Add Wow to your Gluten-free Treats with Rose Water

Why do I insist on continually going grocery shopping when I’m hungry?

But the thing I’m most excited and perplexed about is the pretty glass vial of rose water I picked up. You’d think I’d know better by now. Sigh.

Even when you’re restricted to only the gluten-free items in the grocery store, there are still plenty of ways to get in trouble. Today’s visit to a local Greek-ish store yielded a few unneccesary purchases: chocolate-covered figs (already gone, forcibly shared with the rest of the office), tahini (but I’ll use it for salad dressing and falafel, so it’s OK), sun-dried red peppers, etc etc.

I had no idea what I’m going to do with it, of course, but that didn’t stop me.

Now, the brand I bought (pictured, Al Wadi Al Akhdar) doesn’t explicitly say gluten-free, however I was willing to take the chance given the ingredients list: water, concentrated rose water, natural rose flavors. Maybe I’ll run it through a GlutenTox test just to be sure.

Anyway. The point is, I got home, smelled it, got to researching, and then got totally excited to add rose water into my list of secret weapons that make gluten-free food taste and smell awesome.
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Gluten-Free Communion Wafers Don’t Meet Vatican Standards

By Laura(The Gluten-Free Traveller)

If you are Catholic or have ever attended a Catholic mass, you have probably had experience of communion. However, part of the service includes breaking of bread and wine and we gluten-free folks obviously can’t eat normal bread.

Communion wafers are made from wheat and therefore are not gluten-free, so what do you eat if you are both Catholic and celiac? Gluten-free communion wafers of course! Various churches around the world are now offering gluten-free communion wafers for celiac and gluten intolerant folks.

But what if you were told that the lack of wheat in your gluten-free communion wafers meant that they don’t meet with Vatican standards?

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So Delicious Goes Gluten-Free!


By Bridget

As everyone who reads this blog knows, living a gluten-free lifestyle is no easy task. It’s not just bread and brownies celiacs have to avoid. There are so many hidden allergens that can leave us out of commission. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from a gluten intolerance have other food sensitivities as well. I, myself, suffer from the addition of a dairy intolerance, which initially heightened my frustration with my issue with gluten. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor offered me a list of all the naturally occurring gluten-free foods. Half of that list consisted of cheese, yogurt, and other dairy-filled “options.”

Ice cream was one of the most difficult desserts for me to give up. A lot of ice cream is naturally gluten-free, but by no means dairy-free. So I was so happy to discover the brand So Delicious, which makes vegan ice cream from non-dairy sources like almond, coconut, and soy milk. Of course I had to stick to basic flavors like vanilla, but at least it was gluten- and dairy-free!

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Lady Gaga Eats Gluten-Free

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Social media is blowing up with the gluten-free community talking about yet another celebrity deciding to start following a gluten free diet.

 Last time it was Miley Cyrus shouting to anyone who would listen that “gluten sucks!” and now it’s US singer Lady Gaga’s turn to see if eating gluten free can help her to lose a few pounds.

The singer recently started the next leg of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour in Sofia, Bulgaria and has decided that she needs a new diet to keep her in the best shape for the tour.

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Gluten-free Snacks for After Soccer (or any Sport)

Are your little (or not-so-little) ones in pre-season right now? The school year is almost here, and with the first marking period come the first fall sports. Soccer, football, field hockey, track, tennis, cheerleading, volleyball, or any other sport — and I know I’m forgetting one or two — if your child is on a team, you’ll probably be thinking about snack time.

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Orange wedges are a great gluten-free snack for sports, but they aren't your only option

Of course every sport, township, and age range is different, but one thing that’s fairly consistent is the request that parents supply half-time and after-game snacks for the team. If your child is gluten-free, this can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, when it’s your turn to bring snacks you have a great opportunity to introduce tasty, healthy gluten-free treats to your child’s friends and teammates. On the other, you may find that every week is snack week for you — because your child may not be able to eat the gluten-full team snacks brought in by other parents (although given the prevalence of high-sugar, highly-processed convenience snacks, for some parents this may actually be a blessing in disguise).

Whether you’re making gluten-free after-sports snacks for one child or twenty, we’ve got you covered. Read on for some easy gluten-free snack ideas that will have your athletes feeling their best on the field (or court or track) and off.
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