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How to Have a Soy-free Allergy Diet for Your Child (Why They’ll Love Our Soy-Free Cookie)

How to Have a Soy-free Allergy Diet for Your Child (Why They’ll Love Our Soy-Free Cookie)

Soy allergy is a common allergy among children. While about 4% of American children have a soy allergy, most kids outgrow their soy allergy by the time they turn 10.

Because of this, children with a soy allergy must avoid soy in all forms. This includes all soy products and where soy is listed as an ingredient. Today, our Baked Smart Cookie team is here to help parents explain how to have a soy-free diet for your child’s allergy and why they’ll love our soy-free cookie!

Reading Labels for Soy

Be sure to always read the whole ingredient label to look for the names of soy. Soy ingredients can be within the list of the ingredients, or could be listed in a “Contains: Soy” statement under that list. This is required by the federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).

FALCPA requires that all packaged foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must list "soy" clearly on the ingredient label if it has soy. Advisory statements like “may contain soy” or “made in a facility with soy,” however, are voluntary. Advisory statements aren’t required by any federal labeling law. Consult with your child’s doctor if they can eat products with these labels or if they should avoid them.

Did you know that edamame, miso, and yuba all have soy as well? The FDA food allergen label law requires foods to mention if they contain a top 8 allergen including soy. However, there are various foods and products that aren’t covered by the law, so it’s still crucial to know how to read a label for soy ingredients.

Products Containing Soy

The following ingredients found on a label show the presence of soy protein. Don’t forget to check labels for any of the following:

  • Bean curd
  • Edamame (soybeans in pods)
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein
  • Kinako (roasted soybean flour)
  • Koya dofu (freeze dried tofu)
  • Miso
  • Natto
  • Okara (soy pulp)
  • Shoyu
  • Soy albumin
  • Soy concentrate
  • Soy fiber
  • Soy formula
  • Soymilk
  • Soy miso
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy nut butter
  • Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sprouts
  • Soya
  • Soya flour
  • Soybeans
  • Soybean granules
  • Soybean curd
  • Soybean flour
  • Soy lecithin
  • Soybean paste
  • Supro
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Textured soy flour (TSF)
  • Textured soy protein (TSP)
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Tofu
  • Yaki-dofu (grilled tofu)
  • Yuba (bean curd)
Soy is sometimes found in:
  • Artificial flavoring
  • Asian foods (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.)
  • Baked goods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Natural flavoring
  • Vegetable broth
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch

The following derivatives should be safe for most soy-allergic children:

  • Soy oil (avoid cold-pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded soybean oil)
  • Vegetable oil derived from soy

Cross Reactivity: Does Your Child Need to Avoid Foods Related to Soy?

Soy is a legume, and the legume family includes different beans like peanuts and lentils. A common question that comes up for parents who have a kid with an allergy to one legume is whether they can eat other types of legumes.

Cross-reactivity takes place when the proteins in one food are related to the proteins in another. When that occurs, the body's immune system sees them as the same. In fact, many years ago, it was common to suggest avoiding legumes altogether if you were allergic to another legume. This is not necessary as 95% of individuals who are allergic to one legume can tolerate and eat other legumes. Still, speak with your child’s doctor about what food recommendations they can or can’t eat.

How to Get Enough Nutrients for Your Munchkin’s Soy-Free Diet

Soybeans offer one of the highest quality proteins in a kid's diet. They also contain thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B6. Unless your child takes in generous portions of soy, the small amounts of soy in processed foods do not give a significant amount of these nutrients.

A soy-restricted diet will not pose any nutritional risk so long as your child is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, enriched and fortified grains, and tolerated sources of protein.

Nutrient Lost When Avoiding Soy

  • Protein
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6

Suggested Alternatives (If Not Allergic)

  • Other protein foods like meat, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs
  • Dairy (if safe for your kid)
  • Fruit, veggies, leafy greens, enriched grains

Soy Substitutions in Recipes

While soy is a common ingredient in foods in the US, rice-based and coconut-based alternatives are also an option if you need to avoid cow's milk and soy. Whole soybeans (edamame) can be replaced with other beans (fava, garbanzo).

Baked Smart Cookie: Smart, Sweet, and Soy-Free

Our team understands how difficult it is to accommodate a diet for your child’s allergies, whether it be soy or peanuts. Luckily, with our delicious cookies, not only is it soy-free, but it is also rich in fruits, veggies, and nutrients! The best part of it all, is your little one will love its sweetness without you having to worry about looking for any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

We hope with this fun, healthy sweet, we can make it a little easier for your child to have fun with what they eat!

