Fun with Food!

Welcome to Fun with Food! This site was designed to help parents and caregivers find, share and ask about fun foods for your selective toddler!

As a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, I encounter many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food. These children often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties--making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.

This website will hopefully serve as an "idea place" for meals as well as questions and support from other parents and caregivers. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cinnamon Pumpkin Banana yummalicious waffles--gluten free version

These turned out so good!
2 cups Gluten Free Bisquick
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup canned or puree pumpkin
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tbsp. maple syrup of your choice
pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon to taste
1 egg

mix together and make into delicious waffles!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

FPIES--What is it and What are the signs?

What is FPIES?

" FPIES is a non-IgE mediated immune reaction in the gastrointestinal system to one or more specific foods, commonly characterized by profuse vomiting and diarrhea. FPIES is presumed to be cell mediated. Poor growth may occur with continual ingestion. Upon removing the problem food(s), all FPIES symptoms subside. (Note: Having FPIES does not preclude one from having other allergies/intolerances with the food.) The most common FPIES triggers are cow's milk (dairy) and soy. However, any food can cause an FPIES reaction, even those not commonly considered allergens, such as rice, oat and barley. A child with FPIES may experience what appears to be a severe stomach bug, but the "bug" only starts a couple hours after the offending food is given. Many FPIES parents have rushed their children to the ER, limp from extreme, repeated projectile vomiting, only to be told, "It's the stomach flu." However, the next time they feed their children the same solids, the dramatic symptoms return.

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The FPIES Foundation,, is a wealth of information on all information FPIES related.  The Foundation lists some of the following important questions to ask:

 Has your child experienced severe episodes of vomiting after eating infant cereal and/or first foods; or drinking formula?

Do you question whether or not a specific food or foods may be contributing to your infant’s worsening symptoms of periodic vomiting, chronic diarrhea, reflux and/or failure to thrive?

These symptoms may indicate a need to speak with your child’s doctor about an FPIES evaluation.

Please read the following recent news story featuring a family whose son faces many challenges associated with FPIES, including a new intolerance to their ever trusted formula, Neocate Junior:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Avocado Cakes with banana and basil

Avocado Banana Basil cakes

What you'll need:
1 avocado
3 or 4 basil sprigs
1/4 banana....puree.
rice krispies or panko crumbs
  1. Mix in 1/2 cup crushed rice krispies (gluten free) or panko crumbs (and a pinch of salt if you'd like!)
  2. Form into little patties and place in a hot pan drizzled with olive oil on your stovetop.
  3. Carefully flip (they will be softer than the panko variation) after about 4 minutes and cook until golden.
  4. Puree a few strawberries (we used a few frozen, thawing berries) drizzle on top..or not...and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Down Syndrome

This week I am featuring Down Syndrome and specifically Sara Rosenfeld Johnson's "Oral Motor Myths of Down Syndrome"  Please check out the links below for some great educational reading!