Gluten, oat, dairy, egg, & nut free diet:
A lot of family and friends wonder what does someone with this many allergies eat? Well at first not that much. A very simple, strict and repetitive meal schedule. Slowly we trying new things that “state” they are safe but I am always weary.
This is what works for us. I’m not an allergist. I’m hoping this list can help other moms or people navigate their food allergies. Cooking and cross contamination are also very serious! Washing pans, cups, utensils etc is important.
Slowly we have started to eliminate the “bombs” in our house. Obviously we are a nut free home. Snacks and other crackers that contain 3-4 of the allergens are what we consider “bombs.” One example is cheese crackers, they have wheat, milk, egg, cheese etc. So when he has one of these its BAD! We have to be very aware and careful if we let our older son have something we are trying to avoid. (like cheese and chocolate milk are very hard.) Not only do we have to keep the house safe for our baby, our older son is like many kids and can be quite a picky and specific eater. We pick our battles. The great news is that our 4 year old is on top of it and knows what is safe and what is not. What big brother doesn’t like to tell their little brother “No!”??? LOL
Also just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s Gluten or NUT free! We say that he’s a combo of paleo and a MEGAN a meat eating vegan LOL. Allergy free or allergy friendly means it doesn’t contain any of the top 8 allergens.
Free from wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish.
Some are also made without casein, potato, sesame & sulfites.
Here are some of the brands and foods that we often eat. You can get them at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Amazon or websites. I have included links. On some sites you can enter your zip code and see which stores carry their items.
Ian’s Natural Foods Ian’s Natural Foods
Enjoy life Foods Enjoy Life Foods
Thankfully he enjoys any and all fruits, vegetables and proteins!!!
He lives on these pouches (read labels some can say contains milk or wheat when you don’t think they do) these are his favorites
BREAKFAST & POUCHES
Ella’s Kitchen Ella’s Kitchen
Plum Organics Plum Organics
Simply Balanced @ Target Simply Balanced Fruit & Vegetable
Peter rabbit Organics Peter Rabbit Organics
He eats anywhere from 4 to 8 pouches of fruits and veggies a day plus a cut up fruit and vegetable at every meal. LOTS of real fresh food. You name it he likes it. Strawberries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, apples, green beans, corn, carrots, potatoes etc.
Vans gluten free waffles Van’s Foods
Jimmy dean breakfast sausage Jimmy Dean
Oscar Mayer turkey bacon
Rice Chex cereal
Vanilla coconut milk from Trader Joe’s
On Saturdays I make pancakes and I’m happy to say they really aren’t bad.
1 cup gluten free Bisquick mix
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Crisco)
1 egg we use EnerG egg replacer EnerG Egg Replacer
Earths balance vegan butter Earth Balance
Real maple syrup or agave Trader Joe’s
SNACKS & SWEET TREATS
Gluten free Marshmallows
Enjoy life pizza crust, cookies, snacks and chocolate brownies
Immaculate honestly good baking Immaculate Baking (cookies, brownies) (using Earth Balance, Vegetable oil and Egg replacement)
Shaved ice (be sure to ask!)
Fruit strips (Trader Joe’s we call them laffy taffy even tho they are organic fruit)
We love juices too orange, Apple, peach or Capri suns and Ella’s are great!
We go to Tropical Smoothie Cafe Tropical Smoothie Cafe Menu
I just always request they clean the blender out special for him since he has so many allergies and we don’t want to cross contaminate with dairy or peanut or others OMG
LUNCH & DINNER
Lean protein: ground beef, grilled chicken, turkey, chicken tenders, nuggets, beans
Oscar Mayer naturals turkey Oscar Mayer Naturals
Glutino gluten free pretzels
Lays BBQ chips are vegan (Baked Lays contain milk)
Gluten Free corn chips & salsa
Hummus (again check ingredients) Sabra and Trader Joe’s are safe for us
Perdue Gluten free chicken tenders and nuggets Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Chicken
(Trader Joe’s ketchup is the bomb!)
Ian’s potatoes are great Ian’s Natural Foods
(We have NOT found a gluten/oat free pasta that does NOT cause his eczema to flare up so we just don’t do pasta.)
Again he eats a fruit and vegetable at every meal.
These are just a few that I know work for us and our child. Please feel free to comment below with more ideas and suggestions. Again I am not a dietician or an allergist. I am just a mom trying to navigate this life called motherhood and help my children eat healthy foods.
Just Happy Mommy