Top tips for a happy & allergy safe Easter!
Nathalie was determined that Callum and his sister Chloe's Easter was not going to be ruined by Callum's allergies. And this is how she did it.
Oh my goodness, it’s almost Easter, this year is flying by isn’t it!
Easter is iconic for being one of the key times of the year for giving chocolate and sweet treats to loved ones, and especially little ones. The supermarkets have been full of sweet treats for weeks, and the smell of freshly baked hot cross buns have filled the air for almost as long. Receiving a chocolate egg on Easter morning is a lovely and welcome gesture for many, but for others living with allergies, it can be far from it!
Until very recently, it has proven to be quite a challenge to find safe sweet treat alternatives, especially chocolate. More often than not, when you were able to find alternatives, they would often prove to be quite costly. And, particularly if you have children, it’s really important to try and make sure that those with allergies are included in the celebrations as much as possible. It’s one of those ‘key’ times when they will really notice they are ‘different’ to their peers.
It’s easy enough to make your own Easter eggs and treats, but one great way of overcoming this, is to steer clear of chocolate and sweets and look to other alternatives!
We’ve been doing some research and have found some wonderful options for you that are safe for little ones, they are fun to do, and still bring lots of Easter cheer! They’ll last longer than chocolate and sweets will too!
Our Top 10 choices
Our last top choice is what I did for Callum and his big sister Chloe last year. He’d had a particularly rough few weeks after numerous reactions, so I wanted to make the Easter day a really fun one.
I’ve created an Easter egg hunt each year for the children since they were able to understand what it was. Last year, I made them work a bit harder for the treats by adding clues, and Jon and I were in absolute stitches watching them complete each task!
I sourced some cute Easter crackers and an Easter table cloth so that there was a cheerful and fun breakfast spread waiting for them, and set it all up the night before.
On Easter morning, I called everyone down for breakfast, where Callum and Chloe discovered some Callum safe hot cross buns, along with some extra treats (little plastic eggs filled with allergy safe Easter marshmallows) and a letter from the Easter bunny detailing the Easter egg hunt and the start of the clues.
There followed a hilarious half hour of Callum and Chloe trying to figure out the clues, before then completing the tasks, all whilst stuffing their little faces with marshmallows, and giggling like crazy in their quest to find the ultimate prize of a large chocolate egg. It was such a fun way to teach them about team work, helping each other, and how to have some good old fashioned fun!
Here’s a copy of the letter and the clues for if you’d like to try it out too:
Letter from the Easter Bunny
I wish you a fun and great day!
Clues for the Easter egg hunt
So you see, with a bit of careful planning, a fun, exciting and totally allergy friendly Easter can be created.
Whatever you choose to do for Easter, we wish you lots of fun and a wonderful and reaction free day!