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“I Want a Snack!”

Posted on May 1st, 2007 by Alison Read 7 Comments - Add Your Own »

Every day I have the pleasure of hearing my 2.5 year old ask for a “snack.” And every time she asks me, I have to think about what I can give her. No gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no nuts. Okay, so what does that leave in a 2 year old’s food world? I’d love to say that she gladly munches away on carrot sticks and politely asks me for green beans, but just like us, she craves something more fulfilling.

Aside from fresh fruit, here are some of the gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free and nut-free snacks that she eats:

  • Homemade Banana Bread
  • Mini Munchies Mini Rice Snacks Plain made by Hain Celestial (has added calcium!) – update 6/29/07 – they no longer make these! we are sad.
  • Tings made by Robert’s American Gourmet
  • Popcorn
  • Gluten-free bread slices / rice crackers / tortilla chips dipped in hummus or bean dip
  • Smoothies made with fresh fruit, juice and fortified rice milk
  • Gorge Delights Pear bars
  • Glutino gluten-free pretzels
  • Applesauce
  • Baby food bananas (she tried it when her younger sister started eating solids, and now she thinks it’s a special treat – I think of it as “bananasauce”)

Any other ideas?

Comments

  1. Any suggestions for a 1 year old allergic to wheat, dairy, apples, pears and nuts?

    I puree fruit for pops, Newman’s Own has some fig and ‘cream’ cookies that do the trick. I make the rice milk smoothies as well. But now I’m stuck.

  2. Hi Jasi,
    How about dry cereal? When my daughter was 1, she loved puffed rice cereal. It is soft enough and easy to pick up. We did not leave the house without a baggie full. Arrowhead Mills is one company that makes it.
    How about pieces of corn tortilla? Steam it or microwave it to make it soft. You can also spread a little refried beans or dairy-free spread (like Earth Balance) to make it less dry.
    Anyone else have ideas?

  3. Not the absolute healthiest snack, but while at a friend’s house I noticed that Ruffles plain potato chips only contain potatoes, salt, and sunflower oil. She snacked on those as they were the only safe food there at the time.

  4. Some other ideas:

    freeze dried organic vegetables and fruits (find the tubs at Rainbow and Whole Foods)–my daughter loves the dried corn

    dried cranberries

    raisins

    frozen and then sliced bananas–like eating ice cream and a great way to use up overly ripe bananas

    steamed baby carrots

    snap peas

  5. Thanks Lisa! I forgot about dried fruit.

  6. Hi, my grandkids are allergic to many foods. The biggest are wheat, eggs, milk, and nuts. My daughter has struggled for years on what to feed them that tastes good. She has bought many allergy free cookbooks, and some taste good and some don’t taste very good at all. If you email me I can give you a few recipes that she has perfected. theallergyfreefamily@yahoo.com

  7. Along the same lines as Rachel’s comment, but Friots (the regular ones) are gluten free, and pretty much allergen free, except for corn. :)

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