This breakfast is more for the warm summer days when you want something cold and refreshing to wake you up, when summer fruits are in season and in abundance. This is a ‘recipe’ I cannot take credit for. This was created by my intolerant child last summer. I have mentioned before how he loves his raisin toast. So a slice of the Warburtons GF fruit loaf, lightly toasted with a scrape of Pure Dairy Free is a big part of this breakfast. He likes it cut up into triangles – which make the toast the perfect size and shape for dipping into a yoghurt pot.
Zac’s favourite dairy free yoghurts are the Alpro soya ones. He likes all flavours but seems to like the cherry ones very much at the moment and is also very fond of the blueberry ones. Both are full of fruit pieces and highly coloured so stain clothes terribly and that is why, if you look at the picture carefully he has his top off! He hates getting his clothes dirty too, so as soon as he gets so much as a drop on him, he strips off. Not a bad thing as you need to get the stain remover on it straight away or you will never get it out.
I know a lot of people cannot take soya, and that must be tough because if you are dairy free too, I am not aware of many other yoghurt replacements. Alpro soya has been something of a godsend for us, as they are apparently so rich in calcium, protein, B and D vitamins that they help ‘prop up’ his diet. In fact, whenever we have seen a dietitian they pay little attention to the gluten free aspect of his diet and focus very much on the dairy replacement and take great pains to note down exactly what his daily intake is. I know it is crucial for bone density in later life, for a child to get the right levels of all these things and so I try to get Zac to eat three yoghurts a day. This was what the dietitian told me is the ideal way to ensure that his diet is adequate. He has a splash of the Alpro Soya Junior milk on his cereal, but no more than a splash and it is less densely laden with the good stuff than yoghurts, so I know I cannot rely on this for Zac.
To accompany the raisin toast and yoghurt, Zac likes other bits of fruit to dip. He likes to stab them on a little fork and then dip them, a bit like a cold fondue. His favourite selection is a little buffet of sliced banana, sliced peach, sliced grape and strawberries. He seems to be ok with these too – although he does get more ‘itchy’ in the summer and it has crossed my mind that soft fruits might be another source of irritation to him. Just waiting for some blood test results to confirm this. I guess sliced apple might be a nice addition to the dipping plate, along with any other fruits that you fancy and can afford. All fruits seem to be crazy expensive these days and anyone working on a supermarket checkout could be forgiven for think I keep animals or have a lot of children when they see the bags and bags of fruit on the belt – but when you are a dairy free, gluten free kid fruit really is your friend – so long as you don’t eat too much in one go! Something we have to be careful of with Zac. The last thing you want is a tummy ache as a result of overeating the foods you think are safer than the other foods that definitely give you a big tummy ache!