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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle.
Finding out that you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease can be a real bummer to say the least. It can feel like the end of the world. Strolling the grocery isle or glancing at a restaurant menu is enough to make you burst into tears and scream, “My life is over!” Maybe you haven’t determined an intolerance or Celiac and are beginning an elimination diet to see if your symptoms improve. Either way, knowing what to do as far as a gluten free diet for beginners doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think.
Thankfully the supermarkets and restaurants are hopping on board with more and more amazing gluten free products. I will say, if you are suffering with some serious tummy troubles or other gluten induced symptoms, supplementing your diet with highly processed gluten free foods is not the best way to go. However, I fully get that it is stressful and you have to start somewhere. The idea of having to give up some of your favorite foods is enough to make a person want to bail before even starting. I touched on this a little with my post Gluten Free Shopping List but today I am going to help you get really start sifting through all the products on the market and start figuring out the cleanest way to start your new diet.
This vegan meatball sub is truly a dream for any vegetarian or vegan. They are easily made gluten free and vegan in themselves. If you choose to, you can top them with vegan cheese rather than regular.
I originally started making this meatball recipe for my family on top of spaghetti which. That was delicious, but let’s face it, there is something amazing about a meatball sub! When Tom and I were both trying to eat more of a vegetarian/vegan diet, these were a must have. When we think of subs or big sandwiches, we tend to think of something loaded with really yummy meats. This is the perfect alternative version for someone trying to stick with Meatless Monday or just stick with a more veggie heavy diet.
I totally recommend them as a sneaky way to get your kids their veggies too. These meatball subs are something my daughter, Kaida still requests and Tom too! For some reason our little man is not as big of a fan. He’s also not a big fan of meat…like even in tacos! Which is scary. Kind of concerned about that one. But, maybe that’s just a testament to how great these “meatballs” really are!
They also make a ton (Between 20-25) so you should be good to go on leftovers! However, the occasional second helping has been known to happen at our house. Check out the links at the bottom for some of my recommended products to use to make this yummy dish!
We were out to eat at my now favorite Minnesota restaurant, Tavern on the Hill when I tried their wild rice burger. I was floored. Who knew a burger made mostly of rice would be so incredibly delicious?! I scanned the description and made a mental note. When I got home, I did my best to re-create their delicious wild rice burger recipe with one little change; Tavern on the Hill uses Panko bread crumbs and having a gluten intolerance those don’t always sit too well.
Now, this is lengthier than most of my recipes but I promise it’s worth it. Especially if you have dietary restrictions.