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Lentil Chips: A Healthy Gluten Free Snack

January 12th, 2013
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Plentils by Enjoy Life

Lentil Chips by Enjoy Life

Are you looking for a healthier snack option this new year? Of course fruits and vegetables are always a good gluten free option, but what can you do to satisfy that craving for a crunchy potato chip? Besides being a fatty food, many flavored potato chips contain seasoning that has MSG, and other additives or preservatives. While walking the aisle of my local health food store, searching for a new snack to fill my crunch addiction I came across a fairly new product by Enjoy Life. Plentils!

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Plentils come in four yummy flavors including light sea salt, dill and sour cream, garlic and parmesan and margherita pizza. The first sample I tasted was the dill and sour cream variety. I found the flavor to be quite tasty and the texture airy and crunchy. They reminded me a bit of Funyuns without the grease. Of course Funyuns are gluten free, but they contain MSG, soy flour and ferrous sulfate. I have bad reactions to those three ingredients, but I can happily eat Plentils. They are free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, corn & soy.

A thinner, slightly denser snack option is made by Mediterranean Snacks. Available flavors include cucumber dill, parmesan garlic, sea salt, rosemary, cracked pepper, and roasted pepper. With 110 calories per serving and 70% less fat than potato chips, these lentil chips make for a healthy snack option.

Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips
Cucumber Dill Flavor

Lentils are a superfood. Not only are they a great source of protein and fiber, but they can also help lower your cholesterol. They are a complex carbohydrate that provides a slow burning energy source to fuel your body. They are also a great source of iron, which is often found to be deficient in Lupus patients that have developed anemia1. So power up and eat your lentil crisps!

When comparing flavor, I preferred the seasoning of the Mediterranean Snacks lentil chip brand slightly better than the Enjoy Life Plentils. However the texture of the Enjoy Life brand makes them nice crunchy, airy crisp that is fun to eat. If you were looking for a crisp to dip, I would go with the Mediterranean Snacks brand. Give them a try.

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Download Enjoy Life Plentils Coupon

Download Mediterranean Snacks Coupon

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A Beautiful Day!

March 18th, 2010
Kelly and Corbin at Coolspot

Kelly and Corbin at Coolspot

Last week I had a lot of ups and downs as far as my health goes. Since going gluten-free, not only have I had more energy but my chronic pain has been greatly reduced. I have had a few pain free days which is a major improvement from chronic fatigue and constant pain. Last week I started weening off of Lyrica, but also had a few minor exposures to gluten that led to headaches, constipation, bloating, and muscle stiffness. I am grateful to have had the pain free days I have had.

Today was particularly beautiful outside in northwest Indiana. It was sunny and almost 70 degrees. I enjoyed having the sun kiss my skin as I took the dog for a walk and let the air blow across my face. It felt wonderful to be alive again. I jogged for a little bit with my dog Ginger and felt some pain in my knees. I have all this new-found energy with a desire to run. I use to look at people that were runners and mock them with the thought that you should only run when something is chasing you. I was most likely jealous because I never had the energy, strength or stamina to work my body in such a physical way. Now I can see joy in having the wind on my face.

I’ve been talking to my son a lot lately about how food is fuel for our bodies. It gives us the energy that we need in order to do fun things together. I have always been one to love food, and to overindulge. I could never get my fill and was always planning my next meal instead of enjoying what I was tasting at the time. I am shocked that I now am actually thinking of food as a way to give my body energy, and at this point, nutrients to heal all the cells that have been sadly deficient.

I think what is even more perplexing is that within a day of going gluten-free, I lost all of my food cravings. Before I could eat and eat and eat and never feel full. Now my portions are naturally smaller and I am able to sense when I have had enough to eat. I’ve lost six pound in three weeks and do not feel deprived at all. There is no diet about this. I haven’t been counting calories. I’ve been eating everything I want as long as it has been gluten-free. I’ve had cheesecake, coconut milk ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, brownies and lots of fresh vegetables and meat from a local butcher. I’ve had the best hamburger ever, and tried fennel thanks to gluten-free girl!

Although my grocery bill has quadrupled, my rheumatologist is letting me ween off of Lyrica and my family physician has said that I can most likely come off my SSRI and my medication for GERD! I think this is a pretty impressive recovery which will hopefully lead to less medical costs and ease the blow to my pocket book when I am buying organic foods.

