TACA’s Summertime Series is a 5 part series to help parents use this summer to change the dietary habits as well as the overall diet of their child with autism.
We started with Drinks and Snacks. Let’s move on to what many people reference as the most important meal of the day: Breakfast.
There are a few strategies to work your way up to putting your child on the GFCF (and SF) diet. This summertime series suggests you take it one step at a time. After you feel confident you can provide GFCF (and SF) beverages and snacks with ease, circle a date on your calendar as early as tomorrow and be prepared to serve the first of many breakfasts.
You can cook and bake. You can buy pre-made breakfast foods. You can fry it up. You can use a little pre-made and little homemade.
Whatever strategy you use, it will help to plan ahead and always have something ready to go in the rush of the morning.
There will be a little trial and error with finding something your child likes for breakfast. If your daughter eats Lucky Charms every morning, there is nothing that can replace her favorite cereal that will taste remotely close to it so it’s better to carve out a new path and find some new breakfast options.
Don’t forget about the basics of eggs, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free toast and Fruit smoothies are a tasty start to the day and you can sneak other food in. Here are some go-to options that we have found great success with:
Eggs (Get creative and find the way your child likes these power packed eggs)
Granola (with milk alternative)
Fruit Smoothies (Great Getting Started Guide!)
Meat options: BACON
Who doesn’t love bacon?
Bacon tip: lay it out on a cookie sheet and bake it in the oven for about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels and have a happy day! Make your clean-up easier by wiping the pan right away or covering with parchment or foil before baking.
Hopefully, we have given you something to smile about today!
You can find more breakfast ideas on TACA’s Pinterest , the TACA website
Why do we suggest changing your child’s diet? Research on the GFCF Diet showed 65% of children with autism improved. Additionally, research on the GFCFSF (including Soy-free) Diet showed 91% improved. These odds are too good to ignore. TACA likes helping families get started on changing their child’s diet to improve their overall health.
Stay tuned for Part 4 in the Summertime Series: Lunch!
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