Being the parent who wants to give your child the healthiest options and help them avoid their food allergies isn’t always easy. This time of year can be a test of healthy parenting strength. You have probably already felt it! The holidays can be a parenting minefield with cookies and candies at every turn. Then you realize you haven’t thought about what you’re going to put in the stocking yet! What are healthier options and allergy-friendly stocking stuffers?! Don’t worry we have been there, and have you covered!
The key is to have healthier alternatives that are allergy-friendly, so your child doesn’t feel deprived and you don’t feel like a bad Santa. When you are watching out for your child’s health and avoiding food allergies, you are actually the best Santa. Food allergies are more common than you think and can lead to a wide range of symptoms that many parents don’t even connect with food allergies. Traditional treats also have ingredients that can destroy your health.
What We Avoid When Shopping for Healthier Treats and Allergy-friendly Stocking Stuffers
Skip Inflammatory Foods – The great thing about our healthier alternatives is that they are also free of the most common inflammatory foods such as wheat and dairy.
Avoid Processed Sugar – Don’t overdo the sugar and look for sugar alternatives – like our favorite xylitol. Some of our suggestions still have organic sugar, which we recommend restricting or avoiding, but these are a great “start somewhere” option, so we have still included them in our list.
Nix the Artificial Colors and Preservatives – Artificial colors have been linked to hyperactivity and cancer while preservatives have been linked to allergies, cancer, and asthma. These ingredients aren’t worth the risk, so we choose healthier options that don’t include them.
Pass on the Pesticides – Choosing organic means you pass on pesticides. Some studies have shown that children have higher levels of pesticides than their parents. Pesticides, like glyphosate, have been linked to increased risk of cancer, hormone disruption, birth defects, nervous system toxicity, and antibiotic resistance.
Our 7 Healthier Options and Allergy-friendly Stocking Stuffers
- Dr. John’s Candy
- Organic HoneyStix
- Organic Jerky
- Yumearth Organic Candy
- Ocho Organic Candy
- Non-food Items
- Make Your Own
1 – Dr. John’s Candy – This makes the top of our list because these Dr. John’s candies are sweetened with our favorite sugar alternative- xylitol. Xylitol doesn’t have the harmful impacts of processed white sugar and it actually has benefits for teeth and health. Watch their chocolate and caramel options for dairy and allergens.
2 – Organic HoneyStix– A sweet option without the processed sugar and Glory Bee HoneyStix can come in a variety of flavors. These healthier treats can travel easy in your bag so that you always have a healthy alternative on hand.
3 – Organic Jerky – It doesn’t have to be sweet to be yummy. Put some organic jerky in the stocking! You can find some great options at your local grocery store or at Whole Foods.
4 – Yumearth – They have organic, candy canes without the toxic colors and preservatives! This company also has a search where you can filter for common allergens and flavors. These products do contain organic sugar.
5 – Ocho Organic Candies – Fun, festive flavors and great USDA organic, allergy-friendly stocking stuffers. These do have organic cane sugar so don’t overstuff the stocking with these.
6 – Find Great Non-food Items – Scrunchies, card games, holiday socks, headphones, dollar coins, or books are all non-food items that make great stocking stuffers.
7 – Make Your Own and Make Memories – We have some great allergy-friendly treats that you can make at home when you check out our recipe section. They also use better sugar alternatives so you can make the best treats for your family. Try our holiday cut outs and you can frost them together! There are so many treats to choose from like the peppermint chocolate bark or the dark chocolate cherry bites.
Healthy Holidays and Healthy Life
A healthy life doesn’t take a break on the holidays, but it also doesn’t have to take the fun out of them. It’s becoming easier to find healthier options and allergy-friendly stocking stuffers every year! You will find healthier holiday treats that work for your family and make wonderful memories. Memories that will last a healthy lifetime!
For the adults, check out our wellness wish list and healthy holiday ideas.