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Jordan's first "milkshake". He loved it!
Jordan’s first “milkshake”. He loved it!

I came up with this after not having dairy for 2 years and longing for a milkshake that actually tasted like a milkshake. They are healthy too, so they’re not only guilt-free, but good for you! My husband even endorses them – and he hasn’t been dairy-free! Have I mentioned I love my new Vita-Mix!!

1 C. Hemp Milk

1 C. Almond Milk (or water)

1 Banana (can even be frozen)

2 tsp. Vanilla

3 pks Stevia

1-2 Tbs. Agave Nectar

2 C. Ice Approximately (to thicken to desired consistency – around 2 Cups, give or take. Add slowly after mixing the rest. For Vita Mix users – use tamper to get it thick enough and smooth all the ice.)

Josiah enjoyed the new treat too!

Josiah enjoyed the new treat too!

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Jordan won’t be 2 for a few more days and Josiah still has 3 weeks until he’s 4, but we celebrated Monday since the grandparents were visiting. What does a birthday party look like without dairy, wheat,food coloring, eggs, yeast, honey, and minimal sugar? Well, it was GREAT! It took a bit of planning ahead of time, and keeping my eye out for something he might actually enjoy. He has yet to eat a gluten-free baked item. He takes one bite and spits it out – even things I consider quite good. So, I happily finish off his blueberry muffins and sweet potato biscuits (they taste like a pumpkin spice cookie/muffin cross!). However, I didn’t go to all that work making these special things for my enjoyment. And, with his birthday fast approaching, what was I going to make for his birthday dessert? And, with grandpa and grandma here, it must be something people with normal eating habits would enjoy too…that’s a tall order. Grandma is known across their region of the midwest for her wonderful homemade pies and other such delectables. And grandpa is a self-proclaimed beef and white potatos man, oh, and don’t forget ice-cream conossier! So, the way we eat here, well, not so much to their liking. But, we have a birthday party coming…so I started with what Jordan LOVES – berries – and went from there.

Just in case the food was a flop, I thought I’d get some decorations this year. We usually do birthdays REALLY simple: normal dinner, special birthday dessert, presents. I pull out the birthday candles that are still in the cupboard from last year (well, actually the last 4 years), and that is the sum total of our birthday celebration. But, this year just in case we didn’t have food to help us celebrate, I bought some balloons, foil stars to decorate the table with, streamers, plates and napkins with balloon on them, and a candle in the shape of a “2” and “4”. Jordan LOVES balloons! And they’re 1/3 of the cost of all the Disney or cartoon character decorations! Ok, so I only spent $7 or $8 dollars for all this, but for us, this constitutes going all out!

Back to the food, particularly, the dessert. I saw a recipe for biscuits that can be adapted for shortcake, so thought that since Jordan LOVES berries, maybe, just maybe, Strawberry Shortcake would work for him AND for everyone else. Although, I had never tried this shortcake before, so you just never know how something will turn out. But it was GREAT! Very delicious! Jordan got half way through his, before he realized he was eating shortcake with his berries. He didn’t spit any out, but must have tired of it 1/2 way through because the rest of his bites, he sucked all of the strawberry sauce off and left the shortcake 🙂 He was quite delighted with his dessert and with getting to blow the candle out!  Even Grandpa had seconds – wow! So here is the recipe should any of you wish to try it. The shortcake recipe is taken from “Special Diet Solutions” by Carol Fenster.

 

1/2 C. white or brown rice flour

1/4 C. potato starchbirthday-cake-1-15

1/4 C. tapioca flour/starch

1/4 C. sugar (or fructose powder)

1 tsp. agave nectar (or sugar, or honey)

2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum free)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbs. egg replacer (by Ener-G)

Sift Dry Ingredients together.

1/4 C. Casein-Free Butter or Oil-based spread. (I use Earth Balance found in the natural/organic cooler section of our local Kroger. It is gluten and dairy free, but does have some soy.)

Combine butter with dry ingredients using pastry blender, knife to initially “cut in”, or rubbing ingredients together with your fingers.

1/3 C.  of this mix: 1 tsp. lemon juice with enough milk (I use almond milk) to equal 1/3 cup.  (Milk options: almond, hemp, coconut, rice, soy, DariFree mix)

Stir just until moistened. Place mixture on greased baking sheet- I lightly pressed it into a cake pan. Compress it as little as possible! It won’t be very thick and it won’t rise much, if at all.

