Nutrition and Cooking Resources

When a child is diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, caregivers always have many questions and one issue that causes a great deal of anxiety and stress is finding what the child can eat. As a general rule, most children with EoE are put on restrictive diets due to the fact that food allergies are the main contributor of EoE symptoms. As foods are eliminated from a child’s diet, families are faced with the daunting task of having to learn how to prepare foods using alternate ingredients that still provide children with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Meal Planning Resources

Cooking for and making sure a child on a special diet gets the nutrients he or she needs to grow and be healthy—whether it is the 6-food elimination diet, a customized elimination diet or an elemental diet—can be daunting. The dietary experts at CHOC Children’s are dedicated to providing patients and their families with the resources they need to be successful.

It is not uncommon for families with children on a special diet for their eosinophilic esophagitis to have many questions. Click here for some of the most commonly asked questions received by the Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic team.
An elemental diet is one in which all regular foods and beverages are removed from a child’s diet and replaced with a special formula that meets all of the child’s nutritional needs. Click here for more.
Food labels are found on all packaged foods—from loaves of bread to dairy products to pasta sauce and beyond. Click here for more information.
Knowing what companies manufacture or sell products that are allergy-friendly may be helpful. Click here for more information.
6-food Elimination Diet Overview
Click here to download the Diet Overview pdf.
6-food Elimination Diet Food Chart
Click here to download the Foods to Eat and Avoid pdf.
6-food Elimination Diet Baking Alternatives
Click here to download the Baking Alternatives pdf.
6-food Elimination Diet Meal and Snack Ideas
When a child is on a limited diet, quick and easy meals can be difficult. Click here for Meal and Snack Ideas Have a favorite 6-food elimination diet meal or snack? Click here to share it with us!
6-Food Elimination Diet Recipes
Click here to download the diet recipes.

Click here to download a 1,000-calorie Meal & Snack Patterns pdf

Click here to download a 1,200-calorie Meal & Snack Patterns pdf

Click here to download a 1,400-calorie Meal & Snack Patterns pdf

Click here to download a 1,600-calorie Meal & Snack Patterns pdf

Click here to download a 1,800-calorie Meal & Snack Patterns pdf

These guidelines are recommended ranges. Always follow the instructions of the child's dietitian for specific guidelines to meet the child's nutritional needs.
Click here to download the pdf for ages 1-3.
Click here to download the pdf for ages 4-6.
Click here to download the pdf for ages 7-10.
Click here to download the pdf for ages 11-18.
Some children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) may be asked to eliminate wheat from their diets. Click here to view.
Sites that include information on cooking, coping, advocacy, awareness and more. Click here to view.