Food Allergies Don’t Have to Make Food Boring
Food allergies are becoming more common among children, affecting four to six percent in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Common food allergens are tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat gluten, soy, peanuts and shellfish. As a parent, it’s your job to be aware of your child’s allergies and buy food for them accordingly. However, people who interact with your child should also be aware of their allergies, including teachers, parents of your child’s friends, and other family members.
Whenever your child is in the hands of another adult, there is potential for them to ingest something they are allergic to if precautions are not taken. In order to avoid this from happening, ingredient labels should always be read and a list of recommended snacks should be given to the supervising adult.
Providing your child with safe, allergy-free snacks will help prevent them from accidentally eating foods with allergens. The following are easy snack ideas for kids with food allergies and are available at all major grocery chains.
Fresh Fruit and Fruit Cups
Healthy snacks like fresh fruit and fruit cups are at the top of the list. They are free of the most common types of food allergens and are unlikely to come in contact with these allergens because they’re not processed.
However, if your child happens to have a latex allergy, avoid feeding them bananas. Rubber trees, which produce the sap to make latex, contain proteins similar to bananas.
While fruit cups are an easy to-go snack, fresh fruit can also be sliced up in easy servings for your child to take to school with them. Fruit can even be blended together with ice and a little bit of water to make dairy-free smoothies. A separate blender should be used in order to prevent cross contamination when used by others in your household.