COVID-19 has been one of the fastest spreading viruses ever to be. In just a matter of weeks, the virus has spread throughout the globe, infecting thousands and disrupting the lives of nearly everyone. For many, this means closed offices, shut schools, and a lot more family time than expected. It is times like these when mealtime becomes an activity. We share some of our favorite allergy-safe meals and snacks to make this trying time a little bit easier.

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Breakfast

Hash browns – These are a delicious, fan-favorite, allergy-free option. They are fairly simple to make - not requiring too many ingredients – and can be paired with almost anything.

Toast – With an abundance of gluten-free options, and countless spreads to choose from, toast is always a good option for allergy-free homes. Allergic to peanuts? Try butter. Allergic to dairy? Try jam. Toast is one of the most versatile foods and can help keep any mealtime interesting.

Fruit – Not everybody’s looking to carb load early in the morning. In fact, many prefer a light and easy meal to start the day. Fruit is a great option for those looking for a simple, satisfying, and allergy-free meal.

Oatmeal – Similar to toast, oatmeal is extremely versatile. It can be paired with yogurt, berries, or fruit. Made with water, milk, or soy milk. It can even be kept simple with nothing more than some cinnamon and sugar. One of the hardest parts of allergy-free meals is keeping it interesting, but when the same food can be made multiple different ways, the challenge becomes a little simpler.

Lunch & Dinner

Salad – Salad is a delicious, nutritious, and healthy option for a light lunch. It can be paired with any number of proteins to suit your diet (cheese, egg, meat, chicken, fish) and can be made to taste in any number of different ways. So, whether you prefer salty or sweet, there is a salad out there for you.

Soup – We might not be in the dead of winter anymore, but it is still a little bit chilly. And while the children being home may be a little difficult, it does make for more interesting mealtime options. There are several delicious, kid and allergy-friendly soups just waiting to be made. Some examples might be; orange soup, vegetable soup, or even potato soup.

Zucchini Noodles – As the world becomes more allergy-friendly, people are constantly trying to find new options and replacements to classic favorites. When it came to pasta, one of the most popular replacements was Zucchini noodles. These noodles can be served with sauces (tomato, pesto, etc.), meat, or even in a soup.

Meat or Chicken – Simple, delicious, nutritious, and filling. Meat and chicken are great sources of protein for children (and adults) and have tons of different cooking and serving options that seldom get boring. Try a roast beef sandwich (gluten-free bread), baked chicken, or a juicy grilled steak.

Pro Tip – Pair it with steamed vegetables or baked potatoes to keep an allergy-safe, well-rounded meal.

Snacks

Popcorn – Popcorn has long been a fan favorite when it comes to allergy-safe snacks. It’s simple, delicious, and versatile. And just in case you weren’t convinced yet, it’s also pretty low in calories.

Sun Butter and Celery Sticks – For anyone allergic to nuts and peanuts, finding butter to snack on hasn’t been easy. However, sun butter is made with sunflower seeds and pairs great with some freshly cut celery sticks.

Beef Jerky – Dried meat may not sound appetizing, but it is actually better than most people think. More than that, it’s a great way to eat a delicious snack completely worry-free. While it’s important to check the labels for any added ingredients, most jerkies are just straight-up, allergy-free, delicious meat.

Juice Box – A juice box may not technically be a snack, but sometimes all a child needs some juice to hold them over. The boxes made from 100% juice are a quick and easy way to satisfy your child without having to worry about dangerous allergens lurking.

Dried Fruit – Easy to store and easy to trust, dried fruit is a great snack time option for allergy-free children. Make sure you double-check labels and confirm that the dried fruit doesn’t contain any additives, and you’re good to go.

Applesauce – Like the other fruit-based snacks, checking the ingredients is vital, but these should all be good options. Other similar options could be peach slices, raspberry apple sauce, or fruit cups.

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Conclusion

Mealtime is always difficult with a food allergy in the family, but it is made even more difficult when the children are home. Having unique ideas for your children to enjoy can lead to an easier time at home. However, always make sure to check labels and make sure your child’s food is safe.

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