Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie – filled with nutritious ingredients. Taken on Instagram.

I have been needing a mix-up of my morning breakfast routine. Eggs, toast and fruit or gluten-free oatmeal, can get old after a while. A smoothie is my answer, as of lately. It’s healthy, fast, fresh and fills you up!

We have been so busy lately! In between events (Whew! SXSW wore me out!), work and wedding planning; I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather and relax 100%. Speaking of wedding planning, things are moving along nicely. I actually went wedding dress shopping recently and found “the ONE” in Austin at a cute local boutique. It feels real that it’s getting close and I’m thrilled.

Locate Special Diet will be making an appearance at a couple events around Texas soon. Make sure and check out the Texas VegFest coming up April 6, as well as the Dallas Mavericks Celiac Awareness Event brought to you by the good folks over at Gluten-Free Calendar. I’ll be heading north to Dallas, April 12th to attend the event. I hope to see you there!

Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to the hilarious - April Peveteaux - who recently had a book signing for her new book coming out titled ~ Gluten is my Bitch (available for pre-order on Amazon). Thanks for mentioning our mobile app, Locate Special Diet, on your SXSW panel April!

Blueberry-Banana Morning Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Serve chilled.


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Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette


This Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette is packed with nutrients like – fiber, b-vitamins, vitamin K, A and more.

Don’t let the title of this post scare you. This salad is not only nutritious,  but it is also tasty.

I have always loved kale. I eat it raw, steamed, sautéed, in smoothies, and so on. It has always been one of my favorite vegetables. Some people however, are terrified of kale. There is something about the big curly leaves that scares them. Try it this way and see what you think. Adding an entire avocado and one of my favorite condiments, Sriracha, definitely helps calm the natural flavor of kale. You’ll find yourselves going for seconds.

Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette

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Note: This salad is a rough estimate of ingredient measurements. I literally just threw it in a bowl and mixed it all together. Serves 1.

  • Kale leaves, rough chop (I used about 1-2 cups, raw)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Extra virgin olive oil, roughly 1 tablespoon
  • 1 small ripe avocado, sliced
  • Couple squirts of Sriracha, roughly 1-2 teaspooons
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.


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LUNA HQ Trip & a Giveaway!

I’m giving away a box of LUNA Protein Mint Chocolate Chip + LUNA Protein Cookie Dough to one lucky reader!

But first, I want to share about my lovely trip to the LUNA Bar and Clif Bar HQ this past summer…

Back in June, I had the privilege to fly to one of my favorite cities in the world (San Francisco) and visit the LUNA Bar headquarters. I tell you what … LUNA is a wonderful company. I love their products, people and company culture. They are awesome! View my trip through my Instagram pictures below.

Waiting at the airport for my flight. Wearing Converse shoes, as always :)

Welcome to Clif Bar and LUNA headquarters in Berkeley, California

Lunch was catered by their company kitchen. It was awesome, and of course gluten-free and dairy-free.

A look inside their gym, they have a rock climbing wall. How awesome is that?

Grab a snack, anytime.

I’m always down for a good cup of coffee.

LUNA and Clif HQ. Check out the bikes!

Road trip to St. Helena, California to visit the Clif Family Winery. I bet you didn’t know they make wine, did you? Great wine too!

Tomatoes in the vegetable garden

Lunch at Clif Family Winery, catered by La Condesa Napa Valley!

A little bit of Austin in Napa Valley … La Condesa

Learning about Clif Family Winery and Gary’s Improv wine from Clif winemaker Bruce Regalia

Beautiful setting

Wine tasting time

 They also make nut mixes and olive oil!

Beautiful art

Having an absolute blast!


Clif Family Winery

 Last day LUNA yoga class … refreshing!

 Overall, my experience visiting the LUNA headquarters was wonderful. I learned many exciting things about their company and can’t wait to follow along their journey as they continue to grow. If you haven’t had a chance to try the Clif Family Winery wines, nut mixes or olive oil, do yourself a favor and buy them! Great products, from great people.

