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Friday, August 26, 2016

Chocolate SunButter Rice Krispies - Nut-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free and Gluten-free

If you are already a fan of SunButter , you may have already seen this recipe as it was posted this past week on August 24, 2016.  On my personal page here, you will find the specific products I used in making this recipe allergy-friendly for my family's needs.  

Chocolate SunButter Rice Krispies 

Chocolate SunButter Rice Krispies
Peanut Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
3 T dairy-free margarine (Nucoa or Smart Balance)
1 package (10 oz.) Marshmallows 
1/2 C SunButter – ANY type will work!
6 C Rice Krispie Cereal 
1/2 C dairy-free, nut-free chocolate chips (Enjoy Life mini-chips)
1. In a large saucepan, melt dairy-free margarine (works just the same as regular butter or margarine) over low heat.
2. Add allergy~friendly marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat.
3. Stir in SunButter until well mixed. For this recipe, I prefer the Natural SunButter. Coating your measuring cup with a spray oil will stop the SunButter from sticking so much.
4. Add your preferred Rice Krispie cereal. Stir until well mixed. Using a margarine covered wooden spoon or spatula will make it easier.
5. Mix in chocolate chips. They will melt in, making a swirling look.
6. Coat 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray, shortening or coconut oil. Evenly press the mixture into the pan. Again, using a margarine covered spatula works great.
7. Cool and Cut into squares.
Enjoy and Eat Immediately! Or Freeze! After cutting into squares, place in layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Friday, July 8, 2016

How to Make Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

Our July 4th cul-de-sac party arrived and it was time to make another batch of homemade, allergy~friendly ice cream!!

This year I decided to make a DOUBLE BATCH of dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM !  

You provide the ice cream maker... I'll provide the recipe!   DOUBLE the ingredients below if you also want to double your recipe.

Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

So Delicious - Making Allergy Awareness Fun for My Allergy Kids

What better time to remind everyone that allergy awareness can be fun, educating and entertaining than during Food Allergy Awareness Week 2016!

Today I want to give a HUGE shout out to So Delicious Dairy Free and their amazing products which continuously keep my food allergy kids included and smiling.

@smartallergy So Delicious Ice Cream Party

A few months ago I happened to have won an ice cream party for my kids by participating in a on-line Twitter party presented by fellow blogger and advocate, Cheryl Viirand, founder and CEO of Freedible

My goal for this party was EDUCATION.. FUN and COMPLETE INCLUSION.  My daughter is allergic to dairy and some tree nuts.  My son also is dairy-free, AS WELL AS egg-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, fish-free and FREE of a few other foods.  

I put up 7 different papers with the name of the 7 different So Delicious Ice Creams I had to share.  They then voted for THEIR favorite. 

2nd Place - So Delicious Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip
WINNER!! - So Delicious Cookie Dough

So-Delicious Ice Cream Party - @smartallergy 

ALL GOALS were met!  FUN was had by ALL.  ALL were INCLUDED.  And the best part was that many of her classmates realized that DAIRY-FREE wasn't so bad after all!  

Seconds were had by many!! 

This is just another reminder that food allergies doesn't mean you can't do something or NOT include people.. It just means you may have to 'think outside the box'.. or the ice cream container!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

So Delicious Dairy-Free CocoWhip - An Allergy~Friendly Addition for so MANY allergy~friendly reasons!

Whipped Cream makes SO many things better! Pie.. banana splits.. hot chocolate.. hot toddies! But IF you're dairy-free, this delight may seem impossible.  Some time ago, I was lucky enough to win an 'ice cream party' (results of our school taste testing to come soon!) and the opportunity to try some new products from So Delicious!  Let me say that their NEW CocoWhip received FIVE stars from my taste testers!!

Here's a product which may MAKE YOUR DAY too.  It is also states on the packaging: soy-free, certified gluten-free, vegan, parve, kosher AND non-gmo project verified!  

CocoWhip Review from Smart Allergy~Friendly Education

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Advocating Made Simple - Small Steps for Creating a Safer World

Advocating for something you're passionate about can be life-changing on so many levels.  I have discovered that although our initial 'WHY's'  may vary, our end goals are very similar.  Greater awareness, education and safety for our loved ones is on ALL of our agendas.  

