As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, we have come up with an AWESOME new meal plan designed by nutritionists and now available in the Healthy Mummy App!
Introducing the GLUTEN FREE Meal Plan!
This Meal Plan is a NEW to our Healthy Mummy App and is ADDITIONAL to some of the meal plans we have including:
- Pantry Basics
- Budget Time Saver meal plan
- Hormone Balancing for 45+
- Higher Calorie
Along with all these meal plan options, there are over 6000 healthy and family friendly recipes in the Healthy Mummy App, with filter functions to make searching for your favourite recipes really easy!
Scroll down to find out about all things Gluten PLUS get a sneak peek of some of the Gluten Free recipe on the new Meal Plan!
Why go Gluten Free
Gluten free diets have become the most common ‘special diet’ worldwide. The reason for following a Gluten Free diet is primarily due to medically diagnosed health conditions that can cause a host of digestive and gut problems.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found mostly in grains, and as an additive in some processed foods. The breakdown and digestion of gluten can be toxic or cause an immune reaction in some people.
There are three main disorders that a person can have that will cause them to have an adverse reaction to gluten. These are:-
- coeliac disease
- wheat allergy
- non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
What are the symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of these disorders can include: iron deficiency or anaemia, bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, abdominal pain, body aches, nausea and vomiting, weight changes, irritation around the mouth or throat, hives, nasal congestion, headaches, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. If you experience any of these symptoms please speak to your health care provider. They may suggest that you follow a gluten free diet.
What you can and can’t eat
It can be quite overwhelming when you begin to follow a gluten free diet. Checking the back of every packet can be tiresome but it is essential.
The main ingredients to avoid are:
- wheat derivatives such as semolina
- brewer’s yeast
- oats (while oats are technically gluten free they are often processed in facilities with gluten)
When a packet says ‘may contain traces of gluten’ this means that the food may have come into contact with gluten somewhere in its production and therefore is best to be avoided.
Gluten free foods
There are lots of foods that are gluten free, but it’s still always safe to check the labels on anything processed. This is not a comprehensive list but will give you an idea of what food groups are safe.
Gluten free whole grains
- brown rice
Fruits and veggies
- citrus fruits
- fruit including berries, apples bananas
- cruciferous vegetables
- starchy veggies
- Red meats
- traditional soy food
Proteins to avoid any meat, poultry, or fish that has been breaded, plus proteins that are combined with wheat-based soy sauce.
Gluten-free dairy products
- butter and ghee
- cottage cheese
- sour cream
Gluten-free fats and oils
- butter and ghee
- olives and olive oil
- avocados and avocado oil
- coconut oil
- vegetable and seed oils, including sesame oil, canola
- oil, and sunflower oil
Gluten-free spices, sauces, and condiments
- coconut aminos
- white vinegar, distilled vinegar, and apple cider vinegar
Why follow our Gluten Free Meal Plan
It is important to note when talking about packaged foods; not all gluten free food is healthy! They can be full of modified starches, thickeners, sugars and other additives that can wreak havoc on your digestive system and general health.
This is why following a wholefood gluten free meal plan like the one we have created is so important. It makes sure that you are avoiding all sources of gluten and being gentle on your digestive system whilst getting all the nutrients you need to help you thrive.
You’ll notice that this meal plan is packed with healthy gluten free alternatives like amaranth, buckwheat, legumes, millet, nuts, potatoes, quinoa, and rice. These nutrient rich foods contain vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, zinc and magnesium, are great sources of fibre to help keep you regular and contain prebiotics to help promote the growth of good bacteria in your GIT. We’ve also included a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein sources and ‘healthier’ dessert options for you to try to ensure you are eating a well balanced diet.
Sneak Peek of some Recipes on the New Gluten Free Meal Plan
Nut and Berry Chia Porridge
This is a great make ahead gluten free breakfast using Chia seeds which are packed with healthy fats and fibre to help control hunger. At just 314 cals per serve this the perfect way to start your day.
Asian Pork and Veggie Rice Balls
These Asian inspired rice balls make for a great savory snack or light lunch. Keep them in the fridge for 3-4 days or the freezer for up to 2 months. Just grab 2-3 balls per person and reheat when you want something quick and easy!
Ultimate Baked Potato
With just 5 ingredients, and just 262 calories, this topped baked potato is super easy to prepare and makes a filling and nutritious lunch.
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Who knew you could enjoy fries for dinner and still lose weight! Well you can with recipes like this. Sweet potato and kidney beans are high in fibre to improve digestion. Plus totally gluten free.
Chicken, Cashew and Broccoli Stir Fry
This low carb, gluten free stir fry is a family friendly lunch or dinner and is quick and easy to prepare – just 380 cals per serve.
Spanish Rice with chorizo
Need a quick and easy dinner? This Easy Spanish Rice with Chorizo will be a hit with the whole family. It’s high in fibre and loaded with veggies and PACKED with flavour.
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
Chickpeas in cookies? Yep and it totally works – you’d never know they were there. These gluten free high protein cookies are really easy to make and taste amazing.
Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake
This is a show stopping cake you can enjoy for a special celebration or for dessert or just for afternoon tea! It’s surprisingly easy to make and just 372 calories per serve
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