Eating healthy is already a difficult feat. Anyone who has dietary restrictions knows that the number of healthy meals you can eat without having an upset stomach is automatically smaller.
Our gluten free lunch ideas will expand your imagination for what you can eat with gluten intolerance!
These recipes are so delicious that we're almost positive even the pickiest eaters in your family will clean their plates.
Add these healthy gluten free lunch ideas into your grocery list this week and see how easy it can be to eat with a gluten intolerance!
How Gluten Intolerances Affect You
In the past few years, being gluten free has been widely embraced. From restaurants to grocery stores carrying gluten free options, it has become increasingly easier to eat within the dietary restriction.
But do you know what gluten intolerance really is?
Gluten intolerance comes in two forms – celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Those with celiac disease inherit the autoimmune disease genetically and cannot ingest even small amounts of gluten without damaging their small intestine.
Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people in the world.
On the other hand, those with gluten intolerance do not technically have an autoimmune disorder or even a food allergy. Gluten intolerance happens when someone's digestive system has problems tolerating gluten.
When gluten is eaten, their bodies respond with fatigue, abdominal pain diarrhea and gas. About 15 percent of the U.S. suffers from gluten intolerance.
If you are unsure if you have a gluten intolerance, here are symptoms you should look out for.
- Issues with digestion
- Headaches (minor or severe like migraines and seizures)
- Anemia (iron deficiency, missed menstrual cycles)
- Issues with fertility
- Anxiety, depression
- Rashes on the skin
- Aching bones, joints
- Numb or tingling hands and feets
Remember that it is always best to see a physician for a proper diagnosis.
Healthy Gluten Free Lunch Ideas
No one likes to feel like their diet is limited. The delicious gluten free lunch ideas that we've gathered from our favorite sites will keep your bellies and mouths happy.
When gluten free tastes this good, you won't have a single regret!
These zucchini roll-ups will take you back to the good ole days of eating lunch by the playground.
Fresh and crunchy tasting with peeled zucchini, creamy and zesty with the hummus inside.
These gluten free zucchini roll-ups have just seven ingredients and require no baking or cooking at all.
Trust us, you'll be fighting over these with your kids.
Shrimp Avocado Salad
Salad? Or ceviche? This delicious shrimp avocado salad recipe will take you to the beach and back on your lunch break.
The lime and rice vinegar give just enough brightness to the creamy avocado, while the jalapeño ends every bite with a bang!
Butternut Squash Stew
This warm, filling butternut squash stew is definitely a recipe best enjoyed in cooler weather.
From the butternut squash to spices like oregano and thyme, you'll be drooling over this comforting concoction.
This stew proves that gluten free recipes can be as hearty and filling as recipes with gluten!
Peanut Sauce Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
Crunchy. Sweet. Crisp. Every word you use to describe these gluten free peanut sauce tempeh lettuce wraps is drool-worthy.
They are portable and stay fresh, as long as you separate the filling from the lettuce, making them a great dish to create for dinner and have leftovers during lunch.
Cutting Gluten and Cutting Pounds
Gluten free cooking is a big step forward to living a healthy lifestyle.
When we pay attention to our bodies' needs, they can perform at the top of their ability for us.
The tricky part is, each one of us have different needs to stay healthy.
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