You have no idea how HAPPY I am at this moment.
I know…I may be a year behind this beautiful article, but ah well…As the old mantra goes, “Better late than never!”
So, I have noticed that the need for expanding Max’s diet has changed like CRAZY ever since he actually went to school. He was no longer home for me to prepare his food. And the city that we live closest to has a VERY small selection of hardly anything that is Max friendly in terms of cheese or meats or spreads. Yes, there are always carrot sticks—but, come now! How many of those can we actually eat? Enough—but that is usually not all.
Since Max had a horrible reaction once to chick peas, we don’t risk hummus, although it could have been cross contamination? Who knows. But, in any case, we avoid foods that we notice he has reacted to before (And, when I say reaction, I mean, “Mom, my mouth is burning! My mouth is on fire!”) …Therefore, I emphasize again, we could send him with carrots for lunch every day but we sure would like to send him with more!
There is a brand of bacon that is milk free—but cold bacon? unless you’re serving me a fresh BLT, then, umm…not the same, eh?!
And sliced ham? Well, much has milk additives for flavoring—not all, but much. He doesn’t seem to like ham that much, though, but should that really hurt my feelings?
He’s allergic to beef.
He doesn’t like chicken.
He does like items with eggs in them but not eggs by themselves. Currently ruling out egg-salad sandwiches. Maybe his taste buds will change in this year for that one???
But, my point is, packing second breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack is getting more difficult as he grows.
I don’t mind that he doesn’t have a huge palate for meat. I mean, I love meat but what? Am I going to force my children to eat it? Not if they don’t care for it.
THANKFULLY he likes cookie butter. He likes jam. He likes tons of fruits.
We still gotta work on the veggies—but, hey! What 6-year-old doesn’t need to expand his veggie palate, eh?!
In the MEANTIME…I am seriously OVER THE MOON THRILLED!
I was desperately Google searching today to figure out how I can make Max grilled cheese and pizza with cheese that is NOT nasty soy tasting when I came upon this beautiful article!
You have to also understand…I found Max a DELICIOUS…seriously, a fantastic cheese once at the grocery store in Germany with a rice/coconut base to it. Not only that but it melted beautifully. And, have I mentioned that it was DELICIOUS? If not…YUM YUM!
And so I thought—I’ll just order from Germany this same cheese. UMMM? Euro costs, plus shipping, plus tax? Yeah. It was like a $40 could be purchase for cheese for at that time—a 5-year-old. No, thank you!
But today—in my Mom wants to avoid laundry moment—I began to compensate for “Bad Housekeeping Mom” with “Good Feed Your Son Mom” and the search commenced.
And it led me to this…This beautiful piece of gold:
Thank you, beautiful Honorata Jarocka! You are my new heroine…
After searching all the brands/companies she has mentioned, I have found SO MANY cheeses to order and try for my little man!
And, if they are good enough—I think I’ll just switch the family over in one fell swoop…so that way I’m not busy making two of everything. Two cutting boards. Two knives. Two bowls for two different yet similar meals .
Well, if you are a dairy-free mom of a little and nut free one (too) — well, hey ! You know what I am talking about. Especially if your kid reacts even to the slightest touch.
And, believe me…prep work is WAY harder than you think…ask my mom. She kept setting Max’s knife directly on the counter. NO! Set it on a paper towel or plastic clean plate, please, while prepping.
Wait! New cutting board, please!
Yes…My mom is the best in the world…but it is way harder parenting an allergy kid than ANY mom would think.
Anyhow, if you are like I am and live in Poland or perhaps Europe and are having the SAME trouble as I am feeding your little one—may this article lead you to the companies and the search and the FIND for what you need!
All my allergy-momma love to you on your journey,
B (which stands for Brooke—but most commonly known as Mom of Adelyne, Max, and Jo)