Our top tips for a nutritious gluten free diet
Having a gluten intolerance or full blown coeliac disease means certain foods are going to be off limits to you – unless you want to get really ill. But how do you ensure you’re staying healthy, getting all the nutrients you need and avoiding gluten altogether? We’ve put some tips together to help you navigate the gluten-free world.
Get used to checking labels
At first it will be annoying and time-consuming but you’ll soon get used to it. All packaged food in the UK and the EU is covered by a law on allergen labelling, meaning you can tell whether or not a product is suitable for a gluten-free diet by reading the ingredients list.
Familiarise yourself with naturally gluten-free foods
There are so many foods that are naturally gluten-free so once you’ve got to know these, you won’t have to spend time googling or double checking whether you can have them. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free, so use these as the basis to your meals. There are even some naturally gluten-free grains and cereals you can enjoy. Quinoa, teff, amaranth, polenta, buckwheat, corn, millet and tapioca are just some of the naturally gluten-free grains which can be included in your diet.
Beware of hidden gluten in sauces
Ahh sneaky sneaky sauces. A dish may be entirely gluten-free but then you add on a seemingly safe sauce and before you know it you’ve got gluten in your system. Lots of pasta sauces, gravies, stocks and condiments contain wheat flour, and therefore gluten, so ensure you read the label first!
Remember alcohol can catch you out
Alcohol-breweries and bars are getting much better at making and stocking gluten-free alcohol such as beer. But the majority of beer, ale and stouts you come across will have gluten in them. However, there are many types of alcohol that don’t contain gluten such as wine, cider and spirits.
Try our gluten-free food delivery
We believe everyone should be able to enjoy healthy, nutritious food without worrying about having a reaction, which is why we have a full range of gluten-free food options to suit your dietary requirements. As per our bespoke meal prep and meal plans – all meals are made to measure and ready to be delivered to your door. All you need to do is tell us you eat a gluten-free diet at the checkout stage. Our gluten-free food delivery service ensures you enjoy tasty foods that won’t make you ill – with minimal effort on your part!