Today's guest poster Jill Motew answers the question of what holiday treat to make for kids with diet restrictions, because although kids love holiday treats, some need those treats to be gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Not only do these fun holiday recipes meet those requirements, they are yummy for all kids. Tasty and inclusive? Sounds like a holiday win to me!
With five kids, five sets of taste buds, five opinions and the holiday season quickly closing in, I am prepping for a busy baking season! Over the winter holiday, I’ll be hosting my kids and their friends of all ages for meals on a daily basis. Of course, they expect something healthy, fresh and creative coming from me.
Some are vegans. Some are vegetarians. Some are gluten-free. Some eat anything and everything. How can I please everyone without making a million different versions of each meal? The easiest approach is to go with the most restrictive diet (which in my case, would be vegan and gluten-free) and make something delicious that all of my eaters will enjoy!
To ensure that I don’t have a swarm of sugar-high tweens and teens bouncing off my walls (most of my own kids have ADHD and avoid preservatives, additives and food color dyes as well?), I focus on whole food, non-gmo ingredients added to my line of Zemas Madhouse Foods gluten-free, ancient whole grain baking mixes. Using complex carbohydrates, such as teff, millet and quinoa flakes, keeps the kids fuller for longer and helps maintain their blood sugar levels.
Using palm sugar, a low-glycemic natural sweetener, also helps to keep their blood sugar levels balanced and adds a sweet caramel tone to the finished product. Super seeds chia, hemp and flax (while undetected by picky taste buds) add fiber and protein for everyone.
Looking for some healthy and delicious recipe inspiration for your tweens and teens this holiday season? Here’s what I have on my menu.
*Zemas suggested egg replacer- mix ¼ cup water with 1 T. chia seed, let sit and gel for 5 minutes and use
About Jill Motew
Jill is the President/creator of Zemas Madhouse Foods, inc., a manufacturer of gluten-free ancient grain baking mixes. Jill has over 25 years experience as a self-taught nutritional cook and baker, develops gluten-free and dairy-free recipes using her mixes and speaks to groups about the importance of using food as fuel for the whole family. As the mother of 5, Jill knows the importance of fueling kids with a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, free of preservatives, additives, dyes and refined sugars.
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