While I was making my list for allergen free foods, I realized that we have more choices than the original four brands that I’ve come to know and love: Enjoy Life Foods, Ener-g, Edward & Sons and Lundberg Farms. I am eternally thankful that individuals have left their corporate offices and started food companies that are “free of” allergens. To all of you, my heart is filled with gratitude. And thanks, too, to those companies who realize that the allergy community needs “allergen statements” on their web sites, in order to find food that is safe for children (and adults) who have food allergies.

Our typical lunch looks like this:

Ener-g rice or tapioca bread with Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey, Earthbound Farm Organic Romaine Lettuce

Stretch Island Fruit LeatherDole Mandarin Fruit Cup (no HFCS now! YAY!), or Bare Fruit Dried Mango or Cherries

Grimmway Farms Bunny-luv Carrots, Santa Barbara Low Sodium Olives, or Cento Artichoke Hearts (canned)

Apple, Pear, Plum or other safe fruit

Home made cookies from Mom

I’ve included foods that will make it into my child’s lunchbox on any given day that are free of the top eight allergens as defined by the FDA , in addition to not having any of our daughter’s other allergens (we’re in the ‘beyond’ section!) present. Remember, my list is a very small list and may not be your list – your list may be longer and even more amazing! Also remember to read all labels even if something looks safe for you, as labels can and do change.

A brand new product this fall is So Delicious Greek Yogurt, made with coconut milk* (please note that currently the FDA defines coconut as a nut, so check with your allergist before introducing to your allergic child), but free of all major allergens.I had the fortune of trying So Delicious Greek Yogurt which they sent to me this week. It has a very tangy coconut flavor, with blueberries and a traditional greek yogurt consistency. So Delicious Greek Yogurt will make great addition to my breakfast choices since it is high in calcium (30% DRV) and fiber (40% of DRV). This product will hit store shelves in September (if not before a representative has told me).

There are several products on my list that are there because of me, our dear daughter cannot eat them due to her nut, egg, and other serious allergies. Two of those products are Bakery on Main (gluten-free, oat free granola) and Glow Gluten Free (contains egg, and tree nuts). I have chosen these products because *I* love them – I am gluten-free, not anaphylactic. If you are wondering what the difference is, you can find a definition here on Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. The other product is Columbus salame. I met them at Food Fete and they sent me along a sampling of sausages. Their sausage is of tremendous quality and is gluten free and most are free from dairy, but make sure to check the label.

A product that deserves mention is Boar’s Head deli meats for their sensitivity to the gluten-free community. One can find Boar’s Head at major deli’s all over New York City. However, please when ordering Boar’s Head from a deli, let them know your allergens so they can wipe down the slicer and change their gloves. This is a product that I can eat (gluten free), but my child cannot due to cross contamination issues at the deli counter (multiple anaphylactic food allergies).

And a final, and important, shout out to the Lucini line of olive oils, balsamic vinegar as well as the super delicious Lucini pasta sauce, which our dear daughter cannot live without. If I make her Lucini pasta sauce, on top of her favorite Tinkyada brown rice pasta (with rice bran), sprinkled with a bit of basalmic, she is in food heaven.  I only wish she could have their Cinque ‘e Cinque – our daughter has a chick pea allergy – and this unique flour is made from chick peas, which can be made into just about anything, from pakoras, to flatbread and is gluten-free.

And now – here’s our chart! I hope it helps you as you plan for your child’s school lunches.

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3 Responses to Allergy Free Foods for Lunches Brooklyn Allergy Mom Approved

  1. I love your list! I pack lunches that are free of PEANUT (anaphylaxis), dairy, gluten and eggs (except baked eggs). We just discovered the Lucini Cinque e’ Cinque and it was a huge hit in our house! We plan to impress our extended family with it at an upcoming family vacation! Can’t wait to try the Lucini pasta sauce and the So Delicious Greek Coconut Yogurt. My favorite new GF meal is Amy’s Kitchen GF Sandwich Rounds paired with the Amy’s (GF, allergen-free) Sonoma Burger. Can’t wait to try Amy’s new GF cookies! Not being paid by Amy’s! And we can have tree nuts.

    • Thank you for writing, actually Amy’s facility is not free of the top 8 allergens and some of their products do contain soy – I’m glad that they work for you! Everyone is different in their tolerance levels. It’s great when you find a brand you trust, right?
      from the Amy’s web site – read more here:
      A. Amy’s Kitchen recognizes the needs of our customers who have allergies or sensitivities to nuts, gluten, certain spices, etc. Amy’s always fully discloses all ingredients (except for specific spices used in the product) on the ingredient statement and will answer any questions that will help consumers decide what products they can safely consume. At Amy’s we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur in our production facility but we want you to know that this product was produced in a plant that processes foods containing wheat, milk, soy, tree nuts and seeds. Amy’s Kitchen does not use any peanuts, fish, shellfish or eggs.
      Side note: Amy’s is completely 100% peanut free…

  2. Gabriella says:

    Thank you for the chart! It’s so helpful! I’m really excited about the So Delicious Coconut ilk Greek Yogurt. We already love their regular coconut milk yogurt, and I’m looking forward to all the savory dishes I’ll be able to make with the Greek yogurt!

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