With coaching baseball for a long time and managing several teams, there comes the issue of post-game snack and food allergies. We want everyone to be safe, yet be able to enjoy the snack after the game with everyone else.
I always ask the parents at the beginning of the season if there are any food allergies. I’ve had those parents that don’t want to tell me because they don’t want their child to be embarrassed, and then some don’t want to say because they don’t want the other parents to have to worry about accommodating their child.
On the other hand, I’ve had some that WOULD like for their child not be left out of post-game snack.
Personally, I want everyone to be able to enjoy the snack/drink/party food so we try to accommodate as much as possible. Usually the parents on our team want the same thing.
Last season, we had 3 different food allergies on the same team. Peanut, Egg, and Tree Nut. This was the first time we had had multiple food allergies on one team in the same season. I had asked the parents of the kids with the allergies to give me some snack suggestions but I didn’t hear back from them. I think they were afraid to suggest something that could possibly be harmful for the other food allergy? I’m not sure.
At first thought, you would think it would be extremely hard to find a variety of common safe foods for all…. but, this is NOT true. It was actually VERY EASY.
I googled “snacks free of peanut/egg/tree nuts” and found http://snacksafely.com/snacklist.pdf. There is a long list of safe snack foods for these food allergies. It was incredibly simple and took 2 minutes!
So, every week leading up to our games, I sent a snack/drink reminder 2 days prior to our scheduled game and telling the parents what allergies we had (but not who had them), and the link with the long list of foods that they can choose from.
It was a great resource to have and it made it easy finding safe foods that could accommodate everyone. I had a great group of parents that were very happy to help.
So, if your child has a food allergy, don’t be afraid to speak up. There are several different websites that I found that have GREAT IDEAS of foods to enjoy that accommodate several different allergies.
If you are a team mom and trying to find safe foods for your team, or have a child with food allergies, I hope these links will help you. In the end, the parents on your team will ultimately decide if they feel comfortable with their child eating was has been brought. I have found it is better to have a pre-packaged snack instead of a homemade snack, so the label can be read carefully, and possible cross contamination from a kitchen can be avoided.
In the end, we want everyone to be safe and have a great baseball/softball experience!
Do you have any snack ideas to help with the different food allergies? Helpful links or recipes?
Please share them with me… I would love to know more and can pass them on.