At Little Northern Bakehouse, we love the authenticity that comes from properly enjoying delicious gluten-free baked goods. Of course, we’re all about the goodness of real food, but we also live gluten-free when we aren’t munching on avocado toast (and considering how much avo toast we eat, that’s a lot of extra time). Check out these lived-and-learned tips from our staffers on how to get the most out of your GF life.
Find Your Favourite Gluten-Free Brands
Obviously, this starts with loving the heck out of your allergy-friendly Little Northern Bakehouse foods, following us on social media, checking out our store locator to find us near you, and signing up for our newsletter so you can get crazy-delicious and indulgent recipes, plus tips for living your ultimate gluten-free life!
Focus on the Freedom, Not the Restriction
There are so many amazing gluten-free products out there and nearly always a swap for whatever you’re craving. On the example list: our amazing gluten-free bread (obviously), rice pasta and noodles, cheesecakes (thanks Daiya), tamari (soy sauce), etc. Check out our pantry staples list for more.
Follow Gluten-Free Influencers
Think about it: it’s literally their job to show you the latest and greatest in gluten-free living. We love following them for meal inspiration.
Learn What to Look For
Gluten can be hiding in some sneaky places, including bouillon, pickles, and even hot chocolate mix. Always look for gluten-free certification, not just a wheat-free mention. Making an index of gluten-free foods or ingredients that you can keep adding to is a big help to future you and anyone else trying to feed you.
Host and Hang
Whether you throw a party or hang out at one, there’s nothing better than asking everyone to bring something (plus their recipe) to a gluten-free potluck. Instant food crowdsourcing. Our recipe archive is also a great place to start.
Come Hungry and Prepared
Offer to bring a gluten-free dish whenever you’re invited to eat at someone else’s place. While more work for you, at least you know that no matter what, you’ll have a gluten-free dish, plus, it helps take the pressure off hosts who aren’t sure what to make.
Gluten-Free Does Not Mean Good for You
Gluten-free living definitely has its trending moments, and that can yield some pretty delicious foods that are still full of sugar, salt, or are overly processed. Remember, gluten-free is not synonymous with good-for-you (but our new sprouted breads definitely are).
Watch Out for Allergens
We’ve found that a lot of people who are sensitive to gluten or are celiac often tend to have other allergies, including to eggs, which lots of gluten-free companies use as a binder instead of gluten. Some people can also unknowingly find themselves reacting to GMO ingredients that are gluten-free. That’s why all our breads and buns are allergy-friendly and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Experiment and Raise Your Expectations
You might be surprised the next time you dine out how many gluten-free items are actually on a menu (or can be altered to be gluten-free). In fact, many restaurants now have an additional gluten-free menu with all those options listed. At home, experiment with new flavours of your favourite foods. Not sure where to start? Check out these Instagram-inspired snacks, tasty spreads, gourmet veggie dogs, or some classic lunch sandwiches.