This is HARD. Going out to eat is not as easy as it once was. I have to think….about everything that may be used in the back kitchen. I have to think about all the options that may be available for my 4 year old who gets a super upset tummy when she eats dairy in any form.
I started with the thought….GO WHOLE FOODS. No dairy there! Go vegan! When I start looking for those items it gets easier…..for a minute…then I remember, Miss A doesn’t like all that! UGH! I’ve created a monster! LOL! No, actually she’s pretty easy and knows that she needs to avoid dairy, even asking if that has dairy in it herself.
One thing I’m also learning….DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK!!! Most places will accommodate allergies. We needed spaghetti and toast without any butter or cheese…we got it! Want to know if there is dairy or gluten in something? Ask. If the waitress/waiter doesn’t know, ask them to find out. Be polite and USUALLY they will work with you!
Another thing I’m watching for is the fried foods. While camping with my family, I thought having fried fish would be safe for Miss A, but then I looked and they were dipping the fish into milk first. It’s such a habit, no one thought of it. It was totally ok that day, because there were so many other choices, no one went hungry. Now, though, at restaurants, I have that memory playing in my mind….and it makes me think about if the people in the kitchen use milk in their deep frying. Lesson of the day…..limit the fried.
What would my Miss A like?
- Apple sauce and fruit sides
- burger without bun (or ask if the bun has milk)
- Soup–non creamy of course unless it is a special cream free soup base
- tacos – minus cheese
Last week, my girls and I were treated to lunch at “Bridgemans”…. one of my ideas…. I wanted to see if I could do it at a place that mainly sells DAIRY!!! 🙂 LOL! She had chicken strips and apple sauce. They did give her bread with butter, because I didn’t know that was included. I would have asked about that one if I had known. She was able to get a sundae with her kids meal, obviously not really an option, and the waitress asked if she wanted more apple sauce or some fruit. Miss A said she was ok and we declined. It was a nice gesture tho!
Picky Nicky’s in the house? This gets tricky! (hehe! I’m rhyming today!) Again, from earlier, stay non processed, go vegan, get creative! Many places will let you pick and choose, especially when they know there’s an allergy! Use it!
Good luck….I’m learning….I’m a mom trying my best to keep my kiddo tummy ache free…. Learn with me.
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