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Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids

Here is the list and some clickable links to find out our favorite gluten-free snacks for kids.

We know kids can be “picky” but all of these ideas passed some of the pickiest eaters.

mother and daughter preparing avocado toast
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  1. YumEarth Organic Licorice

2. Snyders Gluten-Free Pretzels

3. Chips & Salsa (Pace Salsa)

4. String Cheese

5. Any Fruits & Veggies

6. Cheese & Crackers (Miltons gluten-free crackers with sea salt)

7. Gluten-Free Candy Cane JoJo cookies (Trader Joes)

8. Gogurt

9. Fairlife lactose-free chocolate milk

10. Popcorn

11.Cretors carmel and cheese popcorn

I hope this list is helpful!

Here is the video link.

Let me know what you would add to this list.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

Rookie Mistakes People New to the Gluten-Free Lifestyle Make

It’s no secret that being new to any lifestyle change is hard. So when it comes to beginning a new journey of becoming gluten-free, and cutting out all things flour and wheat, eating can get hard!

I myself have been gluten-free due to my celiacs disease for twelve years now, and I myself made some rookie mistakes at the beginning of my gluten-free journey.

Here are some mistakes that many people make as they start out gluten-free. Hopefully, you can learn from other people mistakes. Even more, hopefully this can help your gluten-free journey to be easier and simpler.

ROOKIE MISTAKES PEOPLE NEW TO THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE MAKE

#1- Buying way too much gluten-free food in one shopping trip without knowing how the products taste. Buying a lot of gluten-free items can be very expensive, and you may be disappointed in the taste and texture of some gluten-free products. Stick to trying no more than 3-5 new gluten-free food products in one shopping trip.

#2-Assuming that others know what gluten-free entails. Most people have heard about being gluten-free, but actually don’t know what it entails. I have heard everything such as “oh you can’t eat potatoes,” or “you only eat meat right?” Make sure that especially those in your inner-circle know EXACTLY what eating gluten-free entails. This drastically can help you avoid get accidentally “glutened” by friends.

#3-Not being specific and proactive enough when eating at restaurants. My biggest push on this is ask a lot of questions. I usually ask my waiter/waitress about 2-3 times that they made sure my meal was gluten-free. I have gotten sick the most from going out to eat so I can attest it’s ok to be the “buggy” customer at the restaurant. Your health is more important than trying to win best restaurant customer of the year.

#4-Making sure to question all the ingredients if someone tries to make you a gluten-free meal. Honestly, I politely turn people down when others ask if they can cook me a gluten-free meal. Why? Because there are so many seasonings and small ingredients that have gluten that get overlooked. My exception to this are people that eat gluten-free themselves, OR friends that I am comfortable with having them break down the recipe for me. Again, no one wants to be rude or ungrateful, however, getting sick from homemade fun is never fun either.

#5-Trying to cook gluten-free products the same way you cooked regular (gluten-filled) products. For example, gluten-free noodles turn to gooey, gross messes if you don’t watch them carefully while boiling them. The time limit for gluten-free noodles is different than regular noodles. When it comes to baking you have to remember products bake much differently than regular products. Gluten-free baked products usually don’t rise and fluff up like regular items. So just remember, cooking and baking gluten-free takes time and it can be frustrating at first.

#6- Not vocalizing your frustrations with your new gluten-free lifestyle. This may sound bizarre, but it’s hard to have a diet change, especially when it becomes a life long diet change. This change is not easy and it can be a struggle. I recommend finding Facebook groups, understanding friends and family members that you can lean on for support. Try your best to be optimistic, but also realize it’s ok to have days of frustration.

#7- Overlooking books and resources that can teach you more about living a gluten-free lifestyle. We are blessed to have so many resources to lean on when it comes to being gluten-free. Dig deep and find those gluten free blogs, books, Instagram accounts etc. the more knowledge you have about a gluten-free lifestyle, the better!

Hopefully your gluten-free journey can be a positive learning curve. Yes, it will be a learning curve but you will do well.

Best of luck on your gluten-free journey!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Recipes

The Best Eclair Dessert/ Gluten-Free

Do you like eclairs? If so, you are going to love this dessert.

Even better? This eclair dessert is gluten-free and many people don’t actually realize it’s gluten-free!

This recipe is great for family gatherings, or larger groups. One thing I can guarantee about this recipe is that it won’t last long!

I would recommend taking at least two hours to complete this recipe since you need the crust to cool before adding the pudding mixture.

