If you have coeliac disease, you might be worried about avoiding gluten at Christmas. Whether you’re a newly diagnosed or an experienced coeliac, these tips will help make this Christmas both stress and gluten free.
Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry. However, it can be overwhelming to keep track of what festive foods are suitable for people with coeliac disease. But it's just a case of being prepared with a stock of gluten free ingredients!
Plain turkey, ham and roast vegetables are all naturally gluten free - you’ve just got to keep an eye on seasonings, marinades and sides. If a product is breaded or contains a crust, check the label.
To check that a food is gluten free, scan the ingredients for any allergens which will be highlighted within the ingredients list. You might also notice a ‘may contain’ statement on pack, which means there is a risk the product could be contaminated with gluten. If the packaging mentions gluten, wheat, Khorasan wheat (kamut), spelt, oats and rye, then it isn’t suitable for people with coeliac disease.
Common culprits of hidden gluten include snacks such as dry roasted nuts and crackers. Sausages can contain wheat rusks, so make sure you check the ingredients for pigs in blankets!
Soups, sauces and gravies can often contain gluten, so be sure to check the label or make your own following a gluten free recipe.
When you’ve first been diagnosed with coeliac disease, it’s easy to focus on the things you can no longer eat. But take a quick scroll through some gluten free hashtags on Instagram, and you’ll see that the world of gluten free food is full of exciting and mouth-watering options!
Get inspired and find some festive recipes to experiment with in the lead up to Christmas Day. If it’s your first time making gluten free food, it can sometimes take a bit of research and practice to perfect a recipe.
At the bottom of this page there are easy-to-follow recipes for every starter, side and main you’ll need for a delicious gluten free Christmas Dinner!
Whether you are in your own home or someone else’s, it’s a good idea to put a system in place to avoid cross contamination.
Prepare the kitchen with these easy tricks
It’s easy for things to get mixed up in a busy kitchen while you’re cooking Christmas Dinner! Here’s some ideas to keep your gluten free food separate:
It’s important to make sure that the people in your life really understand what coeliac disease is so they can properly support you. Friends and family members might need help understanding what cross contamination means, and how seriously it can affect a person with coeliac disease.
Try sending along this blog or this resource to educate them about coeliac disease and cross contamination!
Christmas Day is a time to celebrate, relax and enjoy food. Don’t let gluten get in your way!
If you need some suggestions for festive treats suitable for people with coeliac disease, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created an extensive range of delicious recipes covering starters, mains, sides and desserts using our gluten free food products.
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