Allergy Free Alaska

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/

Gluten free & allergy friendly recipes for the whole family. Megan has two little girls (ages 7 & 3 years). She is a homeschooler and thrives with multiple autoimmune diseases (psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, and secondary Raynauds).

Megan is a winner of Top 25 Food Allergy Moms - 2012

What's your best advice for a mom struggling with cooking for children with food allergies?

Food allergies are incredibly overwhelming. Surround yourself with other moms (either locally and/or via online through support groups and allergy blogs) who have children with allergies. Chances are they will be happy to share advice, products, recipes and support! They know and understand what you're going through and you aren't alone!

Cooking for your child will get easier over time. Instead of focusing on what your child can't have, focus on the foods they CAN have. Now is a great time to start introducing and experimenting with new foods. Allow your child to help you prepare their new food if possible. Kids are more likely to eat or try new foods if they've helped prepare them.

What's your favorite allergy friendly product?

Hands down, Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chocolate Chips. They are gluten, dairy, and soy free and we LOVE them.

What's the biggest challenge raising a child with food allergies?

The biggest challenge is all the extra work. I can't go to the store and just "pick something up" for the girls. I have to make nearly everything from scratch and that take a lot of time and energy. I've found that if I make a batch of something I never regret freezing a few of whatever I make (be it cookies, cupcakes, granola bars, etc). When the girls are invited to do something or I need something at the last minute for them I simply grab something out of the freezer.