Today I have a collaborative guest post for you about enjoying your birthday when you suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Who doesn’t love a birthday? The birthday is a real cause for rejoicing no matter how old you are. The day you or your child was born is worth of celebrating and having a good time. It goes without saying that a good birthday needs some good planning, which is even more true if the guests (or birthday boy or girl) celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It means that at the birthday table there will be no room for wheat, barley, rye and other gluten-containing food and beverages. Nevertheless, their absence will not spoil a holiday mood and feast. The below tips will give you a hand with celebrating a gluten free birthday.
- Let’s start with the culmination of any birthday party – the cake. The memory of blowing out the candles on the cake will always dwell with your child. The cake has to be tasty, mouth-watering and, of course, chocolate! You can have all of these things, and still be gluten free. Try looking for special cakes like this gluten free chocolate cake. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try baking your own? There are hundreds of recipes, though this one looks especially delicious. Just try to bake it in advance to make sure that its taste and look won’t disappoint anybody.
- As for main and side dishes, feel free to cook meat, fish, poultry, fresh vegetables, beans and other naturally gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat, quinoa, corn and millet). Be careful about condiments, salad dressings and spice mixes. As a rule, they contain wheat flour and can be a sneaky source of gluten. To eliminate any harm, make them on your own using safe ingredients or buy ‘gluten-free’ labeled ones. There are a lot of specialist shops, even supermarkets, that sell gluten free foods. Plain oils and fresh species are your savers in preparing and favoring gluten-free food.
- How about drinks? Luckily, most sodas have no gluten, and 100% fresh juice is out of danger. For adult guests, there are well known gluten free beer brands. Check with you gluten free invitees which ones they prefer. Tequila, rum and wine are considered gluten free, so why not make a few cocktails?
- To be double safe, make sure there is no cross contamination. Keep away the sources of gluten while cooking gluten free meals. Do not use the same silverware and surfaces, and avoid any drip of gluten containing condiments to gluten free food. Such conditions are a must for having a successful gluten free bash.
- And our last advice is not to forget about decorating a room, captivating entertainment, taking pictures, having fun and enjoying friendly atmosphere on the hop of hosting a gluten free birthday! Altogether these ingredients will make your birthday party special!
Hope this was helpful to anyone who suffers from celiac disease or gluten intolerance!