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New this year! NFCA President Alice Bast will now share her monthly newsletter message via video. Feel free to give us your feedback on this change on NFCA’s Facebook page.
Alice Talks “Take the Pledge” and What It Means for You
Is your New Year’s Resolution to cook more at home? Here are two delicious recipes to get you started:
About Chef Oonagh Williams
British-born award-winning chef Oonagh Williams has a culinary arts degree and was trained in London and Switzerland. Based in New Hampshire, Chef Oonagh began adapting meals to gluten-free versions after her son was diagnosed with gluten and lactose intolerance two years ago. To learn more, visit Chef Oonagh’s website at www.RoyalTemptations.com/blog or ‘Like’ her at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook.
Inspiring Your Child to Have Healthier Eating Habits in the New Year
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It’s a brand new year and the timing is perfect for getting your child excited about the gluten-free diet. When we have picky eaters, though, it can be tough to get them to opt for fruits and veggies instead of gluten-free packaged snacks. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to share with you.
Make food fun.
When it comes to picky eaters, appearance is everything. That’s why adding some fun and flair to their meals can help them eat the healthier food they typically avoid. Try making the traditional “ants on a log,” with peanut butter and raisins (the “ants”) on celery sticks. Or, cut fruits and veggies into fun shapes. There are ideas galore on Pinterest; a quick search will turn up lots of fun options. Just make sure you’re converting any recipes to gluten-free, if they aren’t already.
Get them involved.
Kids are more likely to try new things if they help in the process. Doesn’t every cook want to taste the final product? Have them help you in the kitchen as much as is appropriate for their age. Not only will they be learning valuable skills for the future, but you’ll get to spend time together making memories — and healthy options!
When all else fails, hide the veggies.
If your picky eater won’t eat veggies, you can incorporate them into dishes so the kids will still get their essential vitamins and nutrients. Try pureeing vegetables into sauce, make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes or see if they like fresh juice or shakes. Dishes like chicken potpie are also good places to hide veggies. Be sure to continue exposing your children to veggies not hidden in foods, otherwise they may never acquire a taste for them.
About Silvana Nardone
NFCA is proud to re-introduce one of our most comprehensive resources: the new and improved Getting Started: A Guide to Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet.We know that a new diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can be overwhelming, but this guide will help walk you through the process. Not recently diagnosed but are looking to better manage your gluten-free diet? There’s great information for you, too!
Here’s a snapshot of what’s inside:
Your Brain on Gluten: Celiac’s Effect on Cognition
By Lisa Fitterman
The protein that plagues those with celiac disease can greatly impact brain function. The range of symptoms is huge: from fogginess and inattention to actual damage seen on scans.
Kim Maes doesn’t take it personally, at least not anymore. She knows that when her husband and son seem to be ignoring her requests to take out the garbage or put a load of laundry through, chances are they aren’t being consciously stubborn or forgetful. Their brains just can’t help it.
“What did you have for lunch today?” the nutritionist is inclined to ask them, hands on her hips. “Did you get glutened?”
Both Kurt Maes, a 38-year-old commercial property developer in Arizona, and Conner, who is 8, have celiac disease. Whenever their immune systems detect the presence of gluten, a common protein found in wheat, barley and rye products, they go into attack mode, inflaming and damaging the lining of their small intestines. Both the Maes fellows suffer from symptoms that are not usually considered with the condition, such as absentmindedness and the inability to complete even the most simple of tasks.
Each January brings on New Year’s Resolutions and the feeling of a fresh start. This year, NFCA is challenging you to go beyond the resolutions and Take the Pledge.
By Taking the Pledge, you are promising to:
Are you up for the challenge? Learn more and Take the Pledge today:
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The NFCA team shared our ideas in a dedicated album on Facebook. We encourage you to share these photos to help spread the word about gluten-related disorders and the needs of the community. Even better, create your own poster, take a photo and add it to NFCA’s timeline. We’ll add you to the Million Dollar Ideas album!
National Restaurant Association Names “Gluten-Free Cuisine” as a Top Trend in 2014
People living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’) know all too well that the gluten-free diet is not some passing trend, but rather a way of life necessary to stay healthy. It seems as if the restaurant industry is catching on. Since 2010, “gluten-free” has been included in the National Restaurant Associations’ (NRA) “What’s Hot” culinary forecast.
Even more notable than its inclusion on the list is the ascent of “gluten-free” to the top. While “gluten-free/being food allergy conscious” was ranked as #9, #8 and #7 in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively, it has been termed “gluten-free cuisine” since 2013. This year, “gluten-free cuisine” came in at #5.
“Non-wheat noodles/pasta (i.e. quinoa, rice, buckwheat)” also came in at #8 on the overall trends list and ranked #1 in the sub-category of Starches/Side Items. Similar to last year, quinoa and healthful kids’ meals are gaining more attention.
To see what else made the NRA’s “What’s Hot” list, visit Restaurant.org.
2014 Webinar Schedule
Don’t miss out on any of next year’s free webinars from NFCA! Sign up to receive an email notification when the 2014 Webinar Schedule becomes available, including the yet-to-be-announced date for “Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rule Part 2: Focusing on Compliance.”
Free Webinar: Rising Above the Noise: How to Stay Empowered and Live Authentically on a Gluten-Free Diet