[Skip to Content]
Visit us on Facebook Visit us on FacebookVisit us on Twitter Visit us on TwitterVisit us on Facebook Visit us on InstagramVisit our RSS Feed View our RSS Feed
Dragonfly December 19th, 2018
CategoriesCategoriesCategories Contact UsContact Us ArchivesArchives Region/OfficeRegion SearchSearch

Dec

06

Date prong graphic

Holiday Meals and Food Allergies/Special Diets

Posted by on December 6th, 2018 Posted in: Health Literacy/Consumer Health
Tags: , ,


Are you planning your holiday menus for when your friends and families are gathering during the holiday season?  It can be fun to plan what foods and beverages to serve until Cousin Bill states he is no longer eating gluten, your best friend is lactose intolerant, your boss is vegan, Grandma is diabetic, and your nephew announces he is bringing his roommate who has specific religious dietary restrictions. Suddenly menu planning becomes a challenge that seem insurmountable.

holiday food buffet

Providing a fun festive gathering includes being a hospitable one as well. Letting your guests know they are welcome and that you are considerate of their dietary needs not only creates a place of hospitality but one of safety. While some of these diets are voluntary and may be a lifestyle choice, others may be for cultural or religious reasons and even a matter of life or death. Here are some suggestions to help you accommodate your guests:

  • Educate yourself and about dietary restrictions and ask your guests for information and suggestions
  • List the ingredients of each dish and save the labels of purchased items so your guests can refer to them to know if an item is safe to eat
  • Stick to simple basic recipes such as roasting a vegetable with only minimal salt and pepper, the more ingredients a recipe includes the fewer can enjoy it
  • Keep extra flavorings and ingredients on the side such as candied pecans for sweet potatoes in a separate condiment bowl
  • Wash your hands, cooking utensils and surfaces frequently while preparing food so as to not cross contaminate
  • Consider a meal where guests ‘build their own’ meal such as a taco bar where options are available

Learn more about food allergies at the FDA and MedlinePlus

Tips for in the kitchen are from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Information about food and culture are available from EthnoMed and  Culture Care Connection

For information about a variety of diets and dietary restrictions, visit the MedlinePlus food and nutrition page

Image of the author ABOUT Carolyn Martin


Email author Visit author's website View all posts by

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked with an asterisk *

 

Archived Content

Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

NNLM and NATIONAL NETWORK OF LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE are service marks of the US Department of Health and Human Services | Copyright | Download PDF Reader