The Beginners Guide to a Gluten Free Diet for Children

Posted on August 29, 2016January 21, 2018Categories Gluten FreeTags ,   Leave a comment on The Beginners Guide to a Gluten Free Diet for Children

Starting a gluten free diet for children can be harder and require a different strategy than implementing a gluten free diet for adults. However, it can be done successfully and without causing you to go nuts or lose all your hair. In this beginners guide to a gluten free diet for children, let me help you figure out how to do this.

1. Start slowly. Unless your child has celiac disease, you will want to slowly implement a gluten free diet rather than doing it cold turkey. If your child does have celiac, then you will have to go cold turkey and while that can be more difficult in some ways it can be done.

2. Have a chat with your child about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Most children will be more open to diet changes, when they understand the why behind it. Make sure your child understands why he or she needs to be gluten free. Get the help of a doctor, nutritionist or health coach if needed.

3. Find ways to create your child’s favorite foods using gluten free ingredients. One of my favorite resources for this is pinterest. You can check out my board with gluten free recipes for some ideas. There are very few foods that cannot be made in a gluten free version if you try hard enough and if you know what you are doing.

4. Put your entire family on a gluten free diet if possible. This is especially important during the first month of two of the gluten free diet for children. It is also crucial that you stick to it while at home. When eating out or at school or away from home, you can usually implement a gluten free diet for children only with that child. However, at home it is easier to cook one meal and to just have the entire family eat the same things.

5. Focus on making the bulk of your diet include foods that are naturally gluten free such as brown rice, quinoa, eggs, vegetables, fruits and meats.

6. Meal plan ahead of time. I have a video and blog post on how to do this. How to Create a Gluten Free Shopping List

7. Get the help of your extended family and any friends, neighbors or anyone else you know who has implemented a gluten free diet with a child. If you aren’t sure, who has already done this ask around. In today’s age with Facebook it makes it easy to find those who already have experience in doing what you are doing.

8. Know that doing a gluten free diet for children is a process and that it will be tough at first but it will get easier over time.

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10 Easy Gluten Free Desserts

Posted on April 11, 2016May 30, 2016Categories Cooking/Recipes, Gluten FreeTags , 1 Comment on 10 Easy Gluten Free Desserts

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Do you struggle with wasting time making easy gluten free desserts? If so, this post will help you a lot. One of the biggest challenges I had when I started the gluten free lifestyle was making my own easy gluten free desserts so that I wouldn’t have to spend a small fortune buying them, and I could cook at home and avoid the processed junk in most gluten free store bought items.

Here are my 10 favorites. Some of these are also dairy free but for the ones that are not, if you cannot have dairy you can easily modify them to make them dairy free.

1. Coconut Milk Ice Cream- This a great both gluten free and dairy free dessert. It’s very easy to make. All you do is combine 1-2 frozen bananas, coconut milk- usually about 3-4 oz, and either raw cocoa or vanilla stevia, or natural vanilla extract in a high powered blender like a blendtec and then blend. Then spoon into a bowl and eat.

2. Gluten Free Cookies While you can make your own, for this particular easy gluten free dessert, I like to cheat and buy some. At the blog post linked I talk about my five favorite gluten free cookies, however, my absolute favorite and the healthier ones in my opinion are the ones by Enjoy Life.

3. Coconut Macaroons- My mom found some really great ones at Costco around Easter time but if you want to make your own, they really aren’t that hard. All you do is buy some shredded coconut and mix in some sugar according to taste. Then you can roll the into balls and drizzle melted chocolate on top and harden them in the freezer.

4. Chocolate and Avacado Pudding- This one can also be dairy free depending upon how it is made. The basic recipe is to blend raw cocoa, coconut milk and an avocado in a high speed blender and serve.

5. Gluten Free Carrot Cake You can follow the recipe at this link, or you can buy a mix. In the past I’ve bought the Full Circle Spice Cake Mix that you can find at a lot of grocery stores.

6. Fruit and whipped cream or greek yogurt
For this one you wash and slice fresh fruit. Usually I like a combination of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and pineapple and put it in a bowl. Then you top it with greek yogurt or whipping cream. There are rice, coconut and soy based whipping creams if you can’t have the milk kind.

7. Dark Chocolate- This one is really easy and probably the easiest of the easy gluten free desserts. Buy and enjoy a nice piece of dark chocolate. Make it at least 72% cocoa and double check the label to make sure it is gluten free of course.

8. Black Bean Brownies– These are actually really good. Just make sure if you use a recipe like the one I linked that you use gluten free oats. There are other recipes without oats. Just look around and find one you like.

9. Apple Cider- For this you can heat apple juice and add in a 1-2 drops of cinnamon, basil, and or clove essential oil or you can use the spice.

10. Gluten free zucchini bread This recipe has chocolate chips added. You don’t have to use them. You could leave the out. Another way to make it would be to buy a basic gluten free bread mix like Bob’s Red Mill and then just add in the zucchini along with the eggs, and other ingredients listed in the package.

Which one is your favorite?

Gluten Free Crockpot: 3 Easy Ideas

Posted on April 1, 2016May 25, 2020Categories Gluten FreeTags ,   Leave a comment on Gluten Free Crockpot: 3 Easy Ideas

Have you used a crockpot to help with your gluten free cooking? If not, you really need to start using a gluten free crockpot. This is one of the best ways I know of to eat healthy and gluten free without spending a lot of time and money and without going crazy. Gluten free crockpot cooking is even better if you have a large family and if you are busy and or working a job all day long.

Here are three easy gluten free crockpot ideas:

1. Make a soup. Three of my absolute favorite gluten free crockpot soups are:

A. Chicken Tortilla soup-
For this recipe you put chicken, black beans, canned tomatoes, salsa, and green chiles (optional) in the crockpot for 5-8 hours on low. Then you add in corn ships and avocado. You can also add in cheddar cheese and sour cream if you can have them and are not also dairy free.

B. White bean soup.
For this recipe you cook white beans, carrots, onions, chicken broth(make sure it is gluten free) and ham or a ham hock in your crockpot. Then after it’s cooked, you can season it. I like to use salt, black pepper, and or basil or thyme.

C. Split Pea soup.
For this recipe you cook dry split peas, carrots, onions, celery, chicken broth and ham or a ham hock in your crock pot and then season after it’s cooked. You can add in salt, black pepper, basil or thyme to this one as well.

2. Make a stew.
I really like the classic stew recipes of potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage with either beef or chicken. Then you can season with salt after cooked. You put all the ingredients in the crockpot to cook with a small amount of water.

3. Cook a main dish that you would normally cook in another pan. Almost anything can be cooked in a slow cooker, if you do it right. You can experiment and see what works best but I’ve found that even a chicken, vegetables and rice or quinoa dish can be cooked in a crockpot if you use the right amounts and the right settings.