Gluten-Free 101: What You Need to Know

Gluten-Free 101: What You Need to Know

There’s no right or wrong way to Thanksgiving. That’s why we’re giving you the 101 on special diets. Everyone should have something to eat at the Thanksgiving dinner table — whether they’re eating all the bread or avoiding it entirely.

Lots of people are going gluten-free these days for a variety of reasons (no reason is wrong!). But no matter your reason, it’s important to read food labels carefully. Not only is gluten a very serious allergen for some people, it’s sneaky. Gluten shows up in a lot of places, including products that may use wheat, rye or barley (or their derivatives) during processing to help thicken or bind, flavor or color. Some products that may contain gluten include gravy, candies, hot dogs or other sausages and deli meats, salad dressings, sauces, vegetables in sauce and seasoning packets. There’s plenty to eat, though, and at Whole Foods Market, there’s a really big selection. In addition to multi-ingredient packaged products that are certified gluten-free,  there are plenty of naturally gluten-free, unprocessed foods including vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, eggs, dairy, fish, poultry and meats. Some grains are also gluten-free, but again, be sure to look for certified gluten free on the label, because if you’re following a strict gluten-free diet, you’ll want to be sure. There are even certified gluten-free wines available!

Okay, so what about holiday dinners? If you’re eating Thanksgiving dinner at someone else’s home, consider bringing a side dish or dessert that you know you can eat. When you make your own roasted rosemary potatoes, gluten-free gravy, corn stuffing or a gluten-free apple crisp, you can check all the ingredients and rest assured. 

Hosting Someone on a Gluten-Free Diet? What You Should Know

If you have guests following a gluten-free diet, remember, it’s more than just a preference for some people, and gluten can be hidden in the unlikeliest of places. Start by asking each of your guests how you can help them enjoy the meal and celebration. They’ll know best about their own situation, and most are more than happy to make it easy for you to be the host with the most. Or — bonus — maybe they’ll offer to bring a few dishes that they know they can eat and then you’ll have even more deliciousness on your Thanksgiving table for everyone.

Easy Gluten-Free Swaps for Thanksgiving

  • Roast raw nuts with rosemary, honey, allspice and salt for a gluten-free appetizer.
  • Serve Aleia’s Gluten-Free Stuffing in lieu of traditional stuffing.
  • Roast fresh green beans and top with 365 Everyday Value Gluten-Free Crispy Onions Salted Pieces.
  • Toss cooked wild rice with dried cranberries, raw nuts and fresh herbs. Keep it warm for a stuffing substitute or cool it down for a salad variation
  • Try our recipe for gluten-free gravy.
  • Bake a pumpkin or apple pie using gluten-free ingredients and a Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pie Shell.

What to Stock up On

  • Plenty of nuts without seasonings
  • Alexa’s Gluten-Free Stuffing
  • Plenty of fresh produce
  • 365 Everyday Value Gluten-Free Crispy Onions Salted Pieces
  • Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pie Shells

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