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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Allergy~Friendly Smoothies with Daniella - Green Pineapple Refresher

Here is my latest 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella' recipe.  Wanted something different, refreshing and easy to make!  Happened to have had some freshly cut pineapple and went from there!  Always guaranteed to be dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free with the occasional coconut thrown in.  And it is once again, gluten-free !!

Allergy~Friendly Smoothie with Daniella

Green Pineapple Refresher
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

1/2 C Pineapple Juice 
1 C Sliced Pineapple
1 Celery Stalk (leaves and all)
1/4 C Vanilla protein (Arbonne - 1 scoop)
Handful of Frozen Spinach (I had frozen fresh spinach
5 pieces of Crescent Shaped Ice
Sprinkling of Cinnamon to preferred taste
Add an additional 1/4 cup of pineapple or water if you'd like your smoothie a bit thinner

Add the liquid first.  Throw in everything else in any order! And Blend Away!  Can't believe the difference a REAL blender makes!  Loving my NEW BlendTec Blender!!

And DOWN THE HATCH!



 
Green Pineapple Refresher YouTube Link

Would LOVE to hear any thoughts and/or suggestions about the Smoothie recipes and videos~ 

Here's to another allergy~friendly smoothie and healthy living on the run!  


P.S. I use ONLY Arbonne Essentials Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they are dairy-free, egg-free and tree-nut free and are manufactured in a peanut-free facility.  They are also vegan-certified and gluten-free certified, soy-free, kosher, AND non-GMO.  Visit my site http://daniellaknell.arbonne.com for more details~


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Some of my favorite Food Allergy Cook Books

For those NEW to food allergies, you will find there are a ton of resources and cookbooks on the market.  It can be overwhelming!  Here are a few of my favorite food allergy cookbooks which I have on my own shelf AND I recommend regularly.  Hope you find this helpful while navigating your journey!

Food Allergy Field Guide - this was my GO-TO guide when we were new to managing multiple food allergies - dairy, egg and nuts.  It explains simply in layman's terms food allergies and the many alternatives available for every day cooking and baking.


S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation

Linda Coss Cookbooks - They offer easy to make and great tasting dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free recipes - EVERYTHING we need!  This one shown was given to me by a fellow peanut-free mom, Julia Smith Reda, and it quickly became a household FAV!


S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation

Learning to Eat Blogger and Baker - Colette Martin - If you're dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free, these NEED to become your GO-TO cookbooks.  Managing multiple allergies can be overwhelming, but Colette has a way of explaining and presenting that will make living allergen-free seem simpler!  And her photography is stellar!!


S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation



S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats - Not sure how you will ever enjoy treats again if you're gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free?  NO PROBLEM!  Debbie's recipes will ease your worries with her mouth watering treats and recipes.

S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation


Go Dairy Free - This is NOT just a cookbook, but a guide containing an enormous amount of resource information as well a recipes for those living dairy-free.  


S.A.F.E. Cookbook Recommendation

Monday, May 11, 2015

Food Allergy Encouragement - "Overcome Your Greatest Fears.. And You Can Overcome Anything"

“Overcome your Greatest Fears and you can overcome anything”


I heard this quote at a recent business conference I attended and was amazed at how it impacted me.  The truth in this statement is simplistic and inspirational.  As I pondered what message I wanted to share during Food Allergy Awareness Week, this quote wouldn’t leave my head.  Coming across this picture of my son brought clarity to my thoughts.   
   
S.A.F.E. - "Overcoming Your Greatest Fears"

YES, there is a ton of work to do in our communities to better educate the public.  However, I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give our children, particularly those with life-threatening allergies, is to ensure we and they do NOT live our lives in a bubble.  EDUCATE your kids on NOT being afraid to ask questions.  They CAN’T hesitate to ask to see ingredients for themselves.  And I don’t want us to be afraid of leaving one another for fear of WHAT IF.

At 9 and 11, my kids aren’t yet there.  And neither is my husband or I.  But we are getting there.  The teen years are rapidly approaching and the desire for personal independence is increasing.  We ALL need to prepare for the next step of our journey.

My son was the one who thought taking this picture of himself over a barrel of peanuts and sending it to me would be funny.  I was 2,000 miles away when it came through.  My heart skipped a beat.. maybe a few.  My husband told me he, too, was nervous being so close to this barrel.  Yet, he agreed. 

