Gluten Free / Dairy Free Meal & Snack Ideas for a Toddler

by Lauren on February 14, 2017

I swear, when you are a mom, there is always something to overthink or worry about….always! When you have multiple kiddos, it gets worse.

So we’ve had a bit of a rough start to this year, but we’re getting through. After a full month of bad colds and sinus infections (me), we all seemed to be on the mend, until I noticed this…..

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THRUSH!

Seriously guys, it never ends.  I first noticed a sharp pain in my breast and then when I opened up Isaiah’s mouth and saw that, I knew it had to be thrush.  Oy vey! Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it but I’m aggressively attacking it as we speak.

Okay but let’s not talk about yeast infections, let’s talk about food….HA, how’s that for a transition?

Specifically, I want to talk about gluten free/dairy free food options for a toddler because that is what we are living at the moment.

I know I’ve mentioned before, but we are very fortunate that Grayson has always been such a great eater. He has no problem shoveling vegetables in his mouth, has absolutely no interest in sugar or anything sweet, and wouldn’t drink anything but water even if you offered it to him. Blessed we are!

We’ve always been very limited in our gluten and dairy, mainly because of my autoimmune disorder, but I also know that dairy and gluten can cause inflammation in the body.  The forms we did eat came in homemade sourdough, keifer, and raw sheep and goats milk cheeses.  But when Grayson was diagnosed with autism, I decided to take out all forms completely, especially for a time to see if it made a difference in some of his symptoms.

Within a few days, I started to notice gains.  He appeared less stressed and more aware.  He began using more words (like saying his brother’s name) and even started counting after an entire year of trying to get him to count. So whether or not it is or isn’t the diet, the progress he is making happened immediately after I removed gluten and dairy so I can’t deny it has to be making some kind of difference.

But when it comes to toddlers, bread and cheese is often a huge component of their diet so the idea of getting rid of these things can be daunting.  Here are a few ways we’ve transitioned to a GFCF diet for Grayson over the past few weeks….

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BREAKFASTS

LUNCHES

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  • Hummus and avocado sandwiches on GF bread (we use Aldi’s brand)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly on GF bread
  • Chicken sausage (GF and DF) with veggies and hummus
  • Sweet potato quesadilla (brown rice tortilla)
  • Egg and avocado toast (GF bread)

DINNERS

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  • Brown rice pasta with roasted vegetables and chicken sausage
  • Chicken with roasted vegetables
  • Turkey burger with homemade sweet potato fries
  • Cauliflower crust pizza with roasted mushrooms (no cheese or dairy free cheese)

SNACKS

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  • Smoothies
  • Apples with almond butter
  • GF pretzels (his favorite are Aldi’s brand)
  • Popcorn
  • Dired snap peas
  • Freeze dried fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Homemade peanut butter snack balls
  • Homemade granola and granola bars (GF oats)
  • Larabars
  • Tortilla chips and guacamole

Hopefully this gives you a few ideas whether you are looking to cut back or eliminate gluten and/or dairy for yourself or your kiddo.  It takes a little extra thinking at times, but fortunately, this diet has become easy to obtain with so many options available now.

 

3 thoughts on “Gluten Free / Dairy Free Meal & Snack Ideas for a Toddler”

  1. Jim says:

    Unsweetened, full-fat yogurt with live cultures.

    Scrapple and eggs sunny-side up with runny yolks.

    Soft-boiled eggs with buttered toast.

    Jim

  2. Julie says:

    Seeing those improvements so quickly (the counting!) must have been really encouraging. Kudos to you! 🙂

  3. Sabrena says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Also wanted to share this health giveaway going on while i’m here: https://microbiomeplus.com/deal/ where you can win 3 month supply of probiotics, $100 towards a gym membership and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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