Posts tagged ‘desserts for autistic kids’

Cookie Momsters Mix Up Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Desserts for Autistic Kids

CLICK ABOVE ARROW TO PLAY PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH COOKIE MOMSTERS

This Podcast Originally Aired Jan. 25, 2010.

If you have a child with a special diet, whether from autism, food allergies or something else, you know how hard it is to meet the daily demands of making meals, attending parties and eating out in restaurants that are “safe” and contain the ingredients you need.  One diet in particular is the gluten-free, casein-free diet that can help kids with autism.  It’s not a cure per se, but the diet does help soothe certain behaviors, according to moms and experts.

One mom who knows first hand about the benefits of the gluten-free, casein-free diet is Lynn Yeager, co-founder of Cookie Momsters, a Florida- based dessert company that makes and sells cookies and muffins for autistic and allergy prone kids.

This week’s podcast features an interview with Lynn, who talks about her struggles with her son, Jacob, all of the different cookies and muffins at her store front and online bakery, and the recent controversial report refuting the gluten-free, casein-free diet (ABC News, Jan. 5, 2010) as a solution for autism.

Cookie Momsters is a great resource for parents who need gluten-free, casein-free cookies, which you can order for everyday living or for special occasions.  Even “civilian” moms can order these products because they taste great, are healthy, and make a great option when inviting autistic or food allergy children to your house for a birthday party or playdate.  In fact, one in 110 children today have autism, according to Autism Speaks.

To order the cookies and muffins, go to Cookie Momsters.com.  You can also get recipes, blog and other pertinent information.

Cookie Momsters products are available in select Whole Foods and other specialty markets in Florida.  Go the website to find a location.  If you want Cookie Momsters in a food store near you, print out the pre-made form at the Cookie Momsters website and bring it into your store today (scroll all the way to the bottom on the home page).

Other sites that Lynn suggests are:  Talk About Curing Autism Now, which is put together by moms to help you get started with the gluten-free, casein-free diet, and Allergy Kids.com.

January 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Add Nutrients to Kids’ Meals

 CLICK ARROW TO PLAY INTERVIEW WITH DENIELLE FINKELSTEIN.

Add Nutrients to Kids' Meals

Do your kids shun veggies? Do they eat only one thing and that’s it? Is fruit foreign or forced away?

Some moms resort to sneaking fruits and vegetables into family meals to add nutrients to basic, everyday dishes that kids love, like mac ‘n cheese and pizza. Who says these standard fares need to be fattening and junky. When you infuse the recipes with naturally healthy and fresh ingredients, you boost the nutrients and flavor, making mom and kids happy.

This radio podcast is with fellow mom Denielle Finkelstein, who talks about her successful techniques for adding fruits and vegetables to her son’s meals. Check out this podcast for great ideas on making mealtime molto bene with ingredients such as apples, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, cinnamon, vanilla, carrots, and more.

We also talk about two notorious cookbooks on the subject, “The Sneaky Chef” by Missy Chase Lapine, and “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld. To sneak or not to sneak is a controversial topic discussed frequently online. Some moms and experts believe sneaking food leads children to have eating disorders. Others find that adding fruits and vegetables on the sly is an easy way to ensure healthy eating is a priority. Tune in to hear our solution for creating balance so kids get the vitamins and minerals they need to grow.

We also dish about having kids help out in the kitchen, making delicious muffins, and turning regular chocolate chip cookies into oatmeal Wookie Cookies (a la Chewbacca in Star Wars). Have fun thinking up new ways to make snacks and meals that make hearts sing.

Check out this link for tips on teaching kids to eat healthy: http://www.teachkidshow.com/teach-your-child-about-nutrients/

And, check back for recipes at MommaJam.

Original air date:  March 2010.

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