Most of the treats I featured in my last post about dairy free chocolates were recipes I’d developed, adapted or simply followed. However, I don’t always do everything from scratch. When I first started dairy free and gluten free cooking I used a few packet mixes – Hale & Hearty were my favourite. They were so good – easy to use, not too expensive and the end product was delicious. I bought mine in Sainsbury’s.
So here we go. The first chapter of the Feeding My Intolerant child book/guide. I decided to start with breakfasts, because I don’t know about you but the first thought that pops in to my head when I wake up is – what am I going to eat today? It seems to be the first thing my children think of too, as their first words to me each day tend to be ‘I’m hungry’.
When you are told by the doctor and dietician that your little one needs to go on a gluten free and dairy free diet, you instantly wonder what on earth they can eat. It doesn’t seem to leave much. One of the most difficult meals to deal with, in my opinion, is breakfast. For many of us breakfast is usually some kind of wheat or gluten based cereal or grain served or made with dairy – e.g. any breakfast cereal and milk, porridge, even toast.
Perhaps this is part of the problem. Maybe for too long we have all over eaten wheat and dairy based breakfasts and should have had more variety in our diets. Perhaps this is actually a blessing in disguise and natures way of prompting me to make healthier more varied breakfasts. My ‘intolerant child’ has no choice but to try different breakfast foods now and it turns out that it is not as daunting as you may think. I have found it quite a tasty and interesting challenge.
Today we were running low on ‘Zac foods’. Our local Tesco, seems to be stocking less and less in it’s Free From section at the moment and our Waitrose is not much better. Sainsbury’s has by far the widest stock on shelves and some brands I have not seen anywhere else. So despite sending Tom to the supermarket yesterday for a ‘big shop’, I still had to go today.
Here is the list of items I bought and how much they cost.
Natures Path Gluten Free ‘O’s – breakfast cereal £2.75
Doves Farm Gluten Free Stars – breakfast cereal £1.94
Free From Ciabatta – 2 x small bread rolls – £1.80
Free From Digestive biscuits – £1.50
Free From Chocolate Coins (for his Christmas stocking) – £1.49
Orgran Outback Animal biscuits – £2.99
Free From Rich Tea biscuits – £1.39
Small bag of Free From Pasta – £1.50
Dietary Specials Gluten Free breadsticks – £2.49
Alpro Creamy Peach Yoghurts pack of 2 pots – £1
Alpro Creamy Cherry Yoghurts pack of 2 pots – £1
Gluten Free/Dairy Free chocolate spread – £2.29
Free From Spaghetti – £1.50
Small loaf of Genius brown bread – £2.90
Free From White bread rolls pack of 2 – £0.63
So that is almost £30 spent on special foods. I know it looks like a lot of snack foods. He won’t consume these all in a week, remember not all stores stock everything, so I tend to load up when I see a bit of variety. I do limit his snacking but when you have a child who cannot eat dairy or gluten, snacking is tricky. Active 3 year olds are hungry a lot and need extra fuel – so I do let him have the odd biscuit.