It’s national celiac disease awareness month – a lesser-known disease that affects approximately 1 in every 133 people, making it difficult to maintain a typical diet.
From the Celiac Disease Foundation:
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide, but only about 30% are properly diagnosed.
Without wheat, rye, and barley in the diet, normal eating can be hugely challenging to avoid this protein that flattens the microvilli within the intestinal tract. Those microvilli absorb nutrients from food, so they become deficient in key nutrients for health. The immune system has it backward, as in it attacks itself when gluten is consumed. Hence, all bread, pasta, pizza, baked goods, cookies, and anything that contains gluten or is contaminated during processing is a do-not-eat-again food.
There are plenty of other foods to consume and flours to use, but they do come at a cost. Most gluten-free food swaps are two to three times the cost of the wheat version. Although I would suggest that the wheat-containing versions are avoided anyway, it’s not always possible.
Here are a couple of recipes that are gluten-free:
⏩ Choc chip cookies
VG-Vegetarian, GF-Gluten Free, EF-Egg Free, NF-Nut Free, WF-Wheat Free, SF-Soy Free
There are times when only a cookie will do. These oat based cookies are totally satisfying without being overpoweringly sweet. They won’t last long so maybe double the recipe!
Yields: 10 - 12 cookies
A good source of magnesium, potassium, folate, fibre, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
VG-Vegetarian, GF-Gluten Free, WF-Wheat Free, SF-Soy Free
Anything that can be made in my blender is a good thing. Fast, simple, and with just one thing to wash. I came across this one weekend, made a massive batch and ate them all week long. They are so filling so you won’t need as many as your mile high stack.
The fiber and protein in these pancakes makes them hearty and nutritious.
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