Let’s Talk Live! Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Heart Health On the Go

Earlier this week, I was given the opportunity to appear on Let’s Talk Live!, a DC-based morning talk show, to share some thoughts about dealing with food allergies in the home and when on the go.

For this appearance, I focused on gluten free, vegetarian, and heart healthy diets. Check out the video below to see the segment!

For this segment, I featured four different brands that have a variety of great gluten free, heart healthy, and/or vegetarian options that are easy and delicious for busy families.

1) Garden Lites

All the products from Garden Lites have less than 200 calories and provide 2 servings of vegetables. My favorite is the pizza – it’s gluten free, vegetarian, and the crust is made with cauliflower and brown rice! Delicious. These would be great for an afternoon or after school snack, or for lunch with a side of salad and/or some fruit and yogurt.

2) Pirate’s Booty

These chips are gluten free (corn-based), baked, and not fried – they have half the calories of potato chips and 130 calories for one serving. They have a great crunch, too!

3) Georgia Pecans

Pecans are a great gluten free heart healthy choice as a snack – about a handful is a good portion size. They are also are high in antioxidants and a good source of protein!

In addition to snacking on them raw, you can also try crushing the nuts and using them as a crust on baked fish. It’s a great alternative for those who like the crunchy crust that a breaded fish has but can’t tolerate gluten!

4) Qdoba Mexican Grill

If you’re on the go and you need something vegetarian or gluten free, Qdoba can be a great choice and I love that everything is made fresh right in front of you so you can customize your meal. They also have a menu builder online that shares all the nutrition and allergen information of their ingredients so you are prepared before you arrive. My favorite is their “craft 2″ menu – you can pick two options and together they have less than 600 calories total.

Just a note: gluten free diets are certainly a hot topic right now and I wanted to add that they are not recommended for weight control, but for those who have a real gluten allergy (Celiac’s disease) or intolerance. If you think you might have a gluten allergy or intolerance, check with your doctor or healthcare provider on the next steps – they will be able to test you to confirm it.

What are your favorite tips for eating gluten free, vegetarian, and/or heart healthy on the go?

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my participation in this media segment, but not for the blog post. 

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