Archive for December, 2011

December 19, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Applegate Farms Turkey Hot Dog rounds with ketchup

Carbohydrate: Udi’s Whole Grain Sandwich Bread

Veggie: Sugar snap peas

Fruit: Mango and raspberries

December 15, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Applegate Turkey Sausage & ketchup

Carbohydrate: Biscuits (homemade from Bob’s Red Mill website)

Veggie: Corn (from frozen)

Fruit: Raspberries

December 14, 2011

Let’s Talk Zinc

by Misty

There’s no better time to consider the powers of zinc than during the fast-approaching cold and flu season. Children only need between 3-8 milligrams of zinc per day* – good news for parents, since this mineral comes in some very kid-friendly foods.

Besides promote a healthy immune system, what else can we expect zinc to do for our children? Healing their wounds isn’t too shabby, nor is protecting their liver from chemical damage – a welcome attribute in our chemical-laden world. Zinc also plays an important role in the growth of reproductive organs and in prostate gland function. Here’s a fun fact: having enough zinc in the body means a more keen sense of taste and smell. That’s right, a zinc-deficient child could lose the most powerful senses they have to enjoy all those yummy foods in their GFCF lunchbox. To insure that doesn’t happen, be sure to fill your child up with some of the kid-friendly, zinc-filled foods below.

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December 13, 2011

It’s Treat Time! GFCF Rice Crispy Treats

by Misty

For as long as I can remember, I have craved the peanut butter rice crispy treats that were served in, believe it or not, my high school cafeteria. Unlike much of today’s lunchroom food, they were homemade in a real kitchen on school premises. And they were absolutely magical. No marshmallows; just peanut butter, rice crispies and more peanut butter. So, what’s the only ingredient that could make them better? Chocolate, of course! These GFCF peanut butter rice crispy treats are a near replica of the ones I’ve been dreaming of all these years, but the chocolate addition takes them over the edge into pure perfection.

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December 12, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein/Carbohydrate: Chicken and rice (from leftover)

Veggie: Sweet potatoes (from leftover)

Fruit: Apple slices

Treat: GFCF blueberry muffin (from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook)

Tip: Simplify your life. Work dinner leftovers into your child’s GFCF lunchbox every chance you get!

December 9, 2011

Product Review: Mrs. May’s Sesame Strips

by Misty

At our house, we are major consumers of granola bars. Some are homemade, others are store-bought, but we are always on a quest for a quick, healthy boost to our day. Our ideal granola bar would be big on taste and nutritional value, low in sugar and miniscule on the pocketbook. While there are tons of gluten free granola bars on the market, far too many of them sacrifice taste, texture and budget-friendliness for the fact that they are GFCF.

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December 8, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein/Carbohydrate: Hummus on Genius by Glutino White Sandwich Bread

Protein: Peanuts

Vegetable: Corn (from frozen)

Fruit: Clementine slices

Treat: GFCF Snack Mix

December 7, 2011

Let’s Talk Calcium

by Misty

A big concern for parents of children on the gluten free, casein free diet is calcium. Getting enough of this essential mineral without that daily cheese stick or glass of milk requires some trial and error and a large dose of patience. It seems that replacing wheat bread for the gluten free variety doesn’t cause much friction, but getting a kid to replace a cup of dairy milk for watery rice milk or off-white almond milk can be much more challenging. Word to the wise: keep offering, but don’t force it. The transition may take a while, but eventually most children will accept a milk substitute.

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December 6, 2011

It’s Treat Time! GFCF Snack Mix

by Misty

Every parent knows that keeping kids interested in tasty, healthy snacks that don’t bore them too quickly is a trying task. Yep, one of the most dreaded sentences a parent can hear begins with, “But I don’t want another…”. Well, if there’s one snack that’s quick to make and hits the mark every time, it’s snack mix. And GFCF snack mix is as simple to make as its glutenous and dairy-filled counterparts are to buy at the store. Even better, you can customize it for picky eaters or let your kids take control and make their own snack mix (out of the ingredients you’ve pre-selected, of course).

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December 5, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein/Fruit: Grape & turkey kabobs

Protein: Hard-boiled egg

Protein: Hummus

Veggie: Carrots

Carb: Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery Multigrain Sandwich Bread