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Month: September 2021
Celiac Disease and Probiotics: A Complete Guide One of the most common questions I get is “do I need to take probiotics for celiac disease?” followed by “what gluten-free probiotics do you recommend”. Here’s the thing about celiac disease and probiotics, it’s not as simple …
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Gluten-Free
A client found Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust at Costco and was wondering if it was gluten-free. I thought I would research it and other Cinnamon Toast Crunch Products to find out which ones are gluten-free and which are not. Here’s what I found…
Is Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust Gluten-free?
While we know Cinnamon Toast Crunch has wheat in it and is not gluten-free.
However, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust did not have any obvious gluten in the ingredients nor an allergen statement or advisory. Cinnadust did, however, have natural flavors in the ingredients.
In the United States companies are only required to list if ingredients are derived from wheat, but not the other 2 gluten containing grains, barley and rye. (However the The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 is working to change this).
Because there was no allergen statement, I knew the natural flavors weren’t derived from wheat but I didn’t know if it was from barley or rye. And because Cinnadust is Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavored, the risks of the natural flavor being derived from gluten were high (Learn more about how to check food labels for gluten here).
So, I called the company. The company told me the following: “This product has not been tested or analyzed to be gluten-free… it is company policy to declare if ingredients are derived from wheat, barley and rye on the label”. (This phone call was made September 2021)
So there you have it, there are no gluten containing or derived ingredients in Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnadust.
Now for some, because the product has not been tested for gluten, this product will remain unsafe. However, in most cases, a gluten-free claim or certification is not required for a product to be celiac-safe.
Because this product doesn’t contain any high cross-contact risk ingredients like oats, I would say in most cases it’s safe. However, assess the suitability of it for yourself (or better yet, include your celiac dietitian who’s aware of you celiac health status into the conversation)
My client enjoyed the Cinnadust on a bowl of gluten-free rice chex. Yum!
Want to buy some Cinnadust for yourself?
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What About Other Toast Crunch Products?
All Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals contain gluten in the form of wheat. That includes Apple Pie Toast Crunch, Chocolate Toast Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros, French Toast Crunch, Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch, and Dulce de Leche Toacst Crunch.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Remix Snacking Mixes are also not gluten-free. They contain wheat in the ingredients. The same applies for their Soft Breakfast Bars and Treat Bars.
The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Instant Oatmeal does not contain gluten containing ingredients. However, because oats are at high risk for abuse in the gluten-free space and general mills has the worst reputation with abusing oats, their Instant Oatmeal would not be recommended for celiacs.
Additionally, the oats in their Instant Oatmeal aren’t certified gluten-free or purity protocol and thus, they are not considered celiac-safe. You can learn more about oats and celiac in my blogpost “Are Oats Celiac-Safe“.
Have another Cinnamon Toast Crunch Product you want to add to the list? Contact me and I’ll look into and add it!
Gluten-Free Ground Beef Recipes Looking for gluten-free ground beef recipes to use up that ground beef that’s been sitting in your fridge? Well, look no further: here are 10 gluten-free recipes with ground beef in them! (This blog post was drafted by Sierra King and …
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving: A Complete Guide
Having a safe gluten-free thanksgiving is possible.
I know that Thanksgiving is a hard holiday for people living gluten-free. It’s one of the most painfully obvious times of the year where we realize our ability to connect, celebrate, and participate in traditions has been disrupted.
And connecting, celebrating, and participating in traditions is important nonetheless. So with the help of dietetic intern Sierra King, we developed this complete guide to a gluten-free Thanksgiving for you!
Table of Contents
The Purpose of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has many different purposes for many different families. Depending on how your family celebrates Thanksgiving will bring different meaning and traditions to your gatherings.
Even though Thanksgiving is different for everyone, for many, the main reason for Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the blessings in your life (which includes your family).
However, sometimes this holiday can bring stress, loneliness and many other negative feelings for celiacs. This is because food is often central to the holiday and with celiac, our entire relationship with food has been disrupted.
While repairing your relationship with food is important, reminding yourself of what the holiday is about can help ease some of the grief with celiac you might have during the celiac.
The food has changed, and you can still celebrate and enjoy the presence of the people. The food has change and you can still reflect on the things you’re grateful for.
Some Thanksgiving Reminders
Going into Thanksgiving gluten-free can feel hard. This is normal, holidays where food feels central are going to be difficult. Below are some gluten-free thanksgiving reminders to hopefully offer you some comfort as you go into the day.
