According to the CDC, food allergies affect 1 in 13 children in the US, or roughly 2 students per classroom. That's nothing to sneeze at. And while there are over 170 foods known to cause allergic reactions, the FDA recognizes 8 of them as the biggest culprits. The 9 foods that are responsible for 90% of allergic reactions are: cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and sesame and those lurk within a lot of other foods!
Sticky Fingers Cooking classes are designed not just to teach kids valuable cooking skills, but also to help develop kids’ safety, confidence, and independence in the kitchen. We understand the seriousness of food allergies and food issues. We also passionately believe that all children should be able to cook and enjoy food, no matter what their restrictions may entail. That’s why all our recipes are 100% nut-free and it’s why we happily work with families during registration to accommodate children’s allergies, sensitivities, and dietary restrictions.
Cooking and baking without common ingredients (say, eggs, milk, or wheat) sounds like a chore, but there are many opportunities for simple substitutions that yield tasty results. Due to the increased prevalence and awareness of dietary concerns, grocery stores today offer a wide array of allergy-friendly product substitutions. Still, we frequently get questions from families wanting to know how to adapt a particular Sticky Fingers Cooking recipe so their child – or friend, or grandparent – can enjoy it, too. With them in mind, we developed The Sticky Fingers Cooking Food Allergy Substitution Guide for Parents and we sincerely hope it will help keep your time in the kitchen easy, fun, and accessible to everyone!
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