One of my main tips I suggest for families with allergies and food sensitivities to get through the holiday is to stuff your kids before and during the event. Here are some easy ways you can do that:
- Stuff them with a large meal. I mean, big meals. My kids love meatballs and my youngest loves GF pasta – OR spaghetti squash. This is a great meal for filling them up, and you can sneaky chef broccoli and flax into your meatballs, for added nutrition. If this is not their favorite, try something else truly filling: chili and rice, shepherd’s pie, etc. With trick or treating starting at 6pm, a great big 5:00 dinner is perfect.
- Make your own goodies. Again, you want something filling that they REALLY love. Perhaps cupcakes with safe candy sprinkled on top of safe frosting. A s’mores cupcake is PERFECT if you are going to a party with a fire pit; tempt your kids with this rather than the dairy- and GMO-loaded chocolate bars that are typically used.
- Give them filling snacks. As the night goes on, don’t let your kids eat out of their candy bag but buy them treats that they love which will fill them! Apples are a great choice (easy to eat on the go); another great idea is granola bars. Lola Granola Bar is a great choice for kids. They are not only gluten free and GMO free, they are are free of dairy, refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, rice, flour, corn or soy. AND they are full of good stuff, like flax meal, sunflower seeds, GF oats, coconut oil and nuts. They come in 5 flavors so your kids can enjoy them on the go. Learn more about Lola Granola the The Puzzled Plate.