Partaking in an occasional slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta is supposed to be pleasurable. But if these eats frequently stir up uncomfortable symptoms like bloat, gas, fatigue, and even anxiousness and migraines, then gluten could be more trouble than it's worth.
While some naysayers believe gluten sensitivity is little more than hypochondria, for people diagnosed with Celiac disease, gluten is a definite no-no. And for non-Celiacs, there are other valid reasons for wanting to give up this plant protein—whether it’s a wheat allergy, a desire to relieve inflammation, or just removing simple carbohydrates from the diet.
When done properly, a gluten-free diet can help more than hurt, by healing digestive issues, relieving chronic inflammation and pain, and regulating mood.
In our exclusive video, wellness coach Jennifer Partridge shares five gluten-free essentials that will get you through the day feeling good and totally satisfied.
1. Quinoa flour
Known as the “mother of all grains” in the Incan empire, quinoa is high in nutrients and fiber. Turn a cookie or cake recipe gluten-free in an instant by substituting Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quinoa Flour for white flour in baking.
2. Whole grain cereal
A breakfast of champions should provide lasting energy, without artificial sweetener. Tee Chia Sustained Energy Cereal is loaded with a full spectrum of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber from crispy rolled oats, fluffy chia seeds, quinoa, antioxidant-rich blueberries, and nuts.
3. Vegetable-based pasta
No need to give up the dream of a filling bowl of pasta. Explore Asian Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettucine is is a vegetable-based pasta with just three ingredients and 25 grams of protein—can’t beat that. Add it to salads or enjoy it as a main dish on its own. Just be sure to shop for gluten-free pasta sauce to serve it with, since gluten can be hiding in certain sauces, condiments, and marinades.
4. Snack alternative
For a case of afternoon snack cravings, ditch the crackers and try Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips instead. They’re made of black and navy beans and long-grain rice, and are free of the eight most common food allergens.
You won’t miss pies, cakes, or pastries with Laughing Giraffe Organics Chocolate Snakaroons in the pantry. With only six ingredients, you’ll have no regrets, even if you manage to devour the whole bag in record time.
Serious about going gluten-free? Read more about the staples you need to prep your pantry.
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