These days, most of us have a friend or family member who can’t eat a specific food, or who is choosing not to for one reason or another, so today we’re talking about what that can mean for family meals—and our mental health. I share what it’s been like for me to figure out that gluten gives me migraines, and the impact it has had on my family. And we get into the more serious issues that can arise with real food allergies…and what we can all do to make life with these food restrictions a little easier.
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Best Gluten-Free Substitutions for Families
Here are a few of my very favorite gluten-free staples—that everyone else in my house likes too.
- Gluten-Free Barilla Pasta: Seriously, so convincing! Just cook it for 1-2 minutes less than the package directions and you’re good to go.
- Gluten-Free Snyders Pretzels: They taste just like the real thing!
- King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-free Flour: This works as a direct sub for whole wheat or all-purpose flour in nearly every recipe and has amazing results!
- Udi’s GF Breads: These can be pricey, but they have the texture and flavor you expect from bread. I like it lightly toasted. I also like Canyon Bakehouse Ancient Grains Bread, which can be more affordable (though that can vary by store).
- Arrowhead Mills Buckwheat Flakes: This is my current favorite cereal that I may or may not share with the kids. It stays crunchy all the way to the end of the bowl and has a nice amount of protein and fiber.
We rely mostly on foods that are naturally gluten-free like whole grains, beans, produce, dairy, and meat—so cooking gluten-free for my family isn’t as hard as it might sound.
What’s New: Keeping Kids Entertained While We Cook
Here’s a peek at the art supplies kit that I keep in our pantry for my two year old. She uses it while she stands in her learning tower at the counter so she’s right next to me, yet occupied. I change out the items in the box occasionally to prevent boredom and I love that it’s so accessible in the kitchen! Right now it has Kid Made Modern pom-poms, Post-It notes, colored pencils, washi tape, and pipe cleaners, all nestled into a pencil case.
And who has a favorite seafood recipe for Virginia?! So far, her favorite is this tuna ceviche served with a cold soba noodle salad.Unrelated: High Fiber Gummy Bears
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