Monday, June 29, 2009

Naturally Gluten Free Foods

I just worked with a customer at Return to Eden over the weekend who brought in her 16-year-old son who was diagnosed a week ago. She is going to have the whole family eat gluten free and she was struggling with what she could feed everyone. I realized she thought she needed to buy prepared gluten free products to be able to accommodate everyone.

It is quite easy to find and prepare naturally gluten free products. Many foods are naturally gluten free:
o Plain, unbreaded, unmarinated meats (beef, pork, ham and canned tuna), fish and poultry
o Vegetables and Fruits
o Legumes (beans and nuts)
o Dairy Products and Eggs

I rarely eat gluten free bread any more and have found that I really enjoy tuna fish rolled inside of a lettuce leaf, a hard boiled egg and some bean salad for lunch. Breakfast usually consists of scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit. I do like to make baked fish with potatoes and broccoli for dinner. I am listing some food options that are naturally gluten free below:

Breakfast Ideas:
o Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, Poached Eggs
o Fresh Fruit, Yogurt
o Bacon or Sausage

Lunch Ideas:
o Tuna fish or chicken salad rolled in lettuce
o Salad topped with grilled meat with hard boiled eggs, cheese and bacon

Snack Ideas:
o Cheese and nuts
o Raw Veggies and dip
o Apples with peanut butter or Celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins (ants on a log)

Dinner Ideas:
o Baked fish, chicken, pork chops
o Potatoes (mashed, baked, fried), Rice, Quinoa
o Fresh vegetables

Lean to think outside of the box when it comes to naturally gluten free foods. It will save you time and money in the grocery store and it will teach your other family members about safe, gluten free options.

I pulled the photo below from a blog on the Internet. This person provided a diagram of a grocery store to help everyone shop for naturally gluten free products. I can't remember who authored this diagram, so I hope they will forgive me for not attributing proper credit.

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