It seems that more and more folks are going gluten-free these days. Whether you think you might have a gluten sensitivity or if you're one of the 3 million Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune form of gluten intolerance, you may think that cutting gluten out of your diet is impossible. While it's not always easy and it takes a lot of careful label reading, there are a number of foods that you can nosh on: fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and there are also some really delicious whole-grains that you can eat. Yes, whole grains! Below is a list of our top five favorite gluten-free grains.
5 Delicious Gluten-Free Whole Grains
1. Quinoa. This ancient grain is actually a high-protein seed that has a nutty and pleasant flavor when cooked. Use it as an alternative to rice or whip it up as a side dish with this Herbed Quinoa recipe!
2. Buckwheat. High in flavonoids and magnesium, this whole-grain has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Find it at your local natural food store and use it like you would rice or porridge.
3. Millet. This transformable grain can be creamy like mashed potatoes or fluffy like rice. It also comes in white, gray, yellow or red, making it a feast for the eyes. And because it's high in vitamins and minerals, your tummy will also love it!
4. Wild Rice. Wild rice has a delicious nutty flavor and a chewy texture. Although wild rice is more expensive than your usual white or brown rice because it's high in niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine, as well as potassium and phosphorus, we think it's worth the price. Try this Wild Rice with Dried Cranberries to see how delicious wild rice can be!
5. Amaranth. Coined a "superfood" by many nutritionists, amaranth is a nutty tasting grain that is super high in fiber. It's also a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and riboflavin. Try it boiled, steamed or use it in soups and stir-fry!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.