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Eat Healthy and Save Money This Summer

By June 28, 2016 Gluten-Free Experiences, Gluten-Free Recipes
Gluten Free Healthy Living Tips | Jenna Lento

I’ve been gluten free for over seven years now, and during that time, I’ve went from only wanting to eat preservative-filled gluten-free substitutes to now leading a healthy, balanced diet. With this transition of eating habits, I now focus on buying fresh, whole foods—but we all know that can be tough on the bank account. That’s were Jenna Lento comes in! Jenna was gracious enough to share some of her healthy living tips on my blog. Check ’em out below!

If I had a quarter for every time someone told me eating healthy is expensive, I could pay for this week’s grocery bill. Since money doesn’t grow from comments, I decided it would be best to set the record straight. Yes, healthy food choices can be more expensive, and if not done the right way could cause that monthly grocery budget to bust. Before you break the bank or jump back to your unhealthy habits to save a buck, I encourage you to try these tip to save big by going healthy.

Farmer’s Market

Tis’ the season to get close to your farmer! I have been preaching this since I first started working as a health coach. Your local farmer’s market is the place to save! My husband and I try to utilize our farmer’s market for most of our produce. It’s my favorite way to stock up on fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs, and meat at a lower price. So, why is it less expensive than the grocery store? It’s often because your local farmer from can simply grab the produce and head to the market. This means you are paying the farmer directly, instead of the big companies who often hike up prices. Don’t be afraid to ask the farmer if they have organic crops. Often, farmers will refrain from harsh chemical spraying, but aren’t able to spend the money to carry the USDA Organic label. Practicing these money saving tips mean that you’re supporting the local economy, while saving the environment from carbon emissions that come with transporting goods.

Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Image by Andrew Weber Photography

Buy in Season

Produce tends to be more expensive when not in season. Knowing what produce is in season can help to determine what prices are higher than normal. For out of season choices, choose frozen organic produce. The food is picked and frozen right away to quickly seal in the nutrients. This ensures that you’re still getting the nutritional benefits at a lower cost. Another option is to stock up when produce is in season and freeze it yourself.

Healthy Gluten Free Recipes

Image by Andrew Weber Photography

Join a CSA

A CSA, also known as Community Supported Agriculture is when one invests in a share from a local farm, and in return receives local produce each week. This is definitely becoming more popular, as people are finding they can receive delicious goods picked within the week. This means more nutrients, because produce is usually picked and handed over within the week. There are different shares you can invest in, with different price points. Each week you head to the designated pick up location where the farmer hands off the items you have invested in. Remember, you won’t always know what produce you’ll be given each week. This means you’ll need to be prepared to get creative and maybe even try a few new recipes!

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of extra money. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy and stick within your grocery budget. Plan what recipes you are making for the week ahead, prepare a grocery list, and buy only what you need. If you refrain from spending on the extras, it should balance out. So, start planning, get creative, and don’t be afraid to think outside of the grocery store!

And what makes a guest blog even better from a health and wellness coach? Gluten-free recipes!

 

HYDRATING WATERMELON POPS 

 

Gluten Free Healthy Watermelon Pops

 

This has become one of my favorite summer snacks! It’s the perfect sweet treat for both you and the kids! Ditch the sugary popsicles and try making your own instead! It saves on money, and calories, while cutting out the refined sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed (seeds removed)
  • 1 kiwi (skin removed)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup coconut water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare and measure listed ingredients.
  2. Place ingredients in blender. Mix well.
  3. Place mixture in popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze overnight or for 8 hours.

FARMERS MARKET SALAD + DIJON DRESSING

 

Gluten Free Salad with Dijon Dressing

 

INGREDIENTS

With the local famers market filling up, it’s the perfect time to fill your plate with fresh vegetables. This salad offers your temple a healthy dose of nutrition and flavor! It’s one of my favorite dinners on a hot summers day. Try topping off with grilled chicken breast or salmon for added protein!

Salad:

  • 5 oz. organic baby arugula
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 English cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, roughly chopped

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 pinch of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Salad:

  1. Wash and chop produce according to directions above.
  2. Place in salad bowl and mix well.
  3. Toss with dressing. Serve chilled.

Dressing:

  1. Place ingredients in small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together and toss into salad.

Healthy Living with Jenna Lento

Jenna Lento Healthy Living

Image by Andrew Weber Photography

Jenna believes in the healing and balancing power behind a healthy lifestyle. It’s why she is so passionate about sharing it with all of you. Jenna received a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science from The University of Toledo. She continued her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she received her Board Certification as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. Jenna can be found hosting seasonal health and wellness workshops at Costco, hosting her health and wellness show “Lighten Up” on the Avail Network, and teaching classes at Pure Barre in Toledo. For more information check out Jenna’s health and wellness website at www.JennaLento.com.

 

Farmers Market Salad and Dijon Dressing
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 5 oz. organic baby arugula
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ English cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • 1 pinch of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. SALAD
  2. Wash and chop produce according to directions above.
  3. Place in salad bowl and mix well.
  4. Toss with dressing. Serve chilled.
  5. DRESSING:
  6. Place ingredients in small mixing bowl.
  7. Whisk together and toss into salad.

 

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Gluten Free in Costa Rica

By April 27, 2016 Gluten Free in Costa Rica, Gluten-Free Travels
Traveling Gluten Free in Costa Rica

If you follow me on any social channel, you’ve probably realized that I am in Costa Rica this week, currently staying at Arenas del Mar hotel in Manuel Antonio. I’ve visited Arenas del Mar before, but each time I return, both the food and the service get better and better. 

Traveling Gluten Free | G-Free Laura

Arenas del Mar: Safe for Gluten-Free Travelers

Updates since I stayed at Arenas del Mar in November:

> While 85% of the menu is or can be adapted to be gluten free, they now have individual gluten-free menus for guests so I know exactly what I can order—and these menus are not small by any means! 

Gluten Free Menu at Arenas del Mar

> The list of cocktails has evolved. You know I love a good margarita, so it’s awesome that I can return here and get some of the same drinks I had last time, but also some new, interesting mixtures (like pineapple and jalapeño). 

gluten-free cocktails | Arenas del Mar

> They have a homemade gluten-free bun! I ordered room service the other day after some intense hiking, and I was actually able to order the Club sandwich WITH a bun—that DIDN’T fall apart. 

> New gluten-free snacks are stocked in the room every day, so you have something to hold you over between lunch and dinner. I’ve discovered that I’m obsessed with plantain chips. It’s so great to have these small stacks available because oftentimes, gluten-free travelers are stuck eating the same old gluten-free bar to hold us over—where’s the fun in that? Arenas del Mar provides locally-sourced gluten-free snacks so you get to try something new while further experiencing the local culture.

Gluten-Free Snacks at Arenas del Mar

> The warm chocolate lava cake is JUST as delicious as I remember it. Seriously, I’m obsessed with that dessert. 

I encourage you to visit the hotel’s blog to learn more about their gluten-free options, as well as follow them on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter). You’ll definitely be putting this hotel on your bucket list after seeing all they have to offer. 

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