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As most of you know, I’m the founder of the Locate Special Diet mobile apps and website. I wanted to create this resource for you all so you would be able to easily find food options nearby that cater to your particular diet.

I value your feedback and would appreciate it greatly if you could take a brief moment to fill out my 10 question survey on Locate Special Diet.

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Giveaway

{sponsored by ATX Gluten-Free, Van’s Natural Foods and Locate Special Diet}

Your survey results that I receive are anonymous. Although, if you would leave a comment in the comment section on this blog post stating 1) that you have completed the survey, and 2) leave your e-mail in the comment so we can contact you; then you will be entered in the contest.

  • 1 winner will receive $100 AMEX gift card, a Locate Special Diet t-shirt, and a free product coupon prize package from Van’s Natural Foods that includes 3 coupons for dry snacks, 2 coupons for frozen products, and 2 dollar off coupons.
  • 5 additional winners will receive a Locate Special Diet t-shirt

Note: It is mandatory you complete the survey AND leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address in order to be considered for this contest. All winners will be chosen using random.org and will be contacted via e-mail. Contest ends December 18th, 2013 at 5 p.m. CST.

A Note About Van’s Natural Foods

Van's Natural Foods Coupons

Van’s provided several complimentary products for me to try recently (although this does not sway my opinion about their products). I had never tried their bars, crackers or waffles. I was extremely impressed with the taste and quality of their products. My two personal favorites are their gluten-free fire roasted veggie crackers and the honey nut crunch cereal! Seriously, the texture is great and their products appear regularly on my grocery lists now! Find them in Austin at HEB, Randall’s, Whole Foods, Central Market and Sprouts; or visit them online.

Stay tuned for some delicious recipes coming up in the next couple weeks! I recently made grain-free pumpkin banana pancakes, slow cooker beef vegetable stew, pumpkin butter cornbread and coconut creamed corn. I’ll be sharing all of these recipes very soon with y’all!

Cheers!

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

 

We have been trying to participate more in ‘Meatless Mondays’ recently. What are Meatless Mondays? Essentially that – no meat of any kind on Mondays, and instead you eat meals filled with plant-based ingredients. Sometimes my cravings for steak or chicken take over my control to only eat vegetarian on Mondays, but other times I’m totally able to convert to vegetarian for one day. I was looking to create a dish with what I had on hand in my pantry, and these flavorful tostadas were born (yay, I remembered to write down the recipe)!

These sweet potato and black bean enchiladas are delicious. They whip up in no time, and you can eat them a variety of ways. Chris prefers tacos over tostadas so he used taco shells for his dinner. I have to be honest, I think this recipe tastes even better the next day, especially when paired with a poached egg and some sriracha on top! Boom.

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

Ingredients:

  •  1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1/2 softball size white or yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • extra virgin olive oil, ~ 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 vegetable broth or stock (might need more depending on size of sweet potato)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pinch oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • Tostadas or Taco Shells – I used El Milagro brand
  • Toppings: sliced avocado, cilantro, Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the sweet potato and dice. Also, dice the onion and mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat to medium/medium-high and add olive oil, sweet potato and onion, sauté for 5 minutes. Add vegetable stock, salt and pepper and simmer until liquid reduces down and sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add garlic and tomato paste and combine ingredients. Let simmer for a couple minutes to cook garlic and tomato paste, then add remaining ingredients – black beans, spices and salsa. Let it cook on low for about at least 30 minutes – with keeping watch of the liquid. Optional: You might want to keep adding splashes of stock occasionally and reduce it down so the skillet does not burn the base of the dish.

Cheers!

Looking for more Meatless Monday ideas? Check out this blog post filled with 7 Pasta ideas.

Don’t miss a news announcement, giveaway or recipe! Subscribe to our Feed, follow us on TwitterFacebook or Pinterest. Enjoy dining out? Download the Locate Special Diet mobile app for iPhone and Android and let us help you find gluten-free food and drink options (also vegan, vegetarian, local foods or paleo).

Locate Special Diet Mobile App Update includes Paleo and Vegan Friendly Restaurants (iPhone, Android)

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

It’s a big day here at the Locate Special Diet headquarters.

We released a new version of my mobile app – called Locate Special Diet today. This version includes the addition of two new diet preferences – PALEO and VEGAN! As well as the addition of a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide – which includes ordering-out Tip Sheets for Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Locate Special Diet Mobile App Upgrade Includes Paleo-Friendly Restaurants and Vegan Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.

If you’re interested in reading about our Locate Special Diet update, please follow the links below or go ahead and grab the new update NOW –> iPHONE ~ ANDROID.

  • Read our Locate Special Diet Newsletter Announcement – HERE.
  • Visit the Locate Special Diet website – HERE.
  • Interested in learning more about Locate Special Diet features? Visit our About Page! 
Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Sharing about Locate Special Diet

Do you know someone who follows one or more of these diet preferences? Share the Locate Special Diet app with them! We appreciate your support as we grow our database to help more people like yourselves!

