This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Paleo, SCD, or GAPS-legal Snacks

One of the most challenging aspects of following the GAPS diet (or many similar diets such as SCD, paleo, or ketogenic) is finding foods that travel well enough to be taken along as snacks and lunches. There are starting to be more packaged foods available that are portable and meet the requirements of some of these diets, and while they can be very helpful to have they are often expensive and hard to find in stores, so it is important to have a collection of recipes that work for your needs and that you can make.

Commercially available packaged foods that may be compatible with one or more of these special diets include:

Honey Mint Patties
Organic maple candy
Epic sea salt and pepper pork rinds
Maple Glazed & Smoked Salmon Bites
Safe Catch low-mercury canned tuna in many flavors
Kiwa All Natural Vegetable Chips Mix
Eden Foods Organic Tart Cherry Butter

Recipes for Snacks and Portable Food for Traveling on the GAPS Diet
One of the major challenges in following the GAPS diet is finding foods that are portable, for traveling as well as snacks while out.  Simple ideas include hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs, pickles, veggie sticks (with hummus, baba ganoush, ranch dip, sesame sauce dip, or other dips), ants on a log (celery with nut butter and raisins), fruit, soups or stews in a thermos, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad, muffins, nuts and dried fruit, olives, pancakes, waffles, quick breads, cookies, kale chips, 

Here are recipes and ideas that can be helpful:

3 tips for traveling on GAPS

32 real food travel snacks (many of these are GAPS legal)

15 no-bread sandwich solutions

PB and J apple "sandwiches"

Cauliflower wraps

Butternut (or sweet potato) flatbread

Nut or seed butter bread or Nut or seed butter muffins

Seed Crackers,  "Cheez it" type crackers (dairy-free)

Simple paleo tortillas (paleo but not quite GAPS)

Lacto-fermented guacamole

Mini bacon guacamole cups

Lacto-fermented hummus

Lima bean hummus (GAPS friendly)

Cultured carrot sticks or other veggie sticks

Recipe for pickled pea pods or other pickled/cultured veggies

Ranch Dressing (and dip)

Arugula artichoke dip


Poblano pepper dip

Lima Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Cauliflower potato salad

Sesame sauce 

Pork rinds (another method here)

Crispy fried salmon skin

Korean Beef Jerky

Roasted and brined beef

Twice-baked cauli-tots

Trail mix

Raisin nut clusters


Roasted pumpkin seeds

Spiced mixed nuts , Lemon cardamom cashews , Chili almonds

Coffee-glazed macadamia nuts

Lacto-fermented applesauce

Stewed prunes

Cultured fruit leather

Honey lemon curd

Homemade gummy snacks

Sweet and sour gummy snacks

Sesame honey candy

Candied butter pecans

Nut or seed butter "snowballs"

Peanut butter fudge (any nut or seed butter can be used)

Chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)

Coconut macaroons

Honey meringues (GAPS legal)

Apricot macadamia bars

Cinnamon "truffles"

Pistachio date "truffles"

Pumpkin poppers

Lemon bars

Nut butter brownies

Gingerbread Brownies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Coconut cream chocolate walnut fudge

Coconut butter candy

For more general recipes that are helpful for following GAPS, SCD, or other similar diets, see these posts-

Basic Kitchen Help and Cooking Skills
Recipes for Making Your Own "Ingredients"
Fermented Foods