Sunday, September 20, 2020

Register, Set, GO!

During 2020, we have all been introduced to a new way of doing just about everything. Nothing seems normal anymore. Along with this transition, many have adapted a way to still remain active and stay in touch with others. But the big news within the food allergy community is the announcement about The Nourished Festival-

IT HAS GONE VIRTUAL!


Since they knew everyone could not come to them, they decided to come to you! From September 24-26th, you can attend this event FOR FREE from whatever or wherever you want too. How cool is that? What other events say it's cool to show up in your jammies and fuzzy slippers? Think about it- no travel required, no parking fees, no crowds and no worries about the weather either. ALL FOR FREE! 

Are you ready to register? This is the how and what:

  • Go to online.NourishedFestival.com
  • Scroll down to the green Register Now button
  • Click and complete
  • Wait patiently for The Nourished Festival to begin!
While you are waiting, here are a few extra things that you can do to show them you are excited about the event (let's face it, everyone can use a little extra love right now) :

FOLLOW THEM! Not in a creepy way, in a supportive way. By following the Nourished Festival on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook you will get to hear any and all tidbits. 

SHARE THEM! Sharing is caring so why not tell your friends and family about the Nourished Festival? It's open to everyone and (again) it's free so get to it! 

TAG THEM! If you are on social media, tag them to show them even more love. Why? Because it shows them that people are excited about the event and they are always happy to hear from those who attend their events. You are the consumer voice, let it be heard so they can make it even better. Not sure how to tag them? I've got it all for you here- 

Twitter @nourishedfest
Instagram @nourishedfestival
Facebook @nourishedfestival

If you really wanna show them some love, include #OnlineNourishedFestival

But WHY Should I attend? The reasons are endless but here are just a handful of why I recommend you be a part of this event.



... why are you still reading? Go get registered! 





Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hungry Harry's Giveaway

food allergies baking mix
A few months back, I began baking with Hungry Harry's products. Although I had first tried their amazing pancakes at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference a few years, I was thrilled to find out they offer an entire line of baking items. They are also top 14 (yeah! MORE than just top 8) free and include All Purpose Flour Blend, Chocolate Cake Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Muffin Mix and Yellow Cake Mix. I love the ease of being able to successfully bake these products without eggs or (dairy) milk while still having amazing flavor and consistency. So what is the next best thing for me to tell you? 

Today is World Friendship Day so ..........


HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY SO YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO TRY SOME TOO!

Are you screaming? Are you jumping for joy? Do you want to know more? Awesome, because I love sharing and even more, I love sharing products that I love. Life is too short to eat bad food and during a time of additional limitations, why not enjoy better tasting products? YOU could win 1 Yellow Cake Mix and 1 Chocolate Cake mix from Hungry Harry's and make a delicious recipe like my Tasty Allergy-Friendly Kake.
Pinterest recipe allergies chocolate cake

So here is what you need to know:

Here's the Rules & Info:
  1. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
  2. You MUST follow Hungry Harry's (options will appear in the Rafflecopter options)
  3. You MUST live in the US (sorry Canada and other friends, shipping is limited at this time)
  4. Share, share SHARE (because sharing is nice and others need to know about Hungry Harry's)
  5. Comments are welcome and appreciated, especially when you include Hungry Harry's 
  6. If the original winner(s) do not respond within 48 hours, runner up winner(s) will be chosen
  7. Each winner will receive 1 Yellow Cake Mix and 1 Chocolate Cake mix 
  8. Prizes will be shipped directly from Hungry Harry's, please be patient 
  9. No purchase necessary 
  10. This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media platforms
  11. If you are still reading this, you are wasting time and should have entered already
CONGRATULATIONS AMBER HENSLEY
YOU are the winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Thank you Hungry Harry's for not only making delicious, safe allergy-friendly products but also for offering the prizes to share! For more information about Hungry Harry's, visit them on the webInstagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Allergy Relief While Social Distancing

Posted by guest author for Nutrimom


As we continue to navigate the uncertainties of this global pandemic, one thing to keep in mind is our immune health. Staying home and social distancing are effective ways of stopping the spread of airborne illnesses, but what if you have allergies? Maybe you are discovering that your child has a food allergy, or you’ve moved to a new state and have discovered that you are allergic to something in your new area.

Whatever the case may be, finding relief can be difficult without factoring in the current state of things. Here are a few different tips to help you find allergy relief while social distancing.

Watch What You Eat

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Now that you are spending more time at home, you are able to pay more attention to your daily diet. When preparing your next backyard picnic or a traditional meal inside, consider trying some alternative recipes. Even sweet treats, appetizers, and festive drinks are still accessible with food allergies. Sometimes you just need to dig a little deeper to find allergen-free ingredients.

Connect with your friends and family by sharing favorite recipes over the phone or internet. This allows you to keep in touch with loved ones safely and provide a fun activity, too. You can also check your social media pages for some food allergy groups to expand your recipe book even further. Just remember to follow the recommended social distancing guidelines and stay home as much as possible. Technology has provided us with new ways of communicating and sharing helpful information. Why not use it to help us watch what we eat?


