No summer adventure is complete without a tasty treat! From granola on a hike to fresh fruit by the pool, the possibilities are seemingly endless for summer snacks. But for those living with food allergies, finding enjoyable eats that are also safe can prove a challenge. That’s where we come in! At Charleston Allergy and Asthma, we help allergy patients find relief in all aspects of life – including their diets.
What does “allergy-friendly” mean?
An “allergy-friendly” recipe is specifically developed or adapted to accommodate those with food allergies or sensitivities. Allergy-friendly treats use alternative ingredients or substitutes to replace allergenic components while maintaining the right flavor and texture.
These recipes often exclude common allergens such as those in the Big Nine: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish or sesame. However, it is important to remember that an allergy-friendly recipe may not be friendly to all allergies. For example, a dairy-free recipe may contain eggs or a peanut-free recipe may include dairy. As with all foods, a close examination of the ingredients is essential for your safety.
1. Fresh Fruit Kabobs*
What better way to beat the summer heat than with refreshing and naturally sweet fruits? Create colorful fruit kabobs using allergy-safe fruits like watermelon, grapes and berries. These treats are tasty and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. *One thing to remember, is fruits like watermelon can trigger oral allergy syndrome for some patients with grass and weed pollen allergies.
2. “No-Nut” Trail Mix
Trail mix is a versatile and customizable snack ideal for on-the-go adventures. Create your own “no-nut” mix by combining allergy-friendly ingredients like dried fruits (i.e., raisins, cranberries or mango), seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower seeds), pretzels and crackers. You can drop in some allergy-friendly chocolate for some added sweetness.
3. Frozen Fruit Pops
Beat the heat with refreshing frozen fruit pops. Simply blend your favorite (safe) fruits with a little fruit juice or coconut water. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. These delicious and nutritious icy treats will maximize your summer vibes!
4. Frozen Yogurt Bites
Refreshing frozen yogurt bites are another tasty way to cool down. Choose dairy-free yogurt options for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies. Spoon small dollops of yogurt onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and add your favorite toppings, like fresh fruits, nut-free granola or allergy-friendly chocolate chips. Then, just freeze until firm for bite-sized treats that are equally safe and satisfying.
5. Watermelon Pizza:
Looking for a new twist on a classic? We’ve got you covered! Cut a thick slice of watermelon and top it with dairy-free yogurt or coconut cream. Decorate it with your favorite fruits. Then, sprinkle some shredded coconut or a drizzle of honey for added sweetness. This colorful watermelon pizza will be a hit at any summer gathering.
Book your allergy appointment and expand your palette!
It’s time to taste all life has to offer! Charleston Allergy and Asthma’s board-certified allergists can help you overcome food allergies with allergy testing, personalized treatment plans and immunotherapy treatments. Are you ready to embark on your allergy success story? Contact our team to schedule your next allergy appointment.