Yes, You Do Like Gluten-Free Food

The following post is from Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free:

egg strada

source: Amy Green

You do like gluten-free food.

Maybe you don’t eat a gluten-free diet. Maybe you can eat absolutely anything you want. And, maybe, just maybe you’ve decided that gluten-free food is not for you.

One of the most common responses I get when someone finds out that I eat a gluten-free diet is something like, “Oh. I tried something gluten-free once and it was disgusting.”

I can’t say I don’t agree with them. I’ve eaten gluten-free food that’s not fit for consumption. I’ve also eaten wheat-based food that’s just as unappealing. So, when someone tells me that they don’t like gluten-free food I know that they don’t really understand the meaning of gluten-free.

Just because there’s one or two gluten-free foods you’ve tried that you don’t like doesn’t mean all gluten-free food is bad. Ask anyone who’s shared a meal with my family. They’ll tell you that you really want an invitation to dinner at our house.

And, in all honesty, if everyone ate more of these foods America wouldn’t have a 26.2% obesity rate.

Here are some foods you’ve probably eaten in the last week that are completely gluten-free. Not only are they healthy, but I’m sure you like most of them, too.

Fruits and Vegetables

Totally gluten-free and full of nutrients, fresh produce is something our family can never get enough of. My 15 month old, Nate, loves all types of fruits and veggies. He’d rather eat an orange than a cookie. We buy organic whenever possible. Here’s a free printable guide to help you determine which items to buy organic.

Try this Simple Berry Salad, Mango Pineapple Smoothie Pops, or try adding seasonal fruit to your salads.

Beans

Beans work their way into our meals several times a week at least. They’re frugal, easy to prepare, and packed with nutrition. We live in Texas, where there are incredible Tex-Mex restaurants. It’s usually simple to find a gluten-free meal and, of course, I always love their use of beans.

Try beans as a healthy toddler snack, learn how to quickly incorporate beans into your meals, or whip up this incredible Brownie Batter Dip. Yep, it’s made with beans!

Eggs

Eggs are versatile and easy to prepare. You can eat them any time of day and they can often be prepared in no time flat. We have breakfast for dinner at least a few times a month. It’s one of those meals you can prep ahead of time and get on the table quickly.

Tired of plain scrambled eggs? Try dressing them up! Or, make protein-packed breakfast pancakes or this incredible egg strada with mushrooms, spinach, and cheese.

Dairy

While dairy is gluten-free, when it’s processed into other foods, such as some ice creams and cheeses it can have gluten added to it. It’s important to always read labels. Greek yogurt is a great snack that’s also high in protein.

Try frothing your own milk with no special equipment for a homemade latte. Or, make your own Buttermilk Dill Ranch Dressing.

Grains and Seeds

While some grains like farro, wheat, spelt, and kamut are not gluten-free there are so many tasty gluten-free grains you can choose from. Some of my favorites include wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, millet, and buckwheat.

If you’re like me and are prone to forgetting that you have a pot of rice on the stove top and it boils over every single time, try baking it instead. Or, try this simple beans and rice dish for a fast weeknight meal.

What gluten-free foods have you been eating lately?

A stay-at-home mom, wife, and passionate cook, Amy strives to make each meal healthy and delicious. When she’s not doing laundry, dishes, or caring for her son, she plays around with food in the kitchen developing new recipes, which she shares at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free. Amy also publishes The Balanced Platter and authored the book Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy & Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less.