Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free Meal Ideas

Jennifer McCallion

| 1 min read

Finding meals that are healthy and appealing for kids is hard enough. Toss in a food allergy and it’s a whole other ball game.
In fact, allergies now affect 18 percent of children in the United States, according to a recent Health of America Report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The study also noted a significant increase in severe allergic reactions in children due to food. According to the report, the most common foods prompting these allergic reactions are peanuts (22 percent), tree nuts and seeds (15 percent), and milk and eggs (6 percent).
For parents of children with allergies, there are countless ways to steer clear of certain foods while still satisfying a child’s appetite and fulfilling their dietary needs.
Check out the dietitian-approved healthy recipes below for a whole day’s worth of meal ideas. These kid-friendly recipes avoid some of the most-common food allergies found in the report: peanuts and tree nuts/seeds.
Exhibit 3: Triggers of anaphylaxis reactions in children 2010-2016
ER visits from severe allergic reactions to food and other allergens spiked 150 percent from 2010 through 2016, according to the latest Health of America report. (Image credit: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association).
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