Many people may associate the month of May with holidays such as Mother’s Day, the May long weekend and Cinco de Mayo, and up until two years ago, I did too. Now, May represents a month-long holiday designed to raise awareness for that is more prevalent then people know. Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, 2 years ago this May, I thought I was a unique case. I had never met anyone with celiac disease and the only other person who had issues with wheat was my mother. When I was first diagnosed I was relieved to have found a solution, but I was confused by what it meant. I have rich background in anatomy and nutrition through my Kinesiology studies, but the topic of Celiac disease never arose. The first month after being diagnosed, I was glued to the computer. Google was my best friend. I had a thirst for knowledge which went beyond the doctors warning to avoid gluten.
5 shocking tips about Celiac disease from Glutino Gluten Free Gurus
1. Be aware of Sunscreen! Although its important for one to protect your skin for the sun’s harmful rays, people with Celiac disease need to beware of hidden gluten in sunscreen. Products like sunscreen and hairspray use gluten as a binding or thickening ingredient. Airborne particles or ingesting it off your hands can cause the same reaction as eating a meal that has been cross contaminated – Lauren Lucille Vasser – Beauty Guru
2. Dining out can be Deadly! Be careful when ordering meals at restaurant. Just because the menu says that it is gluten free, it doesn’t mean that it is prepared that way. For example, a flour less cake may not contain flour, but did the chef dust the pan with it? The best solution is ask to speak to the Chef. Compliment them and ask them questions to ensure you are both on the same page – Beth Hillson, Cooking Guru
3. No Gluten doesn’t mean no Carbs! Have you ever heard a person without Celiac disease say how lucky you are that you are going to lose weight without the carbs? Gluten free doesn’t mean you skip the carbs. Carbohydrates are important for maintaining energy, especially if you are active – Dasha Gaiazonva, Fitness Guru
4. The kiss of death – Many lipsticks and lip glosses have hidden sources of gluten. If you apply it to your lips, it is very easy to ingest it – Lauren Lucille, Beauty Guru
5. No Fire power – Gluten can NOT be cooked off by heat. The only way to remove gluten contaminates from a pot or pan that has come into contact with gluten is by soap, hot water and lot of elbow grease. Consider buying a second set of pans to ensure there is no cross contamination – Beth Hillson, Cooking Guru
To celebrate, Celiac Awareness Month, Glution sent me three products to party with:
Tortilla Dippers – These white corn chips are crunchy, salty and the perfect partner in crime to pair with salsa on the patio.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – Dairy- free, these chocolate chip cookies are quick, easy and the perfect treat to share with friends and family.
Muffin Mix – If you are not a morning person like me, finding time to squeeze in breakfast before you run out the door can be a challenge. This month, I used Glutino’s Muffin mix to whip up some tropical breakfast muffins that were so easy, you don’t need to be a chef to create them!
Gluten Free Tropical Muffins
- 1 box of Glutino Muffin Mix
- 3 Mangos
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 tsps of vanilla
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 2 tbsp of melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 F
- Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter.
- Add in Glutino Muffin mix. Mix well.
- Chop mango into bite size pieces and fold into mixture.
- Add 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
- Fill prelined muffin tins 3/4 full.
- Top with coconut and brown sugar
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until center is set.