It's not always easy or possible to circumvent food allergies.
But aggressive parenting and health oriented groups are working tirelessly to decrease danger for allergy sufferers.The Anaphylaxis Community Experts--a program geared to educated parents, educators, and health care providers--have shared fun, traditional egg ideas for Easter and Passover that will prove safe for those with egg allergies.
Easter and Passover traditions often include eggs, either as part of a fun holiday activity or a recipe. For people with life-threatening egg allergies, the key to staying safe is to be aware and prepared for an unexpected exposure.
"Approximately 1.5 percent of young children have life-threatening egg allergies," says Nancy Sander, President and Founder of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (a group that developed The Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACEs) program). "Creating Easter traditions without the threat of egg exposure is easy to do. A little planning and creative thinking is what's required to have a fun and tasty celebration."
Kids with egg allergies can participate in Easter games and Passover activities. Consider the following ideas:
Coloring eggs is a safe activity, as long as the person with egg allergies does not eat the eggs. Touching the hard shell poses no threat. Instead of placing a hard-boiled egg on a Seder plate, consider using a flower or a plastic egg.
Use plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt and fill them with toys, money, stickers, or candy. Just be sure to read candy labels first! You can also use plastic eggs instead of real ones when playing the "egg in a spoon" race.
Getting together with family for the holiday? Be sure to include egg-free recipes when cooking meals and ask about ingredients in recipes made by others.
For each egg required in a recipe, substitute one of these mixtures:
1 1/2 tablespoons water, 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil and 1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon apricot puree
1 packet of plain gelatin mixed with 2 tablespoons of warm water.
"Easter and Passover celebrations should be fun and inclusive," Sander says. "But everyone with life-threatening food allergies should be prepared for the unexpected accidental exposure. Preparation includes always carrying two doses of your prescribed epinephrine auto-injector and knowing what the signs and symptoms are of an anaphylactic reaction."
Aside from allergies, strict vegetarians and others looking to reduce cholesterol count utilized egg substitutes in recipes. Applesauce, soy, bananas and tofu are all foods recommended to replace eggs. There are other store brand egg substitutes, but consumers must be careful because some substitutes actually use parts of the egg (egg whites for example) to substitute for a whole egg.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning publications Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and The MA Report newsletter, its web site at www.aanma.org and numerous community outreach programs.
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