It can be the most magical time of the year or it can be the worst for some. Going to Christmas parties and events can be challenging for us gluten free people. Whether you choose to be gluten free or have Celiac it can be someones worst nightmare.
So on today’s blog I’m giving you guys some tips and tricks to keep you and your stomach happy and healthy this holiday season 🙂
Cross contamination is probably the worst things to happen, since you don’t really know what exactly made you sick. When you go over to someones house for a dinner party and they have went out of their way to have some gluten free options, I thank them very much! Now, trusting it’s actually gluten free is the difficult part. A lot of people don’t know how to keep gluten free food safe from other foods and that’s OK, it’s not their job to figure it out. Heck, I still make those mistakes in my own kitchen. And who am I to ask a bunch of questions how it was prepped and handled? I just feel rude when I do that.
From stopping this from happening you can simply help them prep food in the kitchen. Give them a helping hand. Since they’ll be busy trying to prep all the other food, I’m sure they will be more than happy to get an extra pair of hands in the kitchen! I have linked my gluten free kitchen post, here in case you want to reference on how to make those steps!
If it’s more of an appetizers kinda party, bring your own. Supple all the gluten free appetizers you want and bring them over. That way you know there is no cross contamination happening.
Another option is to eat prior to the party. Make one of your favourite meals and pig out! That way you don’t have to worry about any food while you are at the party. You can relax and not stress about what’s gluten free and what’s not.
Ahh…Alcohol, the only thing that keeps us going during the holiday season. Alcohol can be a scary thing for us Celiac’s. I have a few websites I always refer to whenever I’m not 100% sure! You can always read the label but sometimes I’m still questioning if it actually gluten free or not. I have listed a few sites that can help!
Nude vodka is one of my favourites. Also all wines are gluten free, so all you wine-o’s out there can take a deep breath lol!
Gluten free apps have become more and more beneficial these last few years! I have listed my favourites below that has really helped me in the past.
- Find me gluten free: This one is perfect for travelling, where ever you are in the world you can find gluten free restaurant near you.
- Gluten free finder: Since gluten has many other sneaky words hidden in foods, this gluten free finder can put your mind at ease. Simply scan to see if it’s gluten free or not.
- Gluten Free Restaurants Guide: I love this app! Not only does it tell you what restaurants near you are gluten free but the recommendations come directly from others with Celiac Disease.
4. iCanEat Fast Food Gluten Free: For all you fast food lovers that still want to get your food on, this app helps you find whats gluten free in all your fast food restaurants!
Below I have put together pictures of my favourite appetizers, baking ingredients, gravies and so much more that will hopefully make your holiday a little bit better! You can purchase at Real Canadian Super Store, Save On Foods, Costco and Walmart.
If you have any tips to stay gluten free this holiday season or have a favourite appetizer that you love, comment below! I would love to read them 🙂
Happy Holidays and ta, ta for now!