Mealtime can be challenging with young children and in our house things become a lot more complicated when you layer in the various ingredients we have to eliminate from recipes because of life-threatening food allergies. Fortunately I have found a number of recipes to rely on over the past few years that help keep mealtime fresh and flavorful. Also, I have learned to find a balance between using fresh ingredients and other allergy-friendly food items to supplement a recipe, bagged lunch, or meal.
From the moment my oldest son was ready for solids I have made a concerted effort to be mindful of what my children eat, the quality of the ingredients, and to incorporate a variety of flavors. Most of the time I prefer to make food from scratch, but when the week becomes hectic or we need to grab something quick I have found the HappyFamily products meet the same criteria as when I make food in my own kitchen. Not only is there an incredible variety of flavors but the ingredients are organic and often free of GMO's. Most importantly for us, this company is completely transparent about which items contain allergens and a chart is accessible directly from their website to help identify safe choices ahead of my trip to the store or online order.
It is important to me that my children eat the same meals as the adults and we have been able to use HappyFamily products creatively as a means to include more for my son's restrictive diet. A great example is how we use a packet of simple solids (pear or apple) and mix it with plain oatmeal. This helps us create a flavorful and nutritious breakfast without concern for hidden allergens that can be found in many breakfast products. When baking it is easy to make apple carrot spice muffins by using pouches of sweet potato, apples, carrot and cinnamon. Because of our dairy and egg restrictions we modify the original recipe to use egg replacer, rice milk, and maple syrup (to replace brown sugar)..
At it's core the HappyFamily brand has created an "enlightened approach to nutrition." Through this mission they are committed to "optimizing recipes with smart, age-specific ingredients that help support babies' development and empowering parents with nutritional know-how." I cannot say enough about HappyFamily products and how much they have done for our family over the years as we navigate raising a child with life-threatening food allergies and look to raise happy children with a positive outlook on healthy eating.
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ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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