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Macro Tracking and a Gluten Free Diet

My name is Virginia and I am one of the newest coaches on the Stay Fit Mom team. I have been tracking macros for 2.5 years, while also maintaining a gluten free diet! Gluten sensitivity runs in my family, so I made the decision several years ago to stop eating gluten. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

After a few weeks of eating a gluten free diet, I was amazed at how much better I felt! The bloat was gone, and I felt energized and clear headed. With all of these amazing changes that I was experiencing, I decided to continue eating this way. But after a while, I wanted to try incorporating gluten back into my diet again to see how I reacted. There were so many delicious foods that I felt like I was missing out on!! My grandma’s chicken pot pie, homemade biscuits,  and hummingbird cake are just so hard to resist!! So I decided to test it out. After eating these gluten filled foods, my stomach immediately disagreed with my decision. I felt bloated, tired, and my stomach ached. This little test is what brought me to the decision to make my gluten free diet a lifestyle. As much as I loved all of those foods, it was not worth sacrificing the way that I felt when I did not consume gluten. Of course it was hard at first. I missed my family’s home cooked meals, and my favorite dishes at our local restaurants. So I decided to make it my mission to find a way to enjoy the foods that I love, without sacrificing the way that I feel!! This began my journey of finding food alternatives that I could use in my favorite dishes while continuing to track my macros. I have so much energy eating this way and I am here to tell you that if you have food sensitivities, you can still track macros, eat what you love, and feel good while doing it!! It might take a little bit of creativity and research, but it can be done!  Being in the kitchen, and creating a delicious macro friendly meal for my family is my favorite thing to do. I would like to show you how you can create this healthy lifestyle for you and your family too! Below you will find some of our families favorite gluten free macro friendly meals and snacks. 

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My current Macros: Protein 145 grams, Carbs 237 grams, Fat 76 grams

Breakfast:

  • 2 sausage patties. Oatmeal with 1 scoop of collagen, cinnamon, maple syrup, with bananas and raspberries mixed in
  • SFM egg white bites with sausage, einkorn sourdough toast, fruit
  • Breakfast burritos in a gluten free wrap, fruit
  • Smoothie bowls with granola, and fruit on top
  • Greek yogurt, granola, and fruit

Lunch:

  • Chicken salad with pickled onions, in a gluten free wrap. Apple or other fruit
  • Salad with grilled chicken, vegetables and quinoa on top. Tahini dressing
  • Dinner leftovers
  • Turkey and cheese in a gluten free wrap, or einkorn sourdough bread, side salad

Dinner:

  • Turkey meatloaf, sweet potato fries, asparagus
  • SFM Sloppy Joes over gluten free pasta, and pickled onions
  • Burgers without a bun, burger toppings, homemade crispy potatoes, and charred peppers
  • 40 clove garlic chicken and gravy over rice, with green beans
  • Homemade sushi with coconut aminos and yum yum sauce
  • Buffalo chicken over sweet potato wedges, roasted broccoli and ranch
  • Roasted sausage and vegetables over rice
  • Turkey taco bowls
  • Beef stew with a side salad
  • Honey balsamic chicken with sautéed onions, green beans and sweet potatoes
  • Chicken fried rice
  • Chili and cornbread
  • Homemade spaghetti sauce over gluten free noodles, salad
  • Chicken fajitas in a gluten free wrap or over rice with toppings
  • SFM Greek Pita Bowls (with tortilla chips or gluten free bread)

Snacks

  • G2G Bars (use discount code: stayfitmom)
  • RX Bars
  • Epic jerky
  • Fruit and nut butter
  • Greek yogurt with strawberries, chocolate chips, and granola
  • Rice cakes with cream cheese, turkey, and sliced pickles
  • Homemade einkorn muffins
  • Smoothie bowls with granola, chocolate chips, and fruit
  • Plantain chips
  • Dried fruit
  • Bienna chickpea snacks
  • Dates and nut butter
  • Rice cakes with nut butter, banana and cinnamon

Desserts

  • Apple Crisp with granola topping, ice cream
  • Sweet potato brownies (current Ninja Insider recipe!)
  • Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
  • Berry Cobbler, whipped Cream
  • Fudge
  • Hu chocolate bars
  • Hail Merry tarts

Virginia’s Favorite Gluten Free Swaps

  • Soy sauce and worcestershire sauce 
    • Trader Joe’s coconut aminos
    • Gluten free worcestershire
  • Pasta
    • Banza Chickpea pasta
    • Trader Joe’s brown rice and quinoa angel hair noodles
    • Jovial foods pasta 
    • Costco brown rice and millet ramen noodles
    • Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi
  • Breads and Wraps
    • Homemade einkorn sandwich loaf
    • Homemade einkorn biscuits
    • Schar baguette
    • Schar bagels
    • Schar sandwich and hot dog rolls
    • Udi’s sandwich bread
    • Udi’s english muffins
    • Siete foods cassava wraps
    • Siete foods chickpea wraps

On the Go Gluten Free Meals

  • Kevin’s paleo meals (Harris Teeter, and Costco)
  • Golden Platter organic gluten free chicken nuggets (Costco)
  • Alexia frozen vegetables 
  • Miltons cauliflower crust pizza (costco)
  • Gilberts or Aidells cooked chicken sausage
  • Seeds of change cooked rice
  • Realgood Chicken Breast Enchiladas (Costco)
  • RX oatmeal cups
  • Frozen cooked quinoa packets
  • Trader Joe’s cooked grass fed beef sirloin roast
  • Trader Joe’s grilled chicken strips
  • Smoked salmon packets
  • Del Real barbacoa (Aldi and Costco)
  • Aidells chicken meatballs
  • Frontera pork chile verde, barbacoa, and seasoned chicken fajita strips (Costco)
  • Beetnik Paleo frozen meals (walmart)
  • Main St. oven roasted potatoes (costco)
  • Red’s turkey sausage eggwich
  • Sabatasso’s gluten free cheese pizza (costco)
  • Tattooed Chef mexican street corn (costco)
  • Pura Vida fire roasted vegetable melange (costco)

If you are feeling hesitant about tracking macros due to dietary limitations, I want to encourage you to rise up to the challenge. Start gathering your favorite recipes, and get creative with your meals. Do some research on substitutions that will work for you. Just because you cannot have gluten, or dairy does not mean that you cannot enjoy the foods that you once loved.

 I once read a great quote that said “Read through recipes as a guideline or set of ideas, to read through and add your preferences and tastes, your history and perspective. If you put in the time, the learning, the trying, the mess, and the failure, at the end you will have learned to feed yourself and the people you love, and that’s a skill for life.” 

Click here for Coach Virginia’s Favorite Gluten Free Family Recipes!

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