“May Chop eat Rice Krispie treats?” One of the classroom moms asked several days prior to our school’s egg hunt. When she showed up with her homemade dish and explained the ingredients she avoided and the substitutions used, I could not help but to get the warm and fuzzies inside. A toothless Chop widened his grin even more. “We made sure to properly clean our kitchen and remove your allergens while working Chop.” We were pleased at her gesture. Sure, the helicopter mom in me panicked slightly because I was not there to hold her hand. But to be fair, this sweet mama’s had a child recently diagnosed with two of the allergies that Chop share. So, I knew that it was important to her that she was careful.
Starting almost two weeks before our school’s egg hunt, multiple letters and emails were sent home to parents requesting them to bring plastic eggs that did not include candies with dairy or nut ingredients due to the sensitivities of several students with food allergies. There were also several suggestions of safe things to include in the eggs. If you are hosting this year’s Easter brunch, or dinner, and are unsure of how to include kids with food allergies or children with other dietary restrictions, there are several items that you can include in your food allergy egg hunt to make the event more inclusive. Examples of items might include:
- mini bubbles
- Enjoy Life brand candies are free of more than the top 8 food allergens
Fellow mom blogger and Registered Dietician Kristi Winkle, offers some fantastic Easter egg crafts that you can do for fun with family and friends as a safer option to dying and handling actual eggs, which is one of the top 8 food allergens. Remember there are several alternatives to a happy, fun, and safe holiday. Make it one that everyone can enjoy together!