By Amy Hull Brown, HHP, NC, HC and Founder & Owner of WellAmy.com
Easter is just around the corner, and unfortunately, it can be a minefield for kids with autism. Most Easter treats are loaded with ingredients that are toxic for our kids – artificial dyes, gluten, casein and genetically modified (GMO) sugar. When I first started cleaning up my sons’ diet with healthier food alternatives, Easter became a holiday that I wanted to avoid. My childhood memories were filled with hours of decorating Easter eggs and waiting to see what treats the Easter bunny would bring me. I was afraid my sons wouldn’t get to have the same holiday experiences. Luckily, I found products that are non-toxic, safe for those on a GFCF Diet and that my kids love. Here are some of my favorite products to bring the fun and safety back to Easter for your family, too!
Most traditional Easter egg coloring kits contain neurotoxic ingredients: Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. By contrast, Color Kitchen offers an all-natural, plant-based Easter egg coloring kit made from GFCF and GMO-free ingredients such as cabbage and radishes. Each kit contains four colors – yellow, orange, purple and blue, enough to make 1-2 dozen dye-free eggs.
GFCF Easter Basket Treat Ideas
I love these sweet treats to fill your child’s Easter basket:
- Caramels: Typically made from milk, I found a great casein-free caramel product for our kids. JJ’s Sweets makes a line of caramels made from coconut milk in three kid-friendly flavors: original, vanilla, sea salt.
- Chocolates: Many chocolates are made with milk and soy and some even include gluten. Two brands that offer chocolate bars and baking chips free of the top 8 allergens are Enjoy Life and Pascha.
- Cookies: Pizzelle cookies are a popular Italian waffle cookie for Easter. Bella Lucia makes a variety of GFCF pizzelle cookies that the kids will love: chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Jelly Beans and Gummies: Surf Sweets offers a variety of GFCF jelly beans and gummies. Each comes in a 2.75 oz. bag, an ideal size for an Easter basket.
- Fruit Leathers: Looking for a healthy snack alternative to sweet treats? Matt’s Munchies fruit leathers are organic, GFCF, non-GMO, and contain 2 servings of fruit per package in bite size portions.
- Nail Polish & Lotions: Easter treats don’t have to be limited to just food. Other great treat ideas include non-toxic, GFCF, fun nail polishes and lotions from Keeki Pure & Simple and Piggy Paint.
Don’t let a GFCF Diet or autism stop your child from enjoying the fun of Easter!