A lot of bynature.ca customers ask us about allergy-free cooking. I am really lucky that my family members and I don’t have food allergies, but Nature Mom has to be more cautious about gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free meals. Since I’m no expert in this area, I have gathered tips for you.
- Food allergies seem to be on the rise
- The top 8 allergens account for about 90% of food allergies
- There are a BUNCH of really excellent resources for you. You are not alone
- There are a lot of drinking options available in many stores with soy, rice, and almond milk
- For light baking, honey and molasses will help
- For more dense baking (like cookies), vegetable shortening or margarine will help
- Try breads & crackers of soy, rice, potato, or corn
- Look at ingredients, since wheat is often used as a thickener
- Fast food? Just don’t. Even French fries are often dipped in wheat-based batter before deep frying
- Don’t assume egg-substitutes are egg free
- You will need to adjust differently for cookies, cakes, and other baking. There are great ways to avoid eggs in each
- Look out for egg-free shampoos and cosmetics (yes, really!)
- Soy milk and vegetable oil are common substitutes for dairy in cakes
- If you aren’t attached to cake itself, try a frozen dessert cake (yogurt or ice cream)
- Better yet, go to a local vegan bakery. They have figured it out, and you won’t have to fuss.
Ask Your Buddies
Even given all of the great resources available, I still find that talking with peers gives me the in-depth reviews I crave. When a mother asked on Facebook for egg-free recipes for cakes, cookies, and pancakes, our followers rushed in with suggestions for recipes sites.
- Making Love in the Kitchen (of course) – your sweet tooth is going to be just fine
- Weelicious – family-friendly
- Happy Herbivore – includes meal plans and low-calorie
Looking for recipes or advice? Ask your friends. Ask on the Parenting by Nature Facebook page.