It's challenging to have a child with food allergies.
I think it's even harder to be the child living with those food allergies.
How do you wrap your little mind around the fact that if you eat just one bite of egg, or one almond, you could die? Or that if there is hidden dairy in your food, you will soon throw up your whole meal and get hives all over?
Keandre is so brave about it. He even insists that we regularly 'test' him by offering him foods he is allergic to when we serve them to others, and then he grins and says, "I can't have cheese, Mama. I'm ALLERGIC!" I sometimes wonder if that is his way of not feeling as left out.
But sometimes he does feel left out. It's inevitable. And his fav fruit suckers from Trader Joe's don't fill the void as easily as they used to. (If you shop at TJs, check them out....yummy, colorful, organic, and dye-free!)
Recently my mom pulled out some allergy-safe (or as we say, "Keandre-safe") chocolate cake. She had made it for Keandre to eat during a family birthday party and then frozen the rest for 'next time'. She understands what a treat this is for him! We brought it home, and for two days, he ate as much cake as he wanted, until it was all gone. It was so fun to watch him enjoy it.
"Thank you, Granny!"
For a copy of our favorite dairy/egg/nut-free chocolate cake recipe, click here. We definitely recommend this cookbook!