"Sorry, I can't have them." Johan admitted sadly, as he handed me back the pack of freshly-baked homemade chocolate chip cookies I had given to him. "I'm allergic to dairy and gluten." After that incident last Christmas, I pondered over how to gift my friend for Christmases to come, and realized that there really are not many options available for people who suffer from allergies commonly found in foods such as dairy, egg, nut, gluten and soy.
Food allergies and intolerances are, however, far more prevalent than many of us realize. Increasingly, almost every other "mom group" conversation that I've been a part of has veered into discussing eczema or someone's kid's food allergies. Commonly too, more people are finding themselves developing adverse reactions to certain foods even in their 30's and 40's.
Perhaps you have struggled to find something that would suit yourself or a loved one with dietary restrictions. We've been there! Here is a quick list of tried and tested allergy-friendly snacks and treats that could put a smile on that person's face.
1. For the Young and Young at Heart : Serious Popcorn Sweet & Salty by Serious Foods
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Organic | Vegan
The whimsically hilarious bear means business; imagine receiving this bold bear when you open a package. This popcorn is sure to put a smile on your face!
2. For the Sweet Tooth and Sweet Heart : Vegan Choco Coco Ice Cream by Creamier
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Soy-free | Organic | Vegan
No one should ever leave an ice-cream store feeling sad! Creamier's first vegan option is made from oat and coconut milk; helping to turn dairy intolerant frowns upside down.
3. For the Careful Coeliac : Oatberry Original Gluten-Free Granola by Oatberry
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Soy-free | Egg-free | Peanut-free | Free from Refined or Artificial Sugar | Vegan
Strolling down the cereal aisle and not finding many options? Here is one super popular gluten-free option that our customers rave about, and we have many fun ways to eat granola. Plus, check out the plethora of benefits our granola will lend you.
4. For the Gluten-free Gamechanger : Mister Free'd Tortilla Chip with Kale & Spinach by Mister Free'd
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Vegan
Did you get inspired after watching that documentary? Many people did! This snack is perfect for those who follow a plant-based diet to obtain more energy. Plus it is gluten-free, perfect for the GF good people in your life (perhaps that also refers to you)!
5. For the Egg-Free Explorer : The Mushroom Farm Lightly Salted Shiitake Mushroom Crunchies
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Soy-free | Egg-Free | Nut-free | Vegan | Organically-grown
The consequences of ingesting traces of egg or soy could be detrimental to some. As such, moreish, savory options that are "safe to eat" are few and far between. Our sister company, The Mushroom Farm, offers some wonderful egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free and vegan options that would satiate.
Are there any other allergy-friendly snacks you enjoy? Do tell us! Or hop on over to purchase some of our gluten-free goodness for yourself and your loved ones!