As the owner of an autism center, I get asked about gluten free snacks a lot. Many of the children at my center are following gluten-free diets and their parents are always on the lookout for tasty snack ideas that are easy to throw together and bring with them wherever they go.
18 of My Favorite Gluten Free Snacks for Kids with Autism
- Sliced red peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Guacamole and corn chips
- Itsu crispy seaweed thins
- Fresh fruits (pineapple, grapes, strawberries, cucumber…)
- Avocado filled with quinoa & veggies
- Frozen grapes
- Schar Gluten free pretzels
- Raw veggies (broccoli, snap peas, carrots…)
- Oven Roasted Chickpeas (recipe from The Kitchn).
- Dried fruits (mango, kiwi, raisins, cranberries…)
If you are looking for a whole book full of gluten free recipes specifically adapted for kids, I highly recommend
Why switch your child to a gluten free diet?
Although every child is different and I am not recommending any particular diet in this post, some parents find that their children’s behaviour and concentration improves when they switch to a gluten free diet.
Parents have also found that sensory activities help their children calm down and focus.
These are my favorites : 25 Sensory Box Ideas for Children with Autism
Some things to keep in mind :
- If your child has tested positive for a gluten allergy or intolerance, a gluten free diet is definitely recommended.
- It can take up to 6 months for gluten to entirely leave the body. If you do not see improvement in behaviours/symptoms right away, this does not mean that it is not working. Give it time…
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