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Simple Wheat Free Foods

Simple Wheat Free Foods

You don’t have to have a gluten allergy or be a celiac to take up a wheat free diet - There are a whole bunch of benefits to enjoy by changing a few of your food choices, and if it’s good enough for superhealthy Gwyneth Paltrow and Novak Djokovic, its good enough for us!

Surprisingly a lot of the foods we eat daily are naturally gluten-free (in their natural,unprocessed form), such as: 

  • Rice

  •  Beans, seeds, nuts

  •  Fruits and vegetables

Other foods that usually contain gluten will most likely have a gluten-free version in your local supermarket, so don’t feel restricted. Start out simple, with some everyday alternatives to foods that you   normally eat, and work your way up from there. In the meantime, here are a few ideas for you to try out!

 

Breakfast:

  • Gluten-free cereal    

  • Gluten-free pancakes – using coconut milk and gluten-free flour

  • A veggie breakfast bake – mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, spinach and tofu. This has the added bonus of giving you 3 of your 5 a day – feeling better already!

  • Parsnip hash browns served with tempeh bacon, cherry tomatoes and some scrambled tofu (even add a slice of gluten-free toast) – talk about a full English!

Lunch:

  • Rice noodles – a perfect alternative to pasta, you could also use wheat-free soba noodles

  • Red onion and mushroom baked potato – tasty and low-fat

  • Beans on gluten-free toast – easy!

  • Smoky tofu, aubergine and red pepper in tomato sauce

Dinner:

  • Gluten-free vegetarian pizza – the Italians would be proud

  • Pasta with lentil bolognese

  •  Tofu and vegetable stir fry with rice

  • Soy curl soup – to keep you warm in the winter months

  • Crispy chickpea burger patties – McWho?

Desserts/Snacks:

  •  Mint coconut milk ice cream (super refreshing)

  • Fruit and nut truffles

  • Vanilla milk shakes using soya milk and vegan vanilla ice cream

  • Delicious fruit smoothies (check out our recipes)

Overall, you need to ensure that all the products you purchase are gluten-free and don’t have any gluten –containing grains, additives or preservatives. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the range of foods you have access to in your new gluten-free diet and remember, don’t shy away from trying out new recipes!

For more information on the ins and outs of a wheat free diet , check out a great article written by our expert nutritionist Lucy-Ann Prideux and get the facts.

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