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Gluten-free gurus

June 28, 2012

Dietitians at CSU’s Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center want to help members of the community eat healthfully and safely this summer with a series of classes on gluten-free dining.

As was apparent at a lunchtime class last week, you don’t need to suffer to eat gluten free! The class featured sides and snacks including tasty treats such as Cranberry Pecan Granola, Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad, Shrimp Wraps with Peanut Sauce, and Black Bean and Millet Medley, plus a finisher of Fresh Fruit-Sicles. 

Easy and delicious

“The general purpose of these classes is to show how easy and delicious it can be to prepare meals without gluten. The classes are intended for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, as well as anyone who wishes to prepare meals safely for those who need to avoid gluten,” said Michelle Milholland, assistant director and registered dietitian at the Nutrition Center, who is pictured preparing the Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad.

The Nutrition Center provides hands-on experience for students in CSU's nutrition program, allowing them to develop skills in nutrition counseling, education, and intervention under the mentorship of registered dietitians.

The nutrition students assisting with the class offered many practical tips as well as a how-to demonstration of each recipe. For example, if you have celiac disease, buy packaged oats and make sure they are marked “gluten free” since most packaged oats and bulk oats are not certified gluten free and might be contaminated with wheat products. For a more intense nutmeg flavor, grate your own from the whole version of the spice instead of buying the ground variety.

More handy tips and recipes

For more handy tips and delicious recipes, there is one class in the series still to come – you can register for Breads and Desserts coming up on Wednesday, July 18, either noon-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. The cost is $20 per class ($10 for CSU students and employees) and includes recipes, education materials, and tastings.

Classes are filling up fast, so visit our website for availability, or call (970) 491-8615.  Videos of the classes will also be available on our website after the conclusion of the series.

Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center

The Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, located at Room 114 Gifford Building on the CSU campus, is a part of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

The Center also provides nutrition services to community members across the lifespan, including nutrition assessment and dietary analysis, individual and small group counseling sessions, weight management, cooking classes, nutrition classes for children and teenagers, supermarket tours, and programs on chronic disease prevention and management.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182