Thanksgiving is a daunting time to consider keeping or transitioning into a gluten-free eating style. The table is already full of sugar and carbs. Gluten is one more thing. You don’t have to create a whole new menu. Substitute traditional ingredients with authentic, nutrient-rich foods to avoid the post-dinner blues. I’m sharing my grocery list for some helpful tips you can incorporate into your meal to keep it healthy and delicious!

1. Grains

A simple step in cooking a gluten-free meal is swapping out wheat, barley, or rye for gluten-free grains. You can try:

  • Corn or potato meal
  • Brown rice flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Chickpea flour
  • Teff flour
  • Tapioca flour
  • Cassava flour
  • Blended certified gluten-free flours
  • Sprouted Buckwheat
  • Sprouted Amaranth


2. Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are incredibly easy to include in your meal. Instead of toxic oils like vegetable or canola, play around with these!

  • Flaxseed
  • Hemp
  • Avocado
  • Extra Virgin Olive
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Unrefined Virgin Coconut
  • Ghee

Remember to cook at a lower temperature because they have lower burning points. Additionally, you can add chia, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds to some dishes for garnish or texture. 


 3. Sauces and Seasonings

Always check for the certified gluten-free and organic labels. Non-GMO does not always mean organic. It’s easy to forget gluten hides in seasonings and flavors we see as healthy. The smartest flavorings you can use are:

  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Salt
  • Bone Broth
  • Honey (preferably raw)
  • Cacao
  • Apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Cranberries
  • Bananas


4. Dairy

You can still have your milk and cheese. Try using unprocessed antibiotic-free  and grass-fed (when applicable) products:

  • Goat milk
  • Almond milk
  • Sheep cheese
  • Kerrygold cheese
  • Goat yogurt
  • Fermented yogurt
  • Greek yogurt



5. Lean Proteins

Last, but most definitely not least, proteins with parents! These can be some of the most dangerous foods when not prepared correctly. The diet, steroids, and chemical treatments going into your meats are abusive to the animal and your family. Below are the labels to look for when buying these meat products.

  • Wild-caught fish
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Pasture-raised poultry
  • Cage-free eggs


Thanksgiving should be fun, stress-free, and full of fond memories. Laying on the couch bloated, in pain is not quite the picture of fun.

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