Being gluten free means an individual abstains from eating any foods that contain gluten, such as wheat, rye and barley. All grains must be specifically labeled as “gluten-free” for an individual to consume them safely. Foods that are generally gluten-free include eggs, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and unprocessed meats. Dairy products, such as butter, yogurt, and milk, are also generally gluten-free, but care must be taken to avoid foods and sauces that contain gluten as an added ingredient. Additionally, gluten-free eating also applies to processed foods, such as breads, cereals and pasta, that may contain gluten as an added ingredient. For those with a medical condition such as celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, avoiding gluten-containing foods can offer many health benefits. These include decreased digestive issues, improved nutrient absorption, and a reduced risk of intestinal damage. Additionally, those who avoid gluten may experience weight loss, increased energy, and improved overall wellness.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-2 cups cooked quinoa -1/2 cup cooked black beans -1 cup fresh corn, cooked -1/4 cup diced red pepper -1/4 cup diced green pepper -1/4 cup diced onion -1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes -1/4 cup pumpkin seeds -3 tablespoons olive oil -2 tablespoons red wine or apple cider vinegar -1 tablespoon tamari or gluten-free soy sauce -1 teaspoon garlic powder -Salt and pepper to taste
Directions: 1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. 2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, black beans, fresh corn, red and green pepper, onion, and tomatoes. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, tamari or soy sauce, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. 4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine. 5. Serve topped with pumpkin seeds.