it When you’re new to the gluten-free lifestyle, you will be making a lot of changes. Especially to the items you keep in your pantry. If you were a big bread lover, or ate a lot of packaged and processed foods, you will be making some huge changes.
One way to stick to a gluten-free diet is to have everything that you need at home in your pantry for cooking healthy meals without having to make it too complicated. That starts with keeping some staples in your kitchen that are readily available.
Both brown and white, although brown is much healthier. These are important staples to have because, not only is rice gluten-free, but it can also be used as a replacement to create certain recipes. Brown rice is good for you, low in fat, and calories, and versatile so it works with many different healthy meals. Check the label before buying to be certain that it has no cross contamination with gluten.
Certified Gluten-Free Oats:
One way to add gluten-free grains to your diet is to add in certified gluten-free oats. This allows you to make your own oatmeal or overnight oats, which will fill you up and provide an easy, healthy breakfast. However, if you are newly diagnosed or your gut is still in the healing process, I would recommend to wait at least 6 months before trying oats.
Quinoa, (pronounced keen-wah), is a powerhouse of nutrition, flavor and texture. Upon first look, you may think that quinoa is a grain, but the truth is, this little disc shaped thing is really a seed. It has a rice-like appearance with a fun, crunchy texture and slightly nutty flavor, and comes from the same family as spinach, Swiss chard, and beets. The nutritious, amino acid rich seeds are light and fluffy when cooked, with a little snap to them. They can be used in place of pearl barley, or tiny glutenous pasta.
You are going to need to replace regular wheat flour with gluten-free flours. There are plenty of varieties out there. Some are now even blended so that you can use them cup for cup to replace glutenous flours in your favorite baking recipes.
Plain or Raw Nuts:
Nuts are always good to have in the kitchen as they make up an easy snack, but can also be put in the food processor to grind up, then added to different gluten-free recipes. However, be sure to get only the natural or raw kind and then check your labels. Some nuts are processed in the same plants as wheat, soy and tree nuts. Also, seasoned, and dry roasted nuts can often contain small amounts of gluten as well.
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