gluten free diet

  1. Low-carb / Gluten-free Pasta Ideas

    Low-carb / Gluten-free Pasta Ideas

    Have you ever found yourself craving a nice big plate of spaghetti, or perhaps a big piece of lasagna, hot from the oven? Your mouth begins to water at the though, but then you remember that you can't have pasta anymore....

    Have you ever found yourself craving a nice big plate of spaghetti, or perhaps a big piece of lasagna, hot from the oven? Your mouth begins to water at the though, but then you remember that you can't have pasta anymore. Your dreams of eating these Italian delights vanish in a moment.

    This is a common problem in today's world. Many people find themselves under various dietary restrictions--gluten-free, carb-free, etc. If you are one of the estimated 29% of Americans who call themselves "gluten free," then you may have resigned yourself to never eating pasta again.

    I too have found myself wishing for pasta. Most of my family is currently on a very low-carb diet, designed to lower blood sugar and provide a healthier way of life. But sometimes it is very hard to deny myself yummy carb-filled food.  I've often wondered why the best foods are so bad for us! But try as I might to struggle against these dietary restrictions, the fact remains: Carbs and gluten in excess is not a healthy way to eat, and many people need to live the rest of their lives without certain foods.

    But there is hope! There is still a way to enjoy some of these dishes, without buying overpriced gluten-free pasta. Try these delicious low-carb/gluten-free pasta recipes--we promise you won't be disappointed.

    No Noodle Lasagna

    (Recipe taken from Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes)

    Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna
    Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

    Serves 8 - 12 portions.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds ground beef                
    • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
    • 1 clove garlic, minced      
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning        
    • Pinch parsley, chopped
    • Salt & pepper                              
    • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 15 ounce can tomato sauce           
    • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • 28 ounces zucchini

    Directions:

    1. Brown the hamburger with the garlic in a frying pan; drain the fat.
    2. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Stir in the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.
    4. Beat the eggs with the ricotta; add a little salt and pepper and the parsley.
    5. Thinly slice the zucchini lengthwise about 1/8" thick; do not peel.
    6. Grease a 9 x 13" baking pan.
    7. Layer everything in this order: 1/3 of the zucchini, salt and pepper, 1/2 of the meat sauce, 1/3 of the zucchini, salt and pepper, all of the ricotta, 1/2 of the mozzarella and parmesan, 1/3 of the zucchini, salt and pepper, the rest of the meat sauce, the rest of the cheeses.
    8. Bake at 325º for 45 minutes to an hour until bubbly and the zucchini is cooked well.

    Spaghetti Squash

    To begin, select a spaghetti squash from your grocery store (the size of the squash will depend on the size of the group you're feeding).  Then take the squash home. ;)

    Spaghetti Squash
    Spaghetti Squash

    Ingredients:

    • one spaghetti squash

    Directions:

    1. Place the squash on a baking sheet, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. Before you put the squash in the oven, take either a sharp knife or a fork and puncture the squash in several places. This will allow hot air to escape during baking.
    3. Bake at 425 F for 1 hr.
    4. When the squash is finished baking, let it cool for 10-15 min.
    5. Then, cut it open (lengthwise will give you the longest "noodles") and scoop out the squash.  Be sure to remove the seeds before serving.
    6. Now, just top with your favorite spaghetti sauce or pesto and enjoy a delicious low-carb gluten free meal.

    Your family and friends will be amazed at this ready-made pasta in a vegetable!

    For more low-carb recipes, contact us. We are always happy to help you learn how to live a healthy lifestyle....While still enjoying delicious home cooked meals!

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  2. 6 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas for Kids

    6 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas for Kids

    When your children have gluten allergies, no longer is a sandwich a staple for lunch. Parents looking for simple, straightforward, and healthy Gluten Free Lunch ideas can try these 6 fun favorites. Cookie Cutter Vegetables Salad - Healthy, crunchy, and extremely...

    When your children have gluten allergies, no longer is a sandwich a staple for lunch. Parents looking for simple, straightforward, and healthy Gluten Free Lunch ideas can try these 6 fun favorites.

