Gluten Free Living: Pantry Staples to Always Have on Hand

When you start living a gluten free lifestyle, your diet might change drastically, especially if you ate a lot of bread, packaged, and processed foods before. One way to stick to the gluten-free lifestyle is to have everything you need at home for cooking healthy meals without having to make it too complicated. This starts with keeping some staples in your kitchen that are always available.

Oats

One way to add grains to your diet without the ones that contain gluten is to get some oats. This allows you to make your own oatmeal or overnight oats, which will fill you up and provide an easy, healthy breakfast. Just make sure your oats are gluten-free, as some of them do suffer from cross contamination. Looking for ‘certified gluten-free’ on the label is usually a good idea.

Brown Rice

This is an important staple to have because, not only is it a type of rice that is safe to have since it doesn’t contain gluten, but it can also be used for certain gluten-free recipes. A lot of recipes for gluten-free bread and other baked goods will ask that you use soaked brown rice as an alternative. Brown rice is good for you, low in fat and calories, and versatile so it works with many different healthy meals. As always, check the label and read the ingredients to make sure no cross contamination with gluten has occurred.

Gluten-Free Flour

You may want to start baking your own bread or tortillas, which requires having gluten-free flour. You can’t have regular flour or wheat flour, but there are plenty of other varieties out there. In fact, using flour alternatives can often be healthier for you and allow you to cut down the carbs as well. If you want to make your own tortillas or tortilla chips without gluten, having corn flour at home will come in handy. Flour, for baked goods like bread and sweets, to have in the pantry are coconut flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, almond flour, and potato flour.

Plain or Raw Nuts

Nuts are always good to have in the kitchen as they make an easy snack, but can also be put in the food processor to grind up, then added to different gluten-free recipes. However, only get the natural or raw kind and check your labels. Seasoned, salted, and dry roasted nuts often contain a small amount of gluten, so you need to be careful.