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Hamptons 2020- Gluten Friendly Spots!

This week at home on Long Island I had the opportunity to visit some of my favorite restaurants! It’s so amazing to see an increasing amount of gluten-free and gluten-friendly options popping up on LI. After featuring the AMAZING lunch I had a Lobster Roll in Amagansett on my Instagram, so many of you asked if I could feature more gluten-free options in the Hamptons! I haven’t been back in town in a while, so I enlisted the help of YOU! See below for the submissions my followers sent in!!

But first, I’ll start with Lobster Roll! They’ve had a dedicated gluten-free menu for YEARS! I order the lobster roll (comes on a gluten-free bun, every time!) They also have gluten-free chicken fingers, gluten-free CRINKLE CUT FRIES, great seafood platters, and more. This is a MUST!

I also had the chance to go to my favorite restaurant, Louie’s Port Washington, with my family! I go here EVERY time I am home. They have sooo many gluten-free options, including a gluten-free lobster roll!! My personal favorite entree at the restaurant is their salmon. It is DELISH.

Okay, now for the list you recommended!! Places in bold I have been to myself!! 

Hampton Chutney– Dosas and crepes made from rice
Tate’s – GF ice cream chipwiches
Boa Thai
Joni’s- coffee, smoothies, juices, GF baked goods, healthy deli options and MORE!
Hampton’s Farms
Organic Rush
Sag Pizza
Magic Mix Juicery – GF bread & crackers
Pierre’s
Francesca’s – GF pizza
Amber Waves Farms- Amagansett.
Margarita Grille– Westhampton- GF menu
Naturally Good Foods Cafe- Everyone was commenting this!! Montauk- organic produce, groceries, cafe. GF, vegan baked goods!
Mary’s – cauliflower crust pizza
Ditch Witch
Mambo Kitchen
Babette’s
Carissas
Cittanouva
Serafina – East Hampton. GF pizza & pasta. Many naturally gluten-free options!
Lulus – Cauliflower steak is amazing!
Beacon – Sag Harbor. Naturally gluten free meal options. Great fish!
Mary’s Marvelous- My favorite spot in Amagansett! The veggies are AMAZING!
Edgewater – GF pasta

Funfetti Cake

Well it’s not my birthday, but now I wish it was! Over these last few months, my friends and I have been celebrating birthdays together at homes versus restaurants, which has actually been so nice! Brownies and Blondies are a great dessert always to celebrate, but there is nothing better than a classic birthday cake to celebrate someone you love. We love this confetti cake so much that it’s become a staple… birthday or not!

What You Will Need:
1.5  Cup GF All Purpose Flour PACKED
1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Organic Cane Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
Dash of Salt
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Nut Milk
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Sprinkles!
Dairy-Free Icing!

What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: GF All Purpose Flour, Cane Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt.
In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla, nut milk, melted coconut oil. Add coconut oil last!
Pour wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients, and whisk.
Add sprinkles!
Line a 8×8 tray with parchment paper, and for batter.
Bake for 22.5 minutes.
** COOL ** you can only add icing once the cake is totally cooled off!!
Top with icing and more sprinkles, slice and serve!!

Chocolate Chip Blondies

I am incredibly amazed and overwhelmed at how many of you made and enjoyed my Double Fudge Paleo brownies last month, so much so that I made them several different ways (vegan, oat flour, GF all purpose etc)! Well, several people reached out saying they didn’t have cacao powder on hand and didn’t want to go to the grocery store, which sparked the question, ‘could the brownies work as blondies?!’ Well, my friends, with a couple MINOR adjustments, YES they absolutely can!! And I can’t believe I am about to say this but… I think they are actually BETTER than the brownies!! If you liked my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip cookies then you will absolute love these, too!

Without further ado…

What You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
3/4 Cup coconut sugar
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 T almond milk
1/4 tsp Baking soda
Dash of salt
Dairy-free mini chocolate chips

What You Will Do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine your Bob’s almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, whisked eggs, vanilla, and almond milk.
Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the larger bowl of dry ingredients and incorporate!
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra fudge 🙂
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper, and pour batter evenly into the pan.
Top with chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 minutes, max! Stick a knife in, and when it comes out clean it is good to go!
*** IMPT *** Let it cool completely before slicing! It’s nice and gooey so you don’t want to slice it too soon.

