You are hearing it every where, gluten free this, gluten free that! You may not even really know what it means, but you want to learn more. For many, this is a way of life as so much of the population has been diagnosed with Celiac disease. This very common condition means the body is unable to breakdown the protein gluten, and these individuals must avoid gluten for the rest of their life. Now this is not a curse, this is actually a wonderful way to live as gluten free eating and living can be fun and innovative.
It’s important to understand that this is not a trend or the latest fad diet, it is a serious way of living and some have no choice. However if you are making the choice to eat this way for health or digestive reasons, I must warn you, there are a lot of claims for gluten free products that may not have even contain gluten to begin with. Then there are gluten free products that are made with processed or poor ingredients like: canola oil, sugar, potato starch, corn starch and other overly processed non-health promoting additives. This is a common mistake that people make when “going gluten free”. They think that anything labelled as gluten free is healthy and safe to eat. There can also be traces of milk, butter or eggs in some of these items which is used to replace to gluten to give them their softness and texture, so if you are vegan, you want to be sure to double check your ingredients list.
Now of course where I come from and my standpoint on gluten free eating, is of course to keep it as natural and wholesome as you can. You can even make soft moist muffins with out dairy! (See the delicious recipe below) Now, I do not have celiac disease, nor am I intolerant to gluten, but I do choose to eat a gluten free diet most of the time. Eating gluten free means that you are ultimately making it really easy for your body to digest (less bloating) and break down that particular grain. What’s even better; is that most gluten free grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, and brown rice happen to be really good for you nutritionally as they are loaded with protein, fiber and essential vitamins.
So be mindful, and explore the world of gluten free with these tips in mind. Keep it natural, keep it clean and your belly will not only feel less bloated but you will also get the chance to explore some wonderful new ingredients!
To find out more on gluten free grains and Celiac disease please read this article.
The good news!
There are lots of incredible foods to choose from that are natural and gluten free including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Then of course, you can add some amazing gluten free grains while keeping your meals totally pure and natural. You can get breads, pastas, crackers, cookies and other favourites made from real ingredients that are tasty and wholesome – many of which are vegan and sometimes even nut free. Just be sure to practise label-reading so you can become an amazing gluten-free shopper.
Below is my guide to living an exceptionally delicious gluten free lifestyle whether it’s all of the time or sometimes!
Join me on November 19th for our GOURMET and GLUTEN FREE class. We will be cooking up some incredible dishes like pesto pasta, veggie stir fry, carrot soup, and delicious cookies – all without gluten and full of flavour!
Gluten Free Find – a great resource for all things gluten free, from products, to upcoming events, workshops and so much more!
On November 11th, which happens to be my birthday there will be an incredible Gluten Free Garage event in Toronto taking place at the Wychwood Barns.
Some of my Favourite GF Products
Little Steam Bakery Bread
Food For Life
Sweets from the Earth
Raw Foodz Dressings
Sun Warrior Protein
Ruth’s Hemp Foods
Gluten Free Restaurant & Cafe’s I love (In Toronto)!
Live Food Bar
The Naked Sprout
Please share more restaurants that you love below, whether in Toronto or wherever you live. The more resources we can provide people the better!
Now you’ve got to try these Yummy…
Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Chia Muffins
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup applesauce + 1 tbsp ground chia (instead of egg)
1/2 cup rice milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp whole chia seeds
1 honey crisp apple, chopped into cubes
How it’s made:
Preheat oven to 350F
1. Mix brown rice flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl
2. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce + chia, rice milk maple syrup, coconut oil, chia seeds and chopped apple and stir together
3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tray.
4. Bake for 15 -20 minutes at 350F.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for several minutes.
Makes approximately 8 muffins.
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