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Oral Food Challenges: the Gold Standard for Food Allergy Diagnosis

Has your allergist suggested an oral food challenge ? The thought of feeding your child a food they may be allergic to can be scary. But an oral food challenge is the best way to confirm a food allergy diagnosis. And it can have benefits – whether you get the results you are hoping for or not. What Is an Oral Food Challenge? Simply put, an oral food challenge is where your allergist feeds your child a food to see if they have an allergic reaction. Oral food challenges are the gold standard...

Allergy-Friendly Dishes for Cookouts, Barbecues, and Picnics

Fire up the grills and set the picnic table. It’s cookout season! As you plan small cookouts, barbecues, and picnics – following current COVID-19 guidelines , of course – try out these options from our Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe Collection . Appetizers Buffalo Chicken Dip – Buffalo chicken dip is a popular snack, but traditional recipes contain milk products. Make this version free of egg, milk, fish, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. Add vegetables or...

Cool, Crisp, and Delicious: Allergy-Friendly Summer Salads

When the weather heats up, who wants to stand over a hot stove? Instead, you can serve up colorful, cool salads free of many of the major allergens. Lorene Alba, the Director of Education for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , joined us on Instagram to make Rainbow Scoops from our Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe Collection . This salad is packed with lots of nutrition and flavor. It’s versatile too. It’s free of egg, milk, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, fish, shellfish,...

Understanding Oral Allergy Syndrome

Did you know a pollen allergy can be responsible for a type of food allergy? If your child complains about an itchy mouth or throat after eating certain fruits or vegetables, their symptoms may actually be related to a pollen allergy. This is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) . It is also sometimes called pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS). Symptoms of Oral Allergy Syndrome With OAS, your child may have some of these symptoms after eating certain raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, or nuts:...

Allergy-Friendly Frozen Treats for Everyone!

Milk-Free Frozen Berry Mousse By KFA Food Bloggers Frozen berry mousse is a perfect warm weather treat. It is rich and creamy and totally decadent! Use any combination of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries or adapt to your tastes and what type of berries are available. There are lots of possibilities for using this creamy, dreamy creation. You can freeze it in silicone molds, serve it in individual serving sized containers, layer as a berry parfait, or use it as a filling for a...

Easy and Delicious Milk-Free Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is versatile and delicious on cinnamon rolls, carrot cake, pumpkin muffins, or red velvet cake. You can make it milk free using your favorite safe margarine and cream cheese substitute. Our friend Elena is here to show us how. Watch on YouTube Milk-Free Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 4 oz dairy-free margarine 4 oz dairy-free cream cheese alternative 2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla RELATED CONTENT: Allergy-friendly carrot cake made without milk, egg, peanut,...

Creative Ways to Celebrate Easter With Food Allergies

Community egg hunts, gatherings with family and friends, and faith-based services can be a big part of Easter celebrations. Because of continued pandemic restrictions, you may still be celebrating virtually or at home with the immediate members of your household to avoid spreading the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . 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.

Peanut-Free, Milk-Free Chocolate Buckeye Candy

Allergy-Friendly Buckeyes: Peanut-Free, Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Original “buckeyes” are peanut butter balls partially dipped in chocolate. When you make them, you leave a small patch of peanut butter at the top to resemble the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree. This version can be made free of the top 9 allergens. Our friend Elena shows us how to make an allergy-friendly version you can adapt using safe ingredients for your child with food allergies. Watch...

Allergy-Friendly Recipes for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care about them. The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions may mean finding safe and creative ways to show you care for loved ones near and far. One way is to make delicious, allergy-friendly Valentine's treats at home. Make them together with the people in your home. Or drop them off at the door of family and friends so you can show love from a safe distance. Remember to check all labels to ensure ingredients are safe for...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

This information is for your convenience. Some candies and labels pictured may differ from what is currently available or sold in your area. These are only to be used as examples. Always read ingredient labels. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child. Around Valentine’s Day, other people may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat...

Make This Easy Egg Substitute With Only Two Ingredients

Egg can play different roles in recipes. Sometimes egg acts like the “glue” that helps keep ingredients together. Other times, egg helps with leavening to make foods like cake light and fluffy. But egg is one of the top 9 food allergens . Flax goo works well when you need a binder in a recipe such as for cookies or quick breads. Our friend Elena teaches us how to make this easy allergy-friendly egg substitute with flax seed and water. Watch on YouTube RELATED CONTENT: Banana bread recipe...

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