Amie Valpone, a Manhattan-based private chef, culinary marketing consultant, and professional recipe developer, specializes in making mouthwatering dishes that don't pack on pounds or irritate her gluten intolerance. One look at her 24-hour meal plan, which includes treats to satisfy her sweet tooth, proves that you can still eat all day and maintain a completely healthy diet.
As publisher of the online gluten-free magazine Easy Eats and author of The Healthy Apple blog, Valpone is an expert at creating deliciously healthy meals for all hours of the day. Check out her up close and personal food diary to get inspired and steal ideas for your next trip to the supermarket.
"Gluten-free oatmeal made with almond milk and Barlean's Flax Seeds. Lots of fiber and healthy carbs to start off my morning, along with some healthy protein and fat in the almond milk."
Mid-Morning Snack: Banana and Cashew Nut Butter
"Large banana and cashew nut butter. I love the protein in cashew butter and the fiber and carbohydrates in the banana keep me energized all morning, especially when I'm ready for a pick-me-up snack before lunch."
Lunch: Super Salad
"Lunch salad of chia seeds, mixed greens, homemade salsa, guacamole, carrot dressing, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and pine nuts. I love making a nice salad for lunch with protein from chia seeds mixed with healthy fats in guacamole and olive oil. The carrot dressing adds a nice sweet touch."
Afternoon Snack: Roasted Cauliflower
"Roasted cauliflower with homemade guacamole. I usually add a bit of balsamic vinegar, too."
Afternoon Snack: Guacamole
"My fiber-riffic snack (the roasted cauliflower) along with some healthy fat in guacamole to hold me over until dinner time."
Dinner: Eggplant Bake
"Eggplant bake with eggplant, shredded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, fresh limes, scallions, and red onion. This is a light dish I like to enjoy any time of year. Sometimes I'll add Greek yogurt or fish instead of chicken."
Warm Drink: Lemon Water
"Hot lemon and water with a cinnamon stick is my go-to hot beverage during these cold months. I sip on this all day long!"
Dessert: Almond Flour, Gluten-Free Bread
"One slice of homemade almond flour, gluten-free bread, toasted. I just made this amazing grain-free loaf, and it's perfect for an after-dinner snack toasted to perfection with nut butter on top. It cures any sweet tooth and doesn't leave you feeling like there's a rock in your stomach before bedtime."
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