May 19, 2015
Post By: Children's Health
Updated on May 15, 2014: This article uses recipes from a mother with children who are allergic to some, but not all, of the top eight food allergens. Many of her recipes do use soy, so we recommend that all parents should be mindful about reading labels and making sure the meal is safe for your child to eat. It is also worth noting that national food allergy guidelines recommend avoidance of products with potential cross-contamination of foods that may contain allergens. Since food labels frequently change, it is important for parents to read the label every time a product is purchased.
At breakfast, what do you serve a child allergic to milk and eggs? How do you make a sandwich for a child allergic to wheat? Carol McMillan faces challenges like this every day in her kitchen. Her son Isaac, 10, and daughter Zoe, 9, both are allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, seeds, shellfish and other common foods. We asked this Mom to share a week’s worth of allergen-free meals and snacks she prepares for her family. Carol uses guidelines that registered dietitians first gave her eight years ago after Zoe (then just 1) almost died from drinking cow’s milk.
We almost always eat out on Saturday evening. We have a few favorite restaurants we frequent based on their allergy friendliness. We are loving In-n-Out for a new treat! They are allergy friendly and my kids can eat a regular burger on a bun!!!
You can print these handy ingredient substitution charts to refer to when cooking:
Wheat, sauces and gravy substitutions
This article was last updated on May 15, 2014
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