Low Carb Cooking at the Holidays – Gluten-Free Recipes
Many people are not only following a low carb lifestyle but also a gluten-free one. Wheat allergies and wheat sensitivity are two of the main health reasons they might go gluten-free and low carb. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are not able to digest this protein very well, such as those with celiac disease.
Gluten has also been linked to a range of autoimmune diseases in the body, in which the immune system starts to attack what it sees as foreign substances in the body. Arthritis and multiple sclerosis are two good examples of autoimmune diseases.
Low carb diets such as Atkins, South Beach and Paleo in particular steer clear of wheat and highly processed foods. Many people have reported success in losing weight on all three of these low carb eating plans. A growing body of research is also showing that those who are going gluten-free are improving their health. The weight loss and more healthful eating habits have even been show to reverse Type 2 diabetes and improve blood pressure and a range of other chronic medical conditions.
You’ve probably seen lots of new gluten-free items at the supermarket. However, they are expensive and far too high in carbs. The good news is that it is easy to master gluten-free, low carb cooking once you know how.
On a low carb diet, you will already be giving up many foods that are high in glutens, such as bread, pasta, cake, cookies and so on. But that doesn’t mean you can never eat these foods ever again. You can learn how to make your own low carb, gluten-free versions of these foods with a little research into the recipes and experimentation in your kitchen.
If you are thinking right about now that you will never be able to stick to either eating plan because you can’t imagine a life without desserts, the good news is that there are many sweet treats that can be made wheat-free using low carb sweeteners like stevia.
Chocolate is the first dessert that comes to mind. Dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa solids can be eaten a square at a time, or incorporated into a range of holiday recipes, from candy coated nuts to cakes, cookies and hot chocolate. Chocolate is full of fiber to help you feel full and also rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.
Many classic holiday desserts are also naturally wheat-free, such as meringues and crème brûlée. Using a nut based crust on your cheesecake will also make it gluten-free as well as low in carbs. You can even enjoy eggnog at the holidays if you wish.
Low carb cooking is generally gluten-free. As you lose weight, you should soon see a difference not only in how you look as you shed the pounds, but how you feel on a gluten-free diet.