A Grain Free Birthday Party, GAPS Style!

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By Melanie Christner NTP of Honest Body

It’s our Maggie’s 10th birthday this week. Whew…her first decade! To give an indication of her personality, she holds the distinguished place of the “family fireworks”.

This post is in honor of her. Much love to my dimple cheeked, blonde haired girl.

A GAPS Style, Grain Free Birthday

When one or more family members are on an autoimmune healing protocol such as the GAPS Diet which requires grain free eating, birthday parties can seem a bit daunting at first. However, as I wrote about in my GAPS Thanksgiving post, there is no limit to the scrumptious food you can celebrate with and serve, even on a healing diet!

If a little more sweetness is on the menu than is normal, be sure to fortify your family members with some nourishing broth and blood-sugar-balancing healthy fats. It’s always good to fill up with hearty, nourishing foods before indulging, even when indulging in GAPS legal sweets.

I’m including a few different birthday variations. It is fun to make a meal of finger foods and hors d’oeuvres, which I will include ideas for. However we are feeding a small crowd of ice skating revelers, so I’m going with a big pot of my warming chili with our favorite toppings of sour cream, avocado, & cheddar cheese; along with an appetizer or two, a salad, and the main food event, cake!

I scoured the internet to find some of the best grain free birthday party ideas I could find and summarized them in the categories below. These lists are meant to give you plenty of choices that both your family and your guests will thoroughly enjoy!

Hors d’oeuvres (a.k.a. fun finger foods)

The Perfect Cheese Platter by Honestly Yum (beautiful touch for the adults)

Sausage Balls by Deliciously Organic

Pigs In A Blanket by Comfy Belly

Beet Chips w/ Cashe Tzatziki Sauce by Urban Poser

Happy Sticks by Organic Spark

Apricot Zingers by Deliciously Organic (use sugar-free bacon)

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates by The Kitchn

Paleo “Skittles” by Joyful Abode

Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups by 365DaysOfBacon

Beverages

Flavored Waters by Deliciously Organic

Raspberry Cream Soda by Nourishing Gourmet (use honey for sweetener)

Orange Lemonade by Nourishing Gourmet

Mango Lassie Smoothies by Deliciously Organic

Homemade Ginger Ale by The Healthy Home Economist (use honey)

Sides & Salads

Turnip & Dill “Faux”tato Salad by Urban Poser

Roasted Fennel & Fig Salad by Nourish Paleo Foods

Prosciutto & Melon Salad by The Deen Bros. (for those in warmer climes)

Tequillaberry’s Salad by Real Food RN (use honey as sweetener)

Nectarine Salad by Honestly Yum (for those in warmer climes)

Cobb Salad w/ Creamy Garlic Lime by A Spicy Perspective

My main dish for a crowd

White Bean Chili by Honest Body

Cakes

Simple Yellow Cake by Comfy Belly (double recipe)

Watermelon & Fruit Kabob Birthday Cake by WellFed Homestead

Banana Mousse Cake by Strands Of My Life

Raw Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse Cake by Real Food Pledge

Paleo Citrus Celebration Cake by Grok Grub

Raw Lime Cheesecake by Real Food Pledge

“Smash” Cake by Urban Poser

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake by Gluten Free Vegan Love

Indian Carrot Cake by My Heart Beets

Layered Chocolate Caramel Cake by Life Made Full (not technically GAPS with maple syrup & chocolate chips…could sub honey)

Cupcakes

Grain Free Chocolate Cupcakes by Honest Body (The. Best. Ever. Chocolate Cupcakes)

Vanilla Cupcakes by Comfy Belly

Simple Yellow Cake Cupcakes by Comfy Belly (double recipe)

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes by Against All Grain

Black Forest Cupcakes by Against All Grain (for those okay with chocolate chips)

Frostings

Creamy Cashew Frosting by Detoxinista

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Honest Body

Simple Meringue Frosting by Health Home Happy

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by Honest Body

Quick Lemon Frosting by Detoxinista

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About the Author

View More: http://pennybird.pass.us/christnerMelanie is a NTP, Certified GAPS Practitioner, and Healing Foods Specialist who lives in Vermont. She delights in helping people apply healing protocols to everyday life, while eating really great food … and becoming friends with their bodies again.

She writes at HonestBody.com. As a mom of four children herself, she works with moms and their kiddos to help them feel their best and to have all the life and energy they were meant to have. For fun she creates in her kitchen, Nordic skis, or swims in the Green Mountain rivers with her family.

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