Allergy-Friendly Fun on Valentine’s Day

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By Tracy Bush Nutrimom®

For many, Valentine’s Day means a day filled with candy, excitement, gifts and chocolate. For a food allergy mother, it’s a day that stresses us out. We may seem cool, calm and collected on the outside but that is from learning lots of patience and knowing when to utilize our knowledge of food allergies to make sure that everyone has a safe day. Whether it be camping out at a class party as an extra set of eyes or sending in something that your child can share with others, food allergy moms have it covered. What is the key to a carefree Valentine’s Day when food allergies are involved? Here are my tips that help to remind me to enjoy Valentine’s Day as any other mother would:

  • Everyone loves food This is just a fact. The food allergy community tends to shy away from including food as a necessary part of celebration but why not include it? With so many allergy-friendly options such as Crispy Green’s Crispy Fruit, we should be enjoying our foods. Snacking is not just for children, it’s somewhat of a ritual for adults as well.
  • Consider your choices Most who are planning a Valentine’s Day celebration typically consists of a combination of sweet, salty and crunchy. This is not only an easy combination to put together with allergy-friendly snack items but it’s also the perfect way to introduce children to products that they may not normally try to eat. This includes healthier options that are disguised as a fun snack. Picky eaters may not be excited to take some apple slices but add freeze-dried apples to a bag or mixed items and see what happens.
  • Stay within budget Everyone appreciates budget-friendly gift ideas to send with a bag of treats. Creating free and personalized items is simple, removes the need to purchase holiday-themed items that everyone else is getting and your child can help you (so extra points for bonding time). The cost of paper and ink is nothing compared to seeing how excited everyone is about their friends’ gifts while also staying far away from allergy triggers.
  • Plan ahead Embrace your food allergies by remembering to read labels, always carry epinephrine and love the foods that you can eat. Why share multiple foods? Stick with safe foods for everyone to enjoy and minimize cross-contamination possibilities. Remind everyone to only reach into their own snack bag-sharing after you may have touched an unsafe food is also an allergy trigger that needs to be avoided. This is also where having personalized items is helpful to keep everyone from eating someone else’s snacks. Here is my recipe idea, give it a try!

Be the parent that is remembered as the cool parent because you always have different and delicious snack alternatives. Educate others to empower them about food allergies as well as their knowledge of food options. Above all, remember that food allergies are not a curse, just a different way of approaching your foods.

Valentine’s Day Allergy-Friendly Snack

Prep Time: 4 Minutes per bag

Serving sizes vary

Ingredients
 Your choice of Crispy Green Crispy Fruit
 Gluten-free pretzel sticks
 Your choice of allergy-friendly snacks such as the Safely Delicious brand.
 Allergy-friendly Chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life Foods Morsels)
 Small plastic treat bags
 Ribbon, thread or other items to close the bag
 Optional: Include a personalized puzzle!
Directions
1

Open all of your items for easy assembly

2

Fill each bag 1⁄4 of the way with EACH of the food items

3

Consider mixing different flavor combinations of Crispy Green and Safely Delicious

4

Close the bags tightly

5

Attached with ribbon or other decorative items

6

If including a personalized puzzle, roll tightly and attach to the top of the bag

Ingredients

Ingredients
 Your choice of Crispy Green Crispy Fruit
 Gluten-free pretzel sticks
 Your choice of allergy-friendly snacks such as the Safely Delicious brand.
 Allergy-friendly Chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life Foods Morsels)
 Small plastic treat bags
 Ribbon, thread or other items to close the bag
 Optional: Include a personalized puzzle!

Directions

Directions
1

Open all of your items for easy assembly

2

Fill each bag 1⁄4 of the way with EACH of the food items

3

Consider mixing different flavor combinations of Crispy Green and Safely Delicious

4

Close the bags tightly

5

Attached with ribbon or other decorative items

6

If including a personalized puzzle, roll tightly and attach to the top of the bag

Valentines’ Day Allergy-Friendly Snack

– Tracy Bush, Nutrimom® is a Food Allergy Consultant, Author, Blogger & Mother. Her website is http://allergyphoods.com

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