18: A Christmas Coeliac

I am a coeliac, for those of you who aren’t aware of Coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.

Up until I was diagnosed I didn’t even notice gluten as an ingredient, I could eat anything I wanted and then one day I couldn’t.

I am happily adapted to my gluten-free diet now and a lot healthier than when I was first diagnosed so I thought I would share some of my favourite GF foods for those who are newly diagnosed or cooking for a coeliac this year!

  1. Gluten free pretzels (Schar or Berkat): These are a great savoury snack for a buffet or a Christmas nibble.
  2. Marks and Spencers gluten-free chicken goujons: These are divine and work out resonably priced when purchased on the 3 for £10, they can be frozen so don’t worry if you want to stock up on them.
  3. Cheese: Cheese is ntaurally gluten free and one of my favourite foods. I love chedder, halloumi, mozerella, parmassan… the list goes on.
  4. Almondy cakes: Made with an almond base these cakes can be defrosted in 10 minutes and I must admit that the Toblerone one is a favourite of mine.
  5. Christmas dinner with Bisto Best gravy: I can eat a christmas dinner minus the stuffing, the only thing I need to check is the gravy, thankfully Bisto have several gluten free gravys in their Best range (do check the label first)

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