Adding Coconut Oil to Your Wheat-Free Diet

Hey Wheatbeaters!

I’d like to share one of my little secrets for warding off mid-day hunger pangs.

It’s coconut oil.

A lot of people are resistant to adding something so high in fat to their diet, thinking that it will make them gain a ton of weight. I’ll admit—I was hesitant at first. But the thing is I just replaced my regular cooking oil (olive oil) with it so I don’t actually take in any extra calories per day. Coconut oil is healthy in so many ways! I find that two tablespoons per day (which is about 200 calories) WILL make you lose weight by making you feel full. 

To fit it into my current wheat-free diet, I changed up my breakfast plans a bit. Protein is absolutely essential to making me feel full and stopping me from gorging on carbs throughout the day. Seriously, if I haven’t had protein in the morning I will just wander aimlessly around the kitchen for an hour until I cave and eat bread. Previously, I have had two eggs and a rice cake with peanut butter for breakfast (with coffee, of course).
Now I start my day with the following:

  • a bowl of oatmeal (make sure the bag says gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts (nutty and delicious and keep you, erm, “regular”)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • a splash of milk if it is too thick
  • 1/2 of a small banana diced (I highly recommend adding this because it makes it taste one zillion times better. One zillion.)

So just make your oatmeal and put all this healthy crap in it and voila! Honestly, it keeps me full beyond lunch a lot of the time. PLUS coconut oil has all these great qualities:

  • aids in digestion
  • makes your hair all shiny and stuff
  • prevents premature skin aging (also, reduced my red marks from acne SIGNIFICANTLY)
  • promotes immune system health
  • reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (never hurts to start early!)
  • increases weight loss

There are a million more things that could be added to that list but those are some of the biggies. So I guess my point is that you should add coconut oil to your diet, stop using the other oils, and maybe even comment on this post about how that works for you! I love hearing back from everyone about their progress 🙂

PS: You can add a bit to your dog’s food and his coat will get shinier. Gentle Ben likes it!

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Delicious Gluten-Free Wraps

One of the biggest complaints I hear (and harbour myself) about eating wheat-free is that there aren’t many ways to “hold” the food. No bread, so sandwiches are out. No tortillas, so you can’t make a wrap. Sometimes I just end up with a big bowl of stuff, which is fine… but it’s nice to have something to transport the food from the plate to your mouth.

I stopped in a little local market and found this pack of 20 rice paper wraps for $1.99 and decided to test them out. So far… LOVE them! They are super easy to use once you get the hang of them, and they make for more portable snacks.

I made some sort of taco-like dish and it was delicious! Plus it probably cost about $10 to make and it lasted about 4 meals. Win win win.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rice paper wrap
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • small handfull of cilantro
  • 1/2 pack of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup rice
  • shredded cheese
  • 1 chicken breast

I could write out the recipe step-by-step, but it is so simple that it’s just not worth doing. Really you just bake chicken how you like it, slice it up, mix it with all the ingredients in a big bowl, and then put it in the rice wrap. I like to heat everything in the microwave before putting it in the wrap, and then I add the cheese on top.

I ended up with a ton of leftovers so I put them in the fridge and made a pot of rice and mixed it all up for lunches. Very easy and convenient! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of everything in the bowl, but I did take a few of the wrap. And sadly they were done using my phone, so they are terrible quality, but the sentiment is there 🙂
Also, I recommend dipping these bad boys in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Mmmm…

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