By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of family, gratitude and of course delicious food for days! It may seem overwhelming to navigate our food-focused cultural celebrations when you are dealing with a food allergy, sensitivity, intolerance or any type of preferences, like vegetarian, plant-based, light and healthy, etc. In our home, 50% of us have been gluten-free for the past few years with wonderful effects. The other half tend to eat gluten-free but not all the time. My youngest son, Dillon, and I both found different benefits, of going gluten-free like focus and less IBS symptoms, and it’s gotten much easier to execute over time. But holidays and parties can add another layer of thought, planning and execution.
So, here’s your guide to a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving, from our New England home to yours! From apps to dessert, it’s a fun way to celebrate without wheat.
Any course can accidentally include gluten so be sure to look closely to avoid hidden sources of gluten and make your own from scratch!
Gravy & sauces are where flour can lurk. Try this Vegan, Gluten-Free Gravy that’s quick, easy and tasty.
No need for gluten here. All of your guests will enjoy these healthy, gluten-free pre-meal bites so you can pass on the bread. Many appetizers typically include bread crumbs or flour for texture. It’s simple to make a switch without sacrificing flavor. Try these winners:
There are so many gluten-free flours on the market these days. Many are created to be a 1:1 substitution for wheat based flours, making them an easy swap in most recipes. If you’re worried about impressing your guests without gluten, try making these:
Offer some non-turkey, seasonal main dish options which could double as a side.
Limiting your portion to help prevent pounds from packing on makes sense, but no need to go cold turkey on treats when you can enjoy these gluten-free, smart sweets using healthier ingredients.