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5 Gluten Free Foods that You Should Eat


Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. As the gluten free diet becomes increasingly common, alternatives to wheat are now more accessible in grocery and health food stores. Take a look at the following grains, seeds, and flours that are healthy substitutes to wheat-based foods:

Teff. Native to Ethiopia, teff is a gluten free whole grain that you can find served as bread in Ethiopian restaurants. You can also prepare teff as polenta or porridge. It contains plenty of iron, fiber, protein, and B vitamins.

teff

Amaranth. Once a major food crop of the Aztecs, this grain is an excellent source of lysine and methionine—two essential amino acids. In addition, it is high in Vitamin E, calcium, and protein. Try adding amaranth to flour blends, soups, and stews to boost their nutritional value.

amaranth-grain

Buckwheat. Despite its name, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed. An excellent plant source of protein, you can prepare the buckwheat “groats” as a hearty porridge. Buckwheat flour can be used to make noodles, cookies, cakes, or granola.

buckwheat

Millet. An ancient seed, millet is high in phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. You can cook the millet kernels similarly to rice or as a breakfast cereal. Millet is considered “alkaline”, making it easy digest.
millett

Almond flour. Made from ground blanched almonds, this flour is high in monounsaturated fats—which may decrease the risk of heart disease. Rich in vitamin E, fiber, and protein, almond floud is also low in carbohydrates. You will commonly find almond flour used in dessert and cookie recipes.

almond-flour

Have you tried any of these? What gluten free foods do you enjoy the most?

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