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 for allergy-friendly stocking stuffers? Don’t worry. We 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!). Food allergies are more common than you may think and can lead to a wide range of symptoms that many parents don’t even connect with food allergies.
What to Avoid
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 foods. 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 encourage you to 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 for Allergy-friendly Stocking Stuffers
1. Dr. John’s Candy: This makes the top of our list because 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. (Read labels closely though, as their chocolate and caramel options may contain dairy and other allergens.)
2. GloryBee Honeystix: A sweet option without the processed sugar, GloryBee 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. YumEarth Candy: They offer organic candy canes without the toxic colors and preservatives! This company also offers a search feature where you can filter for common allergens and flavors.
4. Ocho Organic Candy: Ocho offers fun, festive flavors and great USDA Organic, allergy-friendly stocking stuffers, many of which include chocolate. As always, read labels carefully to avoid other allergens (such as peanuts, almonds, etc.).
5. Organic Jerky: It doesn’t have to be sweet to be yummy. Put some organic jerky in the stocking! Read labels carefully and avoid added sugar or preservatives. Find grass-fed jerky options at natural health food stores, co-ops, and online.
6. Non-Food Options: Scrunchies, card games, holiday socks, headphones, dollar coins, or books are all non-food items that make great stocking stuffers.
7. Make Your Own: We have some great allergy-friendly treats that you can make at home when you check out our recipe section. Try our holiday cut outs and frost them with your kiddos! There are so many treats to choose from, including our peppermint chocolate bark and 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.
For the adults, check out our wellness wish list and healthy holiday ideas.