Are you in search of Thanksgiving recipes for children with allergies, and if so this guide is the perfect article for you? I would like to begin this article with an allergy food list, so let us see what is on this list below?
- Tree nuts
These are the most common allergens to watch out for, and these are known for 90% of allergies from food. Being I am sensitive and intolerant to more than most people, I know how difficult it can be to provide a balanced diet to your children.
High-Risk Allergy Food List
Thanks to Dr. Sears I am able to provide you the high-risk allergy food list, so let us see what are on the doctor’s list?
- Citrus Fruits
- Peanut Butter
I am surprised at some of the ones on this list, how about you? I never would consider berries as being high-risk for allergy symptoms, so this has been a great asset for me as well as for any parents reading this article.
Safest Allergy-Friendly Food List
Now many of you might be wondering as I am, so what are we supposed to feed our children? I really do struggle myself finding new things to add to my own diet, so I know how anyone feels that suffer from allergies. Let us see what the doctor prescribes for the safest on the list, and hopefully, we can find some tasty alternatives?
- Sweet Potatoes
Now reading this list the first thing that comes to my mind is what do we feed our children, I don’t really see many choices on this list that will appeal to most kids? Maybe you are not familiar with the symptoms of eating high-risk allergy foods, so let us look next at what to watch out for?
Food Allergy Symptoms In Kids
I feel it is very important for parents to understand what to look for, I suffered most of my life as a boy clear up to my 30’s. Until I started losing weight and constant stomach pain, I was not aware it was from the ingredients in some of my meals. So below is a list for you to be aware of, and this hopefully will help your child start to feel better real soon?
- Tummy pain is a sure sign your child could be experiencing symptoms of allergies from food, and now let us see what other symptoms could be signs?
- Lip Swelling
- Swollen Tongue and mouth
- Dry Eyes, and Mouth
- Itchy throat
- Even Lower Blood Pressure
This information I received from an article on the website Hopkins Medicine, and I am sure most of you will agree this is a good resource we can trust for reliable information? They also share that even a very small amount may cause serious and dangerous issues for your child, and if ever in doubt never take chances take your boy or girl to the emergency room right away. If more than one or two of these symptoms are regularly affecting your child, you should consult your physician right away.
Food Allergy Or Food Intolerance?
I am kind of an expert on both of these, but not by any degree in the health field. Sometimes the best experts are those who are living day after day for years with specific problems, and I suffer from both of these issues daily since the day I was born. You will never receive any medical recommendations from me, but you will learn from my own experiences that may help your child to feel healthier. Digestive issues are one of the main health problems we are experiencing today, and just look at how many of you might be taking anti-acids or other over-the-counter digestive products regularly? So many of you might not be aware of the difference between an allergy and intolerance, but I am going to provide you what I know. First below is the list of the most common intolerances you may experience, so I hope this helps you to get started on the right track.
- The number one culprit for more of us these days is a plant protein by the name of gluten, and from my own issues, I suggest if your child is experiencing digestive issues this would be where I would start.
- Fructose, fructans, and polyols are often the next possibility to consider, you will find these in products such as honey and syrups.
- The yolks and the whites of eggs are another common intolerance, and for some, it might be mild and others it can be severe.
- Bakers yeast is the last one on my list for you in this article, so these are the ones I would consult your physician about first if your child is experiencing regular digestive issues.
I am unlucky enough to be intolerant to all of the above, but I find gluten is my most severe intolerance of the list above. If I happen to get any hidden gluten in something I eat, I will know it within 20 minutes or less after eating that product. Reading product labels is a must to manage food intolerances and allergies.
You might find like I am that you can’t purchase all your gluten-free needs in your local grocery stores, so you must order some of them online. Amazon seems to be the most affordable place I have found. but if you know of a better choice please leave me a comment, I would really like to know. I am on a fixed-income so every penny I can save counts, and I really would appreciate you commenting if you can help me. Free Family Solutions is all about helping families, and if we work together we all can live a better life.
