Healthy Gluten Free Recipes to Continue the Year off Right
By: Matt James – New Face of Gluten Free Winner
We all know that all too familiar New Year’s Resolution path. You make numerous goals about staying healthier, eating right, cooking more & committing to your diet. Initially the excitement of setting these new goals and knowing that amazing results can happen keep you motivated! All of a sudden, two weeks have flown by and you have one little slip up. One slip up turns to two, two to three and the next thing you know, you’re passing through the drive through to pick up a quick, guilt ridden, but oh so delicious, dinner!
Well I’m here to help! Together we’ll stay on track with these simple yet healthy tips & recipes that will ensure you continue the year off on the right foot!
First thing’s first, start every day with a good breakfast. Many people tend to eat that first meal later in the morning and I used to be one of them. There would even be times where I would just wait till lunch to grab a bigger meal. Unfortunately, this is definitely not a good habit to have. It is crucial to give your body the proper nutrition right off the bat and that also includes hydrating! Try to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning. The higher the ph the better! My “go to” breakfast has become organic free range eggs, a few slices of turkey bacon or smoked salmon, and a banana. It’s great brain food to start the day off and easy for your body to digest as you’re still waking up. Another great day starter would be my favorite smoothie
Blueberry Banana Carrot Smoothie
- 1 ripe banana, cut into 2 chunks
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup cool water
- ½ cup carrot juice
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
- tablespoon flaxseeds
- Add Vega One plant based protein powder as an extra source of protein
Simply add all ingredients together in your blender and mix until a smooth consistency forms. You can also opt to add frozen blueberries and bananas instead to create a more icy texture. Then add in a mid/late morning Udi’s muffin of your choice! (Lemon Streusel, Blueberry, Chocolate)
Lunch is another time of the day where it’s easy to sabotage your otherwise healthy diet. Either you didn’t plan your lunch or you’re tired of the only relatively nutritious options around you, and other the other nearby option start to seem more appealing. This is when Fast Food becomes really convenient. My solution to this is keeping an arsenal of Udi’s handy in your office. As long as you have your Udi’s bread of choice, you can mix and match all sorts of sandwiches. Turkey/Chicken, avocado, tomato or a Tuna Salad sandwich with some gluten free chips will satisfy most! Then for a little change up, check out my recipe for my protein bagel (Matt’s Protein Bagel) on the Udi’s website. It includes the Udi’s cinnamon raisin bagel and raw almond butter spread topped with sliced up bananas (will make you say YUMMM)! Juice bars are also popping up everywhere these days and maybe your area has one! There is nothing wrong with an afternoon juice cleanse!
I look at dinner as the time to get creative. There are plenty of great GF recipes out there and Udi’s shares a lot of them on their website! Also on all their social media pages so be sure to follow! Here is my “go to” dinner on a regular basis. This dish is nothing more than a petite fiesta!!
Mahi Mahi Tacos
- Sliced up chunky guacamole
- Pico De Gallo
- Organic Corn Tortillas
- 4 ounce mahi mahi steak(s)
- tablespoon olive oil
- teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, place fish in skillet. Partially cover skillet, cook 4 to 5 minutes, flip over and cook other side 3-4 minutes while reducing heat.
Good Luck & stay committed!