Have you always wondered if your kids would do better ‘going against the grain’? There’s no time like the present to give it a try!
As recently as a few years back, “gluten” was a word you only knew if you or a loved one had celiac disease. Today, parents will find conversations about the protein (found in grains like wheat) everywhere. From playgrounds and preschools to ADHD support groups and autism message boards – moms and dads are increasingly saying that cutting gluten from their kids’ diets has improved their children’s health and overall well-being.
Indeed, Americans and their kids are going Gluten-Free by the millions: a survey by the NPD Group found that 30 percent of Americans are interested in avoiding or cutting down on gluten in their diets, and Mintel estimates that the market for Gluten-Free products will reach a whopping $15 billion by 2016.
A small percentage of this going gluten-free group (estimated at around 6 percent of the population as a whole) are cutting out gluten to treat diagnosed celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of foods with gluten in them. But millions of other moms and dads are trying a wheat-free and gluten free lifestyle because they have found that -- on a personal level -- getting their kids off of gluten has improved their health, life, behavior and more.
Experts say the only way to know if your kids too might benefit from ‘going against the grain’ is to give it a shot. In order to notice any potential benefits, experts recommend cutting it out for a whole month (that lets it clear completely from your kids’ systems, so you can really see the difference if there is one).
That might sound tough, but we have three top tricks up our sleeves to make your Gluten-Free Month easy breezy:
Stock up on NikoBars! These tasty treats aren’t just packed with plant-based protein and whole energy sources, they’re also totally gluten free and easy to toss in your backpack or lunchbox for a quick (and delicious!) snack anytime. Proteins, because they are packed with essential amino acids – are absolutely vital for growing kids’ brain development.
Have fun with creative food swaps. Instead of pasta night, try spaghetti squash night – with your favorite meaty tomato sauce. Instead of a turkey sandwich, try a lettuce turkey avocado wrap – held tight with an adorable cocktail toothpick. Instead of toast with butter, try Peanut Butter on apple slices.
Remember: it’s just a month. If you don’t notice any change, you can go back to your previous eating habits happily. But, if you (and your kids!) DO feel better – this one single month could be literally life-changing!