Wednesday, June 12, 2013

When your kids have allergies

My son, Jacob, had his skin test for allergies last summer.  He didn't show much allergy reaction to the things he was tested with during that time. So we weren't too strict on what he eats. He would eat snacks that would indicate it was processed in a facility that processes products with tree nuts and soy. Since he didn't show traction we didn't worry too much. Then this year as he turns 8 years old we notice his eczema was showing on his finger. We track back his eating habits and found out it was his allergy to soy. We started eliminating soy from his diet. This mean looking at ingredients more intentional during grocery time. Did you know that even soy lecithin could trigger allergy reaction too? So we decided to avoid those too. Jacob learned to read these ingredients on the back of the item. It's a bit disappointing for him, because it seems like there's nothing he can eat. This is why we had to start making our own snacks from home. Our latest snack we made from home is granola bar baggies with marshmallows.

Individually pack and conveniently bagged for each kids. Great for taking along on a trip, and enough to share with others. SIMPLE RECIPE: 2 cup rice krispies 1 cup oats 1/4 cup wheat germ 14 oz can condensed milk 3/4 cup Nestle dark chocolate morsels. (Optional: add dried cranberries and nuts) Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a big mixing bowl. Use 1 inch baking sheet cover with parchment paper. Spread the mix onto the baking sheet, flatten it as much as you can. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cut in pieces, let it cool, and serve or bag it using Ziploc bags. Note: I used Nestle dark chocolate morsels because all the other chocolate chips contain soy lecithin. I have yet to find chocolate chips that doesn't contain this ingredient. If you know any please pass it on. Leave me a comment.

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