Increasing awareness as led people to change their diet and lifestyle to suit their bodies better. People who are sensitive to gluten remove food items containing grains like wheat, rye, barley, etc. A gluten-free diet can help you feel less bloated, improve your energy levels, and may even improve your skin condition.
At Dr Jen's, we encourage people to alter their diet based on their body's needs. Many are intimidated by this change so there's a list of things you can enjoy when you're on a gluten-free diet:
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are always a great addition to your diet. They’re rich in natural nutrients, fibers, minerals, and other such beneficial compounds. Fruits and vegetables are also gluten-free, so you can eat them whenever you feel hungry without worries. A simple bowl of mixed fruit is a delicious and filling snack that's a great replacement for junk food like ice cream, surgery beverages, doughnuts, etc. If you’re craving something sweet and refreshing, fruits are the best way to go.
2. Grain Alternatives
You need to avoid wheat, rye, barley, and even oats processed along with these grains if you’re on a gluten-free diet. This may seem like a lot, but there are several great alternatives for them. You can use these flours or grains instead:
- Corn (make sure it is labeled gluten-free)
These are just some of the many grain alternatives available in the market today. All of them can be used to make staple food items like bread, tortillas, pancakes, waffles, crepes, and even cakes or cookies. There are hundreds of online recipes on how to use alternative flours or grains as a replacement for traditional options.
Eggs are some of the most versatile food ingredients. They are great for making quick meals when you’re in a hurry, which suits the modern lifestyle well. There’s no need to spend an hour chopping, cooking, straining, or stirring. It is easy to whip up a quick omelet or scramble them in the pan. You can also make fancy dishes or add them to salads for some extra flavor. The best part is that they are 100% gluten-free as long as you don’t add any grain or flour that has gluten in it. Eggs are also a great source of protein, which is essential to maintain a healthy diet.
4. Beans, Seeds, and Legumes
Many people who are on a gluten-free diet are also vegan or vegetarian, which means they don't want to eat any meat and dairy products. Beans, seeds, and legumes are the perfect alternative to eggs, lean meats, and bread. Here's a look at what you can add to your diet:
- Beans – Chickpeas, kidney beans, peas, black beans, soybeans, pinto beans, and navy beans are all great sources of nutrition.
- Seeds – Hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, squash, sesame, watermelon, and sunflower seeds are all gluten-free.
- Legumes – Lentils like brown, green, red, yellow, peanuts, and split peas are all a good source of protein and nutrients.
All of these ingredients are a great addition to your pantry. You can prepare food from different global cuisines using them.
5. Gluten-Free Energy Bars
Sometimes you are hungry but not in any mood to cook food or chop up a salad. Gluten-free protein bars are the perfect solution for such a situation. They are filling, delicious, and packed full of healthy ingredients.
If you want a good gluten-free snack alternative, consider getting Dr. Jen's Ultimate Protein Bars. They are delicious, healthy, and are available in a wide range of flavors. They are made from all-natural ingredients, have low sugar, and are rich in protein as well as fiber.