Saturday, October 18, 2008

Making Food Allergies Suck Less

Poker Chick has a hard time finding resources online for living with a food-allergic child. Or at least, how to live a semi-normal existence. Info is fragmented and a pain in the @ss to find. So she's thinking others are probably having a similar experience. Which had her wondering whether or not others would find it helpful for her to collate the most useful bits of info she's been able to figure out thus far.

So this post is a kind of experiment. If you're interested in more like this, let a Chick know.

Websites we like:
FAAN - TONS of info, resources, even label and ingredient updates
Keep Kids Healthy - good resource and also good basic information for friends and family
Allergic Girl - great resource for where and how to eat in NYC with food allergies
Kids With Food Allergies Blog - fellow mom blogger who lives with this too

Foods that make life easier:

Egg-free Challah - it's a recipe but if you cheat with a breadmaker it's not so hard
Soy nut butter - a little salt, and it's almost as good as the real thing!
Cherrybrook Kitchen- cake, pancake and other great mixes
Divvies - great cookies, cupcakes, and other party treats shipped to your home
Egg Replacer - the best and easiest way to bake normal recipes that call for eggs. It works really well in cookie recipes, like this one below...

1/2 pound margarine or butter, softened (obviously does not work with dairy allergies)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs (use 3 tsp. Egg replacer plus 4 tbsp. of water)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Quaker Oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips (you can use raisins, but trust Poker Chick this is better)

More been there done that advice available if anyone's interested. Meanwhile, Poker Chick is giving the mini a cooked egg challenge tomorrow. We'll keep you posted.


Gray Matter Matters said...

Food allergies must suck. My son has none, but has such a ridiculous list of likes and dislikes. I believe that the nitrate level of his blood is waaaaay above normal.

That was a great post and I know will be very helpful to mom's in your situation. Very cool of you to have done.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the egg challenge. We're sending good thoughts your way. Keep us posted!

bernthis said...

I have so many friends with kids who have food allergies. I see how difficult it is for them and I really feel badly. I think it's a wonderful idea to post those tips.

spewdfree said...


Food Allergies DO suck.but I think I can make them suck less. My son is allergic to soy, peanuts, eggs, wheat and dairy so I started to help other people who have food allergies. SPEWD Free has recipes that are free of soy, peanuts, eggs, wheat and dairy....