Some of my family members have expressed interest in trying a gluten free diet so I thought I’d briefly share some tips on how to get started. The majority of gluten is consumed in the form of bread, cereal, pasta and baked goods so let’s start there.
Switch out your bread products.
Most grocery stores carry at least one brand of gluten free bread. Experiment and see which ones you like best. The texture is slightly different than regular bread but microwaving or toasting can improve that.
Buy or make an all-purpose gluten free flour mix.
This is a must because you can bake anything with your gluten free all purpose flour mix, as well as use if for pancakes, waffles, breading on fish or chicken, etc. There are many different varieties of all-purpose gluten free mixes with different flour combinations. Some examples of the flours found in those mixes: garbanzo flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour, potato flour, soy flour, almond meal, sorghum flour, fava flour, oat flour, etc. Taste will vary depending on the flour, some sweeter, some nutty, so try a variety to see which ones you like best.
Stock up on gluten free carbohydrates.
Just because you are avoiding products containing gluten doesn’t mean you can’t eat carbohydrates. Stock your pantry with naturally gluten free foods like potatoes, rice, quinoa, oats, millet, etc. which all make affordable, healthy side dishes.
Buy a gluten free cookbook or find some gluten free recipes from blogs and create your own collection.
Having an arsenal of recipes to chose from will make it easier when your kids request muffins or you’re having company over for brunch and need some inspiration.
Meal prep some snacks over the weekends.
It’s important to be prepared so that there is always something tasty, healthy and gluten free for your family to munch on. Great examples are:
Cocoa Cashew Healthy Bites from Cotter Crunch
Double Chocolate Banana Bread from Ari’s Menu
Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars from Running to the Kitchen
Crispy Baked Chickpeas with Truffle Salt from the Lemon Bowl
Following these tips, in addition to reading your labels and focusing on eating naturally gluten free food like fruits, vegetables and/or proteins (like meat, seafood, poultry, tofu, etc.), will make gluten free living a breeze.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.