Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.

Some of the most delicious and nutritious foods just happen to be gluten-free, which is great news if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten (or are just eating gluten-free for whatever reason). In this meal plan, we feature tasty gluten-free meals and snacks that are packed with the good-for-you nutrients you need more of as you age-protein, fiber and calcium. You'll find healthy gluten-free foods like lean chicken, fiber-filled beans and calcium-rich cheese, which combine to create a tasty day of eating. With this helpful 1-day meal plan, following a nutritious gluten-free diet is made easier.

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BREAKFAST

Breakfast (441 calories)

The chia pudding recipe only uses half of the apple. Enjoy the remaining half with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter.

A.M. SNACK

A.M. Snack (214 calories)

  • 6 gluten-free multigrain crackers
  • 1 oz. Cheddar cheese

LUNCH

Lunch (460 calories)

  • 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup canned mandarin oranges
  • 2 Tbsp.Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 4 large green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon slivered almonds

Toss chicken with oranges, dressing and almonds. Serve inside lettuce leaves as a wrap.

• 1 cup sweet cherries

P.M. SNACK

P.M. Snack (276 calories)

  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

DINNER

Dinner (623 calories)

Combine the beans and rice and season with salt and pepper to taste

• 1 cup mixed salad greens with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Daily Total: 2,013 calories, 101 grams protein, 1,424 milligrams sodium, 38 grams fiber, 1,156 mg calcium

Please Note: This meal plan is controlled for calories, protein, fiber, sodium and calcium. If you are concerned about any one nutrient in particular, speak with your health care provider about altering this meal plan to best suit your needs.

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