- Aside from food, what else are you celebrating during this holiday? For me, I am celebrating what I am grateful and enjoying spending time with family.
- Thanksgiving is allowed to feel hard. It’s allowed to feel emotional. It’s allowed to be imperfect.
- You are not going to ruin Thanksgiving by being gluten-free, and don’t let gluten ruin your Thanksgiving.
I know it’s hard to think about taking up more space or getting more attention than you normally have gotten during the holidays. Be gentle with yourself and your loved ones as you go into Thanksgiving day.
Managing Stress of Being Gluten-Free at Thanksgiving
I don’t remember a time when the holidays weren’t stressful. However, celiac does add a level of complexity to the stress of Thanksgiving. Below are 9 simple ways to cope with the stress of navigating Thanksgiving with celiac disease.
- Find a quiet place to take a breather when things get hard to deal with
- Find a friend or family member who you are close with and understand what you are going through. This person is going to be your go to person when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by Thanksgiving. This person can be at the event or just a text or phone call away. (If you join my Celiac Support Group, you’ll have me and other celiacs in your backpocket to vent to!)
- Ask the host what is on the menu and if you could help prepare or cook some of the food
- It is okay to bring your own food or a side dish, so you know that you can eat at least one thing while you are there.
- Be patient with your friends and loved ones. It took you a while to adapt to living gluten-free and you have to deal with it everyday. It’s likely going to also take them some time to get used to your new needs too.
- Have practice conversations to prepare yourself for any conversations you may have with loved ones or friends about celiac disease.
- Don’t skip meals on Thanksgiving day. It’s important you are adequately nourished throughout the day so you have the energy and space to fully process the day.
- Have a self care day before and after the event (even if it is getting more sleep or going for a walk)
Gluten-Free Tips for a Buffet-Style Thanksgiving
If your family is hosting Thanksgiving as a potluck or buffet, don’t worry, all is not lost.You can still enjoy Thanksgiving while gluten-free. Here are your gluten-free survival tips for a buffet style Thanksgiving:
- Ask the host ahead of time if they can keep the bread and desserts at the end of the buffet table or even better, on a separate table entirely.
- Ask to serve yourself first to prevent any cross-contact from people’s plates hovering over the food or from utensils getting mixed up.
- Serve yourself leftovers in case you want seconds so you have safe, uncontaminated food to enjoy.
Gluten-Free Tips for When They Pass Food Around the Thanksgiving Table
The last thing we want during a gluten-free Thanksgiving is to touch or have gluten-filled food hovering over our plate. So here’s how to deal with passing dishes around the table during Thanksgiving:
- Be strategic about where and who you sit next to. I’d sit at the end of the table in between two people who are supportive of your needs. Then when gluten-filled food hits your end of the table, you can pull your plate in, and they can pass the food across to each other, skipping you.
- Ask the host if they can keep bread on a separate table.
- Explain your situation to the host, and ask to serve yourself first. Don’t forget serve yourself leftovers to avoid cross-contact after the dishes start passing each plate.
Holiday Dishes that May Contain Gluten
Pretty much any holiday dish has the potential to contain gluten, and Thanksgiving dishes are not different. Below are some common holiday dishes that may contain gluten:
- Mashed potatoes as some recipes call for flour
- Cream sauces as these are usually started with a roux, containing flour
- Gravies because these are usually thickened with flour
- Cornbread/corn puddings because some contain wheat flour
- Turkey that has been stuffed because the stuffing is often using bread
- Ham that has been glazed or flavored (check the glaze)
- Green bean casserole and other kinds of casseroles
- Anything with a crust (think pies)
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dishes to Bring
Building on one of the ways to manage the stress of being gluten-free at Thanksgiving, bringing your own dishes or hosting can be very helpful. Whether you choose to bring you own safe dish or you’re hosting the entire meal, below are gluten-free main course, side dishes, and desserts you can make and take.
P.s. if you are hosting during the holidays, check out my post on gluten-free hosting during the holidays for even more tips!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Main Course
When you think of main courses for Thanksgiving, do you think of stuffed turkey? Or maybe you think of ham? Well below are some gluten-free Thanksgiving main courses to make.
- Sweet Potato Fry Casserole With Turkey and Cranberry – This casserole has all of the Thanksgiving flavors: turkey, green beans, sweet potato, and cranberry. Definitely a dish to consider.
- Air-Fryer Turkey – Great for a quick turkey dinner. Of note, brining the turkey will add passive time to this dish. Luckily brining the turkey is making your fridge work harder than you.
- Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham – Not everyone likes turkey and that is okay. Try this glazed ham with your family. It’s sweet, delicious, and dare I suggest easier than serving up a turkey.
- Vegan Lentil Loaf – For those who love our feathered friends, this gluten-free Thanksgiving main course is for you! Here is a dish that will make dinner feel special and unique for all guests.
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Let’s talk gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes! There are so many different ways you can go with side dishes for thanksgiving. Below are 3 fun takes on Thanksgiving side dishes.
- Turkey Rice Stuffing – A
gluten-free quick and easy one-pan stuffing to make. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Gluten-free Jalapeño Bacon Corn Bread – This corn bread is a fun twist on quick breads often served during the holidays. It’s adds a delicious savory kick to your Thanksgiving plate.
- Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing – Making turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t let it get lonely! Serve it with this delicious gluten-free stuffing.
- Sweet Potato Cassarole – You can’t have Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes. Bonus points: this recipe can be modified to be dairy-free too!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts
Dessert is perhaps the most important course of Thanksgiving. Below are some delicious gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts you can make this year!
- Chocolate Caramel Cups – Keep things interested by serving these decadent chocolate desserts. Serve with the traditional dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence.
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie – If you’re anything like me, the star of the show when it comes to pie is the filling. So why even settle for second-rate crust when you can focus on the real winner of the dessert? The pumpkin pie filling…
- Sour Candied Citrus Peels – Don’t knock it until you try it. This is a fun dessert that can be made as a surprise for Thanksgiving guests this year.
- Gluten-free Pumpkin Scones – If you like pastries, and you like pumpkin, these are a MUST try!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery
Not looking to host or bring a dish to share with everyone this Thanksgiving? You can make and take your own Thanksgiving dinner at home or you can have a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner delivered to you! Below are some companies that offer gluten-free Thanksgiving meal delivery.
- Serve 1 with Paleo on the Go – During the holidays, this gluten-free and paleo meal-delivery company offers gluten-free and paleo meal delivery. Taking the prep and stress our of making Thanksgiving for one away.
- Serve 8 People with Williams Sonoma’s Complete Gluten-free Dinner – talk about a done for you gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner!
- Serve 1 with Eat to Evolve – use coupon code “celiac” to get 20% off your order (this is an affiliate code). This company offers delicious single serving gluten-free ham and turkey Thanksgiving meals.
- Serve 1 or Many with Freshly – Freshly offers single-serve Thanksgiving meals AND dishes for sharing! Their gluten-free options are made in a certified gluten-free kitchen too!
Be sure to do your own due diligence and check the suitability of these gluten-free Thanksgiving meal-delivery options for yourself.
What to do if you get Glutened at Thanksgiving
If you get glutened during Thanksgiving first things first, don’t panic. Additionally, don’t lash out on anyone. Mistakes happen. Don’t beat yourself up.
The key to surviving a glutening during Thanksgiving is to have a plan for it, just in case. This plan should include things that help you self-soothe any symptoms that you get from gluten exposure.
This might look like wearing comfy loose clothing to dinner just in case you get celiac bloat. You might also carry tylenol for any pain or headaches you may get and you may bring some water and electrolytes to help you stay hydrated. You may even want to bring a case of ginger ale to help ease any nausea.
Check out my post on what to do when you’ve been glutened for more tips.
Ending Thanksgiving Day...
So we’ve covered reminders, coping mechanisms for the stress, recipes you can prepare or meal-delivery services you may shop, and lastly what to do if the worst should happen during Thanksgiving this year.
I threw a lot at you in this post, so I want to take a moment and again let you know, it’s okay if being gluten-free during Thanksgiving feels emotional and hard.
I want you to know you’re not alone in feeling this way, and if you need some extra support this holiday season, I run a celiac support group that meets 2x/month and I would love to have you join us.
But wherever you find you support, remember your feelings are valid. Celiac is hard and that’s okay.
Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers for 2021
Is it just me or are stockings the most fun part of Christmas? I love seeing what creative and fun things my family can fit into my stocking. So I thought I would compile a list of over 20 gluten-free stocking stuffers to put in your loved one’s stocking in 2021.
I have broken this post down into 2 categories: food and non-food items to put into your stockings.
Let me know in the comments: what’s the favorite gluten-free stocking stuffer you’ve ever received?
Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers for 2021
Below is a list of gluten-free treats to put in someone’s stockings. While non-food items are always a safe bet, providing your loved one with gluten-free candy in their stocking is the ultimate gesture of inclusion.
