Weekend Quickie: Gluten Free Zucchini Chips

I’m on a health kick this month so I’ve been messing around with gluten free recipes to share…like this one for Zucchini Chips. I’m sure you’re asking yourself what the heck ARE Zucchini Chips…You are not alone! At first I was a bit skeptical, because it is zucchini. I’ve learned to embrace veggies as I’ve “matured” (term I totally use loosely!), but I tried it and you know what?

I’m in heaven.

These little suckers taste sooo good and for the calories – Anne’s Estimated Guess (AEG):  about 60-75 cal per serving – you can’t go wrong. I’m breaking down this easy 20 minute snack for you, so let me know what you think:

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs 
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp of the following: rosemary, garlic powder, Italian seasonings,
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Heat oven to 450˚ and line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Spray paper with non-stick cooking spray.

Cut the zucchini into 1/4 inch slices and set to the side. Mix breadcrumbs and seasonings in a bowl, putting egg whites in a separate dish.  Dip zucchini slices into egg whites, then dip slices into breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides. Place finished slices onto parchment paper. 

Cook for 7-8 minutes, then flip slices. I did this and I added an extra 5 minutes to mine so they were just a touch crispier 😉 Check out the finished product below…So good!

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I ate them as a warm-up for lunch. Hmmm, well they are healthy…right? 

Serve as they are for a snack, with sandwiches at lunch time (replace those potato chips!) or heat up some marinara and dip these delish chips for a fun appetizer. 

Let me know how yours turn out!!

 

Guess Who’s Gonna Be Gluten Free Travel Bloggin’?

I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be doing a series of blogs in association with FlipKey, an offshoot of Tripadvisor, starting in the next few weeks!

I’ve learned so much about how to travel while being gluten-free, not to mention keeping up on your health and fitness activities while on the road. It can be hectic enough trying to get from Point A to Point B, but when we figure in outside issues – watching our diets for low-fat or diabetic needs, trimming calories for our heart or other health reasons or cutting out gluten, it’s no wonder thinking about food can be taxing.

Let’s make it easier…Shall we?

And that is what I intend to do. I want to help you – and me – figure out the best way to watch our diets, no matter what they are and why we do them, so we can feel good about ourselves. Let’s also find time to sneak in a workout, shall we? Whether you are on the road for business or pleasure, we’ll find a way to keep your goals visible in front of you –  no matter what city, town or providence you may be passing through.

While prepping for my own trip, I found this fun little nugget of info for anyone traveling who is gluten-free: It’s a  list of restaurants from different airports across the country, and these particular spots either have items that can be reworked so the gluten free can enjoy them or they have options for you that are pre-made & gluten-free.

I know it’s easy to just get something at the airport, but I also want to suggest that you consider doing what I do: Pack your own food. For. Real. I’m a snacker, and when I travel I’d rather have some goodies to pull out during my travels than to take a chance at an airport diner where honestly, you could end up getting an item that is cross-contaminated by accident.

Sometimes we take our chances. For instance, show me a Wendy’s and I’ll show you a girl who loves a baked potato! Add a side salad and I can usually stop the hungries from hitting. Totally GF.

However, today I’m climbing on a red-eye and want to make sure I don’t get hit with an accidental dose of gluten – and the following gluten attack – while in the air. What’s in my bag? Well, a small baggie of gluten-free Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins, two small packets of Justin’s Almond Butter (easy to open and easy to use!), and two Luna Protein Bars flavored with cookie dough and mint-chocolate chip (the mint chip are amazing!). I’m planning on grabbing an apple or a banana once I’m past security to add to the mix. Looking over my little bag o’treasures, I’m feeling pretty good.

Are you traveling this week for the holidays? If so, get to your local grocery or health-food store and start your travel bag of snacks for the trip. An hour two of preparation before you get to the airport will save you and hour or two of pain and misery if you get “glutened.”

Trust me.