Relief to Your Door

Our daily routines have changed over the past few months. Maybe you only shop for essentials once a week or less. What happens if you forget something on your list? Do you bother going back out for one or two items or do you wait until you have to go out again? For allergy sufferers, it’s important to make sure the essentials are on hand.

If you do happen to forget something, you’re in luck: there’s an app for that! There are delivery apps for bringing you your favorite local food, fresh ingredients and meal plans tailored to you, and even your over the counter relief. Many of these apps do their best to be food allergy conscious and avoid cross contamination by keeping the products sealed for your safety. Extreme circumstances sometimes require out of the box solutions!

Hydration Station

According to this study, “when you get dehydrated, you could run the risk of making your (allergy)

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symptoms worse.” These hot summer days make it even more important to monitor your allergies and those of your loved ones. Drinking clean water, and the right amount of water, can help keep your allergies at bay while you cope with the heat.

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to water without the added sugars of many sports drinks, cool green tea has proven to have many benefits and may be just as effective as water in regards to hydration.

Beyond Spring Cleaning

Aside from food allergies, there are extra steps you can take to ensure your environment stays trigger free. Dusting, changing bed sheets frequently, cleaning up pet dander, and keeping your face covered during lawn maintenance can help you avoid any seasonal allergy suffering. Check out this house cleaning guide for a few more ideas on keeping your home and family healthy.

 Being stuck at home for months on end can open you up to new allergens that maybe you didn’t quite know were there before. This is an excellent time to make sure you and your loved ones are stocked up on allergy-friendly foods. Take some extra time to make sure nothing has been accidentally contaminated or misplaced.

Conclusion

Even though many of our daily activities have started to go back to a sense of “normal,” we still have a long way to go. In the meantime, take advantage of the time you can spend allergy proofing your home while social distancing. You’ll be glad you did.

Do you have any additional tips on how to find allergy relief during quarantine? Share in the comments!

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Meat Shortages & Plant-Based Foods

The COVID19 pandemic has been a very strange way to begin 2020, to say the least. I'm not sure about all of you but I wake up hoping each day will get better, then we hear about insane things like Murder Hornets and we continue on trying to realize that this is not a movie, this is real life. Throughout this crisis, I can honestly say that I have seen the food allergy community come together even stronger. This virtual family is insanely loving, compassionate and it has been a huge part of what has kept me going.

Nutrimom food allergies mom daughter

One of my BIGGEST fears as a food allergy parent has always been THIS scenario- a time when there may not be enough safe foods for my child and others. The first article that I ever read waaaaay back when NutriSon was young made me cry- it was about a woman whose child had Celiac. They were in need and went to the local food pantry for most of their food items. Because the food pantry was limited, the mother's choice was watch her child starve to death or watch her child eat foods that made her sick. I cried. I went and hugged my son (I wish I could remember who published the article to give them credit). With NutriSon having multiple food allergies (eggs, peanuts, shellfish and watermelon) as soon as I began to hear reports of possible meat shortages, my heart returned to the same feeling I had reading that article. Luckily, there are plant-based alternatives to provide protein but as always, I remind you to read every label and research to ensure your foods are safest for your allergy needs.

I reached out to Cindy Gordon aka Vegetarian Mamma for some tips on plant-based alternatives. She is one of my favorite bloggers who can honestly make just about anything look tantalizing. Here is what she shared with me:

What ways do you keep your protein optimal?
vegetarian plant-based meat free foodsCindy shared her article on "Vegetarian Protein Sources where she shares a handful of proteins that can easily be made into multiple meals.

What are some of your personal favorite go-to products? "I like Hilary's Eat Well burgers (free of: gluten, soy, corn, egg, dairy, peanut, tree nut, sesame, coconut, mustard, shellfish and sulfites) and Beyond Meat (some people need to use caution as it's made from pea protein). I have tried Hilary's products and they are super tasty!!

What other items do you keep in your pantry? "I have a big stock of dried beans and lentils that I buy in bulk."


My Meatless Options include beans and refried beans, coconut-based products (one of our main staples is So Delicious), SunButter, Barney Butter (contains almonds), seed items such as SuperSeedz and OWYN plant-based shakes. The tricky part is finding plant-based options that contain safe ingredients but will also be easy to use in recipes and accepted by picky eaters. 

plant based meatless recipesAnother amazing food option I recommend is Debbie Adler. I met her years ago when she was the "cupcake lady" but she has transformed her diet into a plant-based diet, sharing her delicious meals. Debbie has published multiple cookbooks and her social media pages are filled to the brim with recipe after recipe. She originally began her bakery, transforming it to an allergy-free bakery after her son was born with multiple food allergies. Years after, she also transformed her own diet into a plant-based diet which she calls her "plant powerful renaissance". 

The key to meatless meal options include: 
  • Researching products and foods that are safe for your allergies
  • Understanding how to utilize the options that you have
  • Accept that recipes may flop from time to time
  • Get everyone in your household involved so that newer food options are more likely to be eaten
  • Don't overbuy items that you haven't tried before- if you don't like them, you are stuck with a lot of them 
  • Reuse leftovers as lunches, snacks or additional meals
Do you have a favorite product or recipe? Share in the comments! 

