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Caterpillar Crawl: August 2016 + WIAW

Hi friends! It’s Wednesday. And the last day of August. How did that happen?

I’m still trying to decide what to do in the Hungry Caterpillar future if the last day of the month (Caterpillar Crawl day) corresponds with another of my usual scheduled posts like Week in Review or What I Ate Wednesday. For today, at least, I’m placing them together in a two-part post. Enjoy the recipes and the reads!

Low-FODMAP Recipes

Low FODMAP Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds from A Little Bit Yummy. I love candied nuts. How genius is candied seeds?

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Feta and Chickpeas from Clean Eats Fast Feets. Not only does this salad look delicious (and it’s full of delicious summer produce!), but Meghan isn’t afraid of acknowledging the…uh…naughtier side of summer produce.

Summer Tahini Pasta Salad from Light Orange Bean. Simply substitute garlic-infused oil for the olive oil and omit the garlic for a low-FODMAP version.

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins from The Simple Life. Just substitute brown rice syrup or cane syrup for the honey to make these puppies low-FODMAP. Yum.

Blueberry Jam from Eat Run Pavement. This jam is thickened with chia seeds! If you can tolerate gluten or use gluten-free bread, the whole darn grilled pb&j sounds pretty darn good. 😉

Almond Joy Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Running with Spoons. Did you know that 1/2 cup rolled oats is a yellow FODMAP item? That means these pancakes are safe for those who can tolerate a slightly higher dose of fructans.

One Bowl Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies from Hummusapien. Healthy + chocolate sounds like an excellent combo to me.

The Best Gluten Free, Vegan Pizza Crust from Fitful Focus. Really good gluten-free pizza is hard to find. I’m excited to give this one a try.

Spiced Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Corn Salad from Katalyst Health. Corn and lime is one of my favorite combos. Corn and lime and salt.


About IBS and the Low-FODMAP Diet

Can You Eat Wheat on the Low FODMAP Diet? from A Little Bit Yummy. The low-FODMAP diet is not 100% gluten-free. Some wheat can be tolerated.

Yoga Flow for Digestive Health & Relaxation from Peanut Butter Runner. It’s hard to motivate myself to do yoga–or anything, for that matter–on a crummy tummy day. But if I take the time, I’m almost always glad I did it afterward.


Recovery and Health

Body Shaming and 3 Tips to Not Let It Bring You Down from Oats and Rows. Body-shaming is so common, and we do it to ourselves as much as we do it to others. Sara gives examples the many forms body-shaming can take and gives tips for how to deal with them.

An Open Letter to American Culture: I’m a Pretty Girl with a Problem from HealthyEzSweet Life. Being “pretty” can put a lot of pressure on young women–even young women who know they are loved and valued for their intellect and creativity.

Health Conscious or Disordered Eating? from Avocado a Day Nutrition. “I’ve heard recovery described as trying to survive in a society that has it’s own eating disorder.” So much wisdom in this post about how easy it is to slip into disordered eating habits in a society that equates eating healthy with being a good person.

What If Intuitive Eating Doesn’t Work? from Avocado a Day Nutrition. “Whether you lose weight or not with intuitive eating has nothing to do with it working because weight loss is not the goal. The desired outcome of intuitive eating is health, which is distinct from weight.” Amen, sister!

And Other Stuff

Where Do Vegetarians Get Their Protein? from I Heart Vegetables. You do not need to eat meat or artificial protein powders to get enough protein. By substituting some vegetarian proteins for meat, even if just for some of your meals, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll save the earth a good chunk of energy resources and greenhouse gas emissions, too.

President Barack Obama Says, “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” from Glamour. Obama is a feminist! I’m sure gonna miss this often-underappreciated president.


And here’s what I ate yesterday. Thanks to hosts Jenn, Laura, and Arman for the ever-popular link-up!


Breakfast part 1: Mesa sunrise cereal with lactose-free milk and raspberries


Breakfast part 2: Greek yogurt with raspberry preserves


Lunch: microwave enchiladas made with corn tortillas, spinach, leftover ground beef, a chopped roasted Anaheim, green onion and cheddar cheese


Afternoon snack: flourless chocolate zucchini muffins from Running with Spoons. My first time trying this recipe–they taste so ooey gooey and decadent for a recipe with such healthy ingredients!


Dinner: gluten-free rotini pasta mixed with leftover spaghetti squash dip, grapes


Bedtime snack: vanilla ice cream topped with dark chocolate chunks

Tell me about a delicious recipe you tried for the first time recently.

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  1. Yum! All of this looks amazing–I’ve been wanting to make those muffins from spoons–shes the best!

    1. Joyce says:

      I recommend them–they taste like such a decadent dessert!

  2. What an awesome roundup! Thanks for including my pizza crust recipe :). I can’t wait to try some of the others – especially those flourless zucchini brownies.

    1. Joyce says:

      You’re welcome–I’m looking forward to trying some gluten-free pizza 🙂

  3. Quill says:

    A food I’ve tried fairly recently (not exactly a recipe as I eat it raw) is Purslane. Been eating a lot of it over the past couple months, only just today found out it’s name. It is a very common weed, I see it everywhere, so it’s something to be foraged, not sure if it’s even possible to buy it. It was when I was helping my middle school teacher pull weeds on my grade school’s farm (it was an interesting school…) at an Alumni reunion that she told me it is edible. I tasted it and found that it is very tasty, having a tangy, almost lemon-ish taste. Though I like it for it’s taste, I believe it is very healthy – it just “tastes” healthy, and from what I’ve read it’s quite nutritious. I’d now consider it to be one of my favorite vegetables, I’m surprised it’s not more popular. I generally just pick it and eat it raw, but it can be used in salads, sauteed, or used in a wide variety of recipes. It seems like something you might like, I suggest you read about it and look around for some (it really is everywhere, the problem is finding some that I can be sure isn’t sprayed with anything.)

    1. Joyce says:

      I’ve heard of purslane, but I’ve never tried it. I remember that when I was in New Mexico a couple of summers ago a local guy taught us about some edible wild plants that were local to that area–one of them was purslane. He said it was really good fried in butter–he said it’s kinda peppery. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  4. Diane Wahto says:

    I love the pictures of your food. It makes me want to spend more time cooking. I probably won’t, since Pat likes simple, easy to cook food, and so do I. I love the Glamour article by Obama. Thanks for including it. I agree. We will miss him. It’s too bad he had such an uphill battle with the Senate and the House.

    1. Joyce says:

      It is too bad. Obama’s been really a very impressive president considering all that he’s had to face. None of these dishes actually involved much cooking 😉

  5. Evangeline says:

    Thanks for all the links! I love reading those. That night time snack looks right up my alley…especially those chunky chunks of dark chocolate. Yum.

  6. Cora says:

    What a perfect day of eats. And such good links – as always. I love your caterpillar crawl.
    I’ve made those muffins from spoons a number of times, in a few of her flavors, and they never fail to impress me. I love that she has banana bread versions, one using oats and one without.
    Oh p.s. I bought soy milk and cheerios yesterday at the grocery store. I’ve been riding this craving you gave me for an entire month now… soon it will be squashed!!
    Hope you’ve been well. Looking forward to catching up!

    1. Joyce says:

      Cora! You’re back! Soy milk and Cheerios is definitely delicious. I have a weird Cheerios thing. Looking forward to reading about your time in Scotland!

  7. Ellie says:

    Thanks for sharing my recipe!

    1. Joyce says:

      You’re welcome! I’m excited to try it.

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