Tips for a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season
The swirling smells of homemade treats are a hallmark of the holiday season. Amidst the lights, gifts, and decorations, traditional baked goods are as much a part of the celebrations as Old Saint Nick himself. For those who struggle with food allergies, this can be a stressful and emotional time of year. Gluten seems to be around every corner and you’ve possibly been struggling to find gluten-free substitutes for some of your most beloved holiday treats.
Nuflours strongly believes that everyone has the right to delicious baked goods, whatever dietary challenges they may be facing. They know the holidays can be especially challenging, so they’re here to offer some tips, guidance, and yummy treats to make your season bright!
Watch Out for Gluten in Tricky Places
While it’s relatively easy to avoid gluten in the obvious places (pies, cakes, crusts, and cookies) it can also be lurking where you may not think to look. Many soups and sauces are thickened with flour, and food preparation surfaces such as cutting boards often have gluten residue in the cuts, making it nearly impossible to remove and possibly a health hazard. To be safe, prepare your food on a different surface from the gluten, and use gluten-free only knives, cutting boards, and utensils.
Some of Nuflours’ Favorite Side Dishes
If you haven’t yet found a substitute for some of your favorite side dishes, Nuflours has some festive options to share! For the Thanksgiving season, they offer gluten-free stuffing cubes, dinner rolls, challah, and of course pie! (Feel free to browse their holiday menu and place your Thanksgiving order with them today!) They also love this paleo gravy recipe, 100% safe and 100% delicious!
- 1 thinly sliced white onion per serving desired.
- If cooking meat (turkey, roast, etc.), lay the onion slices down on the bottom of the pan and put the meat on top before cooking as usual.
- If vegetarian gravy is desired, gently simmer sliced onions in about 1/8 cup of veggie broth per onion for 2-4 hours. Add extra broth if the onions start to get dry.
- When the meat or the simmering is done, place the onions and the meat drippings or the veggie broth in a blender and blend until smooth. If too thick, add extra broth, or if too thin, cook on the stove top on medium-high until desired consistency is reached, stirring frequently.
- Flavor with garlic, salt and pepper, herbs de provence, or other herbs of your choice.
- Cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch or arrowroot starch can also be used as a safe thickening agent.
Gingerbread Houses are a classic winter activity that supply fun for young and old alike. Nuflours is proud to craft their vegan, gluten-free gingerbread house kits every year to keep the tradition of confectionary architecture alive and well! Additionally, they also take the pressure off of gluten-free holiday baking with Take ‘n Bake cookie kits. They provide frozen dough in either gingerbread (vegan) or classic sugar cookie, and you get the fun of cutting, baking and decorating!
Supporting Your Gluten-Free Person
If you don’t struggle with a gluten allergy yourself, but someone near and dear to you does and you want to support them any way you can this holiday season, here are some things to keep in mind:
Ask them what they need. Everyone is different and will feel supported in different ways, so asking is the best and most direct way to knowing how to care for your GF person.
Educate yourself. Familiarize yourself with what it means to have celiac disease or to be gluten intolerant. There’s a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips thanks to the world wide web and you should take full advantage of it. Understanding what they’re dealing with is a simple and thoughtful way to show your support for the gluten free people in your life.
Make your home a safe space. One of the greatest anxieties a person on a gluten-free diet faces is becoming ill over contact with gluten. Holiday gatherings, new restaurants, or dinner parties with friends can be incredibly stressful for them. Make an effort to make your home one of the places they don’t have to worry about. Make it clear that you take their diet seriously, and if you prepare any food for them, communicate clearly about how it was prepared and that you were diligent in being certain their food was not contaminated.
Nuflours wishes all of you and yours a very happy holiday season and they hope to hear from you soon!
To browse their inventory, place an order, or find out more information on their holiday items, please visit nuflours.com or give them a call at: 206.395.4623