When a toddler suffers from a food allergy, snack time can be hazardous. Eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat are the foods that are most likely to cause allergic reactions in babies and kids, so selecting snacks that don't include these items in any form is the right place to begin.
Fresh and Fruity
Fresh fruit is a safe and easy snack for most toddlers with food allergies, but it doesn't have to be boring. Use small cookie cutters to slice fruit into fun shapes. Make something your little one loves, such as a butterfly using a row of grapes for the body and apple slices for wings or apple slice cars with kiwi fruit wheels. Make homemade fruit leather by pureeing ripened fruit with some sugar or honey, spreading it onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and baking at your oven's lowest temperature for six to eight hours.
Even the pickiest toddler will munch on colorful vegetables if you find kid-friendly ways to serve them. Serve a small bowl filled with cold, fresh green peas. Slice sweet potatoes and carrots into thin sticks and bake them into "fries." Dice several types of root vegetables, including parsnips, beets and carrots, in an array of colors. Toss with olive oil and roast until golden brown. The candy-like shapes and colors will tempt your tot.
Little ones love to dunk finger foods into creamy dips, but making them allergen-free can be a challenge. Crudites with mild salsa, bean dip or hummus are often well-received. Try making hummus using lima beans, peas, lentils or edamame for a change of pace. For a sweet dipping treat, blend berries with a bit of coconut water and some chia seeds to make a thick, fruity dip perfect for little rice crackers.
Leafy greens, including spinach and kale, make for surprisingly delicious chips for tots who enjoy a crispy snack. Rip up the leaves, toss with some olive oil, season and bake. Slice squash with a mandolin, spritz with oil and bake on a low temperature for another allergy-safe, toddler-friendly chip substitute. Drain a can of chickpeas, toss with oil and roast until golden brown for a crunchy snack similar to nuts and perfect for tiny fingers.
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