2014 was a crazy year for us: a premature baby, a move and a new house, a kid who started preschool, and, just as we thought the year was about to end on a relatively quiet note, two days before Christmas, I discovered our baby girl in her crib having an acute allergic reaction. After a trip to the emergency room, a few doctor’s appointments, and a couple of epi pen prescriptions later, we still aren’t sure what caused her reaction, but the experience has given me a whole new perspective on and sympathy for parents who have children with allergies, especially food allergies.
The pediatrician thought she might have had a response to a large amount of raw cashews I munched on during a road trip the day before. And while none of her allergy tests have come back positive for anything, including nuts, and this whole thing might have actually been a bizarre virus, it made me realize all over again that you can do everything “right” and still have a child who struggles with allergies, food sensitivities, or other health problems.
So, in addition to my regular posts, I want to develop allergy-friendly recipes this year since I have a new respect for how difficult it can be to find allergy-friendly foods. Since my older daughter goes to a nut-free preschool, I’m going to start there and work on healthy, filling, and easy nut-free snack recipes.
But I want to hear from you, too.
Do you or your kids have allergies or food sensitivities? If so, what kinds of recipes would be helpful for you? Do you already have a favorite allergy-friendly recipe? If so, please share it below!
Happy and Healthy New Year!