I am constantly on the hunt for healthy meal ideas. Although I waver between thinking eating gluten free is a fad and only for people with celiac (or other intolerances) and thinking (as my doctor said) we could all benefit from a low gluten diet. In this vein, I was looking for some new ideas to cook a few gluten-free / high protein meals for my personal training clients and my family. Here are some really great ones! All of these ideas are packed with tons of protein which means you will feel full with less and you will get more fuel out of those calories. Some of these recipes, such as the toast recipes are specifically gluten-free only when you use a bread like Udi’s as a substitute for regular bread.
You will also find that some of these recipes are vegan. I am not vegan, but my niece is and from time to time, I come across a vegan recipe that tastes and looks incredible. Guess what? At the family table, no one notices if it’s vegan or not! They just want something good and nourishing that gives them energy.
So please enjoy the list below of 25 gluten-free, high-protein recipes. Please make sure you click the pictures or source links to see the full recipe.
Why eat gluten-Free / high-protein foods?
A gluten-free free diet is going to naturally be low in carbs and this is going to assist many of you with your fitness goals purely due to the fact that you are going to be taking in much less carbohydrate and sugars into your body. A high-protein diet is going to compliment and assist you in your exercise goals by providing you with the fuel you need to burn calories and transform and increase your muscle mass.
A high protein diet has been shown to have the following amazing benefits:
- Improve your mood. Studies have found that amino acids in proteins are useful in balancing your hormones naturally. Proteins help your brain transmit and synthesize dopamine and serotonin which can help you feeling calm and positive.
- Helps manage weight by keeping you feeling full. You won’t be feeling hungry and snacking on junk food at the office if you fill up on a protein breakfast and lunch.
- Keep your blood sugar levels stable. Carbs require much more insulin to be broken down and converted into the fuel and this can cause huge fluctuations in your blood sugar. Protein does not have this effect on you.
Part of being a professional personal trainer is providing advice to my clients on nutrition based on their specific needs and body type. Not everyone is sensitive to gluten and going completely gluten free is not always the best choice for everyone. However, there are many folks who can benefit from this kind of a meal because of the low amount of carbs and the fact that many of the empty calories have been replaced with better choices. I would always suggest that you consult your doctor before going completely gluten-free.
Please consider is the importance of fiber in your diet. Many folks who go completely gluten-free have to find new sources of dietary fiber in order to keep their digestive system moving along in a consistent manner. When you take away whole wheats from your diet your are missing out on tons of fiber and you may start to see some negative effects if you are not careful to replace those wheat fibers with other sources of fiber. Other sources of fiber include brown rice, quinoa, fruits, vegetables and beans. You will find that these recipes below all make good use of these ingredients in order to fill the void left behind by the lack of wheat.
I love to make breakfast for my family and the time we spend together at the start of the day is truly special and something I will always treasure. These ideas are all easy and have minimal ingredients, which means you will be spending more time enjoying your morning and less time prepping and cleaning up.
Easy High Protein “Banilla” Breakfast Smoothie
Kids love this creamy, delicious high-protein “banilla” smoothie. There’s a lot of nutritional value in this recipe, which takes 5-minute to make.
Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado
Baked eggs in avocado halves are topped with bacon creating a delicious and satisfying paleo breakfast or snack.
Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits
Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits are easy to assemble and make-ahead, so they’re ideal for a grab-and-go healthy breakfast.
Two Ingredient Pancakes
You will forget all about the existence of real pancakes once you have had these gluten-free, flourless alternatives. Recipeâs here.
High Protein Avocado Toast with White Beans
High Protein Avocado Toast with White Beans & Roasted Tomatoes – a healthy, gluten free, vegan, dairy free low carb, high protein snack or breakfast.
A great lunch is going to keep you sustained with fuel to get through the rest of your day. These ideas below are all high in protein so you will get the energy you need to avoid the afternoon slump.
Smashed Mexican Beans Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast Recipes need upgrade! This Spicy Smashed Mexican Beans Avocado Toast Recipe is hearty, healthy, and flavorful! Gluten Free, Vegan friendly.
Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
Flavorful, filling, 30-minute Buddha Bowl with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale, onion, and a tahini-maple sauce! A healthy and satisfying vegan meal.
