Because children following gluten-free diets may not get enough fiber or critical nutrients like calcium and iron, parents should strive to choose foods that are good sources of these nutrients.

With a little research and support, parents can find the balance between a nutritious, gluten-free diet and ensure that their children will grow and thrive.

  • 1. Include foods that are high in protein like eggs and nuts to provide energy throughout the day.

  • 2. Dairy products, like milk and cheese, are good sources of calcium. Calcium-fortified orange juice and broccoli are additional sources of this important mineral.

  • 3. While food is always the gold standard for providing complete, balanced nutrition, I recommend incorporating nutritional shakes to supplement a healthy diet, as long as they are gluten-free. These beverages are portable, nutritious, and easy for parents to pack in a lunchbox.