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


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!

[User Picture]From: becala
2012-10-19 08:14 pm (UTC)
How about seeds? There are a lot of raw foods and GAPS diet (grain-free) recipes out there that call for flax seeds, or sesame and sunflower seeds.



Watch out with the flax seeds though, they are high fiber and might give some digestive distress.

Oh also if you're avoiding corn you might want to look at the Facebook corn allergy group. Lots of people on there who are taking care of multiply-allergic kids, and are extremely creative with recipes on a limited diet.

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[User Picture]From: happy_just_2_be
2012-10-19 08:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you! Corn is the worst!!!
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[User Picture]From: lyterae
2012-10-20 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link!
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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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[User Picture]From: ghislainedel
2012-10-19 11:59 pm (UTC)
Along the chicken nugget front, how about a recipe like this: http://easynaturalfood.com/2011/09/11/chicken-and-apple-breakfast-sausage/ I think the same site has a plainer version too without the apples.

I make a similar recipe all the time using cut up chicken thighs whirred through the food processor but it's an Asian recipe with soy sauce.
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[User Picture]From: lyterae
2012-10-20 12:46 am (UTC)
I don't have a lot of advice, but sympathy. We spent 6 months on a strict elimination diet and were able to add in some key foods (gluten and soy). When we were back in full on elimination phase she ate a lot of fruits and veggies, it's very hard to find prepackaged anything that is safe. I'm getting better at modifying recipes but there are some nights where I make chicken and set some aside for her and then make the rest of dinner...

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[User Picture]From: becala
2012-10-20 05:16 am (UTC)
Oh, also, how severe is the egg allergy? Some people can tolerate duck eggs when they can't do chicken eggs. Whole Foods usually carries them, as well as other non-chain health food stores.

Also if you have a dehydrator you can try making vegetable chips- out of like beets, kale, maybe squash or non-potatoe root vegetables like parsnips, turnips, rutabagas. You can supposedly make them in the oven but they turned out terribly that way when I tried it. I think dehydrator is the way to go.

Oh, and you can also try mashed parsnips instead of mashed cauliflower. Parsnips don't taste exactly like potatoes but at least they are nice and starchy, where cauliflower is very low-carb.

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[User Picture]From: faunna
2012-10-21 06:51 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Black Bean Beanitos? Only corn free bean chip I've ever found. They do have some rice but are otherwise safe for your list as far as I know.

I am also a fan of Kale chips. The ones in the store are expensive and dangerously flavored so I make them at home. Wash the Kale and cut out the big vein. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at the lowest temp your oven has for as long as it takes. If you have a gas oven just let the warmth of the pilot light do the baking overnight. All you're after is dehydration. Once you figure it out in your oven they will be a melt in your mouth yet crispy thing. Season very lightly with a hint of salt and whatever else sounds good.
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[User Picture]From: kyteroo
2013-01-27 07:06 pm (UTC)
Learn raw foods dehydrating cooking techniques. You'll be able to make your own crackers. raw chef academy is fairly good. Best wishes!
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