Gluten-free meals are now made easier with Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa!
Filipinos have become more conscious of their well-being these days. However, it is quite challenging to find healthier yet easy-to-prepare foods especially for busy moms.
Knowing this, Mekeni Food Corporation gathered Filipino moms in an online event entitled “Enjoy More, Guiltless” to help them make healthier choices when it comes to the foods they are serving their families. The event also shed light on what gluten is and why gluten-free food is beneficial for the family.
Mekeni invited Regina Latt, Senior Dietitian at the St. Luke’s Medical Center; and Chef Vince Garcia, President and CEO of Chef Vince Garcia Culinary Group, to educate viewers on how Pinoys can serve delicious food and enjoy more guiltless using gluten-free ingredients like Mekeni Chicken Longanisa. The event was hosted by celebrity mom, Issa Litton.
Knowing the basics of gluten-free foods is key to healthy eating
“Gluten is actually not new,” explained Latt during the Facebook live event. “It is always present in the grains that we know like rye, barley, and wheat. It’s in products like bread, sauces, condiments, salad dressings, pasta, pizza, processed foods, beer, and in meat products that are processed with extenders and added flavorings or colorings.”
Latt mentioned certain medical conditions that should follow a strict gluten-free diet like Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity. However, according to Latt, a gluten-free diet is not only for people with these conditions as there is a growing interest in exploring the potential benefits of gluten-free to a wider population. She noted that following a gluten-free diet may help in losing weight, reducing total caloric and sugar intake, managing diabetes, and reducing bloatedness.
“It is important to note, however, that for any diet concerns or any diet changes that you would like to do, it is important to consult with a doctor or a licensed nutrition professional to help you with that, especially if you have existing medical conditions,” she said.
Adding a spin to the usual recipe with Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa
Meanwhile, Chef Vince shared a nutritious recipe using Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa as the main ingredient. Called Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa Casserole, this comfort food was given a delicious, healthier twist to suit the palate of kids and even kids-at-heart.
During the demo, Chef Vince showed how easy this recipe can be done by moms who are busy now that distance learning and working from home are part of the new normal. “With this recipe, your longanisa will not be the same anymore. Mekeni Chicken Longanisa is actually a healthier choice because it is gluten-free,” said Chef Vince, who encouraged the moms to watch out for more recipes in the coming days.
Chef Vince also said that serving food with gluten-free ingredients like the casserole does not need to be expensive. He even encouraged moms to be creative even with a limited budget by maximizing their available resources in serving healthy yet tasty food to their families.
Make healthier choices for your family with gluten-free products
The growing interest in healthy eating habits gives a promising future of accessible healthier options, Latt mentioned. Consumers today have become wiser and more health-conscious, but it is also important not to miss out on the joy of eating.
“Gone are the days when healthier food options are expensive, inaccessible, bland, boring, and even restrictive. In fact, nowadays, we can enjoy healthier foods and enjoy more guiltless because they can be tasty and healthy at the same time. And, the new normal in food and nutrition will be us, having the power and the option to choose healthier versions of the foods we already enjoy like the breakfast staple, longanisa,” Latt added.
Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa is proof that you can have a healthier alternative to your mealtime guilty pleasures. It is made with real chicken meat and seasoned with herbs and spices that makes this family specialty a staple at home.
Get your Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa in 250g and 500g packs in leading supermarkets, wet markets, online stores, and Mekeni’s Home2Home delivery now and share your winning recipe in the Mekeni Guiltless Cook-Off!
For more information about Mekeni Gluten-Free Chicken Longanisa, visit Mekeni’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mekeniph).