Once again, we are approaching a holiday...that means holiday food. This can trigger stress if you are on a gluten free diet. Here are some tips to get you through and a list of some of my tried and true GF Easter candy. Though I am all about organic, I know that their are those traditional Easter candies that are fun once a year, so that list is included at the end of the article.
1) Be Prepared
If you are going somewhere for Easter, call ahead and ask what the host is serving and what you can bring. This is a good way to feel out what you are going to be able to eat and bring something for everyone that you can eat too.
2) Don't Go Hungry
If you find out you won't be able to eat much at the dinner, eat something before so you aren't starving. Also, don't be afraid to bring some items you can pull out discreetly at the dinner and eat.
3) Cover the Kids
This is a hard time for children with gluten intolerance if you aren't prepared. Always keep some GF Easter treats in your bag when heading to a holiday celebration. That way if they get something that they can't have, you can swap it out and they will not be excluded.
4) Don't Focus on the Food
Easter is not about eating. Focus on the true meaning and not on what you can and cannot have.
5) Speak Up
If Aunt Maggie insists you try her bread pudding, insist right back that you are sure it is wonderful, but it would make you very ill for several days. You MUST stand up.
Gluten Free Treat Favorites
Butterfinger Nest Eggs and Creme Eggs
Cabbury Chocolate Creme Eggs
Carousel Bubble Gum Egg Carton
Dove Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Truffle Eggs
Hershey's Bliss Milk Chocolate Eggs and Bunnies
M&M's Milk or Dark Chocolate
Necco Marshmallow Eggs