Treat your child to a cookie free of soy and full of joy!

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Laura Cisneros
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Educating Our Kiddos About a Healthy Diet Starts at a Young Age

Educating Our Kiddos About a Healthy Diet Starts at a Young Age

How your child eats today can have a serious impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood. Eating food rich in important nutrients helps them grow, and is essential for mental and physical development.

When we aren’t getting our daily vitamins and minerals through the eight full servings of fruit and vegetables packed into our chocolatey cookies, our Baked Smart Cookie team is taking a look into all of the science behind why it’s so important for your kids to start eating a healthy diet when they are young. You don’t want to miss this.

Healthy Diet

Why a Balanced Diet is Important

By giving your little one a healthy, balanced diet, you’re making sure that they’re getting all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need to grow up healthy. Many of the following nutrients are necessary for a plethora of reasons like:

  • Calcium and Vitamin D for the normal growth and development of bones
  • Iron to support their development in learning
  • Vitamin D to help support their immune system
  • Omega-3 DHA to support how their brain functions

What’s Considered a Balanced Diet

To get a balanced diet, you need to make sure your youngin is eating a wide variety of nutritious foods from all food groups. As a general guide, kids should eat:

  • Lots of fruit and vegetables (more veggies than fruit)
  • Wholegrains (brown rice, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta)
  • Beans and lentils
  • Lean meat and fish (especially oily fish)
  • Nuts and seeds

Ways to encourage Your Child to Eat Healthy

The best way is to make food fun – it shouldn’t be something you’re forcing them to do or eat. Here are 5 tips you can use to make eating a balanced diet fun for your little one:

  1. Different colors of fruits and vegetables have different combinations of nutrients. Try to put as many different colors of food on your child’s plate to guarantee a large variety of nutrients. Think of foods with the colors green, white, yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red. Make this a game with your kiddo: can they think of a food that’s this color? How many different colors can we get on your plate?
  2. Be a role model. As a parent, it's always important to show by example. Eat all these healthy foods in front of them and around them. Show your child how enjoyable they can be.
  3. Get creative in the kitchen by making food fun. Cut food into funny shapes, make faces out of the food and enjoy the process of making the meal. Let the kids experiment with the different flavors and textures of food.
  4. Let them pick what they want to eat for their meal from a chosen group of foods. Children love to be involved in decision making, and rounding up a group of nutritious meals loaded with lean meats and veggies for them to pick can help encourage them to eat more healthy foods!
  5. You can also get them involved in the food shopping. Talk about where the fruits and vegetables came from on your next trip to the grocery store. Let your child make healthy food choices themselves once there.

What You Can Do If Your Kiddo Refuses to Eat the Foods They Need for Growth

Most children go through phases with their eating, but their habits also shift over time. Something they would never eat before will all of a sudden become a favorite!

Sometimes it may seem impossible to get children to eat food with important nutrients, but a good quality children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement can be helpful. A good quality children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement will include the necessary nutrients for your child’s health and can help support their diet.

Teach Kids to Recognize Hunger Signals

Many adults have the ability to figure out whether they’re full or hungry since they learned to listen to their physical cues for hunger and fullness as a child. Knowing about the importance of nutrients, it so happens that parents send the wrong message to their kids about how much they need to eat until they are full by punishing or bribing them to eat everything off their plate.

This way, parents teach their children the lifelong habit of overeating and to pay attention to outside cues. This risk can be reduced when children are allowed to listen to their own hunger cues.

Encourage Children to be Active

In today’s world, we spend far too much time behind the screens of our devices and less time being as active as we should be. This way of life also has a significant effect on children.

The results of several studies display that there’s a link between the hours spent sitting in front of devices and being overweight. Encouraging kids to go play outside with their friends or join an athletic team at school will help to lessen the likelihood of becoming overweight. Children who are physically active also develop better social skills, are more confident, and improve their emotional stability which can lead to strong self-esteem.

With COVID-19, however, we understand things may be easier said than done in this scenario. With that, we suggest setting some time during the week and on weekends to go outside and be active together, whether it’s a bike ride or a walk in the park.

