Like other holidays that involve food and treats, Valentine’s Day can be tricky when you have a child with food allergies. Here are some tips and recipe ideas to make Valentine’s Day special for your little one.
Add a Festive Touch to Meals & Snacks
You can make any meal or snack more fun with Valentine’s Day-themed straws, cups, plates, napkins, etc.
Make Allergy-Friendly, Heart-Shaped Foods
What could be better than heart-shaped foods on Valentine’s Day? Below are a few ideas:
- Heart-shaped pancakes: Make your pancakes heart-shaped by pouring the batter into a heart-shaped metal cookie cutter in the pan. Try it with our allergy-friendly pancake recipe.
- Heart-shaped cupcakes: Make Valentine’s Day cupcakes or muffins using heart-shaped silicone baking cups. Try it using our Vanilla Cake recipe.
- Heart-shaped veggies! Use a heart-shaped veggie cutter to cut vegetables like cucumbers and carrots into perfect Valentine’s Day snacks! Serve with your favorite allergy-friendly dip.
Embrace Pink & Red Treats
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink and/or red treats! Here are some recipe ideas that contain strawberries to be naturally red!
Make Pink Neocate
For toddlers and older children, it can be fun to make their regular Neocate® Junior or Neocate® Splash pink for a festive twist. Simply add a drop or two of artificial, allergy-friendly, red food coloring to their formula, or for a natural boost of color, blend Neocate with fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries. Add a special Valentine’s Day straw and voila! – You have a fun and easy Valentine’s drink!
Enjoy Non-Food Valentine Treats
Valentine exchanges often involve candy, but non-food valentine treats, like stickers, glow sticks, bubbles, pencils, etc., can be just as much fun to give and receive!
Have a safe and allergy-safe Valentine’s Day!
- The Neocate Team
Neocate® is a family of hypoallergenic, amino acid-based medical foods for use under medical supervision and is indicated for cow milk allergy, multiple food allergies and related GI and allergic conditions. Talk to your health provider to see if Neocate is right for you.
Consult your healthcare professional to determine if this recipe, ingredients, and consistency are appropriate for your child. Nutritional values are approximate and will vary based on quantities and substitutes. Cooking with or freezing Neocate may affect some nutrient levels.
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