Making the Grade
Nut free, gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, individually wrapped, quick to make, quick to eat. Today’s parents are faced with many limitations when preparing a special birthday treat for their child to share with their schoolmates. That is, if you’re one of the lucky few who even still have the opportunity to do so. Many schools have done away with food focused birthday celebrations because of the disruptions and scheduling conflicts they cause, but also because of the increasing number of food related disabilities among today’s youth such as allergies, diabetes, Celiac’s and gluten intolerance.
In the past, parents who have children with special dietary needs have brought in their own “safe” treats for their child to eat at each birthday celebration so they feel included. Yet, the child still feels left out eating something different than the other kids. Here are some tried and true school birthday treats that are safe for all the kids but so delicious and fun, the students won’t even realize they are gluten free, nut free or dairy free.