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I have good news! Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Gerber chicken stix are all gluten-free! Actually, Trix, Fruity Pebbles, and Cocoa Pebbles are about the only name brand cereals that are gluten-free! Beware of some of the names on other cereals that sound like they should be gluten-free, though. Corn Puffs, rice krispies, and the Chex line all have gluten in them. I already made this mistake, so you don't have to. Its the malt flavoring that does is.
I have a one-year-old with celiac disease, so I feel your pain! Bad news is, Mc D's is not gluten-free friendly. I would recommend finding a new favorite fast food. I like Wendy's. They have a descent selection and I've never gotten sick there. (I also have celiac disease.) Here's a link to their website:
There's a link to their gluten-free menu in the botton left corner. I also recommend Out Back Steakhouse for family outings, if there's one near you. This is the most gluten-free friendly restaurant I've found. They have a gluten-free menu available there, just ask for it. Also, you can view it online.
As far as meal time goes, Velveta cheese is a life saver! Find yourself a good pasta and velveta makes mac and cheese just like old times. Everyone has to shop around to find a pasta to their liking, but I would start with Tinkyada and Glutano. Stay away from Glutano Animal Shapes! Trust me!
Mi-Del makes a good line of cookies. I get their arrowroot cookies and ginger snaps. My local Kroger carries these. I also found that many times your grocer can order things for you. Make a list of things you want to try and then get to be good buds with your grocery manager! It's usually cheaper than going to an organic store and there's never any shipping!
(Sorry so long...trying to think of some of the basics for you! )
Gerber's fruit juice snacks are all gluten-free. I also like Hunt's pudding cups. I get chocolate, but I think most of them are gluten-free.
Oh, BREAD! In MY experience, frozen breads NEVER work out. Sadly. They always crumble, or turn to mush. This is what I do...I buy Gluten Free Pantry sandwich bread mix. This stuff is outstanding! You don't need a bread machine and I buy it at Kroger. Follow the directions exactly. The easiest way to screw up bread is to whip it too long. It's not the dough you're used to, so be gentle. Let it cool completely. Slice it, and freeze it. I put mine in baggies, two slices per bag. Just before she wants a sandwich, take out the bread and thaw it in the oven at about 300 degrees. A few minutes each side does well for me. I take it out just before it starts to toast. Thawing it on the counter allows the water to soak in and I can't stand even the slightest bit of sogginess! The last thing to remember about gluten-free bread, dressings also make it soggy. Mustard, jelly, mayo...they all do their damage. I always put the wet stuff between a barrier, like jelly between two layers of peanut butter.
As far as symptom free goes, my son and I both primarily have neurological symptoms. He gets muscle weakness. I get fatigue, mood swings, irritability and difficulty concentrating. My husband calls it "gluten brain"! It maybe harder to notice in your daughter because she's so young. And "2" is defined by mood swings, so that would make it even harder. Thinking about yourself or your husband, think about your personalities also. Not just your GI tract. It also contributes to ADD like symptoms.
I wish I had found out about this years ago! I would have made much better grades in school! Well, good luck! Hope I helped and keep us posted!