As I open up the betty crocker as an allergy mom…
Yes that is the one I have…but it no longer has its covers attached.
I remember when my second child then my first child were diagnosed with food allergies
My second child was 6 months old or so, and my first was around 4 years.
I wasn’t told “he can’t have dairy” or “NO NUTS” between the two they are allergic to eggs, peanuts, treenuts, and then to boot the second child is allergic to dairy as well.
To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement
then, as someone who likes to cook I knew I had to figure it out.
and it took awhile
hits and misses
winners and garbage can left overs
it has become manageable
(thankfully they can still have wheat…that would be a whole nuther ballgame)
1. We learned that soy sour cream works really good as an egg substitiute(1/4 cup per egg called for in recipe)
2. We learned that there is nothing that works well as an beaten egg white substitute(think meringue)
3. We learned that ground flax seed also works ok for egg(better for quick breads and cakes) use 1 tbsp ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons water stir, do for each egg called for.
4. We learned to read labels…every product, everytime, you never know when a company may change their formula, or which line they make the food on(cross contamination)
5. We learned it is very difficult to eat out in our town…places often have signs saying they cannot guarantee any food is safe.
6. We learned that some people get it…and some just don’t it is only important that we know who we can trust.
7. As soon as the kids learned to read(even the one without any allergies) that they help double check labels.
8. We learned homemade picnic lunches are just as good as going out on trips..plus healthier
9. We learned to check ahead before going to parties, or playtimes, and regardless of what they say, bring food from home just in case.
10. We learned life goes on. Everyone has something to deal with, many times those things are invisible and though not necessarily as potentially deadly as food allergies. Life goes on you live, you adapt, you learn what works and doesn’t work and then if you are cool…you share some of that with those that want/need to know.