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Simplifying life for families with food allergies.

Focus on Fun: Thanksgiving Games November 17, 2016


Thanksgiving and other food-centric holidays are tough for families with food allergies.  Traditional foods may not be safe and allergic family members sometimes feel excluded from the celebration.

 

Time to interject fun, family traditions that won’t fill you up and are cross-contamination free-guaranteed!

 

One of my favorite ways to do this is to have the kids go on a scavenger hunt.  If you have a small group dining, the hunt could be for objects in the house or yard.  If you have a large group, the hunt could be for answers to questions from family and friends.  [See attached.]

 

Download here:

Focus on Fun – Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunts

 

Pinterest also has a ton of Thanksgiving crafts that kids can complete while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade and waiting for the turkey.  The art work could decorate the dinner table or the dining room!  This is a great way to get food allergic kids involved with the meal without worry about allergens.

 

Perfect for indoor or out!  Download the ready-made Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt here:

Focus on Fun – Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunts

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Off-the-Shelf School Safe Treats (Nut-Free!) April 13, 2012

While at the zoo the other day, my friend whipped out these individually-wrapped treats for our boys.  My youngest son (not allergic, but still a picky palette) wolfed it down in less than 3 bites.  To say he liked them seemed like an understatement.  Better yet, it turns out that these treats were purchased from our local Whole Foods!  How could I have missed them before.

 

Treasure Mills School Safe Products are 100% tree nut and peanut-free.  And, as implied in the name, they are perfect for classroom parties, school/camp snacks, playdates, etc.  They appear to make many products from breads to cookies to brownies to mini-cakes.  And that’s not all!  Treasure Mills lists the safety of their foods against sesame seed, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sulfite, fish/shellfish allergies as well as which products are reduced fat, sugar free and trans-fat free.

 

Treasure Mills products can be found in a number of stores including Walmart, Whole Foods, and Costco (in Canada).  I’ll be on the hunt for these tomorrow!