Bake 425 degrees. 20-30 minutes (depending on thickness and pan used) .

 

STRAWBERRY TOPPING

2 quarts strawberries chopped/crushed to desired consistency.

Add sweetener to taste.  (I used a combination of sugar, agave nectar, and stevia. Because I like to minimize our refined sugar intake.) 

I use an opened can to chop and crush the berries (Like from canned peaches or something. Use a bottle opener to puncture the bottom so the air pressure can get out and the berries don’t squirt you).

Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

Top the shortcake with berry sauce just before serving.

Add ice cream if desired. I used organic Coconut Bliss ice cream (dairy, gluten, soy, sugar free). Very good!!

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So, we’ve been casein free since Jordan was 4 weeks old, but just went gluten free 2 weeks ago. We started his cranial sacral treatment at the same time, so I can’t say for sure which has made the difference, or they are both helping (my guess is they are both helping). And, guess what? Astounding things are happening!

In 3 weeks Jordan went from being in the 25th percentile on his height to being in the 50th percentile! Whoa!! (I think that growth is due to the cranial sacral work.) He went down in his weight – from the 10th to the 5th percentile. But, he did have the flu for an entire week and didn’t eat or nurse for 4-5 days. He lost all the weight I had worked for months to get on him. He was so skinny and scrawny 😦 BUT, in the last two weeks, since going gluten free, he looks like he has put back on all that weight and more. His belly looks pleasantly plump now instead of bloated!

And for the really great news: one month ago he couldn’t say Mama or Dada. On Christmas Day, I walked by him and said “Hi, Jordan”. He looked right at me and without hesitation replayed, “Hi, Mommy”!!!!! He had never put two words together before! The next day, Jonathan and I were in the kitchen and the boys were playing in the living room, Jordan starts wailing (a hurt-type of cry). I look in to see Josiah near him and ask, “What happened?” no answer. Jordan toddles over to me for comfort. I look at Josiah and again ask, “What happened?” And from Jordan I hear, “I fell down.” Astounded, I ask him, “Are you okay?” and he replies, “Uh-huh”. WOW!! His first sentence! Not only that, it’s the first time he’s ever said the words “I” or “fell” or “uh-huh”. In fact, it’s the first time he has ever referred to himself, and he used a pronoun! Also, it’s the first time he’s answered a question with an affirmative answer. WOW!

The next day (or night – actually), we are in the car traveling to Alabama. And I hear giggles from the backseat – and, no, my mind is not playing tricks on me – I glance in the rearview mirror to see the boys playing a hand game with each other (the only playing together they’ve ever done is “chase” consisting of Jordan chasing Josiah through the house, or Josiah giving Jordan a wagon ride outside). They’ve never played a reciprocal game together before!! And then their hand game turned into another game! At one a.m. we told them it was time to go to sleep, but they were having so much fun together, we just couldn’t enforce it and let them play together until two a.m., when we finally stopped them and made them settle down and sleep!!!

I sat in the front seat teary-eyed for hours, counting my amazing blessings, overflowing with the joy of enjoying my children, knowing that Jordan is going to be just fine. A long road ahead, but it sure is nice to be getting to see more of his true personality and not the one altered by alleriges and health issues that we’ve been seeing for most of his life.

Why Gluten and Casein Free? Well, the reason for casein (dairy protein) is two-fold. The first is easy – he’s allergic to it. The second, (and there are two different theories on this, but this is one of them) and the reason we need to avoid gluten too, is that his body doesn’t break down the proteins properly or completely, resulting in partial proteins, called peptides, going into his blood and therefore, into his brain where it has an opiate effect. So, when he eats these, it’s like being on an LSD drug. Is it any wonder his speech was so delayed? And, long-term exposure can cause permanent brain damage. He is so young, it’s unlikely that there has been any peranent damage.

So, that’s our great news. The last month has contained so many amazing advancements I can’t even remember them all, let alone write them all down. And, we haven’t even started treatment through the autism/allergy specialist yet. We are still awaiting test results, so the treatment plan isn’t formed yet. That will come next week. Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying and caring!

Blessings,
Sarah

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