13 Go-To Elimination Diet Foods
When I was told I had to go on an elimination diet while breastfeeding, I was committed to doing whatever it was I could do to keep allergic colitis flare-ups at bay while continuing to nurse my daughter. At first it was difficult and was sometimes in tears as I struggled to find foods to eat, especially as I needed to eat enough to keep my supply up. At three months on an elimination diet of eating no dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish, I've finally got the hang of this eating thing that is full of variety and taste! And really, I've found it a blessing in disguise for me as I'm probably eating the healthiest I ever have in my life. Here are 13 of my go-to elimination diet foods.
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When I first started eliminating foods, I also couldn’t have soy. I realized quickly that soy was in everything! Even bread. I guess soy flour is a favorite of processed foods. So when I found this honey wheat bread recipe that was free of the allergens I couldn’t eat, I was hooked! I make this bread about every 2-3 weeks and my older daughter loves it too.
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Earth Balance Vegan Butter
I was really scared to try vegan butter, but I was so desperate to have a little in my life, especially to use in recipes that called for butter. Earth Balance Vegan Butter is pretty darn amazing! I use it to top that honey wheat bread. I use it with spices on a roasted chicken as a rub. I use it to coat chicken that I’m breading with Panko (most other bread crumbs contain dairy for some reason). I use it when baking. It’s a great dairy substitute!
Pico De Gallo
Pico De Gallo is so tasty and adds great flavor to everything! Lately I’ve been using it a lot as a substitute for salad dressings. In addition, my husband makes delicious enchiladas with green enchilada sauce that pairs great with my homemade Pico De Gallo. (And no, I don’t have cheese on these enchiladas. I don’t really miss it!) I make a big batch on Sunday and it usually doesn’t last the whole week!
I had a hard time at first struggling to satisfy my sweet tooth. Smoothies were the answer to my problem. I use vanilla soy milk as my base, or if I’m using water, I’ll add some honey to sweeten it up. And now I’ve got big sister on a healthy smoothy kick too boot!
Lots of Vegetables
I’m making up for all of those vegetables I didn’t eat while pregnant by eating a ton of them while on my elimination diet. I eat them mostly raw as snacks and dip them in hummus on occasion.
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What I started to realize while on my elimination diet was that I was pretty much doing some clean eating. So now when I’m searching for recipes I search for clean eating meals, and I’ve begun to get creative. This is a lunch I created by just looking in my fridge and combining what I had. I sauteed mushrooms, onions, spinach and a cabbage/carrot mixture (created to make coleslaw) in coconut oil. Then seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sriracha. I then added some left over chicken breast and topped it with green onions. Clean eating never tasted so good!
I’ve recently discovered that you can mix flaxseed (either ground up yourself or purchased as flax meal) with water to create an egg substitute in recipes. Pretty much to mix 1 tablespoon of flax with 3 tablespoons of water to replace one egg. You put it in the fridge and let it set for 15 or so minutes until it thickens up. I’ve used this in baking as well as a binder in meatballs. It works great and honestly I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to using eggs as a binder!
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Even as I’m trying to lose the baby weight, I need a little chocolate in my life. I was introduced to Enjoy Life chocolate chips and they are so good! I can’t wait to try some of their other allergen-free food products.
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Vegan Flourless Brownies
I’ve recently discovered an amazing flour-less and allergen friendly brownie recipe thanks to a fellow breastfeeding momma who is dairy-free as well. I did have to make a couple adjustments, though, which makes my version vegan! I use my flax/water mixture as a substitute for eggs, and those Enjoy Life allergen free chocolate chips. The recipe from Skinny Taste may scare some, but trust me when I say these are amazing! I’m just about done eating my second batch and my daughter gobbles them up too!
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My go-to breakfast has been oatmeal. I make it water, but sometimes add soy milk to make it a bit richer. I top mine with berries and add a little agave for a bit of sweet. Plus it does a great job of keeping my milk supply up too boot!
Air Popped Popcorn
I’m a huge fan of popcorn and most microwave popcorn has dairy so I started regularly making big batches of air popped popcorn. Yes, it’s more calories than my 100 calorie packs, but who cares! I’m burning calories breastfeeding anyway. Recently I’ve started using coconut oil to pop it and I feel healthier doing that vs using vegetable oil.
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Coconut Milk Ice Cream
I was a tad leery of coconut milk ice cream as I’m not a huge fan of a strong coconut flavor. Truth be told, coconut milk ice cream is delicious and the coconut flavor isn’t overpowering at all! Chocolate is my favorite. I’ve had soy based ice creams but I find that coconut milk ice cream is richer.
Kind Chewy Bars
Pretty much processed food isn’t good for anyone on an elimination diet as there are so many allergens even when you don’t think it’s necessary. The Kind chewy granola bars are great and about half of their flavors are fully allergen free for me. These are great go-to options if I’m super busy and need a little nosh.
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