People like to go grain-free for many reasons. Some people find it trendy and try it out for that reason. Many others consider a grain-free diet due to digestive upset, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. Grain-free diet benefits range from clearing up one’s acne to finally getting relief from bloating and digestion issues. This is just one of the many benefits of a grain-free diet. Whatever the reason for going grain-free, try out some of my tips to keep your grain-free diet interesting.
Cereal and oatmeal aren’t the only breakfast meals, even if they typically come to mind first. Grain-free individuals can have freshly cooked eggs with a side of bacon or ham, a nice juicy steak paired with hash browns or diced potatoes, or a Denver omelet with all the fixings.
If you prefer a lighter breakfast, you can have grain-free banana bread or pumpkin bread, made fresh at home or bought from a bakery. You can try my delicious gluten-free healthy banana bread recipe. A simple parfait can be made with yogurt and whichever fruits you enjoy; blueberries, strawberries, and bananas are excellent toppings, especially when combined with nuts, giving you all the nutrients you need to start your morning. Grocery stores also sell various grain-free breakfast bars, held together with egg whites and fruit, rather than oats or granola.
Mid-day is here, and you want a sandwich or a burger, but they both have a big grain-filled bun on top! Not a problem, you can have your burger wrapped in lettuce, rather than a hunk of bread. The same wonderful taste of grilled beef and your favorite toppings, lacking only the bread. As for sandwiches, there is now more grain-free bread on the market than ever before. Some are made from almond or coconut flour, among other types. These can be hit or miss, depending on your preferences, but they are worth giving a test before simply cutting out your favorite hoagie or club sandwich from your meals.
If you aren’t in the mood for a sandwich, try cooking up some home-made fried chicken. This is where almond flour comes in handy because you don’t have to sacrifice the breading. You end up with an awesome, crispy exterior with the same delicious herbs and spices as any other fried chicken, minus the grains and the issues that come with it. An excellent way to fry is with an air fryer, which will still result in a crispy chicken, but without all the added oil. As a side note, vegetable and canola oil are also rough on the stomach, while avocado, grape seed, peanut, and sunflower oil are much easier on the digestive system.
There are countless terrific dinner meals that don’t require grains at all. Even those that do contain grains can often be substituted without compromising flavor. Freshly seared salmon or any other type of fish, garnished with some lemon and rosemary, is healthy, flavorful, and doesn’t contain one bit of grain.
Steak, grilled chicken, and salads are all wonderful meal ideas. The greatest benefit of salads is the seemingly limitless possibilities; Caesar, cobb, chicken, chop, mandarin, tuna, potato, and countless other variations of salads can be created and enjoyed. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are restaurants everywhere that make extravagant salads; just order one, pick it up, and enjoy.
I would love to hear if you have ever tried eating grain-free and what your personal experience has been with that. Let me know how challenging this has been for you or a loved one in the comments below. You can also connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva