We’ve been a gluten-free family for 4 years now, but to be honest, it’s hard to remember what life was like before we changed our eating habits. I am so grateful for the road we’ve been travelling – even when it was bumpy and I didn’t know where our next turn would take us.
We’re all so much healthier and happier. My family and I don’t miss out on a thing this time of year, or any other time of year, for that matter.
Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years that will help you and your kids enjoy your Christmas holidays, no matter where you are on your gluten-free journey.
7 Tips for Enjoying a Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Christmas
1. Ask your kids what goodies they want to eat this Christmas. Then bring them into the kitchen with you and have them help you bake – that’s my favorite part of the holiday season. It’s messy and it requires patience, but it’s so much fun.
2. Find two or three recipes that your kids love (see below for some kid-friendly recipe ideas) and freeze some for parties or impromptu get-togethers. I have a go-to gingerbread cupcake recipe, a gingerbread cookie recipe, and a kid-friendly truffle recipe that I make sure to always have on hand.
3. Come prepared to holiday parties with your own food. We always travel with a small bag of food, just in case we need it. I also offer to bring something so that I know there will be food there that my family will be able to enjoy.
4. Feed your kiddies (and yourself) before you go to holiday parties. If it’s a dinner party, make sure you have a really good lunch and a healthy snack before going.
5. Remind your kiddies, depending on their ages, to check with you if they’re unsure about a food they want to eat. The last thing you want is your kiddo to get sick at Christmastime. Don’t rely on other adults to help your kids; even well intentioned adults might unknowingly give your little one a gluten-filled shortbread or candy.
6. If your child is going to a holiday party on their own, call the parents ahead of time to see what’s on the menu. This way you can make sure your son or daughter will be safe, and you can send a gluten-free pizza if everyone else will be having pizza. You could also offer to send your child with some treats for everyone.
7. Make your own homemade gluten-free gifts for family and friends and be sure to have your kiddos help out! This is a great way to show everyone how delicious and easy it is to bake gluten-free.
Raising gluten-free kids doesn’t have to be hard. Don’t fret over the food your child can’t eat this holiday season, try considering all of the food your child CAN eat.
Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Christmas recipes:
Gingerbread Men – Everybody needs a gingerbread cookie recipe. We also use this recipe to make our gingerbread house.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle – Finding dairy-free and gluten-free truffles can be difficult so I improvised and came up with a delicious and kid-friendly recipe. It’s super easy and the kids can help along the way.
Shortbread Cookies – When I think of Christmas, I think of shortbread cookies! I’m still perfecting my gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free shortbread recipe, but in the meantime, check out this one from Cook It Allergy Free
Peppermint Fudge Bites – Who doesn’t love fudge at Christmas? These easy bites are kid-friendly to make and to eat!
Sugar Cookies – My kids love using cookie cutters when they’re baking with me. This recipe is an allergy-friendly lifesaver and includes a frosting recipe that won’t spike your blood sugar!
Shortbread Cookie Chocolate Bark – This recipe looks delicious and easy, I think my kids would love it and I know I would!
Want more cookie recipes? Check out Hallie Klecker’s book Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious & Nutritious Treats. Or for more kid-friendly recipes check out Lexie’s new book Everyday Classics: Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Recipes.