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Friday, August 1, 2014

Julia's Special Cupcakes - A New Food Allergy Book Available in E-book Format

Monica Martinez, author of Julia's Special Cupcakes, recently reached out to me to see if I would review her newly published e-book.  Always looking to expand my food allergy children's book library, I was pleased I could download it on my kindle and read it as we headed out on our camping getaway~

S.A.F.E. Book Review

I think this food allergy story would be a fun addition for anyone having pre-school and early elementary aged children.  It's simply written, easy to understand and has colorful artwork.  What I appreciate the most is how it is pointed out that children with food allergies can still enjoy the same treats as every other kid AND have FUN doing it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New U.S. Gluten-Free Standards as of August 5th - Is this Good Enough for Those Living with Wheat Allergies and Celiacs?

No-one in my family NOR am I gluten-free or wheat allergic.  But I have many friends who live gluten-free lives.  Those who live this lifestyle by choice are thrilled that there is going to be a more specific regulation in place to ensure more accurate labeling of gluten-free products.  I have heard from friends who live this lifestyle for medical reasons, ie., wheat allergies and Celiac's disease, that there may now be more confusion.

As of August 5th, the FDA is requiring that pre-packaged foods with a gluten-free claim MUST contain less than 20 parts per millions (ppm) of gluten.  This standard covers ALL foods and dietary supplements regulated by the FDA, it does NOT apply to most alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, prescription and non-prescription drugs, pet food, and foods regulated by the USDA (such as meat and poultry).

As found on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Certification link, a product which is CERTIFIED GLUTEN-FREE must contain less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten (NFCA/GFCP, GFCO, QAI/NSF International) or less than 5 parts per millions (CSA Seal of Recognition).   These requirements go above and beyond the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's threshold of 20ppm of gluten.

For those who are medically required to avoid ALL gluten, even 20ppm can create reactions for them, especially for those with wheat allergies.  Although this allergen isn't as common as some others, the systemic reactions it can create can still be life-threatening.

What are your thoughts?  Is some standard better than NO standard?  Or for those who MUST avoid gluten at all costs, did eating out and shopping just get harder? 

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Mom Managing Food Allergies? Join Me at the 'Baby and Me Support Group' August 12th!

Are you sensing it's something a BIT more than colic with your newborn?   Is he/she crying for hours on end at certain times of the day?  Especially after nursing?  Scratching their scalp till it's raw? Tired of hearing everyone's ideas and suggestions, especially since they ARE NOT working?  Maybe it is simply that your newborn has food allergies.  

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 'Baby and Me' Class - Resources for Food Allergies

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Camp Tag - SAFE, Great FUN for those with Food Allergies and EoE - Don't Miss the July 18th DEADLINE

As I kid, I loved going off to camp!  Then again, I didn't have a food allergy or MULTIPLE like my own kids.  Sending them off to a camp and trusting others to ensure they would stay SAFE hasn't even been a consideration.  But it could be!  Peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish are prohibited at the camps.

Camp Tag, Williamstown, New Jersey - July 28th - August 1, 2014.  " A safe place for kids with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders and their siblings to have fun - with no worries about allergic reactions - and meet other children who have similar experiences".  95% FUN and 5% educational!

Camp TAG - July 28 -Aug 1, 2014 - S.A.F.E. Review

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Linda Coss' Cookbooks are FINALLY in e-book format!

If you have been living in the food allergy world with milk, egg, peanut AND tree nut allergies, you probably have AT LEAST one cookbook by Linda Coss.  Our standby for years has been "What's To Eat? The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook" . A friend gave it to me years ago, and it's worn well from use.

Cookbooks from Linda Coss in e-book format 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Join Me at the 'Healthy and Delicious Cooking Class' at Natural Grocers, July 9th!

One week from today, July 9th, I hope you will join me at the Idaho Women's Journal monthly 'Healthy and Delicious Cooking Classes' at Natural Grocers.  This month's topic is 'Meet the Parents/New Parents/Parenting Issues'.  I am thrilled to be joining Emily and Diane from another local business, Hello Dinner , as one of the featured, local, small business speakers.
  • Natural Grocers, 1195 N. Milwaukee Street (near Barnes and Noble)
  • Wednesday, July 9th, from 11:30 - 1pm

FARE Boise Food Allergy Walk - 2014

These ladies will sure to be discussing some of their gluten-free, healthy and delicious alternatives for those new to managing dietary restrictions or just wanting to eat healthier.  As a mom managing 6 of the top 8 allergens in my home, my goal is to focus on easy resources, from S.A.F.E. food allergy labels to nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free products, you may NOT have known were even available to help make your life easier!

Bring your friends and come join us next week!  Mention you saw this blog, and receive a FREE PACKET of S.A.F.E. food allergies, designed and trademarked by me~

Monday, June 23, 2014

$0 ZERO Co-Pay Offers from both Epi-Pen and Auvi-Q through 2014

Do you have all of the auto-injectors you need?  Those for at home?  At school?  Summer and school programs?  Or does the cost seem to daunting, and you're just TAKING a chance something won't happen?  Now, you have NO EXCUSES.  Through 2014, both Mylan and Sanofi are offering $0 co-pay offers on Auvi-Q and EpiPen antihistamine auto-injectors. 

S.A.F.E. Review of Zero Co-Pay Offers thru 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rice Dream - Caution! When 'NON-DAIRY' doesn't mean DAIRY-FREE

Why does a company BOLDLY label their product as 'NON-DAIRY' then have in small print in the back "Due to shared equipment, carob contains traces of milk."  DUH! Obviously, then, it's NOT NON-DAIRY.  Now you really expect me to believe the Mint Carob Chip is 'ALL NATURAL' too??