Gluten Free Veggie Turkey Rollups
Lunch was never easier with these Gluten Free Veggie Turkey Rollups! Only 5 ingredients, bread free, less than 200 calories a serving and every bit as satisfying.
Alexis’s Light Egg Salad Sandwich
For a lighter version than the original, this egg salad uses more whites than yolks and a dash of Madras curry to boost the flavor.
Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto
Vegan Avocado Chickpea Salad recipe with Vegan Pesto – Simple yet bursting with flavors, perfect for a vegan lunch or dinner.
I thought all of these ideas looked so beautiful for the dinner table and the ingredients are all so hearty and nutritious. I am going to make a serious commitment to give all of these a try and see what kind of new flavors and combinations I discover.
Three-Apple Chicken Salad
Total Antioxidant Capacity: 3,300. Prep: 25 minutes (plus 30 minutes for chilling); Cook: 25 minutes. Three different apple varieties and pecans pump
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Stew
Andrea’s wine pick: The earthy beans and cheesy pitas need the balance of a rustic red, like the spicy Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja from Spain ($16
Lobster & Corn Chowder
The trick to making this healthy lobster chowder recipe have tons of rich flavor is to start with great fish stock. (The best is often in the freezer case at the supermarket.) Then cook the lobsters in the stock to intensify its flavor. There is no flour added in this healthy soup, so it’s lighter than a typical creamy chowder–plus it’s gluten-free.
Creamy Cashew Potato & Pasta Salad
Don’t know what you’re going to make for dinner tonight? Try this yummy gluten-free and vegan pasta salad: Ingredients4 medium red potatoes 2 cups frozen peas 1/4 pound gluten-free elbow pasta,
Gluten-free Meat Muffins
Meat Muffins: Gluten and dairy free meaty goodness. A patient recently told me she made up a recipe for âbuffaluffins.â Buffalo meat muffins. Brilliant, I thought. And look what was sitting in my fridge- a pound of grass fed grass finished beef waiting to be made into burgers. Forget it! Muffins it is. They were …
High-Protein, Low-Carb & Gluten-Free… LASAGNA!
High-Protein, Low-Carb & Gluten-Free… LASAGNA!
Paleo Beef and Broccoli
Paleo Beef and Broccoli is one massively delicious dinner recipe. Â And it is so dang easy, clean, healthy, packed full of a crap ton of protein, and did I say delicious, oh yea, it is delicious! You are what you eat. Â You know it, I know it and we have all the power to make …
Chicken & Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce
This zesty mustard sauce, courtesy of Cooking Light, dresses chicken breasts and sautéed Brussels sprouts to make a delicious low carb and high protein meal. If low carb isn’t your thing simply add in a baked potato and consider your meal complete. This recipe is part of our 30 Healthy Log It Now Recipes e-cookbook!Download your free copy here. …
Easy Healthy Chicken Mole Poblano
This healthy chicken mole recipe is so flavoursome. It’s really easy to prepare, contains no added sugar and it’s gluten free and dairy free too!
Sriracha Chicken and Cauliflower Stir Fry
This sriracha chicken and cauliflower stir fry is the perfect healthy dinner or lunch option. High in protein, gluten-free, dairy-free, and family-friendly.
Below are 5 ideas for high protein gluten-free desserts that I think you will be happy to try. By using ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, and avocado, you bring great textures and flavors that are super high in proteins and do not have any of the gluten that you want to avoid.
These nuts offer a nice change of pace from cookies and candy.
Arctic Lime Freeze
Use only two ingredients, frozen limeade concentrate and tofu, plus water for this easy and refreshing frozen dessert. Donât deprive yourself of a
No Bake Protein Brownie Bites
These No Bake Protein Brownie Bites are bite sized healthy treats! Made in 5 mins and full of oats, protein powder, and almond butter. Vegan. Gluten Free.
With half the fat of other popular puddings, thereâs no need to worry about your diet while enjoying this dessert. And donât worry about satisfying
Avocado Protein Chocolate Cookies
This recipe for avocado protein chocolate cookies is absolutely delightful. Avocado lends to a fudge like texture. These are high in protein, healthy fats, and easily digestible carbs. The perfect pre or post workout snack!
So what do you think? Did you see something you want to try? How did it come out? Please write me back in the comments or on Facebook to share your ideas for gluten-free recipes or to ask any questions.
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