The following are a few benefits of having to prepare recipes for children with food allergies. It is an excellent learning opportunity – for you and your child.
Sweet revenge: Just because your child suffers from food allergies does not mean they have to give up sweets (though you may like them too!). Since gluten and other major food allergens do not naturally occur in fruit, desserts made from fresh fruit (such as baked apples) are not only healthy, they are also safe!
Your kids will love vegetables: One of the positive things about having a child suffering from food allergies is that you can train their palates to love healthy foods like vegetables from day one. Many of us forget that our addiction to sweets and processed foods is a learned addiction, not a naturally occurring one.
Most vegetables are gluten-free and allergen-free. Give them children early and often. Get creative and serve them with allergen-free dips like a packed lunch or a healthy afternoon snack. They will seamlessly develop a love for vegetables without being forced.
Teach your child to become an international eater: Most often, a traditional American diet does not fit a child suffering from food allergies as they contain a lot of gluten, processed foods and the like.
This is an excellent opportunity to teach your child to become an “international eater.” For example, you can Explore recipes for children with food allergies from Asian, African and Mexican cultures. These cultures tend to have diets rich in rice, corn and other alternative grains such as quinoa and amaranth. Vegan recipes are another option as they tend to be free of dairy and animal products.
Recipes for children with food allergies: Safety tips. There is a lot of information – and incorrect information – about what is safe when it comes to food allergies. The following are a few safety tips when preparing recipes for children with food allergies.
Ingredient safety: Parents should be aware that when preparing recipes for children with food allergies, products that you would think should always contain the same ingredient may be different. To explain, the same ingredients made in different parts of the country or in other countries may be different in composition. Product formulations can also be changed. So pay attention to what you use.
Brand Security: One of the most frustrating things for parents who prepare recipes for children with food allergies and celiac disease is that you can’t completely trust what’s on the label. In fact, a product labeled gluten-free may contain gluten. While the amounts fall below a certain level to be “practically” gluten-free, it may be just enough to hurt a child.
Always check ingredients for recipes: Family, friends, magazines, support groups, and the Internet are always an invaluable resource for parents looking at recipes for children with food allergies and celiac disease. However, always remember that every ingredient in a recipe should be tested for allergies. A recipe that worked for a recipe poster in an internet chat forum at food allergy in children may not work for your child. As a parent, your job is to perform due diligence with any recipe ingredient.
Recipes for children with food allergies are plentiful. Your job as a parent is to find the ones your child will like – and look forward to eating.