Being gluten-free means that your diet doesn’t include wheat, barley, or rye, which are some of the most popular grains around the world. It also means avoiding any derivatives of these grains like malt or brewer’s yeast. While this may sound like a daunting task, it’s actually quite easy to make healthy and delicious meals in the gluten-free lifestyle. Foods like fruits, vegetables, most dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds are all gluten-free. Alternate grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and amaranth are also great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are a great way to make sure you are getting plenty of nutrients in your diet. On top of having a wide variety of trusts available, gluten-free diets have numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity can experience relief of symptoms like migraine pain, fatigue, bloating, and joint pain when they decrease or eliminate gluten from their diet. Gluten-free diets have also been linked to improved digestive health, better mental clarity, more stable energy, and stronger immunity. Yes, transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle can be intimidating at first, but it’s also very rewarding when you start to feel the difference in your body. With some knowledge and creativity it’s possible to create a diet that’s both healthy and enjoyable, so take the plunge and explore what this lifestyle has to offer!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-1 teaspoon dried basil
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
-Freshly chopped basil or parsley, for garnish
1. Using a spiralizer, spiralize the zucchini to make noodles.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
3. Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the zucchini noodles to the sauce and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
6. Serve warm, topped with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if desired. Enjoy!