Finding safe food for kids with food allergies or food intolerances can be hard, especially if there are multiple allergies or intolerances involved. Luckily, we’ve managed to get some help from our friend Lisa from Happy Tummies to provide us some advice on this!
The top 8 food allergies are wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and fish. Sesame is also becoming a big problem and many manufacturers are also labelling food that contains sesame.
One of the biggest problems with labelling in supermarkets is that many labels are unclear. Parents need to be vigilant and look for common allergens with different names. Labelling is getting better with many manufacturers labelling products with allergens if it’s in the ingredients list, however many labels now have ‘may contain’ statements, none of which mean the same thing and can be confusing for parents. In my experience, manufacturers do keep a record of this information and are happy to share it, however it does require quite a lot of work to follow up every manufacturer.
The other problem of course with a lot of supermarket snacks aimed at children is the food additives and preservatives in them. Just because the manufacturers are allowed to put it in the food, it does not mean it’s safe to consume. Parents need to educate themselves about food additives and decide what foods they are happy for their children to eat. There are heaps of books and apps available on this that make it easy for parents to make better choices when doing their grocery shopping.
It’s really easy to bake or prepare some simple snack foods for kids. I like to bake recipes in rotation and freeze so that there is a constant supply of healthy snacks that the kids like to eat and that I am happy for them to eat.
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Feel free to swap ingredients as required to suit your family’s dietary requirements!
If you need more information on food allergies you can find it here at Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.
Here is Lisa’s Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe.
½ cup (45g) desiccated coconut
1 cup (140g) sorghum (or rice flour)
½ cup (90g) potato starch
½ cup (75g) rapadura (or coconut sugar / sugar)
2 tsps xanthan gum (or guar gum)
4 tsps baking powder
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tbsp Nutra Organics C Berry Blast (optional)
½ cup (110g) coconut oil, melted
½ cup (125mls) coconut milk – or any dairy free milk
2 medium bananas, peeled and mashed (approx. 280g of banana when peeled)
- Heat oven to 160°C
- Prepare loaf pan 22cm x 14cm
- Put dry ingredients into a food processor or Thermomix and blitz until well combined and desiccated coconut is fine like flour (10 secs, speed 9 in Thermomix)
- Add other ingredients and mix until combined (10 secs, speed 4 in Thermomix)
- Pour into prepared pan, place in pre-warmed oven and cook for 35 minutes or until cooked through
- Turn off oven and leave the cake in the oven for about 5 minutes with the door open so it cools slowly
- Remove from oven and sit on wire rack. After about 5 minutes remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely
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