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Gluten-Free Substitutions That Really Work

I was eleven years old when my father was first diagnosed with Celiac, a disease that requires him to follow a gluten-free diet. Since then, we have been on the constant lookout for appealing foods and substitutions. Nowadays, with the growing popularity of gluten-free diets, there are many good products available. Here are some suggestions for other gluten-free eaters out there:

Xanthan Gum 

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Source: iherb.com

Gluten holds everything together, and baked goods without gluten tend to be gritty and dense. Xanthan gum acts as a binder and is the perfect substitute for baked goods and/or foods that need thickened. In addition, it doesn’t affect taste. While it’s expensive, Xanthan gum is well worth the price in order to maintain food functionality.

Rice Noodles

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Source: glutensolutions.com

You don’t need to skimp on carbs. Rice noodles are a good alternative for the pasta lover in any household. Because they withstand boiling well, rice noodles are very enjoyable. Give this a shot for your upcoming spaghetti dinner.

Black Beans

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Brands don’t matter in this case; select any black beans that you want. Use black beans as a replacement for flour in brownie and cake recipes; it really works and it adds an extra punch of protein. Most of all, black bean baked goods are healthy! There is no losing on this one.

Yellow Corn Grits

brm-00919-5Grits are fantastic for porridge fans. Since yellow corn grits are hearty and are elevated by any flavor(s) you add, they are a good choice for hot cereal. Not all grits are gluten free; examine the brand thoroughly first.

Quinoa

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Source: gll-getalife.com

Due to its large amounts of protein, quinoa is a popular superfood right now. It serves as a different choice than rice and it’s filling without causing any guilt. Serve it as a side or add veggies and meat to it to make an entree.

Tamari

Source: strictlyglutenfree.com

Source: strictlyglutenfree.com

Finally, use tamari instead of soy sauce. Soy sauce is a beloved condiment, but it unfortunately contains gluten. In spite of this, tamari carries similar flavor without the gluten. Put this on your Asian-style cuisine next time.

In conclusion, gluten-free options are thankfully very prevalent. Because the diet is now a fad, recipes and food alternatives are popping up everywhere. While we had to pick from limited quantities in the past, eating gluten-free is easier now than ever. Speaking from experience, these suggestions all have my father’s stamp of approval.

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