Are you eating gluten free?
If not, I’m sure you know someone who is. In fact, it’s become quite a trend! It is estimated that about 30% of the adult population is following a gluten-free lifestyle.
Although we don’t follow a gluten-free diet at our house, we do make it a point to eat gluten-free meals on Sunday. My mother-in-law eats with us on Sundays and she suffers from celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder that prevents her from eating gluten.
Why is gluten-free eating so popular?
Gluten-free eating has become very popular for a variety of reasons. Among them are:
- Claims of weight loss and a boost in energy levels have received a lot of media attention.
- Following a Paleo or Hunter-Gather diet in which all grains are eliminated.
- Gluten Sensitivity. People who are gluten sensitive may experience gas and bloating after eating foods that contain gluten.
- Celiac disease. For some people, like my mother-in-law, gluten can cause severe problems. About 1 in 100 people suffers from celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested.
What is gluten anyway?
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, barley and any foods made with these grains. Including, but not limited to:
- White flour
- Whole wheat flour
- Wheat Germ
- Wheat Bran
- Graham flour
Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to be difficult.
Many foods are naturally gluten-free. By simply consuming these naturally gluten-free foods you can avoid gluten and enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods.
Gluten Free Food List:
Here is a list of naturally gluten-free foods that we enjoy on a regular basis.
By mixing and matching foods on this chart you can come up with a virtually endless number of gluten-free meals. Here are some examples of easy gluten-free meals your family could enjoy:
Gluten-Free Main Courses
- Steak, Baked Potato, and Salad
- Black Beans and Rice
- Baked Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli
- Ham and Cheese Omelette with Home Fries
- Chili (Vegetarian or Meat)
- Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy (thickened with corn starch)
- Tossed Salad with Grilled Chicken
- Strawberries with Whipped Cream
- Hot Fudge Sundaes
- Fried Bananas
- Baked Apples
- Tapioca Pudding
If you are following or want to follow a gluten-free diet, I hope this list helps. Going gluten-free doesn’t require expensive specialty foods—there are plenty of naturally gluten-free foods that you are probably eating every day.