Conscious Eatery

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As a mom of a child with severe food allergies (dairy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, and wheat), Angie has had to become a flexible, creative cook and allergy-free, vegan baker. This blog is dedicated to inspiring others to do the same.

Angie 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?

I understand it's a struggle and can be overwhelming. Find some support online - although I would be wary of some forums. Providing healthy, allergy-free foods for your children is certainly a priority, but you don't want it taking over your life. I would spend some time perusing the Top 25 Food Allergy Blogs. They are full of wonderful support!

What's your favorite allergy friendly product?

Let's see...to cook/bake for my daughter, I have to avoid dairy, eggs, and wheat, and I do have my favorites for all 3. My favorite 'dairy' product is anything coconut - coconut milk, creamer, oil, spread. They are all wonderful! My favorite 'egg' product is ground flax mixed with water - so tasty and full of healthy fats! My favorite 'wheat' product is Superfine brown rice flour. I actually combine it with potato starch and tapioca flour. It is so fine that my baked goods have no grittiness. My favorite cook book is Cybele Pascal's 'The Allergen-free Baker's Handbook.' It will help any novice baker become an successful allergy-free baker!

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

The biggest challenge in raising a child with food allergies is to teach him/her to accept their allergies with joy. Since she was very young, I always told my daughter that her allergies made her special, and that people would always remember her. She asked my one day, 'Why did God make me this way?' I told her I didn't know, but I did know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him. She knows that there is a purpose for everything, even her allergies. Someday we'll find out what that purpose is.