Then a realization set in.  My son is working to overcome his greatest fear – PEANUTS.  Accidental ingestion of this seemingly harmless legume can be the difference between life and death if he ingests it.  And NO MATTER how hard we try, peanuts are still everywhere. 

Peanut Free Planet Pic

I am proud of my son.  The site of a peanut doesn’t paralyze him.  Flying doesn’t put him into a state of panic.  He recently had a friend come over during a last second change in plans to have lunch.  His friend brought his peanut butter sandwich, one of the ONLY meals he will eat.  His friend was nervous too, but Sam said it was okay.  Sam explained the rules about sitting in one place at the table and the need to clean up and thoroughly wash his hands.  As my husband and I paced as non-chalantly as possible in close proximity, those boys sat calmly laughing and having lunch together.  

Another milestone for us all.

Yes, we get nervous with every new close encounter with peanuts, but this is the real world.

My husband and I believe our job as parents is to prepare our kids to take care of themselves.  To KNOW what to do if the ‘WHAT IF” happens.  Do they have their Benadryl?  Do their have their epis?  Do they know how to use them?  Do they know how to ask for help?

I travel the world with my job and I can tell you the world is NOT going to always accommodate their needs.  And I don’t want my kids to NOT travel the world because of fear.






So, together, we are working to ‘overcome our greatest fears’.  If we can do this, we can overcome anything, IF and WHEN it happens. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to Make A Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Here is the RECIPE for yet another 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella'.  Always guaranteed to be dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free with the occasional coconut thrown in.  Today it's gluten-free too!!


Allergy~Friendly Smoothie with Daniella

Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

Monday, March 16, 2015

VineMarket.com - Shop From Home for Your Family's Natural, Organic and Allergy~Friendly Needs

At the 2014 Food Allergy Blogger's Conference  I had the pleasure of meeting representatives from Vine Market, an on-line market which caters to those shopping for natural, organic and allergy~friendly foods.  

Remember the days when you could JUST saunter around the supermarket or specialty store and see what NEW products you'd like to try out?  Ha!  Juggling a dual working household, school and sports doesn't allow for much 'browsing' time these days.


S.A.F.E. Resource Review of Vine Market

VineMarket.com is an amazing resource which allows you to check out 1,000's of natural, organic and allergy~friendly  items from the comfort of your own home AND at the hours which are convenient for you.  NO long lines.  Imagine, midnight runs from your home computer~  

For more information, contact:  Vine Market Help Center  OR 1-888-202-8463

Peanut-free.  Gluten-free.  Dairy-free.  Health and Beauty.  Household.  Baby and Toddler.  Breakfast. AND many more categories... You can find options for just about anything you need.  

This may be THE resource you have been looking for to lighten your load.  

THEY PROVIDE: 
  • A selection of thousands of natural and organic foods
  • LIGHTNING FAST 1 to 2 day delivery (FREE on orders over $49)
  • Clearly defined filters for allergens and special diets
  • Easy shopping filters for special diets
  • 20% OFF FIRST TIME Orders
  • 10% OFF next two consecutive months of orders 

Enjoy browsing and shopping again on YOUR OWN time schedule and when it's convenient for you~  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Earth Balance Offers a Vegan Mac & Cheese Many Will Enjoy

I know that I am NOT the only one who considered 'Mac and Cheese' to be a household staple growing up.  As a kid, my siblings and I ate it regularly and LOVED it.  However, if you or your kids are dairy-free, it's possible this is currently NOT a regular side dish in your home.  I have tried several non-dairy varieties over the past ten years and have yet to find one I thought tasted even close to the 'mac and cheese' I grew up eating.  Until now. 

S.A.F.E. Earth Balance Mac and Cheese Review

Friday, March 6, 2015

How To Make a SunButter Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Here is the RECIPE for yet another 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella'.  Always guaranteed to be dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free with the occasional coconut thrown in.  Usually gluten-free too!!


S.A.F.E. SunButter Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tofutti Soy Mozzarella Flavored Slices - A Great Dairy-free Alternative

I haven't found a product which Tofutti Brand makes that my kids DON'T like.  Of all the different dairy-free cheese alternatives on the market, this brand is my kid's and MY favorite.  Even more telling is that fact that I am NOT dairy-free.  These slices are also parve, vegetarian, cholesterol-free, butterfat-free and gluten-free!  Another added bonus is that you will  find their ingredient list to be egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free, another plus for many.



S.A.F.E. Product Review
Toffutti Non-Dairy Mozzarella Flavored Slices, manufactured by Tofutti Brands, Cranford, NJ  07016.

