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Wacky Cake: a Versatile Recipe Free of the Top 9 Food Allergens

Wacky Cake is an easy recipe to use to make various cakes and cupcakes. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups flour* 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional) 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vinegar (do not omit) 5 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup water Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Do not beat.

Food Allergy Dos and Don’ts for Reading Food Labels

Labeling laws in the U.S. only make food companies label the top eight most common allergens: milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. But there are loopholes that can be confusing. These label reading tips will help prevent accidents. Do check every label, every time. If you can’t read the label, don’t eat the food. Do be wary about precautionary advisory labels (allergy warning statements). Statements like “may contain” or “processed in a facility with...” may not be...

Allergy-Friendly Monkey Munch Snack Mix

Monkey Munch is a snack that's as fun to make as it is to eat. It's so easy older kids can make it on their own, or little ones can make it with the help of an adult. It's similar to the popular puppy chow snack or Chex™ Muddy Buddies™. But most Muddy Buddies recipes and store-bought versions can contain peanut butter and milk . Our friend Elena shows us how to make Monkey Munch using sunflower seed butter. But it's a versatile recipe. You can adapt it to make it safe for your child with...

Allergy-Friendly Crafts You and Your Kids Can Make at Home

With the school year ending and summer camp programs more limited because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be looking for new ways to keep kids busy with things like arts and crafts or sensory play. But some arts and crafts supplies can contain food allergens . This includes items like paints (egg, milk, wheat and soy), crayons (soy) and slime (corn). You can make some of these items at home with safe ingredients. Our friend Elena loves play dough and ooblick. Both of...

Allergy-Friendly Recipes You Can Make With the Kids to Celebrate Mom on Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Mother's Day is also the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week . Celebrate all mom does to keep kids with food allergies safe and healthy with special treats. With stay-at-home orders and physical distancing in place, celebrating mom will look different this year. You may be able to order brunch from her favorite restaurant for pickup or delivery. Or order her favorite dessert from a bakery. But if that is not an option, you can still show mom your love...

Ways to Celebrate Easter During the Coronavirus

Community egg hunts, gatherings with family and friends, and faith-based services can be a big part of Easter celebrations. But because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year, many people will be celebrating at home with the immediate members of your household to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Easter can still be fun and safe for kids with food allergies with some creativity. Here are some ideas to help you make the holiday memorable for your family. Order Allergy-Friendly Easter Basket...

Label Reading Reminder: Unsafe Foods May Look the Same as Safe Foods

Reading labels is a vital part of keeping your child with food allergies safe. But food packaging of unsafe foods can look similar to safe foods. For example, Pepperidge Farms' Goldfish Crackers are a popular treat for kids. The original Goldfish Crackers do not have sesame. But Pepperidge Farms has a new product called Goldfish Veggie Crackers that have sesame. The Goldfish Veggie Crackers package can be easily confused with other Goldfish flavors that do not contain sesame. They may also...

Plan Ahead to Reduce Your Holiday Stress From Food Allergies

Holidays should be a joyous time spent with friends and family. But holidays focused around food can create added stress for parents of children with food allergies. These tips will help you avoid food allergy reactions during holiday celebrations. Keep the Focus on the Holiday, Not the Food Every family celebrates holidays in their own unique way – often filled with special foods and traditions. Find ways to focus on the holiday and the time together. This could mean making new traditions.

Parenting + Food Allergies: The Social, Emotional and Financial Impact on Families (Video)

On Sept. 26, 2019, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), co-hosted a Facebook Live session with blogger Deva Dalporto of MyLifeSuckers. If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, you can watch a replay of session. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.

2019 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

The scary part of Halloween should be witches and ghosts, not the candy. Food-centered holidays can be stressful when managing food allergies. With planning, your family can still safely enjoy Halloween. If you are looking for allergy-friendly treats, here are some top 8 free Halloween candy ideas. These candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Watch for Food Allergens in Your Kid's Summertime Arts and Crafts Activities

Play-Doh® is a great way to entertain kids at home and at summer programs. But Play-Doh® and other commercial and homemade modeling doughs contain wheat, one of the top 8 foods that cause allergic reactions. You can make wheat-free play dough at home so you can make sure it doesn’t contain any of your child’s food allergens. Here are some alternative recipes for Play-Doh®.

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