It’s yours truly, Wendy Battles, The Clean Eating Coach. Many of you know that I try to avoid wheat and gluten and have found that clean eating provides a simple framework for me to do so without a lot of food drama. I’ve very easily adapted to the clean eating lifestyle and with so many great dishes that can easily be made gluten-free, with a little forethought and planning, it’s not so hard.
It’s not that I have celiac disease and can’t tolerate any gluten. I feel fortunate that my body isn’t sensitive to that degree. However, years of eczema, especially as a teen and young adult, have made me hip to the reality that avoiding wheat makes a big difference with my skin. Can I eat some? Yes, but when I’m truly being careful about what I put into my body, it’s reflected in clearer skin.
I was excited when I recently came across a fantastic gluten-free resource, Living Without Magazine. This magazine and website is geared toward people with allergies and food sensitivities so it’s broader then just gluten-free issues. In fact, there are ample resources and recipes for people who are dairy-free, soy-free or have food allergies to things like nuts and seafood.
I was initially drawn to a recipe I saw for gluten-free turkey noodle soup. I haven’t made it yet but it looked so good that I’m going to add it to my meal plan for next week. It looks warming (fresh ginger root), flavorful (lemongrass) and healthy (I love anything with kale!), not to mention perfect for a snowy winter day like today (just wish I already had the ingredients).
In checking out the site, there are a host of gluten-free recipes and resources. Many of the recipes for baked good are probably things I would never make because they have far too much refined sugar (I like to keep it to a minimum and only use natural sweeteners) and just aren’t clean eating versions. But I definitely got some great ideas for soups and other gluten-free recipes that I would give a spin. You may also want to take a look at the gluten-free quick start guide that they have on their website.
What’s your favorite gluten-free resource? What do you do to build gluten-free foods into your diet that can still make cooking and eating simple and fun?