    Cookie Cutter Vegetables
    Cookie Cutter Vegetables

    Salad - Healthy, crunchy, and extremely versatile, salad makes a good go-to lunch for children. Incorporate shredded meat, cheese or tofu for protein. Cut vegetables in fun shapes using stainless steel cutters or add kid-friendly fruits like grapes or strawberries to make this one fun for kids of all ages.

    Vegetarian Sushi
    Vegetarian Sushi

    Veggie sushi - Kids enjoy fun finger food for lunch, and veggie sushi can be the perfect healthy lunch item for adventurous eaters. You can either make the sushi yourself using vegetables, sheets of nori, and sushi rice, or pick up prepared sushi from a local sushi restaurant or grocery store.

    Brown Pasta Dish
    Brown Pasta Dish

    Brown rice pasta and meatballs - Pasta and meatballs is a fun food kids love to eat. Brown rice pasta is healthy and gluten free, while beef or turkey meatballs add a dose of protein to this lunchtime staple.

    Avocado Hummus Sandwich
    Avocado Hummus Sandwich

    Gluten-Free Sandwich - Sometimes, a sandwich is the perfect lunch idea because it's so portable. Gluten-free bread or brown rice tortillas can be filled with nut butter and jelly or bananas, cheese and meat, or hummus and avocado to make a tasty and healthy portable lunch idea.

    Turkey And Cheese
    Turkey And Cheese

    Turkey and cheese roll-ups - Have all of the health of a turkey and cheese sandwich without the gluten. Slice cheese in sticks, or use string cheese. Wrap a slice of turkey around the cheese for a healthy lunch meal.

    Pizza
    Pizza

    Gluten-Free Pizza - If your child is left out on Pizza Fridays, a gluten-free pizza can be the perfect alternative. Purchase gluten-free bread or a gluten-free pizza crust, then add cheese and your child's favorite topping. Pre-bake the pizza, and then pack it for lunch.

    For more gluten free recipe ideas, or to discuss anything else, contact us.

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  3. What's the Best Way to Get Started with a Gluten Free Diet?

    What's the Best Way to Get Started with a Gluten Free Diet?

    Gluten Free Has your doctor just advised you to give up all things containing gluten? Have friends gone gluten free and suggested you should, too? Have you stumbled across YouTube videos promising instant well being if you just give...

    Gluten Free
    Gluten Free

    Has your doctor just advised you to give up all things containing gluten? Have friends gone gluten free and suggested you should, too? Have you stumbled across YouTube videos promising instant well being if you just give up wheat?

    Are you confused? In a panic? Feeling lonely? If you are not sure what's the best way to change your diet, take it a step at a time. Don’t worry, you are definitely not going to go hungry.

    First: Get educated. Go to a good bookstore or your public library. There are two types of books about being gluten free. Some have loads

    Explore new ingredients
    Explore new ingredients

    of text, only a few recipes and not many pictures. These can be daunting. Then there are gluten free cookbooks. They are full of lovely pictures and recipes using alternative grains and techniques. These will be reassuring and inspiring.

    Find more information on the internet. There are lots of bloggers and magazines with online sites such as DelightLiving Without's Gluten Free & More and Gluten-Free Living. Magazines are especially good for seasonal recipes. Join forums, subscribe to newsletters, ask questions.

    Second: Make two different lists. One will be of products and ingredients you can’t eat. The second will be of all the things you can eat including the grains and flours you can use. You can copy these lists out of the books you have or off the internet. Take them with you everywhere you go.

    Next: Sort through everything you have at home you might eat, swallow or put on your skin. Throw out or give away everything with gluten in it. If you have roommates or family members who don’t want or need to be gluten free, establish gluten free kitchen areas and utensils only you are allowed to use. This is a big job so every now and then take a break. To keep motivated, remind yourself how much better you will soon feel.

