Gluten free food products are starting to take up more & more shelf space in our supermarkets. But why are people going gluten free?The main reason for people going gluten free is due to Coeliac disease, which is caused by an intolerance to gluten.
There is a big misconception out there that gluten free diets are "healthy" diets. This is the case for true Coeliac's or those with a gluten intolerance. However many of the commercial gluten free products contain high amounts of sugar & preservatives. So if you are going to go gluten free, make sure you do it the natural way, by eating unrefined wholefoods, full of those essential nutrients!
Why is it so difficult to exclude Gluten from my diet?
It can be quite overwhelming when you are first told that you can no longer eat gluten. Most people will be used to having some gluten containing foods with every meal... cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch & pasta for dinner!
What are my alternatives?
As many of the commercially available Gluten Free products are overly processed...here are some wholefood alternatives for each meal that are easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty...
• Grain-free Granola
This is an Honest to Goodness staff favourite!
Just mix together any combination of raw nuts and seeds.
For example, you can use:
or Macadamias for extra crunch.
Throw in a handful of...
Dried cranberries to add some sweetness + extra antioxidants
+ some desiccated or flaked Coconut
For easier digestion, soak granola in your choice of milk overnight. Stir in some grated apple (or any fresh chopped fruit in season) and a dollop of yoghurt.
*Tip: Premix your granola and store in an airtight container in the fridge for maximum freshness.
• Organic Buckwheat pancakes...click here for the recipe
• Salad Nicoise
Boil 2 eggs. Throw together a green salad using any salad vegetables and herbs that you have. Flake a small can of tuna into salad. Drizzle over freshly squeezed lemon and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
• Gluten Free Tabouleh...click here for the recipe!
• Lunchtime Omelette
Make an omelette using 2 eggs. When you have poured the egg mixture into the pan, sprinkle some goats feta and chopped herbs on top. When nearly cooked fold omelette in half, turn off heat and allow to finish cooking in its own heat . Serve with a bean salad.
• Gluten Free pasta meals
There are many commercially made gluten free pasta available nowadays, however by thinking outside of the square, you can also try making your favourite pasta dishes using vegetables as a substitute...tasty & gluten free!
Try making lasagna using thinly sliced eggplant or zucchini instead of lasagna sheets.
• Leek fettuccini
Slice leeks length ways to the same width and length as fettuccini. Steam for 3 mins and serve with your favourite pasta sauce. Surprisingly yummy!
• Zucchini spaghetti
Invest in a spiral type slicer that also makes spaghetti out of vegetables such as carrot and zucchini. Steam the zucchini spaghtti for 1 minute and serve with pasta sauce or pesto. This is a great way of letting the family enjoy pasta while you can enjoy the same meal with a slight twist.
All of the above meals are high in protein. Protein rich meals keep you full for longer and help ward off cravings, essential when giving up a lifetime of gluten containing foods.
However, it’s important not to feel as though you are being deprived. We all need to reward ourselves with a sweet treat every now and then!
Click here to view more gluten-free desserts & sweet treat recipe ideas