- Drizzilicious: Comes in different flavors in popcorn and rice cakes. Prefect for every family member.
- Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle: Great for those who love the end brownie pieces or crisp edges on the pan. These are perfect to hit the spot when you are craving something chocolaty and crunchy.
- Enjoy Life soft baked cookies: Great for any cookie monsters in your home. Soft cookies that come in a variety of flavors.
- See’s Candy: See’s candy is a gourmet candy shop. This is great because you can make a box of candy yourself or purchase one off of their shelves. Most of their candy sold is gluten-free.
- Enjoy Life chocolate winter holiday candy variety pack: This item can be found on Amazon. They have varieties of candies available for every holiday.
- Hershey Kisses: Who doesn’t want a kiss on Christmas? These are a great and fun gift to anyone but be sure to read the label to make sure they are gluten free, not all flavors are.
- Quaker Rice Crisps: Great those who love savory foods any day of the week. With tons of varieties, there is a flavor that everyone will love.
- Gluten-free snack boxes on Amazon: This is not only great for those who love a sweet and salty snack. These are great gift for sending your college students off and making sure they have their snack essentials for the month. Bonus: all of your stocking stuffer shopping is done in one swoop!
- Gluten-free Caramels: If you have a friend or family member that has a sweet tooth but not a huge fan of chocolate, grab them a bag of some chewy caramels. Caramel comes in a variety of flavors, textures, gourmet or found in the store. Whatever you choose just make sure they are gluten free.
- Brookside Dark Chocolate: For those family or friends that have a sweet tooth but keep on the healthier side, this is the gift for them. Perfect blend of chocolate and fruit or nut. Just check the package to make sure that it is gluten free.
- Gluten-free Marshmallows: Make those hot chocolates even better this year by buying that special someone gluten free marshmallows. They can be found at trader joes for the original ones or amazon for a variety of different flavors. Just be sure to keep these towards the top of the stocking so they don’t get smushed.
Non-Food Stocking Stuffers for 2021
What are stockings if not vehicles for fun and useful items. While gluten-free candy is a great way to include your gluten-free loved one in the holidays, non-food stocking stuffers are always a safe bet.
- Shower steamers: Great for those who love relaxing with a hot shower after a long day. Prefect for those who only have time for a shower and not a bath. Comes in a lot of smells to fit any person’s fragrance palate. They also come in birth month flower steamers for every celebration. Here are some gluten-free shower steamers.
- Magnetic bookmarks: Great for any avid book readers in your family. Never lose your place again when you fall asleep. Here are some cute ones.
- The box of emotions or mindfulness: A great tool to figuring out what’s on your mind. It is perfect for your loved one who struggles to know what they are feeling or difficult to explain what they are feeling. Check it out here.
- Games of phones: Perfect for all ages that have phones. Your phone is used for everything, mind as well use it to help you win this game. Great for game nights or to get your kids excited about family time.
- Record Coasters: Prefect for any groovy family member that wants to keep the water marks off their furniture. Here are some fun ones.
- Self-watering animal planters: Great for any adult or child who really likes plants and animals. Perfect gift to teach young kids how to take care of plants in a fun way. Here are some super cute ones.
- Birth Month Guitar Pick: Any music players in your family, wrap this one up and give it as a gift. A perfect and personal gift that will please the guitar or ukulele playing family member or friend. This website has some nice ones.
- Who in the Room? Party Game Fun game but can get a little awkward. A great game to see who really knows you or what people think of you. (Not a game for easily butt hurt people – you were warned) Check it out here.
- Work from Home survival kit: Perfect gift for those running their own business or still working at home. Being able to communicate to those who you are living with without being rude. Here’s a fun one from Amazon.
- Travel Power Bank: Great for those family or friends who forget their charger or don’t realize how much they use their phone until it runs out. I like these ones.
- Rub-a-Way Bar: Great gift for those chefs in your home. It is a stainless steel odour absorber to get rid of those strong odors when cutting or holding such as onions and fish. Check it out here.
- Plantable Colour Pencils: This is a great two in one gift. Kids or adults who love to colour, can enjoy these pencils when they become too short instead of throwing them away, plant them. Just remember to keep these in a special area or keep them in the box to remind you to plant them. Check these plantable pencils out here.
- Lucky Iron Leaf – newly diagnosed celiacs often are low in iron. Gift them an easy way to add iron to their meals with a lucky iron leaf. They just cook their food with it and it enriches their meals with iron. Check it out here.
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