Gluten-Free Snacks for the Kids

Moms, and of course dads, too, know very well the challenge of feeding their kids healthy food. To be able to give the energy their kids need daily, parents want better quality for snacks they get their hands on.

However, children  whose meals require more special attention make the daily diet plan not so easy to deal with. 

So! Read up for we have some tips for you if you have gluten sensitive kids, that we hope might make things a lot easier 😉 

1.) Fresh fruit slices in light syrup

Kids tend to be really active. So it’s really important to give some energy-boost mid-day while still having enough nutrients to maintain a good health. And since fruits are known to be gluten-free, adding this easy-to-prepare treat would really make you at ease.

Ingredients:

-1 cup of sliced fruits (You can explore different kinds. But try to ask your kids first which they prefer more)

-1 tablespoon sugar

-1/4 cup water

 

Procedure:

1.) Dissolve sugar in water by heating on a stove or in a microwave. For another healthy tip, use chemical free muscovado sugar. 

2.) Cool the syrup down by placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.

3.) Pour over the fruit slices and chill for few more minutes.

4.) Serve on snack, or put in a container if intended as a packed snack.

 

2.) Fruity gelatin

Just to add some variety to your kids’ snacks if you wish to make fruits as staple, why not have some gelatin? Also known as a gluten-free food, gelatin would surely make children excited for snack with its glossy and easy to mold shape. In fact, this snack for adults who wish to lose weight!

Ingredients:

-2 cups freshly squeezed/pureed fruit juice (depending again on your or your kid’s preference)

-2 packets of gelatin

-2 cups cups boiling water

 

Procedure:

1.) Boil water and gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

2.) Add fruit juice into the mixture, and stir.

3.) Put in a gelatin a molder or to any fancy shaped molder you wish to use (e.g. animal shapes)

4.) Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve.

3.)  Flourless banana pancake

Hit two birds with just one stone by eliminating the gluten-packed flour in the recipe, and save more time in preparing this easy-to-make gluten-free pancake! We all know that kids are pancake fans, so making a safer alternative for our gluten sensitive children would definitely make them happy. Also, for those adults who are asking questions on how to lose weight and some diet tips, then this recipe is definitely for you, too!

Ingredients:

-2 large very ripe banana

-4 medium eggs

-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure:

1.) Mash the bananas and mix in the eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl.

2.) Spray the heated non-stick pan with oil and scoop about ¼ cup of batter in.

3.) Cook each side for about 30 seconds.

4.) Put on the plate and top with light maple syrup as you wish.

  Join your kids in enjoying these treats and make snacking time more fun. Enjoy and eat up! 

 

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Common Gluten-Free Pinoy Dishes You Should Know

Generally, Filipino food is very friendly to people who need to strictly follow a gluten-free diet. Here are some common Pinoy dishes that do not contain gluten as it is, cooked with the usual recipe. These will be handy the next time you are craving for something really Filipino:

Adobo

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Be it chicken, pork, or CPA (chicken and pork adobo), adobo is normally a gluten free dish. Some questions were raised if soy sauce, one of the primary ingredients used in this dish is gluten-free. And the good news is, it is![1] In fact, if the soy sauce is made purely of its base ingredient which is soy beans that is naturally gluten-free. But to sure, always purchase the brand that you know and trust. As it may happen that soy sauce manufacturers process them in the same area as wheat, and cross contamination is still a possibility.

Sinigang

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One of the healthiest Pinoy dishes around and thankfully, also devoid of gluten. Do away with potential gluten source which are sinigang mixes which usually contain wheat. Flavor it with natural sampalok or guava, and eat worry-free. Also, since vegetables have no gluten, you can definitely be sure that no adverse effect will happen if you have gluten intolerance. Other might worry that since there are certain starches included in the list of ingredients such gabi, gluten might still be there. Apparently, even though most  of the sources of gluten are starches, not all starches have it. And the good thing is, gabi didn’t make the cut.

For more information about gluten sources, click here.

 

Pancit Bihon

We also discussed before about bihon, one of the party foods that we all love to serve, as a gluten-free staple for us Filipinos. And this ingredient itself is safe for consumption. Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that we put in pancit bihon that should be used with caution or better yet, eliminated. Common ingredient such kikiam, should be, as much as possible, replaced with something whole such as meat chunks. Certain processed foods as such use wheat flour as binder. This also goes with other common street foods in a stick such as fishballs and squidballs.

We will include more information about anything gluten in the typical Filipino diet on the next articles, so always keep posted!

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