Quick and Easy Gluten Free Meal Ideas:
1st, check out Pinterest. You will find more than enough ideas for GF lunches, snacks, desserts, parties, etc. Just don’t waste as much time on there as I did in the beginning!
2nd, pick up a copy of Kelli and Pete Bronski’s book Gluten-Free Family Favorites:
Then, just start to search on Google. I came across this GF list on www.rageagainsttheminivan.com during a random internet search (and then started to follow this blog as well).
Gluten Free Snack Ideas
See link for great ideas from Glutenista (just ignore a few of the beverage ideas that are not child-friendly).
Gluten Free Playdough Recipe:
I have learned the hard way that Playdough and Celiac Disease do not mix! Here is a quick and easy gluten free recipe which I found on the parents.com site:
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water 1 teaspoon cooking oil
Food coloring, if desired
Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.
Celiac Blogs for Mothers and Families:
1. Celiac Kiddo: celiackiddo.wordpress.com: Dana has a genuine voice about what it is like to raise a daughter with celiac disease and is a beautiful writer (and photographer). She stopped posting in 2015, but her blog is still up and you can read through her archives.
2. Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom: www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com: Heidi, who also writes for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine, tells the true story about what it is like to have a gluten-free household. Her blog is one of the first that I started to follow on my GF journey. Although she does not post often, her past posts have a ton of good info.
3. Gluten Free Mom: www.glutenfreemom.com. Jamie’s page is one of my favorites and is always chock full of practical advice about parenting, traveling, and living GF. I have been honored to be able to be a guest blogger on her page.
4. Raising Jack with Celiac: www.raisingjackwithceliac.com.
1. Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? by Katie Chalmers
This is an excellent resource for teaching children about celiac disease, what gluten actually is, that some patients with celiac disease may have different symptoms than others, and that there are tons of delicious gluten-free foods that kids with celiac disease can eat after diagnosis. My favorite quote is near the end of the book: “So, remember to think positive and look at the sunny side of Celiac. Other than some food, everything else about your life will be just like other kids.”
2. Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise by Debbie Simpson
This is a wonderful book which teaches children (and siblings, teachers, etc.) all about Celiac Disease and what it means to live gluten free. My oldest children loved it and after we read it together, I felt that they finally understood why I need to be so careful about what I eat.
3. Gluten-Free Me by Christy E. Bykowski
Written by a mother of a child with celiac disease, this newly published book tells the story of the adventures of Beckmin, a kindergartener with celiac disease. My three oldest children loved reading it with me and they gained a much better understanding of why I need to be so careful about avoiding gluten cross-contamination. Please see link for more details.
4. The Trouble that Jack Had is a free printable book for children about celiac disease from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. See link for PDF that can be printed (to make it into a book print the even pages first, flip pages, and then manually feed to print odd pages).