I can’t say that I’m lucky enough to have a Valentine this year (unless you count my two girlfriends that are going to binge eat chocolate with me), but I think the below tips are useful for anyone that is looking to treat their gluten-free Valentine to a special day.
Tip #1 – Don’t buy a box of chocolates, they’re probably allergic to half of them
Buying a box of chocolates is like buying a box of land mines for someone that’s gluten-free. As Forrest Gump once said, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, I know one thing your Valentine doesn’t want: to be sick.
I say stick with a simple bag of Hershey’s (not the wafer filled or cookies ’n’ creme ones though…read the bag before purchasing). I personally prefer Dove Milk Chocolates. Why? Because each one has a little saying on the wrapper telling me it’s okay that I’m putting copious amounts of chocolate into my body.
I know, a simple bag of chocolate doesn’t come across as heartfelt as the box-shaped-heart chocolates do. Maybe you could get a cute little cup and put the chocolates in it so you can look like you tried harder? Be creative.
Tip #2 – Don’t try to impress your Valentine by going to a new restaurant
To the average folk, trying that new restaurant or dining somewhere unusual might seem romantic and be a good idea. But, this doesn’t always ring true if you’re taking someone gluten-free out to dinner…
Why? Because the odds of something going wrong increase when you go somewhere new. Maybe the website said Gluten-Free Upon Request, but what they meant to say is that there’s one manager that works the lunch shift that knows whatgluten-free means, but no one else in the kitchen does.
Or, some restaurants have a gluten-free menu and servers that act like they know what you’re talking about when you say gluten-free, yet they put croutons on your salad, or a piece of bread on the side of your plate.
You don’t want to risk an untrained staff serving you while you’re trying to have a special night.
Tip #3 – Stop trying so hard
Don’t try so hard! I think this tip goes for anyone, not just gluten-free couples. Oftentimes, when you try super hard to make something special, your panties (or should I say boxer briefs?) get in a bunch when the slightest thing doesn’t go as planned.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t acknowledge this Hallmark holiday, but I am saying that you should treat it just like a date night that is a bit more special. It’s not your wedding day for gosh sake!
Tip #4 – Show your g-free love and support
One thing that will make your gluten-free Valentine appreciate the effort you put into the evening is you showing them your support. Obviously you should support them in all of their life ventures, but show that you truly care about the gluten-free diet, and you know that it is a serious issue.
This g-free support is something that you don’t just display one night a year, but on a daily basis. Learn about the gluten-free diet, help them research new products or restaurants, and start cooking gluten-free with them. When your Valentine knows like you’re right there with them, they stop feeling like a burden at the dinner table, and when this happens, your love (or like…however deep you are in the relationship) will only continue to blossom.
Author Information: Laura Hanley
Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009. She reviews gluten-free products, restaurants, posts simple recipes, and writes about gluten-free experiences onwww.gfreelaura.com. Laura also blogs for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. You can follow Laura’s young, wild, and [gluten] free updates by finding her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.