August 26, 2009
31 Healthy, Allergy-Friendly Snacks
Family schedules can get very hectic during the school year, so it is important to have fast, easy and healthy snacks for our children. In this issue, you will find a wide selection of allergy-friendly, yet nutritious, snacks for your food-allergic child. Keep this advice in mind when selecting snacks:
Remember to always verify the safety of any products or recipes to make sure they are truly safe for your child's unique food allergy issues.
Debra Indorato, a registered dietitian and member of KFA's Medical Advisory Team,
has helped us compile this list of healthy snacks for kids with food allergies.
| Snacks may be used to contribute to nutritional needs for children who have variable appetites. Snacks need to be chosen carefully so they are nutritious, but do not interfere with main meals. Sometimes even small snacks can result in poor intake at meal time.
Young children should be accompanied by an adult while eating foods of varied consistencies. Some foods, even though they may seem "kid friendly" can cause choking. These foods include hot dogs, peanuts, small pieces of fresh fruits and vegetables such as grapes, berries, sliced apples, carrots, celery and raisins. Potato, corn, and tortilla chips; popcorn and seeds may also cause choking.
A general rule of thumb for portions is to offer one tablespoon of each food for every year of age and serve more according to the child's appetite.
—Debra Indorato, R.D., L.D.N., Medical Nutrition Therapist
Melanie Carver, eNews Editor
Healthy Snacks for Kids with Food Allergies
Easy, Tasty and Allergy-Friendly!
11. Frozen Banana Treats: (a) Cut bananas in half with peel on; insert popsicle sticks into fruit of bananas and freeze. Once frozen, remove peel and serve. (b) Remove peel from banana. Cut into halves. Dip bananas in yogurt or yogurt alternative and then roll in crushed cereal (such as puffed rice or Rice Chex™) then freeze.
| 1. Unsweetened (no sugar or corn syrup added) dried fruit or fruit leathers
3. Sesame-free Hummus: Serve with whole grain pita triangles or whole wheat crackers
5. Cut-up fruit dipped in low-fat yogurt or yogurt alternative
7. Fruit kabobs
9. Cut whole wheat tortillas into smaller triangles and toast them in the oven to serve with bean dip, fresh salsa and/or high-protein guacamole.
| 2. Air-popped popcorn drizzled with oil (not margarine or butter) and nutritional yeast
4. "Ants on a Log": Sunflower or soynut butter spread on celery, topped with raisins
6. Rice cakes spread with soy or sunflower butter
8. Spread soy or sunflower butter on apple slices
10. "Orange Creamsicle":
100% orange juice mixed with vanilla soy milk; serve as a cool beverage or freeze in popsicle molds to serve as a frozen treat
12. Bean Dip: Use low-sodium/low-fat refried beans and mix with salsa. To increase the nutritional value, add pureed cooked carrots or a baby jar of vegetables. To thin out the dip, use low-sodium vegetable juice (V-8). Serve with whole grain crackers, pitas or tortillas.
13. Smoothies: Blend frozen berries, low-fat milk or milk alternative and a banana (optional) for 30 seconds to make a fast smoothie. Quick raspberry smoothie: 2 cups of vanilla soymilk blended with 1 cup frozen raspberries.
Roasted Red Pepper Dip: Tomato-free "salsa substitute" filled with vitamin C. Great dip for cucumbers, cauliflower and carrots.
|Safe Eats Recipes for our KFA Family Members:
Become a KFA Family Member to access all of these healthy snack recipes! Subscriptions are $25 per year. If you cannot afford the membership fee, you can request a waiver.
15. Mock Ranch Dip: Quick and easy milk-free and egg-free ranch dressing or dip. Good dip for broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, celery.
16. Mock Cheese Crackers: These crackers are packed with protein from lentils and nut/seed butter
21. Banana Shake
22. Quick Oatmeal Cookies aka Vegan Granola Balls:
These all-oat cookies are sure to be a hit with kids!
Pre-made Healthy Snacks for Kids with Food Allergies
1. Fruit 2day: No sugar added, real fruit blends
2. Enjoy Life Foods Granola: Vitamin-fortified and 23 grams or more of gluten-free whole grain per serving.
3. Enjoy Life Foods Not Nuts Trail Mix
4. Fruitabu Fruit Snacks: Organic 100% fruit; available to purchase on Amazon.com
5. Ian's: Organic Wheat Crackers and SoyButter 4 Me; crackers available on Amazon.com
6. Just Tomatoes, Etc.: Single-serve dried fruits and veggies; available to purchase on Amazon.com
7. FoodShouldTasteGood: Whole grain tortilla chips 30% off on Amazon.com (offer expires 8/30/09)
8. Dr. Lucy's: Oatmeal cookies
9. HomeFree Treats: Organic oatmeal cookies
Children's Dance-a-thon, Music Concert, Magic and Arthur!
KFA's Family Fun Event & Expo: Sunday, Sept 13 at Whole Foods, North Wales, PA
If you are planning to attend, please register at Firstgiving. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the expo runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Activities and entertainment for children will include a magic show, dance-a-thon, costumed characters, a Kyle Dine performance and more!
Dance-a-thon participants and teams can sign up for a fundraising page now — donations can be submitted online or in person on the day of the dance-a-thon. Winners will receive great prizes from KFA!
Several amazing gift baskets will be raffled; including a $50 gift card to Whole Foods! More than 20 allergy-friendly businesses will have exhibits and products.
Parental Views about Food Allergy at Overnight and Day Camps
Did your child attend camp this past summer? If so, please take this University of Michigan-FAAN survey.
A Message from our Sponsor
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I had a meltdown dropping off my son's Epi-Pen at kindergarten today
"I'm just afraid that every time my phone rings while he's in school, it will be the nurse calling saying he had a reaction..."
It's not easy to trust your food-allergic child to someone else's care. The start of school can be a very stressful time for parents. How do you cope?
Need help with my son's new fear of going to school "because of peanut butter"
Starting school can be challenging, especially if a child has anxiety about their food allergies. Parents share their strategies and advice for dealing with children's fears.
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New Products from Surf Sweets
Perfect for school lunch boxes, Surf Sweets has launched Snack Sized Packs of its Gummy Bears and its new Sour Berry Bears. Surf Sweets are delicious, fruit juice-infused all natural and organic gummy candies and jelly beans. Made with organic sweeteners and Vitamin C, our products are free of corn syrup, artificial dyes, gluten and are produced in a facility free of the ten most common allergens. Check out our website (www.surfsweets.com) for details about where you can find our products.
CNN: Skateboarder's Death Underscores Insect Allergy Risks
"Known for building skate parks and shaping the skateboarding scene in New York, Andy Kessler, 48, died this week after an allergic reaction to an insect sting, friends and family told news media."
Milk Safe, Even Encouraged, For Some After Treatment For Milk Allergy
"Some children with a history of severe milk allergy can safely drink milk and consume other dairy products every day, according to research led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center."
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Van's International Food: Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes (undeclared wheat, gluten, milk and egg)
- Yummy Foods Co.: Wife Cake (undeclared egg and wheat)
- Kraft Foods Global Inc.: Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza (undeclared soy)
- Kroger: Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread (undeclared milk)
- Cleopatra Candy Inc.: Mixed Nuts (undeclared sulfites)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Liberté Brand Products: Wild Blackberry Yogurt (undeclared walnuts and plums)
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