School Lunch Ideas For Celiacs

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)


The start of the school year is just around the corner! Looking for celiac friendly school lunch ideas but can’t think of anything that are both gluten-free and delicious? Triumph Dining are here to help! Here are a few ideas for lunches that are both tasty and easy to prepare.

 

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on gluten-free bread
  • Banana and peanut butter sandwiches
  • Baked potatoes with cheese, beans or veggies
  • Rice with veggies
  • Fruit salad with yogurt and honey
  • Gluten-free cold deli meats with cheese
  • Gluten-free tortillas with cheese and ham
  • Quinoa with veggies
  • Gluten-free rice tortillas with peanut butter and jelly
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Home made tacos
  • Gluten-free pasta with veggies and tomato sauce
  • Mac and cheese – various companies do gluten-free Mac and Cheese or you can make your own with Gluten-free pasta
  • Rice or corn cakes with meat, cheese or veggie toppings
  • Gluten-free soup – either home made or store bought
  • Lettuce wrap – your favorite fillings without the bread
  • Gluten-free sushi with gluten-free soy sauce
  • Gluten-free hotdogs
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Gluten-free pasta with pesto
  • Gluten-free beans and rice
  • Gluten-free granola with yoghurt
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Veggies with gluten-free dip
  • Gluten-free sausages with black beans
  • Gluten-free bars
  • Fruit smoothie

To find out where you can buy safe, gluten-free ingredients with which to make these tasty school lunches check out our Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. With 44,000 products and 3,300 brand name products, covering regional and national brands as well as products made in small, dedicated facilities, you will definitely be able to find something safe that even the fussiest of kids will love!

What do you make for gluten-free school lunch? What are your kids favorite gluten-free foods?

Why Are Biopsy Rates So Low in the US?

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Recent research from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center has found that the number of US patients seeking and receiving the small bowel biopsy is very low.

A huge percentage of people with celiac disease in the United States are undiagnosed. Whilst there are many countries around the world where biopsy rates and diagnosis rates are low, compared with people in Western Europe and Scandinavia for example, in the US people are less likely to be diagnosed.

These findings do not surprise me. Many of my gluten-free friends are not officially diagnosed and have never seeked a biopsy. I also know many other people who, whilst they suffer from text-book symptoms of celiac disease, refuse to go for a biopsy.

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Building Bacteria for Better Health

By Bridget

Even before it was confirmed that I had a gluten intolerance, my doctor urged me to incorporate a regimen of probiotics into my daily diet regimen in order to rebuild my digestive system. It was clear that something was wrong, and by introducing the building bacteria pills into my diet I would help my body get back on a healthful living track. The probiotics basically promote digestive health, particularly after damages have been done.

Anyone suffering from Celiac’s disease or a gluten intolerance is unable to properly digest glutenin and gliadin, the two proteins that make up gluten. The gliadin, which gives wheat doughs their smooth, gliding consistency, is only partially digested in the small intestine, resulting in inflammation and damage to the tissue as it tries to work through our systems. This results in significant disruption to the resident bacteria that help our bodies maintain regularity, creating structural changes to the cells that make up our small intestinal tissues. The damage can actually destroy the villi, or tiny protrusions, lining the small intestine that are responsible for the absorption of nutrients from food into our bodies.

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How Your Mouth Can Detect Gluten

By Bridget

 Sensitivity to gluten is almost always equated to the gastrointestinal issues it causes. While more and more research is indicating mood and other cognitive problems associated with the protein, tummy troubles seem to be one of the only physical ailments. But if your gluten intolerance is anything like mine, you know that dental problems are also associated with undiagnosed issues with gluten.

Dentists can now be added to the list of doctors recognizing gluten sensitivity, as dental enamel defects are among the symptoms of gluten intolerance. Although not all problems with dental enamel signal Celiac’s disease, it is fairly common (especially among children). According to the National Institutes of Health, dental enamel defects could even be the only presenting symptom of the disease.

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Is There Gluten in Your Morning Cup?

By Bridget

As with most people diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity, my doctor ordered a much larger test to see what other foods my body didn’t process so easily. Turned out that coffee was another sensitive food. After doing a little research, I found that I may not be the only person sensitive to coffee or tea.

It turns out that coffee and tea can contain trace amounts of gluten. While the beans or tealeaves themselves do not contain any gluten, some products are subject to cross contamination, particularly with barley. Additionally, many flavored coffees contain additives made with wheat flour and other grains, particularly in instant coffees and creamers. The manufacturers use gluten as a filler additive to their product. For the most part, coffees that do contain fillers list them on their labels, so as long as “gelatinized starch,”  “modified food starch,” and “vegetable starch” are not ingredients listed on your coffee, you should be good to drink. But if you’re concerned and have experienced some issues in the past, buy your own beans and grind them yourself to ensure no cross-contamination.

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