Meals, Snacks, and Fast Food for Moms of MSPI Babies

by Kate on February 15, 2014

in Healthy Eating, Natural Mom

in-n-out-soy-freeI decided to put together a list of restaurant meals, snacks and even fast food options for mom like me who follow a strict dairy and soy free diet so they can continue breastfeeding their baby with MSPI (Milk and Soy Protein Intolerance: If you’re not familiar with this, you can read more about it in this earlier post.)

One caveat: I’m actually soy, dairy, gluten, and oat, and nut free.  My baby is sensitive to soy, dairy, and oats, and I’m sensitive to gluten and nuts. So the options I highlight below are probably even more restrictive than necessary for some of you.

And a note: When you ask a restaurant to make something dairy and soy free, tell them you are severely allergic.  It will save you from explaining about your baby’s health, but will still stick in your server’s mind.  Also, consider your venue. I live in Los Angeles where modifying your food at restaurants is as common as brushing your teeth. So generally restaurants don’t bat an eye at my requests. That said, if I ever have that uneasy feeling that the restaurant might just not get it, then I’ll just order a couple sides of steamed veggies.

Breakfast Options:

  • Scrambled Eggs: Specify that it must be cooked with no milk or butter.
  • Bacon: Some packaged bacon contains a dairy based preservative, but usually restaurant bacon would not.
  • Hot Rice Cereal:  This is not a restaurant option but it’s amazing so I had to share it! Add a little salt and it tastes just like buttered grits (even though there’s no butter)–I’m from the south so I love grits.  I buy the Organic Arrowhead Mills brand that you can just pop in the microwave for a minute or two. It’s a quick and easy breakfast to make if you have no time to make eggs or a smoothie or something else fancy.

Safe Restaurant Meals:

  • American Restaurants: A burger protein-style (Wrapped in lettuce, no bun–hamburger buns often contain dairy and soy.) with bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.  You do have to be careful with bacon, because sometimes it can contain dairy, but it’s uncommon enough that I usually risk it. Be careful about ketchup as it sometimes has soy. Heinz is pretty reliably soy free.
  • Mexican Restaurants:  Tacos or fajitas with corn tortillas. A burrito bowl with rice. You’ve got to ask questions on these but generally these are the two safest options.
  • Italian Restaurants: Chicken Cacciatore. Generally, Chicken Cacciatore is never made with dairy or soy, but you’ll want to ask.  I’ve also found that since many Italian restaurants are family-owned, they’re great at making modifications and can generally be trusted to get it right. I once had a dairy and gluten free Chicken Marsala that was incredible.
  • Indian Restaurants: Tandoori Chicken. Almost every other dish is made with cream but the tandoori is a safe bet.
  • Chinese Restaurants: A big bowl of egg drop soup, or look for the Mixed Vegetable dish.  Most Chinese restaurants have a Mixed Vegetable dish that’s essentially just steamed vegetables. Ask them to add some plain beef to it (but make sure to emphasize NO soy sauce) and it’ll be alright. I won’t lie–it’s not my favorite. Usually I just get the soup.
  • Japanese Restaurants: Sushi. Unfortunately soy sauce is a no-go, but I find that if I get a roll with salmon, avocado and cucumber, usually it’s pretty satisfying. Be careful about any fancy rolls as many of them have dairy and/or soy. Always ask.

On-the-Go Snacks

  • Healthy Option: Grab-and-go fruits. All grocery stores, many drug stores, and all 7-Eleven’s have these.
  • Candy: Any of the corn syrup based candies. Check the label, but my favorite are Skittles and Starburst.
  • Crunchy/Salty Snacks: Plain Potato Chips (Be sure they don’t have soybean oil–Lays don’t.), Fritos (these are corn-based), and Salted Rice Cakes (Check the label CAREFULLY–all the “flavored” options contain dairy).

Fast Food Go-To Options:

  • Domino’s: Gluten Free Pizza with No Cheese, Plenty of Vegetables, and Premium Chicken.
  • Chipotle: Soft Corn Tacos with Barbacoa or Carnitas, Lettuce, salsa, and Guacamole. Know that Chipotle’s rice, chicken, and carne asada contain soy.
  • In N’ Out: Double Meat Burger, No sauce, No cheese, with Fries!  I get mine protein style (no bun) due to my gluten intolerance, but their buns have no soy or dairy. Note that many fast food fries contain soy. That said, I can confirm that as of this posting, In N’ Out fries and Burger King fries are soy and dairy free.
  • What to Avoid: McDonald’s! Basically everything except the Beef Pattie has soy in it, including the fries. Actually, if you’re not oat-free like me, McDonald’s has oatmeal that is dairy and soy free. Other than that, stay away.

When You’re Craving Dairy:

First, go take a calcium supplement, because you may be deficient in calcium if you’re having major dairy cravings. Then, go buy this:

  • So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert: Basically it’s ice cream made with coconut milk and it’s soy and dairy free!

That’s all I can think of right now, but I’ll add to this list as I think of more. And please feel free to submit your own MSPI-friendly foods/meals!

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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