Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? Celiac Awareness Month is celebrated every May to bring attention to Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. I am not going to go into a bunch of detail about Celiac Disease, because so many of you Gluten Free Jess readers are already more than familiar with the disease.
I have teamed up with Enjoy Life Foods to promote Celiac Awareness Month and give some tips on how friends and family can support those of us who can’t eat gluten. Even for myself, I have a lot to learn in this area. I consider myself to be Gluten Sensitive or Gluten Intolerant. This means that when I eat gluten, I don’t feel well and trigger some unwanted symptoms for myself, but my health isn’t immediately compromised or in danger like someone with Celiac Disease. Those with Celiac Disease have to be extra careful to not come into contact with gluten in any way. Their bodies are sensitive to even the smallest amounts.
I reached out to Gluten Free Jess followers on Facebook and Instagram for help with tips that make them feel safe to eat at gatherings with their friends and family. If you are serving food to friends and family with gluten sensitivities you can be more flexible, but if a loved one has Celiac Disease please communicate with them and do your research to keep them safe and healthy. Thanks to my lovely followers…here’s the list!
- Wear gloves when preparing gluten free food. Once gloves are on make sure to only tough gluten free food, surfaces, and utensils.
- Have serving plates and utensils designated for gluten free foods.
- If you buy any prepackage gluten free foods save the packages or let the gluten free person remove the food from the package when they are ready to eat it. Having the package gives them piece of mind to double check ingredients and keeping gluten free foods sealed prevents cross-contamination.
- Keep the gluten free foods away from foods containing gluten. This for sure means keeping gluten free foods on their own serving dishes, but even better…have a different table or counter space set up with the gluten free foods. This will prevent utensils from getting used on foods containing gluten and eliminate a lot of cross-contamination risk.
- Color code serving plates or dishes.
- Ask questions. If you are entertaining for friends and family that can’t eat gluten don’t be afraid to ask questions. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration. Asking questions will help to ensure that someone doesn’t get exposed to gluten and become sick.
In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, here is a brownie idea that you can make to serve to your loved ones who are gluten free. These brownies are made from an Enjoy Life mix and they are decked out using some of their other products. Enjoy Life Foods are not only gluten free, but also free from dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, and shellfish. They are also made without casein, potato, sesame, or sulfites. This means you can serve them to just about anybody without worrying!
My last thought on Celiac Awareness is for those of you with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. Don’t be afraid to speak up and be an advocate for yourself. I had a few readers comment on how they just bring their own food everywhere and don’t have a lot of trust in others to prepare food for them. They feel like a burden. In my experience, family and friends have been beyond happy to accommodate me and make sure I have gluten free foods to eat. If you make sure people have the right information, everyone can enjoy themselves and feel welcome. Food allergies and intolerance don’t have to get in the way of friends and family coming together to enjoy something everyone loves…food!
What are your tips for gluten and food allergy safety?
- 1 box Enjoy Life Brownie Mix
- ⅓ cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mega Chunks Baking Chocolate
- ⅓ cup crushed Enjoy Life Sea Salt Plentils
- 2 tbsp oil
- ¾ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper or coat well with cooking spray.
- Make brownie batter according to package directions (You will need the water and oil for this step).
- Pour the brownie batter into the pan.
- Top with crushed Sea Salt Plentils and Mega Chunks.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by my friends at Enjoy Life Foods. All images, text, and opinions are my own. Please consult with a physician or dietitian for specific safety protocols for handling gluten free foods. Thank you for supporting brands that make Gluten Free Jess possible!