Today for Good Food Friday, on ABC WCIV-TV, I shared how EASY it really is to eat gluten-free in honor of National Gluten Free Day. Whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity – these are foods that everyone can enjoy.
When we hear gluten, one food we think of is grains. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, which means that there are plenty of naturally gluten-free grains – including my favorite quinoa and brown rice from Dunya Harvest. I also shared their organic, gluten-free canned beans – both great additions to soups, stews and salads. You get both plant protein and fiber. Their brown rice flour also works for all of your gluten-free baking needs.
Gluten-free pasta DOES exist, in fact, I actually recommend this pasta to everyone – it’s an organic legume pasta by Tolerant. They are made with lentils, chickpeas and black beans so they are higher in protein and fiber compared to your traditional pasta, which is primarily carbohydrates. Dress it up with some marinara or homemade pesto!
Not only are there gluten-free sandwich breads, there are also gluten-free bagels, hamburger and hot dog buns. I shared the ones from Canyon Bakehouse, which makes 100% whole grain, gluten-free bakery products. It was co-founded by a woman with Celiac Disease who set out to bake gluten-free breads that had the same taste and texture as the traditional stuff. All their breads are soy, nut and dairy free with some great varieties including cinnamon raisin and focaccia.
GLUTEN can be be found in some lesser-known sources as well like beer, soy sauce, and candy. So I shared some gluten-free gummies and chocolate candies from HunnyBon. They are also organic and vegan! I love these because they are a better for you candy – free of high fructose corn-syrup, artificial flavors and preservatives. Instead, their gummies are colored and flavored with pomegranate and carrots.