Food allergies in children are on the rise. That’s what the results from a recent survey conducted among elementary and middle school students and teachers indicate.
The Udi’s Gluten Free PTA survey utilized the National PTA’s database and polled more than 3,100 parents and teachers in August 2013.
Results from the survey include the following facts:
- Parents: 76 percent say that food allergies are common at their child’s school and among their child’s friends
- One in three surveyed parents say their child has a food allergy
- Teachers: 74 percent say they currently teach at least one student with a food allergy
- While peanuts are the scariest allergy, parents agree gluten is the hardest to manage on a day-to-day basis
- While parents say they bring snack foods and fruit more often, teachers report that the most common treat brought is cake or cupcakes, which contain gluten
- Teachers: 71 percent of teachers say they have purchased snacks themselves to provide to kids with allergies so they don’t feel left out during snack time
For parents and teachers, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of food allergies every day. The responsibility for keeping kids safe from food allergies no longer just falls on just the parents of the affected children.
Bringing foods to school parties doesn’t have to be boring. Visit Udi’s Gluten Free website to find recipes for every occasion, including parties and everyday meals.
Udi’s takes the responsibility of providing products that are safe for those with a gluten allergy very seriously. Many of the products Udi’s produces are also dairy, soy and nut free.
Whether you’re planning snacks for a holiday party at your child’s school, planning your holiday menu at home or thinking ahead for family meals, you will find great ideas at Udi’s website.
Here’s a recipe the kids will love that’s perfect for parties and celebrations of all types.
Udi’s Cookies & Cream Whoopie Pies
8 Udi’s Chocolate Chi Muffin Tops (2 8-ounce packages)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup crushed Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Cream Cookies, about 6 cookies
In bowl of a standing mixer with paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and sugar until pale yellow and smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. You can also use a large bowl and hand mixer.
Turn off mixer and add marshmallow fluff and vanilla. Mix on medium-high speed until combined and fluffy. Gently fold in crushed cookies.
Spread 3 heaping tablespoons filling onto flat side of one muffin top. Top with another muffin top, flat side on filling, making a sandwich.
Some of the other recipes at Udi’s Gluten Free website include appetizers, snacks, desserts and meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You can choose your meal type, choose your favorite style of cooking or choose items you don’t want to include such as certain meats, dairy, soy, nuts or other allergens.
When planning meals and snacks, consider using gluten free products. This will ensure that everyone can enjoy the meal and participate in the fun.