Many ready-made, store bought foods contain gluten which makes it quite difficult to give kids who are gluten intolerant something fun to eat and wholesome at the same time. It is also difficult to find gluten free prepacked items in a lot of stores. The good thing is fruits, vegetables don’t contain gluten, and you can use these in a fun and delicious way. Plus, they are a very healthy and important part of your kid's diet. I am also confident that they will actually be asking for more of them! 15 Gluten Free Snack Ideas for Kids 1. Like I said, you can't go wrong with fruit. When you mix it up and serve fruit in a different and interesting way, kids will gobble it up. Make a fruit parfait with organic yogurt and granola. 2. Make your own homemade fruit roll ups. To make things easier, you'll need a silicone baking mat to place on your rimmed baking sheet. I've read some people use plastic wrap. It doesn't melt in the oven because the oven is set to the lowest temperature at … [Read more...]
Gluten-Free Baking Tips
If you are gluten intolerant, switching to a gluten-free diet is a big adjustment. There are foods that contain gluten; preparing foods and baking will become a challenge. It will take time to find the right combination of ingredients for baking so you'll have many trials and errors. Some people think gluten-free baking is bland, has a gritty texture and is noticeably different. It doesn't have to be any of those things mentioned. You can make some tasty and delicious baked goods that aren't gummy or tasteless. Gluten-Free Ingredients you Will Want in your Pantry for Baking You can find these in any natural health food store. You can also buy pre-mixed blended flours. Grain Flours: White Rice Flour Is a basic ingredient that can be used with other flours. Good for making roux. Brown Rice Flour This is more nutritious than rice flour. It's gritty with a nutty flavor. Sorghum Flour It's mildly sweet and is good for many foods. Quinoa Flour It’s a healthy, high protein … [Read more...]
What is Gluten Intolerance?
December 16-22, 2012 is Gluten Free Baking Week. Some people may not even know they have an allergy to gluten, so, I wanted to talk a bit about just what gluten intolerance is... What is Gluten Intolerance? What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, triticale (combo between wheat and rye), rye and its derivatives. It's also found in many processed foods; hidden in canned soup, yogurt, cookies, salad dressing, chocolate bars, ketchup, mustard, vitamins, lipstick, toothpaste, and so forth. What is gluten intolerance and what are the symptoms? Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity is an immune reaction to gluten. It's hard to determine if a person has a gluten intolerance or celiac disease because the symptoms are so similar. The only way to be properly diagnosed is through testing. The symptoms for gluten intolerance are as follows: *Intense abdominal pain *Diarrhea *Constipation *Bloating *Gas *Fatigue *Joint pain *Digestive problems *Skin … [Read more...]