If there is one thing I appreciate be able to observe in my role as a retail dietitian, it’s the intersection of nutrition guidance and food industry trend. In other words, the crossroads that a consumer finds themselves at when they search the aisles of the supermarket for the foods that they believe are the most nutritious for their family, while recalling the latest headline they saw online, the magazine article they read, or the persuasive package call outs they pass as they shop. After all, if coconut oil is all over the supermarket then it must be good for you right?
Back to school means back to a busy schedule packed with active afternoons and eventful evenings that may leave little time for dinner prep and just about no time to organize a kid-friendly lunch. When your family is gluten free this is all more challenging. Find Me Gluten Free asked me how I can make it easier for you. My response is a blueprint that seamlessly gets you through five days of family friendly meals.
If you have celiac disease, then you know the scene well. Someone bakes gluten free cookies for you in their very not gluten free kitchen or a server insists they know all about cross contamination and have it covered. You’re left measuring your anxiety and weighing the pros and cons. Enter Nima, your new dining partner that does the assessing for you.
My family recently piled into the car and went for an epic road trip that took us through 8 states. It’s challenging when any family hits the road…do you have enough snacks? Electronics? Access to easy on/off exits? But, when a celiac family travels roads unknown it’s even more difficult. However, with planning it’s not impossible. In fact, we did it pretty easily... and so can you!
Yes, I'm a dietitian, but sometimes I feel like I am often looking up candy lists. Beginning with Halloween, and now Valentine’s Day, I always seek the latest candy list for families I work with and my own celiac son. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that the holiday treats you choose are in fact gluten free. Of course, I also have a few suggestions to avoid those sweets altogether (after all, I am a dietitian!)
If you or a family member live with a severe allergy or celiac disease, then you know how the potential for cross contamination can rule your day. In my case, its celiac disease, which plagues my household and more importantly the lives of my husband and young son. Until you have made a simple sandwich for someone with celiac, and momentarily gotten confused thereby resulting in the need for 3 knives and two plates, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. But, if you do, then these products I buy for keeping food safe when sharing a kitchen with company or travel companions are just what you need.
A summer barbecue is the best way to spend a long afternoon, with kids and adults alike enjoying lawn games and savoring the outdoors. Of course, along with the playing may be an extended afternoon of eating too, and sometimes not the best choices. In my latest post for Guiding Stars I highlight five nutrition “traps” that may be present at your next grill fest.