6 Gluten-Free Healthy Food Choices

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Does looking for gluten-free foods have you glum? Adopting the gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging at first; but the more you learn about healthy foods that don’t have the gluten protein, the easier your meal planning will be.

Check out these 6 Gluten-Free Healthy Food Choices:

1. Fruits & Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free foods, so they should be go-to ingredients in your meal plans. Fresh fruits and veggies—not packaged or processed—will give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. If you buy processed, be sure the product has little to no added sugar or preservatives, and make sure it’s not processed in a facility that also processes gluten products. Use your fresh produce in this Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad.

2. Quinoa
This superfood is a complete source of gluten-free protein. It’s also packed with fiber, iron, and calcium, making it a smart choice for vegans and the lactose intolerant. Fast becoming a staple in healthy gluten-free meals, it’s used in recipes like this yummy Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper. Find more recipes in The New Quinoa E-Book.

Haven’t tried this superfood yet? Learn to prepare it in 6 Steps to Perfect Quinoa.

3. Rice
Like quinoa, rice makes a great base for many healthy gluten-free meals. Brown rice is the best choice because it’s minimally processed, so it delivers more fiber and vitamins than its white rice cousin. (Learn more in Brown Rice vs. White Rice.) Always read the package label to make sure it hasn’t been processed with foods containing gluten.

4. Fresh Eggs
For years eggs have had a bad reputation when it comes to healthy foods, but now they’re being put back in the spotlight. Why? They deliver plenty of gluten-free protein plus omega-3 fatty acids. Try them in this Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancake recipe.

5. Beans
Legumes are a good gluten-free choice. They can be added to anything from soups to salsas to sauces. Beans also provide protein, B vitamins, and antioxidants. While beans themselves don’t contain gluten, they are sometimes packaged in facilities that process gluten products—so it’s a good idea to read the label before you buy. Try one of our gluten-free recipes with Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans.

6. Lean Meat, Fish, & Poultry
Non-breaded lean meat, fish, and poultry are gluten-free foods that offer protein to fuel muscles and provide energy. Keep an eye on labels, though. Some meat products, like chicken or turkey broth, may have ingredients with gluten. Satisfy your taste for healthy seafood with Quinoa and Shrimp Paella.

SkinnyMs. can help you can find the gluten-free healthy food choices that will fuel your family and satisfy your taste buds. Check out more Gluten-Free Recipes.

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2 Comments on "6 Gluten-Free Healthy Food Choices"

  1. carrie  September 2, 2013

    I was diagnosed with MS two years ago and my food options were very slim. With places like this site, that make it a little simpler, I don't feel so helpless when figuring out what to eat. Thank You for all you have done and continue to do.

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    • Skinny Ms.  September 2, 2013

      Carrie, You are so welcome! Thank-you. 🙂

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