Gluten-Free Food #4: Rice
Rice makes gluten-free living more delicious. It's easy to digest, easy to find and satiating—especially low-glycemic wild and brown rice. These varieties are also more nutrient-rich than white—with three times the potassium, almost four times the magnesium, and three times the fiber—though I am always grateful to see any type of rice when dining out. The possibilities for this gluten-free grain are endless: for breakfast as a hot cereal topped with a couple tablespoons of applesauce and nuts; as a foundation for your favorite chopped protein, with minced vegetables and dressing; and even as dessert—check out this sweet treat: brown rice pudding. How often does a childhood comfort food also offer the health benefits of whole grain?
GLUTEN-FREE RECIPE: Vegetable and Brown Rice Paella
Gluten-Free Food #5: Chocolate
Cocoa and cocoa butter are gluten-free, so when I was tweaking my diet, my chocolate-loving sweet tooth was not compromised. Regardless, as with every food, I carefully scan all chocolate labels looking for two things: How long is the ingredient list? The more additives in a food, the greater the chance that one has gluten. Also, I want to know if my chocolate comes from a facility that handles wheat-containing products. Most companies now reveal this information, but if in doubt, call the customer service number. I stick with simple, unadulterated, dark chocolate—nothing fancy with caramel, nougat, or cookie crunch. The complex, delicious taste doesn't need any help, and keeping it pure cuts the chance that I am eating anything potentially harmful. Hosting a dinner party? Serve elegant chocolate-dipped strawberries. If you're invited for dinner and fear your host's dessert may not be on your menu, bring an assortment of fine chocolates with you as a gift for all (and you) to enjoy. At an average of 190 calories an ounce, you can savor this divine-tasting dessert with little penalty.