September 13th has been designated National Celiac Disease Awareness Day In addition, the month of September is also Whole Grains Month. The two occasions can be combined to provide a healthy addition to the gluten free diet. Currently the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten free diet. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Although these grains must be avoided, there are other nutritious whole grains to choose from. Gluten-free grains include quinoa, wild rice, corn, amaranth, teff, millet, sorghum, buckwheat and oats (be sure to choose oats labeled as gluten-free as this grain is often contaminated with wheat or barley). These grains are nutrition powerhouses that provided the fiber, vitamins and minerals that are found in wheat and help balance the GFD. To celebrate the day and the month, try a new grain and new recipe!
Need a suggestion? Try a chopped quinoa salad or everything quinoa crackers.