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Celiac awareness week: blog 2 Celiac disease and childrens diets

12/05/2016

Supporting a child with celiac disease is a challenge, it requires planning, research and organisation.  Ask for support from your family and friends and find out if there are any other celiacs in your child’s school. Pack lunches are often much safer than school meals and can be a made to look very similar to other pack lunches, gluten free bread sandwiches with roasted chicken cucumber or lettuce with olive oil and carrot and pepper sticks to much on, healthy and tasty and colourful.  Watch out for my healthy gut healing dinner recipe tomorrow!

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A gluten free diet means removing grains that have gluten present and avoiding cross contamination with other foods.   Don’t get caught up in the marketing of gluten free junk food, its ok on occasion, but don’t rely on these foods for you and your children.  All vegetables, fruit and natural animal products are naturally gluten free, processed meat and pre-packed food need to be checked for gluten or avoided.

Which gluten free brand would I recommend?

Schar are my favourite brand for bread and rolls, they use really healthy alterantives and don’t use tapioca flour, which I find is very high in carbohydrates and not much else, and their prices not prohibitively expensive like some brands. Here are some of the ingredients used by Schar:

  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum
  • Buckwheat
  • chestnut flour

The small, yellow millet seeds, which are a staple food in Africa, are easy to digest, rich in B vitamins, folic acid, fiber, and minerals such as zinc and iron. Sorghum is a member of the millet family. Featuring valuable minerals and fiber, it is one of the most valuable ingredients of a gluten-free diet. Buckwheat delivers plenty of protein and contributes to the distinctive taste of our bread. Quinoa, the sacred grain of the Incas, is not a cereal grain but is instead an Amaranthaceae, an important source of protein, fiber and mineral.

Schar products are sold in supermarkets, you can also buy their products online here Schar online

Clear spring sell a really great organic instant porridge made with buckwheat, quinoa and chia seeds.  I really like this for breakfast sometimes with some blueberries and milled flax seeds made with almond milk, really tasty with a little honey on top.

Contact me if you would like further information on gluten free diets, healing the gut and nourishing a recently diagnosed celiac.

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