ENJOY!! XX

 

Seed’s Daily Synbiotic

This blog post is sponsored by Seed. All opinions are my own. 

The time has come to announce my partnership with Seed! I’ve been teasing this announcement for over a month, and those who have DM’d me over the years asking what probiotic I take have been in on the secret for quite some time. I am SO unbelievably excited about this partnership; I started taking Seed’s Daily Synbiotic when they first launched and it has done wonders for my overall health. I discovered Seed after learning about it from some of the biggest, most well-respected names in the business (cue Kelly LeVeque, Chris Kresser, and SO many more), and I’m excited to share its magic with you. 

I wanted to write this post and lay down what Seed is, and why I can’t live without their Daily Synbiotic, in a simple and easy to understand way. Talking about ‘probiotics’ and other medical/science terms can get quite technical, and simple products can become confusing. Rather than use a lot of fancy words to describe Seed’s Daily Synbiotic, I’m going to do my best to make this relatable

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Probiotics are live microorganisms that interact with your human cells and existing bacteria in the colon and they are essential for keeping your gut healthy.

GOOD bacteria perform many important functions in our body including:
Helping with digestion
Regulating metabolism
Promoting tissue healing and adaptive immunity
Balancing the pH in the vagina and helps protect from unwanted yeast
Helping break down food and protecting teeth and gums
… AND SO MUCH MORE.

Lesser known but just as important are PREbiotics. Prebiotics are compounds that are biotransformed by bacteria in the gut into metabolites important for health (you can think of them as nutrients used by bacteria to help you thrive).

Seed’s Daily Synbiotic includes probiotics plus prebiotics. That’s right, you’re getting two for one in a single dose.

Why is Seed’s Daily Synbiotic better than other probiotics? Did you know that most probiotics don’t survive the trip to your gut? Seed is specifically designed so that both the probiotics and the prebiotics survive the journey and actually make it to your gut so you can reap the benefits. It has 24 probiotic strains, is validated in 23+ clinical studies, and is gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and free from 14 classes of allergens.

What are the benefits of the Daily Synbiotic?

Eases bloating and constipation
Helps maintain healthy gut barrier function
Promotes heart health
Supports gut immune function, and increases the metabolism of short-chain fatty acids
Supports folate production in the body
Promotes skin health

I’ve been taking probiotics for a total of eleven years, and Seed’s for the last year and a half. I began feeling its benefits instantly and haven’t looked at any other probiotics ever since. Seed is the real deal. NOW LISTEN! Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is very powerful! When you order it, be sure to start with just ONE capsule a day for a few days. Once your body adjusts to the influx of good bacteria into your body, you can up your dosage to the clinically studied dose of 2 capsules a day. If you start at 2 capsules, you may experience some minor discomfort due to acclimation. I take my probiotics first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. 

Okay, wow. That was a lot of info! Please DM me @nobread with any questions you may have! Seed’s scientific care team is amazing too (and can be reached at care@seed.com). Enjoy 15% off your first month’s supply with code NOBREAD. 

xx Nicole 

 

Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

HELLO WELCOME TO THE BEST #GLUTENFREE BROWNIES I HAVE EVER MADE! Seriously. These PALEO, gluten-free brownies are extra fudgey and incredibly indulgent. I’ve asked you all what recipes you want to see more of, and brownies were the overwhelming winner! I hope all are safe and healthy, and while you’re home this week definitely give these a go! xx Nicole

What You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill almond flour
1/4 Cup cacao powder
1 Cup coconut sugar
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp Baking soda
Dash of salt
Dairy-free mini chocolate chips
Sprinkles!

** VEGAN RECIPE- sub out eggs for 2 flax eggs! (2 Tablespoons ground flax meal, 6 Tablespoons water. stir and refrigerate until it sticks together). Cook for 32 minutes at 350. 

