Eating Well Wherever You Go with HowUdish

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As someone who likes to travel and also follows a gluten-free (and sometimes low-carb) diet, it can be difficult to find a restaurant nearby where I can get compliant meals. I split my time between North Carolina and New York these days, so I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that can accommodate me when I’m on the go. When I first learned about the HowUdish iPhone app, I was a little skeptical. I mean, Yelp and I are well acquainted… do I really need to add another app to my extremely full iPhone? Well, I am so glad that I checked out HowUdish and can honestly say it’s been more helpful to me than other apps I’ve tried.

After downloading HowUdish, you enter in the types of diets you are following: you have the options of “Balanced”, High Protein, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Low-Cal, Low-Carb, and Low-Fat. After you select up to three of these diets, HowUdish recognizes your location and begins to curate meals from surrounding restaurants that fit the diets you selected.

In Tinder-like fashion, you can begin swiping meals that appear on the screen that you like and may want to try. See a meal you like? Swipe to the right or select the little green check. You can swipe an unlimited amount of meals as you scroll through meals.

When visiting a new place, this swipe feature is excellent if you are trying to figure out where to go for dinner or a meal that day. Swiped meals only last 24 hours, so if you find a meal or restaurant that’s a winner, you have the option to “Save” the dish so that you can refer to it down the road.

If you see a meal you don’t like, simply swipe to the left or select the little red “X” and the dish won’t appear again.

As a bonus, the dishes on HowUdish also give restaurant information for each dish, including the name of the restaurant, location, hours, and phone number. This is extra helpful for me because I can call ahead to check with the restaurant to see if they’ll be able to accommodate me and my food sensitivities and allergies.

Keep in mind that this app is still in its early stages, so you may find a few recipes that either don’t fit your current way of eating, or you may not have a ton of dish options if you’re not in a city. As someone who is fairly sensitive to gluten and knows the food scene in my area, I know that a portion of the restaurants that come up with gluten-free dishes are Not gluten-free friendly, so it’s always good idea to check another source or simply call the restaurant to get more information. My hope is that these kinks would get ironed out as more people use the app.

All in all, I recommend you download HowUdish so you can start eating out without ruining progress on whatever diet or health journey you are on! You can download it from the App store here. Happy Eating!

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by HowUdish. I have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. This compensation helps with expenses to keep this blog up and running! Thank you for all your support!

Products I Love: NutriBullet Blender & Recipes!

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Before I begin, let me just say that I always advocate eating meals instead of replacing them with smoothies or drinks. I personally find that sitting down to a meal and chewing leaves me much more satisfied than drinking all of those components from a glass. That being said, as a person who is often on the go, I would pick up one of these drinks over a protein bar or an [entire] bar of chocolate any day.

As much as I love vegetables, sometimes I have a hard time fitting them into my meals. I’ve been trying to batch cook all of my meals on one day for the entire week (I’ll be posting about this in the near future!), so having fresh veggies around is a little more difficult to come by. I wanted to find a way to make sure I was eating a variety of vegetables and be able to do it on the go.

Enter the NutriBullet. My brother-in-law suggested I buy one, and I finally took the plunge! The reason I love the NutriBullet is because it is not like a regular blender or a juicer. Regular blenders don’t chop contents of the smoothie very finely, leaving you with a clump of fruit/veg at the bottom of the blender or a very gritty drink (yuck). Juicers don’t allow you to add ingredients like nuts, milk, etc. to the mix. They also take out all of the fiber of the fruit and vegetables. The NutriBullet, on the other hand, is blends at a Super high-speed and pulverizes everything that you put into it to create one uniform drink.

A couple of times a week, I add vegetables and just a little fruit to my NutriBullet to make an amazing part of my breakfast or snack on the go. Unlike the recipes in the NutriBullet recipe book that comes with it, I hardly use any fruit in my drink. I find that eating a lot of fruit usually makes me hungry (especially in the morning), so I aim for healthy fats and proteins in the AM as much as possible. I also frequently add some avocado, coconut milk (this brand is my favorite) or some coconut oil. If I don’t add some type of fat to the drink, I usually enjoy a NutriBullet in the morning with some eggs or a bulletproof coffee.

I also really enjoy playing around with adding ingredients like ginger and turmeric roots to my smoothies. Both are anti-inflammatory and can help with stomach upset and bloating. I hardly notice they are in the drinks, so I try to add some whenever I can!

To make eating my veggies more fun, I’ve even been using less water in the blender these days when I make drinks so they have a thicker consistency. I put this drink (which almost has a slushie or soft-serve consistency) into a bowl and top it with nuts, coconut, fruit, etc. This smoothie/breakfast bowl is better than cereal and is really fun to eat!

Using the NutriBullet is easy as 1, 2, 3!

How to Use A NutriBullet

1. Add your ingredients to the large NutriBullet blender container. I put greens in first, and add frozen fruit and vegetables near the end. I add ingredients like powders and nuts/seeds last.
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2. At this point, add the desired amount of liquid. It will probably be between 2-4 inches high if you are measuring from the bottom of the blender. If you want it to be thicker, add less liquid, and make sure the liquid is cold. You could also put the blender container in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes to get it nice and cold.
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3. Put on the blender cap, turn the blender over, and lock it into the blender base to get it spinning! I blend mine for 30-45 seconds.
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You’re all done! If you want to drink it as a smoothie, just put on the handy blender cap and take the drink with you. If you want to make it into a breakfast bowl (which I find myself doing a lot these days), pour the contents of the blender into a bowl, and add desired toppings. I often top mine with slivered almonds, coconut flakes, frozen fruit, cinnamon, and sunbutter.

RECIPES!!

I’ve included some of my favorite recipes below.

Before you start:
* Understand that these smoothies are Not very sweet. If you are used to smoothies that are sweet and have a lot of sugar, you may need to add some more fruit at first, and then decrease the amount you add in future drinks.
*I purposely did not add in the amount of water for each because you may choose to make the recipe into a liquid drink (use more liquid) or a smoothie/breakfast bowl (use less liquid). Feel free to play around with recipes and replace water with milk, coconut milk, nut milk, etc.

Berry-Beet Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup beet
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2- 1 inch knob of ginger
  • liquid of choice

Red Super Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup steamed red chard
  • 1/4 cup beet
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup blueberry or strawberry
  • 1/2-1 inch knob of ginger
  • liquid of choice

Green Thing Smoothie

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  • 2 leaves lacinato kale
  • 1/2-3/4 cup steamed chard
  • 1/2 inch knob of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa or cacao
  • 1/4 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup blueberry
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • liquid of choice

Hidden Greens Chocolate Smoothie

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  • 3 leaves kale
  • 1/4 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chard
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/2 inch knob ginger
  • liquid of choice

Do you have a high-speed blender like the NutriBullet? What do you make with it? Tell me all about your creations below!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase any products using the links in this article, I may receive a percentage of it. You pay the Same price, and you help me maintain my website! It’s a win-win. Also, this post was written out of my love for my NutriBullet blender. I have not been compensated in any way from the company, and all thoughts above are my own. Thank you in advance!