As you know I blog and cook allergy free foods because I myself am allergic to so much. Recently, I received sad news. My 12 year old sister is allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs just like her big sister. Not only that but she has a mild corn, citrus and hazelnut allergy! Yikes, not cool. Especially for a 12 year old girl. So, I promised her that the next time I was in Oregon (a month after we found out thank goodness) we would find tons of things for her to eat. Here are our results.
These salted seaweed chips are a great snack. They may not fill you up for hours on end, but satisfy the salty crunchy craving is this guys specialty. Similar products can be found in most grocery stores. I don’t know why my sister loves these so much, maybe it’s the salt, but they are a favorite.
Absolutely love plantain chips. They are not sweet like people would expect but rather starchy like a corn chips or a potato chip would be. They are great for dipping in things or with almond butter. Usually found at health food markets or health food stores around the US. Every once in a while I can find them in a normal store. They seem to kind of grow on people, kids may or may not like them. I love them though!
Some flavors of pop chips have corn in them :(. Thankfully, my sister loves barbecue and that variety happens to not have corn. This would be a great snack for kids who miss normal chips or crackers. They really replace other chips taste wise and are a tad healthier. I found these at Whole Foods but you make get luck at a normal grocery store. Warning, can be addictive.
This is one of the better vegan cheese spreads I have tried. Lots of the melty kind don’t taste very good but this one is made from cashews and has a spreadable cheese that works really well on crackers and sandwich things. To be honest I thing I prefer (and my sister agrees) the Daiya cheese brand (further down the list). You can find this and other “cheeses” at Whole Foods and other health stores. I think this one is great for dipping but not a grilled cheese sandwich. Experiment with what your taste buds and tummy likes.
This isn’t really a food but it’s a great addition! This vitamin packet is low in sugar and chock-full of minerals that you may miss with food allergies! Extra vitas can fill the gaps:) Tastes really great and found at health stores. I think sis could drink this in place of kool-aid type sugar filled drinks, or to get your kids to drink more water.
Here is another great addition! Kombucha heals the gut and provides it with pre and probiotics. They also have great enzymes for absorbing what you eat more efficiently. Often those with food allergies tend to have gut issues. These ginger ones have especially helped my gut heal. I go to the bathroom more regularly than ever! I get this for me and have found a root beer flavored one that kids love. Not the same brand but found where these are. Whole Foods and now Safeway! Kids can drink a little at a time, and varieties not as strong are best for younger children.
I use MCT for everything, especially my coffee/ Crio Bru. MCT stand for medium chain triglycerides. It’s basically all the food stuff in coconut oil concentrated. It’s great for baking and boosts metal clarity (hello learning kids going back to school). Keep those kido focused with healthy fats if they can’t do eggs or other fats in the morning. I also use it in many of my own recipes on this blog because it is so awesome:) We order ours but health stores and GNC type places will carry it.
Apple are my must and great for dipping in nut butter:) Pretty self explanatory as to the where, but if you can organic is best! apples are easy to carry and super energizing so it’s a great snack for the afternoon! Apples have thin skins and absorb toxins from sprays. Wash them well.
When you can’t do milk, this is my favorite! Tastes great in cereals and I flavor my drinks with it:) shakes are made better with cashew milk too:) you can find this at almost any grocery store. I like the cashew milk now better than almond because it is so creamy mixed in with thinks. Try for unsweetened unless your little ones can’t do the completely bland. The less added sugar in food the better.
What kid doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? This is the cheese brand mentioned above! Daiya makes melt-y slices and shredded cheese which I think the shredded is their best product. Sis loves this Mac and Cheese so much it has become a staple. She says it tastes almost like the real thing. I don’t eat many things like this but for a kid with food allergies this is pretty rad:) This is found at a Whole Foods or natural grocery store.
This one is less for kids bahaha. I love cucumbers and dip them in hummus, eat the raw and put them in dishes. If your kids can tolerate them, get cucumbers! They are so hydrating and energizing. Nutrient dense food is the best, and again I reiterate wash and go organic.
I feel as though I miss out on healthy fats sometimes. Avocados and full of nutrients and healthy fats for hormones and brain function! Sis will eat a little of these on meals:) Kids need fats for brain function and hormones as well as dense nutrient rich foods. Sometimes avocados may be expensive but the nutritional value far out weighs the cost!
Yummy little snack if you can tolerate dark chocolate. These are rice not corn and are a great snack but be careful they melt quick! Natural grocery stores are where I found these not sure about normal stores. It’s kinda like a cookie mixed with a health food. you can add some almond butter between two or some bananas for a filling snack.
If you cannot do any dairy I’m sorry. I drink this on my coffee and feel awesome then also bake with it or put it on gluten free bread occasionally. This is another healthy fat I am obsessed with that doubles as a nutriant store house (hello grass fed vs. depleted grain fed animal). This is at natural grocery stores like Whole Foods but I find this in some normal stores like Safeway.
One packet of this is probably way too much protein for a kid. At 30 grams per packet, you can divide it into multiple servings by mixing it with fruit and chashew milk for a healthy smoothy! Made from pea and pumpkin seed protein with a few other super foods like tart cherry concentrate I love it:) Natural grocery stores are your best bet. My favorite adult recipe that you may be able to sneak to kids is a bunch of spinach, this vega powder, cinnamon, MCT oil and cashew milk!
Almond flour (not meal) is a staple in much of my baking. We will use it for cookies, bread, pies and more. Many of my recipes on this blog contain almond flour. For nut allergies I recommend coconut and tapioca flour which I also use. Bob’s red mill is my favorite:) Most stores carry this, Winco and Natural stores usually have it in bulk or the baking section.
Poor little sis can’t eat brownies 🙁 This is super decadent and had something like seven ingredients only! These you can find in the refrigerated section at the health food store or a Whole Foods. It was nice for her because she didn’t eat the whole thing or get a sugar crash. With how whole it was I know she was nourished even with a treat.
AHH my favorite ever. Carrot chips! Eating carrots is made fun with these little chip shaped veggies. I eat them by themselves and I dip them in things. Sis (12 years old) like them as a side with meals or with vegan ranch. These you can find a most stores but best bet is health food stores.
This is probably my proudest find!!! Who doesn’t love popcorn? When you have a corn allergy… guess what you can’t eat? POPCORN:( So we were on a mission to find a gluten/corn free alternative and sure enough landed on this gem. Sorghum is a little seed like grain that does not contain gluten and can be popped much like corn. The kernels thus the pop “ghum” (LOL) is slightly smaller than popcorn, but tastes very similar! This is a specialty item found only in health stores.
Oh this is a gem as well. This bread has NO eggs, gluten, dairy or corn! They use a seed called millet that contains no gluten but makes the bread fluffy and, well, like normal bread. SOOOOO good sis can have yummy PB&J’s!!! well she eats almond butter which is much better, so AB&J lol. We also use some of the Diaya cheese and organic lunch meat for sandwiches, or as toast in the morning.
Enjoy! What foods have you found this year for allergy free lunches?