Having an allergy friendly pantry is essential when going Top 8+ allergy free, especially when you must go Top 8 free out of the blue, like we had to do when both of my sons were diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE).
When we first stopped avoiding the most commons allergens, I was confused, hopeless, and helpless. Those are three feelings I do not want any other families to experience. I would search the internet for hours finding everything that I could about Top 8 allergens and some of their common names. Then, I would spend hours at the grocery store reading labels and contacting food manufactures to double check for possible allergens.
Before our EOE diagnosis, the only thing we were avoiding was seafood/shellfish. Avoiding seafood/shellfish was so simple, easy to do, and very little stress. Avoiding Top 8 was tedious and stressful, and just when I thought I had the elimination diet thing down pat, we were hit with more things to avoid. By keeping a food and symptom journal for my son, it revealed, through his symptoms, that rice and potato needed to be excluded from his diet.
Needing to eliminate rice and potato, now meant that I needed to clean out my pantry (again), because most, if not all, of the products that I researched and bought, contained those two things.
Through my daily internet research, I found a lot of great allergy friendly and paleo bloggers that I thank God for. They have truly saved my sanity and proved to me that my family can still have a life, eat great food, and survive this allergy/EOE thing.
And so can you and your family!
As the years have gone by since our first diagnosis of EOE four years ago, I have developed a system that has helped me become more efficient and comfortable with preparing allergy friendly meals and shopping for allergy friendly foods that fit our dietary restrictions. My sense of confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness has decreased, and we, as a family are healthier.
I do a lot of my specialty product shopping through Amazon, but I am also finding that a lot of grocery chains are starting to realize that more and more people are eating clean and avoiding allergens. Big allergy friendly brands are now being stocked on the shelves, and life is getting a lot easier for most of us on the local level.
Below is a list of products I compiled that I use on a regular basis. Having my pantry stocked at all times means less need to go to the grocery store during the week, more money saved, less take out, and more time to spend with my family without having to worry about what to make for our main meals and snacks. You can purchase these items through Amazon or they can be ordered at your local store. Keep in mind that these brands may carry products that don’t fit your family’s dietary restrictions:
The list below contains affiliate links
- Enjoy Life– offers an assortment of Top 8 free products ranging from chocolate chips to pancake mixes
- Homefree Gluten Free Cookies-gluten free, nut free, vegan cookies made with oat flour
- General Mills- assortment of cereals (and other products) that are gluten free and free of artificial colors and additives
- Envirokidz– cereals, chocolate bars, nutrition bars, cereal bars, oatmeal
- Arrowhead Mills-assortment of flours, mixes, and cereals
- Bob’s Red Mill- assortment of flours, mixes, and cereals
- Schar Gluten Free- breads, snacks, and crackers
- Gluten Free Flour
- Gluten free pastas- spaghetti, macaroni, ziti, etc
- Pasta Sauce
- King David Vegan-chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, and butterscotch chips
- Chebe– breads, pizza crust, and cinnamon rolls
- Premium Chocolatiers– assortment of Top 8, vegan candies and chocolates
- Surf Sweets– Gummy candies and jelly beans
- Orville Redenbacher Natural Simply Salted Popcorn
- Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Kettle corn
- Popcorn Indiana Kettle Corn
- Krusteaz Gluten Free- mixes, flours, and cornbread
- Cliff Kid ZBars- nutritions bars formulated specially for kids
- Annie’s Fruit Snacks
- Otto’s Naturals– Cassava Flour
- Plantain Chips
- Cassava Chips
- Potato chips (if safe for your family’s dietary restrictions)
- Lunch Bots– stainless steek lunch containers
- Easy Lunchboxes– bento lunchbox containers
- Thermos brand– vacuum insulated food jars
- Silicone cupcake cups
- Popsicle molds
- Donut pan
- Muffin tin
- Waffle maker
- Pancake griddle
- Against All Grain– cookbook (grain free, gluten free, dairy free)
- Predominantly Paleo– cookbook
Remember to always read labels. If you still aren’t sure about the ingredients, then call or email the manufacture!
Lisa Elliott, Realistically Allergy Free