- The holidays are a special time where families and friends gather together, oftentimes over food.
- Unfortunately, many holiday staples we enjoy during this time of year contain gluten. This poses a problem for people on a gluten-free diet.
- Some of the biggest offenders are stuffing, cornbread, gravy, casseroles, and cream-based soups.
The holidays are a magical time of year. People come together to spend time with their loved ones and usually do so over food. The classic holiday spread often includes gravy, stuffing, pies, rolls, and a whole lot of gluten! This poses a a problem for people who are on a gluten-free diet either due to an allergy or an intolerance.
Thankfully, the food industry has come a long way and there are plenty of gluten-free products with easy swaps and substitutes that can be made in most recipes. But this can be hard to do when spending the holidays in someone else’s home. To better navigate these events, here are some tips on what foods to avoid on a gluten-free diet, as well as some foods that are safe to eat!
There’s nothing better than a rich, creamy gravy on top of some mashed potatoes, stuffing, or turkey. Yum! The holidays is the one time of year when it’s acceptable to pour gravy over every food item on our plate. Unfortunately it’s a hidden source of gluten. According to Better Nutrition, gravy is often prepared with wheat-based flour and fat.
Like many other dishes on this list, gravy is easily made gluten-free. You can swap the wheat-based flour with a coconut flour or if going the pre-packaged route, simply purchase a brand that is labeled as gluten-free. If attending someone else’s holiday dinner, just whip up a gluten-free option at home and bring it along! People just might like this version better, or better yet, not even be able to tell the difference.