Smoothies are among my favorite treats!
Even my husband, Al, loves this Gluten-Free Banana Strawberry Smoothie… almost beyond reason. If I forget and set mine down and walk away…leaving it momentarily unguarded… Well, I guess you can imagine what happens then …
… He’d probably say something quite male like: “If you snooze, you lose” or “You got what you deserved”… The bottom line? I don’t usually do that… EVER! But, that’s enough about Al.
Not only is the flavor of this smoothie like a dessert but… It’s good for me, too… For breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. It’s full of powerhouse nutrients, vitamins and minerals!
There are many different ways to make smoothies, but this is a good way to start if you’ve never done it before…
… Or, if you love smoothies, I want you to know that this is my favorite smoothie recipe of all time!!!
If you made the decision to begin living your life gluten-free, it may have been because you were diagnosed with celiac disease or a wheat allergy.
Or, maybe you did it, just because you want to experience the benefits that people, like yourself, have found they get from totally cutting wheat and other gluten producing grains out of their diets.
They’ve gone gluten free and are experiencing tremendous reported benefits because they have done just that!
It’s really not easy to do, but, magazines and news reports in the last year or two have been full of stories about the very positive benefits individuals like you and me have had because they made a quality-of-life decision to go gluten-free.
If you are a gluten-free Christian, I expect that you might have the same problem that I run into when I take Holy Communion.
The Host (the Bread) is gluten-y.
So, in answer to the question in the title… No, communion wafers (or the equivalent), as a general rule, are not gluten-free.
I’m happy to report that a consensus has been reached in that regard among recognized experts in the gluten field.
This article summarizes the information in the report produced by the expert panel in what is hopefully easy to understand American English. This will give everyone who uses ElegantlyGlutenFree.com a common reference as to what is meant when we use various terms and classifications in articles and posts.
The Consensus Report
The process to arrive at the consensus began in 2011. At that time 15 scientists, all recognized experts in various parts of the “gluten issue,” began to work together to standardize terminology as well as classification of the different diseases and processes which appeared to be associated with the group of gluten-related problems.
In a report published at the end of last year (October, 2012) by BioMedical Central, a consistent, universal terminology and classification system was developed by this panel of 15 experts to be used when dealing with gluten-related medical/scientific issues.