Some tips on preventing iron deficiency. 3

Preventing iron deficiency…

“Not an easy task on a restricted diet” – that’s what the dietician said, so now I don’t feel so bad that Zac’s levels were low in the blood test results. Apparently most people struggle to get enough iron in their diet and for little ones, particularly those with restrictions, it is even tougher.

Ironically, when the blood test results were posted to us – they came with a tip sheet on how to get the iron into his diet – and many of the suggested sources were ‘unavailable’ to us, e.g. Weetabix, Cheerios, Shreddies, Weetabix, wholemeal bread, nuts, eggs. I guess this is a standard sheet – but it would be useful if they had one for those on restricted diets. So this blog post is my attempt at creating one.

We are avoiding nuts and eggs, until the next round of testing. He does have eggs cooked into things, but on this diet sheet it says egg yolk is a good source of iron, and there is no way I will try him on a ‘dippy egg’ or anything similar until we are 100% certain that it won’t cause a reaction. Same goes for nuts. He has food that says ‘may contain traces of nuts’ –  but I am not about to give him peanut butter or a handful of almonds until we know for sure that he is ok with these too.

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Gluten free, dairy free breakfasts. Option 11 – cereal bars Reply

‘Travelling breakfasts’ are not easy for my intolerant child. Last summer we stayed in a hotel for a few nights and sorting breakfast was such a challenge. We took our gluten free, dairy free cereals and our own carton of dairy free milk. We didn’t have a fridge in our room, so took kept the milk in a lunch box full of ice packs. It was still fresh on the first morning, but pretty rough by the second day as the ice packs had melted.

We had also taken his special bread, but could only take a tiny amount of the dairy free spread to go in the ice packs with the milk and again by the second day it was no good. If Zac wasn’t so fussy he could have had some of the cooked breakfast but as the sausages were almost certainly not gluten free and the cross contamination risk was high, he just ‘hit the fruit bar’ quite hard and had fruit salad every morning with a pot of ‘dry cereal’ and some dry bread. He didn’t seem to mind, but I felt sorry for him and that is when I decided I should try and make a cereal bar, just for occasions like these.

I know there are some readily available in the ‘free from’ sections of the supermarkets but they are quite expensive and rather sugar laden so I decided to see if I could make a cereal bar that is hopefully more healthy, economical and delicious.

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Delicious and easy chocolate crispy refrigerator cakes – egg free, gluten free, dairy free 3

I am not sure why I have not made these before. I have made standard ‘rice krispie’ cakes so many times over the years but for some reason, I never thought about making a ‘Zac friendly’ version until this afternoon. More…