How to Eat Gluten Free Over the Holidays.

Blog post by guest blogger, Brittany Angell, of and author of "Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides Part 1 & 2". 

If you are new to the gluten free diet, the holidays can become an overwhelming and discouraging time.  Today I’m happy to share  that your experience can be quite the opposite. With proper planning- any event can go off with a bang.

Gluten Free Holiday Tip

Follow these tips to enjoy each upcoming holiday to its fullest.

  • Offer to host. This will guarantee a safe meal for you. If this is not an option communicate with the hostess and find out what they have planned. Offer to bring several of your favorite dishes to share.
  • Whether hosting or bringing dishes to share plan your menu in advance.  Take the time to research ingredients to make sure they are safe for your consumption. This will prevent last minute stress and anxiety.
  • Start with what you know. Focus on naturally gluten free foods- you can’t go wrong with meat, veggies, rice, potatoes, corn, fruit and the other foods that  you probably already know and love! Plan the bulk of your meal around these safe and familiar foods.
  • Look for simple tried and true recipes from cookbooks and blogs to make. Recipes using almond flour are wonderful in particular, as they tend to have simple ingredient list.  Baking gluten free can be a fun experience, especially during the holidays.  With a little research you will be able to find ways to replace all of your favorite dishes and desserts.
  • As a newbie don’t try to alter recipes- make them as they are written. It takes time to learn how to exchange the different gluten free flours or make other substitutions.  Following a recipe as dictated will provide the best results and prevent unneeded frustration.
  • Do a test run. Try each new recipe out in advance to make sure you love it. Your family certainly won’t mind eating festive food twice.
  • On the big day if you are unsure of a dishes gluten status, avoid it.  Feeling sick is not worth any bite of food.  If you are thinking about trying a dish that someone else has brought don’t be afraid to play detective and ask the source of all ingredients.

Most importantly- enjoy yourself! There is a huge plethora of safe delicious foods just waiting to be made by you.  Focus on the joy of spending time with the people you love and use this as an opportunity to show them just how delicious gluten free can be!

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