Feeding a Child with an Egg Allergy
Kid-Friendly Foods Without Eggs
My lens focuses on kid-friendly foods and recipes. Feeding children is hard enough sometimes, but when a child has a special dietary need, it can be an overwhelming task. Foods need to be easy to find or make, inexpensive, and (most importantly) tasty to a child's palate!
I hope this information will come as handy to you as it has to me!
What Food Contain Eggs?
What kinds of foods (besides the obvious) contain eggs? It can be hard to tell, but that is where I hope this lens will help. In general, look at the following categories for common foods that contain egg:
*Baked Goods - breads and rolls, crackers, doughnuts, French Toast, muffins, pancakes, pretzels, waffles
*Beverages - Cappuccino-style drinks, Orange Julius, root beer, ovaltine, eggnog
*Desserts - Brownies, cakes, cake mixes, cookies, cream-filled pies, custard, ice cream, icing, pudding, sherbet, candies with cream fillings, marshmallow candy, fudge
*Pasta - Egg noodles, macaroni, spaghetti - watch out for pastas that are enriched with omega-3s. Sometimes, this ingredient comes from eggs.
*Salad-dressings and sauces - Bearnaise sauce, caesar dressing, cream sauces, hollandaise sauce, mayonnaise, newburgh sauce
*Soups - Noodle soups, clear soups and broth, Chinese soups (egg-drop)
Also be diligent about reading labels. Most food labels list the top 7 most common allergenic foods in bold at the end of the ingredient list (eggs are required to be listed). Some people with severe allergies may also need to consider if a product has been manufactured in a facility where eggs are kept to prevent cross-contamination.
Some ingredients are listed that may not immediately bring to mind "egg", so be sure to look for the following items in the ingredient list:
Albumin/albumen, globulin, livetin, lysozyme, meringue, surimi, lecithin, marzipan, ovoalbumin/ovoglobulin (ovo means egg), vitellin, simplesse (a fat substitute)
Foods from the Real World
A list of foods that are easy to find that do not contain eggs
Earth's Best Organics has a mini waffle (with Sesame Street on the cover) that does not use eggs in the product - but the facility is one that uses eggs in other products. The company prides themselves on safety practices to prevent cross-contamination though!
Vans brand makes a vegan waffle (no eggs), that I was able to find in my local Super Bi-Lo. Beware of their Belgian waffle, however - it contains eggs.
I just learned of a company called "Ians Natural Foods" that sells an egg-free french toast stick. (For me, they are found in my local Harris Teeter)
Tyson chicken nuggets do not contain egg products.
Ians Natural Foods (www.iansnaturalfoods.com) has chicken nuggets and patties, fish sticks, and mac and cheese meals.
I am so happy to find a soft pretzel that is egg-free. Kim & Scotts Gourmet Soft Pretzel - Traditional Bavarian style - is VERY tasty and is made with organic whole grain. One pretzel is pretty hefty in calories, but it does contain 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Found these at the Super Bi-Lo.
Earth's Best Organics has been my saving grace! I have recently found a single-serving cheese pizza (with Elmo on the package).
Oreos are a good bet in my house....and the new Oreo Sticks are lower calorie, so you can also feel better about the sugar content!
Newman's Own has cookies that do not contain eggs.
While the national brand of 'Nilla Wafers has egg as an ingredient, the Target Brand (Marketplace) does not. It does disclose that the cookies are made in a facility that uses eggs and cross-contamination is a possibility.
My local Bi-Lo has begun stocking Home Free cookies that are egg and dairy free, as well as peanut and tree nut free. Their website is http://homefreetreats.com.
My oldest daughter got a "Blue Bunny" chocolate/vanilla pop from the ice cream truck this week and I was very surprised that it contained egg yolks! The Blue Bunny website has a complete nutrition guide that does list allergen information at www.bluebunny.com/nutritionguide.aspx (Note: The all-time favorite flavor "Bunny Tracks" does not contain eggs!)
Dippin'Dots (found in lots of sports stadiums and amusement parks) does not contain egg ingredients.
Chili's has an allergen menu on their website which lists menu options that do not contain the most common allergens, including eggs. Here are items from the Pepper Pals menu that are egg free: Grilled Cheese, Grilled Chicken Platter, Grilled Chicken Sandwich (NO BUN), Little Mouth Cheeseburger (NO BUN), Mac and Cheese, and the Rib Basket.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers a "Naked Chicken Tender" on the kids menu.
The Outback Steakhouse has an allergen menu tipsheet for peanuts, treenuts and lactose intolerance, but not on egg-free menu items. http://www.outback.com/foodandmenus/nutritionalinf...
McDonald's chicken nuggets do not contain eggs in the batter, however the McChicken Patty does. The Big Mac Sauce does contain yolk--most of the sauces are mayo-based, so they are not safe. The HotCakes contain egg ingredients, but the Griddle Cakes do not. All McDonald cookies contain eggs---the ice cream cone does not.
At Arby's, beware of both the popcorn chicken and honey mustard dipping sauce, horsey sauce, and the onion bun on the Beef N Cheddar Sandwich. Safe on the kids menu is the plain biscuit, the roast beef sandwich and the curly fries.
Hardees has a .pdf of their allergen guide on their website www.hardees.com. The sourdough bread contains egg. Their breaded chicken filet used in their sandwiches and biscuits contain egg in the batter, but the chicken strips on the children's menu does not list any egg ingredients. Choose chocolate ice cream rather than the vanilla, which contains egg products.
