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Healthy Snacks for Kids With a Milk & Egg Allergy

by Eliza Martinez

One food allergy is challenging, but if your child is allergic to more than one food, snack and meal time can be even more difficult. Kids who are allergic to eggs and milk have a limited diet since both appear in many foods. Over time, feeding your child gets easier, but having a repertoire of snacks that don't contain eggs or milk takes the guesswork out of finding something to eat when hunger strikes.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a healthy and ideal option for kids with dairy and egg allergies. Offer your child sliced apples, oranges, berries, melon, pears and mangoes. If she's not a fan of fruit, try serving it with low-sugar yogurt for dipping. Carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, snow peas, avocado, tomatoes and broccoli make good vegetable choices. Serve them with a bit of ranch dressing or hummus if your child turns her nose up at them when they're plain. If your child is a toddler, make sure fruits and vegetables are cut into pieces no larger than 1/2-inch to prevent the risk of choking, advises HealthyChildren.org, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Crackers

Crackers are an ideal snack for kids because they don't need to be chilled and you can carry them anywhere you go. Read labels carefully when choosing crackers because some might contain eggs or milk products. Since your child can't pair her crackers with cheese due to her allergies, spread them with peanut butter or hummus to add some protein to her snack. You can also offer soy-based cheese with crackers.

Smoothies

Homemade smoothies are a simple way to fill your child up between meals while also boosting her nutrient intake. Cut your child's favorite fruits into bite-size pieces and freeze them. Put the fruit in the blender and cover with 100 percent fruit juice or a milk alternative, such as soy or almond milk. Blend until smooth and pour the mixture into cups before serving. Berries, melon, pineapple, banana, kiwis and mango work well in smoothies. If you prefer, buy frozen fruit blends in the freezer section at your local grocery store.

Gelatin or Frozen Fruit Pops

Navigating birthday parties or other special events when your child has food allergies is tough. Kids with milk and egg allergies can't eat most cakes, cupcakes, brownies or cookies. Bringing your own safe snack ensures that your child gets a treat with the other kids without compromising her health. Gelatin and frozen fruit pops are ideal choices, but check labels carefully before choosing. They both come in a variety of flavors so you can find the ones your child likes best. These snacks do contain added sugar, so save them for a special occasion rather than making them an everyday snack.

About the Author

Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.

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