A really great thing to do for the picky gluten free kid, is to order a sample kit of products! There are many different ways to do this: subscription boxes that come monthly, goggling manufacturers and seeing what they might send you to sample, or like I've been doing recently, getting a sample kit of products from Gluten Away!
Ive been following Taylor Miller for awhile on twitter @GlutenAway He's a teenager living with Celiac Disease. What struck me is that he is very passionate about health, wellness and nutrition at such a young age. This gives me so much hope that Kid X will be the same. He already knows to ask if something has "gwooten" in it and is not easily upset if he can't eat what everyone else is eating.
What I've found so interesting is that for the past few years, Taylor has organized a virtual gluten free expo called Gluten Away Online Expo which occurs a few times a year. The next dates are April 1st through 7th. You get Free Admission, there are virtual booths with over 100 gluten free products and huge giveaways! Some vendors have great recipes posted with ideas on how to use their products. My favorite thing is purchasing a product sample pass that allows you to get samples from vendors shipped to your house! Just like if you were attending a live event! I've found products that KidX really enjoys (thanks enjoylife smores bar!) and even some that I won't pick up again!
Kid X is about to celebrate his birthday and we ordered great gluten free cupcakes in a jar from Wicked Good Cupcakes a vendor that was at the virtual expo! So chocolate birthday cake cupcakes are going to be a great surprise! I usually make his cupcakes, but I've been really busy with my work and essential oil business, so this year, its cupcakes in a jar!
Also for his birthday, my Mom purchased 3 sampler kits from gluten away. The Top 8 Allergen Free Snack Kit(a kit with Enjoy Life cookies and snack bars) The 16 Bar Sampler Kit( just as it sounds, 16 snack bars from several companies) and The February Sampler Kit (samples of various gluten free products) These samples came in handy for our impromptu road trip for Valentines Day! I also love being able to put a different snack in Kid X's lunch box everyday!
Thank you Taylor! It's so nice to see others caring so much and taking the time to educate others on a gluten free lifestyle especially at a young age!