** If you do not have almond flour, but you have GF All Purpose Flour, use 1 Cup of All Purpose in place of almond. 

What You Will Do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine your Bob’s almond flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, whisked eggs, vanilla, and almond milk.
Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the larger bowl of dry ingredients and incorporate!
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra fudge 🙂
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper, and pour batter evenly into the pan.
Top with chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Bake for 20 minutes and take a peak. Expect to bake for 25 minutes, max! Stick a knife in, and when it comes out clean it is good to go!
*** IMPT *** Let it cool completely before slicing! It’s nice and gooey so you don’t want to slice it too soon.

ENJOY!! XX

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries

This post is sponsored by Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries!

Who else is SO excited for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season!? Every year I’m in charge of my family’s menu, and EVERY year my Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts grace the menu. This year, however, I have an exciting new twist on my classic recipe.  The twist? Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries! The cranberries are made with REAL fruit, #glutenfree, and add the perfect pop of flavor. I didn’t think my recipe could get any better! Without further ado, enjoy! 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe:

½ lb Brussels Sprouts
2 T Cup Coconut Oil
2 T Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Pecans
¼ Cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
Salt, pepper, CINNAMON

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

To prepare the brussels sprouts- trim the stem end and remove the outermost leaves of the sprouts and cut in half. 

Add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with 2T coconut oil and cook at 400 for 20 minutes and flip. Add 1 T of maple syrup, pecans, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 more mins. TASTE. Add 1T more maple, cinnamon, etc. Cook for 10 more minutes, or until desired level of crisp. 

Serve!

 

Nashville

When I travel, I realize how spoiled I am by the healthy food options in LA and NYC. For instance, MATCHA, which is EVERYWHERE in LA, is a rarity in Nashville! And Whole Foods… there is only one!! It’s 15 minutes outside of Downtown Nashville, too! I don’t say this to hate on Nashville… it actually makes me really excited.  The health and wellness scene is just waiting to explode in the city! I feel like it’s going to happen soon, and going to happen FAST. 

Anywho, enough of my ranting, here are my favorite Nashville spots! 

Frothy Monkey

There are 5 Frothy’s in the Nashville area and I am a FREQUENT customer at the 12 South and Downtown locations. I come here for the golden latte- it consists of golden turmeric milk (I go coconut), honey, and is topped w cinnamon + turmeric root. I get it 1-2x a day; IT IS SO GOOD. You have the option to add espresso, but you know I am ‘nocoffee’ and my pro tip is subbing vanilla in for honey. For brunch I order the California: 2 fried eggs over medium, atop 2 slices of sourdough toast (SUB FOR GF BREAD), with an avocado wedge, sprouts, and house-made salsa on the side. Casual, cute, cozy, DELISH; I am obsessed with Frothy!!! 

E+Rose Wellness Cafe

The owner told me Erewhon is his inspo for this little cafe and that’s all he had to say. This is THE ONLY, I repeat, THE ONLY place in Nashville I have found with housemade nut milk (oat/cashew) and fancy add-ons for lattes and smoothies like spirulina, CBD, adaptogens, and more. It is also the only place I have found some of my favorite brands like Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs and HU Kitchen Chocolate bars. They also have a prepared foods refrigerator which is great for grab and go. E+Rose is PAVING the way for wellness in Nashville and I am HERE. FOR. IT.

KoKo’s Plant Based Ice Cream

Vegan AND nut-free ice cream!! The ice cream is 100% organic coconut milk with organic evaporated cane sugar, pink Himalayan sea salt, organic cane sugar syrup, and organic Indian cluster bean. That’s it! They always have multiple gluten-free flavors, and they have gluten-free sugar cones! I had the chocolate and pumpkin spice and they did NOT disappoint! NOTE: The shop is only open AFTER 6PM M-Th. Fr-Sun it opens at 12!

Avo

All it took was for me to see “Avocado Margarita” on the menu and I knew I was SOLD on this vegan hotspot. I was a little nervous- was it going to be a creamy margarita?! Nope! It tastes just like a classic margarita with the perfect hint of avocado. I highly recommend the GF nachos, any of the bowls (you can sub in cauliflower rice), and the raw desserts. Ps, Koko’s is right next door! 

