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Have you hugged someone gluten free today? May is the month of all things gluten free and to celebrate I want to share some of my favourite gluten free recipes, restaurants and food picks with you!

Adjusting to any new eating plan can be tough at first. You don’t realize how deeply engrained your eating habits are until you have to change them! Some of the common challenges I see on the road to gluten free include avoiding over-indulgence in sweet treats or feeling trapped by your new eating plan. As much as you can, try to look for ways to include healthy, whole food, gluten-free alternatives into your day instead of concentrating on the restrictions of gluten free eating.  Have fun experimenting with new grains and products and be sure to let me know how they turn out here or on my Facebook page!

First, some new gluten free recipe inspiration to get you going….

Try this tasty asparagus frittata from the Gluten Free Girl

Here is a refreshing golden beet salad with orange miso dressing from Oh She Glows

Time to expand your definition of salsa with this colourful mango avocado salsa on pan-seared salmon from Nom Nom Paleo

Blow your mind with this black bean pasta with olives and cauliflower from Food Confidence

Try this delicious pomegranate smoothie from Gluten Free Goddess

And…if you find yourself in the Vancouver area (lucky you!), be sure to check out some of my favorite gluten free spots:

The Acorn Restaurant: This place elevates gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food to an art form.  Gorgeous room…wicked cocktails.

The Mezcaleria: This east Vancouver restaurant has amazing tacos and plenty of premium mescal, which is a distilled spirit made from steamed agave plants.

Nuba: With four locations across Vancouver, this authentic Lebanese restaurant provides halal meats, tons of vegan options and dishes made from exotic ingredients using century old family recipes.

And if you missed it, I attended the Gluten Free Expo in Calgary last month. If you are interested in learning more about locally available gluten free products, here is a link a post on my favorite Canadian-made gluten free foods from the event!