I often suggest parsnip as a food that can pass for kids with FPIES, on low FODMAPs diets, or who have poor tolerance to grains. Yuck, right? Wrong. This recipe is yummy.
Parsnips are good on their own, especially when you can find hefty, fresh, organic parsnips (try roasting then mashing). But they seem doubly good when you combine them with New Jersey white/yellow sweet potato as in this recipe below.
But aren’t these “bad” carbs? Carbs that can trigger yeast and dysbiosis? Nope. These are lower FODMAPs carbs that are mostly digested in the upper small intestine, and thus can’t feed fungal or other undesirable species that are usually reside further down the gut. In some cases, kids who have SIBO or SIFO may struggle with this food, but it is still worth a trial to introduce it, especially for those struggling to gain weight.
Kids need carbohydrates to gain weight. One of the biggest mistake I see in the foodie GAPS-and-Weston-Price crowd is giving kids too much protein, too much fat, and too few carbs. What happens in that scenario is that protein is misappropriated for energy at great cost to your child’s body. Using protein for energy is inefficient and taxing to liver and kidney; it skews mineral balance and leaches calcium from bone; and it can cause stunting.
If a child isn’t thriving on GAPS or any special diet approach, it’s time for a different approach. Your kid should be growing, glowing, happy, sleeping well, playing, eating heartily, getting few to no illnesses and infections, and of course, pooping comfortably every day.
Back to parsnips. Try them. They are lightly sweet. If that isn’t tasty enough, try them as shown below, mashed with New Jersey white (aka yellow) sweet potato. If you’re confused about sweet potatoes, you’re not alone – there are many types. I find the New Jersey ones at our local Natural Grocers chain, which only sells organic produce. They are delicious and also lightly sweet. The two together are lovely! This recipe is good for infants introducing solids, and a great satisfying carbohydrate overall – not to mention, it’s a Thanksgiving favorite in my house.