Gluten Free Living Is Healthier & Easier Than You Think!
People are switching to gluten free living to help get fit and feel better. The internet has tons of resources for finding various gluten free recipes so there’s no need to go buy recipe books. You will more than likely not even notice any big changes in tastes and you will gain more confidence in this lifestyle choice as you are able to create meals you and your family love. Try new recipes and for the ones you like, make a bookmark folder and save them inside to easily look up on your laptop or tablet. You’ll be surprised how fast your file will grow ensuring you never get bored. As your file grows you can ensure lots of variety in your diet so you won’t feel restricted or bored by eating the same thing over and over again in your new gluten free living lifestyle. Below are some great ideas to get you started.
Yogurt is a great, fast, simple option. Many companies now make gluten free, just be sure to read the label. Cabot, Stonyfield, Fage and Chobani all have Gluten free options. You can use the yogurt as a base for a healthy and tasty smoothie too. You can use gluten free flours to make waffles or pancakes, uncured smoked apple wood bacon, eggs for protein and numerous omelet’s. If you love cereal or oatmeal they even offer Gluten free options.
Cold cuts offer a variety of options for gluten free living. Turkey, Roast Beef even Pastrami come with a gluten free option and all are high in protein. There is a great debate between cured and uncured meat being healthier for you. I will not go into that here, I will encourage you to read the labels to make sure the lunch meat you are buying meets your gluten free living lifestyle by the processing method. Use the meats to make a healthy and flavorful salad or wrap them in cheese. Again, be sure to check the cheese labels as not all cheese are gluten free. Boar’s head has a lot of Gluten free living options. Sandwiches can be a part of your gluten free living but please use bread cautiously. Odi’s and Canyon bakehouse are a couple of options. Here’s a fun nachos recipe to show how much you can mix things up gluten free living.
Sticking with the “protein is healthy, builds muscle and keeps you full longer” you have many dinner options. You can find plenty of meats including lean beef, pork, and poultry as well as fish and seafood. The thing to use caution with is the marinate you choose. Fortunately, there are lots of marinate recipes the web, here are some. I highly recommend you make your own marinates, not only for the freshness and to make sure you are only using ingredients that meet your gluten free living lifestyle but they will taste much better. Adding fresh vegetables and your choice of potatoes offers you a wonderful meal without gluten. You can also make cauliflower or gluten free rice.
Gluten free snacks you can enjoy between meals will keep you on track. Cut up fresh fruit (not too much though because of the sugar content) and vegetables (you can always go crazy on veggies like carrots, cucumbers and celery) so you can grab them and go. If your turning your nose up right now thinking fruits and vegetables are at the bottom of your snack list no problem, you have plenty of other options. Nuts like cashews, almonds and pistachios make great snacks. Salami (Columbia and Prillo have gluten free options) and cheese, rice crackers and cheese, rice crackers and peanut butter, almond butter or hummus will fill you up to carry you over until lunch or dinner. You can even find gluten free chips, fresh salsa and guacamole that are all gluten free. Be sure to read the labels and check out this list for many more snack ideas.
Last but not least, perhaps even the most important is dessert! Everyone loves dessert and just because you are switching to gluten free living does not mean you do not have plenty of tasty options. Feel like a quick dessert, Better Bowls makes a great tasting, gluten free pudding. You can easily make homemade cakes and pies using gluten free flours and fresh ingredients. Head over to the ice cream isle and you will find plenty of choices for gluten free. Be sure to read the labels closely though as not all companies are offering gluten free ice cream. Some old favorites like Breyer’s, haagen-daz and Dreyer’s do have gluten free options. Talenti is one of my favorites.
As you can see, switching to a gluten free lifestyle will not be difficult. Give it a try for 30 days, see if you notice more energy and fewer allergies. It just might be exactly what you need in your life.