Pinewood Social

This is Nashville’s hotspot. Coffee house in the front, office/lunch vibes in the middle, bowling ally in the back, and an outdoor space, too! You can literally come here for every kind of occasion. No matcha here, but the fried broccoli was bomb!! (Cross contamination risk for my Celiac’s) The Chopped Kale and Baby Greens Salad with salmon are perfect, healthy meal options, too. 

Five Daughter’s Bakery

The donut shop of Nashville has PALEO donuts! NOTE: the donuts are made with gluten-free and paleo ingredients, but it is not a dedicated establishment. The double chocolate was my favorite, but I was BLOWN away by chocolate chip and the vanilla cream situation. The paleo donuts are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free and although flavors are seasonal, paleo options are available year round!

The Thompson Hotel

The most ideal spot to kick off your night. Great drinks, SUNSETS, great vibe, cute guys, and French fries. My kind of spot. 

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is the quintessential brunch spot of Nashville. On the weekends, put your name down and expect to wait a bit… but that’s okay because there is plenty to do and shops to hit over in The Gulch. Order a matcha latte with almond or oat milk while you wait 🙂 My friends and I were basic AF when we went, but we were also hungover so who wouldn’t want eggs, potatoes, and bacon?!

I’m obsessed with Nashville and plan to go many more times in the coming months! I’ll keep this list updated as I go! xox, #nobread

Three Tequila Cocktails for Fall

I just turned THIRTY (WOW, I know…) and in reflecting on this year I noticed a few things:

  1. I don’t go out NEARLY as much anymore. You know– maturity.
  2. My cocktail orders when I do go out have drastically changed. Goodbye to the days of ordering tequila soda lime (with muddled cucumber if I was stepping it up a notch) and hello to chic tequila cocktails with different juices and garnishes infused to make mouthwatering masterpieces.
  3. Nights IN with friends, enjoying a home-cooked dinner while sipping tequila cocktails might be my favorite thing in the world.

And because of all this… I’ve become QUITE the bartender! Skinny Margaritas are my favorite drink to order when I’m out, so it was the first cocktail I HAD to master at home. Today I’m sharing my three favorite tequila cocktail recipes, all made with Nosotros Blanco tequila! For those who missed my announcement last month about my exciting new partnership with the brand, Nosotros is a small, LA-based tequila company serving the HIGHEST quality, gluten-free, craft, premium tequila I’ve experienced to date. Linking them here so you can check out more for yourself, and read a fun interview I did with the team!    

NOBREAD Cocktail Menu:

Note: For each of the cocktails below, simply add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with crushed ice to chill, and strain over ice in a cocktail glass and serve!

Skinny Margarita
1.5 oz Nosotros Blanco
Juice of one full lime
Juice of half medium orange
1 tsp light agave nectar (optional)
salt rim (optional)

Paloma a.k.a. the PaNOma
2 oz Nosotros Blanco
7 oz grapefruit soda
Juice from 1/2 Lime
Grapefruit and fruit to garnish
Pinch of Salt

When I think of Fall and the holiday’s (can you believe they are just around the corner already?!) I think of warm blueberry muffins and blueberry pie. Given I like my margaritas year-round, incorporating blueberries into the mix has been the obvious move this Fall. Introducing my Blueberry Lime-arita.

Blueberry Lime-arita
1/4 cup muddled blueberries + more to add to finished dink
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1 T agave
2 oz Nosotros Blanco
8 oz club soda

To check out more cocktail recipes, visit Nosotros’ Drinks of Choice Page! They added a section for their favorite seasonal drinks! 

Enjoy! xx

P.S. Nosotros can be found at BevMo!, Total Wine and More, Bristol Farms, and Lazy Acres!

 

CINNABUN Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

The Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi QUEEN is back at it again! And this, my friends, might be my best yet. For all who are like me and drool over gluten-free, dairy-free Cinnabun recipes online, but don’t have the time to make them (they’re tough to master!!) this is the perfect, and HEALTHIER, alternative!! Savory meets sweet, and I cannot wait for you all to try it!

