Jessica Siegel's Healthy Family Blog - Gelson's




Celiac disease is an inherited chronic autoimmune intestinal disorder that affects one out of every 133 people.  People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, so they must follow a gluten-free diet for life in order to maintain their health.  Most people with celiac disease are undiagnosed because common symptoms such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, infertility, depression, and acid reflux are common to many other health conditions.  Following a gluten-free diet is easier now than it ever has been.  Gelson’s has some great minimally processed gluten-free products that my family includes in our gluten-containing diet because they are delicious and they add variety to our diet, which is important for everyone regardless of whether or not you avoid gluten. 

Ancient Harvest organic quinoa is a whole intact grain that supplies important fiber, iron, and other necessary nutrients for a gluten-free diet.  Both the red and white varieties make delicious quick-cooking side dishes.

Mi Rancho organic corn tortillas are an excellent, versatile tortilla made from non-GMO corn.  They can be substituted for regular wheat tortillas in Mexican recipes, and go well with eggs and beans.  I also love that they don’t contain any salt.

Most people may be surprised to know that regular soy sauce contains gluten!  Tamari is the perfect substitute.  I use San-J tamari lite 50% less sodium gluten-free soy sauce in all of my Asian cooking because it has great flavor and it is the lowest sodium soy sauce I’ve ever found.

My kids love to snack on Sesmark brown rice thins.  I use these crackers in place of wheat crusts when I make my Spinach and Cheese Mini Quiches* in muffin tins.  They pair nicely with cheese, too.

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