Modern wheat varieties aren’t the same as they used to be (even as little as a few decades ago!)
The modern wheat grain has been manipulated so it’s easier and faster to grow. This results in a grain that is harder for our bodies to process and that doesn’t have the same level of nutrients that the ancient wheats did, leading to inflammation and nutrient deficiencies in our bodies. The herbicide glyphosate is also used in modern wheat growing practices. See the ‘What’s with Wheat?’ documentary to find out more.
As a result of modern wheat negatively affecting our bodies, more and more people are choosing to follow a wheat-free diet. If you have decided to make the change to a gluten-free diet, here are some tips to ensure you are not only eating gluten-free, but eating healthy. Many processed gluten-free products contain a lot of additives, colours, preservatives and other nasties – make sure you read the label. The only way to know what’s really in your food is to make it yourself (see our simple gluten-free festive finger food ideas below to give you a kickstart!)
Tips for Eating a Healthy Gluten-Free Diet
- Whenever possible, consume vegetables instead of grains. Vegetables are packed with nutrients and minerals that are easily absorbed into our bodies. However, if you want to consume grains, soak your choice of grains (like organic white rice, wild rice, amaranth, millet, buckwheat or quinoa) overnight in filtered water with a pinch of Himalayan salt and a dash of apple cider vinegar. This will make the nutrients easier to absorb.
- Going gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite meals! There are lots of simple, tasty gluten-free recipes out there. For example: – For wraps, instead of using a supermarket-bought gluten-free tortilla, which may be packed with nasties, make a wrap out of either large collard green leaves or cabbage leaves, or nori or rice paper sheets. – When it comes to pasta, choose those made from gluten-free grains such as millet, beans, rice or quinoa or make your own ‘noodles’ using spaghetti squash, sweet potato or zucchini (using a spiraliser). – Blend cauliflower, cheese and eggs together to make a great pizza dough. See a simple recipe here. Cauliflower can also be blended in a food processor and sauted for a few minutes to make a great rice substitute. – For bread, try our Paleo Almond Bread or Rosemary and Olive Buckwheat Bread. – Instead of store-bought crackers, try our quick and simple Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Seedy Crackers.
- Going gluten-free is a great excuse to get in the kitchen and experiment! There are lots of gluten-free flours or flour substitutes available such as coconut, buckwheat, quinoa or chickpea flour or almond and sunflower seed meals. See our blog here for some great baking tips.
- When it comes to snacks, choose from paleo jerky, homemade jelly, chia pudding, panna cotta, homemade chocolate, seeds, nuts, dates, organic popcorn, a smoothie, a piece of fruit, gummies, or a chunk of cheese (if tolerated).
- And, last but certainly not least, eat more fresh produce! Eggs, seafood and fresh quality meats, fruit, vegetables and salad greens are all naturally gluten free.
Simple, Tasty, Gluten-Free Finger Food Ideas
With the festive season in full swing, now’s a great chance to try out some gluten-free treats on your family and friends. Here are a list of our favourites:
- Pate or Pesto – serve with Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Seedy Crackers.
- Mini Bacon and Cheese Rolls
- Cashew Cheese
- Pickled Cucumbers
- Crispy Curried Chicken Wings
- Mini Panna Cottas
- Traditionally cured and chemical free sausages
- Sweet Potato Chips
We’d love for you to share your favourite gluten-free recipes in the comments below! Merry Christmas!