Discover the variety of gluten free products available at Nature’s Pharm. Our choice selection of gluten free foods allows you to plan meals and eat what you like, while staying inline with your gluten free diet.
The importance of a gluten free diet
Research shows that a minimum of 1 in 133 people cannot digest the gluten protein and 1 in 7 have a “gluten sensitivity,” or wheat intolerance. For these those in this category, digestion of gluten can triggers a reaction, which interferes with proper nutrient absorption.
What are the health benefits?
The health advantages of following a gluten free diet can vary from person to person, however in general they include:
- Reduced belching
- Improved energy levels
- Improved metabolism
- Improved concentration
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced flatulence
- Reduced bloating
- Weight regulation
- Improved nutrient absorption
Symptoms of gluten intolerance
Symptoms of gluten intolerance, although they vary, will often include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, an itchy rash, canker sores, bone or joint pain, fatigue, depression, and even sterility. If you believe you’ve got a protein or wheat intolerance or celiac disease, eliminate wheat, barley, and rye from your diet for a couple of weeks and see if symptoms improve. Consult with your care provider for testing choices.
If you feel it could help, why not try gluten free and see how much better you feel?
Gluten Free Recipes
Ah, meatloaf…the American classic supper!
Despite her desperate five o’clock scramble, my mom – an artist and mother of four — always managed to pull off a mean meatloaf.
I remember her frantically pulling apart a slice or two of bread to make crumbs, and then throwing them into a bowl with an egg, some ketchup, grated onion, and ground beef. And then there was the grated carrot, which qualified as a vegetable (along with the ketchup).
She shaped it into a mound, threw it in the pan, drizzled the top with more ketchup and tossed it into the oven. Phew! Let’s just say her motto was “I’d rather be painting.”
Welcome to our new series of weekly meal plans! This month, Summer Miller will be sharing with us what meal planning looks like in her house. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.
Life is busy. Leftovers are nice.
Eating leftovers wasn’t at the top of my “to do” list when I was a single 20-something. Now that I’m feeding a family of four, and doing so three times a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, I welcome the opportunity to double up a dish so I can freeze some for later or pack it up for lunches the next day.
I love these crunchy, sesame-coated pork chops, and placing them the on top of a fresh spinach salad turns them into a complete meal.
I sometimes make an extra chop just to have for lunch the next day. Heaven!
Dinner. It’s an inescapable occurrence, 365 days of the year.
Many of us have our go-to moves when all else fails — template meals that are easy and easily adaptable. Tacos. Egg scrambles. Pasta. Soup. And then there are the nights when it’s more about desperate calls for take-out. (It’s ok. You’re among friends. We understand.)
Yes, dinner. If we don’t plan it properly, it sneaks up on us at 4pm — or, yikes, later! — and we are faced with the perennial question: “What are we eating?”
Because we all get tired of the same-old same-old, I thought I’d share five favorite cookbooks for those of us who could always use more ideas for dinner.