L.G. asks from Erie, CO on September 04, 2009
Need Different Food Options for My Daughter
I have a soon to be 1 year old who has been allergic to milk,eggs,and peanuts since about 5months old. As she is getting old I am finding it hard to find different food options for her. Any advice on what or where to go to get more recipes or food ideas would be great!
Who would recommend Soy over Goat milk?
Lindsay & Reagan
E.P. answers from Salt Lake City on September 05, 2009
I would never recommend Soy Milk as it would be like giving your daughter a high dose of birth control pills. For more information about that fact go to http://www.wholesoystory.com/ It states specifically that "Parents who feed their infants soy formula are unwittingly giving them the hormal equivalent of three to four birth control pills per day." Also to "studies...suggest that the estrogens in soy infant formula can irreveresibly harm the baby's later sexual development and reproductive health." page 331 of book, The Whole Soy Story. One of the reasons women use soy during menopause is the benefits of the plant estrogen, but this isn't good for babies. Why not use Rice Milk?
Here is a website which has real egg substitutes, no actual egg or parts of eggs, http://www.ener-g.com/default.aspx This site also has milk substitiutes and gluten free as well.
I go to a lady who uses a Integrated Query System scan to find out what is going on in the body. It isn't medical, but is more informative than any tests doctors can do. Find someone inyour area who does this kind of scan and have your daughter tested, you might be able to rid her of some of her allergies. If you live in the Ogden, Utah area I could send you her name and number. Hope this is useful.
M.D. answers from Denver on September 05, 2009
It's hard but doable. I love sunbutter (I find it at the our local health food store, Vitamin Cottage) as a substitute for peanut butter, both because it's cheaper than any other alternative (though still expensive :() and very tasty!
We also had soy allergies so we use rice milk, you can get it pretty cheap in bulk at Costco (about $2.80 I think per half gallon) or at Walmart ($3.00 per half gallon).
I have a friend who is working on a website that will allow people to filter out food they can't have...it's still in progress, but for now she has a blog that has some yummy stuff that avoids pretty much all the major allergens: http://blog.easyaspierecipes.com/
Good luck...it gets easier as you filter out the things they can't have and just focus on all the yummy stuff they can have!
K.K. answers from Salt Lake City on September 05, 2009
I think rice-based foods are a good option.
O.F. answers from Provo on September 05, 2009
We like soymilk. I started giving my son Herbalife kids chocolate shakes with soymilk once a day since he was 1 years old. Now he's 3 and his pediatrician says his growth percentile has improved quite well since. The kids shakes are nutrient rich shakes (fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein). Feel free to contact me about it at 800-850-0609.
G.L. answers from Denver on September 05, 2009
Goats milk protein is to similar to cow's milk proteins. So if it is the protein she is allergic to it's best to avoid goat's milk. Soy is a good option once in awhile but it has alot of estrogens which can cause both girls & boys problems. A good option is almond milk & since it's a tree nut and you did'nt mention tree nut allergies it may work for her. I use www.chow.com (search vegan) and food networks website (search vegan) for great recipes. Then you can add any additional meat proteins. There is an awesome vegan cupcake & icing recipes :0)
For shopping another great resource is http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/marketplace-foods.html great "fast food" options. Take care and keep in mind she does have a good chance of outgrowing a few if not all of her allergies. Never say never :0) G
C.E. answers from Provo on September 05, 2009
my almost 1 yr old loves the Veggie Crisps from Costco. she has no problem eating them with no teeth. good luck!
B.L. answers from Boise on September 12, 2009
Same situation here. After avoiding eggs, dairy, and soy for the first three years of his life he outgrew them...not so much with peanuts. Our allergy doctor recommended rice milk and it actually is pretty good. I try to stick with a lot of fruits and veggies for snacks.
M.J. answers from Salt Lake City on September 05, 2009
I would try goats milk before soy, however if it is the proteins she is allergic to, then goat will be just as much of a problem. (I know, as I went through the exact same thing with my daughter. She is now two and is allergic to milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, and fish.)
I use soy milk with her. I know there is a lot of debate about soy milk, but my daughter also is very underweight and rice milk just does not have enough fat or protein in it for her. If you daughter is healthy sized, then I would go with rice milk before soy milk, but make sure she's getting fat and protein from other sources.
Some great ideas for finger foods are avocado bites, cooked beans, brown rice w/ smart balance (butter substitute) on it, baked sweet potatoes or yams, frozen peas (great for teething).
You can buy sunbutter (like peanut butter but made from sunflower seeds) and make sandwiches for her. Cut up into small pieces for a finger food.
Whenever I make waffles or pancakes I have to make it from scratch, rather than a mix because mixes contained powdered milk. I just substitute soymilk in place of the milk or buttermilk in the recipe, and it turns out fine. My whole family eats them. I do the same with muffins. I have a bran muffin recipe that my daughter LOVES that I can send to you if you're interested.
Most recipes aren't that hard to adapt if you just substitute soy milk and make a few alterations (leaving out nuts, etc.)
I also make green smoothies almost every day. Throw in some frozen fruit, some juice or water, a bunch of spinach (you won't even taste it), a splash of lemon juice, a few tbsp of flax seed oil, and blend. They are really yummy and so healthy. You can use other kinds of greens as well. Sometimes I use collards or chard or kale. You could throw in some tofu as well to bump up the protein quotient.
I also add extra olive oil to just about everything she eats. If we're having pasta, I dump extra on hers. If she's having toast I spread a very generous amount of smart balance on it (made from olive oil).
That's all I can think of right now.