Since my background is in nutrition, I found their in-house (Tara DelloIacono Thies) dietitian’s stance on the Power of Positive Snacking very interesting. Check out the LUNA website to learn more. Also, make sure and check out some other things that make LUNA special – like Team Luna Chix, their causes they support, and LUNAfest short films.


All of the LUNA protein flavors are gluten-free and I’m giving away 1 box of LUNA Protein Cookie Dough and LUNA Protein Mint Chocolate Chip to one lucky reader! These happen to be two of my favorite flavors and I always have one in my purse.

To enter the giveaway:

*Leave a comment in the comment section and tell us: What is your favorite LUNA Bar flavor?

Giveaway ends Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. CST. (Giveaway now closed). Winner will be chosen using The winner will be contacted via email so make sure and leave your email address in the comment section as well.

Good luck and Cheers!

Disclaimer: LUNA Bar provided me with a complimentary trip to California to visit their headquarters. This giveaway is sponsored by LUNA. This does not sway my opinion in any way, as I love their company and their products.

Locate Special Diet is LIVE!

It’s finally here. After a year and a half of work and research, the Locate Special Diet website is live. Oh… it feels so good to type those words. Let me tell you a little bit about my baby…

Locate Special Diet helps people find local businesses that cater to a gluten-free, vegetarian, or organic lifestyle. 

The database currently includes approximately 30,000 businesses in over 27 U.S. cities. Users can browse local restaurants and grocery stores by location, dietary preference and type of food. There is also a section to filter places that offer gluten-free, vegetarian or organic drinks. Austin is currently the only city with the largest drinks database, and it includes places to get smoothies, juices or even gluten-free beer.

Don’t see your favorite local business in the database? Users can submit businesses to Locate Special Diet and after they are approved by our team, we will add them in. This includes restaurants, grocery stores and drinks for any city. Our team is also furiously working to extend the current database to reach others looking to find places that cater to their special diet lifestyle.

I thought I would share some of my Favorite Things About Locate Special Diet.

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  • Submit Tips, Photos, Menus and more.
  • Create a free account and invite others to join Locate Special Diet.
  • Read tips from other users, and save tips to your Favorite Tips list.
  • Search local businesses and save them to your Favorite Businesses list.
  • Join our social media world by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
  • Stay up to date on what’s going on in your city by subscribing to our newsletter.
  • Stay tuned for the Locate Special Diet mobile application launching very soon on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
  • Submit businesses to our database. Once they are approved by our team as an appropriate business for Locate Special Diet, we will add it to our existing database.

If you would like to learn more out our services, feel free to visit the About section of the website and the Press Studio.

Feedback is appreciated so let us know what you think of Locate Special Diet!

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 Locate Special Diet cities include:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Jackson Hole
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
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Booze a la Cart with Liquid Austin and Lembas Bakery and Breakfast

Lembas Green Eggs and Ham. No green food coloring here. Their eggs are pureed in a blender with fresh kale before scrambling.


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Roasted Radish Slices

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity can be hard to achieve sometimes.  It requires a different way of thinking… in business, life, etc.

In my personal life, I sway to the term “more is more” when it comes to some things. Let’s use fashion accessories for an example (sorry boys, we’re talking jewelry). I’m a walking jewelry store normally. Actually, let me rephrase that. According to my friends, I’m the “crazy owl lady” who is always wearing multiple pieces of owl jewelry. I guess I like to express myself that way. With business and other things, I feel like I lean more towards the middle. A balance between complexity and simplicity…leaning more towards all things simple and easy. Even that sounds complex.

What does this have to do with food you may ask? Well lately, I prefer my food simple. Plain… (What? Who am I?) These days, I prefer to roast all my vegetables with only salt and oil. I actually hardly saute or steam my vegetables at all now. Roasting brings out such a beautiful flavor in vegetables, and the salt and oil just accentuates that.

In this new year I’ve made a resolution to eat other vegetables on a normal basis that I wouldn’t normally eat… like radishes.

I roasted these beauties on a cookie sheet (after slicing them thin with a mandoline) for 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit with salt and canola oil. I hope you enjoy!

Happy 2012 everyone!

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Grilled Chipotle Turkey Sliders

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