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Gluten Free 101: What is it?
Let’s face it, gluten gets a bad rap. Why has carb’s poster child been criminalized? Let’s break down this mysterious culprit: present in grains like wheat and rye, gluten is a protein that is formed when two molecules—glutenin and gliadin—come together. Here’s where it gets tricky: not everyone’s body can absorb gluten, particularly those with celiac disease. Gluten affects everyone differently, so you don’t have to quit your carbo-loading just yet. There are so many delicious alternatives that taking a break from gluten can feel like a honeymoon, or just the perfect excuse to stock up on fun alternatives. A carbo compromise never tasted so good (Keep reading for our Gluten Free Favorites).
The Benefits: Why be Gluten Free?
To be clear: Gluten isn’t necessarily bad for you. However, if you are celiac or have a gluten intolerance, the aftermath is far from fun: causing bloating and abdominal discomfort, headaches, chronic fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation. Nixing gluten alleviates these symptoms, reducing digestive discomfort, and improving energy levels.
Best Practices: Tips for Eating Gluten-Free
If there ever was a time to hop on the Gluten-Free Bandwagon, now is the time. There are heaps of fun, accessible, and delicious products hitting the markets, and of course your favorite pantry. We have so many favorites, we curated a list of our Must-Haves. It was hard to choose just a handful.
Raid the Zippy Pantry: Gluten Free Faves
Habanero Hot Sauce
From Tia Lupita. Hosting a holiday gathering? Maybe Netflix and Chill with that quarantine cutie? Turn up the heat with Tia Lupita hot sauce. We love the Habanero, an original family recipe that is all flavor. They combine just the right amount of heat balanced with the natural sweetness of fruit.
Dark Chocolate Brownie Recharge Bar
By B.T.R. Bar. Zoom Fatigue got you down? We’ve been there (nothing worse than feeling snackish and tired). Nix your #Hangry with B.T.R Bar, a protein wonder with superfoods for an energy boost. We kid you not, it tastes like a dark chocolate bar and a fudge brownie had a baby. Guilt-free decadence at its finest!
1:1 Baking Flour
From Renewal Mill. Baking Season is upon us, and this flour alternative has got even the most traditional bakers in a gluten-free frenzy. Use it as a 1-to-1 substitute for your baked goods - from cookies and cakes to biscuits and scones! With Renewal Mill, you’re giving your body a boost of nutrition and helping build a more sustainable future (Yup, this brand is all about upcycling, aka no waste).
Turmeric Garlic Popped Water Lily Seeds
From AshaPops. We are all about a crunchy, zesty, eat the whole bag in one sitting type of snack. These popped Water Lily Seeds are satisfyingly savory, Featuring a homemade blend of Turmeric, Himalayan Pink Salt, & Garlic. No sugar and only 3 ingredients!