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5 Tips to Better Manage Food Allergies

Living with food allergies can be complicated and scary. I have 5 simple tips for you to help ease your mind and keep your kiddos safe.

1) Labels

Read your labels!!!! Every single time you shop. Yes it takes time, but trust me, it’s totally worth it. I found something new on the label of a spice I haven’t had to purchase in a while: (May contain milk). Those are scary words for our family as dairy is our major anaphylactic food. If I hadn’t read the label, I would have used that particular spice in just about everything I cook. Be familiar with different names for your food allergens. You can check out the Food Allergy Initiative for specific lists of each of the major food allergies and common variations of names.

2) Soap and Water

WASH YOUR HANDS! Warm water and soap is the best way to remove food proteins from surfaces, especially your hands! With multiple food allergies it is not feasible for us to completely eliminate them all from our house. We also have people stop by quite a bit. Our family and friends know to wash their hands when they walk in our door so they/we don’t have to worry about what they’ve touched or eaten during the day.

I often have to cook with foods that aren’t safe for Maya, so every time I touch something […]

Menu Plan…Tuesday

It’s time for menu planning Monday again. Due to some vehicular issues, I haven’t been able to get to the grocery store until today. Therefor, we have Menu Plan Tuesday this week 🙂

Dinners:

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Various Seed and Fruit Combos
  • Apple Sauce

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Granola (I modify slightly using 1.5 cups of sunflower seeds and 1.5 cups of coconut since we can’t do the almond. It’s delicious!)

Maya Alternatives

  • Neocate Smoothies (Starting tomorrow I hope!!!) Twice a day (that makes her 5 meals a day uber easy! yay!)
  • Pork main dishes. I’m thinking I can do one big carnita style roast to mix into all sorts of things. 🙂
  • Beans and Rice

I’m linking up at Organizing Junkie where you can find literally HUNDREDS of menus to peruse 🙂

Have a Happy Day!

~Lindsey

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! We don’t make much of a hullabaloo about the holiday, but I do like to acknowledge it and do a little something special with my kiddos.

So, what can you do to celebrate an allergen free holiday that revolves around chocolate and sweets that are generally laden with milk, soy, nuts, wheat, etc. without breaking the bank? I have a few ideas 🙂

* Let me preface this by saying that we home school, so I don’t have to worry about classroom safety and such.*

  • Make your own chocolates using melted Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips in a chocolate mold or free form on wax paper. (Free of the top 8 allergens, and very tasty, woo!) Put them in a pretty box and you’re good to go!
  • Make Valentines for each other.
  • Give your kiddos a flower and a special Valentines stuffed something.
  • If you have a good wheat free flour mix for cookies or if you can have wheat, make some cookies together and cut them into heart shapes. You could glaze them like we did or color some sugar and sprinkle it on top to make them pretty and sparkly 🙂 We’ve done both and they’ve been delicious either way. You could also drizzle them with the melted chocolate chips […]