What Can I (or do I) Eat on Gluten-Free Lifestyle
People ask me all the time what can I (or do I) eat if living a gluten-free lifestyle. I stay away from processed foods and microwavable foods (pre-packaged). I eat things I make from scratch so that I know what is and isn’t in them. I found it was a lot easier to make my own foods than it was to try to read all the ingredients on food labels! Some manufacturers seem to go to great lengths to hide what is actually in their products.
I make large batches of the food and freeze part
of it so that I am not cooking from scratch every meal. That's why I make so much amaranth and chili.
I eat: amaranth
(recipe on forum
), an egg
, and fresh fruit
. The only thing that varies is which fruit I will eat. This is not 100% of the time, but pretty close. I eat the amaranth because I read somewhere that a serving of amaranth has almost 50% of the RDA of iron. Since I am anemic, this is an important ingredient in my diet (read lifestyle – I hate the way diet has become synonymous with losing weight).
I eat protein
(chicken, turkey, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, eggs), vegetable
(broccoli, carrots, green beans, medley, cauliflower, corn, lettuce w veggies salad) and a grain
(brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet). Sometimes I replace the grain with either mashed sweet potatoes or spicy pumpkin (recipe in forum
Another option is my homemade chili which is more like a stew. I make it with black beans, ground turkey and lots of vegetables. Sometimes I use the chili as a topping on my gluten-free pasta or on my brown rice. Sometimes I use it as a topping on my salad. Everyone likes my chili and tells me I should sell it. (That is why the recipe is not in the forum.)
is pretty much a repeat of lunch just switching up the elements. Maybe chicken for lunch and shrimp for dinner.
, sometimes I eat some dark chocolate, a fruit and nut mix that I make, or fruit with peanut butter. Other times I eat some Nut Thins or Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers. I will add other things as I think of them.
If you notice, there are not many processed foods in my list. I do eat some, but not many. I write about them in the discussion forum and rate them for your benefit.
I did write about the Chex cereals in one blog because I was so excited about having mainstream cereals that were gluten-free that I had to try them and tell you about them.
Please do not misunderstand me, there are other things you can eat
. This is just a simple list (menu) to help you get started. I hope this helps some of you with your quest to find what you can eat now that gluten is no longer an option.