Wanting to begin your OWN advocacy journey but not sure where to begin?  I have 4 basic tips I know will help get you on your way.

Smart Allergy Friendly Education FAACT article
Thank you to FAACT, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team , for sharing the following article with your followers.  

Advocating Made Simple - Small Steps for Creating a Safer World - 03/22/16

Whether managing food allergies, learning disabilities, medical challenges or ANYTHING which makes YOUR world challenging, a few small steps NOW can create a much SAFER world later!

Here's to finding your voice~

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tyson Chicken Nuggets - A Staple in Our Food Allergy Freezer

Having offered product suggestions for years, I thought it was time to review some of our family FAVs and review their ingredients lists.  Managing 6 of the top 8 allergens plus a few extra, we are thankful to have a few 'SAFE' items continually in our freezer.  Tyson chicken nuggets have been a family standby for years, and their ingredients haven't changed in years~ 

Throw in some of their favorite Kraft Barbeque Sauce, and the kids and their friends have lunch or dinner ready in NO time!  As I travel regularly, 'Dad' can always count on there being a bag handy to help making meals easier. 

We avoid milk, eggs, all nuts and fish and this product has been a lifesaver on days when I'm gone or don't have time to cook from scratch.   

Smart Allergy~Friendly Product Review

32 oz. bag of Tyson 100% All Natural Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets, distributed by Tyson Foods, Inc., P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, AZ.

Ingredients listed include:  CHICKEN, WATER, SALT, AND NATURAL FLAVOR.

For more information, you can contactTyson Chicken Nugget Page or 1-800-233-6332 

It also states on the packaging 0 G TRANSFATS, NO PRESERVATIVES and NO FILLERS

I know that 'NATURAL FLAVORS' may be of concern for some.  Our personal experience is that we have had NO problems with this product and milk and nut allergies are our most serious. 

One caution is to be careful of the size of the package.  Tyson used to package a FAMILY SIZED bag of chicken nuggets and these contained MILK in them.  I haven't seen this particular packaging in a few years, however, I would still suggest keeping an eye out for this in case it is offered in your area.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Want to Win a 'Sweet Freely Valentine Day' Box from Enjoy Life Foods?

YOU are going to LOVE this special Valentine's Day giveaway being hosted by Enjoy Life Foods

I am absolutely delighted for having been asked to SHARE a second giveaway with MY fans!!   One of YOU will WIN your VERY OWN Valentine's Day Sweet Freely Box stocked with:

Enjoy Life Foods #SweetFreely Valentines Day Giveaweay

  • Enjoy Life Foods Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Dark Chocolate Morsels
  • a FREE product coupons AND 
  • a Heart Shaped Pancake Stencil


Leave comments on @smartallergy at 
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hashtag #SweetFreely 
and your FAVORITE Valentines Day treat

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Enter by 2/14 at 11:59PM PST.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sabra Hummus - An Awesome Snack Option for So Many Food Allergy Families

In an attempt to eat healthier at home and on the road, I have found hummus helps increase my vegetable intake tremendously! It is easily spooned into containers for me to pack into lunches or carry on the road while I travel.  They are kosher, pareve and glutenfree. You will also see there is no dairy, eggs or nuts in their ingredient list, always a bonus for our needs.  Those with a soy allergy may also be able to try this as it contains soybean oil NOT the soy protein itself.  Check this out with your doctor.  

I LOVE the fact that they also come in individual packs which would be easier for many. Here's the ingredient on my personal FAV...

Smart Allergy Friendly Education Product Review

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Children's Food Allergy Books - A Few of My Favorites

Looking for children's books focusing on food allergies and/or dietary restrictions for your pre-school or early elementary aged audiences?  The following are some suggestions I turn to regularly when presenting in schools.  

I would consider them to be MUST HAVE books to add to your personal or school libraries. 

Smart Allergy~Friendly Education Children's Book Recommends

Friday, November 6, 2015

4 Simple Tips for Making Your Kitchen Allergy~Friendly

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Being a peanut-free and tree nut-free mom, I take great pride in being an official SunButter blogger. 

