Halloween signals the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the start of the winter holiday season for young and old. For those needing to live gluten-free, this can be an especially challenging time of year. Office parties, open houses and family events are all complicated enough without having to make sure your food is safe, too. Don’t panic! We’ve got some great tips for getting ready now, so you can enjoy the parties & holidays later!
Be prepared! A little planning goes a long way.
- Call Ahead – Find out where the event will be and who is catering. One simple phone call could make the difference between nothing to eat and your own special plate.
- Office Party? – Volunteer for the committee and help them make healthy choices for you and everyone else!
- Eat First – Before you head off to a party or gathering where you don’t know what will be served, have something safe & satisfying to eat. Try a pureed soup, like this week’s Roasted Carrot Soup – thinned with a little extra broth or coconut milk, it becomes a filling smoothie!
- Eat Later – Always keep a snack bar or protein bar in your bag just in case.
Eating Out: Don’t be afraid to eat at a new restaurant – plan ahead!
- Don’t wait for the big night – do a test run now (date night, anyone?), before the holiday crush.
- Lots of great restaurants now have gluten-free menus. Ask the hostess or your server – if they don’t know, be wary!
This week’s recipe, Roasted Carrot Soup, is a great way to take what we’ve learned during Breast Cancer Awareness month and keep it in our daily routine. We’ve got:
- Carrots for beta-carotene and carotenoids (easiest to access when cooked),
- Ginger for its anti-inflammatory properties,
- Turmeric for its anti-cancer properties,
- Cannellini beans for iron, B vitamins, fiber and more,
- This soup is Dairy-free, Gluten-free and Vegetarian,
- Vitamin Bonus: the iron in the beans and the vitamin C in the orange juice make it easier for your body to absorb both!