Confessions of a Sugar-Free Chocolate Protein Shake

I know I haven’t been around much for the last few weeks. Well, it’s time for me to let you in on a little of what I’ve been up to.

It’s confession time…..

Confession #1: I took almost the entire month of July off from working out, and fully acknowledge that it’s not fair that my abs still look like this….

Confession #2: Sometimes I burn my toast on purpose. I like it that way. Don’t judge.

Confession #3: I forgot to water the hydrangea plant Mama Gidget gave me. Luckily, it perked right back up I practically drowned it in a last ditch effort to save its life.

Confession #4: I have become a choco-holic.

This last confession, #4, is particularly strange because I’m normally more of a fruit-obsessed individual. But, these last few days, I have been craving chocolate morning and night. Sugar-free Chocolate Mug Cakes have been a nightly occurrence, and this morning, chocolate even found its way into my breakfast!

I added a scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder to my usual protein powder to create a luscious chocolate-lovers dream smoothie. In a perfect world, this would have been a smooth, icy treat. However, my blender is… well… crappy. So, I ended up with ice clumps floating in liquid. Regardless, it still tasted delicious!

Sugar-Free, Vegan Chocolate Protein Shake

(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Vegan)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender, in the order listed.
  2. Process until smooth.

Shrimpy….

This post is co-written by Dickens:
I eat zucchini spaghetti A LOT! Seriously, it is our go-to meal around here. What’s for dinner? I don’t know… Let’s just eat Zucchini Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce or Avocado Pesto… That happens at least once a week. The other day, I decided to get us out of our “pasta” slump and make real pasta without marinara sauce! That’s right, kids! We ate real live brown rice pasta, and it was yummy! Enjoy this quick and easy gourmet meal!
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Ingredients:
– 6 oz. Gluten Free Spaghetti Pasta
– 4 cloves Garlic, minced
– 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– a pinch Red Pepper Flakes
– 20 medium, pre-cooked Shrimp, defrosted
– Black Pepper and Herbamare
– 2 handfuls fresh Baby Spinach
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat.
Once hot, add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Season Shrimp with Pepper and Herbamare.
Add to hot oil and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
Drain cooked pasta and toss with garlic oil and shrimp and spinach.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!!!!……..

Alright guys and gals! It is time for a giveaway, but first a review!
Bakery On Main, located in Glastonbury, CT, specializes in Gluten Free Granola and Granola Bars. “Bakery On Main maintains exceptional quality standards by employing Good Manufacturing Practices including ingredient quality controls, full product traceability, in-house gluten testing, standardized allergen and sanitation cleaning procedures, and a HACCP program to insure food safety. State of the art metal detection is employed.” (from their website)
I believe VERY strongly that food should taste good. I don’t care how healthy it is, or if it is free of every allergen on the planet. If something does not taste good there is no point in eating it. My last experience with a Bakery On Main product was less than stellar. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars tasted like cardboard and were difficult to chew. Being the forgiving person that I am, I decided to give them another try. BOY AM I GLAD THAT I DID! I must have gotten an old box of granola bars the first time, because the granola bars they sent me were superb! GF Guy and I split all the bars in half and had a tasting party after our Segway Tour last weekend. Here are our reviews:


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip- Delicious, moist and chewy! Sweet, but not too sweet. The perfect lunch box treat!

Cranberry Maple Nut- GF Guy loved this bar, but it was a bit too sweet for me. You could taste more Maple than Cranberry. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this bar!

Extreme Trail Mix- I loathe trail mix. However, I LOVED this bar! It was my favorite of the three. Just the right amount of sweet. I would definitely buy these for a quick snack or a road trip!
Next, we hit up Bakery On Main‘s Granolas. They sent us two kinds, Extreme Fruit and Nut and Triple Berry Fiber Power.


Extreme Fruit and Nut- This one was okay. The mix of ingredients was not as traditional as I tend to prefer. The flavor profiles were good, though.

