I have a very hungry 12 year old on my hands….constantly looking for a snack and entering the “bottomless pit” stage of life. However, he also has severe, life-threatening food allergies. That makes grabbing whatever he finds closest to him not an option. As his mom, I’ve made it one of my missions in life to find creative food allergy friendly alternatives we can stockpile in our pantry or freezer. That way, when his monstrous appetite comes roaring into the kitchen, he always has something safe and delicious to eat.
Disclaimer #1: We were provided with a box of complimentary products from Enjoy Life in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic opinion and promotion.
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Finding Food Allergy Friendly Snacks
You would think having life-threatening allergies to some of the most common foods would leave one’s diet fairly restricted. Right? Well, when our son was younger, it was. It was quite the task to find things that were safe and healthy and would put meat on his bones. As he has grown and food allergies have become more prevalent, however, brands have become more much aware and more accommodating.
But what options are there?
One of the amazing brands we have come to rely upon for over a decade is Enjoy Life. Founded in 2001, Enjoy Life set off on a mission to provide food allergy friendly products to those whose diets required certain restrictions. Starting with a launch of twelve bakery items in 2002, the company has grown exponentially over the years and now produces over 70 different items for a variety of dietary restrictions and food allergies.
From chocolate bars and baking mixes to seed & fruit bags and cookies, Enjoy Life is now global and continues to find ways to provide for the food allergy and dietary restricted community.
To read how our food allergy family does Halloween, click here.
Chatting with Enjoy Life
I have had the recent pleasure of chatting with a wonderful woman who works with Enjoy Life. As a kind gesture, she took the time to send our son a fabulous box of goodies to enjoy. How could we NOT share the unboxing? You should have seen my son’s eyes light up when that package arrived! In the video below, we took the opportunity to show viewers just a few of the edible treasures Enjoy Life has to offer.
Psst – he devoured the Chocolate Marshmallow Grain & Seed bar from the box, as well as the Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar as soon as I gave him the green light!!!
Soooooo ~ if you happen to be a…
- parent who just found out your child has severe food allergies…
- child who craves chocolate, but can’t have dairy or peanuts…
- teacher who is looking for a great alternative for a student in your classroom who has food allergies…
- grandparent, aunt or uncle looking to stock up on special goodies for a grandchild, niece or nephew who has life-threatening dietary restrictions…
- neighbor who wants to have something on hand for your child’s friend who has to carry an epinephrine auto-injector everywhere they go…
- venue who wants food allergy families to feel safe in your establishment…
- anyone interested in purchasing food allergy friendly products…
There ARE safe alternatives out there and they aren’t as difficult to find as you would think. Enjoy Life can be found on the shelves of your grocer’s gluten-free or natural food aisles. If, by chance, your local store does not carry this brand in stock, it’s easy to print this form from the brand’s website and submit it to the store manager. While you’re waiting, you can always head over to the Enjoy Life website (www.enjoylifefoods.com), where you can shop for product, glean recipes, gather facts and read more about their mission as a company.
Listen, friends. Food allergies are dangerous and cannot be treated flippantly. The consequences of ingestion could be life-threatening. It’s safe to say that nobody ~ NOBODY ~ wants to see a morsel of food alter the life of a child, teen, adult…or an entire family, for that matter.
I’m so grateful that companies, like Enjoy Life, are taking note and looking to provide safe alternatives for those in the food allergy community. I’m beyond ecstatic that my son can enjoy a delicious chocolate bar, a healthy bag of food allergy safe trail mix, scrumptious cookies and more at the same time his brothers are enjoying a yummy snack of their own.
Let’s keep the hope alive and eat freely, shall we?
Disclaimer: I am not, by any means, a medical expert. I would also never encourage the ingestion of foods that may be dangerous to one’s health. I am just a mom dedicated to providing the best kind of life for her son who has severe, life-threatening food allergies. These posts are written to provide you with our personal experience. This way, you can take the information and make well-informed decisions of your own. It is up to you to make the final decision as to whether a food is safe enough for you or for your family member who has food allergies and/or dietary restrictions.
Enjoy Life products are non-GMO, allergy friendly, gluten-free products made with all natural ingredients. Once again, for more information about this brand, visit www.enjoylifefoods.com.
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