Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Snack Of The Year

Ayla's allergies are bothering her again which means she's back on her strict diet. She can't have dairy, sugar, chocolate, dried fruit, bread or crackers with bleached flour or malt products, cantaloupe, bananas, canned tomato products, peanut products or citrus juice from concentrate. There, I think that's everything. It's all the main things anyway. Luckily she is so good about it. There is not much whining at all. If we're having brownies for dessert she might ask for one, but once she's reminded they make her sick she's fine. In fact, one time she jumped for joy when I told her she couldn't have a brownie, but she could have some applesauce. What a sweetheart! So, back to the point of this post. Once a week I have to buy a jar of cashew macadamia nut butter and a bag of granny smith apples, because it is the snack of the year. I'd say she eats a least two apples a day this way. Hopefully she won't grow tired of it anytime soon. If anyone has other snack ideas for her I'd love to hear them.



14 comments:

Jenny said...

That's tough...I wracked my brain trying to think up more snack ideas, but she can't even have some of the things Joel enjoys. I was going to suggest "ants on a log," but that involves dried raisins. You could leave the raisins off though. Or, my kids love avocado slices. How about some homemade hummus with veggies? I use sunflower butter in place of the tahini the recipe suggests.

Mindy said...

Do they eat the avocado slices plain? I haven't tried that. I usually just add it to tuna, but they like that so maybe plain would work. I do make hummus, but Ayla thinks it's too spicy. I guess I'll have to use less garlic. Thanks for your input.

Jenny said...

They do eat them plain (with salt and pepper.) They fight over who gets more. They'll each eat a whole avocado...that gets expensive, but it's healthy and I love avocados as much as they do. When I buy them I have to hide them in the fridge.

Jenny said...

Yummy, I think I'll have to make some "spicy" hummus today. I love that garlic taste!!

Jenny said...

One more thing, I don't know, but maybe you'd want to look into the La Crosse allergy clinic for Ayla? They give sublingual drops that eventually build up the bodies immunity to allergens. Expensive, but our insurance paid more than I thought they would for it. It might be worth looking into, anyway.

Mindy said...

So then what? Are you eventually "cured"? I heard about another treatment that's supposed to work for life & it's done using acupuncture. I'm going to ask our chiro about all of that stuff the next time I bring her in.

Jenny said...

Yes, that's the idea. I've heard of lots of people who've been helped using this treatment. It seems to be the clinic of choice for workers with allergies.

Mindy said...

How is it different from the allergy shots?

Jenny said...

Allergy shots are only for environmental allergies, and from what I understand they are just to help a person through the allergy season. They don't "cure" allergies.

Cheri said...

One of my favorite snacks is a bowl of grapes and mandarine oranges right out of the freezer, if those aren't on her allergy list. If she gets tired of the same snacks, try having her fix them herself, or serve them different (in a paper muffin cup, or a kabob/popsicle stick). Sorry, thats all I can think of!

Mindy said...

Frozen grapes is a really good idea. It would make her feel included when we're having ice-cream. Thanks!

martha.org said...

Hi Mindy,
My son, Timothy, went to the LaCross clinic for his allergies ( he was borderline asmatic from all his allergies) and it didn't really help..maybe some folks it did. But, what did help is NAET. I know a guy in WI that does it VERY reasonably and will teach you how to do it. On my page there is a link i put there for "allergy help" which explains the technique and then if you are interested in giving it a try you can call me or try someone in your area. Timothy is allergy free. I'm serious. He used to be skin and bone because he was so wracked with coughing all the time etc etc...sorry to take up so much room but I just wanted you to know what helped us!!

Craig said...

Martha, you are the 3rd person to tell me about this technique in the past 2 weeks. I really feel like I was meant to find out about it. Thanks. I know who to turn to if I have any questions about it.

Matt said...

Hi Mindy, my kids love to snack on black beans i cook up, avocado slices, and "salad people" (like the book)--you know, half and apple for stomach, celery sticks for arms, carrots for legs, raisins for eyes, etc. Oliver just got diagnosed with peanut and corn allergies through muscle testing, so now we're being more creative with snacks, but not like you have to! Kerry