Each family has their own holiday meal traditions. This makes hearing the words “food allergy” or “dietary restriction” that much more intimidating.
Each family has their own holiday meal traditions. Whether it’s ham, mashed potatoes, pies, and more, these feasts are likely anticipated all year. This makes hearing the words “food allergy” or “dietary restriction” that much more intimidating as you try to determine the best way to adjust your menu to accommodate special diets.
Learning that Aunt Agatha can’t eat wheat can increase your pre-existing meal-planning stress. How can you know what allergens are in common holiday dishes and what can you make instead? Thankfully, information and resources are readily available!
Although there are many different food allergies, three of the most commonly avoided culprits are gluten, dairy, and tree nuts.
Gluten is found in more than just bread products. The good news is that grocery stores carry many alternatives:
Dairy can be found in:
Tree nuts can be found in:
You may find it easier and less expensive to opt for alternative foods rather than search for a substitute. Consider these dishes for tasty, allergy-free sides:
With a little prep, you’ll be set for festive and healthy holiday dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone!
We are here when you need us! Patient First is able to evaluate and treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries. You can visit any Patient First center from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year – no appointment is needed.
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