About a year ago my 16-year-old son, who has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 2 years old, was also diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease. Unfortunately, these two auto-immune diseases often go hand-in-hand, so we weren’t completely surprised by the news, but learning to cook and eat gluten-free has been a MAJOR challenge! At first I thought….”How bad can it be?” Now I know better….but since it is what it is and we all must play with the cards we are dealt…we have adjusted.
When my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he had to have several daily injections of insulin. When he turned 7 we were blessed to get an insulin pump that he wears 24/7. Sort of like an “artificial pancreas”. I remember feeling so grateful that we live in a day and age when such medical advances are available to us.
That is how I feel now about Celiac’s….I am so grateful this happened when there are so many great products and people out there sharing their gluten-free lifestyles (and recipes!)
So, I thought I would share with YOU…some of our favorite G.F. products and recipes that make our lives dealing with Celiac’s just a little easier.
And trust me….this is INVALUABLE advice….because you have no idea how much $$$ I have spent on things my son just would not eat.
These are tried and true…..at least by a 16 year old’s (and his Mom’s) standards. :-)
|His absolute, hands down, favorite gluten-free cracker. Since he loves having cheese and crackers as a snack, finding a good gluten-free cracker was a necessity and a challenge! These are by far…the best. We buy them through Amazon. Pricey, but worth it.|
|nutella on TOASTED udi’s Sandwich Bread|
|String Cheese. He likes Cache Valley, but isn’t too terribly picky about the brand.|
|Quaker CHOCOLATE Rice Cakes (he won’t eat any other flavor. Believe me, I’ve bought them all!)|
|Again Glutino comes through, he LOVES these! And *I* love them because|
I can make pretzel crusts for cheesecake, etc with them!
|We make a LOT of these! Citrus Berry Smoothies! Frozen strawberries, a banana, frozen orange juice concentrate, yogurt and milk!|
|Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas….naturally Gluten-Free and a new family favorite!|
|Mini Corn dog muffins!|
|Lots of steaks on the “barbie”, including this yummy recipe for Carne Asada!|
|And, of course, LOTS of these…….|
|…and LOTS of this! :-)|
Wow! I just occurred to me I could go ON AND ON with this! I have posted a LOT more on my gluten-free Pinterest board if you are interested. We have come up with a lot of GREAT gluten-free foods to enjoy…thanks to great websites and great companies that continue to put out more and more gluten-free products. KEEP ‘EM COMING!