Guest Post by Jane Blanchard
Living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult but adding in a gluten restriction can make coming up with appetizing meals seem impossible. By keeping a few key healthy foods stocked in your fridge you can relieve yourself the stress of coming up with a new meal everyday. Just mix these healthy foods into creative plates and you’ll feel energized and healthy all week long.
Best paired with fresh crunchy vegetables, Hummus makes a delicious and fulfilling treat. Since hummus is so rich in the protein found in it’s main ingredient, chickpeas, it can help curb hunger and give you plenty of energy. There are so many different flavors, you’re bound to find one you like.
2. Cooked Quinoa
You can prepare a batch of quinoa at the beginning of each week and store it in the fridge. Add in some almond milk and fresh fruit to make a satisfying pre-made breakfast option. Add some vegetables and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing to create a delicious salad for lunch. Most people get in trouble when hunger catches them off guard. By making a large batch in the beginning of the week, you have a quick and healthy option when you’re too hungry to make something from scratch.
Applesauce makes a great treat as a desert or at breakfast. Add in some cinnamon for some extra flavor. The healthiest applesauce comes from organic apples with the skin left on and no added sugar.
4. Lentil Chili
Create a gluten free chili using tomato sauce, veggies, organic meat and lentils. Lentils are quick to prepare and absorb so much flavor from cooking. They are one of the best sources of fiber. You can create a hearty and delicious chili that will leave your family begging for seconds.
Create a bowl of fresh guacamole as a mid-day snack. You can treat yourself to some tortilla chips and salsa to make a complete meal. Avocado is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Because of avocados natural fat content, your body is able to absorb more life saving carotenoids than from other foods.
6. Dark Green Leafy Salad
Whether you prefer kale or tabuli, the darker the leaves the higher the nutritional content. Salad dressings are gluten free so if the vegetative taste of dark salad is not pleasant to your palette, make it more tolerable by adding a flavorful dressing to your salad. Be sure to measure out your dressing so you don’t accidentally pour on an excessive amount.
Yogurt is a nutritious addition to any meal that requires little to no preparation. Just pop the lid and dig in. You can choose a cup with fruit or a plain type. Yogurt contains probiotics which will help in digestion and can fight bacteria.
Make a delicious tuna salad as a good source of protein. Create a lite version by following this recipe from The Food Network. You can serve your tuna salad with gluten-free crackers or assemble a Tuna Melt on warmer gluten free bread with cheese.
9. Fruit Salad
Toss a few favorite fruits together to make a fruit salad as a perfect side item. Pineapples, Grapes, Melons, and Strawberries make great additions. As the sweet juices from the fruits mix and intermingle, you’ll be left with a sweet salad that’s perfect for hot summer days.
10. Corn Tortilla
Everyone loves taco night! Make tacos with your favorite meat or fish and top with veggies and salsa. You can create an assembly line in your kitchen where each family member can customize their tortilla with the toppings they love. Tacos are a healthy and satisfying gluten free dinner option your whole family will enjoy.
For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.
Thanks to Jane from Modernize.com for sharing this very helpful post on stocking your fridge for a healthy week! What are your favorite naturally gluten-free foods?