Friday, February 1, 2013

"Special Diets for Special Kids" review and GIVEAWAY!


Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis is a must-have book for anyone interested in starting a gluten-free/casein-free diet. This book is teeming with recipes designed with kids in mind.
I have never read a cookbook that had quite so much information about nutrition and science. This book is for those whose kids are on a gluten-free/casein-free diet, and there is a whole section dedicated to why this sort of diet might be desirable for your child. It goes into how diet can help kids with autism and other special needs, and it details why cleaning up our kids' diets is so important.

What I liked about this book is it had some unusual sections, ones I think especially good for kids. There is a drinks section, as well as one on holiday food. Also included is a section of ethnic food, condiments, and dairy substitutes. I had no idea that you could make substitutions for evaporated milk, whipping cream, and sweetened condensed milk!
The author points that out, too. It's amazing how you can find these ingredients in things like spices and soup mixes--foods you would think are safe.  The best part?  It includes a free CD of printable recipes!
With over 200 recipes, this book has shown me that there are plenty of foods my kids can still eat, and it has encouraged me to try out some changes to our diet.
If you are interested in learning more about GFCF diets and autism, or if you are just looking for some more recipes to sustain your GFCF diet, I recommend checking out this book!
Here are the ways to be entered into the giveaway.  For each of the steps below you will be entered.  This means, you can get your name entered into the giveaway multiple times!!
~~To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here on this post.  Make sure to leave an email address where you can be reached in your comment!
~~For another entry, like us on Facebook  (make sure to leave a comment here, telling us that you have done so)
~~You will be entered in yet again, if you share this on Facebook (please leave the link in the comments section of this post)
~~If you post about this giveaway on your blog, you can get an additional 2 entries.

The giveaway ends Sunday, February10th, at midnight.  Good luck!

Sorry! Due to mailing restrictions, this giveaway is only for residents of the US.


  1. Awesome! My daughter has autism & is gluten free, casein free, soy free, & peanut free. She's also free of artificial flavorings, preservatives, & dyes. lol Anyways, we have the first volume & would love to have some new recipes. Thanks for the opportunity. I "liked" you on fb a long time ago and shared this giveaway too! :) I'm not sure how what link you are referring to regarding the sharing of this to fb but I just shared it. Here's my e-mail address:

  2. My daughter will only eat certain things.....oatmeal, extreme cheddar easy mac, yogurt, applesauce, and snack pack pudding!!! We have tried to get her to try other foods and she just refuses to open her mouth!!! She is very healthy and appropriate size and weight!!! She also does not drink liquids....every once in a while she will drink carnation instant breakfast. Would love to read this book and get some ideas!!!! Thanks

  3. I have a dear friend who would love this book! Excited to check it out! Thanks for introducing it.

  4. Shared and liked! Thanks again!

  5. I'm always up for new gluten-free recipes!

  6. Liked and shared! (I Don't know where to find the link for the facebook share??)

  7. I have a grandson who is on the spectrim. I think this book might give his mom another approach to provide goo nutrition for him!

  8. I liked family matters on facebook and shared the link.

  9. I have a son with autism; this book would be a big help with his diet; his diet is very limited he will only eat chicken patties and french fries or food from McDonald's. I have been searching for ways to expand his diet with no success.

  10. this would be awesome, our son is gluten and lactose intolerant and has various other feeding issues, so anything I can get my hads on is a great help. Thanks!! Darnell Garber (aka Eddie's mommy :) )

  11. My daughter has Asperger's, is GFCF, and is very picky! New recipes to try would be wonderful. Liked and shared on Facebook.