If you are thinking of living a gluten free lifestyle, here are a few basics.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. This basically means if you choose not to eat gluten, you’ll have to dump the bread, pasta, pizza and baked goods made from wheat, rye and barley and even your beloved beer.
The good news is there are lots of things you CAN eat.
There are a lot of grains that do not contain gluten like Rice, Quinoa, Oats, Millet, Buckwheat, and Corn. All fruits and vegetables, meats and fish and milk and dairy products are naturally gluten free.
Breads, Cereals, Pastas and Baking mixes that are labeled gluten free are on the CAN eat list. You’ll soon learn your favourites.
Coffee, Tea, Sodas, Fruit juices, Distilled Spirits and Wine are fine. You’ll need to buy gluten free beer and some coolers unfortunately are not gluten free.
When unsure of any consumable, research the product online and ask the questions.
Here is a simple & delicious Gluten Free Peanut Butter cookie recipe to get you started:
· 1 cup peanut butter
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Combine egg, sugar and peanut butter, mixing well. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten balls with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheet.
Variation: add chocolate or peanut butter flavoured chips to the dough for an extra little twist!