If you follow the recipe, you will see it’s quite simple to make this eclair dessert, and I am sure you will add it to your favorites.

Enjoy!

ECLAIR DESSERT

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 C. gluten-free flour (I prefer cup4cup)

1 stick of butter

4 eggs

1 cup water

dash of salt.

FILLING:

1 8 -oz. pkg. softened cream cheese

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 6-oz pkg. instant vanilla pudding

3 Cups milk

1 8-oz. container Cool Whip

Hershey’s Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil then add butter. Once melted, stir in flour. This will form a stiff batter.
  2. Remove from heat and add one egg at a time, stirring to fully incorporated each time (a mixer works great).
  3. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan that has been sprayed with vegetable spray.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  6. Mix softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 cup of milk, and package of instant pudding. Mix well.
  7. Add remaining 2 cups milk, gradually mixing in well.
  8. Pour pudding mixture on top of the cooled crust.
  9. Top with cool whip.
  10. Just before serving, drizzle Hershey’s Syrup on top.
  11. Enjoy!!

I would love to hear if you end up making this. This recipe is sure to be a delicious dessert that all will enjoy….AND it’s gluten-free!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

My Favorite Places to Find Gluten-Free Recipes

After years of eating gluten-free I have found some GREAT resources when it comes to finding tasty gluten-free recipes and meals.

I hope you will find these resources helpful, even if you don’t have to eat gluten-free I think you’ll enjoy it!

To watch my YouTube video on this look below:

1- Download the “Tasty” app! This app is so helpful and has so many gluten-free recipes. It shows ratings on how well people have liked the meal and the instructions are great and easy to follow.

You can also save your favorite recipes to come back to.

2- Get meal plans from :

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

The best option is to buy them for a year which is only $48.00

The recipes are sent to you weekly via email.

It’s 6 days worth of dinner meals and each meal has the main meal, a side dish and dessert.

I printed my recipes off on paper and created my own cookbook with these meal plans and I use them frequently.

I love the Six Sister’s Stuff and think you will too!

3- Go to: https://cleanmondaymeals.com

This website has endless meal prep recipes and even better?! They are ALL gluten free!

The recipes on the website are tasty and easy to follow.

JaNae Cox is the founder of Clean Monday Meals and she has wonderful ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Check out her website, and she also has book options available for purchasing!

4- Don’t be scared to pull out those delicious family recipes books and replace regular flour with gluten free flour.

Sometimes it takes experimenting but it’s so rewarding to create that delicious meal you loved from grandma .. and make it gluten -free!

Create your own gluten-free recipes with just a bit of an adjustment

My favorite flours that are gluten free are: cup4cup, namaste, and better batter flour.

5- Pinterest!

You can find me on Pinterest “christyleepixx” and I have pinned a lot of great gluten-free recipes.

Even more, start finding some yummy gluten-free recipes and save them to your Pinterest page.

Pinterest app

Yes you may make some “Pinterest fails,” but it’s worth it to find some of those tasty “Pinterest wins.”

I hope this helps you find more gluten-free recipes!

The resources out there are wonderful these days and I’m so happy to see gluten-free friendly meals popping up all over now.

Do you have any great places YOU look for gluten- free recipes?

Until next time!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Gluten-Free, Recipes, Uncategorized

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs are a family favorite around our house.

This recipe is tasty and delicious. Hopefully you enjoy this gluten-free meal, and remember if you don’t need it gluten free you can just swap out the gluten free breadcrumbs for regular.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb hamburger

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Braggs Liquid Aminos

1 egg

Black pepper to taste

8 ounces crushed pineapple (reserve juices)

Sauce ingredients:

With reserves pineapple juice, add water to get 1 1/2 cups of water and pineapple juice mixed together.

2 teaspoons liquid aminos

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Create a cornstarch slurry with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed

Sauce instructions:

1. In a saucepan combine all ingredients and stir constantly for 5-10 minutes over medium heat.

2. Once the sauce has thickened a bit it is ready to be poured over the meatballs.

Directions for Meatballs:

1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl (do not include reserves pineapple juice). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix ingredients together well with your hands.(gloves)

Meatball mixture

3. Form meatballs into circles … just a bit smaller than a golfball.

4. Place meatballs on cookie sheet pan.

5. Place meatballs in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

6. Take meatballs out of the oven .. pour sauce mixture over meatballs and cook for another 5 minutes.

7. Serve meatballs over rice or noodles.

8. Enjoy your meal!

*Yields abt 15-20 meatballs*

I hope you enjoy eating a tasty gluten free meal!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee