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Food suggestions [Oct. 19th, 2012|02:05 pm]
Against the grain

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[happy_just_2_be]
I am looking for crackers/chips/snack ideas that I can feed my 3 and a half year old son. He cannot have any gluten, oats, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts, sweet potato. We have to limit potatoes, rice, and tomatoes due to sensitivities. I am just looking for some other ideas for snacks and side dishes. The crackers we used to eat have corn in them, as do the chicken nuggets we used to eat. It is so hard with so many limitations. I feel so bad telling him he can't have foods he used to eat, but I know it will make him feel better. Any suggestions for foods or even recipes would be greatly appreciated. I tried to make mashed cauliflower one night and he was not a fan. I have made him tomato free ketchup since he eats ketchup on everything, and that works good. I am planning to try carrot fries, and we just found plantain chips that he loves. It was one thing before when we just had dairy, wheat and eggs, but now to take away more foods from him that he has already had is hard. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2012-10-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, it just occurred to me that you might be looking for pre-made cracker products, not recipes, LOL. I'm in a stage where I'm having reactions to literally everything that has a label so I forgot about going out and buying crackers.

Unfortunately if you are trying to avoid corn, rice, and gluten, you may be SOL in the cracker department unless you make your own. You might also look for recipes using buckwheat or millet- those are both non-rice gluten-free grains. Be aware though that if his corn sensitivity is severe there are cross-contamination issues with a lot of grains and you'll have to proceed carefully.
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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-10-19 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez.... Of course this would seem impossible. I am not completely eliminating rice, that is a sensitivity that isnt as bad, so we are just limiting that. Potatoes too. So if there are rice based products I could switch out with potato regularly for more variety. I am game for premade or homemade. At this point I will try anything. Poor kid needs to eat something! Lol. I do make plenty of muffins etc for him, need to make some cookies. I always thought soy would be the impossible one, but I think corn is worse!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2012-10-20 01:26 am (UTC)
Edward & Sons rice crackers are corn free, rice based. Some flavors are not corn free- vegetable ones are not, though I used to tolerate them just fine for a long time.


Here's their allergen grid: http://www.edwardandsons.com/allergen.itml

You'll also have to check the other ingredients, of course. But if they will work for sometimes, you could maybe rotate those out with homemade seed crackers maybe?

Corn is pretty bad, but it how hard it is does depend on sensitivity level. Not everyone reacts to derivatives such as citric acid, for example, and not everyone reacts to cross contamination or traces in plastics. I went from being in the former camp to reacting to all these things rather suddenly, though, so it's good to know what is corn-taminated even if you are able to cheat a bit. When it comes to avoiding corn the only way to truly be 100% corn free would be to like, move to the center of the earth, so it's really a spectrum of avoidance more than anything else.
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