    Finally: Go shopping armed with your lists. Keep it simple at first. Buy substitutes for products you have used in the past with gluten free ones. Look for packaged breads, pastas, cookies, crackers, pizzas, cereals and prepared mixes for cakes, brownies and more. If you can’t find what you need at a market near you, shop on line. Take it slow and add new grains and recipes gradually. It’s an exciting time. You’ll be exploring new ingredients, adjusting your favorite standbys and feeling better with each bite.

    Eliminating gluten takes effort, especially at first, but you'll get the hang of it. It's worth it.

    To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

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  4. 5 Easy, Gluten Free Desserts everyone will enjoy!

    5 Easy, Gluten Free Desserts everyone will enjoy!

    Being “gluten free” has completely skyrocketed in recent years, but whether you’ve simply decided to join the latest trend or suffer from a serious gluten allergy, you know that gluten free selections are really limited. For many families converting...

    Being “gluten free” has completely skyrocketed in recent years, but whether you’ve simply decided to join the latest trend or suffer from a serious gluten allergy, you know that gluten free selections are really limited. For many families converting to a gluten free lifestyle can be a constant struggle (especially if you or your little one has a sweet tooth!) Coming across gluten free desserts is not always easy, so here are 5 easy recipes that are not only completely gluten free, but also completely vegan and delicious!

    Chocolate
    Chocolate

    1. Chocolate Bar with Banana in the Center

    (Apologies for the completely un-creative name!)

    What you'll need:

    • Silicone ice cube tray (1)
    • Raw cacao
    • Coconut oil
    • Banana (1)
    • Optional: Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon/ Sweetener of your choosing

    First melt a few scoops (you can always add more as needed) of the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl in 15 second increments, bringing it out and  mixing it then putting it back in for another 15 seconds until most of the solid has melted. Then you're going to mix in the raw cacao with the melted coconut oil – it is to taste so you can add as much cocoa as you want, depending on how “chocolate-y” you want it. * Also remember that using raw cocoa can make it be bitter so you can sweeten it with vanilla extract and cinnamon or your choice of sweetener (my favorite is Agave). Next pour some of the mix into each of the cubes from the silicone ice cube tray (about a quarter of the way) and place a banana in the center of the cubes on top of the chocolate/coconut oil mix. After that pour more mix over to cover the banana completely. And lastly place the silicone in freezer until the chocolate has hardened (usually overnight.)

    And that’s all! An easy sweet, refreshing treat that is gluten free and vegan. A great alternative to store bought chocolate bars that can have many harmful ingredients and account for far too many calories!

    *And remember that coconut oil melts so place any leftovers in fridge or freezer!

    Chocolate Chia Pudding
    Chocolate Chia Pudding

    2. Vanilla Banana Chia Pudding

    What you’ll need:

    • Chia seeds
    •  Banana (1)
    • Vanilla Almond milk (Vanilla Soy Milk works too)
    • Glass cup
    • Optional : Add cocoa or melted dark chocolate for a chocolate flavor, berries or nuts as toppings

    Blend the full banana with (about 6 cups or just eyeball it) of the milk of your choosing in a blender until fully blended (Using a Nurti-Bullet or Magic Bullet works too!) And pour the blended milk in the glass cup. Next add around 3 teaspoons of Chia seeds (but it depends on how thick you want it) Leave in fridge overnight and that’s all! You instantly have completely gluten free, vegan pudding that your little one will love just as much as the store bought stuff! Check out my chia pudding post here for more flavor options.

    Chocolate Avocado Mousse
    Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    3. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    What you’ll need:

    • Avocado (1)
    • Raw Cacao
    • Pure vanilla extract
    • Sweetener of your choosing (I use Agave)
    • Glass cup
    • Optional: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, nuts etc. as toppings

    Place the avocado, a few spoons of raw cacao (It’s to taste but I put about 2), a few teaspoons of vanilla extract (Again it’s to taste but I do put 2), and a few spoonfuls to your chosen sweetener (Guilty of 3! But again it’s to taste). After all the ingredients are in the blender, blend until smooth. Pour the mix in glass cup and add your choice of toppings! For those of you lucky in love, drizzle some on strawberries for that romantic night you’ve got planned!

