Top 10 Tips for a Gluten-Free Holiday

Eating gluten-free is always a challenge, especially during the holidays. Use these 10 Tips to stay healthy and happy as you dine with family and friends.

1. Be part of the planning. Call the host in advance to discuss the menu and what can be made gluten-free. It's not difficult for someone to make turkey gravy with cornstarch or gluten-free flour instead of traditional flour if they know in advance. Waiting until the last minute will leave you with fewer options.

2. Make gluten-free versions of your must-have dishes. Whether it's stuffing, sweet potato casserole, rolls, pie or cheesecake, offer to bring a gluten-free version of that dish to make sure it really feels like the holidays for you.

3. Offer to be the host. When you are the host, you can relax and enjoy all of the food, knowing that everything is gluten-free.

4. Do a test run. Gluten-free flours or ingredients may behave slightly differently when you use them in a traditional recipe. Try making stuffing or gravy for a dinner before the holiday to make sure you work out any kinks. Click here to see how to prepare gluten-free dressing and gravy.

5. Double-check ingredients. Ask anyone bringing dishes that you think might be gluten-free to save ingredient lists or packaging so that you can double-check that everything is gluten-free.

6. Be aware of potential cross-contamination. Even if some of the dishes are gluten free, it's easy for someone to casually use the same serving utensil for gluten and gluten-free dishes alike. If the dinner is being served "buffet-style" try setting up a side-table with the gluten-free dishes.

7. Don't eat it if you aren't sure it's gluten- free. "When in doubt, leave it out." If there are any questionable ingredients, don't risk it. Feeling sick is no way to spend a holiday.

8. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cookies, pies and cakes can all be made gluten-free with a few simple adjustments and advanced planning. Check out these videos on making holiday favorites gluten-free: Gluten-Free TurkeyGluten-Free Herbed Bread Stuffing,  Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy, Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole, Gluten-Free Pecan Pie, and Gluten-Free Pineapple Cheesecake.

9. Enjoy all of the naturally gluten-free foods the holidays have to offer. Fresh fruits, vegetables and meat are all naturally gluten-free. Click here for naturally gluten-free appetizers, soups, and desserts.

10. Remember the real reason for the holiday. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with family and friends and focus on the people rather than the food.

 

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By: Catherine Oddenino
Nov, 2008
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