Ingredients include:  WATER, MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING OILS (SOY, CORN, OR PALM), TOFU, SOY PROTEIN, CARRAGEENAN, MALTODEXTRIN, VINEGAR, CORN STARCH, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, NON-DAIRY LACTIC ACID, ADIPIC ACID, SOY, NATURAL COLORS AND POTASSIUM SORBATE (ADDED AS A PRESERVATIVE).

For more information, visit or contact: Tofutti Mozzarella Slices or info@tofutti.com or 908-272-2400.

Be sure to visit their website to see their huge variety of resources and information.  


Friday, February 27, 2015

Carrot Cake Smoothie Recipe - Dairy-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Tree Nut-free & Gluten-free

Here is the RECIPE for yet another 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella'.  Always guaranteed to be dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free with the occasional coconut thrown in.  Usually gluten-free too!!


S.A.F.E. Allergy~friendly Carrot Cake Smoothie


Carrot Cake Smoothie
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

1 C Coconut Milk 

1 C Water
1 C Well cooked carrots
1/2 C vanilla protein (Arbonne)
1 Tsp nutmeg
1 T Honey
Crushed ice 


Add the liquids first.  Then add the cooked carrots.  Make sure they are soft so they blend well.  I didn't cook them enough on my first try, and I ended up with some chunks which didn't blend well.  Add the honey and nutmeg or whatever spices you may prefer.  Blend well.  Add crushed ice.  Blend again!!

Here's to another allergy~friendly smoothie and healthy living on the run!  




Carrot Cake Smoothie YouTube Link

Would LOVE to hear any thoughts and/or suggestions about the Smoothie recipes and videos~ 

Adios!



P.S. I use Arbonne Essentials Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they are dairy-free, egg-free and tree-nut free and are manufactured in a peanut-free facility.  They are also vegan and gluten-free certifiedkosher, AND non-GMO.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

How to Make An Allergy~Friendly Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free Dreamy Dreamsicle Smoothie!

This super easy to make allergy~friendly, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free and gluten-free smoothie makes me think of one of my favorite childhood ice creams! 
S.A.F.E. Dreamsicle Smoothie


Dreamsicle Smoothie
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

1/2 C Water
1/2 C Fresh Orange Juice 
2/3 C Vanilla protein (Arbonne) 
1/2 C Crushed Ice

Add ice...or NOT... mix in your blender or shaker cup! And you're ready to go!


 


Allergy Friendly Dreamsicle Smoothie Link

Would LOVE to hear any thoughts and/or suggestions about the Smoothie recipes and videos~ 
Ciao for now!



P.S. I use Arbonne Essentials Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they are dairy-free, egg-free and tree-nut free and are manufactured in a peanut-free facility.  They are also vegan and gluten-free certifiedkosher, AND non-GMO.  Let me know if you'd like to learn more ~



Friday, February 13, 2015

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Delicious Donuts!

Made about four dozen of these dairy-free, egg-free, totally peanut-free, tree-nut free (does CONTAIN COCONUT) donuts in the past few days, and they were a HUGE HIT!  I have made some changes from the original recipe, Heart-Shaped Donuts from Chockababy.  

Having kids who ALSO had NEVER had donuts,  these have become a staple in our home over the past few years. 


S.A.F.E. Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free Donuts


Friday, February 6, 2015

Lemon Zest Smoothie Recipe - Dairy-free, Egg-free and Peanut-free

Here is the RECIPE for yet another 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella'.  Always guaranteed to be dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-freewith the occasional coconut thrown in.  Usually gluten-free too!!


Lemon Zest Smoothie
Thirsty Thursday Lemon Zest Smoothie Recipe
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

1/4 C vanilla flax milk 

1/2 C water
1/2 C vanilla protein 
1/2 lemon peeled and sliced; or 1 - 2 T fresh lemon juice
1 - 2 tsp stevia 


And it's easy to put this together when traveling or on the go~



Add ice...or NOT... blend and 'Down the Hatch' it goes! 





Lemon Zest YouTube Link

Would LOVE to hear any thoughts and/or suggestions about the Smoothie recipes and videos~ 
Ciao for now!



P.S. I use Arbonne Essentials Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they are dairy-free, egg-free and tree-nut free and are manufactured in a peanut-free facility.  They are also vegan and gluten-free certifiedkosher, AND non-GMO.  


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chocolate SunButter Delight Smoothie Recipe - Dairy-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free and Tree Nut-Free

Below is the recipe to accompany my VERY FIRST 'Thirsty Thursday Smoothie' Video.  