     *After making these gluten free recipes a few times you’ll know just how much of everything to put in, that’ll be perfect to your taste!

    4. Delicious (and Nutritious) Blueberry Banana Shake

    Blueberry Banana Shake
    Blueberry Banana Shake

    What you’ll need:

    • Banana (1)
    • Handful of blueberries
    • ½ cup of cooked quinoa
    • Milk of your choosing
    • 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds

    This is a really simple way to have dessert be gluten free and nutritious! Just add the banana, handful of blueberries, ½ cup of cooked quinoa, 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds to a blender then fill the blender with the milk of your choosing (about a quarter to halfway filled) and blend until smooth. This is a new take on an old favorite that it really healthy and completely gluten free. And it's great for getting those picky eaters to eat a complete protein (Quinoa) and get a lot of calcium (Milk chosen). Not to mention the added benefits of the fruits and Chia seeds!

    5. Chocolate Ice Cream

    What you’ll need:

    • Raw cacao
    • Frozen banana(s) (1-2)
    • Milk of your choosing (I use Almond milk)

    This is super simple and delicious. First add all the ingredients to a blender and then blend until you get the consistency you want. The key is to remember that the more milk you add the creamier (and less ice cream like the texture will become.) So add accordingly and you’ll get the texture you want! And there you have it- gluten free ice cream that's much healthier than anything store bought!

    Chocolate Ice Cream
    Chocolate Ice Cream

    So now you have at least 5 yummy options that'll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth whether you're gluten free or not!

    For more great recipes with any dietary restriction, contact us today!

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  5. Gluten Free : Understanding the Latest Trend

    Gluten Free : Understanding the Latest Trend

    Gluten Free "Gluten Free" seems like the new catchphrase in dieting. In the last two or three years, a gluten free craze has swept the nation. While the diet is gaining serious steam, the entire concept can seem complex...

    Gluten Free
    Gluten Free

    "Gluten Free" seems like the new catchphrase in dieting. In the last two or three years, a gluten free craze has swept the nation. While the diet is gaining serious steam, the entire concept can seem complex and confusing. Gluten free eating, however, is actually fairly simple and straightforward.

    A gluten free diet is a diet that completely prohibits the ingestion of gluten. Gluten is a protein composite that is found in wheat and other grains. Gluten free diets, therefore, prohibit eating anything that contains the protein. Anything made with wheat is off-limits, as is food items containing rye, barley and triticale (a wheat/rye hybrid grain). Some people who eat gluten free also avoid oats. Oats do not contain gluten on their own, but often times they are processed in the same facilities as wheat and can become cross-contaminated. Processed foods, beer and many sauces also contain gluten components.

    The majority of people on a gluten free diet suffer from Celiac disease, or have a gluten intolerance. Celiac's is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation to the intestines when gluten is ingested. A gluten intolerance, on the other hand, is similar to an allergy. A person who is intolerant to gluten may have stomach issues, or skin issues when they eat anything containing gluten.

    While the majority of people on a gluten free diet medically require it, the concept of gluten free has hit the mainstream media, and has become popular with dieters who can eat gluten without issue. Gluten free eating lends itself well to individuals looking to lose weight through dieting, because the majority of processed food contains gluten. By removing gluten from the diet, most find that they are removing all processed foods and shed weight rather easily.  In recent years, however, a variety of gluten free snack foods and prepared foods have also become available.

    Whether or not gluten free is a diet fad that is here to stay remains to be seen. What is known, however, is that gluten free eating is required for a small portion of the population.

    If you have experience eating gluten free contact us with your story.

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  6. For the Sweet Tooth in You: Gluten Free Cakes and Cookies Recipes to Consume Guilt-Free!

    For the Sweet Tooth in You: Gluten Free Cakes and Cookies Recipes to Consume Guilt-Free!

    More and more people are searching for ways to eat healthier without giving up those delicious treats we all love. Life is just much more palatable with a sweet treat to enjoy. Some may believe that the only way...

