Going vegan? Going vegan AND gluten-free? Welcome to my world, where bread is forbidden and vegetables and fruits make up the daily staples of my diet. Depending on how strict you are about your vegetarianism, you may or may not allow yourself to eat eggs, drink milk or have cheese. When you cut out foods like dairy, meat and bread, all of the sudden there's nothing to eat. Seriously. We're talking nothing.
So how can you find flavorful foods to eat when your pallette is totally limited? Here are a few things I do when I'm going GF-free.
- Soy Products. Soy is a perfect substitution for dairy products - even meat. For example, you can get soy milk instead of "real" milk at Starbucks if you're just dying to have a frappacino. I've even seen soy substituted for meat and in many cases, it tastes just like the real thing, but there's no guilt in enjoying the flavor!
- Rice. I would be lost without rice. At my local Fresh & Easy grocery store, there is an entire section of gluten-free, cruelty free products. I always pick up the gluten-free waffles, which are made of rice flour. It's yummy stuff. You can also find crackers, cookies, chips and energy bars made with rice flour.
- Fruit! Canned peaches, pears, sliced apples, pineapples, papaya, grapes, etc. They're all bursting with flavor and they're all gluten-free and vegan friendly. I eat lots of apples, grapes and peaches, personally, because they give my dieting day a kick of sugar.
- Jamba Juice! They've got dairy substitutes, protein punches, and yummy fruit flavors.
- Rice Flour & Potato Flour. I've been making a lot of gluten-free cake and cookies lately since the holidays started rolling around. I don't want to get left out of the edible goodness, so I use rice and potato flour to subsitute for the real stuff. Usually, if the ingredients are pretty simple, it's a home run.
- Potatoes! It's true. Potatoes are super flavorful. You can dress them up or down, and you'll still have a delicious product in the end. Potato skin is loaded with Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes, yams and pumpkins are great choices, too.