Month: May 2014

7-Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Since May is Celiac Awareness Month, the Celiac Disease Foundation has provided GF meal suggestions for the entire month! Thinking of gluten-free meals to make is a research and time investment in itself.

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The Celiac Disease Foundation is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with a seven-day gluten-free meal plan to help people who are newly-diagnosed with celiac disease adjust to the gluten-free diet. Below is a chart of the meal plan.

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At their website there are links to recipes for each of the meals. The plan provides three meals and two snacks for each day and the recipes are easy and designed for busy families with children. This plan is especially helpful to parents of children with celiac disease and gluten disorders, as the recipes a very kid-friendly.

This meal plan is part of CDF’s toolkit to help people with gluten-related disorders monitor and manage the illness. The toolkit includes a symptom checklist and a nationwide directory of practitioners specializing in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Look for these items under “Resources” on the right sidebar of their website.

CDF is also sponsoring a…

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GF Grocery List

A simple grocery list for beginners.

Focusing on ready to eat basic household foods that are gluten-free. Saves time from having to read every single label for ingredients, then researching each foreign ingredient you’ve never seen. If you don’t frequent a specialty grocery, Kroger has a great selection of organic and gluten free foods.

Grocery List:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Cheese (Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola may contain gluten)
    • Shredded cheese*
  • Lettuce/salad
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Nuts
  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Nature’s Path GF Cereals
  • Nature’s Path GF oatmeal
  • Gluten Free Oats/Oatmeal
  • KIND (GF) granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Corn Tortilla Chips*
  • Salsa
  • Pasta/Grains – wheat free
    • Rice
    • Quinoa
    • Pasta made from rice, quinoa, corn
  • Bread
    • Udi’s GF
    • Frozen GF breads
  • Sauces and Dressings
    • Olive Oil
    • Soy sauce* – Use Tamari- made without wheat
    • Siracha
    • Frank’s Hot sauce
    • Ranch
  • Rice bowls- Annie Chun, check ingredients if not plain rice
  • Frozen Foods
    • Options in Kroger’s specialty section
    • Good substitutes for cravings of foods normally containing gluten
  • GF Beer
    • Red Bridge
  • Soups*
    • Gluten Free Cafe brand
  • Meats

 

* Check to ensure gluten free, may affect consumers differently

 

What is Gluten?

Do you know?

Gluten is a protein composite of gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein). Primary sources of dietary gluten are wheat, rye, and barley. The word “gluten” comes from the latin meaning for “glue”, it is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.

Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that’s ground to make flour). Gluten both nourishes plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.

Celiac disease is the condition in which there is an abnormal small intestinal mucosa that improves with a gluten-free diet.

For whatever reason you choose to go gluten-free it is important to enlighten yourself with the benefits and risks, and there may be no difference for some.

 

Sources:

http://www.examiner.com/article/gluten-is-glue

http://www.livescience.com/39726-what-is-gluten.html

http://abc.go.com/shows/jimmy-kimmel-live/video/featured/VDKA0_ch1i11x5

“Management of Celiac Disease in Adults” Paul J Ciclitira. UpToDate. June 24, 2013.

Gluten Free Dining

“Do you have a gluten-free menu?”

And when the answer is no…  “Is — gluten-free?”, “Can you ask the cook if there’s wheat in this?”, “Sorry one more question, is the — gluten free?”…

Skipping over the basics, I’ve decided to blog specifically for the gluten-intolerant living in the Indy area, like myself. It is almost impossible to play it cool when going to lunch during the work week, and it can be embarrassing when going out to dinner.  I tend to over-think everything and never make quick decisions when it comes to food in the first place. Food is a cherished item in my opinion, and everyone deserves the convenience of a satisfying and smooth order.  So instead of going through the hassle of quizzing every server on their knowledge of gluten and their menu, I want to record and share my research to make everyone’s life a little easier.

Here’s a small list of some of my favorites so far;

Patachou Cafe

  • Offers Udi’s Gluten-Free bread with sandwiches or for toast

BRU Burger

  • Gluten Free buns for tasty burgers!
  • Salads – chopped salad is amazing
  • Hummus dip with cucumbers instead of bread

Bazbeaux’s

  • Gluten-Free crust and the pizza is just as outstanding as before

PF Chang’s

  • Gluten-Free menu is great

Scotty’s

  • Awesome Gluten-Free menu

Granite City

  • Has gluten free menu

California Pizza Kitchen

  • Good GF Pizza

Soupremacy

  • GF soup choices

Old Point Tavern

  • Meat Chili is GF and delicious (Vegetable Chili is NOT gf)
  • Chips as side or for Nachos

Qdoba

  • Chicken and meats are fine
  • Queso is GF
  • Shredded cheese is NOT- this made me sick

Blaze

  • Make your own pizza with Gluten-free crust
  • Vegan cheese is gluten-free

Bakersfield

  • Chips and guacamole/salsa
  • A few tacos; including the Rajas