What You Will Need:
1 Bag Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
1.5 T Coconut Oil (melted)
2 T Coconut Sugar
Cinnamon

What You Will Do:
Melt 1 T coconut oil in a bowl and toss in 2 T coconut sugar. Stir!
Add the other .5 T coconut oil to the heated skillet.
Add the coconut oil/sugar mixture to the heated skillet.
Add bag of FROZEN TJ’s Gnocchi.
Let is cook for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Flip and mix.
As both sides start to brown, add cinnamon! Amount is up to you… I went pretty heavy!
Let the gnocchi sauté until it is the desired crispiness and serve!

OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies

Introducing the best recipe I have EVER made on NOBREAD. Bold statement, I know, but it’s TRUE. These OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies are PALEO, VEGAN, and GLUTEN-FREE! Like, what?! Without further delay, here is the recipe! Enjoy!

What You Will Need:

  • 6 T Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 T Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips Morsels (medium size)

What You Will Do:

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, coconut sugar, and salt.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla.

Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and combine.

Add chocolate chips… I go extra chocolatey!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with coconut oil. Take a spoonful of dough and place on parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes. Remove and let cool! ENJOY!!
** as badly as you want to eat them STRAIGHT out of the oven, you have to let them cool so they don’t fall apart. They will still be super super gooey!!

Warning- These cookies will melt in your mouth and you WILL be addicted. xo

Mikey’s Pizza Pockets

Anyone else grow up on PIZZA!? And miss their days of eating the gluten-free deliciousness TERRIBLY?! Well your lives are about to CHANGE. Introducing Mikey’s PIZZA POCKETS! You all have seen me RAVE time and time again about how amazing Mikey’s products are (full blog post here!!). Mikey is REALLY giving me something to rave about now! The pockets are GLUTEN-, GRAIN-, DAIRY-, SOY-, AND LACTOSE-FREE, and all wrapped in a crispy hand-held Paleo crust.

The pockets fit in your hand (or in your pocket 😉 ), and are ready in just two minutes when you pop them in the microwave. And unlike other dairy-free cheeses and pizzas, the pockets M E L T in your mouth and have SO much flavor!!

The pizza pockets come in 5 flavors: Pepperoni, Cheese (df, of course), ham & cheese, sausage & pepper, and cauliflower curry. My favorite is the cheese followed by ham & cheese! Which is shocking because I was never really a ham and cheese girl. For my vegetarians, I highly recommend the cauliflower curry!

The pizza pockets are sold at Sprouts, Publix, and more, and for your convenience I have added Mikey’s store locator, here, so you can stop reading this post and GO GO GO get them!! Oh and ps, to my late-night munchers, your late-night eating game just got taken to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! xx #nobread

 

Pomi USA Zoodles!

When I first went gluten-free, I essentially went Italian-free. GF pastas ten years ago weren’t the same as they are today, so I kissed pasta, pizza, chicken parm and more goodbye. In doing so, I kissed tomato sauce goodbye, too! WELLLL, thankfully the GF industry has totally changed, and not only are the pasta and pizza alternatives of today more delicious than their gluten-filled counterparts, but my cooking game in general has gotten A LOT more creative. Let’s just say tomato sauce is BACK in my life and I am so thankful.

Introducing POMI! Packaged in Italy, Pomi tomato products are made with only the best part of real Italian tomato: no seeds, no skin, and no core. They are 100% natural, garden ripe Italian tomatoes and their products don’t use preservatives or citric acid. This is HUGE- additives are what prevent me from purchasing products!! Pomi is also super low in salt, and I’ll cut right to it- frickin delicious! I’ve been using their sauce on anything from my Cauliflower Gnocchi to my newest obsession- Zoodles! Today I’m sharing my go-to meal with you all 🙂

What You Will Need:

3 Cups Zoodles
1 T Olive or Avocado Oil
2 T – 4 T Pomi Sauce (Organic Strained)
2 T Pine nuts
Optional: meatballs or falafels (#glutenfree, of course)

What You Will Do:

Add 1 T oil to a heated skillet and add zoodles and pine nuts.
Stir as you cook for 3 minutes… 4 MAX.
Add sauce to the skillet with one minute remaining, or add your sauce after plating your zoodles!
Serve and enjoy!
I tend to top my pasta dish with meatballs or falafels, or I sip a glass of bone broth with it!