For many people, summertime is filled with picnics, outdoor adventures and travel. With a little planning, you can make sure to have fun and take care of your health, too.
Picnics and cookouts tend to work well for a gluten-free diet. Most grilled foods, like 100% beef or turkey burgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, etc. are gluten-free in the regular grocery store, so you can coordinate with your host and ask about any marinades, or just bring your own food to grill. For vegetarians, grilled Portabella mushrooms, red peppers (my favorite) and veggie skewers work well. If your host is grilling buns, marinated meat, or anything else ‘glutenous’ in the same area, bring along aluminum foil to wrap your food and keep it safe from cross contamination. Just bring along your own bun, or in a pinch, use a lettuce leaf as a wrapper. It helps to carry a few little packets of condiments, in case there aren’t squeeze bottles of mayo or mustard. Green salads, fruit salads and watermelon are usually on the menu, and don’t forget grilled corn on the cob as a yummy treat! Quinoa salads are wonderful in this weather, and are getting more popular. Ice cream, popsicles and frozen fruit bars are often gluten-free, though it’s important to check the label. Since these events are often potlucks, it’s easy to bring along a safe dish that you’ll enjoy.
Or, if you’re at home or entertaining, experiment with grilled fruit, like grilled mango, peaches or pineapple for a gourmet and simply elegant gluten-free treat!
No matter what you love to do, go out and have a fabulous summer!
Around the Interwebs:
- Gluten-free Vegetarian? Got that covered. See my tips from Food and Health Magazine.
- Wondering about what supplements you need and how to choose them? Check out my article in Gluten-free Living
- Gluten-free Dunkin’ Donuts? Yes, it’s true, and seems like they did a good job with cross contamination, but that still doesn’t make it “healthy”
- More on the controversy around beers with barley removed. To sum it up, the experts in the technology advise against people with Celiac drinking these beers, because the existing technology isn’t good for detecting barley fragments.
- And some simple fun…self-care tips from the experts: the animals in and around our house.
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