, and 2 personal icups of your typical yogurt.

These healthy day-starters were made with So Delicious vanilla coconut yogurt, which not only makes this a beautiful top 8 free recipe but also does not have an overwhelming coconut taste {which can be a palate turn-off for some, including me!}

And though I made these for breakfast, you can change out the granola for something like Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips to make these bad boys for a grabbable evening treat!

Check out the recipe below and give them a try!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Popsicles
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Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

A frozen tasty treat to start your day that is low carb, gluten free, and top 8 free optional!

Course Breakfast
Servings 1 tray

Ingredients

  • 1 tray popsicle molds
  • 1 package berries {any kind, but I used strawberries!}
  • 2 containers yogurt {any flavor, but I used vanilla!}
  • 1 cup granola {choose your favorite!}

Instructions

  1. Wash berries and slice into thin pieces {blue/black/raspberries in half, strawberries in thirds}

  2. Fill popsicle molds halfway with yogurt.

  3. Add 3-4 pieces of fruit, aligning to outside edge of mold.

  4. Fill until mold is 3/4 full with yogurt.

  5. Add granola on top until mold is full and push granola slightly into yogurt.

  6. Add cap/stick to the molds and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

Take out popsicles about 10 minutes ahead of serving so you can pop them out easily!

*This post is an entry to the So Delicious + Go Dairy Free Frozen Fridays Recipe Contest*

Food Freedom + A Perfect BBQ Side Dish!

*This post has been sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods for their Food Freedom campaign; all opinions are my own.*

Veggie Platter

When people hear about my food restrictions– waiters, new friends, program staff– I’m often met with a “wow, I could never do that.” Heck, it’s the basis of this very blog. And I get it– imagining a diet that is strictly gluten free, low carb, and free from peanuts, shellfish, soybean oil, eggs, and lactose sounds overwhelming. And sometimes– it is.

However, after decades of learning from my fearless mom and with the introduction of brands like Enjoy Life Foods that take away the need to read yet another label, I can proudly celebrate American freedom this week alongside some semblance of personal food freedom.

Whether it’s a Seed and Fruit Mix snack pack for a low blood sugar, a snack pack of chocolate morsels, or the only gluten free, egg free brownies that not only hold up–but taste delicious– Enjoy Life has given me many things to celebrate.

I want to share a bit of wisdom my mom always shares with me: though it’s easy to feel the presence of darkness, there is always light and you must simply put yourself in it.

Though hefty food restrictions can cast a dark shadow, there are beautiful brands like Enjoy Life Foods that bring a beam of light.

If you can believe it, there are now seven Plentils® flavors to enjoy! I grabbed a bag of Thai Chili Lime to create this fun, new recipe for your BBQs this summer: Plentil®-Seasoned Roasted Veggies!

All you need is a bag of your favorite flavor chip, a coarse grinder {can dump out any spices inside–they usually unscrew!}, olive oil, salt, and veggies of your choosing.

Plentil Grinder

 

Plentil®-Seasoned Roasted Veggies

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Category: Side Dish

Yield: As desired

Plentil®-Seasoned Roasted Veggies

Use your favorite chips to perfectly season roasted veggies!

Ingredients

  • - Veggies {choose any veggies you love-- I used onion, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, corn, and carrots! Quantity depends on intended number of servings}
  • - 1/2 c. olive oil
  • - 2 tbsp. coarse Kosher salt
  • - 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cayenne
  • - 1 bag Plentils®, flavor of choice
  • - 1 coarse grinder {can remove spices inside} or large plastic bag

Instructions

  1. Slice veggies and soak corn in water bath for 10-15m, if including.
  2. Put in large bowl with 1/4 c. olive oil and Kosher salt; toss to coat evenly.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high.
  4. Put Plentils® in grinder {or in plastic bag and crush with back of measuring cup} and add cayenne.
  5. Cook veggies on grill until grill marks appear {if cooking carrots, create foil pack}-- 5m for peppers/zucchinis/squash, 15m for corn/onion, 20m for carrots from raw. Brush with remaining olive oil while cooking and grind Plentils® over veggies while on grill.
  6. Remove from heat and add more Plentils® seasoning on top.
  7. Plate and serve hot or room temp!
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/07/roasted-veggies-chip-seasoning/

 

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Meal Ideas with Hilary’s Eat Well + GIVEAWAY!

*This post has been sponsored by Hilary’s Eat Well; all opinions are my own*

As we get close to the end of Celiac Awareness Month 2017 {including a Food Allergy Awareness Week}, I wanted to highlight a brand that is incredibly committed to our communities: Hilary’s Eat Well.

Hilary’s prides itself on being “Eating Well Made Easy“– the site describes their brand as “… making delicious, culinary-inspired foods using real, minimally processed ingredients that are free from common allergens. It’s convenience you can feel good about.”

