As you know, cooking for children is a tough job. Eliminate kid favorites like mac and cheese, spaghetti and pizza, and it just got ten times tougher. When your kids have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, there's a lot to watch out for. Use these tips to make nutritious, gluten-free meals your kids will love.
Know What to Watch Out For
It only takes a tiny bit of gluten to cause a reaction, so it's important that all sources of gluten are kept separate—separate cutting boards for gluten-free and regular bread, separate toasters and separate jars of peanut butter and condiments. Check this list of ingredients to avoid.
There are more gluten-free products on the market today, but many are low in fiber and minerals. Lots of gluten-free baked goods are made with refined grains, such as white rice or potato flour. Try to choose naturally gluten-free grains that are also high in fiber, like:
Plan it Out
With proper planning and openness to trying new foods, you can make sure your kids love what they eat and avoid a bad reaction. Try these ideas:
Breakfast: Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Muffins and a glass of low-fat milk
Snack: Raw veggies, such as baby carrots, red pepper strips or sugar snap peas, with hummus
Dinner: Oven Baked Molasses Drumsticks with brown rice and steamed broccoli