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Why Going Grain-Free is Easier Than you Think!

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Pancakes, pastas, pizzas, oh my! These foods are a standard go-to meal for many Americans because they’re delicious and comforting. However, many people are beginning to refrain from eating grains used in the mainstream culinary world for several reasons.

Ever feel bloated after consuming your deep dish pizza pie? Or feel a dryness in your throat after creating those pristine Belgium waffles? Whatever the case may be, steering away from grains all together is much easier than one might think. It also will leave you feeling lighter and revived. We live in an era that makes it easier than ever to switch substitute ingredients. However, everyone is different, so what works will depend on the person. There are different grains that contain gluten, and those that do not. Someone who is gluten-free will not be able to have the same sort of variety as those who are not gluten-free. The most common substitutions include oats (raw and/or gluten-free, rice, quinoa, corn, spelt, and millet. You can use this list to find correct grain substitutions.

You may think that you will feel tired and obtain a lack of energy without grain consumption. You may also think you will need to sacrifice your savory dinners or sweet tooth pleasures by cutting ties with all grains. However, there are so many alternatives that will leave you feeling satisfied without giving up your favorite flavors. In fact, you can get plenty of carbs without any grains in your diet.

By investing in a small food processor, you can create so many combinations of energy packed snacks and meals to fuel your day with success. I personally love creating energy power balls to help get me through the day. These high energy pumpkin bites are the perfect pick-me-up. You can literally base any combination around this recipe and create your own energy power balls. I love combining Medjool dates with chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, and almond butter for an afternoon snack. You will feel more energized by opting for something other than that coffee house pastry.

Try out these 10 healthy sources of carbs that can improve your energy and mood!

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Baked Goods and Desserts

No grains means no baked goods? Not quite. In fact, many desserts and starch-based foods can taste even better than those that contain mainstream ingredients such as grain-based flour. Many people seem to think that gluten-free or grain-free mean that the texture will be solid and dry. Depending on how one creates the recipe, it can be anything but! I personally love using almond flour as an alternative because it has a neutral flavor, and doesn’t leave my baked goods too dry or too moist. My personal favorite flour to use when baking is Bob’s Redmill Super Fine Almond Flour.

Check out these 15 Vegan and Gluten-free you won’t believe are made using almond flour!

For some people, the fruit plate at breakfast may not cut it. Some prefer their daily dose of cereal or granola with coconut milk. In that case, my go to would have to be Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Gluten-free Vegan granola.

You can also create your own granola! Check out this Tumeric Granola with Goldenberry!

You can go wild in the kitchen by using this gluten-free vegan baking substitution guide to create your favorite baked goods or meals. It’s amazing to see how many options we have access to!

Vegan Gluten-Free Broccoli and Caramelized Onion Hummus Pizza

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Savory Delights

Don’t worry, your steamy comfort food can easily be transformed into a grain free masterpiece. Don’t think you can live without your pasta fix? Check out this Zoodle a.k.a Zuchinni “noodle” maker. You can use any vegetable really with this amazing gadget. I love using cucumbers, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes as well! Taste the difference with this comforting coconut zoodle curry.

And let’s not forget that warm go-to! This incredible Leek and Smoked Carrot Mac and Cheese will leave you wondering why you would even go back to eating the mainstream brands!

We all know that eating an abundance of vegetables is very important for optimal health. A great way to pack in those veggies through a comfort food foundation is with this Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash. Or via the “Italian” origin, try out these 15 unique gluten-free vegan pizza recipes. You can pack on the veggies while using a grain-free or gluten-free “crust” of your choice!

You can find more grain-free and vegan recipes by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Roasted Butternut Squash With Mushroom Stuffing

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