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Food, Nutrition, Recipes

FDA Issued Guidance on Chocolate and Milk Allergy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published findings about the milk content of dark chocolate bars and chips made in the United States that were labeled “dairy free” or had similar free-from-milk claims. The study found that four of the 52 products tested had enough milk to possibly cause an allergic reaction. According to the FDA : "Milk is the most common undeclared food allergen, responsible for more than a third of all food product recalls caused by undeclared allergens in...

[Sponsored] How a Special Formula Can Help Fill Nutrition Gaps for Food Allergies

We thank Cambrooke for their sponsorship of this blog post to help us share information about specialty formulas for food allergies. This is a sponsored post and is not an endorsement of any company or its products, nor is it a guarantee of the products’ safety. The funding we received for this advertisement helps support our free asthma and allergy programs. There are several types of special formulas available for people with food allergies , as well as ways to make formula more...

2020 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Halloween will look different this year with changes to classroom parties, festivals and trick-or-treating due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). But while you celebrate on a smaller scale or at home, you may still want to have allergy-friendly Halloween candy on hand. 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.

8 Tips to Help Teachers and School Staff Read Food Labels for Food Allergies

Returning to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic may mean new policies, such as eating meals and snacks in the classroom instead of the cafeteria. These new policies may affect how schools handle food allergies. Some policies such as physical distancing, additional handwashing and increased cleaning may help prevent food allergic reactions.

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...

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