Today's myFM topic comes from loyal listener Julie.
From Julie: I would like to hear about Celiac and Gluten Free shopping and eating from the nutritionist.
Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats–BUT only those processed in a factory that processed gluten containing grains. Oats do not contain gluten. Ancient grains of spelt and kamut also contain gluten and couscous is wheat based but buckwheat is not.
If you’ve just been diagnosed as Celiac or choose to go gluten free, there are many options that you find to replace what you are eating right now. Even the favourites of pasta, pizza, cookies and bread.
While following a gluten free diet can initially feel like you’re losing your most favourite foods, alternatives really are great these days. Even your Italian grandmother might not balk at rice based spaghetti.
Some foods to try:
Cauliflower based pizza base -look for gluten free options as some can be mixed with wheat flour.
Gluten free bread and pastries -local bakeries often have gluten free options. Freezer section of the supermarket will have some, but know that they are not all created equal. Some are terrible, and some are palatable. I talked with the co-founder of Queen Street Bakery who specializes in gluten free bread and flours in episode 56, that you can hear more about. I loved their bread as I tried it before our interview on EAT THIS with Lianne.
Rice Pasta- rice pasta is the most similar to wheat pasta, and Tinkyada brand has tested out the closest over and over again. Quinoa pasta is also an excellent alternative. Chickpea pasta, lentil pasta are new options to grocery shelves, but more dense.
Gluten Free Flour- there are rows of options of gluten free flour, so you can make muffins, holiday cookies and everything else in between. At my local market, I buy a gluten free muffin with grated sweet potato and lemon icing from time to time and it is delicious. Make at home or find a local baker who knows what they’re doing.
Crackers - so many options here. Rice crackers, Mary’s Crackers are a favourite or just swap crackers for veggies like cucumber rounds with your favourite cheese on top and some fresh herbs.
Some gluten free options are not healthy, so bear that in mind when you are looking for alternatives. An ingredient list that has over 5 ingredients, has more preservatives most likely buyer beware when any product says gluten free.
Turkey and stuffing needn't be a thing of the past now that you’re eating gluten free, life as you knew it can go on.
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