Finding high calorie gluten-free casein-free foods that your child will accept can be difficult. With a little research however, you will find many fats that are free of milk and wheat protein.
Oils are acceptable fats, and different types of nut butters are allowed on this diet as well. Get creative and think outside the box! Everyone knows peanut butter, but have you tried almond, macademia nut, cashew and sunflower seed butters? These are all allowed on your child's diet.
Although regular yogurt and cheese contain casein, rice yogurt and cheese are allowed. Instead of cow's milk, try hemp, almond or coconut milk. Depending on how strict you want to get, soy will open a whole world of dairy substitutes, however before introducing your child to soy make sure it's ok with your practitioner. Soy is not always allowed when dairy is omitted in the diet due to similarities in the protein structure. Once you start thinking outside the box you will find many high calorie gluten-free casein-free foods that your child will enjoy.
Although planning this diet takes time, with experimentation you will figure out what works for your child and what doesn't. Below is a list of popular high calorie foods to try with your autistic child.
If you are having a problem finding a wide variety of high caolorie gluten-free casein-free foods for your child and they aren't gaining weight adequately, feel free to make an appointment with us.