Being gluten free is a lifestyle choice that is on the rise for many people. A gluten free diet involves avoiding foods such as wheat, rye, and barley as these contain large amounts of gluten. It can be tough to make a dietary switch, but depending on your health goals there are plenty of benefits that come with a gluten free lifestyle. Eliminating gluten from your diet means that you need to get creative with meal choices in order to ensure you get a balanced diet. Fortunately, there are lots of foods that are naturally gluten free – such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs, dairy and unprocessed meat. Additionally, there is an abundance of gluten free options now available in stores which make following a gluten free diet much easier. When it comes to health, there are several potential benefits of eliminating gluten from your diet. Some people find that they experience fewer digestive issues, or that their skin problems clear up as a result of eating gluten-free. There is also evidence to suggest that going gluten free can reduce inflammation and, in some cases, even improve overall energy levels and mental clarity. In short, a gluten free lifestyle can potentially have positive health benefits for various individuals. It is important to seek medical advice before making any dietary changes of this kind. Doing so can ensure that you are optimising the health benefits of going gluten free and better equipped to make informed decisions on a long-term basis.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
• 1 red onion, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 1 green bell pepper, diced
• 1 zucchini, diced
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cans (14.5oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• Fresh parsley or basil, chopped for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In an oven-safe baking dish, combine red onion, garlic, bell peppers, and zucchini. Drizzle with olive oil.
3. Pour the diced tomatoes over the vegetables and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
5. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to combine.
6. Bake an additional 5 minutes.
7. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil and serve. Enjoy!