Gluten Free Recipes

Amber Lyn - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I have heard there is a connection to gluten free diets and ADHD. Does anyone have recipes they can send me? It's something I would like to try, I'll try anything at this point if it means a better behaved child, lol. THANX :0)

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Bethanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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A gluten free diet can promote a much more healthy digestive system and overall well being but you have to find the right balance. My mom recently went GF and has been feeling 10x better and a lot of her headaches and digestive issues have subsided. I'm not sure of it's link to ADHD. I think that would have more to do with the amount of processed foods with artificial dyes and excessive sugar he is consuming. Here is an awesome website to check out: http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

Carla - posted on 06/08/2010

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I also had celiac sprue, so no gluten. I had a recipe for rice bread, but I wouldn't feed that to my dog :( Basically, honey, I cooked from scratch. You can substitute flour with corn starch for making fried chicken and gravies. Angel food cake was a good snack, and I was shocked to think I could have it, but it's made with such a little amount of flour, it's okay. Watch your ingredients in dairy. Anything with xanthum gum, guar gum is okay. Nothing with maltodextrin or MSG, MSG was a killer for me! No bake cookies are also a good treat. Allrecipes.com should have recipe.

Let me know if this diet works for ADHD, as my grandson suffers! Thanks, sweetie!

Heather - posted on 06/07/2010

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my 2 year old daughter has celiac disease which is no gluten, wheat, barely, rye, and she cant have any dairy and any really processed foods so shes on a very strict diet. she does quite well though. she eats alot of eggs, chicken, rice, fruits and vegetables and a few rice products, rice pasta and organic spaghetti sauce. you can do like a chicken rice soup with chicken broth, rice, celery, carrots, mushrooms, onion and chicken thighs and breasts. its packed with protein and super healthy also. you just always have tons of chicken on hand and many ways to cook it. one night it can be ina frying pan with a little butter and select seasonings and the next you can bake it or throw it in with some rice and corn and peas. just try all sorts of things theyll come to you more and more tons of ideas. good luck i hope i helped a little bit at least.

Kate - posted on 06/07/2010

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I am more than willing to send you recipes for a gluten free diet, but as Amanda has pointed out her son did not react well, I think it depends on how much processed food your child eats normally, as in white bread, pizza etc. If your shild likes asian food you will be ok, if not expect trouble. Will wait till you respond then send you a heap of receipes, all my 3 have a gluten free diet and enjoy it, thats because I have to as I am a coelic. Its good food and tasty and easy to prepare if you have time and works best with fresh ingredients, my youngest has also started to enjoy helping prepare and cook

Amanda - posted on 06/06/2010

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my son (ASD) did not react well to this diet at all..he grew depressed and would just sit and cry and literally starve himself until I gave him edible and palletable food...that food is awful and expensive, I tried to slowly incorpoate it into his diet, but to no avail..good luck trying, but honestly, I would rather have a baby who eats and is healthy..and I'll deal with his moods..over a severly depressed..starving himself..3 year old

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Carla - posted on 03/12/2012

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I can't really give you great recipes...but have some simple options.



For treats, I keep Marshmallow Pebbles on hand, so I can make my son GF rice krispie type treats. Although - not a healthy option & there are food dyes - so while you are trying to make a change - you want to try to avoid a lot of dyes and preservatives, and additives. Foods closest to their raw / original state.





I am a not a bad cook, but a horrible person to be responsible for the meal planning. As a planner, I do not think in advance, plan the menu, shop for everything I need and then start preparing it on time. It never fails. Some of my own ADD/ADHD issues.



Bottom line - Food in the raw - or as close as you can get - that is the way you want to go.



Marinate your fish, beef, chicken & pork with safe dressings (Kens and Heinz have good options on the shelf, that aren't GF pricey). Grill or bake.



Steamed veggies - with various spices tossed in for flavor. You can pour melted cheese over them, if your kids like them, just be careful that its safe.



Raw veggies - Frito now has a 'decent' GF ranch dressing for carrot dippers.



