TOP 5 Gluten Free Foodie Finds
January 24, 2014
It's about this time that people start to break their New Year's resolutions for making healthier choices. We've all heard the sayings "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips," or "You are what you eat." Add these five items to your grocery cart this week and you won't be reaching your hand into the cookie jar or a bag of Doritos. Good news foodies, they are all gluten free!
Here are the TOP 5 items for this week:
1) Eggs: 70 calories, 0 carbs and 6 grams of protein--eggs are the perfect staple to add to a normal diet. They are full of iron and lechtin, and very versatile. Whip up an egg omelet with tons of veggies or hardboil a dozen and save them for later as a grab-and-go snack or salad topper.
2) Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is better than regular yogurt because a serving contains 15-20 grams of protein. But, always be sure to read the nutritional label. You want to look for a yogurt that has a balanced carbohydrate to protein ratio, and no added sugars. The best kind of Greek yogurt to buy is 0% Fage, but Chobani is also a good choice. Flavor your plain yogurt with berries, honey, granola or cinnamon to up the sweet factor naturally.
3) Berries: Think the darker the better. Stick to blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. These berries are lower on the glycemic index scale which will help keep your blood sugar levels in check. These little fiber bombs are the smartest, most nutritionally-dense fruit you can eat. Fresh berries can be expensive in the off season, but the freezer section is a good place to look. Just be sure that you are getting the unsweetened, natural kind.
4) Kale: Low calorie, high in fiber and iron, packed with folate, magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants--you can't go wrong with kale. Add some kale to your typical salad, make your own kale recipe like Liz did here or make kale chips! Kale chips taste just like potato chips and are easy to make. Simply preheat the oven to 350 degrees, remove kale leaves from the thick stems, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and place on a baking tray. Pop in the tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are brown, not burnt. Enjoy!
5) Salmon: Bright in color and packed with protein. It doesn't get much better than salmon. Research indicates that the omega 3's found in salmon help reduce belly fat, so if you are looking to lose some inches, put some salmon on your plate.