So much of life with young children is caught up in feeding — planning, shopping for, preparing, and serving food takes up a tremendous amount of time for any parents. For parents with children on a medically restrictive diet, the intensity increases immensely. This page is meant to serve as a list of the foods we found helpful during the various food trials.

Always:

The Soup

Lentils I Have Known and Loved

 

Six Food Elimination Diet (No Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Soy, Nuts, or Fish)

Check the labels! We used these products between 2010 and 2011 and they were safe for the Six-Food Elimination Diet for eosinophilic esophagitis. Products and their processing equipment change all the time, so please read the labels before using these products for your own child. This is so important! It is heartbreaking to have to start a phase of the diet over again because of a mistake in reading your labels.

Tinkyada Pasta

Oat Milk

Daiya faux cheese products

So Delicious Coconut Yogurt and Coconut Ice Cream

Koala Crisp Cereal

Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks

Lays STAX potato chips in the can, plain flavor

Rice Chex

Jelly Belly jelly beans

Enjoy Life products, especially chocolate products

Mission tortilla chips

Oat bran as a hot cereal

Coconut yogurt

Avocados

Popcorn

Corn Tostados

Hearts of Palm (whole, they look and “peel” like string cheese!)

 

Vegan, Nut and Gluten-Free

Tofu

Soy ice creams — just read the labels for nuts and wheat

Silk soy yogurt

Soy milk – manufacturing practices vary, so check for cross contamination with gluten and nuts

Smackin’ Good Whipped Topping

 

Fat-Free (for Chylothorax)

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks

Quaker Rice Cakes: Lightly Salted and Caramel Corn

Mashed potatoes with Fat-Free Sour Cream and Parkay Spray

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta with Fat-Free Tomato Pasta Sauce

Lentils

Fat Free Refried Beans (Several varieties of canned)

 

(coming soon: recipes)

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7 thoughts on “Food That Helped

  1. My husband was recently diagnosed with EOE and we are on the 6 food elimination diet. Your site is the first one that pops up when looking for any information about food choices out there. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I already have a house of picky eaters. My 6 year old has been in food therapy for the past year trying to expand her diet to more than a handful of foods. Through our journey with Children’s Hospital Colorado, we have met many families that struggle with EOE and food allergies. Our therapist and doctor were both amazed and disheartened to find that the hospital has NO resources for what to eat when on these restrictions. You are always told what NOT to eat, but nobody says, hey here’s a list of recipes or sites that can help. I so appreciate your list of foods that helped and Sammi’s Soup recipe.
    So far, this week we have had our regular chili (no cheese/sour cream) with rice crackers, boiled potatoes with bacon bits and Soy-Free Earth Balance ‘butter’, lots of dried fruits, Chex, rice cake pbj (we are tree nut free), and lots of salad. Tonight we will have steak with mashed potatoes (from the leftovers) and some side veggies and salad. Salad dressing is going to be old school oil and vinegar made at home.
    I think a huge help for me was making a list of everything we can eat. Listing out friuts and veggies takes up half a page before I even have to think.

    • Oh my gosh, Marla, your comment made me teary! I’ve always hoped that you were out there — someone who really needed the information I collected. For your chili, do try the Daiya shreds — they’re quite good when they’re melted. Also, if your family likes Mexican food, I can’t recommend it highly enough. There’s so much you can do with corn tortillas, tostadas, etc. — and of course rice. You’re lucky to have meat as an option! We were vegetarians before the diet started, so we couldn’t add meat in case it muddied the test results somehow. Maybe your family would be willing to try some bean and lentil dishes, too?

      Marla, keep reading and keep searching and hang in there!!! You’re doing a great job!

  2. After 13 years of wandering around in the medical wilderness (at Stanford of all things) we just got a diagnosis of EoE for our 13-year old. It explains so much! Her real struggles have been allergy and pneumonia, and an EGD done in 2004 came back clean…so EoE has been masked for a decade. Sigh.
    As our youngest, she has the full support of her older sisters and we parents (I just heard my husband say to her “I’m excited to go on this adventure with you, I just might get six-pack abs as I eat better” (!). Our next door neighbors are planning her favorite meals over this holiday weekend before we launch full-bore into this 6 (Really 8) Food Elimination Diet. Why, oh why, are the medical staff so good at telling you what you can’t do and not what you can do??? Somehow it’s always the MOMS that actually get it done and tell each other. Thanks for this blog and your spirit. Wish us luck! PS. We’re already nut free but meat eaters so I’m optimistic we can slog through the first 6 weeks of elimination. Hardest part will be her oral allergy to many fresh fruits. :/

    • Daiya and Enjoy Life brand products are your new best friends, Nicole! It was a lot of work, but without those two brands, it would have been so much harder. Please post any favorite foods that you can’t seem to replicate and I’ll try to help you figure out something similar. You can do this! You’re right — it’s the parents who have to support each other when the medical professionals fail to see the bigger picture.

  3. Thanks for putting this together! Lots of helpful ideas. Just wanted to note for others who may be in the same boat, the list we’ve been given for the Six Food Elimination Diet says no tree nuts so coconuts are out as well. Unfortunately there’s coconut oil in the Daiya cheese products that I’ve seen. I think rice milk is one of the few options available as a dairy substitute.

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