And, Progresso has GF cream of mushroom soup for time old tradition casseroles for tuna noodle (gf noodles), chicken & rice, etc.



Having GF pastas on hand with GF sauces (most alfredos, tomato based sauces, and even some of the vodka sauces) - help get 20 min meals on the table.



Grilled Cheese (keep GF breads on hand that can be frozen).

Amanda - posted on 02/28/2012

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I now have to live a gluten-free life that is low in carbs, egg free and dairy free. I also have ADD so it's a challenge to find things that will help me not only mentally but nutritiously.



A favorite dessert that I can't live without is triple berry dessert. So simple to make.



1 1/2 almond meal/flour (bob's red mill brand at Krogers)

12 ounces triple berries or strawberries, thawed and drained

1/2-1 tsp baking powder (depends on elevation)

1/2 cup stevia in the raw (or to desired sweetness)

2-3 eggs (or egg whites)

1 tsp vanilla



Set oven temp to 350 degrees. Make an almond batter with the almond meal/flour, vanilla and eggs. Pour into a 9-inch round lined pan.

In a bowl toss berries with sweetener. Add on top of the batter. Bake until the batter puffs up through the berries and browns. About 20 minutes.



I like to serve this with some vanilla pudding on top. Very yummy!



Tropical Traditions also has gluten-free meals. I've made a couple and love the coconut bars they have posted. With the chocolate chips. I've also made a gluten-free spinach side dish which was ok, I think it needed some cream cheese personally.



If you go to amazon.com you can download the kindle app for the pc for free and look for this title "The Vegetarian Paleo Recipe Cookbook". I was able to download it for free as of last week as well. A friend suggested it to me because it also has gluten-free recipes in it! Take care!!

Ally - posted on 12/29/2011

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Peanut butter cookies
1 egg
1 cup of sugar
1 cup peanut butter
bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
These cookies are great, just know that using chunky peanut butter works, but creamy is the best. Hope it helps. With other cookies, I have been mixing 2/3 soy flour with 1/3 rice flour and they all have turned out well. I found that mixing the flours makes the consistency better and make the bread at home, the store bought bread sucks. If you use 1/2 almond flour and 1/2 rice flour it seems to keep it fluffy without the funky texture.

I have been doing tons of research about gluten free and I found out there is a ton of things that are asymptomatic, like rashes, thyroid problems, asthma and more that can be cause my gluten but not diagnosed. Hope it helps

Tammy - posted on 12/11/2011

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Hi, my son has celiac disease so we have been a gluten free household for 13 years. My younger brother had a severe case of HDHD when we were growing up and was nearly uncontrollable. I do believe a gluten free diet helps HDHD symptoms because we had a doctor back then that put my brother on a very restrictive gluten free diet ( even more restricted than my celiac sons diet) BUT IT WORKED !!! My brother was a different kids a few weeks after being on the diet. The trick is to not cheat on it. if your interested it was... no gluten, no food coloring, no sugar ( this includes honey & corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup etc ) no juice ( very high in sugar ) no other sweeteners except stevia & surolose . lots of fresh steamed veggies, meat & lower starch fruits & veg such as berries, apples and grapefruit but fewer starchy ones like bananas & potatoes. ( Try quinoa instead of potatoes ) I have recipes on my gluten free blog so feel free to check it out & subscribe so you'll know when I add more . Good luck it will work if you are diligent and give it a chance. I grew up with a wonderful, intelligent brother who's body just couldn't handle certain foods and I'm sure your son is amazing too ! . www.gfrecipes.blogspot.com

Carla - posted on 10/25/2011

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My son has been GF for 3 1/2 years. Its been hard & the food isn't the same.

BUT - there are alternatives.

Homemade anything.

I can't remember the brand - I get it at Stop & Shop - but there is a MockRye bread that toasts up nicely & actually tastes good.

Every bread needs to be toasted before making a sandwich - it seems to make it hold up better.

Progresso makes a GF cream of mushroom soup - for casseroles.

And, Marshmallow Pebbles are great substitutes for rice crispy treats.

