**Disclaimer: I am not a health care provider or allergist. These recommendations are what work well for my family with a child allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs and dairy. But what works and is safe for her, may not be safe for another. As always read labels and triple check that what you are eating is safe for you. I am not sponsored or affiliated with any of these products and have linked them for your convenience. Thanks for reading!**
When Olivia was diagnosed with so many life threatening food allergies, my first thought was what can we feed her?? What can I feed her that is free from nuts, wheat, eggs and dairy? And that means free from containing them AND free from cross contamination?? Doesn’t breakfast consist of eggs and toast?!! My husband and I went to the grocery store only to be completely overwhelmed. It felt like everything either contained, may contain or was made in the same facility as at least one of her food allergies. The vision I had in my head of my daughter enjoying pizza, bread, Mac and cheese, cookies – all the foods kids can freely enjoy – was crushed. Or so I thought.
Over the next few weeks I did so much research on how to feed my little girl. We took some wonderful advice from a family friend – thank you Elizabeth! – and searched for some good options. I did not want her food allergies to define Olivia and I knew there had to be a way through our fear to the other side! And there certainly was :). So many companies make really delicious and safe foods for Olivia. And when I took a step back and thought about what we eat, I realized most of what we eat can be modified so its safe for Olivia. This diagnosis is SO over whelming if you have never had to deal with food allergies. I hope that some of what we have tried may help you feel a little less over whelmed. Here are some of Olivia’s favorite safe meals! 🙂
- Vans gluten free blueberry waffles
- Doles peach cups
- B Free wheat free bread
- Strawberries, raspberries
- Enjoy Life cookies – all flavors and textures!
- Enjoy Life chocolate chewy bars
- Happy Baby organic sweet potato & banana teether cookie
- Happy Baby puffs any flavor – EXCEPT broccoli – those are disgusting.
- GoGo Squeeze apple sauce pouches – especially those ones that contain fruits and vegetables
- Cucumbers with salt
- Any fruit
- Sweet potato with Earth Balance butter and brown sugar
- Tuna fish mixed with Hellman’s Vegan Mayo
- Advocado with Olivia oil and salt
- BFree wheat free bread with Wow Butter
- Ore Rida French fries
- Ian’s chicken nuggets
- Ian’s fish sticks
- Daiya Mac and cheese
- Daiya pizza
- turkey or chicken breast
- Ham steak
As we continue on this food allergy adventure, I know our pantry will continue to grow. How I feel about dealing with food allergies since Olivia’s diagnosis has changed so much. I have gone from being constantly anxiety ridden and terrified to being a lot more confident and sure of myself in the kitchen. Remember we must be prepared, not paranoid because not everyone is perfect.
So just keep cooking, trying, eating and as always advocating for even more delicious and safe options!!