New Federal Food Allergy Guidelines in Schools

Article by USA Today below. See http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/foodallergies/ for the full guidelines

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For the first time, federal health officials are giving schools recommendations on how to handle food allergies in students.

The guidelines, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are voluntary but they could make schools safer for millions of children, advocates say. They also could mean more classrooms will ban food rewards, snacks and party treats made with nuts, milk, eggs and other common allergens – changes kids without allergies are sure to notice, too. Continue reading

Quick Mexican-Style Pumpkin Chili (GF, DF, SF, NF)

Quick Mexican-Style Pumpkin Chili

Looking for a quick, tummy-warming recipe for the weekend? Try this hearty and seasonal pumpkin chili, courtesy of Go Dairy Free. Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free, it can also be made vegan by replacing the ground turkey with black beans or your favorite root vegetable. We love recipes that are easy, healthy, and hearty!

Add some bean & rice chips from Beanfields to add some extra protein and flavor to the meal – we offer them in Nacho and Pico de Gallo flavors, and they are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, and nut-free. Click here to order! Continue reading

Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding (GF, DF, Vegan)

Raw choc avocado puddingDON’T FREAK OUT. I have to admit I did a little bit before making this, but it turned out that I had no reason to. This raw vegan gluten-free chocolate pudding is smooth, creamy, chocolate-y, and HEALTHY. I mean super healthy. Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6, not to mention full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Yes, the ingredient list of this recipe is a little unconventional, but I promise, the flavors all blend together to create a seamless chocolate pudding that takes about 5 minutes flat to make. Top it off with your favorite gluten-free granola, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, allergy-friendly dessert. And it’s really yummy cold. Continue reading

Sacher Torte (GF, Vegan)

5764890540_b4d054a4ff_bThis is a delicious, RICH, chocolate-y cake invented in Vienna by a 16-year old! In 1832, Prince Wenzel von Metternich charged his personal chef with creating a special dessert for several important guests. The head chef, having taken ill, let the task fall to his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher, then in his second year of training in Metternich’s kitchen. While the guests enjoyed the cake, it didn’t become an Austrian delicacy until Sacher’s son, Eduard, refined the recipe and started serving it at the Hotel Sacher, which he founded in 1876. Continue reading

Halloween for Kids with Food Allergies

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Halloween is coming up, which means lots of sweets and indulgences will be up for grabs! For those with food allergies and especially for parents of children with food allergies, this can be an especially challenging time, since some of the very allergens that trigger dangerous reactions will literally be up for grabs. Below is a helpful article from The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology containing tips for an allergy friendly Halloween. Continue reading

Why are Food Allergies Increasing?

Food allergies As many of you guessed in our Facebook trivia giveaway, food allergies in the US have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011, according to a 2013 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans currently have food allergies, and 1 in every 13 children is affected. That’s roughly two in every classroom! Continue reading

It’s Pumpkin Season! GF and Vegan cookies

Soft-Pumpkin-Cookies-Gluten-Free-VeganIt’s Fall and that means it’s pumpkin season! I love pumpkin season, mainly because I love pumpkin-flavored sweets, but also because it conjures up images of golden leaves falling from trees, and cheesy as this may sound, because Fall is when you can start feel the vibration of the holiday season in the air. Things are changing in the Fall – kids are going back to school, colleagues are rejuvenating after summer vacations, and people are getting ready for colder weather and big family/friend get-togethers. I’ve already broken out the hot cocoa and pumpkin-flavored coffee, and now it’s time for Fall recipes!

To kick it off, here’s a classic sweet pumpkin recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from Tessa the Domestic Diva that is gluten-free and vegan. She recommends using fresh pumpkin puree, but in case you don’t have time to fiddle around with a pumpkin, canned purees are also great – I personally love the one from Trader Joe’s, if you’re lucky enough to have one near you. Make sure you buy dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you have a dairy allergy/intolerance! Enjoy!

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