Diary/wheat/sugar free 4 yo
Long story short, my SIL has to take my nephew off of a bunch of stuff to 'heal' his system. This is going to be totally limiting for the next 6 weeks and then hopefully only partially for the next few months... and we'll see from there.
He has to be off all dairy, all wheat and all refined sugar. The only sugars he can have have to be below 80 on the glycemic index (I don't fully know what this means, honestly).
Of course, this is at the beginning of the summer when they're all starting to have freezies and ice cream and other summer treats...
Anyone know any good websites for recipes for meals and treats for a 4 year old?
Re: Diary/wheat/sugar free 4 yo
Don't know of any recipes that fit all 3, but allrecipes.com has a "free of" section. If you type in "dairy free" it will bring up recipes. There is a free of menu, but I always end up finding it by accident. There use to be a site where you could highlight the items you wanted to be free of and then search but I can't find it.
Don't really know much about the glycemic index stuff either, but if you get some really sweet fruit make your own popcycles. Just puree and freeze- we do it with strawberries. I think mangos work as well without sugar. Have you ever tried banana ice cream? Slice ripe bananas, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze solid. Then put in food processor and pulse until you get the texture you want. It will get to ice cream consistency.
Re: Diary/wheat/sugar free 4 yo
Agave is supposedly low GI. Ive been reducing our sugar use for awhile, but I'm not always good at it. When I'm on a low/no sugar kick, we use a lot of dates, bananas, and stevia- sweetleaf liquid and a blend (can't think of the name sorry...) that has powdered stevia extract and erythritol. Calorie free and sweet. You use half the amount of sugar called for, so if your recipe calls for 1c, you'd use half a cup of the blend. Erythritol is made from corn and doesn't cause as much ahem. Tummy trouble as most other sugar alcohols do. So that might help.
There are a lot of dairy alternatives that are available in an unsweetened version now, too. But maybe investing in a good blender and making her own might help. It would also be useful for making other foods (hummus, smoothies,, etc) and sauces.
Elanas pantry is pretty popular for GF recipes and of course a google search turns up a ton like glutenfree girl, glutenfree mommy, and a host of others.
Good luck to your SIL. :cheer:She is so awesome for wanting to do this for her kiddo- even when it's difficult. My niece has some gastro-intestinal issues and they told my sis that eliminating dairy would help her a lot. My sis refused because "it's too hard, and I don't want her to miss out on pizza parties or ice-cream and cake at birthdays. I don't want her to be the weird one and not be able to just be normal." And the poor girl misses out on a lot due to illness anyway. :(
Research the GAPS diet! It is used to heal the gut!! Try searching For gaps friendly recipes, there are lots out there. this is the main website:
Good luck to them!
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