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The Best Gluten Substitute: Quinoa! A Superfood.

The Best Gluten Substitute: Quinoa! A Superfood.

If you’re trying to slim down and get healthy, get it out of your head that the gluten-free movement is a fad. There’s a reason why so many health-conscious folks are giving up gluten and looking for good gluten substitutes...


Just because you don’t have Celiac’s disease, doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear to munch freely on grains like wheat, barley, and rye without consequence (PS: 85% of Celiac’s sufferers are undiagnosed!).  It’s estimated that up to 10% of the population is gluten sensitive, whether or not they are aware of it.

Not only is gluten bad for your weight, if you’re sensitive to it, it can also be detrimental to your health. Over time, gluten can wear away the barrier of your intestines and lead to leaky gut syndrome. This results in toxic substances leaking out into your bloodstream, causing all sorts of miserable maladies.

There are as many as 300 unpleasant symptoms of gluten sensitivity/intolerance, although many people are asymptomatic.

...And even if your body can handle gluten, it’s going to sabotage your healthy weight loss. 

Some of the most prevalent symptoms of gluten sensitivity/intolerance are:

  • Weight Gain
  • Headaches
  • Acne and other skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis
  • Fatigue & brain fog
  • Chronic low moods
  • Bloating & other digestive/gastrointestinal issues
  • Bone & joint pain

Quinoa: "The Mother of All Grains"

So you might be thinking, WTF. No bread? No pasta? No cereal? What am I supposed to eat?

Originally cultivated by the Incans who referred to it as "The Mother of All Grains", quinoa is SO versatile and easy to digest. It’s literally one of the most nutritious foods that exists!

Although Quinoa is grain-like, it’s technically not a grain and a wonderful gluten substitute!  It’s the seed of the goosefoot plant (which is related to spinach, beetroot, and amaranth).

The Benefits

Low in fat and calories, energy-dense quinoa is excellent for weight loss, providing more than double the fiber and protein of most grains (1 serving is 15% protein!). Quinoa lowers blood glucose levels which is significant for weight loss because excess glucose gets stored as fat in the body. It’s also a natural appetite suppressant!

Quinoa offers a complete amino acid profile which is just what your body needs to stay healthy and be able to repair itself.  A serving of quinoa is an excellent source of beneficial vitamins & minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, and 10% of your RDA of B vitamins.

Don’t forget about the miraculous anti-aging properties. With an abundance of antioxidants, quinoa destroys free radicals, delaying the onset of fine lines and wrinkles!

With its subtle nutty flavor and fluffy texture, the possibilities for tasty quinoa combinations are limitless. Quinoa can be used to make satisfying meals for any time of the day: with fresh fruit, in salads, to thicken soups... there’s even quinoa pasta (find it in the gluten-free aisle of the grocery store).  

Here’s a recipe to inspire your future quinoa consumption:

Plant-Based Quinoa Bowl


  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup spinach or kale, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • ½ a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup of your favorite fresh vegetable, chopped (try tomatoes, peppers, celery, cucumbers- whatever you like)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, sliced


Fold all ingredients together in a large bowl, top with avocado slices, and enjoy!