at Le Pain Quotidien, m got prosciutto, fig and pear tartine with ricotta, honey and wild arugula. usually we have a choice of bread. since we wanted to keep our hands free of allergens when we’re with k, the waiter offered us the option of gluten free vegan crackers.
the first food that k showed me lack of interest in was chickpeas – feeding them to me instead of eating it. so when i found these chips in the supermarket, it seemed like a fun way for k to retry chickpeas. i know k can eat chickpeas without an allergic reaction. there are also a few new spices to introduce k to so i picked it up.
we were out and about when i realized i forgot k’s snack! so we went to the deli and looked for something that she could eat. it has three main ingredients: popcorn, vegetable oil and sea salt. k liked it very much!
for an alternative to only brown rice pasta, i found a variety from Trader Joe’s that included quinoa. it’s also gluten free and vegan so k can eat it.
according to Trader Joe’s newsletter, it has 80% brown rice and 20% quinoa – more than other brands that label themselves as a “quinoa” pasta. Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan pasta: Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta”
more dry snacks for k! i guess you can say once i started looking for them, there’re not that hard to find. so far i’ve only been focused on savory ones and k doesn’t seem to mind. my latest shopping endeavor led me to these quinoa sticks with chia seeds.
m & i were out with k all day and on our way home, since it was nice outside we thought we’d stop to let k see the sunset. i was going to pick up some drinks since m & i were parched on the way and since i didn’t have k’s next meal, i thought i’d pick up a snack in case she gets hungry. i found these: Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan snack: Simple Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Punkin Cranberry Corn Tortilla Chips”
from the same brand that brought k her love of waffles, is Van’s Gluten Free Multigrain Crackers. it has a crispy texture and nice flavor. like most snacks it is a little saltier than i would like for myself and even more so to give to a toddler so i lightly wipe off the top and bottom of each cracker to remove some of the salt and then it’s perfect!
the Ener-G brand pretzels are a bit crunchy so i haven’t bought them again although i did give k some from the last batch. when i was grocery shopping the other day at a local supermarket, i saw a line of gluten free products: Glutino. I’ve seen the name before but hadn’t tried it before. so when i saw they had a line of pretzels
prices of foods at natural foods stores are not cheap but the one near me would often have sales. so whenever there was a sale, i would look at the items and if k can eat it, i would give it a try. that’s how i found Benitos.
just like i can eat a variation of bread, when i went to pick up the Ener-G brown rice toast I introduced k to back in November for International Sandwich Day, i found the same brand has a Tapioca Loaf.
i love pretzels and thought k may enjoy some to. i was excited to find these Ener-G brand pretzels that were not only wheat free and gluten free but also dairy, egg, nut and soy free. not only does it satisfy k’s allergy needs but also kids with more allergies than k.
at k’s daycare, she is the same age as a few other toddlers in the class and the teachers decided since they all started walking, to have them begin potty training. with potty training, they will give them a treat. i have read some give candy but at school they plan to give Cheerios. since Cheerios has wheat and eggs, i needed to find a gluten free vegan alternative.
there’s a local natural foods store that i’ve been dependent on recently that i purposely roam through the aisles to see if i can find anything that k can eat. as i have been searching for dry snacks for k’s daycare snack time, i found these: Real Foods’ Corn Thins. since it’s a processed food, i have to depend on the labels and according to its packaging, it is made from all natural ingredients, gluten free and non GMO.
pasta usually has gluten which means it’s not for k but luckily there are lots of different varieties of pasta! the first one i found was made of organic brown rice and they’re in fun kid-friendly shapes.
k’s daycare wanted to celebrate International Sandwich Day which is on Monday, November 3rd this year. i haven’t introduced k to bread yet since it’s mostly made with wheat flour and egg – both of which are no-no’s in k’s diet.
before i considered looking for a recipe to make bread nor do i own a bread baking machine — although a friend got one for her wedding years ago and i did think they were really cool – i went shopping at my local natural foods store. luckily i was able to find Ener-G Foods’ Brown Rice Loaf. i like that it was free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, egg, soy, nut, low/no sodium. in addition it was non GMO Project Verified. Continue reading “processed food (gluten free eggless bread): Brown Rice Loaf”
k’s daycare had been playing “kitchen” for a few weeks. then they informed me that they are starting a cooking class in their weekly schedule. i thought: how fun! but the new class comes the concern about k’s food allergies. not only do we have to make sure k doesn’t eat the food she knows she’s allergic to, we also have to be more careful about what she hasn’t tried yet because there are plenty of things she hasn’t eaten yet! Continue reading “daycare cooking assignments”
as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.
from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”