Wellness Wednesdays: Thoughts on Gluten

Naturally Gluten Free Pantry Staples

Hello Friends,
My goodness, gluten sure has become the hot topic over the past few years.

My Thoughts: I believe gluten is difficult for many people to digest and most people feel better when they cut back on the bread a bit.

However, the gluten free packaged and processed foods on store shelves are not necessarily healthy – do not be fooled, my friend.  Many gluten free breads, crackers, cookies and cereals are packed with ingredients you can not pronounce and sure as heck do not keep in your pantry.

Instead of turning to the gluten free versions of bagels and breads, try foods that are naturally gluten free. For example, have oatmeal instead of a bagel and a grain instead of bread.

– If you are not allergic to gluten, ask yourself this:
Which of these two crackers would my body prefer?
Rye Crisp Crackers (containing gluten. with 2 ingredients, rye and salt)
Glutino’s Crackers (oh my gosh you will not believe all of the ingredients here)

My favorite post run snack: rye crisp, almond butter, banana and chia and hemp seeds


Naturally Gluten Free Pantry Staples:
Whole:
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, all rices

Processed a bit from their natural state:
Brown Rice CousCous
Quinoa Pasta
Oats
Corn meal
Flax meal (I use as an egg replacement in veggie burgers and baking)
almond/coconut flours

As you may know I cook and live primarily gluten free.  I am not allergic to gluten, however, 4 years ago when I removed gluten from my diet I immediately started feeling better.  That’s not to say I pass on pasta in Italy or my dad’s berry pie on my birthday.

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