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I have been away from blogging for quite some time, but have been finding interesting items and ideas to survive my corn-free and wheat-free life. Since I have not posted in a long time I thought it would be good to catch up on all the good stuff I have found. Most of the items in this blog are found at Trader Joe’s and low in calories.

The first is to purchase dried yellow mustard powder and add it to Vegenaise if you like to have a mustard egg salad. It works great with a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar. I prefer Frontier Herbs brand sold at most health food stores. 

The second is a prepared mustard from Eden Foods in Michigan. They make it with cider vinegar. It really is wonderful to have prepared mustard!

A third is a product I found at Trader Joe’s which reminds me of popcorn: Lundberg Organic Brown Rice cakes. They are lightly salted, vegan, gluten-free, and corn-free. Ingredients: Organic whole grain brown rice & sea salt. It does not get much simpler than that. And only 60 calories for 2 cakes. They are also fantastic with a thin layer of peanut butter and some banana – yum.

The 4th is actually 2 items from Trader Joe’s: Organic Hemp Protein Powder – Chocolate and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. I add 2 Tablespoons hemp powder (60 cal.), 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (20 cal.), 6 – 8 oz. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk – Chocolate – Unsweetened (45 cal.), and 2 cups frozen raspberries (186 cal.) into a blender for 2 full glasses of smoothie. You can add some TJ’s Blue Agave Sweetener (1/2 T = 30 cal.) if you want it sweet. This is – OMG – awesome!

The 5th category is Trader Joe’s: Organic Split Pea Soup (150 cal.) in one can. Oh so good to warm the bones in the winter months.

Next is Trader Joe’s: Traditional Style Fat Free Refried Beans. Numerous dips can be made with these or you can serve them heated with some vegan cheese on top as a side dish with rice.

Last, but not least, is another item from Trader Joe’s: Vegetable root Chips (Low sodium, high fiber, and only 160 cal. for 16 chips).

Enjoy and stay healthy!

 

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