Back in September, I had the opportunity to share with their readers some simple steps for making any kitchen allergy~friendly.  And what kitchen wouldn't be complete without your OWN stash of SunButter, and a few of my very own designed and trademarked S.A.F.E. Food Allergy Labels?! 

Make Your Kitchen Allergy~Friendly - 09/18/15 - SunButter Blog

The 4 steps are easy... good luck and get to work~

Below is the article in it's entirety.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Premium Chocolatiers - Made our Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut Free, Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Holiday Extra Special

For anyone who has followed me over the years, you probably already know I am a HUGE fan of the company, Premium Chocolatiers.  Whether it be Chocolate Truffles for Christmas or Bunnies and Eggs for Easter, this company offers many options for families managing a variety of dietary restrictions.  Dairy-free, egg-free, tree-nut free, peanut-free OR gluten-free?  They have you covered.

Smart Allergy~Friendly Education Halloween Basket

I was thrilled to find one of my favorite local businesses, Jake's Gluten Free Market was carrying a Premium Chocolatiers Halloween basket!  I snatched one up, and was WAY happy I did.  After seeing the chocolate stash my dairy-free, nut-free kids collected and couldn't eat, it was great to have some alternatives for them to trade out!

Smart Allergy~Friendly Education Visiting Jake's Gluten Free Market

My suggestion with the many holidays rushing upon us, visit their site and start planning your ordering today~

Thanks Premium Chocolatiers for adding some extra SAFE treats to our Halloween this year!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

10 Tips For Talking To Your School About Food Allergies

As an Ambassador for SunButter, I have the privilege of being a featured blogger for them throughout the year.  As 'Back to School' preparations are in full swing, I thought this is the perfect time to share 10 tips I personally follow with our family's 'Back to School Prep'.   

To read my full featured article, please visit here: 10 Tips for Talking To Your School About Food Allergies - May 15, 2015

S.A.F.E 10 Tips for Talking to Your School Food Allergies

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chocolate Chunk Banana Sheet Cake - A Variation of Enjoy Life's Recipe

About a month ago I was lucky enough to receive some samples of Enjoy Life's Baking Mixes for sampling.  Now that school is back into full swing for us, I am having fun experimenting with these products.  This is my busiest time of year because I am back in our local classrooms offering allergy education classes.  For my kids, I always bring in treats so their friends can see how TASTY allergy~friendly products can be.  Besides having three nut-free kids, there were also wheat-free and gluten-free restrictions in the class.

S.A.F.E. Recipe and Product Review

Fortunately, ALL of these mixes are FREE of top 8 allergens, gluten-free, gmo-free, kosher, halal certified AND they contain probiotics to promote immune health.

I ended up making 3 FULL batches!  That is a definite indication of how well this recipe was received.   My family ate half of the first batch made completely with the r..Enjoy Life flour and we're NOT gluten-free.  There was a bit left from the second batch, but dad polished it off while no one was looking!!  Needless to say, I had HUGE requests from my family that they wanted MORE!!  Thus, the third batch was needed.

Personally, I was impressed how great this turned out.  Many gluten-free mixes turn out crumbly and are dry.  The sheet cake I made was moist, held together and tasted great.  It states on the box that one can 'swap equally with any recipe 1 Cup of Enjoy Life All Purpose Flour WITH 1 Cup of regular All Purpose Flour'.  I did this, and it turned out great.  I had to cook the batch with regular flour a little longer.

The package itself had enough to make almost 2 full batches of their recipe.  I was short 1/3 C of flour for a FULL second batch.  I just added in 1/3 C of regular flour.  I made the 3rd batch completely with regular flour for my family and neighbors.

I promised the recipe to the kids, so here it is.  I added Enjoy Life Chunks rather than Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and made it into a sheet cake rather than muffins.  

Chocolate Chunk Banana Sheetcake
*FREE of top 8 allergens, gluten-free

3/4 C organic cane sugar
1/3 C shortening
1 2/3 C Enjoy Life All-Purpose Flour Mix, sifted
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/4 t bking powder
1 C Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks
1 C mashed very ripe bananas
2 T flaxseed meal + 6 T hot water, mixed together
1/3 C water
1 T pure vanilla extract

1.  Grease and flour and 8 x 11 cooking pan.
2.  Combine organic cane sugar and shortening in a medium bowl and mix 3 to 4 minutes.

