By no means am I a gluten-free expert, but I am an enthusiast learner. And as more and more people in my life begin to consider gluten-free as a new way of life, my natural tendency is to want to do the same. Call me a follower, I prefer extremely health curious.
As we highlighted earlier this week, a new study from the Mayo Clinic reported that nearly 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease, but around 1.4 million don’t even realize it.
This statistic made me wonder if I had a sensitivity to gluten myself as I often experience such symptoms as bloating and fatigue after eating an especially high-carbohydrate meal. As a result, my curiosity led me to where it usually does – the kitchen, to see if I actually could make this type of major diet change work after all.
It turns out, I have hardly a clue about what eating gluten free looks like. But that’s where a little research and trial and error come into play. So in my quest to know what gluten-free eating is all about, I’ve decided to do a three-part mini series on how to eat gluten free without missing out on taste. The first of which is breakfast; lunch and dinner are soon to follow, naturally.
Chocolate Banana Popsicles - Who said you can’t have popsicles for breakfast – especially when they’re gluten free? This easy-to-master recipe combines the delicious flavors of chocolate and banana for a health-conscious treat you can take on the go.
Strawberry Banana Buckwheat Bake from Edible Perspective. If you’ve never tried one of Ashley’s buckwheat bakes, you’re missing out. By grinding up raw buckwheat groats and adding in a few other essential ingredients, you achieve a cake-like breakfast muffin that will tide you over for hours. Once you’ve tried the strawberry-banana, get adventurous and dabble in her other 20-plus flavor combinations. Your gluten-free tastebuds will never be the same.
Gluten-Free Whole Grain Muffins from Gluten-Free Girl. This recipe not only includes a great go-to for whole grain gluten-free muffins, but also a comprehensive guide on how to mix your own at-home gluten-free flours. This is a resource you simply must check out, especially if you’re a gluten-free newbie like me.
Egg in an Avocado It doesn’t get much more simple than this. Crack an egg into a halved avocado and broil until lightly browned. Enjoy on its own or alongside some turkey bacon or a cup of fruit. Your kids will love how visually appealing it is, and will never know they’re digging into a completely gluten-free meal.
Denver Scrambled Eggs You can’t go wrong with classic scrambled eggs. And since you’ll be going without toast (unless it’s gluten-free), adding in peppers, meat and a little cheese provides the extra staying power to tide you over ’til lunch.
Consider this just the beginning of our gluten-free eating guide. Return soon for parts two and three: it’s bound to only get more delicious from here on out.
August 3rd, 2012