The one thing that makes going healthy so hard is having to give up (or cut back on) all of the sweet treats.
Let’s be real. There’s more than one thing that makes getting healthy challenging. Sure, attempting to avoid cookies, donuts and baked goods happens to rank high atop the list. But what if we said you didn’t have to avoid every sweet treat?
Now we have your attention! It’s for good reason too. Mainly that, in Pittsburgh, there are a bunch of local bakeries catering to health conscious folks, and individuals with food sensitivities or dietary restrictions who just want to enjoy some tasty treats from time to time.
Of course we’re not saying that cookies for every meal is a good idea, or that gluten free automatically means good for you. What we are saying is that these PGH places are making healthier treats that actually taste good.
These baked goods are vegan friendly. There’s no gluten or soy, either. But rest assured, these treats do not lack flavor. Get your hands on some delicious brownies, moist donuts and killer cookies, at the Gluten Free Goat bakeshop inside the Pittsburgh Public Market. You’ll also find goodies from the Goat at area coffee shops and Naturally Soergel’s. See a rundown of all the delivery locations here.
This place has become one of Pittsburgh’s go-to spots for delicious scratch made, gluten free baked goods. The only thing missing from these handmade treats is gluten, casein and preservatives, because Gluuteny is committed to baking up allergy friendly eats. Plus, for all of the DIY bakers out there, Gluuteny offers gluten-free flour mixes so can hone your own healthy baking skills.
When a small time bakeshop in the suburbs consistently ranks among the best gluten free eateries around, it’s worth checking out. Which means that, in this case, a trip to Cafe Chocolade in Oakdale is in order.The gluten free breads, pastries, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, pies (you name it!) will have you questioning whether or not these baked goods are truly gluten-free. Which is a good problem to have. Guess you’ll have to keep sampling to find out for sure.
You’ve heard of two in one. Well, Sunny Bridge is a three in one. First, it’s a natural food store complete with good for you groceries galore. But they didn’t stop there. There’s an in-house gluten free cafe (offering healthy pizzas!). And, the main attraction for this particular article, their dairy and gluten free, vegan friendly bakery; complete with sugar free options.
If you’re a fan of allergy-friendly sweets, made with organic and local ingredients, they you should get to know My Goodies Bakery. They are supplying Pittsburgh and the surrounding area with a ton of allergy-friendly baked goods, including offerings of the gluten-free, soy-free and low-glycemic variety. Be on the lookout for My Goodies baked goods at The Big Idea Bookstore, Lili Cafe, East End Food Co-op and area farmers markets throughout the summer.
Just east of the city, in Greensburg, PA, Caren Weaver has been working hard to create delicious and gluten free friendly desserts. That’s been Caren’s mission since a friend, who had been diagnosed with Celiacs, told her there was nothing tasty to eat. Truly Wize has turned the tables on that idea, preparing healthier alternatives to traditional treats, made without the use of wheat, soy, dairy, nuts or artificial ingredients.
The Gluten Free Zone in Murrysville has evolved and reemerged as Ali’s Marketplace by the Gluten Free Zone. This newly expanded speciality store offers organic produce and groceries, green household items and wholistic health and beauty products. Last, but not least, Ali’s full-service gluten free bakery is committed to serving sweets without allergens or additives for customers with dietary restrictions looking for healthier alternatives.
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