Yet, there is so much food my children can have. Can enjoy. Yes, this allergy-friendly living takes a bit more planning but any good thing does. Yes, foods that are safe for my children can sometimes be expensive but they don’t have to be.
We thrive in an allergy-friendly world. Not only because of pediatric allergists and parents on high alert but because of our choices and attitudes.
- my two younger children both carry a set of epipens
- Six-year-old allergic to walnuts, tree nuts
- Four-year-old allergic to eggs, peanuts
- We went through three years of gluten-free living because my middle child had an intolerance.
- My eldest two children were allergic to (but outgrew) soy and shrimp
- I am also aiming to eat arthritis-friendly foods. A diet I’ve followed for about a year now. More greens, whole foods, avoiding sugar.
- My husband keeps diabetes in check with diet and exercise
- Recipes: Both my husband and the children and I have guest posted on the SunButter site. We go through about ten pounds of SunButter a month at our house!
- Substitutions and allergy adaptations: I sure know how to make things with all kinds of egg substitute, plus have experience with finding nut-free products to use in our baking.
- Strategies: Batch cooking is the frugal way to go to be stocked to feed my larger family and age range – safely! Lots of homemade goods.
- Allergy-friendly living: We are an on-the-go homeschool family. Being safe takes a little pre-planning for allergy-friendliness.
- Triumphs: Most of the time just a little adjustment makes for a healthy alternative. Educating yourself on what is safe. And getting your children involved! I know I always learn more when I actually am the one doing something – when I place myself in the student role.
- Involving your children: In our home the children join in the cooking and baking. We practice together every week. What better way to teach than by helping them read labels and bake something deliciously safe to eat? I roll my children into the mix and call it cooking fun.
You can read more of our FAB story here. And I’m thrilled to have the privilege of sharing strategies, recipes and allergy adaptations with you, here, in the future. Thriving with food allergies on a budget!
How about you? How are you and your children thriving on a budget despite allergies?
We’d love for you to share your story, what you’re learned and how you deal with expensive ingredients!