Gluten-Free Foods to Get You Through the Day
Being diagnosed as coeliac or gluten intolerant can at first be like having the gastronomic rug pulled from beneath your feet. It’s a strange experience to suddenly be confronted with the dilemma of what to eat on your new gluten free diet or what buy in your weekly shop and to realise that your options may sometimes be reduced to just a couple of items.
In recent years, however, both taste and texture of specialised gluten free foods have improved greatly and the manufacturers of such products, including gluten-free bread, oats and muesli, and even gluten-free sausages, have made excellent progress in terms of palatability. Unprocessed meat and fish are gluten free – even poultry fed on grain is safe. Vegetables and fruit are also fine and a good percentage of your daily carbohydrate needs can come from vegetable choices. So, fear not. Here are a few suggestions of gluten-free foods to help gluten intolerant people and those of you with coeliac disease eat the best way through the day.
Gluten Free Diet – Breakfast for a Good Start
It may be known to many as the most important meal of the day, but many people find breakfast a difficult meal to deal with when they are first diagnosed as gluten intolerant, or with coeliac disease. However, with a little experimenting, it is possible to create some very satisfactory breakfast alternatives on a gluten free diet.
One idea is to try making your own muesli. In doing this, it is best to prepare a bulk supply and seal it in a large kilner jar. The only specialised ingredient you will need is a box of gluten-free oats to which you can add a mixture of nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dried vine fruits and cranberries.
Gluten Free Diet – Lunches to Break up the Day
Lunchtimes, particularly when thinking of what to take with you to eat at work, can be a challenge, but Coeliac UK have some very helpful suggestions. The charity recommends having a supply of gluten-free crackers or bread rolls, which can be used with various toppings or fillings. If you use fillings and are taking them to work, it is best to pack them separately to stop the crackers from getting soggy. Some of the ideas from Coeliac UK are very tempting and easy to prepare, such as cream cheese and pesto, brie with a few grapes or coronation chicken. You may also like to try a pot of houmous with carrot batons and celery sticks instead of sandwiches.
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Gluten Free Diet – Cakes for an Afternoon Treat
During those moments when you may be feeling a little sorry for yourself – often it strikes when passing the window of a cake shop and trying hard to look the other way – just remember, with a bag of gluten free flour you too can soon rustle up some amazing cakes. Brownies are delicious made with gluten free flour, and, quickest and easiest of all, so are scones. Served with fresh cream and strawberries, or a spoonful of jam, scones make a wonderful accompaniment to that cup of afternoon tea. So, don’t let gluten stop you; get your mixing bowl out and start baking.
Coeliac UK have a large database of recipes for people on a gluten free diet available. Visit their website to access the full range. When buying foods to cook and eat at home, it is also worth checking online with your favourite supermarket’s ‘free from’ ranges first. You should be able to see at a glance their range of gluten-free products, quickly and easily, before you head off to the shops.