Be careful of hidden things like: distilled vinegar (Heinz uses corn, so their ketchup is o.k.), caramel color (made in US its fine- outside of US - no guarantees), maltodextrin, yeast, soy sauce, etc.

Its not easy, but to have a kid who feels better & can think clearly is worth the effort.

(I like my food - but I try to keep the good stuff for when he isn't around - otherwise, at 14, he looks at it, longingly. Breaks my heart. )

Hope its been going well.

Dawnetta - posted on 06/25/2010

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My son and I have been on a gluten free diet since Jan. of this year. He has asperger's syndrome. I use the Bobs red mill all purpose flour for almost everything. I am still working on a great bread recipe but have an alright one so far. We have found a lot of recipes in GF cook books in our local library and also from blogs and sites like www.celiac.com (this site also has a list of foods to avoid that may have gluten in them) Its a difficult diet to start because I didn't know what I could feed my child that wouldn't be good for him, but after doing research it all gets much easier. His behavior is so much better now then before he started this diet. So much so I can actually tell when he has had gluten accidentally. He has more self control now and is more better at communicating. My son only seems to be affected by gluten and not so much casein, ( I have tried him on a GF/CF diet as well) that may be another part you may want to look into helping your son. I like the Gluten free gourmet cook books as well. Another one that I LOVE is Gluten -Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts I would bake anything from that book!!! Good luck and I hope you find something that will help!

Tricia - posted on 06/17/2010

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Cookitallergyfree is an awesome site as well as iPhone/iPad app. There are sooo many new choices for gluten free and the results for kids with ADD/ADHD and Autism are remarkable! Try cook books like "The Gluten-Free Gourmet". A lot of people use Pamela's for baking. Bob's Redmill has an all-purpose Gfree flour mix, too. It takes some time and experiementing, but totally worth it. Also, try Udi's bread and muffins-they're awesome! Sprouts is the best place to get gfree stuff because it's cheaper. If I can't find it there, I go to Whole Foods. Most grocery store chains are beginning to carry gfree products, but are more expensive. Yes, going gfree is more expensive, but when you see the results in your child, you'll be glad you did. And don't give up. Gluten has caused lots of damage, so it will take awhile to heal the gut (some say about 6 months). You will start seeing small changes right away. I have my youngest on the diet because he was sick for over a month. Since being on the diet, he hasn't been sick (except for when dad slips up and gives him gluten). I decided to put my middle child on it, too, because he had these teret-like ticks. Since being on the diet, not ticks (again, except for when dad slips up!) There are so many resourses out there. If you have the iPhone or iPad, I strongly recommend the Cookitallergyfree app. Throughout the recipes, common food allergens are highlighted in red. You just select the allergen you can't have in each recipe and a list of substitues comes up for you to choose from and whoola! A whole new recipe for you! Good luck.

Melisa - posted on 06/16/2010

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allrecipies or taste of home are good sights to look at and you will get good at changing up recipies to suit your taste.good luck
my little guy is on a lower fat diet with junk food once a month and 90% of food made from scratch.h he is 11 and he is not as fidgety.
good luck

Nancy - posted on 06/16/2010

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When my boys were small, they each were ADHD, one with food allergies also, I baked alot with rice flour,and learned to use tofu in ways that they could enjoy the foods, fruit played a very big role in the diet also. it is important to keep as much processed food from the diet as possible. I still have recipes hanging around if you want to contact me.

Bethanie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Amber and Candy, here is another blog with some great GF recipes: http://www.elanaspantry.com/ I made her GF chocolate cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting (found on another part of the site)--they were awesome and we are not G free! Going to make them for my son's b-day party!

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I tried gluten free and about to go on it again but i found it hard bc my kids are picky eaters and both are ADHD.My friend's son was on it for a short time and she said it worked for him,but he has aspherger(i know i spelled it wrong) and is a picky eater.

Amber Lyn - posted on 06/09/2010

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Thank you to all the moms who responded to my question, all your responses have been very helpful. Please continue to send any suggestions and recipes.

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