Allergy-Friendly Stuffing Recipe
Since stuffing is what I had missed the most on this holiday for years, I thought this would be a good place to start with Thanksgiving recipes for children with allergies. This was provided by the website Kids With Allergies, and you might like to know this is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. So this is another good resource I recommend.
Annika’s Stuffing (Top 8 Allergen Free)
created by Amy Hugon
What You Need
5 slices gluten-free bread
3 small apples, chopped finely
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup margarine, melted OR oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp poultry spice
2 Tbsp Egg Replacer powder (optional)
1 tsp salt
How To Prepare
Toast bread two times, and chop into small pieces. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and stuff in turkey. This makes enough to stuff a small turkey.
Grandma’s “Stuffing Made Safe”
created by Mary Hanley
If your child loves stuffing but has been doing without because he or she is gluten intolerant, you now have two recipes to choose from to give them stuffing once again. You also have the option I use being a single guy living alone, I go with Stove Top gluten-free stuffing mix for my Thanksgiving meal.
What About Dessert?
Another thing that I really miss is the holiday desserts, and I always was a big pie eater on Thanksgiving day. So I thought since many of the deserts are not allergy-friendly, I would share some tempting recipes in this paragraph. Read on to be tempted with what I have shared with you below, and I hope some of these inspire you to give them a try this year.
- This carrot cake is soy and dairy-free, you might find this interesting many people allergic to dairy also can’t have soy. This I found on the blog by the name of Dairy and Soy Free Mom, so if this interests you, I provided a link above.
- Gluten, dairy, and corn-free cinnamon rolls, I have bookmarked this one since I have not had a cinnamon roll in many years. I really do have a weakness for baked goods, but I seldom have them since many of the gluten-free products just don’t taste the same.
- Peanut and tree nut-free cookies are our next choice on the list, and these are supposed to be a big hit with children. So this might be a cookie recipe you want to consider, so let us see what is next?
- How many children love peanut butter cookies, but if you happen to be intolerant to gluten this might not have been available. Here is a gluten-free peanut butter cookie you can try, but be sure your child does not have an allergy to peanuts.
- Egg-free Rolo cake mix bars, I am not familiar with these myself, but if you wish to check them out here is a link to the Cookies and Cups website.
- This one is one I am not going to be able to resist, I have not had a taste of pumpkin pie for a very long time. This one is allergy-friendly, so I for sure am going to bookmark this one as well.
- I can remember my grandmother always preparing no-bake cookies on the holidays, but her recipe has ingredients that I am not able to digest. So here is a recipe you might want to check out, and you can find this one on the website The Freak Food Gourmet.
So here are the desserts that caught my eye on the article 10 Allergy-Free Holiday Desserts, and you will find a few Christmas goodies as well if you visit the website.
Prayers For This Special Holiday
Before I conclude this article on Thanksgiving recipes for children with allergies I want to share some prayers, and I do hope you find some of these appealing to you to possibly use for your own family on the special holiday this year?
“This Thanksgiving, let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve on another and to walk together in God’s gracious world. With thankful hearts, we praise our God who likes a loving parent denies us no good thing.”
Cecilia A. Moore, C. Vanessa White, and Paul M. Marshall
“O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry. When I have work, help me to remember the jobless. When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all. When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.”
Samuel F. Pugh
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
“Thank You, God, for this food. For rest and home. And all things good. For wind and rain and sun above. But most of all those we love. Amen.”
I really hope these prayers inspire you for the holidays coming upon us very soon, and you can find more of these by visiting the article 50 Best Thanksgiving Prayers by the website Parade.
Thanksgiving Recipes For Children With Allergies
As someone who struggled to enjoy the holidays ever since a child, I know how allergies and intolerances can ruin your holiday. I really believe more families need to understand how severe these can affect their child’s life, you don’t want your little boy or girl to go through what I did as a child. Even today this time of the year is difficult for me, you see the temptation of our favorite foods we can’t have will never go away.