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Last updated on May 11th, 2022 at 10:32 am

We’re back with another 7-Day clean eating challenge! This time we’re going gluten-free and dairy-free for 7 whole days to uncover food intolerances and hopefully reduce chronic inflammation. I’ve included a grocery list, delicious and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes (many of them are good for meal prep), as well as a meal planning printable if you like to plan out your meals for the week ahead.

Gluten-Free And Dairy-Free – What Is It?

Okay, so I don’t think they’ve come up with a name for this yet, but it’s a way of eating where you avoid all foods that contain gluten and dairy. It’s not a diet to lose weight (although it might happen!), it’s more of a healthy way of eating to improve your health and reveal food intolerances you might have.

Eating dairy-free and gluten-free is less restrictive than eating a paleo diet which forbids, that’s right: forbids! all legumes and grains, because according to some sources those foods can make you sick as a dog. Especially if you’re already dealing with digestive issues.

We’re not making this big of a change here, but this week will be challenging enough to make you think differently and find alternative, nutritious sources of food.

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What To Eat On A Gluten-Free And Dairy Free Diet

You can basically eat all the foods that don’t contain gluten or dairy…which excludes about 96% of all processed foods out there. But let’s focus on what we can eat!

Fruits And Vegetables. Greens, berries, cruciferous and starchy vegetables, bananas – all fruits and vegetables are dairy-free and gluten-free and you’re welcome to eat plenty of them (bananas in reasonable amounts of course!) Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and super beneficial for your health, so they should be the foundation of your everyday diet.

Herbs And Spices. Basil, mint, dill, turmeric, rosemary, even black pepper! It’s no secret herbs and spices have healing properties and can give any dish that little special something.

Nuts And Seeds. Chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts, almonds, cashews – there are many choices here. Similarly to fruits and vegetables – nuts and seeds are full of antioxidants (but fat-soluble!) and essential nutrients that the human body just needs.

Protein. The best choices here are eggs, fish, seafood from a sustainable source and poultry.

Fiber-Rich Foods. You can have lentils, beans, chickpeas and all the gluten-free “grains” like quinoa, buckwheat, millet or amaranth. For this week we’ll skip the oats since most varieties are contaminated with gluten.

Healthy Fats. Coconut oil, olive oil and avocado are the best choices here. Although you’ll see below – I use a little bit of toasted sesame oil every now and then, because I simply love the flavor. It’s not the healthiest oil you can have, but I am okay with that. Don’t add it to your meals if you don’t want to.

Why Eat Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free?

One really important reason to cut out dairy and gluten from your diet, at least for a little bit, is to find out whether or not you have an intolerance to those foods.

Dairy and gluten are two of the most common food allergens, but when we’re eating them on a regular basis we’re not really noticing it that much.

However, those intolerances might still be there and could be making us feel less than our best. So to find out we’ll do the seven days, more would be great – if you can. Then after those are over and if you want to go back to eating dairy and gluten, start adding them one at a time. The important thing here is really ONE at a time, so you can find out which foods actually cause a “bad” reaction in your body.

For example, regular milk might make you sick, while yogurt might be tolerated just fine. (that’s actually shown for acne patients!)

Same with gluten. Eating bread, which has a high glycemic index might make you feel miserable, while cooked bulgur (also contains gluten, but has a lower glycemic index) might be just fine for you.

This is very much like a mini elimination diet, but we’re only cutting out these 2 major food allergens.

Reduce Inflammation?

Eating dairy-free and gluten-free can also help reduce inflammation in the body, if you do have an intolerance to those foods.

Reducing inflammation inside your body is important, because it’s linked to the development of major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases and even acne. Low grade, chronic inflammation also naturally develops as we get older, so it’s a good idea to start doing something about it, even when we’re younger and don’t necessarily feel its effects yet. Following an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of vegetables, good fats, fiber and a lower glycemic index (not necessarily low carb!) is one way to do it.

Of course, there’s more to the anti-inflammatory diet than just avoiding certain foods, but eliminating food allergens is an important part.

The recipes you’ll find below can be considered anti-inflammatory, as they’re rich in antioxidants, have a low glycemic index, a good omega-6/omega-3 ratio and aren’t full of saturated fat.

Meal Prep For The Week

If you don’t have much time to cook on weekdays, it’s a good idea to make some of these recipes ahead. Many of them can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days – just use airtight meal prep containers or jars.

