If your child has any of these symptoms, it might mean that he/she is sensitive or allergic to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye.
Researchers are also trying to correlate symptoms of behavioral issues in kids like attention deficit disorder and autism decreasing with a gluten-free diet.
If you would like to explore the gluten-free path to see if it changes how he/she feels, pick up some of my favorite gluten-free snacks listed below.
Remember, gluten-free no longer means ‘taste-free’!
* Most of these products can be purchased at Healthway Natural Foods in Tenafly.
1.) GlutenFreeda Instant Oatmeal – Made with certified gluten-free oats, this oatmeal makes a power breakfast for your little one. Choose between apple cinnamon, banana maple and more. All are packed with protein.
2.) Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers – Brown rice flour and quinoa hold these delicious crackers together. Put these in a baggie with some cheese slices for a perfect lunchbox addition.
3.) Calbee Snapea Crisps – With less fat than potato chips, kids will love the taste of this crunchy snack and, hey, the first ingredient is green peas!
4.) Peeled Fruit Snacks – These organic fruit bags that contain no added sugar are great options to keep in the car for your kids to nibble on after school.
5.) Bobo’s Oat Bars – With four gluten-free flavors like yummy chocolate almond and lemon poppy seed, these organic, non-GMO and vegan bars are moist and hearty. Good for after soccer or tennis practice.
6.) Two Mom’s In the Raw Granola – Whether you break these squares up and baggie them for your kids to bring to school to munch on or you serve it with some milk as an after school snack at home, this granola is packed with good-for-you nuts and seeds.
7.) Edward & Sons Brown Rice Snaps – Top these snaps with peanut butter and kids will forget they are gluten-free!
8.) My Dad’s Cookies – For a sweet treat, surprise the kids with these popular homemade cookies. Great flavors include Chocolate Sandwich Cookie and the Black and White Cookie.
9.) LifeIce Chocolate Crisp- When the whole family wants to crunch on something sweet and refreshing, these naturally flavored ice cubettes serve as a delectable frozen treat that satisfies the palette! Made with agave, coconut water and fruit concentrates, these cubettes are Kosher and GMO free. For an added punch of nutrients, try the Green Grind flavor- fused with detoxifying spirulina and chlorella powder.
10.) Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips- These dippers and hummus make a great pair, so don't be afraid to dip away! Low in fat, the bean flour in these chips keeps the fiber and protein content high.
Robin DeCicco is a holistic nutritionist who runs the Tenafly and Ramsey based ‘The Power of Food Education.’ She counsels individuals and families on learning how to make healthier choices and specializes in changing behaviors to achieve life-long success. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about her program, visit www.poweroffoodeducation.com.