Simple Tips for Gluten Free Goodness

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Many Americans follow a gluten free diet in their daily lives. In fact, retail sales for gluten free products nearly tripled from 2004 to 2009 reaching almost $1.7 billion. That number is estimated to top $2.6 billion in sales by the year 2012, according to Packaged Facts.

“Families are looking for wholesome, nutritious solutions that are gluten free and convenient but still taste great,” said Keri Glassman, registered dietitian and author. “Gluten free foods can fit into a busy lifestyle, without making mealtime sacrifices. Chex® cereal is one of my top picks, and I recommend it as a good breakfast choice to many of my clients with gluten restrictions.”

Glassman noted that Wheat Chex and Multibran Chex are not gluten free and advises to always check package labeling and ingredient panels to confirm whether a product is gluten free.

gluten free breakfast, gluten free chexFrom breakfast staple to midday snack, or used in a gluten free recipe, Chex is a versatile pick for families on the go. Glassman and Chex offer healthy tips for anyone following a gluten free diet:

  • Start the Day Right
    Eating breakfast lays a good foundation for the day. A nutritious breakfast should contain whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein such as egg whites or peanut butter, and a serving of fruit. Chex cereals offer at least 8 grams of whole grain in every serving and pair perfectly with fruit such as bananas and blueberries, not to mention milk.
  • Stock Up
    Keep the kitchen stocked with delicious options that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and most yogurts.
  • Simple Snacking
    Nutrient-rich snacks can be part of a complete and healthy diet while helping to keep cravings at bay. Keep single servings of raw or dry-roasted nuts and crunchy gluten free cereal in your bag for an on-the-go option.
  • Keep a Food Journal
    Glassman recommends keeping a food journal to track meals and snacks throughout the day to ensure you’re meeting your daily nutritional needs, including recommended servings of grains, fruits, vegetables and protein. Jot down what works well and what doesn’t so you have a point of reference.
  • Recipe Round-Up
    Mix up your mealtime by testing delicious gluten free recipes the whole family will appreciate. An array of gluten free recipes is available at www.Chex.com/glutenfree and www.LiveGlutenFreely.com.

SOURCE: General Mills

 
 

And now my two cents . . .


My son’s girlfriend has celiacs disease and has to live on a gluten free diet. (She is so gluten intolerant that if there are even crumbs from croutons in her restaurant salad she gets pains in her stomach, vomiting and a very serious reaction almost immediately.)
We’ve discovered that Corn Bran Squares cereal, which she loves, is also gluten free.
 
 
What simple tips do you have to help others with celiacs disease or on a gluten-free diet?


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