What do you feed kids who can't eat gluten?
If you child cannot eat gluten, what alternatives have you found to make for them at home,pack for their school lunches, or order for them in restaurants?
My family struggles as we not only have to keep gluten free, but low carb too for my daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. I agree with all the ideas posted below, however corn chips and salsa is a scary option as a "healthy" substitute. Our children are so carb addicted as are we adults that I am sad to think that parents believe this is a quick healthy snack. Non processed is best, meaning vegetables, nuts, some occasional low sugar fruits - make your kids eat their salad...don't back down. It kills me to see the children in my daughters pre-k class that turn their noses up to any thing that is not carb or dairy laden. Bad options lead to premorbid diabetes and obesity which are raging through our society. For a healthy grain and rice/corn free option, use quinoa which is uber high in protein and lower in carbs. We bake with a lot of nut flours if you aren't allergic to nuts and we drink almond milk and coconut milk.
I have kids with the same issue, if your child is really gluten intolerant you will need to get rid of all gluten as even a little bit can do damage to people with coeliac disease. Do an internet search of places that sell Gluten free products in your area and sites that can help with gluten free recipes. Some people never like the gluten free breads and bakery goods regardless of what other people say, it's really down to personal preference. The specialist 'gluten free' foods can be expensive sometimes as well.
As someone has mentioned, there are lot's of foods that don't have any gluten; fruit, veggies, rice, corn and meat being the most obvious. I cook most things from scratch as it is easy to be sure of what is in the food. One thing I would suggest is become familiar with the additives in foods as you may be surprise at what has gluten in it. Pre- prepared food will often have wheat or some other grain containing gluten (in addition to too much sugar, salt and fat).
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Gluten free, Safe Flours:
Montina® (Indian Rice Grass)
Note- The use of oats in gluten free diets is controversial. The Gluten Intolerance Group, the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Canadian Celiac Association approve the use of moderate amounts of gluten free oats. Other organizations including the Celiac Sprue Association recommend that oats be avoided.
Quinoa (Keen wah)
Rice flours- White, Sweet or Sushi, Brown, Wild Rice
Safe, Gluten Free Bean Flours
Garbanzo (chickpea)= Sometimes this flour is called "gram" flour, not to be confused with "graham" flour, from wheat.
Garfava (combination of garbanzo and fava bean flours)
Hope it helps!
Safe, Gluten Free Nut Flours
Safe, Gluten Free Root Vegetable Starches
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We have recently discovered our favorite lunchbox treat (since GF bread is so expensive)-- I take deli sandwich meat, lay a piece of cheese at on top and a little spinach and roll it up. Then I slice it and it looks like little sushi rolls- my 6 yr old loves it. It's easy to add variety with hummus, grated carrots, etc.
For restaurants, our "go to" is grilled chicken and steamed broccoli. Many more places have gluten free menus now but you have to ask. For example, Olive Garden offers gluten-free pasta.
My daughter usually just takes leftovers that I have prepared gluten free for dinner. She heats them up in amicrowave at school. Our doctor gave us an excuse and I have never had an issue with the school allowing her to do so
Chex Cinnamon Gluten FREE Cereal is a REAL hit at our house...Baked Lay's Potato Chips also are a good snack...Looking for advice on gluten free breads...
The easiest gluten free snack out there is corn chips and salsa. It's quick and cheap. Most foods specifically made gluten free are expensive. But chips and salsa is easy and you can make it as fancy or as simple as you want to.
Our family also does no grains/ legumes, and we eat very well! We eat meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. We focus on main meals, and snacks can come from the garden, or the farmer's market. We have found recipes for pancakes and muffins that we make on the weekend, using coconut flour. Typical breakfasts are eggs and fruit, or bacon and fruit. Lunch is something like meatballs, carrot sticks, olives and an apple. And dinners are some kind of meat, and a couple different vegetable dishes. We use plenty of butter and indulge in dark chocolate. We're all very happy eating this way!
Gluten free foods. Do research on the internet and you will find all of the answers you need. My sister-in-law has to remain gluten free and she has done a great job learning what she can and cannot eat. The first step is to remove all food products with wheat in them from your child's diet. Feed them healthier foods like fresh fruit and veggies. It is not an easy task; however your child is so worth the effort. And, today there are many gluten free products on the market.
have a look at the gluten free goddess website. She has great ideas as well for bars etc that can go into lunches. Also when buying pasta I use corn pasta rather than rice pasta as it holds together better. I eat hamburgers wrapped in lettuce and lots of fruit and veggies of course. You can buy china lily soy sauce as it has no when and I also have my own separate butter etc so as not to get crumbs.
I eat yogurt, fruit and gluten free rolled oats in so I still get grains. You need to make sure you get folic acid when you don't eat much grains.
Think Mediterranean and you will be fine LOL!
Everything else! Fruit, Vegetables, Legumes (beans), Nuts, Seeds, Herbs, Essential Fatty Acids (good fats), Eggs, Dairy, Beef, Poultry, Fish and water. Also, quinoa. For processed foods the brands to choose are Pamela's Products, Udi's and Rudi's gluten-free breads. You will be surprised at how you can fill you meals with everything but wheat. Do this and your whole family will be healthier ! Feel free to contact me for answers to more specific gluten-free eating tips... for the health of your family.
Udi is a great tasting gluten-free bread and bagel that can be found in the freezer section of most Publix, Greenwise and Whole Foods. Alternatively, you can buy gluten-free bread mixes and make bread. We have also made pizza dough with the mix.
Alternatives are corn tortillas and rice as well as gluten-free pastas, again found at Whole Foods. You can also find gluten-free snacks and cookies.
Read the book by Elizabeth Hasselbbeck: "The G Free Diet a GLuten-Free Survival Guide"
We don't have specific allergies, but as a family we've eliminated all grains from our diet. We basically eat meat, fruits and veggies, nuts, and some dairy. When we first transitioned we used nut flours to make a lot of "bakey" things, but once we got used to it we hardly ever have bread or muffins,etc. I think it's easier to just eat different things rather than try to find substitutes for the things you can't have. They never taste the same and they're usually more expensive!
My son was just diagnosed with a wheat allergy in addition to dairy, eggs, soy, all nuts, seasame seeds, fish and shrimp. I have found that cocunut milk is a good alternative for the dairy, but finding a bread that is gluten free is hard. I'd appreciate any help.