If your child suffers from a gluten intolerance, you need to make sure you’re in complete control of their diet, but you still want it to be rich and varied. This can be difficult though, because it’s not always obvious if something contains gluten – it is important to exclude foods containing numerous synthetic additives, preservatives and colorants. The most proper diet in this case is preparing food at home. By the way, it doesn’t mean only fruits and vegetables. You can get specialized gluten free products, and your kid will be definitely happy with some gluten free crisps or cupcakes found in his lunchbox.
Where to start?
Determine the limits of possible products in the diet. In the gluten free diet you can use the following products: vegetables and fruits, fresh meat, poultry, fish (non-seasoned or marinated), fresh eggs, beans, nuts and seeds in its natural form (non-processed), most dairy products (except for sour milk and yoghurt with additives, including food starch), gluten free crisps, cereals and starchy foods (including bread, cakes and pasta). These include the following: amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, potato starch, corn flour and cornmeal, cornstarch, gluten-free flour (rice, brown rice, corn, potato, coconut, almond, oat (labeled “Gluten free”), millet, soy beans, tapioca.
Some easy recipes for gluten free lunchboxes:
If you want to cook cutlets or meatballs for your kid allergic to gluten, crumb cutlets not in breadcrumbs but use milled corn flakes or flax seeds. Fry meatballs in olive or corn oil.
Baking without gluten
Of course, there are many recipes for homemade cakes without gluten. It will be very tasty! For home baking, use vegetable oil. You can replace eggs with frayed bananas or a mixture of water and oil, as well as use special gluten-free baking flour.
Caution with condiments
To prepare children’s meals, do not use ready-made seasoning mixes – as a rule, they may contain gluten which is very often causes allergic reactions. Preparing food for the kid’s lunchbox, make better use of natural seasonings – parsley, dill, basil, celery. These herbs have excellent flavor and certainly don’t create unnecessary problems.
Bread and rolls for all
If a kid has been allergic to gluten and can’t eat all kinds of bread, you have to master the technique of baking homemade bread. Used for its cooking gluten-free or corn flour. For a better taste you can add raisins to the dough.