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Easy Substitutes To Go Grain-Free

After watching the effects going gluten free has had on my family dealing with some chronic health conditions, it’s clear to see that gluten free is more than just a “food fad”. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities are true health conditions that affect more people than you may think or believe. The truth is that cutting out gluten can be a big boost for your health. On top of that, recent research is pointing to other grains that may be insulting to our systems. Corn, wheat, and soy are so prevalent in our diet that they can start perpetuating inflammation. Do you wake up in the morning with sore muscles or are you dealing with chronic pain? Do you constantly have phlegm in your throat or do you always have to blow your nose? These may be small signs that your system is rejecting grains causing an increase in inflammation in your body. Cutting grains from your diet is an easy test to see how your body feels when you’re gluten/grain free. As your body heals, you can slowly introduce some grains like quinoa or spelt to see how you respond. You may find that you can handle some well and others not so well. When finding what foods work best for you, the best thing you can do is listen and recognize to what your body is telling you after you eat.

Now maybe you’re on board with cutting out grains but just like I felt, maybe it’s all feeling like way too much. Are you overwhelmed by giving up bread, pasta, tortillas, etc…? Have no fear! Going grain-free is easier than you think and there are easy, delicious substitutes that will make you say “Grain who?”.

Lettuce Boats for Tortillas

This may be the easiest substitute you’ll ever make. Simply peel off those beautiful lettuce leaves, wash, dry, and load up with your favorite meat and toppings. This is a go-to in our household on taco night. The plus side is you’re not only eliminating the grains but you’re also sneaking in extra veggies. What a bonus!

Cauliflower for Pizza Crusts

Yes, you read that right! Cauliflower can be pulverized into a snow like substance, combined with delicious ingredients and baked with your favorite sauce and pizza toppings! And again extra veggies, sans grains! Don’t believe me? Try this delicious recipe for yourself!

Spaghetti Squash for Noodles

The name says it all. This interesting squash when cooked scrapes out into a noodle like shape. One of my favorite meals is a buffalo meat sauce over spaghetti squash but you can really substitute this squash into any of your favorite pasta recipes. For more detailed instructions of how to achieve these “veggie noddles” check out this article.

Bananas for Pancakes

One of my favorite artists growing up was Jack Johnson so making banana pancakes definitely takes me back. What’s really great about bananas is that just like flour they can add structure to food making these pancakes possible with just a little bit of coconut flour. Three ingredients are all you need in the morning with this easy pancake recipe, give it a try!

Extra Eggs for Cake

When I decided to cut out grains, one of the things I thought was going to be the hardest to get over was baked goods. Luckily this type of cake came literally across my plate and it’s a good one! By adding extra eggs, there’s enough structure for a delicious, brownie like cake without the flour. However, remember to consume those sweets in moderation! To make your own, try this easy Flourless Chocolate cake recipe.

And these are just a few examples of the easy ways to go grain-free!  Have you found other substitutes that you’ve enjoyed?  Let me know!

 

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Lauren Dodds, D.C.
Lauren Dodds, D.C.
Dr. Lauren Dodds is a NUCCA chiropractor and owner at the Upper Cervical Chiropractic Group in Alexandria, VA. She gets to practice with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jake. Lauren has been working towards living and promoting the chiropractic lifestyle since a sports injury as a high school freshman left her sidelined from life. While trying to get healthy again, she has experienced many health care approaches and techniques. But since receiving upper cervical chiropractic care herself and realizing the potential of true health, she has been dedicated to providing a better health care to her community in the form of NUCCA chiropractic. When not taking care of people, Lauren enjoys cooking and baking, exploring new places in the DMV, and relaxing by the water with a good book. Connect with her and the Upper Cervical Chiropractic Group by using the social buttons below!
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