Advice for Accommodating Gluten Free Dinner Guests

Are you expecting gluten-free guests and want to know what you should do to host the perfect meal? If so, then continue reading for some helpful advice on accommodating your gluten-free dinner guests.

Make the Meal Gluten Free

Making a special dish just for your gluten-free dinner guests is kind and helpful. However, you may be better off planning an entirely gluten-free meal. This option allows everyone to enjoy the same foods together, and it also reduces the risk of the gluten-free individual mistakenly eating something that may contain or be contaminated by gluten. To do this, focus on serving proteins, vegetables, and foods made from naturally gluten-free grains, such as edamame pasta or rice crackers.

Learn What Foods Contain Gluten

To successfully arrange a gluten-free meal, you can benefit from brushing up on what a gluten-free individual can and can’t eat. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, wheat, barley, triticale, and rye contain gluten. Keep in mind that derivatives of these grains, such as spelt, farro, and wheat starch, often contain gluten as well. Finally, if you plan to use oats, then choose those that are labeled gluten free, as they can sometimes be contaminated by gluten-containing grains. When planning your dinner, be prepared to check the ingredient labels of anything that you use for any gluten-containing ingredients.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing yourself a healthy lunch each day is not only beneficial for your nutrition but for your taste buds and wallet as well. Preparing meals and healthy snacks yourself often costs less than eating out and frequently tastes better too. If you’re unsure where to begin, use these tips for packing healthy lunches:

Plan your lunches ahead.

To give yourself a chance at packing a healthy lunch each day, it’s essential that you plan out your meals for the week before heading to the grocery store. Buy only enough produce to get you through until your next shopping trip, but enough to ensure that you’ll have a least one serving of fruits and vegetables for each lunch.

Have a backup plan.

Although they are essential to a healthy lifestyle, nutritious lunches can be time-consuming to prepare and pack. For those mornings when you don’t have a minute to spare, always have a few healthy staples ready to go. By keeping items such as prewashed greens, nuts, and dried fruit on hand, you can rest easy knowing that you have a few healthy lunch essentials for the morning. Also, keep your pantry stocked with nutritious premade items such as seaweed snacks or roasted edamame packets. This way, you’ll always have something tasty to add to your lunch if you’re short on time or ingredients.

Streamline meal-making.

Preparing healthy dinners for yourself or your family can make packing lunches quicker and easier. When cooking your meals at night, make enough for leftovers to use for the next day’s lunch. Additionally, pack your leftovers directly into your lunch containers to save time and to avoid extra dirty dishes. To reduce cleanup time and ensure that your packed lunch is ready to go in the morning, you can take this shortcut a step further and pack your lunches after dinner but before cleaning the kitchen.

Seapoint Farms specializes in non-GMO snacks and other healthy food products for healthy living. Our products are all plant-based and include dry roasted edamame, fruit & nut blends, seaweed snacks, and organic edamame pastas. Visit our website for more information.

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Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Fettuccine - 3 Ways

Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Pasta offers itself as a healthy and delicious alternative pasta. Both varieties, Organic Edamame Spaghetti & Organic Edamame Fettuccine are gluten-free, non-GMO project verified and made of only one ingredient… 100% Organic Soybeans! A 2 oz. serving offers 24 grams of organic plant-based protein!

Below are 3 ways you can enjoy this delicious noodle… but we know the possibilities are endless!

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Ways to Include More Fiber in Your Diet

Did you know that getting enough fiber can help relieve constipation and may reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes? Also, eating healthy snacks and foods that are rich in fiber may help you maintain a healthy weight. Read on to learn a few tips on getting more fiber in your diet.

Eat Produce Daily

Consuming more fruits and vegetables is among the simplest ways to include more fiber in your diet. Some fiber-rich types of produce to consider adding to your diet include raspberries, pears, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. If you have trouble getting enough fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet, then consider keeping a bowl filled with your favorite fruits on your kitchen counter and prepping veggie sticks that you can keep in your fridge and snack on throughout the week.

Try Adding Edamame

Bright green in color and boasting great flavor and texture, nutrient-packed edamame beans make a beautiful and tasty addition to any meal. Just half a cup of shelled edamame from Seapoint Farms will provide your body with 6 grams of dietary fiber. To incorporate these healthy beans into your meals, consider sprinkling them over salads, mixing them in with your pasta dishes, or blending them up to make healthy dips and spreads. Some other fiber-rich legumes include black beans, lima beans, lentils, and split peas.

Choose Whole Grains

Foods that are processed or refined are typically low in fiber. For this reason, switching out items like white bread and white pasta for whole grain options is an easy way to consume more fiber. Some grains that can make a healthy and fiber-rich addition to your diet include pearled barley, oats, brown rice, and whole wheat. When shopping for things like bread, pasta, and cereal, don’t go by the product’s color. Instead, check the ingredients to be sure that a whole grain is listed at the first ingredient.

Seapoint Farms offers a wide selection of plant-based, non-GMO products for your healthy lifestyle journey. Visit our website for more information!

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Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Spaghetti - 3 Ways

Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Pasta offers itself as a healthy and delicious alternative pasta. Both varieties, Organic Edamame Spaghetti & Organic Edamame Fettuccine are gluten free, non-GMO project verified and made of only one ingredient… 100% Organic Soybeans! A 2 oz. serving offers 24 grams of organic plant based protein!

Below are 3 ways you can enjoy this delicious noodle… but we know the possibilities are endless!

  1. Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Spaghetti tossed with sauteed garlic, lemon and heirloom tomatoes. Sprinkled with chili flakes, Italian seasoning, paprika, and salt and pepper.[Photo Credit : @nadbadforyou]
  2. Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Spaghetti Noodle Soup with bokchoy, tamari sauce, and fish sauce[Photo Credit: @allswelleats]
  3. Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Spaghetti with alfredo sauce, butter and parmesean. [Photo Credit :@veg.keto]

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