“Your child needs to go through an elimination diet.”
These words can be devastating for a lot of people to hear. You get this long list of foods your child needs to avoid and if you eat all of them on the regular, you could be in freak-out mode! Especially if you have no idea how to replace some of your child’s favorite snacks, breakfast and bakery items. Well, this blog is about to help you out when it comes to replacing some of those gluten containing items that our kids love!
Cassava might be one of my new favorite things!! For a family that is trying to avoid grains, Cassava flour can be a lifesaver when wanting a bakery-type item!! Cassava, or yuca root, is a starchy, tuberous root that can be eaten whole by baking, boiling, or frying. You can also ferment them. They have been compared to a white potato but they are known to be low on the glycemic index, making them ok for diabetics. But, my personal favorite is cassava flour.
You can use cassava flour as a substitute in any recipe calling for regular flour, which is what I love! We’ve made tortillas or wraps with the flour and they have turned out perfect! We make our own “chicken nuggets” for our kids to have for lunch or dinner. We use a combo of almond flour and cassava flour to make them. I’ve always used almond flour but adding the cassava gives it more of the “fried chicken” breading that we like. It also has the added benefit of being lower in fat than the almond flour.
And thank goodness for the companies that are amazing at creating products made from cassava flour! Siete’ Foods makes the best tortilla chips!!! I buy three bags a month from Thrive Market and usually get one in each flavor. And yes, I 100% take these chips with me when we eat at a Mexican restaurant…no shame here! While eating out isn’t the best for you, I also don’t want to be a recluse and always stay home! So taking these chips has allowed Paisley and I to enjoy chips and salsa (we don’t eat corn), which we both love.
Plant Snacks makes some amazing Cassava Crunch chips that I LOVE to snack on!! They come in a couple of different flavors but the plain ones are probably my favorite. However, I have to be honest and say that I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet. They have become my go-to Friday and Saturday night snack and I’m lucky if I don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. Paisley loves these chips as well, so they are PICKY-kid approved! I also get them from Thrive Market.
Simple Mills oh how I LOVE thee!!!! This company saved me when my daughter first went on her elimination diet! They use cassava, but also include some other ingredients in their mixes. But every ingredient, which isn’t many, is something you know and is of quality. This company has so much to offer, from crackers and bread mixes, to cupcakes and muffins… they even have frosting!! If you follow me on insta, then you know how Simple Mills’ cupcake mix and frosting saved my butt on the day of Paisley’s school Valentine’s party!! (See pic above!)
Bottom line, if you or a family member needs to be gluten, even grain-free, try out cassava flour and companies that use it! It’s wonderful for giving you options when you don’t always want meat, fruits, veggies, and plants and comes with the added benefit that it’s not high in fat like an almond flour.
Oh, and did I mention that cassava has nutritional benefit as well?? 🙂 It can help with inflammation and helps to balance your gut flora, among other things. So, not only can you enjoy some treats but you can do it in a health way! Who doesn’t want that?!?!
For help and support with leading a gluten and grain free life, shoot me an e-mail! I would love to chat with you!