If you have just decided to get onto a gluten free diet, one thing that you may start to notice is your energy level takes a hit. This is because of the fact that most people are so used to eating gluten based carbohydrate sources that as soon as they make the transition to a gluten free diet, all the carbs get dropped from their menu.
Now they’re eating nothing but protein and the same amount of dietary fat as they were eating before, so their calorie intake and carbohydrate intake is much lower.
This then leads to low energy levels.
If you want to succeed with gluten free eating, you need to overcome this adjustment error or you won’t be on that plan for long.
The following are some great gluten free alternatives to consider so that you can boost your energy level upwards and stick with this new set-up.
Brown rice should be your first go-to carbohydrate source. Higher in fiber than it’s white rice counterpart, brown rice is going to provide you with plenty of complex carbohydrates to fuel each workout you do.
It’s also a very simple carbohydrate and can be easily incorporated into just about any meal.
Moving along, also consider sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a better choice over regular potatoes as they have a lower GI index, so won’t spike blood glucose levels as readily.
In addition to that, they have a nice sweet taste that most people love and enjoy. Try them baked, mashed, or turned into sweet potato fries. Whatever you prefer, you will love the addition of these to your diet.
For breakfast, rather than having your usual bowl of oatmeal or cereal, go with some quinoa flakes instead. These are very similar to oatmeal, but don’t have the gluten that oatmeal does.
Prepare them in the same manner and boost flavor by adding a few dried raisins or cranberries along with some slivered or chopped nuts.
So there you have some quick and simple carbohydrate options to add to your gluten-free diet plan. Whatever you do, just don’t fall for all the processed ‘gluten-free’ carbohydrates out there such as cake mixes, crackers, granola bars, and so on. Even though these are gluten free, that doesn’t necessarily make them healthy options to be putting into your body.