3.  In separate bowl, mix together the flour mix, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks.  Set aside.

4.  Combine the flaxseed/hot water mixture, the shortening/sugar mixture, the mashed bananas, water and vanilla extract.  Mix for another 2 to 3 minutes.

5.  Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture together and mix with a wooden spoon.  Mixture will be a little thick.

6. Evenly pour into pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.  I added an extra five minutes for our altitude difference.

Let cool and ENJOY!!  Gluten-free or NOT!  This is going to become a household favorite~ 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to Make an Allergy~Friendly Smoothie - Lemonade Strawberry Breeze

Here is my latest 'Allergy-friendly Smoothie with Daniella' recipe.  This is 'SUPER EASY' and tasty on a hot summer afternoon.  You can easily make this one at home or on the road.  If at home, make your own homemade lemonade BUT put some aside without the sugar.  The stevia in the protein will add all the sweetness you need.  If on the road, do what you have to!   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 !!

Lemonade Strawberry Breeze
*Dairy free, Egg free, Peanut free, Tree-Nut Free and Gluten free

Allergy~Friendly Smoothies with Daniella

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dairy-free, Allergy~Friendly Homemade Oreo Ice Cream

Absolutely LOVE making our own homemade ice-cream!   It tastes great, we have more and NO worries about our dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free needs!  

You make sure you have the ice-cream maker... I'll share our altered recipe!! 

Oreos 'N Cream  Recipe from Smart Allergy~Friendly Education 

Oreos 'N Cream Ice Cream
dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free

Friday, June 12, 2015

Allergy~friendly Businesses Which May Help to Cool Down Your Food Allergy Kids

As summer arrives FULL BLAST here in Boise AND it's ONLY the beginning of June, we are already hitting some of OUR favorite allergy~friendly local businesses.

Smart Allergy~Friendly Education KIDS and Sub Zero

Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt - Think FLASH FROZEN ice cream using nitrogen!  It's a fun show!!  My kids LOVE it.  We have one locally in Boise we frequent and discovered one in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  This franchise didn't have a dairy-free milk option we could use.  However, we went and bought our own, brought it back and they made some for us!  This particular store added Jello Vanilla Pudding for the mixture, which is also allergy~friendly in our home.

Smart Allergy~Friendly Education - Sub Zero's Welcome Poster - Altoona, PA

U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt - Our local store carries 4 dairy-free options and most options are gluten-free.  They have huge wall containers from where you pour the soft serve yogurt.  If you are worried about cross contamination with the toppings, don't even go near them.

Menchies - Another frozen yogurt place, similar to U-Swirl.  They have a few dairy-free options.  Once again, if you're worried about the toppings, just go right past them.

TCBY - They normally have two dairy-free options.  One that is a soft serve and one that is hand scooped.  We can even have their cones.  I always ask to see the ingredient list of the cones to be sure.

Sizzlers - YES! That's correct! We just discovered last fall that their soft ice creams are completely dairy-free.  The manager brought me out the ingredient list and I couldn't believe it.  My son had 3 servings!!

I am NOT claiming that ANY of these suggestions will meet YOUR allergy needs, but with some investigating you may be surprised to find there ARE options available you didn't know about.

My kids are are both dairy-free, and my son is also egg-free and ANAPHYLACTIC to peanuts and tree nuts by ingestion.  YES, we do visit ALL of the places I mentioned but that has been AFTER: a) I have gone in ahead of time to speak with managers b)seen if it's an allergy~friendly environment (YOU all know what I mean!), and c) checked out the possibilities of cross contamination.  I also realize my own comfort zone may be different than others.  All of these options promote being dairy-free.  Lucky for us, they are also egg-free and nut-free too!

Don't LET your food allergies KEEP you captive ALL summer!  There JUST may be some options YOU ALL can enjoy!

Would love to hear any ideas you have to share with others!

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!!


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 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