We got some “never-thought-this-day-would-come” news this week; Amelia outgrew her dairy allergy. After we left the allergist’s office, we went straight to the supermarket where she actually skipped down the aisles, pointing out all the foods she wanted to buy—foods she sees her classmates bring to school every day.

As you can tell from the photo, she really wanted the processed stuff. Which I’m fine with… but in moderation. And since I feel like I’m learning a brand-new language, I could use some help on what to pack for a slow-eating seven-year-old that’s healthy, tasty, and not too complicated. Any ideas? (Note: no eggs—that allergy may be with us for a while.)

Andrea Pyros writes often about parenting for publications including Mint, LearnVest and Sesame Street Family. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and is the mother to two children, one of whom has food allergies and the other of whom refuses to eat eggs even though he can. 


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Comments (5)


  1. Posted by: Teresa C

    Congratulations! I am really looking forward to this day for my own daughter – but I am so beyond happy for Amelia!

  2. Posted by: Andrea

    Teresa, thanks!

    I interviewed Lori Sandler of Divvies and she told me, “Time is on your side.”

    It’s hard to believe it, but they really do outgrow a lot of these allergies as they get older.

  3. Posted by: Nina

    Cheese sticks are great and have that individually-wrapped kid appeal. There are many organic options out there.

  4. My son loves the tiny rounds of BabyBel cheeses (peeling the wax off is such fun). And he also loves Chobani champions Greek yogurt (vanilla chocolate chunk – let’s call it dessert). Congratulations and have fun!

  5. Posted by: Andrea

    Yogurt hasn’t been a big hit yet (possibly a texture issue?) though she is enjoying frozen gogurts. I’ll try the Chobani ones, those may be thicker and therefore more appealing. Thanks for the suggestion. (Those BabyBel rounds are cute!)

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