Wendy's Chicken nuggets do not use egg in the battering process, and the barbecue nuggets sauces does not contain egg. The Kids meal hamburger/cheeseburger do not contain egg (be sure no mayo!) The homestyle chicken fillet sandwich does contain egg. Wendy's has an allergen list at www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/allergen_list.pdf
Taco bell has an allergen menu for it's "Fresco" products, and none contain egg. Per GreenMomma (an eHow Member who writes an article about Fast Foods and Egg allergies), "Taco Bell is probably one of the best fast food places you can go for an egg allergy."
Pizza Hut: Only the grilled chicken strips are listed as actually containing egg products. Several products, including all pizza sauces, are disclosed as being prepared in common equipment and may contain allergen.
Boston Market also has an allergen menu on their website. The meatloaf, vegetable stuffing, coleslaw, mac and cheese, squash casserole, chicken noodle soup, all the carver sandwiches all contain egg products. Also beware of the poultry gravy (beef gravy is okay). All deserts contain egg except the apple pie.
KFC publishes a full allergen menu at www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_allergens_april09.pdf. Safe foods are the popcorn chicken (but not the regular chicken nuggets) and the extra crispy chicken (but not original recipe). Of course the new KFC grilled chicken is egg-free. None of the sandwiches are listed as being egg-free, but the biscuits are safe. Sides that are no-no's are the mac and cheese, coleslaw, macaroni and potato salads. For desserts, the best bets are the apple pie and the apple turnover.
If you eat a balanced diet, nutrient deficiency is unlikely. Most of the key nutrients found in eggs are also in other animal products, such as meat, poultry, fish, milk, and legumes. The key nutrients in eggs include:
Cooking Tips and Where to Find Recipes
I have not used the "Egg Replacer" products because they are hard to find in my area. So here are some tips for cooking that use real, easy to find foods in place of eggs.
Approximately 1/2 mashed banana or 1/3 cup of applesauce equals 1 egg when used in a recipe for cake mixes, etc.
For cookies, spice cakes, and chocolate cakes, try 2 mL baking powder and 125 mL sour cream in place of one egg.
About.com has a site for egg-free recipes: http://foodallergies.about.com/od/eggallergies/a/e...
Another Egg-Free Baking Recipe site:
EHow is a great site to browse for recipes/tips. Start at this page:
The author of the above Ehow Article also shares this blogspot for egg-free recipes:
Recipe for Egg-Free Pancakes
All Kids love Pancakes!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
------Mix dry ingredients together
1 cup whole milk (I've successfully used 1%, 2%, and soymilk)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-----Add to dry ingredients and mix
Melt butter or margarine into pan. 1/4 cup of batter mix per pancake
Food Allergy Books on Amazon
Want to Save Money on Groceries?
If you want to manage your grocery bill AND learn more about foods that contain allergens, this is a great site: www.mygrocerydeals.com
You can become a member for free. Enter your zip code and your personal favorite shopping locations and you receive information about sales and available coupons in your area.
Now for the allergies: You can expand on this list, and select from a list of common allergens on products you want flagged!
For example, today (as I write) King's Hawaiian Honey Wheat Rolls are on sale at my local Aldi's. Because I have selected the site to alert me when there is egg ingredients, a red exclamation point appears to let me know that egg is used in the product. How handy is that?!
Links to Other Helpful Sites
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Contains resources such as "How to Read a Label", "The Food Allergy News Cookbook", and "Understanding Cross Contact".
- Egg Allergy Cut and Carry
A handy card to keep in your purse on foods that may be susceptible to egg products.
- Mayo Clinic Egg Allergy Information
The Mayo Clinic provides more in-depth answers to egg-allergy questions
- WebMD Living with an Egg Allergy
WebMD offers a more extensive list of common egg-containing foods, plus a section on Living and Managing/Support and Resources.
- Allergy-Free Recipes Database
Offers a family membership of $25/year for full-access to "Safe Eats" recipe database.
- Can I Eat There Blogspot
A FANTASTIC Blog that lists restaurant allergy menus!!
- Check My Tag - I have a food allergy
Check My Tag makes allergy awareness clthing especially for young children at risk! A portion of all proceeds benefit food allergy research and awareness.
- Arby's Food Allergen Menu
Arbys lists all menu items and their content of allergens such as eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soybeans, treanuts, wheat, gluten and MSG. GO ARBYS!
- Allergic Child.com
A very comprehensive site for allergic children.
- McDonald's Ingredient List
McDonald's doesn't have the simple chart that Arby's has, but in this ingredient list for popular menu items, McDonald's puts allergen ingredients in BOLD.
- Peanut Free Gallery
Another great blogspot on Eating Out with Allergies. It doesn't specifically speak to Egg-Allergies, but has some helpful links to restaurant guides!
- Medical ID Bracelets for Kids
Build your own Medic ID Bracelet or Necklace.
- Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelets
Beautiful, one of a kind medic alert bracelets and all proceeds benefit the Juvenille Diabetes Foundation.
Did you know that you can register your EpiPen on their website and they will send you a reminder as the expiration date approaches? What a great service for busy moms and dads!
- Restaurant Allergy Information
Even though this site focuses on milk allergies, the links to the restaurant allergy information (both USA and Canada) are very helpful!
- Food Allergy Buzz
Lots and Lots of great information on many food allergies!
- Allergy Travel Tips
This site has wonderful resources about traveling with allergies, particularly abroad. You can customize and print a pocket card for allergies in many different languages.
I would enjoy hearing about how you find out about my lens, and what you think!