Triple Berry Fiber Power- HOLY COW!!! WE LOVE THIS GRANOLA!!!!! The taste, the clusters, the fiber, the protein… this product is a sure fire winner! Whether eaten plain, on yogurt, or used to make a fruit crisp, Bakery On Main Fiber Power Granola is a MUST BUY!!!!!
And that, my friends, is my unbiased review of Bakery On Main‘s Gluten Free products. So, would you like the chance to try these wonderful products, too? Bakery On Main has generously offered to supply one of my readers with the following:
  • … a Bakery On Main reusable tote bag containing one of each of their full-size products! That is 10 products in all!!!!
Talk about generous! For your chance to win this incredible Bakery On Main prize:
  1. Leave a comment with your favorite way to enjoy granola!
 For additional entries:
  1. Follow GFGidget on Twitter and leave me a comment saying you did so
  2. Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment saying you did so
  3. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment with a link to your post
  4. Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook and leave me a comment with a link to your post
  5. Tweet about this giveaway and include a link and leave me a comment with a link to your tweet
  6. Visit the Bakery On Main website and leave me a comment with a fun fact about the company
A winner will be selected, at random, on Thursday, July 29th! Check back to see if you are the lucky winner! 
I would like to send a special thank you to Bakery On Main for sponsoring this giveaway. And now…. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

X-Rated Giveaway….

It’s a new year and a new giveaway! After reading my review of their agave nectar and cookbook, the wonderful people at Xagave contacted me about hosting a giveaway. The prize is your very own bottle of Xagave Agave Nectar and a copy of the cookbook Delicious Meets Nutritious.

The Rules

To Enter:
Follow this link to the Xagave Free Recipes page and leave a comment telling me which of these recipes you would most like to make.

To Earn Additional Entries:
– Twitter about this giveaway.
– Become a follower of Gluten Free Gidget.
– Link back to this giveaway on your blog.
– Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook.

I will announce the winner on Friday, January 8th. Enter for your chance to win today!

Have You Been Naughty, or Nice (A Christmas Giveaway)….

I LOVE kitchen appliances, cookware… basically if it has anything to do with cooking, I love it! CSN Stores.com, an online store packed with everything you could every dream of for a kitchen, is my dream store. Everything from pans to pasta makers, this site has it all! My current favorite line of featured products is the Paula Deen Cookware. The colors and rustic simplicity of the products are completely and utterly “down home” and bursting with charm.
Last week, I was contacted with an interesting proposition. CSN Stores and cookware.com have offered to team with Gluten Free Gidget to host a Christmas Giveaway featuring one of my favorite kitchen appliances! That’s right, my lovely readers, one of you will be receiving a VERY special gift from Santa this Christmas! What is it? Well read on to find out!

As many of you know, I am in love with a certain kitchen appliance:


my Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker!

Using this little gem of a machine, I have created such dairy-free masterpieces as:

Mint Cookies N’ Dream Ice CreamChocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Ice CreamPumpkin Pie Ice CreamStrawberry Kefir SorbetStrawberry Coconut Ice CreamRoasted Banana Ice CreamMint Chocolate Chip Ice CreamCookies N’ Dream Ice CreamMango Coconut Ice Cream
Each of these creations made possible by my little Ice “Dream” Machine from Cuisinart. Now, you will have the chance to win one of your very own!

To Enter:
1. Follow this link to Cookware.com and the Paula Deen Cookware Collection and leave a comment telling me which of the items you think best encompasses the spirit of Paula Deen. (I, personally, am going with the Cast Iron Hoe Cake Pan!)
2. Also, tell me which of my Ice Cream creations you most want to try and what your dream ice cream flavor is.
* These 2 steps constitute 1 entry*

For Additional Chances to Win:
1. Become a Follower, or Subscribe, to Gluten Free Gidget, and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
2. Link back to this post on your blog and leave a comment telling me you have done so.
3. Twitter, Facebook, and/or Buzz on Foodbuzz about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
* 1 additional entry per item completed*

The winner will be announced on Christmas Day! That is next Friday, December 25th. Good luck! Let’s hope you are not on Santa’s Naughty List this year!