Great news, friends! A grain-less life doesn't have to be free of foods that are as healthy as they are tasty. Over the past 12 months, we came up with recipes for the gluten-free that everyone will enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions. Ahead, find our favorites from the year. From breakfast foods to desserts and everything in between, you'll want to try them all right away. Enjoy!
Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out.
This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation.
Keep reading for this simple 309-calorie smoothie recipe.
Versatile and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash lays the base to this recipe, while broccoli adds even more vitamin A to this Fall recipe. The best part of all? The mix of lower-fat cheeses that results in a dreamy, rich-tasting sauce you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading to get this delicious, comforting recipe.
You're all about taking care of yourself, whether it be hitting the gym regularly, getting your recommended eight hours of shut-eye, or milking your one and only glass of vino on the weekend. You're also pretty mindful when it comes to what crosses your lips. If you can relate to three or more of these signs, chances are high that you're a bona fide health nut.
Of course, you've heard of seitan, tempeh, and tofu — who hasn't?
You eat kale for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
This is how you feel when you walk into a health food store.
You think eating enriched flour should be a punishable crime.
You feel sad for unhealthy eaters.
Keep reading for more reasons you're a health nut.
A homemade edible gift is always a thoughtful gesture, whether it's destined for a spot under the Christmas tree or to be toted along to a party as a hostess gift, but it's no secret that most take a fair amount of time and foresight to prepare. Still, that's no reason to abandon the idea entirely. If you're pressed for time, turn to this fast yet festive fix: za'atar spiced nuts. Not only are they a nice reprieve from the onslaught of holiday sweets and decadent treats, but they also can be made (cooling included) in only about an hour, so you can get on with the festivities at hand. Get the easy recipe.
Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.
This might be one of the easiest snacks you'll ever make, and aside from saving calories, you'll also save money since a fruit leather costs around $0.50 to $0.75 — these are only $0.19 per serving.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
One glimpse of this za'atar-oil-flecked beauty and I knew I had to try it as soon as possible, so off I set to the store with hopes that my search for a packet of za'atar — a Middle Eastern spice blend comprising oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac — wouldn't be found futile. Thankfully, Spicely came to my rescue, no specialty store required; it even came in a conveniently smaller package to boot, a boon to those looking to waste less in the kitchen.
And to answer the burning question: yes, this soup was everything I wished for and more. Well-balanced, velvety smooth, and aesthetically appealing thanks to a swirl of za'atar oil, this tangerine-hued soup is a real winner.
Make this juice recipe your new main squeeze for Fall. It contains this season's superstars: apples, celery, and of course, beets. This deep red juice will get you into the Holiday spirit and keep you feeling healthy all season long.
Learn how to make this beet juice recipe after the break!
With cooler temps and darker mornings waking us up in the morning, a cold bowl of cereal just won't do. We deserve something warm, wholesome, and satisfying.
If you're bored with your basic bowl of oatmeal, then whip up a batch of this gluten-free quinoa bake featuring soft, cinnamon-spiced apples; plump raisins; and crunchy almonds. Enjoy yours plain or with a few spoonfuls of creamy Greek yogurt (three ounces adds about 70 calories).
Protein- and fiber-packed quinoa is just the thing to fill you up, kick-start your metabolism, and keep hunger at bay for hours. And the best part is that you can make this hearty breakfast bake ahead, so you'll have breakfast made for the next six mornings.
This recipe couldn't be easier to make — you don't even have to precook the quinoa. Just pour all the ingredients (that you probably already have in your kitchen) in the baking dish, and cook for an hour. Your house will smell like an apple pie factory! Store leftovers in the fridge, microwave a piece in the morning, and breakfast is served! Keep reading to see this 269-calorie quinoa bake recipe.