Entertaining for People With Food Restrictions

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It’s approaching that time of the year again, where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and tell embarrassing stories about eachother ? These days it seems like more and more people have dietary restrictions, whether they’re in the form of food allergies, intolerances or just strong preferences. As a host or hostess, if you’re inviting a big group over, chances are you’ll have at least one person with some sort of dietary restriction. So here are some tips to manage such a varied group stress-free!

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Starting School With Food Allergies

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It’s that bittersweet time! Your son or daughter is finally old enough to start school. Sending your child to school for the first time can be an emotional and hectic experience, especially if they have food allergies. The same goes for sending your child back to school for the second or third time. Releasing your child into the care of others and outside of your full supervision is already a huge change that can feel groundless, and if your child has food allergies, there are that many more things to worry about. 1 out of every 13 American children suffer from food allergies, on average that’s 2 per classroom. The silver lining in that fact is that food allergies are not a completely foreign concept to most schools and many have guidelines in place for dealing with food allergic students.

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Gluten-Free Travel Tips

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It’s the final stretch of summer and that means the last of summer travel! I remember a time when traveling was 100% excitement and all that I needed to plan was the actual traveling. Now things are different. My multiple food intolerances have introduced another layer of research, planning, and worry to my trips. Then even with all the planning, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way I had hoped and improvisation is needed. In fact, improvisation and a positive attitude are always helpful, whether traveling or not. 

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Shortbread Snowball Cookies (GF, V, SF)

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We love Pinterest this time of year, not just because there are so many mouth-watering holiday healthy food photos and recipes that are being shared, but also because it gives us an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and eaters. This is how we discovered Xander Friendly Foods, a blog written by Nicole Dawson and inspired by her son Xander’s severe food allergies.

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Nut-Free Snacks for Back to School

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Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has food allergies? That’s roughly two per classroom in the US. These include severe allergies to nuts, which can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated. That’s why when one child has a severe nut allergy, their families aren’t the only ones affected. Their communities and their schools are also affected due to the risk of cross-contamination.  As a result, many schools are now nut-free – that means no more PB&J sandwiches, trail mix or honey-roasted peanuts in lunch boxes. But fear not, we’re here to help!

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8Safe Vegan Chocolate Chili

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This week we’ve entered into a special partnership with allergy-friendly blogger My Happy Belly. On the blog, Kelly provides yummy recipes and tips for those living with (and caring for people with) all 8 of the major food allergens in the US: wheat (and gluten), milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. Her recipes look amazing, so we wanted to share one of our favorites for vegan chocolate chili (you heard right, chocolate!) below. Sounds like a great recipe to try for Father’s Day! She’s also doing a giveaway for a Tasteful Pantry Treat Box, so check out her site to enter!

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Bo Nuage: “Cloud Cakes” in LA

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Who wouldn’t want to visit a pastry shop called “beautiful clouds”? I recently discovered Bo Nuage at the suggestion of another gluten-free dairy-free friend, and I literally felt like a kid in a candy shop when I walked in the door. Not only is the small pastry shop on LA’s trendy Melrose Ave. adorable and welcoming, but their case of colorful, indulgent, meringue “cloud cakes” is absolutely magnetic. On top of that, their staff is very very well-versed in food allergy friendliness – the woman who helped us could not only speak to which flavors a gluten/dairy/nut allergic person could safely eat, but she could go into their sanitation practices to avoid cross contamination. All in a clear, friendly, unassuming way, which I find is rare for someone being peppered with a million questions.

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Food allergies vs. Food sensitivities

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This very helpful article below from Dr. Frank Lipman talks about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities (aka intolerances), in particular with reference to kids. Both are immune system responses and both are on the rise. Learn about what they mean and what to look out for.

Food Allergy versus Food Sensitivity: What You Need to Know

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It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week this week.  In the early years of this work, when we first began speaking about food allergies, people used to look at you like you were making it up.  How could a child be allergic to food?  And since when?  As kids, we ate PB&Js and had cartons of milk for lunch at school. They weren’t loaded weapons on a lunchroom table.  What’s changed?  And why has it changed so fast? 

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New Study Gives Kids with Peanut Allergies Some Relief

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Many children with peanut allergies who were fed small but escalating amounts of peanut flour were eventually able to eat a significant quantity of peanuts with no reaction, a new study has found.

Six months after the treatment started, more than 80% of the children in the trial could safely eat the equivalent of five peanuts a day. That is at least 25 times the quantity of peanut protein that they could tolerate before the therapy. 

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