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A Twist on Holiday Favorites: Catering to Food Allergies

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Struggle with a food allergy? You don’t have to miss out on holiday food. Learn how holiday favorites can be recreated with food allergies in mind. 

This post is sponsored by Depend® Brand. All opinions and statements are my own. 

The holidays are all about food. Everyone has their favorite side dish, dessert, and cookie recipe. Sometimes these recipes have been passed down through generations. It may feel like food allergies in relation to bladder sensitives can put a damper on enjoying holiday recipes, but with some easy alternatives, you can enjoy delicious holiday favorites.

My favorite twists are below, but if you’re looking for even more content on incontinence, check out The Incontinence Community on Facebook. Whether you want to swap out ingredients due to a sensitive bladder or would like to see how others get through the holidays with bladder leakage, join here for additional advice. 

Coffee, tea and carbonated drinks, even without caffeine and alcohol: 

It may seem like there is nothing left to drink except water, but not so! 

  • A great alternative to holiday coffee and tea drinks is white chocolate hot chocolate. White chocolate is technically not chocolate so it does not contain any caffeine to irritate the bladder. You can even make little “Melted Snowman” gifts to take to parties so you can make your own while there.
  • Hot apple cider is another great alternative during the holiday season. Grab a gallon at the store and heat it in a slow cooker. Let guests drink from the slow cooker. 
  • At your coffee shop, check for steamed milk drinks. These are made without coffee but often have fun flavors like maple pecan. At home you can use a milk frother to steam your milk and then add flavors. 

Fruit tart


Certain acidic fruits — oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes — and fruit juices

It feels like citrus fruit, especially oranges, are everywhere during the holidays. But there are tons of alternatives for skipping citrus.

  • Instead of citrus fruits focus on recipes with berries like a blueberry fruit tart
  • For Christmas breakfast, skip the OJ and pick up a bottle of cranberry juice instead. The pretty red color will add a festive touch to the table, too. 
  • If you put oranges in stockings, try apples instead. Make a fruit dip and slice up the apples later for a Christmas afternoon snack.

Spicy foods

Here in the southwest tamales are a staple at Christmas.  Depending on the recipe, they can be quite spicy. Cheese balls and other appetizers can also often include spicy ingredients like hot sauce. 

Tomato-based products

Our family used to eat lasagna on Christmas eve. It is definitely heavy in the tomatoes.

  • One alternative would be to make a vegetable based lasagna with a white sauce. You can even find those in the frozen food section of the grocery store. 
  • Healthy Shrimp Scampi Recipe with Zucchini Noodles is another really delicious alternative to a tomato based pasta sauce. You can even just use regular pasta instead of the zucchini. 

Easy Fudge Recipe


Passing by the chocolate during the holidays is not a problem with so many other alternatives. As mentioned above, white chocolate is not technically “chocolate” so it’s fair game. There are other alternatives as well to chocolate during the holidays.

The holidays can be a fun time of the year. Plan ahead and offer to cook up a dish to share that is food allergy and incontinence friendly for family and work gatherings. 







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