15 Foods You Miss When You're Gluten-Free—and What to Eat Instead. (When we had to leave baguettes behind? It was a tearful goodbye.) It doesn't really matter if you've been gluten-free for years or are just taking the plunge now—here are 15 foods you will probably miss and the best gluten-free replacements we've found. If you're craving flour tortillas, swapping in corn tortillas is definitely a no-brainer. Lettuce is also a classic option, but we've found collard greens to be a bit better—the leaves tend to be bigger, stronger, and less likely to rip. Though there are plenty of gluten-free cracker options in grocery stores these days, you can't beat the simplicity of a rice cake. Whether you need bread crumbs in a recipe or just as a topping, gluten-free oats are a great substitute if you send them through a food processor first. It'll also add a healthy dose of protein to your morning, and we're always good with that. Chopped nuts are a great way to emulate the consistency of traditional granola without risking gluten contamination.
Inflammation is right up there with sugar in terms of scary wellness words. You’ve probably heard the laundry list of ailments it’s tied to: acne, sleeping problems, gut issues, and even life-threatening conditions, like heart disease.
The good news is that you can eat your way to better health—as long as you’re filling up on the right foods. Sure, turmeric gets a lot of the glory when it comes to fighting inflammation, but how many golden lattes do you need to sip a day for it to actually make a difference? And is there anything else you can nibble on that works just as well?
I tapped nutritionist Barbara Mendez, who’s also trained as chemist and a pharmacist, to help build an anti-inflammatory food pyramid—with the most beneficial foods at the bottom and the not-so great ones at the top. (Cough…gluten…cough.)
It’s kind of like the triangle you memorized in elementary school, only with way more superfoods (and way fewer cartons of milk).
Keep reading for her tips on building the ultimate good-for-you meal plan. Spoiler alert: There’s way more to it than just turmeric.
The base of the pyramid: Leafy greens and healthy fats
What’s the most important food for lowering inflammation? Leafy green veggies, Mendez says. In her opinion, the more spinach, broccoli, romaine, cabbage, collard, and kale, the better. The reason? Greens are loaded with antioxidants, which rejuvenate weak cells, she says—sort of like how that mid-afternoon coffee can bring you back to life.
“Besides leafy greens, the most powerful inflammation-fighting foods are salmon, walnuts, fermented foods—such as kimchi—garlic, and yes, turmeric,” she says. So how much is enough? “Ideally, you want a serving of fermented foods and walnuts every day,” Mendez explains. “Salmon can contain mercury, so because of that it’s best to…