Cheers!

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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

Cheers!

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Paleo Restaurant Guide to Austin, Texas

Welcome to my third installment for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide.

The topic for this installment is Paleo! For those who are unfamiliar with the Paleo diet (short for Paleolithic), the diet consists mainly of fish and meats (ex: grassfed meat is great), vegetables, nuts, fruits, etc. The Caveman diet (another name for it), excludes all things refined – such as sugar, processed oils (canola oil is a no-no), legumes, grains, dairy, etc.

Just like any lifestyle where you adhere to a certain type of diet – eating out might be a challenge at first. For me, I have Celiac disease so I do not adhere by a diet just because I want to. I do so by medical necessity. [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving, 1st Edition

iPhone picture of the Grand Tetons (Jackson Hole, Wyoming): January 2013 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I had a wonderful time with my family and fiancé in Jackson, Wyoming. We visited for yet another white Christmas and it was beautiful. Filled with laughter, snowboarding, eating, drinking and more. I can’t wait to go back (for our wedding)!

If you have never been to Jackson, you must visit! It’s extremely gluten-free friendly, and has a wonderful foodie scene. If you visit, download my free mobile app and find GF options near you. Filter by type of food, view menus, tips and more. Search LOCATE SPECIAL DIET in the iTunes and Android marketplace. If you aren’t visiting Jackson anytime soon, no worries, Locate Special Diet is also in 45 other U.S. cities and expanding very soon.

Instagram photo of my gluten-free and dairy-free waffles at Lotus Cafe in Jackson, WY. Almond milk latte on the side, of course.

Back to my vacation…

It was lovely. I snowboarded everyday (my favorite sport), and was able to purchase my first board, boot and bindings (Hello, Burton FeelGood Flying V)!

So many great powder days! 

I came up with the idea to do a series called “Things I’m Loving” while flying home to Austin. Everyday, I come across so many interesting articles, blog posts, recipes, photographs, products, etc, that I thought would be great to share on here. Most of the time I’ll share these finds on Facebook and Twitter but thought you all might enjoy seeing these on occasion as well.

If you have come across a new “gluten-free find”, share it in the comment section. ATX Gluten-Free has grown to be a wonderful community and I’m thankful for that. Being gluten-free can suck sometimes, let’s be honest. I’m also dairy-free now which can also be a pain in the a**. We’re here to help, and your input is always welcome. Leave some comments below and share your favorites with other readers!

Things I’m Loving …

Gluten-Free Spicy Corn Muffins … because I LOVE everything spicy.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders by Applegate Farms … Great for when you need something fast!

Oatmeal with Torched Bananas … YES.

A mobile app that helps you find gluten-free options … of course I had to add my app! ;)

Paleo and Primal eBook bundle sale – 33 eBooks for only $39 … That’s an awesome deal.

Camille Styles … I just love her blog!

Bacon-wrapped dates … you had me at bacon.

A new social network for people with health conditions …  Request an invite!

Monogrammed items from Ann Page … an expanding Houston company with cool things!

Jawbone UP … super cool technology that lets you track your sleep patterns, fitness, diet and more.

Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas … they recently launched a new and improved product line.

Taste Guru … a gluten-free goodie box delivered right to your door.

Thundercloud Subs gluten-free hoagies … (Austinites: South Lamar and  Lake Austin only!)

Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

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The day has finally come!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Locate Special Diet mobile applications for iPhone and Android.

Download the Locate Special Diet app for FREE from iTunes or Google Play!

Locate Special Diet

Our mission is to help you find local places that offer gluten-free, vegetarian or organic food or drink options.

Features:

- Search for businesses near you

- Choose your dietary preferences (gluten-free, vegetarian, organic)

- Save your dietary preferences in your settings once you have created an account; or filter by dietary preference when you search

- Narrow your search by restaurants, grocery stores, and places with drinks

- Filter restaurants by type of food (ex: Italian)

- Save businesses and tips to your favorites list

- Submit tips and view public favorite tips

- Share places you like on Facebook and Twitter

- View business websites, call the business and view map directions

- Submit menu photos and businesses on the go

We are adding new businesses every week. We currently have listings in over 27 U.S. Cities and growing.

Note: Austin, Texas is the currently the only city in the database with a full listing of drink options around you. We are working hard to expand this option to other cities, and will soon, but we need your help! Let us know what places you like to grab a gluten-free beer, shop for gluten-free drinks, or grab an organic non-alcoholic beverage.

Current Locate Special Diet Cities (does not include small towns and new areas just added):

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Jackson Hole
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Oklahoma City
  • Orlando
  • Palo Alto
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Waco
  • Washington DC
  • And MORE

Locate Special Diet: iTunes, Android, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest