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I refuse to be skinny. I like being a curvy girl. I must admit, though, I am happy about the way my body looks and feels since I’ve given up gluten (for the most part.) There is a lot of misinformation going around about gluten. It is not an evil substance created by the government to destroy you, as many health blogs would have you think. Only about 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the intestines when gluten is eaten. For the rest of us, eating gluten isn’t a life threatening choice, but it is fairly common for people to have sensitivities to gluten and wheat. For those interested in trying out some gluten-free eats that don’t taste like damp sawdust smeared on top of cardboard, allow me to recommend some snacks that you’d enjoy whether you were about that gluten-free life or not or not.
Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Chips – I am in love with these things because they are yummy and I can find them anywhere. I got these chips in the airport in New York, at convenience stores I stopped in during a road trip to Georgia, at grocery stores in Atlanta…you get my point. They are totally gluten free, you should try them. My favorite flavor is Sweet Chili. Of course chips aren’t the healthiest choice in the world (do I really need to give you a speech about the importance of vegetables? Don’t get me started.) But it is better for you than most chips because these are made with whole grain brown rice. Nom nom nom.
Red Hot Blues – These chips are made of blue corn, spices, and happiness. They are not as readily available as Riceworks, I rarely see them outside of health food stores or grocery stores with a healthy foods aisle. They make the perfect addition to a boring ass meal of soup & salad and they are flavorful enough to make you forget they are healthy, which is always a plus. Personally, I LOVE spicy food. If you don’t, stay away from these chips. They go great with pretty much anything, hummus, salsa, guacamole, bean soups… the list goes on, my friends. If you can find these babies I strongly reccommend you try them. Even my nephews love Red Hot Blues. They call them “Healthy Doritios.”
Quinoa– It might benefit you more to eat quinoa because it provides a complete protein on its own without the fat, calories, sodium or cholesterol that you’d get from eating meat. More and more grocery stores are starting to carry it, so you might even be able to find it in prepared foods. If not, it is super easy to make at home, give it a try.
Chinese broccoli-I have no idea why I am addicted to this stuff, but I order it from an Asian restaurant at least 2 or 3 times a week. In contains vitamin C, A, K, E, three of the B vitamins, Niacin, and Folate. As far as minerals are concerned, it contains Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and Selenium. Sooo good!
Kale salad-Since I was traveling so much over the past month, I had to snag salad on the go. I DESPISE wimpy soggy salads so I prefer kale, which has more flavor & a better texture than regular lettuce. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, it also contains a crazy dose of vitamin K, providing 1327% of the your daily value in 1 cup. So yeah…eat up.
Sweet potatoes- What I love most about sweet potatoes is that I can cook them in my oven, toss them in the fridge, & snack on them as I see fit. The most abundant vitamin found in a sweet potato is vitamin A, which gives more than 300% of the daily recommended value (maybe that’s why my skin has been so clear lately!) They also contain vitamins C, B5, & B6. Most importantly, they’re yummy.
Legumes- I have been cutting back on tofu (I am considering removing soy from my diet next, don’t get me started) so I’ve been getting my protein from legumes such as beans, peas, & lentils. Legumes are a major source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and zinc. In addition, they are low in fat and are very affordable.
Larabars-I have a sweet tooth and I refuse to change. In terms of gluten free options for sweets, I chose Larabars, which are all-natural bars made from a combination of unsweetened fruits, nuts, & spices. They contain no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. A big plus is that they’re suitable for any lifestyle; they’re gluten free, dairy free, soy free, kosher, vegan, and non-genetically modified. They come in SO MANY FLAVORS that you never have to get bored with them.