In celebration of Celiac Awareness Month, we will be providing gluten free recipes all month long! Many people have heard about this new gluten free craze, but what is it and how does it help people with celiac disease? According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website, celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten. Gluten is a protein, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment.
Menu 2: Onto breakfast with these delicious, to-live-for Gingered Grapefruit Doughnuts or opt for these rustic Carrot Cake Muffins and you’ll start your morning with a smile. Gluten free never tasted so good!
Menu 3: Snack on your snow peas and then enjoy a light lunch of Kale Salad with Quinoa, Tangerines and Roasted Almonds that will fill you up and give you plenty of energy to get you through the rest of your day. Substitute the tangerines in the recipe for your local box oranges and be the envy of the office.
Menu 4: Now that you have 3 gluten free meals under your belt, you’re sure to be a pro. Put a healthy spin on an old dinner favorite with these classic Tacos! Use your hearty cabbage with the grape tomatoes, and throw in some grilled summer squash with your peppers and onions.