Monday, November 17, 2014
Some of our favorite GFCFSF foods!
I asked on our Facebook page about what YOU would like to read about, and one of the topics requested was gluten free snacks!
As you might be aware by now, Bu eats a gluten free, casein free, soy free diet. We stopped giving him soy long before the idea of autism ever entered our world, just because we'd read about how dangerously estrogenic it is. He'd already been on soy formula for most of his infancy because he couldn't tolerate dairy, so we have a lot of damage to undo.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats (so we don't do oats). Casein is a protein found in dairy (and it's different than lactose. Lactose free does not mean it's ok). Bu has been gluten free since September 2013 with only a handful of accidental infractions since, and he has been 100% casein free since about January 2014.
Bu is sensory-defensive and refuses to use utensils to eat as of yet. He also does not allow me to spoon feed him. There are videos on this blog (1, 2, 3) about ways I used to sneak his entire meals into smoothies in order to fill his nutritional gaps, but thankfully he is more open to a wider variety of foods these days despite only using his hands to eat. The smoothies are still given, but they are just regular fruit and veggie smoothies and they are meant as conveyance for Bu's vitamins and supplements rather than as a meal replacement.
Bu prefers dry, crunchy, salty snacks. The only exceptions he makes are for fresh fruit, particularly apples, grapes, blueberries and watermelon. Sometimes, I can convince him to eat pineapple, pears, kiwi and/or peaches fresh as well. For a very long while, the only protein he would eat is bacon…he now regularly eats bacon as well as turkey or ham slices, hot dogs, chicken-apple sausage and chicken nuggets.
Below are photos of specific snacks and brands that we love because we trust that while they are processed, they are also "safe" for Bu's diet and he loves them. When you have a child with nutritional obstacles, you have to pick your battles. ;)
The best advice I can give to someone just starting on a GFCFSF journey is start slowly, try your best to find safe alternatives to your child's favorite foods while adding in as much fresh, whole food as you're able, and also READ LABELS. Gluten, soy and casein go by MANY names, and you have to be a food detective to not accidentally give your child exactly that which you're trying to avoid!