I look forward to having you join me on my educational, light-hearted approach to living with food allergies.  ALWAYS guaranteed to be dairy free, egg free, tree nut free (with the exception of occasional coconut), and peanut-free.

Chocolate SunButter Delight Smoothie
*Dairy free, Egg free, Tree Nut free, Peanut free and Gluten free

1 C Vanilla Flax Milk 
1/4 C Chocolate Protein 
1/8 C Greens Balance (Arbonne)
1/2 C fresh, chopped spinach 
1 T Creamy SunButter 

Add ice...or NOT... blend and 'Down the Hatch' it goes! 

Here's to a Healthier You! 




Chocolate SunButter Delight YouTube Link

Have FUN experimenting with your favorite proteins, greens and fiber substitutions. 


P.S. I use Arbonne Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they meet my family's food allergy needs of being dairy-free, egg-free, tree-nut free and are manufactured in a peanut-free facility.  They are also vegan and gluten-free certifiedkosher, AND non-GMO.  

Would you believe I liked them so much, I started my own Arbonne business?!  Let me know if you have any questions about these products which help keep my family safe and healthy.







Vanilla Coconut Smoothie Recipe - Dairy-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free

Here is the RECIPE for another 'Thirsty Thursday Allergy~friendly Smoothie'!

Please NOTE a few clarifications.
2 'scoops' of protein is equal to 1/2 Cup.
'1/2 Cup' fiber was really 1/8 Cup using my personal scoop.

Vanilla Coconut Smoothie

*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free and Gluten free
**Includes Coconut

1 8 ounce container of Hemp Vanilla

1/2 C Vanilla Protein
1/8 C fiber
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
1 T Toasted Coconut Flakes 
Add nutmeg to taste

Add ice...or NOT... blend and 'Down the Hatch' it goes! 


A Bientot! Until next time, as my dearest French friends say!




Vanilla Coconut Smoothie YouTube Link

Have FUN experimenting with your favorite proteins and fiber substitutions.  I use Arbonne
Essentials Protein for ALL of my smoothies because they are dairy-free, egg-free and tree-nut free and manufacturedd in a peanut-free facility.  Also, they are NON-GMO, kosher, vegan and gluten-free certified.   

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Allergies Suck... But It Could Be Worse - Lessons from an Unknown Soldier and George Samerjan

Have you ever had something happen to you which was life changing?  I mean... TRULY... personality, mentally, life altering?  I have been blessed to have such a thing happen.

For almost 12 years I have been managing food allergies with my kids.  Trying to keep them safe in their daily lives, school and in outside social settings.  And, I have complained, whined and felt sadness for my kids.  And then I met an Unknown Soldier and George.


Allergies Suck.. But It Could Be Worse.. Lessens from An Unknown Soldier

I am a flight attendant in my day job.  Am ready to complete 24 years of flying.  Last fall two men changed my life.  One a Vet from Vietnam... one from a much more recent war.  

FOR BETTER AND FOREVER. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pacific all natural Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage - A Great Option for those Dairy-Free

I have a heck of time getting my dairy-free daughter to get enough calcium.  I am regularly trying out different dairy-free options to see if I can find one this rapidly growing tweener likes.  I was very impressed with our recent find - a plant based, all natural Hemp non-dairy beverage.  In case you're wondering, it's made from hemp seed, NOT hemp plant!!  


S.A.F.E. Review - Hemp Vanilla
It has a mild nutty taste, but is NOT as thick or sweet as coconut milk or as thin as rice milk. It's also vegan, organic, soy-free, gluten-free, parve, NON-GMO Project Verified AND contains 50% of one's daily amount of calcium needed - a HUGE PLUS for my daughter.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

S.A.F.E. Food Allergy Labels - Brightly Colored, Simply Stated and Life-Saving

Scared to death someone in your home will NOT know what is SAFE for your food allergy kids to eat?  Worried daily that teachers or family members will NOT read the labels properly or will accidentally share something with your child they shouldn't?  I have an easy solution for you.  


S.A.F.E. Food Allergy Labels

S.A.F.E. Food Allergy Labels (go directly to STORE page)


As a full time working mom who also travels, keeping two food allergy kids SAFE is a necessity for me, my husband and anyone who interacts with them.  Two kids.. two sets of allergies.  Between the two of them, we have managed an ever changing array of food allergies including:  anaphylaxis to peanuts, dairy, soy, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, bananas, kiwi and avocados.  

Forget teaching others ALL that we have to avoid .  We just need people to keep them SAFE.  As young children, we needed something easy to designate what was SAFE for them to eat at home and at childcare.  Brightly colored stickers saved us.  Then I took it one step further and designed my own.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A & J Bakery Allergen Friendly Gingerbread Houses - A Giveaway You Don't Want to Miss!

We bought our first A&J Bakery Gingerbread House 2 years ago, and it has become an annual decorating tradition in our home ever since.  Personally, I love their products because they are made in a dedicated nut-free facility and we manage life-threatening peanut/nut allergies as well as a few other allergens.  It is also dedicated gluten-free, which will thrill many more families.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Delicious Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate!

When we first started managing our dairy-free lifestyle, I thought it was going to impossible.  Now I know NOT only is it possible, but there are substitutes for just about EVERYTHING.


S.A.F.E. Recipe for an Allergy~friendly Warm Up!
DF, EF, NF Hot Chocolate
Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free

1 C of milk alternative (ie, Coconut, Flax and Soy)
1 tsp of cocoa (use carob if you can't use cocoa)
1 tsp of sugar
Marshmallows 

Mix cocoa and sugar in liquid while it's warming up.  Don't let it boil or you could get a film on the top of the liquid.  Top with your favorite allergy~friendly marshmallows!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

'Lactose intolerant vs Milk Allergy' - How My Young Camper is Educating Adults one Grown-up at a Time

As I was preparing to send off of my 11 year old, 6th grader with milk and tree nut allergies to an outdoor science camp, this food allergy Mama was a bit nervous.  Although I could attend the last 2 1/2 days as a chaperone, that left her with 2 1/2 days to be in charge of advocating for herself, if need be.  She proved that I had little to worry about.

Here's the story she told me, almost ONE WEEK after camp was over.  

As she was sitting down to have lunch, one of the counselors joined her.  This young lady struck up a conversation with my daughter about her allergies.  It went something like this:

S.A.F.E. - Sending my Food Allergic Daughter Off to Camp

Counselor:  " So you are gluten intolerant?".
Daughter:  "No, I have a milk allergy".  
Counselor:  "Oh, so you're lactose intolerant".
Daughter: "No, I am milk allergic".
Counselor: "Well, they are the same thing".
Daughter: "No, they're not". 
Counselor: "Yeah, they are the same thing".
Daughter: "No, they're not.  Lactose intolerant has to do with sugars in the milk.  Milk Allergy has to do with proteins in the milk".  
Counselor:  "Oh. How do you know so much about this?"
Daughter:  "Well, I am milk allergic and my mom is really on top of my allergies".


Food Allergies and Outdoor Camp - They Can Go Together

It's amazing to my daughter and me how often when people hear she has 'food allergies' they immediately ask her "are you gluten intolerant?", OR "so you're lactose intolerant?".  

INTOLERANCES AND ALLERGIES ARE NOT THE SAME THING.  

Lactose intolerance  means you can NOT digest the milk sugar (lactose) in products.  It's usually NOT dangerous but symptoms can be uncomfortable.  You may have intestinal problems - bloating, diarrhea, stomach aches.  Some individuals can even take pills so that they can still eat dairy products with minimal side effects.

Milk Allergy is an abnormal response by the body's immune system to milk and products containing milk.  Cow's milk is the usual cause, but milk from sheep, goats and buffalo and other mammals can cause a reaction.  Signs and symptoms of milk allergies can range from mild to severe, sometimes causing anaphylaxis - a life-threatening reaction.

I can NOT tell you how proud I am of my daughter and how she so graciously handled this situation.  She then casually told me how she had a similar conversation with yet another adult at her school who works in the kitchen.  

I reminded her that it's NOT really about me being on top of it.  She IS the one who LIVES with the milk allergy EVERY. DAY. OF. HER. LIFE. 

Embracing our differences and being educated on our challenges makes us better prepared individuals.  My daughter now realizes that when it comes to food allergies, she sometimes DOES know more than others.  She is learning life lessons that even some adults have trouble grasping.  
  • Our Elders do NOT always know better.
  • Don't be afraid to speak up for your needs.
  • Being and Advocate for yourself is necessary, and could be life saving.
  • There are educational moments at the most unexpected times.
In the big picture, we ONLY have these kids for a short period of time and we need to equip them with the tools and confidence to know they can take care of themselves. What a relief it is to know that my food allergy kids are becoming adept at advocating for themselves. I wish the same for you ~