Celiac's disease and gluten intolerance is on the rise. More and more consumers are showing signs of gluten intolerance or allergies. Those with Celiac's disease suffer greatly when they consume gluten and have found great relief from symptoms by adopting a gluten free diet. Some of these symptoms found on the Celiac.org
CLASSIC SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE
Abdominal cramping, intestinal gas
Distention and bloating of the stomach
Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
Steatorrhea – fatty stools
Anemia – unexplained, due to folic acid, B12 or iron deficiency (or all)
Unexplained weight loss with large appetite or weight gain
Dental enamel defects
Bone or joint pain
Fatigue, weakness and lack of energy
Infertility – male/female
Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
SOME LONG-TERM CONDITIONS THAT CAN RESULT FROM UNTREATED CD
Iron deficiency anemia
Early onset osteoporosis or osteopenia
Vitamin K deficiency associated with risk for hemorrhaging
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Central and peripheral nervous system disorders - usually due to unsuspected nutrient deficiencies
Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers (malignancies)
Gall bladder malfunction
Many think that eating delicious food is impossible if you are eating a gluten free diet. Everything, especially in the Americas, contains wheat ingredients or were processed in a facility that handled wheat products. This makes those with severe cases of Celiac's disease terrified of eating. The good news is that there's more options out there than the average consumer thinks there is. Let's skip dinner and go straight to these delicious Gluten free desserts you can make at home.
Chocolate Pudding with vegan optionsIngredients
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add 1/3 cup of the milk (or coconut milk), stirring to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the egg yolks and the remaining milk. If using vegan options, follow egg replacement directions and then add egg replacement if needed.
Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes (do not allow to boil). Remove from heat.
Add the vanilla and chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into eight 4-ounce ramekins, glasses, or teacups. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder before serving.
In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and peppermint oil, mixing with a spoon
Smash clumps of coconut oil against side of bowl until mixture is smooth
Freeze mixture for a few minutes until it starts to harden, then remove from freezer
Use a 1.5 teaspoon ice cream scoop to measure out little balls onto a parchment paper lined plate
Place plate in freezer to firm up mint balls; when firm, remove from freezer
Squish balls down into flat little patties on parchment paper
Melt chocolate over very low heat; allow to cool slightly
Dip patties into melted chocolate (use spoon to drop patty into melted chocolate, dip and remove
Place patties on parchment paper to harden (takes 10 minutes though on a summer day you may need to refreeze)
Makes about 12 patties
A gluten free diet is challenging if you let it be. There are many options and a variety of delicious gluten free desserts and gluten free food. The trick is to find what works and what tastes good. Texture is the hardest thing to imitate with gluten free substitutes but it's been done. There is a huge demand for gluten free foods and companies are making products that are gluten free and delicious. Delicious gluten free desserts can be found at just about anywhere.