What Do I Eat?
When I made the transition to Gluten Free my biggest question was “what am I supposed to eat?” Many of the meals we regularly had at my house consisted of staples like tortilla shells, pasta and bread. At first, I cooked the usual for my family and just modified the meal for myself or ate something different, like salad. Lets face it, that gets BORING and as I have told you guys before, I LIKE FOOD!
I have good news, you can like food, eat healthy AND go gluten free! Today I am going to share with you some of my new staples and ways that I have modified our eating so that we can all eat the same thing and like it.
Here are 7 Tips to Gluten Free
1. Fruits and Veggies ~ Eat as many fruits and veggies as you want. These are healthy choices, they are gluten free and you can eat them alone or add them to dishes for added flavor and nutrients. Look up a variety of ways to make salads so you don’t get bored.
2. Pasta ~ You can still have pasta! If you purchase quinoa pasta and make spaghetti as usual NO ONE will know the difference. My family is picky so I tricked them! Hehehe…I made spaghetti and I kept some quinoa out for myself and mixed the rest with the noodles I usually buy. No one knew! So the next time I made the switch. If your family is picky like mine you can always put the new spaghetti in the old box 😉 Oh, and Prego sauce is gluten free or you can just make your own. (These ingredients are good for chicken parmesan too)
Another good one is corn pasta. Just this weekend we made bow tie corn pasta and added, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cheese, peppers and onions with Italian Dressing for a fabulous Italian Pasta dish and served it at a family gathering. No one knew the difference. You can change this around to fit any favorite pasta dish.
3. Tortillas ~ Corn and brown rice tortillas ( I prefer corn) are gluten free. So you can still make tacos, burritos fajitas and quesadillas. Just watch the taco seasoning many of them contain gluten. I usually just season the meat myself. Take a look at the back of a couple packages from the store to get an idea of what to add. You can also use a shell instead of a bun on brats or hot dogs (Organic without nitrates is highly recommended if your going to eat hot dogs).
4. Bread’s ~ You don’t have to give up bread! I’m not going to lie, it’s just not the same if your weakness is a good slice of sour dough or french loaf like mine was. But Udi’s has a great tasting line of gluten free breads. Here’s a tip on the buns, they do fall apart just a little but if you use a little butter and throw them under the broiler for a few minutes and toast em’ up, the won’t do that. Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bagels are really good too!
5. Breakfast ~ All of your breakfast staples like eggs, bacon, sausage and hash browns (homemade is best, otherwise watch that the potatoes are not coated) are gluten free, sorry not the toast. But you can buy Udi’s bread and use that. If you’re hungry for pancakes and waffles…don’t worry! Bisquick makes a gluten free mix that tastes GREAT! The box is smaller and more expensive and doesn’t go as far, but it’s just as good and it hits the spot when you just gotta’ have some!
I’m usually not a big breakfast eater myself unless it’s the weekend and I’m making a late one for the family. However, it is important to eat within an hour of waking up to get your metabolism going. My solution is a meal replacement protein shake, but you have to be careful because many of them contain gluten. I use ProFit. It’s gluten free and its delicious! I make it with almond milk and fruit in the am. It comes in chocolate or vanilla and contains super foods to get you going.
6. Dairy ~ You can have all the diary you want. I try limit dairy for myself but if you’re just focused on the gluten you can enjoy cheese, yogurt, milk, sour cream and ice cream (watch the the ones that have candy bars etc added in to make sure they are gluten free).
7. Supplements ~ You really have to be careful with the vitamins and supplements you take too. A lot of people don’t think about this one. I am a big believer in supplements. I was very sick a few years back and the right supplements saved me from a life full of misery and possibly death. I had many days where my heart was going crazy and my body felt so strange and painful that I really thought I could die. Dr. after Dr. told me they had no idea, until I found one that treated the problems instead of the symptoms. Now, I am happy to report that I feel GREAT and it’s largely due to the right supplements. The multi-vitamin I take is the It’s Vital Complete Nutrition Pack. It comes in a a little pack with vitamin’s minerals and omega 3’s, all you need for the day. You can also get each one of these separate but I prefer the packages.
I hope this helps give you a few ideas on how easy it is to transition to gluten free if you really want to. You just have to be willing to look for alternatives. If you’re hungry for a favorite don’t feel like you can’t have it, just look for a gluten free way to make it. I make brownies from chocolate ProFit, I make a pecan crust for a cheesecake and I have found a way to make batter that is light, crispy and taste’s great! You can still enjoy food and eat gluten free!
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BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a former pastor, teacher and speaker turned Stay at Home, Networking Marketing, Homeschooling Mama with a passion for overall health and wellness. Daveda has build a successful, home based business with It Works! Global and her desire is to inspire others to live healthy spiritually, mentally, financially and physically.