Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but unfortunately a lot of Christmas celebrations are food based, which can be stressful for families living with an EGID. The following should give you some ideas on how to manage these events, or give you options to avoid them completely.
Schools and Childcare
For those with children, talk to their teacher early on about whether the end of year parties and such which may include food. If they will, offer to work with them to make sure that your child is included such as bringing in your own food to share with the class or making all food allergy friendly. Make sure you do this early so that if needed written plans can be put into place. You can also make suggestions early in the year about other activities the class could do, such as craft based activities or things that could help the community such as fundraising or creating items for community centres, aged care homes or shelters.
Around this time of year, children tend to be given food to give out to their classmates which may not be suitable for your child. You can either try to make other parents aware of your child's allergies or as an alternative, offer your child something to exchange the food with, such as money or prizes, so that they can still receive the food and be rewarded at the same time. Always tell your child not to eat something given to them if you or an adult you have given permission to has not checked the ingredients to see if it is safe for them.
Attending other parties such as those hosted by other family members can be managed as well. You may offer to help the host create a completely safe menu by adjusting some of the ingredients. If you don't want to ask the host to amend the dishes they will be serving, instead suggest maybe a few safe foods to be served or offer to bring your own that can be offered to everyone. Make sure you put in precautions to stop contamination of safe foods and others being served.
You can also host your own party, which will allow you to have complete control over what is being served or you make it more of an activity based gathering rather than a food based one. You also have the option of giving out a list of food that people can bring to your party if you wish to make it an allergy friendly event.
Children with allergies don't have to miss out on counting down the days until Christmas. There are many options for either advent calendars which don't contain food or empty calendars that you can fill with your own options.
There are links below to just some of the options available.
Erase It! Christmas Advent Calendar at Christmas Elves
Range of non-food Advent Calendars at Mighty Ape
Allergy Friendly options from Happy Tummies
More ideas on our Australian Allergy Friendly Finds Facebook page
Another option is to make your own advent calendars. The links below provide some great craft ideas and different ways to fill them.
Iced Jems - Homemade Advent Calendars
Parents - Best Advent Calendars
Mum's Grapevine - 20 ways to fill your advent calendar (without chocolate)
What is better than making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve? Making cookies that are allergy friendly makes it inclusive for everyone. Don't forget the carrots for the reindeers either!
Base Cookie Recipe
120g white or raw sugar
1 can Pandaroo sweet condensed coconut milk
700g self-raising flour
Place Sugar into mixing bowl and mill 2sec/speed 9. Scrape down sides of bowl and add Nuttelex. Cream 30sec/speed 5. Add dairy free condensed milk and mix 20sec/speed 5.
Scrape down sides of bowl. Add half the flour and mix 20sec/speed 6 - use the spatula to help incorporate flour. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat with the remaining flour, mix 20sec/speed 6 - using spatula to assist.
Add more flour by mixing with wooden spoon if necessary to get cookie dough consistency. Separate the dough depending on how many different types of cookies you wish to make and add your fillings ie. chopped dairy free chocolate, chocolate chips, 100s and 1000s, jam for jam drops and roll into balls and press to form cookie shape.
Bake in 180-degree oven for approx. 10 minutes.
Makes approx. 60 cookies.
Note. This recipe was made in the Thermomix but can be made with any mixer.
Recipe sourced from: Recipe Community
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Unless stated otherwise, advice offered on this page is from the Author, who is non-medically qualified, however the medical content on this site has been reviewed for accuracy by our Medical Advisory Board. Thank you to our volunteer Jessie for writing this page.
Page last modified: 30 June, 2018