How to Handle Dietary
Restrictions During the Holidays

Food allergies, medical conditions and simple personal preference are all challenges encountered when preparing food for a large group of people, as often is the case during the holidays. Here are a few tips to make cooking during the holidays easier and to ensure that everyone enjoys the festivities.

Plan Ahead

Make sure to inquire on all of your guests and loves ones’ allergy/dietary restrictions. Don’t be afraid to read labels diligently and ask questions; those living with limitations know them best.

Provide Options

Often, leaving a few ingredients out of a dish make it safe to eat for everyone. These ingredients are usually add-on’s, such as cheese, meats, etc. Put these on the side and let your guests choose the best options for their health needs.

Practice Moderation

If excess calories or salt are an issue, be sure to make small serving sizes available. Having small snacks or serving sizes, such as vegetables and dip, deviled eggs, etc., makes it easier for your loved ones to limit themselves.

Healthy Alternatives

These days, there are tons of alternatives out there for every recipe. If there is a certain ingredient that is restricted in a loved one’s diet like sugar or flour, there are many healthy alternatives to those ingredients. Subbing out certain ingredients most often found in desserts will guarantee that all of your guests can enjoy every course.

Communication and planning simplify baking during the holidays, and ensure that your loved ones will all be catered to.

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

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