Posted on Dec 14, 2018 12:30pm PST

It’s offically the most wonderful time of the year. While many of us get to enjoy the holiday cheer, those who suffer from allergies end up celebrating in fear. The threat of food allergies rises around this time of year, which means you need to take a few extra precautions when hosting or attending holiday gatherings.

If You are Hosting Your Own Party...

The benefit of hosting your own party at home is that you have control over what’s being served. Cook some safe, allergen-free dishes and don’t forget to label them properly. This helps your guests distinguish which dishes to eat and which to leave to those with allergies. Ask your guests to bring one dish each to accommodate those without allergies.

If You are Going to a Party...

The first thing you should do as soon as you receive an invitation to a holiday party is to contact the host. Even if they already know about your allergies, you can still discuss options — for instance, should you bring your own dishes to the party? It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Allergy-Friendly Dishes

  1. Mashed Potatoes

Light, fluffy, and vegan! Another plus? You can make this dish ahead of time and store it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to reheat and serve. All you need are potatoes, water, almond milk (or a nut-free, dairy-free milk), olive oil, salt, and pepper!

  1. Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Save this dish for your nut, gluten, and dairy-free guests to enjoy. Add brussels sprouts, olive oil, dates, bacon, red wine vinegar, and red pepper in a skillet — cook for 40 minutes, and enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Pie

Despite popular belief, a dish can be delicious and vegan — like pumpkin pie! Substitute a nut-free, dairy-free milk in the pumpkin filling, opt for a gluten-free crust, and voilà!

Our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia provide individualized care that targets your allergies and develop customized treatment plans for each patient.

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