Our world is so often confined to the small, narrow box in our mind. We're religious about using the same products, familiar brand-names with virtually no variations. Many times in the kitchen, it's even worse. Don't believe me? Try to make a monthly menu and see how many different meals you can come up with. Yes, this one is truly sobering. What's a celiac to do?
I thought it might be worth mentioning here some of these interesting fun facts about food and maybe it will inspire you to expand your culinary horizons:
- Did you know that there are over 500 different kinds of bananas?
- Eating 20 tart cherries daily could reduce inflammation and headache pain.
- There are at least 10,000 varieties of tomatoes, all of which contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known to help a variety of ailments.
- There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples in the world. Each is filled with lots of fiber and makes a great snack for diabetics.
- Broccoli has more Vit. C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk. They even contain a good amound of protein!
- The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffeine in coffee and is better at keeping you awake.
- 1/2 cup sweet red peppers contain twice as much Vit. C as green peppers
- Enroll in a nutrition/culinary class that focuses on introducing new recipes and ingredients to your specialty diet.
- Visit sites like http://www.allrecipes.com/ and http://www.foodnetwork.com/ and search gluten-free for delicious new recipe ideas.
- Make a trip to your local book store and purchase one of the great gluten-free cookbooks available on the market. Try one new recipe per week.
- For the adventerous, buy a cookbook that focuses on foods you love. Get creative and improvise to make it work.
- Try one new fruit and vegetable per week.
- Join a celiac support group.
- Follow gluten-free blogs like http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/ and others to gain valuable information on gf products and recipes.