Swaps for an Allergen and Food Intolerance Safe Home (Low FODMAP, Plant-Based, & Clean-Label Ideas Included)


Managing a family with dietary needs—whether due to food allergies, digestive issues, lifestyle choice, or a desire for less cleaner, less processed options—can be a challenge. But with a pinch of planning and a smidge of strategy, you can create a safe space in your kitchen for anyone and everyone passing through. To help get you started, we’ve compiled our top swaps for common household foods and drinks that are allergen-safe, low FODMAP (for those experiencing regular digestive distress), and clean-label to keep unnecessary chemicals, additives, and dyes out of your kitchen.

Milk Alternatives

Swap: Regular Milk

For: Plant-Based Milks (Almond, Soy, Oat, Coconut, Hemp, Rice, or Pea Protein)

Many families need to avoid dairy due to allergies, lactose intolerance, or because of the high FODMAP content present in dairy-based options. Fortunately, there are plenty of plant-based alternatives. Above are some of our favorites, but always be sure to check labels for allergen-safety and cross-contamination risks. We also recommend opting for unsweetened versions to avoid added sugars.

Egg Replacements

Swap: Standard Eggs

For: Flax Eggs, Chia Eggs, Applesauce, or Commercial Egg Replacers

Egg allergies can be tricky, but there are numerous alternatives available. Flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water) and chia eggs (1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water) are great for baking. Unsweetened applesauce and commercial egg replacers also work well in many recipes.

Wheat-Free Options

Swap: Wheat Flour

For: Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Rice Flour, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

For those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or digestive issues, traditional wheat flour can be replaced with gluten-free alternatives. Almond flour and coconut flour are nutrient-dense options, while rice flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour blends are versatile for baking and cooking. These options are low FODMAP and typically consist of a single ingredient, which is always a good goal to keep in mind when choosing foods for your family.

Nut-Free Butters

Swap: Peanut Butter

For: Sunflower Seed Butter, Soy Nut Butter

Peanut allergies are common, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on nutty spreads. Sunflower seed butter and soy nut butter are delicious, allergen-friendly alternatives that can be used just like peanut butter.

Additional Low FODMAP-Friendly Foods

Swap: High FODMAP Foods (Garlic, Onion, Certain Fruits)

For: Garlic-Infused Oil, Onion-Infused Oil, Low FODMAP Fruits (Berries, Citrus)

For those following a low FODMAP diet to manage digestive issues, replacing high FODMAP foods is crucial. Garlic and onion can be substituted with infused oils, which provide the flavor without the problematic compounds. Stick to low FODMAP fruits like berries, citrus, and grapes.

More Clean-Label Snack Options

Swap: Processed Snacks

For: Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Whole-Grain Crackers, Clean-Label Chips

Processed snacks often contain artificial ingredients and preservatives. For a healthier option, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain crackers, and clean-label chips made with minimal ingredients. Look for brands that prioritize transparency and avoid additives.

Allergy-Friendly Breads

Swap: Regular Bread

For: Gluten-Free Bread, Grain-Free Bread, Homemade Breads

Regular bread can be problematic for those with gluten or other allergies. Gluten-free and grain-free breads are widely available and cater to various dietary needs. Alternatively, making bread at home allows complete control over ingredients, ensuring it’s safe for everyone.

Dairy-Free Cheeses

Swap: Regular Cheese

For: Nut-Based Cheeses, Soy Cheese, Coconut-Based Cheese

Dairy-free cheese options have improved significantly in taste and texture. Nut-based cheeses (like cashew cheese), soy cheese, and coconut-based cheese are great alternatives that can be used in sandwiches, pizzas, and more. Again, always be sure to read labels to make sure these products are safe for those with specific food allergies.

Allergen-Free Baking Ingredients

Swap: Regular Baking Ingredients (Wheat Flour, Dairy Butter, Eggs)

For: Gluten-Free Flour, Vegan Butter, Egg Replacers

Baking can be inclusive with the right swaps. Gluten-free flours, vegan butter, and egg replacers ensure that baked goods are safe for everyone to enjoy. Experiment with recipes to find the perfect balance for your family.

Sauces and Condiments

Swap: Store-Bought Sauces

For: Homemade Versions

Store-bought sauces and condiments often contain hidden allergens and preservatives. Making your own at home allows you to control the ingredients. Simple recipes for ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressings can be found online and tailored to fit your family’s needs.

Final Word

Creating a safe & healthy kitchen doesn't have to be a battle. With a bit of planning and the right swaps, you can ensure that every member of your family has access to safe and delicious foods. Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with these alternatives, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing everyone can eat safely and healthily.

For more tips and recipes, explore our range of allergen-friendly products at Safe + Fair, where we prioritize your family’s health and safety.