I love summer, don’t get me wrong…the beach, the sun, the long summer nights…but there’s just something about fall that I can’t do without. It might be the oversized sweaters that are in style, allowing me to disguise the extra lb.’s from all those scrumptious gluten-free treats, or maybe it’s the fact that pumpkin spice makes everything taste better. Either way, this is my favorite season, which is why I wanted to share what I think are the 3 BEST things about this season because the below activities are in no way affected by the fact that you’re gluten free.
1. The Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Okay folks, if you don’t say that you love taking a trip to the corn maze and the pumpkin patch, you’re a liar. The best thing about this classic fall activity is that there isn’t a part of it that makes you feel left out because you’re gluten free. Apple cider? Yes, please! Carve a pumpkin? Okay. Get my face painted? Alrighty! None of those activities involve a “No, I can’t do that; I’m gluten free” response. That’s a phrase that we all hate saying, so that’s why this activity makes me love fall even more. I don’t feel left out and neither should you or your kiddos!
2. Football Games
Whether it’s watching the game on TV or attending in person, you can easily make this a gluten-free, fun-filled activity. If you decide to tailgate before a game, you’re able to pack your own beverages and food. You don’t have to worry about whether or not there will be gluten-free food or drinks available because you can pack your own cooler (and this time you won’t be the only person who has a cooler labeled with their name all over it). If you’re watching the game at home or at a friend’s house, there’s definitely going to be food and drinks served, so just make sure the hosts are prepared. You can also show up with your own gluten-free dish to enjoy with others. If you’re hosting your own tailgate, this is your chance to make gluten-free tailgate foods that please everyone without giving the “gluten free doesn’t taste good” vibe. Prove them wrong this season!
3. Baking on a Crisp, Fall Afternoon
Am I the only one whose schedule is absolutely ridiculous during the summer? I doubt it, so one of my favorite things about the fall is actually having some downtime on those crisp, weekend afternoons when I can whip up my favorite pumpkin-fueled treat. Last weekend I made Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares and brought them into work. The consensus was that they tasted amazing, obviously. Who said gluten free can’t taste good to the gluten-eating folks? What is your family favorite, maybe gluten-free apple pie or pumpkin muffins? Let me know in the comments!
So there you go – three reasons why fall is a fabulous time to be gluten free. I’m sure you have picked up by now that I think every season is a great time to fall in g-free love, but I especially think this about fall. There’s just something about the leaves, the abundance of mini candy bars, and putting pumpkin in my gluten-free pancakes. How could you not love it?!
Have you gotten over the emotional hurdle yet, or are you still finding it to be a burden? Let me know what you’re struggling with…maybe I can help!
Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009 and reviews products,restaurants, and writes aboutgluten-free experiences on her blog, www.gfreelaura.com.Laura’s passion for spreading g-free love has led her to become a Guest Blogger for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, writing bi-weekly reviews on the Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog. Visit Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google +