Gluten-free, the kid edition
April 16, 2012 11:43 AM Subscribe
Help us go gluten free--the kid edition! How do we do this?
posted by biscuits to Food & Drink (44 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
We are going to try a gluten-free diet for my daughter's stomach problems and constant eczema. The problem is she's 8 and is really hating this idea. She's been through allergy testing and she came up normal for all foods they tested. We've been through several weeks of a dairy free diet (which wasn't too different because she naturally avoids cheese and milk) but the idea of it was hard. Now I want to turn this around somehow and make gluten free as normal as possible--or even exciting!
* What are your favorite gluten-free sweet or salty snacks? She loves all sweets naturally but she also solves salty crackers and chips, etc. I was thinking to bake some cupcakes or what would be good for desserts and treats?
* Please give me an idea of a typical day's breakfast, gluten-free. My daughter always eats toast or a bagel for breakfast. From what I've been reading, gluten-free bread is not tasty. What should I substitute? She doesn't eat eggs or oatmeal. She will avoid most cereals unless they are sweet. She can have sweet cereals sometimes but what else is there?
* Same with lunch. What do you or your child take for lunch? She normally eats a sandwich, fruit, carrots, etc. She doesn't want to look "different" so suggestions of sushi or rice based meals in a thermos do not fly. Any ideas here? Again, she doesn't eat cheese so dairy free suggestions would be great.
* Dinner should be easier but if anyone has a favorite recipe or meal that their child loves, I'd love it.
Any other tips I should know? Does anyone have a recipe for gluten-free pizza dough (her favorite food)?