I am struggling right now with feeling like I have an enormous amount of energy, but not enough strength to do everything I want to do. Tonight I took the dog for a walk for the first time in a couple of months and then worked in my flower beds for a half an hour. I know that I have overdone it, but maybe my body will recover more quickly than it has before. In the past I would be stiff for well over a week and a half for doing everything that I did tonight.

Yesterday we celebrated my son’s third birthday. Diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during the pregnancy, the chronic pain has persisted until now. Our lucky and charming little boy has been a joy, but I feel I have missed so much in the past three years. I haven’t been able to be the mom that I had envisioned. In that three years, I can remember many times when I couldn’t even stand a hug, let alone have a little matchbox car raced along my arm because of being in intense pain.

Walking into my doctor’s office and telling him that it hurts when my son barely touches me got me a diagnosis of postpartum depression and a recommendation to start Prozac. Thankfully I was wise enough to switch doctors and ended up getting a referral to a wonderful physical therapist that helped get me stretching enough to relieve some of the stiffness I felt. Lyrica did help me become desensitized enough that I could get hugs, but it has left me feeling sleepy, dizzy and nauseous. Hopefully I won’t have to take that medication any longer after a few weeks.

So even though I overexerted myself today, I enjoyed time with my son and I feel lucky to perhaps finally have found what has been causing my ailments. I may have missed out on interacting much with my son the past three years, but hopefully I will have the opportunity to make up for lost time. Thankfully I have had a wonderfully supportive husband through all of this and I know it has been especially hard for him to watch me suffering. I sometimes don’t know where he has found the energy to take care of everything around the house, work full time and take care of our son every night. I’ve barely been able to get out of bed and go to work for the past three years, and up until going gluten-free was beginning to research getting disability benefits for fibromyalgia.

Discovering this gluten sensitivity is truly life changing and I hope that I just continue to get healthy. I worry somewhat the the past three weeks is just a fluke, perhaps due to a change in the weather. For now I am feeling extremely lucky to have finally figured out what is causing my symptoms. I am glad that I did not suffer 20+ years, possibly doing permanent damage to my digestive system. I am finally getting my life back and that is a beautiful thing.

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Cocoa Loco

March 5th, 2010
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Cocoa Loco Snack Bars boxI will openly admit that I am crazy for chocolate. Before going gluten-free I would just crave it by the mouthful. One of the first things I have had to find a gluten-free substitute for has been snack bars. Unfortunately this is a staple in my diet, as I am a working mother that has been a grab a cereal bar and go type. Being a school librarian and teacher I am pulled in 30 different directions all day and am lucky to be able to sit down and eat a snack while at work. The snack bar is my ultimate convenience food.

Being that I am a chocoholic, the first gluten-free variety I have tried was obviously Enjoy Life‘s Cocoa Loco snack bar, which is labeled as soft and chewy. I found it to be neither of those, but a dry chocolate paste with a weird crunchy rice texture. The flavor isn’t bad, but the texture is just funky. After taking one bite, I threw the rest of the bar in the trash and went to see if either of my coworkers that are gluten-free wanted the rest of the box. They said they tried them and disliked them as well.

I give Enjoy Life props for the labeling of their package. It prominently displays, “Nut and Gluten Free” on the top of the box, with a green seal that states the product is allergy friendly. There is also a symbol for Vegan and Certified Gluten-Free in the bottom right corner of the box. I wish other products would label their products in a more obvious manner.

Although I am not a fan of the Cocoa Loco bars, I have grown to like the Boom Choco Boom dark chocolate bars made by the same companyboom Choco boom snack bar. A better alternative to Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco bars are the Envirokidz Crispy Rice bars. These taste much like a rice crispy treat and are available in a few varieties, chocolate, peanut butter, peanut choco drizzle. I am also becoming a fan of Lara Bars, which have a nice fruity flavor with fresh nuts. Also, I have tried a couple of the Think Thin bars, which seem to be pretty tasty. Regardless of which gluten-free snack bar you choose, I am relieved to be finding some snack bars that actually give me energy instead of making me feel sluggish and nauseous.

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