5 Basic Whole Foods Groups

God made an incredible variety of plant-based foods for our best health.  It shouldn’t be surprising that we can enjoy an incredibly diversified diet based on these healthful, beneficial foods.  And if we do, we’ll discover some pretty incredible health benefits! (Check out our personal story if you haven't already.)

The Five Basic WHOLE FOOD Groups

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (and herbs)
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts/seeds (and the oils of such) and spices


When you consider that there are five groups of plant-based foods and only one of these food groups has members that contain gluten, it can feel a bit more freeing for those on a restricted diet. When you learn that you can eat freely of all the other four plant-based food groups and can eat plenty of naturally gluten-free selections from the grains group as well it's greatly encouraging. Strawberries are gluten-free, after all!


The only restrictions come with the grain family. There are many gluten-containing grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley, etc.) that are important to avoid, yet I’ve found that there are many non-gluten-containing grains that are very pleasant to work with. I've experimented extensively with these grains (on their own and in combination with each other) and I'm glad to share my recipe successes with you. Be sure to check out my great gluten-free recipes - easy, tasty and exceptionally good for you- here at my blog.