Women with PCOS shouldn’t be eating gluten. It’s an inflammatory and women with PCOS test higher in C-Reactive protein (an indication of inflammation in the body).
But if your are active you need your carb- and really good substitutes that you can carry around – otherwise you will likely turn to bread. (Note: Unless you are actually celiac most packaged gluten free stuff is much worse for your blood sugar than gluten!).
The fact its, you often need to work harder to avoid PCOS and belly fat.
Quinoa is by no means low carb, but it is gluten and grain free (for those who have digestive woes with grains). It also has a higher protein/carb ratio, making you feel more satiated and keeping blood sugar levels more stable. This helps with PCOS and belly fat.
If you are actually celiac you will need to look carefully at packages. Quinoa if often packaged on the same manufacturing line as gluten containing flour, so there is a difference between a “gluten free” label, and a “made with no gluten ingredients” label.
Here is a Quick and Easy Quinoa salad.
It’s perfect when you want something fresh and light but hearty and filling at the same time.
For 2 servings:
-1 cup cooked quinoa (any color or combo will do). You can cook in a rice cooker “set it and forget it”…or make it on the stovetop according to directions. Some folks would say use sprouted quinoa and soak it to make it healthier. Go for it if you have time..otherwise if you are eating quinoa that’s good enough for me.
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-Juice of 1 lime (great source of vitamin C)
-Handful chopped mint (great source of minerals like magnesium and calcium)
-Handful of fresh chopped parsley (amazing source of Vitamin C, K, and A)
-Handful fresh chopped cilantro (flushes heavy metals out of blood)
-Handful of grape or cherry tomatoes chopped in half
-1/4 – 1/2 chopped red onion to preference (reduces blood sugar)
-Pink salt (or regular if you prefer) and pepper to taste
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