Oh boy. It’s been a while. Since I’ve

Oh boy. It’s been a while. Since I’ve been gone, I’ve made some winners and losers. Don’t lose faith in me. I’ll be back soon with recipes for GF versions of red velvet cake, molten chocolate lava cake, chocolate chunk cookies, and more!

Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie

I’m always in a specific predicament — figuring out what to do with bananas that are about to go bad. My kids never eat them fast enough, and before you know it, the bananas are more brown than yellow. So I’m always game to finding new ways to use them before I lose them.

Oatmeal SmoothieOne way I use them is in smoothies.  Lately I’ve been reading about oatmeal smoothies, and thought I’d try one out, thinking it would be a nice balanced breakfast alternative. With protein, fruit, calcium, and carbs, this is a pretty well-rounded smoothie, if I do say so myself.

It’s not super-sweet, but then again, it shouldn’t be. And it does have a texture to it. I have a Ninja blender and mine came out pretty smooth, but it does still definitely have some “meat” to it with drinkable small pieces of oats and almonds.

Nora wasn’t a huge fan, but didn’t really give it a fair chance, with her sip the size of a pea. Sophia drank a whole glass, and actually said, “It tastes like breakfast!”

A 12-oz serving is a perfect breakfast or snack, and a healthy alternative to all that processed gluten-free cereal. And this one is sure to help stave off the cravings!

Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie
Makes about 2 12-oz servings

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop gluten-free protein powder
14 dry roasted low-sodium almonds
1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
Dash of cinnamon

Directions:
This one is pretty easy. Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Nutrition: According to the recipe calculator I used on myfitnesspal.com, one serving equals: Calories: 238; Carbs: 35g; Fat: 7g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 15g

Try different combinations to find an oatmeal smoothie that will fill you up!

P.S. Peel and freeze your “almost bad” bananas for future smoothies!

Erbert & Gerbert go gluten-free

Never heard of the sandwich chain Erbert & Gerbert? Me neither, until this morning. Sitting in traffic, on my way to the airport this morning, I relaxed in the back seat and read USA Today. I’m not really a newspaper reader, but traffic was bad and the driver was silent so I gave it a shot.

Much to my delight, I found a small article on page 5B of the Money section that states this awesomely named sandwich chain is now offering 3 GF soups and Udi’s GF bread to prepare their sandwiches with. They also have dedicated GF equipment to help avoid cross contamination. Although if Erbert & Gerbert is anything like Panera, I might be reluctant to eat there with all the other gluten flying around. Regardless, its great to see another restaurant chain catering to the GF market in their offerings.

Do you have an Erbert & Gerbert near by? Will you try their new GF foods? Let us know how they are!