Holidays, especially when they stretch into weekends, often exhaust those of us with Fibromyalgia. That’s because of the travel, the parties, the weather, the noise…the everything. Spending time with loved ones and having fun is important, but it’s not always easy to overcome a Fibro flare if one strikes. Then there’s the issue of food.
Some Fibro patients follow a restricted diet the majority of the time, allowing for cheat days. Some with Fibromyalgia suffer from issues like celiac disease or food allergies. And some Fibromyalgia patients find that eating poorly exacerbates or even brings on a flare.
Still, people want to enjoy food, especially on holidays.
Never fear. If you plan on celebrating July 4th, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Literally. On that note, let’s start with dessert first. Fair warning: the following dishes all have the potential of becoming family favorites so make enough to go around!
Gluten Free Vanilla Pound Cake with Gluten-Free Whipped Cream
I am a big cake fan. I’d rather eat cake than just about any other dessert. It’s amazing that some of the best tasting cakes are now gluten-free. Eating gluten-free or organic used to mean the food was pretty awful, especially if the food was a dessert, and especially if that dessert was a cake!
However, Gluten Free Vanilla Pound Cake is delicious perfection. Even better, it only takes twenty minutes to make so the effort shouldn’t result in great fatigue.
Another plus: Pound cakes are excellent picnic-BBQ fare because they are easy to carry and store, and most of them do well in hotter weather. They taste delicious topped with fresh summer fruits like strawberries or blueberries, too. Pack a little gluten-free whipped cream in the cooler, and you’re good to go!
No Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache
It’s hard to resist a brownie. They are easy to transport and store, and they are ideal for picnics and BBQs because they require no plates or silverware, and cause little mess.
These No Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache are perfect for just about anybody, vegan or not. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s from the Minimalist Baker, whose motto is creating recipes that require one bowl that can be made in thirty minutes or less, with a maximum of ten ingredients, all which help reduce the chances of a flare when preparing. Being no-bake means they will help keep the house cool (always a plus!)
GLUTEN FREE SALADS
Salads may seem iffy for a picnic or BBQ, but these gluten-free salad suggestions from Williams and Sonoma prove the salads are an ideal picnic food. Not only are they healthy and tasty, but they are all easy to make and serve. They also combine the best colors of summer, adding festivity to your 4th of July food.
FRIED CHICKEN…Yes, you heard me right!
I LOVE friend chicken, so will be making this Low Carb, Gluten-Free Fried Chicken recipe this weekend along with a spinach salad, pickled veggies, deviled eggs, watermelon slices, mixed berries and cream, and coconut cake. (I might even make some food for everyone else!)
Fried chicken is another food that travels well and is easy to serve, a highly valued characteristic at any picnic or BBQ. This recipe is a bit more extensive, so if you tire easily you might want to avoid it.
Deviled eggs work for both picnics and BBQs, and are easy to eat no matter the setting. The LA TIMES has three unique recipes for gluten-free deviled eggs that are delicious and easy to make: deviled eggs with California white sturgeon caviar,
sun-dried-tomato-stuffed eggs, and deviled eggs with smoked salmon, fennel and capers. Yum!
Of course, there’s always the traditional deviled eggs recipe, too.
This one may be for the more adventurous (and well-rested!), but see what you think: Homemade Vegan Dogs.
You can also buy your own vegan dogs, but this recipe came highly recommended to me and making your own hot dogs does give you a certain amount of bragging rights. You can prepare these well ahead of time, then warm them on a grill or in a frying pan before serving.
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