Halloween is a holiday that many children look forward to each year. Children and the parents of children with food allergies must proceed with caution. Here are some tips to navigate the holiday if you or your child have food allergies.
Stock up on safe treats or inexpensive toys. Trade these for any unsafe candies your child might get while Trick or Treating.
No eating while Trick or Treating. Enforce this rule for all of your children, not just the ones with food allergies. Review all food labels when you get home.
Throw away candy that does not have an ingredients label.
Read the label every time. Fun size candies may have different ingredients than the same full size variety. Ingredients can change each year.
Start a new Halloween tradition. Have your child leave unsafe candy out for the Good Witch to swap overnight for a trinket or toy. Skip Trick or Treating and have a Halloween party with allergy-friendly treats instead.
Pre-deliver goody bags. Make up allergy-friendly goody bags ahead of time. Deliver these to your neighbors and explain your child’s allergy. Encourage your child to Trick or Treat at these houses.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
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Easy SunButter Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup SunButter spread
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar for dipping
3/4 cup sunflower kernels
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2.In a large bowl, cream butter, SunButter, brown sugar, and honey with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3.In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda and powder, and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add SunButter mixture and mix until combined.
4.Place additional sugar in a small dish. Roll cookie dough into 1 inch ball and coat evenly in sugar. Transfer to a baking sheet and flatten with a cup. Sprinkle evenly with sunflower kernels.
5.Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on sheet pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
6.Store cookies in an airtight container.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutrition Information per Serving: 8.3 grams total fat, 2.6 grams saturated fat, 18 grams carbohydrate, 3.3 gram fiber, 3 grams protein, 23 milligrams sodium, 6.6 grams sugar
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