Going gluten free can mean many different things to many different people, but it generally means cutting out all gluten containing foods – wheat, barley, rye and some oats – from one’s diet. This can be a daunting task but it can lead to some profound health benefits. Going gluten free requires you to be mindful of the foods you are eating, and drastically reduces your intake of processed foods, so you begin to rely more heavily on whole, fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and naturally gluten free grains such as quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat and corn. Eating this way can lead to improved digestion, increased energy, better sleep and even greater mental clarity. The key is to stick to the naturally gluten free foods and to read ingredient labels meticulously – you’d be surprised how many products contain hidden sources of gluten!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small bell peppers, seeded and sliced
2 small zucchinis, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Cut four sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, large enough to seal your four chicken and veggie foil packets. Place chicken breast on the center of each foil sheet and top with bell pepper slices, zucchini slices, and minced garlic.
3. Drizzle each foil packet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
4. Fold the foil to enclose the ingredients and seal it at the top. Place foil packets on a large baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
6. Serve warm. Enjoy!