I’ve been so excited about hosting this special edition of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday for the Spring Cleaning event hosted by Katie at Kitchen Stewardship.
I have the honor of guest blogging at Kitchen Stewardship today sharing why I eat gluten-free and my thoughts on taking some of the healthier eating cues from gluten-free bloggers. Make sure to read my post there and enter our contest on her site – more details below.
Getting Out the Gluten…Let’s Talk
If you don’t need to eat gluten-free, then by all means don’t. Instead, take a good look at how gluten-free flours and foods can enhance your current diet and make it healthier.
If you remember nothing else, remember this – many people feel better when eating gluten-free because consumption of whole foods increases while the intake processed foods decreases. My husband would be the first one to vouch for this – he loves my nutrient dense olive oil zucchini muffins, baked quinoa pudding with raisins, and chocolate walnut flourless brownies.
Heck, he even eats seconds when I make apple & walnut stuffed acorn squash. He didn’t even like orange food when we met.
Maybe you’re thinking about going gluten-free or you just want to learn a little more. I’ve hand-picked some of the best articles and recipes for you.
- Choosing & Understanding Gluten-Free Flours Parts One, Two, Three, and Four by yours truly
- 50+ Gluten Free Foods You Can Eat Today from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily
- Have a teen that needs to eat gluten-free? Celiac Teen is the place to go.
- Visit Whole Life Nutrition and read about some of the products Ali uses.
- Visit Ginger Lemon Girl’s Gluten-Free Recipe Swap Group.
You’ve done some research and going gluten-free, or at least adding some healthier gluten-free recipes to your diet, sounds like it might work for you.
Start by swapping out some of the processed foods you eat for naturally gluten-free foods. You probably have many of the ingredients on hand or can find them at any grocery store.
- Easy, Crustless Pecan Pie from Gluten Free Easily
- Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Hand Cut Oven Fries from The WHOLE Gang
- Cottage Cheese & Fruit Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Raisins, and Walnuts from Tasty Eats at Home
Educate yourself. Start reading labels – gluten is in so many things! Wheat, barley, and rye all contain gluten. If you need to eliminate all traces of gluten in your diet due to Celiac disease or a severe gluten intolerance, learn about cross-contamination, or when naturally gluten-free foods are processed on machines that also process wheat.
Oats, date sugar, some buckwheat flour, and oat bran are all examples of naturally gluten-free foods that are prime candidates for cross-comtamination.
Leap of Faith
I strongly recommend that you consult with a health care professional before making any drastic changes to your diet. This is for educational purposes only.
So, you’re ready to try some gluten-free foods. Pick up a bag of buckwheat, sorghum, brown rice, or garfava flour. Substitute it for one fourth of the regular, glutenoid flour in your next baking project.
Or, if you want to jump in and get both feet wet all at once try one of these simple recipes.
- Pumpkin Pancakes from The Spunky Coconut
- Flourless Sparking Chocolate Chip Cookies from Gluten Free Easily
- Almond Butter Blondies with Walnuts and Currants from me
- Ginger Chip Teff Cookies from Tasty Eats at Home
Try one of my favorite gluten-free books:
- The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Ali Sergersten & Tom Malterre
- The Spunky Coconut Cookbook by Kelly Bronza
- Gluten-Free Bakingby Rebecca Reilly
- I Love Dessertby Nicolette Dumke
However you choose to eat, make sure that it works for you and your body.
Make sure to come back tomorrow for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! The best gluten-free bloggers have created a divine array of Guiltless Pleasures to share with you!
The Give-Away – Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour
Katie has graciously arranged a ‘double-whammy’ give-away this week. You can enter here AND at Katie’s blog. To enter here:
- Link up your gluten-free related post or recipe below.
- Leave a comment about your gluten-free experiences.
- Post about the give-away on your blog with a link back and leave a comment telling me you did.
- Subscribe to my feed either via RSS or e-mail – leave a comment so I know.
- Follow me on Twitter – again, leave a comment.
- Friend me on Facebook and leave a comment.
Visit Kitchen Stewardship for details on how to enter the contest on her blog.
Note: This contest will be open until Sunday, April 4th at 11:59 pm. The winner has to live in the continental US. Sorry to all of my international friends!