Holidays

Holiday Food Allergy Survival Guide

The holiday season always presents a lot to juggle, but adding food allergies on top of the typical shopping, hosting, and social occasions can make it a stressful time of year. FARE has put together a Holiday Survival Guide with key elements to help you have a safe and fun holiday!

  1. A stockpile of recipes
    Having a number of go-to recipes on hand for all types of seasonal dishes (appetizer, main course, make-ahead meals, desserts, etc.) can help take the stress out of cooking. If a family member or friend asks what they can make that would be safe for the allergies you’re managing, you’ll have a number on hand for them to choose from.
  2. A refresher course in cross-contact
    With hectic cooking and baking happening in your kitchen, it’s not uncommon to make a mistake when it comes to cross-contact. Take a few minutes to review FARE’s new Creating a Food Allergy Safety Zone at Home booklet to learn how to safely prepare food and eliminate cross-contact risks.
  3. A planned calendar
    Contact friends and family to see who is planning on hosting events so there are fewer surprises to your schedule. This is also a great time to remind any hosts or visitors about your or your child’s allergies, so they can work with you to make sure you are able to safely attend.
  4. Epinephrine and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
    Remember your epinephrine auto-injectors go where you go! Take some time to review your emergency care plan with visiting family members who could be called upon to assist in case of an emergency.
  5. Laughter
    Keeping your spirits up and a sense of humor can help you stay in the holiday spirit. Check out this parody video from Kyle Dine for a laugh with your family, titled 12 Days of an Allergy-free Christmas.


From all of us at FARE, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

P.S. This holiday season, please consider making a year-end donation to FARE to support programs and services that benefit the food allergy community. Donate at foodallergy.org/donate today!

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3 thoughts on “Holiday Food Allergy Survival Guide

  1. Inclusion. Good that is safe for all
    Cook/ bake/host the holiday
    No one makes the extra effort and is as safe a cook for your family as you

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