Gluten Free: A Quick Guide
What is Gluten? Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye that is responsible for holding the shape and texture of foods.
Going gluten-free can be daunting and expensive but it doesn't have to be. Keep fancy pre-packaged gluten-free foods in the market at bay. Not only are they expensive, they tend to be nutrient poor and full of added sugar. Instead, stick to naturally gluten-free foods. Luckily, there are plenty of them out there.
Foods to Avoid:
Think Breads, pastas, cereals, beers, cakes and other pastries. Make sure you are reading food labels diligently because wheat/ gluten is found in most processed foods.
Naturally Gluten-Free Foods:
- Fats like oils & butter
Naturally Gluten-Free Grains:
*Read the label. Oats are often processed in facilities that process wheat and therefore cross contamination with gluten may be present.
Meal Prepping Tips:
- Make GF breads, sauces or treats ahead of time and in bulk then freeze to use when needed.
- Plan and have a grocery list handy.
- Make the home a gluten-free zone to better support your family members who require this diet.