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Food allergies affect 5.6 million children in the U.S. and if you’re a parent, you know how challenging it can be to keep kids with them safe at school, birthday parties, and restaurants. Around the holidays, however, there are so many new foods, tons of cookies, and homemade family favorites that often have secret ingredients, and plenty of places where food will be so avoiding an allergic reaction can be tough.

In this episode, I sat down with Kelly Woyan Rudnicki, a writer, producer, and television personality who has nearly twenty years of experience in the business. She is also the author of several cookbooks, including The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, Vegan Baking Classics, and The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals, and her newest title, The Food Allergy Baking Book.

Kelly shares her amazing journey caring for a child with severe food allergies and serves up her best tips to prepare for the holidays whether you’re hosting, going to someone else’s home, or going out to eat. Kelly also talks about how to help your kids advocate for themselves, and she shares simple ingredient swaps and her favorite allergy-safe baking recipes.


2:29 Let’s talk about your story!

7:58 How did you become a cookbook author?

9:56 Let’s paint the picture of what it’s really like to have a child with food allergies.

16:43 How can parents prepare ahead of time if they’ll be going to someone else’s house, or a holiday party or event?

20:45 If you’re hosting, how can you ensure that the food other people bring is safe and prevent your kid from having an allergic reaction?

24:35  How can we prepare our kids to advocate for themselves?

28:20 What are the best ways to modify recipes to ensure they’re safe?

31:10 What are your favorite recipes from your book?


Kelly mentions that 32 million adults and 5 million kids in the U.S. have food allergies.

Kelly talks about oral immunotherapy (OIT).

Purchase a copy of Kelly’s book, “The Food Allergy Baking Book.”

Learn more about Kelly on her website.

Follow Kelly on Instagram or on Facebook.


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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.