Stocking the pantry

When shopping for an allergy-free diet I recommend staying on the ends of the grocery store and purchasing fresh, preferably organic foods. But when mom life hits, you need some easy, go-tos in the pantry as well and something you can easily throw in the diaper bag. These items as far as I have found are dairy, soy, and gluten free. Some do contain nuts and corn. Oats are naturally gluten free but often have cross contamination since they are harvested with wheat so make sure you purchase “gluten-free” oats.

Snacks

  1. KIND breakfast bars (gluten and dairy free) – Blueberry Almond and Honey Oat
  2. Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle bars
  3. Harvest Snaps, snapea crisps, only the lightly salted flavor
  4. Sprouts organic yellow corn chips
  5. Mother’s plain whole grain rice cakes
  6. Orville Redenbacher’s natural popcorn
  7. Plain applesauce (sometimes I eat Sophia’s Gogo Squeeze applesauce because it’s easy on the go)
  8. La Mexicana mild salsa
  9. Hope organic hummus
  10. Blue Diamond Almond Nut-thins, only the smokehouse flavor
  11. Cheerios
  12. Fruit – bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries (I try to stay away from fruits high in acid, some babies have reflux)
  13. Veggies – baby carrots (great for snacking), celery, salad, broccoli, green beans, peppers, onions. Some veggies cause gas in babies.

Baking/Cooking/Making meals

  1. Earth Balance buttery spread – this stuff tastes great, is vegan and soy free. I really can’t tell the difference between this and butter.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free flour or Baker Josef’s gluten free flour
  3. Bob’s Red Mill gluten free quick cooking oats
  4. Coconut Aminos (an AMAZING substitute for soy sauce)
  5. BFree white or brown seeded rolls – this is the best gluten free bread I have tasted. They also make loaves, bagels, pita bread and wraps. I have only tried the rolls so far – they were BOGO at publix a few weeks ago.
  6. Rice – I have a rice cooker and I also usually have some individual minute microwavable rice cups for lunches (gluten free medley or brown rice).
  7. Gluten free pasta – many varieties such us rice, corn, and chickpea.
  8. Chicken or any other meat you like. Chicken/pork/turkey are all good options. I stay away from lunch meat. I did read that a very small amount of dairy allergic babies can react to cow’s meat also.
  9. Daiya cheese although I’m not a huge fan, it’s a little weird.
  10. Almond/coconut yogurt
  11. Silk Almond creamer
  12. Silk Almond Breeze milk, some people prefer coconut or cashew milk
  13. Enjoy Life Chocolate chips
  14. Trader Joe’s organic fruit spread

Always check your labels. Most salad dressings contain soybean oil. I would recommend making your own dressing and your own food in general. It’s hard to trust restaurants even if you tell them what you’re avoiding.

Watch for hidden dairy/milk proteins such as Beta-lactoglobulin, anything that says “butter”, casein, casein hydrolysate, caseinates, curds, dry milk, lactalbumin, lactoferrin, lactoglobulin, lactulose, rennet casein, and whey.