Here’s how I interpret ALL the advice about going gluten-free. Remove all gluten and notice how you feel, and then challenge yourself by adding gluten back into your food plan, in a process called elimination/provocation. If you’re struggling with weight, bloating, inflammation, or food addiction, chances are you’ll feel a heck of a lot better during the elimination phase. But trust yourself and your body. *(Those with Hashimoto’s, where my Hashi ladies at? I’m looking at you! Should avoid gluten. See my post on #thyroid or ask my on my Nutrition post for more clarification).
Some people take gluten-free a step further and go grain-free. Removing all grains for seventy-two hours may help with weight loss and provide dramatic improvements in gut, brain, and thyroid function, and it resets your insulin levels. To see if grains are a real issue, a powerful three-day reset could be exactly what you need.
To clarify, a grain-free diet excludes wheat, barley, rice, spelt, and corn as well as ancient grains like millet. Technically quinoa is a seed, not a grain. Instead, grain-free crackers are made with ingredients like nuts, seeds, and grain-free flours, and of course, are still seasoned.
I 100% know that going grain-free can be rough. We all need some crunch factor in our lives, I get it!
Swaps for Grains
Here are some favorite go-to snacks for when I’m craving something gluten-y/grainy
↔️Coconut wraps— these yummy alternatives to carb-ﬁlled tortillas are made from coconut meat and water. (Amazon or Thrive)
↔️Romaine lettuce instead of bread or buns
↔️Baked sweet potatoes
↔️ veggie zoodles (hand spiraled or store-bought)
↔️If you’re looking for a salty, crunchy experience, try roasted seaweed. It’s a rich source of iodine and readily available at local supermarkets and health food stores. I eat it when the rest of my people are diving into the potato chips or wheat-based crackers.
↔️Flaxseed and dehydrated vegetable crackers
Doctor in the Kitchen Flackers is organic crackers that are made with flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, Bragg liquid aminos, rosemary, and sage. Each serving of flackers (six) contains seven grams of fiber and five grams of protein. They are dehydrated at low temperatures to ensure that all the nutrients, including the omega-3s and enzymes, remain vitalized and stable. (Amazon or Thrive)
↔️Jilz Mediterranean Crackerz. This gluten-free, soy-free, and paleo-friendly product is made with organic sesame seeds, organic tapioca flour, almond flour, organic sunflower seed flour, organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, organic apple cider vinegar, sea salt, garlic, lemon, lavender, herbs, rosemary oil, and basil oil. Each serving of ten crackers provides three grams of protein, four percent of your daily iron, and is only 100 calories. (Amazon or Thrive)
↔️Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers is made with a nut and seed flour blend (almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds), tapioca, cassava, organic sunflower oil, organic onion, organic garlic, and rosemary extract. These crackers are gluten-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, and non-GMO. Each serving (17 crackers) provides three grams of protein and 10 percent of your daily vitamin E.
I’m not thrilled with the sunflower oil (vegetable oils are Omega 6’s and most people consume more Omega 6 than Omega 3’s and the ratio should be the opposite. If you don’t overdo it, this is a perfectly acceptable cracker choice.