If you’re a dedicated gluten-free eater, you’ve probably developed a few tried-and-true ways of avoiding gluten in social settings. Maybe you bring your own baking to parties, or perhaps you rock the eat-before-you-go theory. Whatever it is you do, you know what you’re doing.
But what if you’re a newbie to the gluten-free world, and are dreading the food consumption portion of the holiday season. It’s so hard to eat out when you’re avoiding an ingredient that seems to be in everything!
But don’t worry—we have your back.
Here are 10 quick tips to participating in a fabulous gluten-free holiday:
1. Bring your own dish (or two!) so you know there will be at least one delicious thing that you can eat.
2. Host dinner yourself—then you can control what’s up with the food.
3. Plain turkey and ham are both gluten-free, but you have to make sure that they’re not basted and/or glazed in anything containing gluten.
4. Make sure the turkey hasn’t been stuffed with traditional bread. Instead, try stuffing your turkey with butter or ghee, and tons of fresh herbs. Similarly, avoid gravy unless you know for certain that it’s gluten-free. (Or, our bread makes for some stellar stuffing!)
5. Mashed and sweet potatoes are usually gluten-free. If you’re unsure, ask.
6. Vegetables are gluten-free gems, so fill your plate with them! Just be wary of cheesy sauces and toppings.
Which brings us to:
7. Anything with a cream base is probably not okay. Typically, that base has been thickened with flour. If you’re making your own cream base, try using corn starch or tapioca flour, instead.
8. If you’re eating from a buffet, go first. This will help avoid any cross-contamination, which occurs when serving spoons become inadvertently shared between dishes. (Grrr…)
9. If you’re hosting a cookie exchange, ask that guests rise to the gluten-free challenge. (Maybe offer a fun prize like a bottle of wine to the most creative gluten-free offering?)
10. Don’t make a big fuss over being gluten-free, but do thank your hosts and/or guests for being understanding about your special diet.
Hopefully these tips are helpful to you!
And if you want to supplement your own or your host’s menu with our fresh and yummy gluten-free products, please do! Let us know in advance and we’ll work with you to create something delicious and have it ready on the day of your event.
Call us at 604.744.1881 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us help ensure your gluten-free diet doesn’t fly out the window (or chimney) with Santa Clause.
(You know what we mean…)
Happy gluten-free holidays!
xoxo The Polly Fox