Some Food Choices for Kids With Allergies

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Guest post by Shona Germino

The most common food allergies in children are peanut, milk, egg, wheat and shellfish. What is a parent to do when your child suffers from such food allergies? Children can be picky in what they eat, so here is a recipe and some suggestions that even the pickiest eaters love.
Here are some name brand products that are good options for kids who have allergies. These products can be found at any grocery store.

Gluten-Free Syrups:
Mrs. Butterworth’s
Log Cabin syrup

Snacks:
Nabisco Golden Oreos are nut-free and chocolate-free
Stella Doro cookies offer many snacks that are dairy free. Be sure to check the labels on each cookie variety.
Gak’s Snacks are organic and allergen free cookies, coffee cakes and snacks.

Yeast and Gluten Free Kids Pizza:
This is a kid-pleasing yeast and gluten free pizza. To make it easier use a small spring-form pans . Your child can get involved by helping you make the pizza’s.

* 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes
* 1 cup milk
* 1/4 cup butter, melted
* 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
* 1 teaspoon garlic salt
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
* Tomato sauce and toppings

1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except for optional sauce and toppings and butter. Blend until well incorporated. Let dough sit for 10 minutes.
2. In a greased spring form pan, push desired amount of dough on the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. You may have thin or thick dough.
3. Brush melted butter over dough and place in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. Thinner dough will cook faster. For a crispy crust, turn the broiler and crisp the top for an additional 5 minutes. Remove and prepare your sauce and toppings. Bake again just enough to slight warm top.

Dairy-Free Variation: Use rice milk or water and margarine. Omit Parmesan.
Be sure to always check the labels for the ingredients list. However many ingredients lists are not accurate. More than 3 million children have food allergies of some sort. Some schools are even designating special tables for those students that have allergies. This has become a hot topic as of late. Is this protection or segregation? Keeping your sensitive child safe from what could harm them is a tough job. There are several cookbooks and online resources available for recipes and suggestions for an allergen free lifestyle.

www.kidswithfoodallergies.org

Updated: July 14, 2009 — 4:41 pm