    More and more people are searching for ways to eat healthier without giving up those delicious treats we all love. Life is just much more palatable with a sweet treat to enjoy. Some may believe that the only way to accomplish healthier eating habits is by dropping sweets altogether. Fortunately, that is not the case. There are many alternatives to making your favorite treats in a way that will still keep you on the straight and narrow.  Here are some gluten free cakes and cookies recipes to savor while still being healthy conscious.

    Chocolate Mousse Cake

    Serves 16

    Chocolate Mousse Cake
    Chocolate Mousse Cake

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 cups butter
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (optional)
    • 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
    • 8 eggs
    • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
    • 16 whole almonds, toasted (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan and wrap bottom with aluminum foil.
    2. Heat sugar, butter, water, coffee, and chocolate in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Beat eggs in a separate bowl; gradually pour in the chocolate mixture, whisking constantly. The batter will be very thin. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely. Remove sides of pan. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.
    4. Remove plastic wrap. Beat whipping cream and confectioners' sugar in a chilled 1 1/2 quart bowl until stiff. Garnish top of cake with whipped cream and, if desired, whole almonds. Refrigerate any remaining cake.

    Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake

    Makes one 9-inch round cake

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
    • 4 eggs 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, for dusting

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
    2. Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute, until chocolate is melted and smooth. If you have a powerful microwave, reduce the power to 50 percent.
    3. Combine the beans and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the sugar and the baking powder, and pulse to blend. Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth, scraping down the corners to make sure chocolate is completely mixed. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
    4. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Serves 12-15

    Strawberry Shortcake
    Strawberry Shortcake

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup icing sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup cornstarch
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-muffin pan.
    2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar, using electric mixer.
    3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
    4. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and baking powder together and add slowly to the creamed mixture. (If added too quickly, it will fly about the kitchen).
    5. Mix until well blended.
    6. Fill the greased muffin tins half full.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes. (Test with a toothpick, after 15 minutes, even if the top looks shiny).
    8. Remove from the pan while still warm. (They will look like little cupcakes. But trust me they will taste just like little shortcakes).
    9. Served topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

    Healthy Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

    Makes 15-20 cookies

    Ingredients:

    1 cup almond flour (Or make your own by grinding slivered almonds in a vita-mix, blender, or coffee grinder. Be sure it’s finely ground.) (75g)

    A little over 1/8 tsp salt (1/8 plus 1/16 tsp)

    1/8 tsp baking soda

    Stevia to taste, or 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (30g)

    1 1/2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (15g)

    For stevia version: 1 tbsp milk of choice, added with the liquid ingredients. (15g) For maple syrup version: up to 2 level teaspoons milk of choice or extra oil, only as needed (5-10g).

    1 tsp pure vanilla extract

    About 18 tsp peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of choice) (85g)

    1/2 cup chocolate chips, or healthy chocolate sauce

    Directions:

    Combine all liquid ingredients (except milk of choice if using maple syrup version). In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir very well. Now mix wet into dry and keep stirring, breaking up clumps as you mix—it may seem dry at first, and you can add the extra 2 tsp milk or oil (I did add this when I made the maple syrup version), but do not add any more liquid than the recipe calls for. It will eventually form something that can either be squished into a ball with your hands or put into a plastic bag and smushed from inside the bag (the less-messy option). Roll out dough to cut-out-cookie width, either between sheets of parchment paper or from inside the bag, then cut with a circle cutter or the rim of a small glass. Freeze dough at least 20 minutes before cooking 10-13 minutes (depending on desired crispiness) at 325 F on a greased cookie sheet. Let cool another 10 minutes before even attempting to remove cookies from the sheet. They should firm up nicely . For troubleshooting, see nutrition link below.

    Spread a little under 1 tsp of the nut butter on each cookie and place them on a wire rack over a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Melt the chocolate (very carefully and slowly, as chocolate burns fast), then spread chocolate over the cookie tops (or use two spoons to dip the cookies). Chill cookies for a few minutes, so chocolate hardens. (If using the coconut coating, as opposed to chocolate chips, cookies should be stored in the fridge due to the low melting point of coconut oil.)

    Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

    Makes one dozen

    Peanut Butter Cookies
    Peanut Butter Cookies

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Combine ingredients and drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool. Recipe doesn't make very many, so you could double recipe as you desire.

    Coconut Jays 

    Makes 24 cookies

    Illustration
    Illustration

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 3 cups flaked coconuts
    • 2 (1 ounce squares) unsweetened chocolate, melted
    • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained

    Directions:

    1. Melt butter in saucepan. Remove from heat. Add sugar and coconut. Mix well. Shape into balls.
    2. Make indent in center of each and place on cookie sheet. Place half a maraschino cherry in indent. Fill with melted chocolate. Chill until firm. Store in refrigerator.

    For more tasty treats or any of your baking needs, contact us.

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  7. 6 Tips for a Gluten Free Christmas

    6 Tips for a Gluten Free Christmas

    Gluten Free Christmas Christmas means many things to many people. Most would agree that, somewhere amongst the wrapping paper, friends, family and gift giving, food is a big part of many Christmas traditions. Whether by choice or necessity, if...

    Gluten Free Christmas
    Gluten Free Christmas

    Christmas means many things to many people. Most would agree that, somewhere amongst the wrapping paper, friends, family and gift giving, food is a big part of many Christmas traditions. Whether by choice or necessity, if you are avoiding gluten this Christmas, here is some good news for you: holiday treats can still be part of your Christmas. In fact, many Christmas foods and indulgences are naturally gluten free. Here are six must-have indulgences to include in your gluten free Christmas this year:

    1. Cheese Plates: They show up everywhere, from the workplace Christmas party to the impromptu get together with the neighbors. Most cheese, with few exceptions, is gluten free when unprocessed. The crackers that accompany the cheese are probably not gluten free, however. Check this list for some naturally gluten free cheese options. Another great thing about cheese plates is that they also usually have vegetables on the side, which are also gluten free.

      Cheese Platter
      Cheese Platter

    2. Gingerbread: Take a look at this recipe for extra-extra-gingery gingerbread men/women using rice flour. The tang of spicy ginger and molasses means you will not have to miss out on a holiday tradition while avoiding gluten this year.

      Gingerbread with candy
      Gingerbread with candy

    3. Christmas Candy: Since most candy is naturally gluten free, skimping on Christmas candy is probably not a dilemma you will have to face. From See's candy boxes to those highly-addictive chocolate covered cherries, gluten free candy options are the norm and not the exception, which is good news for the gluten free foodie.
    4. Coffee House Treats: Catching up with old friends at a coffee house doesn't have to derail your gluten free Christmas. While baked goods such as loaves, muffins, and biscotti will probably not be gluten free, most of the coffee drinks are. Around the holidays, many coffee shops have seasonal flavors that will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Thankfully, most baristas will happily chat with you about anything while they prepare your beverage, so feel confident that asking them about gluten in your coffee drink probably won't be a bother.
    5. Christmas Ham: Most meats are gluten free, but always be sure to check labels. Christmas ham, even the spiral-cut hams in a common supermarket, is almost always gluten free. So, enjoy ham at Christmas dinner, and then enjoy a plethora of gluten free recipes using the leftovers afterwards, such as split pea soup with ham, or ham and eggs.
    6. Christmas Beverages: Finding yourself at the cash bar of yet another Christmas party might be discouraging. Gluten free beverage options can be scarce. Try ordering a club soda splashed with fruit juice -- something red, like cranberry juice -- for a festive-looking beverage without the gluten. The good news is, the calories you will save by not drinking alcohol can be applied elsewhere, such as on that cheese tray or on an extra serving of Christmas candy.

    Remember the reason for the season. If you have followed all the advice here and still feel that your gluten free Christmas is depriving you of the joy of the season, take a minute and recognize that there is more to celebrating than indulging in food. There are many ways to express joy and partake in celebration outside of eating and drinking. Try to embrace other avenues for Christmas celebrations this year. Remember, ice skating and caroling are also gluten free.

    If we can assist you in any "foodie" way, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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