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dairy-Free Lasagna - Another First for Our Home

Would you believe that I had, for the very first time in 10 years, LASAGNA, for dinner tonight at my dinner table?!  A staple in my home growing up.. NOT so easy to pull off when your meals need to be dairy-free.  I bake a lot from scratch, but haven't pulled off making this meal for my egg-free, nut-free, and peanut-free home.

S.A.F.E. Product Review

It is a simple durum semolina pasta layered with a tasty red sauce and primacotta soy ricotta.  My kids LOVED it.  The excitement in my son's voice when he heard we were going to have lasagna for the first-time was bittersweet... heartwarming, yet a bit sad because I've never taken the time to figure it out.

Rising Moon Organics makes one of my childhood favorites a possibility once again in our home.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

FARE Walk Boise was a GREAT Success! - Thank you everyone!!

May 18th, 2014 was the date of very successful FARE Walk Boise!  Our goal is to raise $12,000 in support of FARE - Food Allergy Research and Education.  Although the walk itself is over, donations continue to come in in support of this national organization's efforts to help find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included.

FARE Spokeswoman - MacKay Gunn

The past few months have been exciting for those of us helping to raise allergy awareness within our Treasure Valley community.  I have been involved for several years with this event.  This year's support was outstanding,  and I can't thank everyone enough for your involvement.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Totally Nut-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

NOT being a gluten-free Mama with many gluten-free friends, I am always looking for quality mixes to ease my gluten-free baking challenges.  These mixes are ALSO free of top 8 allergens.

S.A.F.E. Blueberry Banana Muffin Recipe
Blueberry Banana Muffins
gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Welcoming Walgreen's BLISTERS! Their NEW, EASY TO CARRY, antihistamine SINGLES!

Looks as though Walgreens has figured out their packaging issues.  I knew it would happen, I just didn't know when! Their new version of antihistamine singles that MANY of us has been patiently waiting for have arrived.  And just in time.. my old stash is running dangerously LOW!!

S.A.F.E. Product Review

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1-2-3 Gluten Free.. AND FREE of Many OTHER Allergens!

The last few weeks I've had the opportunity to try some mixes from a company which is certified gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, casein-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, GMO-free AND pareve.  I wondered whether their tag line 'Easy to Make, Can't Beat the Taste!' would hold true.

S.A.F.E. Product Review

Of course, I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome.

Micah's Mouthwatering Corn Bread Mix, manufactured by 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc., Orange, OH  44022.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Fun with Food Allergies and Food in the Classroom

Easter parties... food in the classroom.. and food allergies.  A stressful combination for many. Having food allergies stinks.  Often one is ostracized and left out.  Made to feel as though there's something wrong with them because they can't eat what everyone else does.  But it doesn't have to be that way.

S.A.F.E. Easter Treats

Monday, April 21, 2014

Options For Sponsoring the Boise FARE Food Allergy Walk~

Looking for Sponsors for the  2014 FARE Boise Food Allergy Walk

Start Your Own Team or Donate to Another 
to help raise food allergy awareness

JOIN US on Sunday, May 18th at Veterans Memorial Park

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Peanut and Tree Nut-Free Lemon-Lime Icing - Delicious!

I am not always the biggest fan of using confectioners sugar for icings.  Mainly, because I don't like the final taste.  Here's a dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, recipe I will use over and over again because, in my opinion, it's delicious!  

S.A.F.E. Recipe

Lemon-Lime Icing
**dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free

1 lb box of Pure Cane Powdered Sugar
1/4 C of lemon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 C of dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance, Nucoa)
1 lime rind

Beat with your electric mixer for 2 minutes.  Scrape the bowl to ensure all being well mixed.  Add a tsp of extra water at a time, to adjust to your preferred consistency.  Add in a tsp of finely grated lime rind.

Top off your cinnamon rolls, cupcakes or cake with this tasty icing!  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars - What WAS Delicious Has Been Made Better

If you have allergies, especially multiple ones, and haven't heard of  Enjoy Life, you must be living under a rock!  The absolute BEST part of their products is that they are dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, AND gluten-free.
S.A.F.E. Product Review

That's RIGHT!  FREE OF THE TOP 8 and a few more!  Also, gluten-free, pareve, NON-GMO project verified, made in a dedicated facility and NO artificial anything!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds - Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan and SO MUCH MORE~

I was recently contacted by a company asking if I'd be interested in sampling their 'Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds'.  Realizing they met my family's allergy~friendly criteria - egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, fish-free and shellfish-free, I jumped at the chance to try a new snack product we ALL would enjoy.  It doesn't hurt that they are also gluten-free, soy-free, Certified GMO-free and MSG-free... satisfying the desires of many of my fans.

When they arrived on my doorstep, I didn't know which of these all-natural, dry roasted pumpkin seeds I wanted to try first!  So, I let my kids decide.  Now, we're ALL addicted!  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vanilla Bean Chia Pod- Gluten-free, Vegan and FUN

Eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, corn, caffeine, wine AND sugar for 28 days.  Why? Because two of my dearest friends convinced me it would be cleansing and FUN.  It's been 3 days now, and I realized I have an addiction.  NO, it's NOT wine!  It's SUGAR.  Now I understand why people say it's more addicting than crack.  

So there I was, browsing through Huckleberry's today trying to find SOMETHING to satisfy my sweet-tooth and I came across a gluten-free, vegan, NON-GMO Certified, refrigerated treat.  

Even better, is that it included 3g of Omega 3 and 5g of fiber (20%DV).  Okay.. decided to give it a try.

S.A.F.E. Product Review