Whether you’re gluten-free by necessity or choice, finding healthy, gluten-free energy sources can sometimes be a challenge. We’re all about loading up on fruits, vegetables and protein, but when you need some whole grains, what are the best gluten-free choices? Here, we break them down for you…
The 7 Best Gluten-Free Carbs
Millet – The sweet nutty flavor may be enough to win you over (although you’ll have to get over the bird-food-like appearance), but if you need more convincing, consider this: millet is one of the only alkalinizing grains and high in magnesium, making this gluten-free grain great for boosting energy levels and your metabolism!
Oats – The kitchen staple may be cross contaminated since it grows so close to wheat, but unless you’re extremely sensitive to gluten, there is no need to avoid this fiber-rich and protein-packed whole grain. (And, if need be, look for gluten-free oats to be safe.)
Amaranth – This protein-packed whole grain is also high in lysine, an amino acid that is generally low in other grains. Amaranth is also rich in iron, magnesium, fiber and calcium.
Quinoa – It seems to be the hot ingredient of the moment, even among those who aren’t gluten-free, and for good reason! Not only is this grain-like seed extremely high in protein, but also it’s rich in manganese, essential for muscle recovery after a tough workout.
Potatoes – Not just for the “meant ‘n potatoes” types, potatoes are also an ideal energy source for all the gluten-free eaters out there since they are so rich in potassium. Just be careful with your toppings of choice. Our top pick: mashed avocado!
Corn – It’s easy to digest and easy to find. Need we say more??! Yeah, we didn’t think so!
Brown Rice – With its nutty flavor and versatility in cooking, swapping out your regular pasta dishes for sauce over brown rice or brown rice pasta may just be the easiest way to go gluten free.