Well, dang.

Bloggers around the world make gorgeous meals with Hilary’s products every day– their Instagram is living proof!–with any one of their vegetarian/vegan/gluten free/top 8 free bites, burgers, holiday stuffings, millet blends, veggies sausages, or dressings.

I want to share a couple meals I made in the last few weeks with the bites and burgers, though their Apple Fennel dressing is a personal salad-topping fave.

{Also, look forward to a bigger collab with them soon– just a little teaser!}

First, I used the Original Bites as a fun side for homemade meat sauce {easy to make, perfect to freeze for future meals!}– they made the dinner a little more fun and added a low carb side!

 

Hilary's Bites + Meat Sauce

 

I also made the Root Veggie and Kimchi {!} Burgers for my entire family as a side to turkey stuffed peppers. Because I never eat straight rice due to blood sugar response, my stuffed peppers lack the typical starch! Hilary’s Burgers made for a perfectly allergy and blood sugar friendly side– though I want to stick them on the grill next time instead of the oven {yes, they can be grilled!}

 

Hilary's Burgers + Stuffed Peppers

These are just TWO ideas for using Hilary’s products— they’re so versatile you’ll find yourself incorporating them into any meal plan! Want to stock up your freezer and pantry with Hilary’s goodies?

Want to stock up your freezer and pantry with Hilary’s goodies? Who wouldn’t!

Check out my Instagram for your chance to win!

Oh, how about an extra entry into the giveaway? Give me a quick meal idea using one of Hilary’s amazing products in the comments by next Friday, June 2!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Myabetic Review + Coupon Code!

{Alright, ADSG followers. It’s been awhile. I know. But I’m back!}

I’m switching gears from the GF scene a little bit here to highlight one of my favorite new items in my closet– my Myabetic Cherise Handbag!

As a type 1 diabetic, I carry a ton. Add celiac + food allergies on top, my bag is practically a suitcase with a bottomless pit of supplies, snacks, and standard purse items {yes, I do need my wallet, phone, keys, and lipstick!}

Introducing Myabetic— a line of fashionable, functional purses of all sizes specifically designed to organize all of your diabetes supplies and still look like a high-fashion bag!

I got the Cherise bag in gray {thanks to the Myabetic team!} and I’m in love. I use it constantly and can’t wait to get another bag.

Their team asked me what items I normally carry with me and immediately recommended bags that fit my needs {you can fill out a form on the site to get the feedback on which bag is most worthwhile also!}– and I was thrilled that it was the new Cherise bag, named after the lovely, strong Cherise who started the weekly #doc chats on Twitter. A superwoman like her deserves such an incredible bag named after her!

The bag holds all my d-junk + new Auvi-Q {switched from EpiPen!} + snacks + standard purse items without looking bulky. Beyond that, I was so excited that it opened up just enough to let you test your BG on the go, right inside the bag! Oh, and there’s a little removable zipper pouch for used strips, syringes, etc! Genius.

Sitting next to me at my favorite taco spot!

 

Just enough room to test on the go + look at those perfect organizers!

I worked with Myabetic to get everyone a discount code for 15% off your order– use ADIFFERENTSURVIVALGUIDE and boom, all set!

Feel free to reach out about my experience and I’d be happy to share more 🙂

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

GFAF Expo Schaumburg — Ticket Giveaway!

As many of you know, I’ve attended the GFAF Expo in Schaumburg {NW of Chicago} for many years. You can see my post from last year here!

Each year, as I become a more seasoned blogger/media member, I have a more worthwhile experience at the expo–I attend and look to get a handle on some of the new products and trends in the gluten free + allergy friendly industry right here in my home state {without the expense of getting to Expo West!}.

My greatest recommendation for all those attending:

Seek out the small brands with the little booths. While the bigger, familiar names sometimes seem to have more exciting decor and more samples to offer, as an entrepreneur myself, I can speak to the great grit, passion, and courage it takes these small businesses to enter our community and put themselves out there for critique at an expo.

Last year, I met my now-friends over at SunKrunch Granola. Their granola is now part of my daily routine and I order a shipment from them monthly– all because I took the time to talk to the unassuming booth–just a couple and a sign and some little taster cups.

Interested in attending this year? I have FOUR one-day adult passes for the expo to give away! All you need to do is comment with a brand OR product type you hope to see at the GFAF Expo this year by next Friday, 3/24/17,  and you’re entered to win!

Don’t want to take a chance? You can always get an expo ticket here and major discounts are happening now!

  • 30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 3/21)

  • 20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 4/21)

Go ahead and follow along with the pre-expo hype on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram {GFAFExpo} and don’t forget, I’ll be covering the whole event on my Instagram and Twitter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna