If you’re considering a grain-free diet, this free meal plan has everything you need to RAWK it for one week. I’ve included breakfast smoothies, plant-based snacks and dinners that are tasty and nourishing grain-free recipes.
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Why Follow a Grain-Free Diet?
Whether you suffer from Celiac disease, a wheat allergy, experience symptoms like inflammation, high blood sugar or have a gluten intolerance (like me), avoiding grains can help you feel a whole lot better.
Talk to your health practitioner before deciding to cut out an entire food group. I go grain-free when I need a break, my joints are too achy or I can’t sleep well. It’s just like when I go through my Vegan Meal Plan to give my body a reset from all animal products.
What do I mean when I say “grains”? Whole grains are the edible seeds of certain grasses and include:
- dried corn (fresh corn is a veggie, dried corn is a grain)
Buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa are called “pseudocereals“, foods that resemble grains but aren’t members of the grass family (they are seeds).
They have similar cooking and baking properties of grain (and can cause similar discomfort in sensitive people). Because of this, we’re not using these three ingredients in this meal plan.
Note: A grain-free diet is not the same as a gluten-free diet. Those who want to cut out gluten only can still eat grains like gluten-free oats, rice and more. Notice that products in the grocery store aren’t necessarily grain-free when they say gluten-free on them, that just means they are gluten-free.
7-Day Grain-Free Meal Plan
Following the success of my Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan, this grain-free plan includes a grocery list and daily menu to help you succeed in removing grains from your diet. There’s a variety of recipes in this meal plan from zucchini noodles (instead of pasta) and crunchy cabbage wraps (instead of tortilla shells), giving you innovative ways to swap grains with nutrient-rich alternatives.
My menu includes nine recipes to use throughout the week. You’ll be repeating meals to keep it simple. Everything can be made ahead and easily reheated as leftovers if you want. This interactive menu allows you to check off each item as you make it and also click on the recipe image to access to entire recipe. Lunch is left open for you to have leftovers, blend an extra smoothie or have a salad. It’s up to you!
Your Grocery List
The grocery list has everything you’ll need to make the recipes for the week for one person. Double it if doing it with a loved one. Make sure to read labels on items you buy in case they try and sneak in some grains (you’d be surprised how often wheat sneaks into items).
Grain-Free Diet Recipes
Now let’s get to the recipes! Following a grain-free diet can be flavorful, nutrient-rich and truly enjoyable. The nine recipes below include the smoothies, snacks and meals you’ll make this week.
Browse through the recipes below or click on the full-color recipe image included in the Grain-Free Menu.
Breakfast Smoothie Recipes
Smoothies are my favorite way to start the day, after my cup of healthy coffee. They’re fast to make, easy to take with me or enjoy at home and are light yet filling. All the smoothie recipes have protein and healthy fats to make them a wonderful meal replacement to fuel you throughout the morning.
The Yogurt Smoothie is like comfort food in a cup while my Almond Smoothie is super filling. If you want to start your morning with a refreshing option, blend up the Brain Food Smoothie to get an energy rush without any caffeine!
I notice that when I avoid flour, cereal and dairy at breakfast I feel more energetic, crave healthier foods all day and skip that awful sugar crash.
Filling Snacks Without Grain
Snack time is often when I reach for grains the most. It can be daunting to find a snack that tastes good and is grain-free, yet I’ve got some options that fit both criteria!
The Pumpkin Chia Pudding and Oven Roasted Almonds can be made all at once and enjoyed all week (they’re super quick to prep). The Apple Donuts are best made right before you eat them, yet don’t take a lot of prep either.
I know it might sound odd to add snacks to your day, especially if you aren’t typically a snacker. Yet snacks aren’t just for kids; they can help give us an energy boost in between meals, as well as provide a wider variety of vitamins and minerals throughout the day.
When following a new diet like this one, you need all the variety you can get! Snacks are a great way to get in more vegetables. When you choose ones with protein and fiber, they can tide you over until dinner and help avoid the hangry.
Grain-Free Dinner Recipes
Dinner is one of the most common times to find grains in meals, yet there are plenty of creative and delicious options that don’t use grains. These recipes will help you add more variety and creativity to your weekly menu.
The Loaded Sweet Potato is an OG Simple Green Smoothies recipe and a fan favorite. If you aren’t quite sure about that one just yet, then start with the Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. The flavors in these are incredibly well-balanced.
Finally, we’ve got the Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash, a recipe that’s actually on regular rotation for my family dinners. It’s easy to put together and just delicious without any gluten-y pasta weighing you down.
A grain-free diet can be tasty, nourishing and healing— the key is sticking with it long enough to start seeing the awesome results.
Have a question or wanna share your results from doing the Grain-Free Diet Plan? Leave a comment below. I’d be happy to reply and celebrate your wins!
There are so many options even when choosing to start a no-grain diet. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, even dairy if you want. Get your carbohydrates from fruits and veggies and use legumes like lentils and black beans as a stand-in for rice. Zucchini or sweet potato noodles, or even spaghetti squash can give you that “pasta” feel.
When you stop eating grains, the results may vary. For me, I notice a lot less bloat and a positive reset for my gut. My mood feels lighter and I often get an energy spike. It’s different for everyone, so if you are trying a grain-free diet short term then don’t just track your weight or clothing size, track your mood, sleep, energy levels, inflammation and clarity to determine how this affects you.
Determining whether a no-grain diet is good for you should be left up to you and a certified dietician. If you struggle with celiac disease, diabetes or gluten intolerance then exploring this kind of diet could be beneficial. Work with your certified practitioner to ensure you are still getting all the nutrition you need for your body to thrive.