Kids and Allergies

Watermelon Gazpacho Is The Bomb!

Gluten-Free Gazpacho rocks, and this concoction delivers a surprising taste explosion with every spoonful. A blend of sweet and spicy, the flavors in this chilled first course (it serves 8 as a starter) or main mellow nicely with time. In fact, the change in flavor is quite pronounced. This soup is delicious a few hours after preparing, so don’t feel like you have to wait beyond the 3-hour chill. But it’s even better the next day.

Gluten-Free Toaster Pastries

These homemade pastries are delicious fresh out of the oven or toasted from the freezer. Gluten-free instant oats hold the dough together without eggs, making this recipe gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

Orange Crush Juice

Here’s a juice that would make Bugs Bunny jump for joy. Its orange hue is a tip-off that each sip is loaded with vitamin A to help bolster bone, immune and eye health. If the juice is a bit tart for you, try adding the juice of 1 apple.

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza is everyone’s go-to food, ideal for casual gatherings of family and friends, particularly sports fans when there’s a big game. A spin on traditional pizza, this gluten-free pizza pinwheels recipe puts the fixings inside the dough for easy handling. Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping. This recipe is egg-free and can be dairy-free with a cheese substitute. Leftovers can be reheated in a 350°F oven for a few minutes.
gluten free Play Doh

Make Your Own Play Dough

Keeping your home safe for young children with food allergies and sensitivities goes beyond what food goes into their mouths. It includes the toys they play with. Take Play-Doh, the popular children's clay. It contains wheat products - off limits for kids with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.

What to do? Play it safe with these easy-to-make, safe alternatives.

Chocolate Raspberry Candy

My husband and I have a friendly debate over whether these healthy Chocolate Raspberry Candy treats are candies or cookies. There’s no debating that they’re delicious.

Rudolph Cookie Pops

Start a tradition. These cute no-bake wonders are a simple way to make fun holiday treats. Kids love to participate in the easy assembly.

Christmas Lights Cut-Out Cookies

These gluten-free shortbread cookies are an easy substitute for traditional roll-out sugar cookies. They have buttery flavor and a nice crispy crunch. Plus, they’re fun to decorate. Make these festive “lights” or use your favorite cookie cutter shape.

Blueberry Gummies

Gelatin is a fantastic food-as-medicine ingredient for healing the structures and tissues of the body and aiding in detoxification. These gummy snacks are fun to eat and good for you. For sour gummies, omit the honey and add 1/3 cup organic lemon juice to the blueberries before heating. For flavor variation, substitute other berries for the blueberries.

Apple Butter

Apple butter is nothing more than applesauce that’s been sweetened, spiced and reduced to a spreadable consistency. While it takes several hours of simmering, the homemade flavor is worth the time.

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