Feeling stressed about catering for special diets this Christmas? Dietitian Catherine Saxelby has gluten-free godsends.
1. Rice crackers
Thin and slightly savoury, rice crackers go well with dips and make edible holders for smoked salmon or cheese. Choose plain, gluten-free versions, especially those with added seeds or grains for extra fibre.
Popcorn is low in kilojoules and can be popped at home to be hot and fresh. Add your special seasonings like dukkah, paprika or cinnamon.
Serve crisp, raw vegies on your dip platters and cheese boards. To cater for crunch and flavour, you can include carrot and celery sticks, red capsicum, snow peas, baby tomatoes and baked sweet potato chips. They’re naturally gluten free and not expensive.
4. Mixed nuts
Roasted macadamias, cashews and almonds all make delicious party bowls. Steer clear of Asian Bhuja mix or anything mixed with pretzels, and check labels to ensure that any seasoned nuts are gluten free.
5. Corn chips
Corn chips are not entirely healthy, but can fill in as a quick nibble. Try to stick to plain varieties for their higher fibre and lower salt content.
It’s worth keeping all your nibbles gluten free to avoid risk of cross-contamination. Alternatively, attach small signs to bowls clearly labelling the gluten-free foods your guests can enjoy.