It means to be gluten free is to completely avoid consumption of gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten free diets exclude all forms of wheat, as well as foods made with these grains, including bulgur, couscous, farro, cracked wheat, einkorn wheat, graham flour, semolina and triticale. Other foods which can be gluten free include fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, corn, quinoa, rice and non-gluten grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and teff. There are a number of health benefits associated with being gluten free, including improved digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, avoiding gluten can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, which has been linked with better overall health and wellbeing. Finally, those who are gluten free can experience an improved energy level and better focus, since their body is no longer trying to process difficult to digest proteins.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-2 sweet potatoes -4 pieces of bacon, cut into small pieces -1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese -¼ cup Parmesan cheese -1 tablespoon olive oil -1 teaspoon Italian seasoning -Salt and pepper to taste -Gluten free pizza crust
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes and place in a bowl. 3. Drizzle the olive oil onto the sweet potatoes and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. 4. Place the seasoned sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet. 6. Once the sweet potatoes are done, assemble the pizza. 7. Place the gluten free pizza crust onto a baking sheet. 8. Top the pizza crust with the cooked bacon and sweet potatoes. 9. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top. 10. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pizza crust is golden brown. 11. Cut into slices and enjoy!