I personally love making ahead the Mediterranean Salmon Bowl, the Avocado Chicken Salad and my 5-Minute Mediterranean Bowl. Follow the instructions in the individual recipes, so that your food stays fresh for more than a day!

7-Days Of Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Recipes

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The recipes below are just meal ideas for you to use during the next seven days. If you do have other go-to gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, please, feel free to use them.

All of the recipes below are, of course, also refined sugar-free. Some of the breakfast recipes use a little bit of honey to make them sweeter. Honey might not have a low glycemic index, but it does come with anti-inflammatory properties and we’re using it in moderation.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Breakfasts

4- Ingredient No-Bake Cookies

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Made with almond butter, cashews, flaxseed and some honey, these are simple, yet super tasty and keep well in the fridge for a few days. You might want to double the recipe, as these are also a great snack and very quickly gone. Recipe is here.

Simple Chia Pudding

Make this simple chia pudding the night before and top with berries and some chopped nuts for an easy and healthy breakfast! Recipe here.

Green Breakfast Smoothie

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With almond butter and banana this 3-ingredient smoothie is actually filling enough to be a quick and easy healthy breakfast. Feel free to mix in some soaked chia seeds after blending to make it even more nutritious. Recipe here.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Salads & Bowls (Great For Lunch)

5-Minute Mediterranean Bowl

This vegan gluten-free bowl recipe has been a part of every single clean eating challenge thus far, I know and I’m not trying to hide it. It’s one of my go-to recipes as it’s healthy, easy to make and so delicious with the hummus and tzatziki! Recipe here.

Avocado Quinoa Detox Salad

Do not be scared by the word detox in the title! When I posted this recipe, I was going through a stage in my life, where I thought everything should be called detox. And this quinoa salad recipe really is healthy and detoxifying, but it’s also fresh, full of flavor and antioxidants. Recipe here.

Avocado Shrimp Salad.

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Switching things up to something that doesn’t contain quinoa and has shrimp instead. The original recipe calls for yogurt in the dressing, but instead, you can use tahini and a Tbsp of water or this cashew sauce + the rest of the dressing ingredients. Recipe is here.

Tomato, Basil And Chickpea Salad

Very simple, yet delicious chickpea and tomato salad, it’s ready in about 10-15 minutes. Recipe here.

Meal Prep Avocado Chicken Salad

Pretty simple avocado and chicken salad that you can make ahead, it’s low carb, gluten-free and paleo. Recipe here.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Dinners

Mediterranean Salmon Bowl

One of my favorite meals on this blog – easy to make and so full of flavor! We’ll change things up a little bit by not adding feta cheese to the salad, using some chopped olives instead and using the cashew garlic sauce my sister made instead of a yogurt sauce (although the sauce is optional!). Recipe here.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I guess nothing new to most people at the time I’m posting this, but this year was the first time I made cauliflower fried rice and actually really liked it. This is a vegetarian version with only eggs and vegetables and I used tamari sauce, which contrary to soy sauce is actually gluten-free. Yes, it was a shock to me that soy sauce actually contains gluten as well. Recipe is here.

Another recipe from the time in my life everything needed to be “detox”. And again, it’s true as well, as this healthy soup is loaded with detoxifying broccoli and spices, but most importantly – it’s very delicious! Make sure to add some salt at the beginning, so that the soup doesn’t turn out bland. Recipe here.

Garlic Shrimp In Tomato Sauce

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What might surprise you about this super tasty dish is that it is made in 15 minutes and with only 5, that’s right 5 ingredients: shrimp, tomatoes, dill, olive oil and garlic. My sister made it for us and it was amazing, I still have beautiful haunting dreams about it. We did eat it with bread though. To keep it gluten-free, you can serve this with gluten-free pasta, quinoa, rice or over zucchini noodles for a low carb version. Recipe here.

Egg Roll In A Bowl

Never knew, I’d become such a huge fan of cabbage! But this recipe was all over the internet and I decided to make my own version with chicken. It was totally worth it. I’ve been making this almost every week now and it always tastes amazing. Again use tamari sauce or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option. Recipe here.

Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

This black bean and quinoa bowl is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! Recipe here.

Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup

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When my sister was doing the keto diet she made this coconut curry shrimp soup with only chopped zucchini and no noodles or rice in it. Keto? No thanks, I don’t have the self-discipline of a marine. Still, I tried it and it was incredible. Like I was eating actual Thai food, but it was at my sister’s place. Keto diet did not last, but she’s still making this soup and I cannot blame her, it’s so perfect and so easy to make. Recipe is here.

(Side note: Now I noticed I shared only shrimp recipes from my sister’s blog…she does eat other things as well though, and most of them are healthy. If you haven’t, you can check out her blog Her Highness, Hungry Me here).


If do need snacks to get you through the day here are some great options:

  • hummus with vegetables
  • this vegan cream cheese with vegetables
  • raw almonds, cashews or walnuts
  • fresh fruit like apples, pears, peaches or berries
  • you can also use the energy balls as a snack

After The 7-Day Meal Plan

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I really hope you will not be eating healthy only for the 7 days! The seven days can be the start to a healthier lifestyle and to improving your health long-term. I know it’s not easy to stay organized, especially when you need to be avoiding dairy and gluten, so to help you out I created a clean eating recipe binder with over 100 delicious gluten and dairy-free recipes. They’re super easy to make and all of them are delicious. Some are on the blog, many are not.

This binder is a tool you can use to make eating healthier a habit and it can help you create your own meal plans, get organized in the kitchen, track your habit and build your very own recipe binder with meals you love! You can check it out here, be sure to use the code NTB20 for 20% off your purchase.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Grocery List

This is an overall gluten-free and dairy-free grocery list for all the recipes I shared above. Please make sure to adjust for the meals you’d like to make in the provided meal planner.


  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Scallions
  • Zucchini
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Berries
  • Lemon
  • Radishes
  • Jalapeno


  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken Breast or Thighs (skinless, boneless)
  • Ground Turkey or Chicken (for the egg roll in a bowl)
  • Eggs


  • Quinoa
  • Chickpeas, canned
  • Black beans, canned
  • Lentils
  • Tomato paste
  • Curry paste (gluten-free)
  • Tamari sauce
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Vinegar
  • Mustard
  • Coconut milk

Seeds And Nuts

  • Almond butter
  • Cashews
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Favorite nut milk (or make your own cashew milk)
  • Tahini
  • Sunflower Seeds

Herbs and Spices

  • Turmeric
  • Coriander, ground
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cumin, ground
  • Mint, dried
  • Ginger, ground
  • Black pepper

You can download the grocery list and other free resources in PDF here.

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Seven whole days of delicious healthy gluten-free dairy free recipes to fuel your body and hopefully, reduce chronic inflammation! This gluten free dairy free plan also comes with a grocery list.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes


For the egg roll in a bowl

  • 2 1/2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 2/3 cup carrots, grated
  • 8 oz chicken breast (ground or chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Optional: turmeric and crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Chop all vegetables and the chicken (if not ground).
  2. In a large pan, heat some olive oil (or coconut oil) at medium-high heat saute the 2 cloves of garlic for 30 seconds, then add the chicken and the cauliflower. Saute everything for 4-5 minutes (until the chicken is almost ready)
  3. Add in the cabbage, carrots and stir in the tamari sauce and the other garlic clove. Cover with a lid and cook for 4-5 more minutes or until the chicken is done. Optionally you can also add some turmeric and crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Serve with toasted sesame seeds and scallions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 647mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 9gSugar: 9gProtein: 43g

Wow, can you believe it took me 6 hours to put this post together? I’m kinda exhausted and really do hope you find the recipes, printable and this post helpful! Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment here, on Pinterest or on my Instagram which is very rusty right now.

Other Meal Plans You Might Like:

  • 7-Day Clean Eating Challenge (The First One)
  • 7-Day Vegan Clean Eating Challenge
  • Clean Eating Challenge #2 (Lower Carb!)
  • Clean Eating Challenge #3 (Hydration!)

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Can you lose weight eating gluten and dairy free? ›

A: Yes, you may experience some weight loss as a consequence of cutting out gluten and dairy. That's because such an elimination diet is usually based on healthy, fresh, whole foods. When you reduce the consumption of packaged and processed foods, weight management becomes easy.

What does a gluten-free dairy free sugar free diet look like? ›

A diet free from gluten, dairy and sugar should focus on healthy, whole foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains like quinoa and brown rice. Protein sources can include wild-caught fish and organic or grass-fed meat.

