Milk, Soy, and Wheat Allergy

Updated on May 19, 2009
A.A. asks from American Fork, UT
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My 18 month old daughter has allergies to Milk, soy and wheat. Anyone know of some good recipes and suggestions on how to adjust as a family. We have 5 kids 8 and under so this is an interesting adventure for all. Mainly meal ideas and snack options would be GREATLY appreciated. Running out of the little ideas I had and not knowing where to turn.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

shop at Against the Grain in Taylorsville. they have wheat free food and a lot of times it doesn't have milk or soy. they are listed in the phone book.

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answers from Colorado Springs on

I had the same allergies with my little girl. She is now almost five and has grown out of them all. Maybe something to look forward to. Unless you really like to bake bread from scratch, you really don't have to. There are several brands out there with Gluten-free mixes. Our favorite was Anna's Manna (Whole Foods). For pancakes, waffles, brownies, or cake we always used Pamela's brand mixes (Natural Grocers/Wholefoods). There is plenty of rice based pastas that taste just like wheat based pasta. We preferred the one that starts with a "T". Sorry I can't remember the exact name but it is an unusual name. The "Glutino" brand also makes some good cookies and pretzels, and for cereal we preferred the Amazon Rain Forest animal brand. They have both gluten-free and wheat based cereals, so you will have to look at the box, but they are well marked. Oh... there are also good frozen waffles by Vann's. They come in different flavors, but they also make gluten-free and wheat based products so you have to look at the box. "Nut Thins" are a really good crackers that you might want to try. All of these can be found at the two stores I listed above. Hope it's helpful. Fortunately there is a lot out there for Gluten-free these days, but it took us a little while to figure out what actually tasted good. As far as dairy and Soy free my daughter drank Rice Dream. Your little one can have sorbet and Rice dream makes ice cream as well. That way she doesn't have to miss out when everyone else is getting a cold treat.



answers from Denver on

We're also dealing with similar allergies (but gluten intolerance as well). It is a challenge. I've decided that pretty much everything that is pre-packaged has soy in it, so cooking from scratch is best. We do a lot of chicken with various herb seasonings and rice or potatoes. It seems daunting, but as you look at recipes and filter out the wheat and dairy based ones, you'll find there are actually quite a few options.

As far as milk, someone else said almond milk as a dairy substitute. I haven't looked at every brand, but I did find some almond milk that had soy in it, so just be sure to look at labels. I haven't run across any rice milk with soy in it, so that's what we use. Walmart just started carrying Rice Dream milk for $3.15/half gallon, which is the cheapest I've ever seen. We drink the vanilla flavored and use the original flavor for milk.

Also, Chex recently switched to gluten-free (wheat-free) ingredients in several of its varieties. I've been playing with making granola bars with Chex, rice puffs, honey, almond (or vanilla) extract, and oil (if I get the recipe right I'll try to post it).

Also, rice cakes and peanut butter is a great snack (I use sunbutter instead of peanut butter). Popcorn also works, if your daughter is old enough for it.

I hope that helps!



answers from Boise on

Try the book, "Raise up your child in the way he should eat." I was online looking up Teff recipes. I typed in "baking with teff" and "cooking with teff" and had lots of allergy free cooking/baking sites pop up. Type in what you want in quotes and you won't have any shortage of recipes. Also, try the co-op on Fort street in Boise.



answers from Denver on

my son also has some food allergies including milk and wheat. we have been off of the two of those for a year now. It is a little hard at first but it is amazing how many substitutes there are out there. Almond milk and rice milk combination make a complete protein and taste great, this is a good way to substitute the milk without soy.
Then if you go into the health food stores, most of them have a gluten free section where you can find, pastas, pancake/baking mix, cereals, pretzels, rice crackers, cookies and even some breads (don't go for spelt it is too similar to wheat and usually has wheat in it.)
For dinners besides the substitute pastas and such, we do a lot of rice, beans, veggies and animal protein of some sort. and we do a lot of fruit and veggies for snacks as well.

Hope this helps, once you get started and in a routine it is amazing how easy it is.



answers from Denver on

I am eliminating wheat and dairy from my son's diet and have found some good products out there. Pasta Joy seems to be the best tasting rice based pasta. Glutino pretzels are yummy. He also eats Veggie Booty for a snack. Good Karma has soy,dairy and gluten free ice cream that he loves. There is also a coconut based yogurt out there that he is liking. No soy in it. I have used Pamela's baking products as well as Namaste. Out of curiosity -- how did you get your daughter tested to find out about her allergies? I have been taking my son to a naturoapath who uses the NAET method but also would like traditional allergy testing, too, but fighting my insurance company on that -- they don't want to pay for it. So I was wondering how you found this out about your daughter. Hang in there, it will get easier over time.



answers from Salt Lake City on

My daughter (18 mo and extremely lactose intollerant) loves coconut-milk -- whole foods has some excellent products (including Ice cream)

also oatmeal cake is a favorite of a friend of mine allergic to wheat. Many home made cakes can be made with oat flour with no other changes-- and it's much better for you than white flour too.

Rice noodles are an excellent choice as well- many asian grocery stores have a good variety of rice based products (that are significantly cheaper than whole foods) that should work for you family. I shop at the one on Major street (about 50 east) and between 14 and 15th south all the time.



answers from Denver on

My daughter was also allergic to those and 15 others. We were able to find many substitutes at Whole Foods so we were very fortunate for that. Also, we have been doing acupuncture for allergy elimination and we have had amazing results. They do the procedure and then your child would just need to eliminate that one thing from their diet for 25 hours. We go to Red and White Holistic Health Care Center with Jill Morian. They are located at 80th & Sheridan. You can look at their website at [email protected] luck it seems really hard at first but once you go shopping and get it figured out it is very easy to manage.

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