Gluten Free Post FB 1605 v1Removing gluten from your diet takes a little work but is worth it, especially if you are among the growing population that have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.  But get those pre-conceived notions out of your head, eating gluten-free doesn’t mean being flavor-free anymore.  We found lots of yummi® recipes for you to try!

The gluten-free diet is a hot trend, especially among young health-conscious adults, parents, athletes, and well-being experts.  With a food market growth increase of 63% in just two years, it’s expected to soar to new heights, as more and more people are reporting that they are feeling healthier and more energized by following a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the composite protein (gliadin and glutenin) found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s found in foods such as pasta, bread, pizza, cookies and muffins. Although not all gluten is wheat, all wheat is gluten – and it is also one of the top 8 allergens. Wheat-allergy is especially common in childrenThough a small percent of the population suffers from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease which can pose serious risk if even the slightest trace of gluten is consumed,  it’s estimated that about 18 million people have a gluten-sensitivity which can make gluten hard to digest. Other reasons for opting in to a gluten-aware lifestyle include: relieved feelings of fatigue, bloating, and clouding of consciousness after consuming high-gluten foods (that ‘what was I about to do’ feeling).

 

Limiting Gluten May Be the Smart Move

Reshaping your diet to limit breads, grains and pasta can result in the consumption of more nutrient-dense foods, which will increase your energy levels and lead to overall better health. It’s also possible that gluten-conscious eating habits may increase brain power. Many people have reported that they had enhanced mental agility and improved memory with less gluten in their diet. They also reported feeling more active!

Whether you’re gluten intolerant, or just looking to cut back on gluten for personal reasons, learning to eat gluten-free can be a challenge! Luckily there are a lot of gluten-free food blogs, recipes, and even menu alternatives at restaurants that make saying “no” to those starchy high-carb, gluten-heavy foods less of a drag. For starters, make sure to fill up on fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, lean meats, poultry, fish and dairy products. Some helpful cooking substitutes include corn tortillas, quinoa, and almond flour. Believe it or not, you can even use mashed potatoes to make pizza crust!

 

Wheat Free Recipes that Will Make You Go YUMMM……….

In honor of Food Allergy Awareness week, we would like to share some of our favorite wheat- free recipes. These are a perfect addition to a healthy (and fun) gluten-conscious diet for both grown-ups and kids!  The chocolate chip cookies are amazing! And don’t forget, all of our gummy vitamins are always gluten free, and Yummi®

 

1.) Use Almond flour and Coconut flour for the best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
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2.) Quinoa is a gluten-free grain – and makes for a delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl!chicken bowl
3.) These Easy Baked Chicken Quinoa Meatballs are perfect over gluten-free pasta or zucchini noodles.

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Stephanie Sakalian is an O.C. native who earned her BA in Social Psychology at Portland State University. She enjoys cooking Portuguese food, photography, and record collecting. In her spare time she is hiking in the desert or attending live music shows. Stephanie loves to travel to new places – “money fills your pockets but adventure fills your soul”. Favorite gummy vitamins: Slice of Life Energy B12!

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