How to live a gluten-free dairy free life? ›

You can eat any foods that do not contain gluten and dairy. These include all fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, legumes, corn, quinoa, rice, legumes, and nuts. Be sure to read ingredient labels on packaged foods and look for products labeled "gluten and dairy-free".

What happens to your body when you stop eating dairy and gluten? ›

Starting a gluten-free and dairy-free diet can improve your health, reduce inflammation, manage food sensitivities, and help fight chronic diseases.

How long does it take for a gluten and dairy-free diet to work? ›

It might take up to several weeks for you to see a difference. Be sure to take note of symptoms such as pain levels, sleep quality, skin issues, joint pain, weight management, and overall energy.

Does peanut butter contain gluten? ›

Living gluten-free can be a challenge. It's important to know that peanuts, peanut butter, peanut flour and peanut oil are considered naturally gluten-free foods. Gluten is a form of protein found in wheat, barley and rye (2).

Can you eat eggs on a gluten-free and dairy free diet? ›

Yes, eggs are naturally gluten-free.

However, eggs are often at a high risk for cross-contact due to the ways they are prepared.

Does mayonnaise have dairy in it? ›

Mayonnaise doesn't have any milk products in it, so that means it doesn't have dairy. Eggs aren't considered a dairy product, even though they are an animal product. That means if you have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance, it's safe to eat eggs, as well as mayonnaise, because they don't contain any lactose.

What is gluten belly? ›

Gluten belly, also known as wheat belly, is a common phrase that refers to stomach swelling after eating gluten as a result of bloating. Along with bloating, one may also develop symptoms such as stomach pain, flatulence, or irregular bowel movements.

Will cutting out dairy help you lose weight? ›

Weight loss

Eliminating dairy can help with weight loss. Milk, plain yogurt, and other unsweetened dairy products contain lactose, a natural sugar, while other dairy products may contain added sugar. If you're trying to lose stubborn belly fat, eliminating added sugar can really help.

Are potatoes gluten-free? ›

The simple answer is yes — potatoes are gluten-free. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains. Potatoes aren't grains, they're a type of starchy vegetable. That's good news for people who can't tolerate gluten because they have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Does coffee have gluten? ›

Plain coffee from freshly roasted beans is 100% gluten-free. In many cases, store-bought coffee grounds are as well, though there's always some potential for cross-contamination. What you really need to keep an eye on are coffee additives and flavored coffees. Powdered coffee creamer, for example, may contain gluten.

What snacks are gluten-free? ›

Healthy gluten-free snacks
  • Any sliced vegetable, such as carrots, red peppers, or cucumber.
  • Fresh whole fruit, such as a banana, apple, or peach.
  • Berries.
  • Grapes.
  • Melon.
  • CItrus fruit, such as oranges or grapefruit.
  • Canned fruit (preferably canned in water, not syrup)
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins or prunes.
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What alcohol is gluten-free? ›

Distilled spirits: Brandy, rum, and tequila are naturally gluten-free. Chopin and Tito's vodkas, Cold River Gin or Schramm Organic Gin, and Queen Jennie Whiskey are gluten-free. Liqueurs: Chartreuse, Cointreau, Disaronno, Grand Marnier, Hennessy, Kahlúa, Sambuca, and Martini are gluten-free.

Is gluten and dairy free healthier? ›

Those with autoimmune conditions (like Hashimotos Thyroiditis, for example) will often greatly benefit from a gluten and dairy free diet, since this type of protocol will help with gut healing and decrease inflammation,” adds Presicci.

How much weight do you lose on gluten-free diet? ›

Over the long term, it's smart to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week. Generally to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular physical activity.

How do you lose gluten belly fat? ›

12 Simple Tips to Help Eliminate Gluten from Your Diet
  1. Choose gluten-free grains. ...
  2. Look for a gluten-free certification label. ...
  3. Eat more produce. ...
  4. Clean out your pantry. ...
  5. Avoid gluten-containing beverages. ...
  6. Bring your own food. ...
  7. Eat more nuts and seeds. ...
  8. Know the different names for wheat.
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Does a gluten-free diet make you healthier? ›

A gluten-free diet is essential for those with celiac disease. However, there is little evidence to support its use in people without celiac disease, and it may increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. This protein helps foods hold their shape.

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