Are you throwing a party for health-conscious friends and family members? Why not prepare a gluten-free and organic menu? Once you’ve nailed down the venue and signed with a birthday rentals vendor, you can start planning the nitty-gritty details of your celebrations.
Here’s why you should consider making a gluten-free and organic menu — and the best foods you should serve to your guests.
Packed With Antioxidants and Vitamins
Gluten-free foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, allowing you to enjoy their plentiful benefits while enjoying great food. Replace standard “snack foods” like potato chips with fresher produce such as carrot sticks and bananas, boosting your immune system.
Faster Weight Loss
Regularly eating gluten-free foods like fruits and vegetables can lead to healthy weight loss, and trimming the excess starch from your diet can also speed up the process. Plus, when you follow a gluten-free and organic diet, you’re not allowed to eat fast food or junk food, helping you lose more weight.
Reduces Bloating and Other Digestive Issues
If you have celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, gluten can do some nasty things to you. However, even if you don’t have any of these conditions, eating gluten-free and organic meals can improve your digestion by mitigating cramping, gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Now that you know the benefits that you can provide to your guests by incorporating a gluten-free and organic menu, here are some must-have foods you should add to your menu.
Whole Grain Pasta
A great way to make organic and gluten-free pasta is by making them from scratch using whole grains. Keep in mind that not all whole grains are gluten-free, like processed oats made from wheat and white rice. Whole grains that you can use to replace standard flour used for pasta include buckwheat or tapioca. You can also make baked goods with these gluten-free ingredients. When buying pasta sauce, check if it contains modified food starch, maltodextrin, malt, or wheat flour.
Fresh fruits are naturally gluten-free, so stock up your menu with fresh bananas, apples, berries, and citrus fruits to make your celebration more colorful and deliciously healthy. However, keep in mind that fresh fruits are typically the ones that are 100% gluten-free. So, when you’re considering buying dried fruit or chopped fruit on the market, ask the seller if they added any extra ingredients that may contain gluten, such as hydrolyzed wheat protein, modified food starch, malt, and maltodextrin.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Remake the classic chocolate chip cookies by making it healthier, delicious gluten-free by replacing white flour with almond flour. Plus, be careful when choosing the chocolate you plan to use as most contain additional ingredients like emulsifiers and flavoring agents that contain gluten. Finally, make sure you add milk to the butter as gluten-free flour like almond flour requires extra liquid, helping you avoid making chalky cookies.
The benefits of gluten-free and organic meals are endless, and what better way to celebrate fun times with friends and family than eating delicious dishes that aren’t only good for the palate but your health as well. Consider adding the foods mentioned to your party for a healthier and fun time.