Offer Sweets and Snacks in Moderation and Don’t Put Pressure on Children

It’s possible that kids will adopt a sense of negativity towards certain foods when they’re forced or pressured to eat them. It’s also not the greatest idea to totally eliminate salty snacks and sweets from their diet or to group foods into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories.

A better way for parents to approach this would be to take the plates away and introduce those foods again in the future. This will help to guarantee that they don’t feel guilty about the foods they don’t like.

Additionally, sweets can also be a part of a healthy diet as long as they are only included in moderation and are not used as rewards. Rather than using these ‘bad’ foods to reward good behavior or stop bad behavior, parents should find other solutions to respond to particular behavior.

But with Baked Smart Cookies, having fun eating a delicious treat and getting the nutrition included in eight different fruits and veggies comes hand in hand.

Baked Smart Cookie: A Sweet, Healthy Snack That’ll Support Your Kid’s Growth

If you think your child’s diet can be improved, our cookie can be a delicious and nutritious option that’ll still satisfy their sweet tooth.

We understand that you want your munchkin to grow up in the healthiest way possible, and that’s why we made this cookie tasty with natural sugars from fruits and veggies, and packed full of other wonderful nutrients!

Give your child a snack that will encourage them to eat healthy.

Laura Cisneros
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Feeling of Food: How Food Can Affect Your Child’s Mood

Feeling of Food: How Food Can Affect Your Child’s Mood

Parents, are you aware of the fact that by paying close attention to what your munchkin eats, you can enhance their mood, memory, and attention span?

There's a clear relationship between food and your child’s state of mind. When you learn how the right foods can have a positive effect on your child’s well-being, then you can begin to plan meals that will help your child feel both physically and emotionally better.

Today, the team at Baked Smart Cookie wants to help you understand what foods can affect your child’s mood and behavior the most -- and what you can do about it.


The Foods That Can Affect Your Child Most

It’s always best to moderate sugar intake, especially in children. Too much sugar makes them hyperactive, frustrated, and angry. A diet that includes a lot of sugar can also lead to cavities and other health issues.

What we suggest doing:
You can reduce the amount of sugar your kids consume by avoiding sugary drinks and switching over to water as an alternative. If they don’t like the taste, try and make things fun by infusing their water with fresh fruit like strawberries, berries, or cucumbers. Let them pick the flavors that they enjoy the most.

2.Artificial colorings
The bright colors in kid foods have been associated with hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, and depression among children. Those bright colors do not come from healthy alternatives like beetroots, blueberries, or turmeric. Instead, most of them are derived from petroleum. The worst ones to look out for are reds E129 and E122, and yellow E102.

What we recommend doing:
When you can, switch up store-bought snacks for wholefoods. Snacks like apples, tangerines, blueberries, and walnuts are all wonderful treats. Much like Baked Smart Cookie, there are companies out there who are devoted to providing natural, healthy snacks for kids.

Take your time when shopping through your local health food store and get an idea of what options are available. And don’t forget to give your little one options.

Another food that your child might be sensitive to is dairy. Believe it or not, many children have trouble digesting dairy and this can lead to mood swings and headaches.

What you should do:
Try shifting to organic dairy or non-dairy products. Goat milk, almond milk, and oat milk are typically easier to digest. You can also try other alternatives like non-dairy yogurts.

Additives in prepped meals, including nitrates and MSG, may result in behavioral changes, such as hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, and headaches.

What to do:
Read the ingredients list on your children’s snack boxes. As a general rule, try not to feed children any products with ingredients that you aren’t able to pronounce.

Artificial sweeteners are a poor replacement for sugar. Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that taste sweet but have no calories. They actually boost your appetite and can cause unhealthy weight gain. Sweeteners in your child’s snacks can cause upset tummies, anxiety, and hyperactivity.

What you can do:
Replace sugar with healthier alternatives like stevia, maple syrup, honey, or palm sugar.

Baked Smart Cookie: A Sweet Snack That Is All-Natural

If you think your little one’s diet may be influencing their behavior, we recommend keeping a food diary to monitor what they eat and how their behavior changes.

We understand the seriousness of how food can affect your little one’s mood, and that’s why we cook up our delicious but balanced cookie. While they may look like any ordinary chocolate chip cookie, they’re actually rich in all kinds of fruits and veggies!

Baked Smart Cookies aren’t just for children either. Try one out for yourself!

Treat your kid to a scrumptious snack that will keep them feeling great all day long.

Laura Cisneros
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