Gluten Free in the New Year
Going gluten-free is a New Years resolution for both those who know they need to eliminate the protein and for those looking to make a dietary change. Well, no-gluten doesn’t mean no-fun, or no-carbs, or no-social life… the list continues! In fact, going gluten-free brings a lot of positive change (less bloat and brain fog, weight loss, and more!) and opens one’s eyes to a whole new world of food and beverage products. Many of these products are classics you wouldn’t even know are already gluten-free! Aka Stoli Gluten Free Vodka!
Let’s backtrack for a second and talk about New Years Eve. Why wait until January 1 to go GF? With these simple hacks, you’ll be able to enjoy a gluten-free New Years Eve, too!
Reindeer Moscow Mule
What You Will Need:
- Handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint)
- 2 oz vodka
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 6 oz ginger beer (more or less to taste)
- Crushed candy cane- for garnish
- Whole candy cane- for garnish
- Crushed ice
What You Will Do:
Fill copper mule mug with crushed ice and handful of mint. Muddle.
Stir in vodka, lime juice and top with ginger beer.
Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top and garnish with a whole candy cane.
New Years Eve (Gluten-Free) Small Bites:
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Chunky Avocado Salsa
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Platter (my personal favorite)
Artichokes with Roasted Pepper Dip
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Hacks to Successfully go Gluten-Free in the New Year
- Don’t give up too much all at once. If you decide to go gluten, dairy, sugar, and alcohol free as your New Years resolution, you are destined to cheat on at least one! Pick one, in this case gluten, and stick to it! Once you’ve accomplished it, then remove a few others.
- Cook for yourself more! This ensures no gluten is added to your meal. Even if you purchase a piece of grilled salmon from a seemingly safe window in a specialty foods store, it is still subject to cross contamination in the kitchen.
- Don’t buy any gluten for your house! Having gluten in your home just screams CHEAT NIGHT. If you live with others who eat gluten, ask them to keep their gluten-filled foods hidden from you or in their room.
- Develop a Rewards System. For every week or two that you stay gluten-free, treat yourself to a fun new purchase. Incentives always help!
Happy New Year everyone!