Being gluten-free means avoiding foods that contain the protein gluten. Gluten is found naturally in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Gluten can also be found in many processed foods such as soups, salads, sauces, dressings, and baked goods. Being gluten-free requires paying closer attention to food labels and avoiding ingredients that contain gluten. It is not impossible to be gluten-free, as there are many foods that naturally do not contain gluten such as fruits, vegetables, quinoa, buckwheat, nuts, beans, and dairy products. The health benefits of being gluten-free include improved digestion, increased energy levels, improved mental clarity, and reduced inflammation. Since gluten can be difficult for some people to digest, eliminating it from their diet can help alleviate digestive issues. Additionally, many gluten-free foods are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a healthier option overall. Being gluten-free can also help those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities maintain their health and avoid potentially damaging side effects caused by consuming gluten.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-1 cup uncooked quinoa -2 tablespoons olive oil -1 onion, diced -1 bell pepper, diced -2 cloves garlic, minced -1 cup diced carrots -1 cup diced mushrooms -1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce -1 tablespoon sesame oil -Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. 2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften. 3. Add the carrots and mushrooms, and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. 4. Pour in the soy sauce and sesame oil, and mix until the vegetables are evenly coated. 5. Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet and mix until combined. 6. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 7. Serve.