Hopefully, you’re following this series and you’ve already changed what your child is drinking. Next step involves snacks.
Every family finds an increase in 2 things every summer: Laundry and the need for snacks. We might not be able to help with the laundry (sorry) but a few notes on snacks are in order. Let’s tackle gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free snacks, and become pros!
If you’re not familiar with these ingredients, the main thing to know is that diet research on the GFCF Diet showed 65% of children with autism improved on the diet. ¹ And when the diet includes the removal of gluten, casein, and soy (all three), research shows 91% of children with autism improve. ²
If children are eating at mealtimes, they shouldn’t need to be snacking several times a day. If you’re scared to leave your house without snack bags, you might want to consider what your child is (or isn’t) eating at mealtimes. More on this in a future post.
For now, it’s time to make your child’s snacks gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free.
Let’s jump in:
Fruits and vegetables make great snacks. Freeze berries, keep them in a cooler bag and they’ll still be delicious for several hours.
Trail mixes are an easy snack and don’t even need to be kept cold.
Need more ideas? We love our Pinterest boards, the TACA website, the TACA Journey Guide; these are all wonderful resources that have snack ideas to get you through the summer without gluten or casein.
In the summer, snacks are often on the go. For some families, it can help because the entire kitchen can’t be stuffed into a backpack so the snacks available are only what you’ve brought. The ice-cream truck will drive by. We know. It’s not easy. But trying the diet for your child is a great idea because many kids respond when their diet is cleaned up.
Get creative with snacks. When you find something your child loves, go bananas over it and stock up. Speaking of bananas, this can be a great snack for some kids.
Want a fun treat? Try ice-cream! Yes, you can make ice-cream without milk. Check out TACA’s recipe section for a chocolate, strawberry or vanilla ice-cream recipe.
Snacks are necessary and you need to have them available. If mealtimes are delayed, a child with autism sometimes cannot express they are hungry with words. The child may become irritable or aggressive.
Stay tuned for the next part in this series: Breakfast without gluten, casein or soy….Yes, it can be done!
1-What is GFCF Diet Anyway?
2- What is important about Soy?