Sending everyone hugs upon hugs. Stay home, stay safe & cook with love ~




Friday, May 8, 2020

Wrapping in May [Product Review]

Are you gluten free? Are you trying gluten free products? Today, I want to chat about gluten free wraps. Let's be honest- most gluten free wraps are not amazing. They can be too gummy, fall apart way too easily, are not flexible or just don't taste very good. If you follow me, you know that I don't sugarcoat anything. There is no reason too. Even with food allergies, intolerances and/or dietary restrictions, you should enjoy the foods that you eat.

Which is what brings me to my next point- my review of Kaliwonder Gluten Free Slim Wraps. Before I jump into it, I did not look at the fact that these wraps have less carbs. I eat what I want to eat. If I want a carb, I'm going to eat a carb. Is it helpful for some- yes, go for it! But I did want to make that initial point. Back to my review- Kaliwonder sent me their oat wraps. Here a a few positives:
gluten free oat fiber wraps

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Soy free
  • Kosher
  • GMO Free
  • 7 Grams of carbs 
  • 60 Calories per wrap

Do I get too wrapped up in taste? Yes. I am allowed to and so are you! I was pleasantly surprised from the moment that I opened up the bag. Because Slim Wraps have seasoning, opening the bag immediately made me think of... pizza? I mean, when was the last time you opened up a bag of gluten free wraps and actually liked the smell of the wraps? Probably never (again, just being honest). So, of course, I was immediately excited to try them out. But first, I had to continue my food detective process. First up was the typical wrap for lunch (sorry, no exciting recipe but I was hungry and excited about tasting them after smelling them!). The final verdict- Slim Wraps are not dry, crumbly, mushy and did not fall apart!!!!! Come on gluten free friends, we all know this is a huge victory all by itself. Another plus- there was no funky aftertaste. Happy taste buds, happy blogger indeed.

gluten free flexible wraps food

I decided to try Slim Wraps as a quesadilla to test out the same judgments and see if it continued to stand up. IT DID! One thing I did note is that Slim Wraps didn't seem to want to get crispy when I panfried them. Not the worst thing in the world but I personally prefer a crispy, crunchy quesadilla. In the grand scheme of things I will take the gluten free, tasty not-fall-apart-not-mush-smells-good wrap while cooking. I am definitely willing to try out a few more recipes that require the Slim Wraps to be cooked for more options. All in all- I love the fact that these wraps are gluten free, tasty and can be packed into a lunch without turning inedible or unreliable. Once school comes back into full swing, having another packable option is key. Actually, any reason to eat is a good reason so basically, I am just excited to try them out again.


FAQ's- I did reach out to the company and asked a few questions that I felt some of you may be asking. The representative was very prompt in getting back to me with answers however, as always, I do recommend that everyone does further research and follow up to ensure safety for their specific dietary needs.

Q1: Is your oat certified gluten free? "Yes, our oat fiber is certified gluten free oat fiber."

Q2: Please clarify your processing methods, as it states manufactured in a facility that uses wheat. "We have separate equipment and production line for Kaliwonder. We clean the entire facility and all equipment before producing the gluten free wraps. We do manufacture other bread but when we produce Kaliwonder, it has it's own day for production and everything is cleaned before and after. We also test each batch for gluten upon production."

flexible gluten free wrap meal

Ingredients are water, oat fiber, tapioca flour, vegetable shortening, guar gum, salt, baking powder, tomato powder, seasoning (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil), calcium propionate. Big virtual hugs to Kaliwonder for sending out their product for me to review and for feeding me. You can find them at Kaliwonder.com and on their social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest



As always, no charge for my product reviews other than the products themselves as my opinions are honest and my own. 













Friday, May 1, 2020

20 Days of May #FAAW

This May is the first May that nothing is as it should be. All of us have had our lives disrupted and for food allergy parents, the current situation is literally one of our worst nightmares. Regardless, during the turmoil and food shortages, my heart has been filled with so much love that I have seen within our food allergy community. As we always do, we are rising up and standing together during a time when many may feel a need to hide away. I have seen companies donating items, I have seen everyone asking how they can get safe food items to those who need it and I have seen advocacy and support grow above and beyond. Years ago, I coined the phrase #TealVillage and I am so grateful to be a part of this with all of you.


I wanted to do my part by highlighting a product, company or organization each day from May 1st - May 20th in hopes that someone, somewhere will gain new information that may be helpful to them. Especially because our foods have been changing so much over the years and support has been popping up from all different areas, that light bulb moment when you read about something different that can ease your day is just what we may need. Do you find comfort in support? Can you sleep better knowing you have connected with another avenue of advocacy? Does the virtual world now encompass most of your day only to leave you feeling a bit helpless because right now, this is all that we have? I personally am saying yes to all three.... but even while feeling overwhelmed and helpless, there is still a fire inside of me that tells me I cannot give up. I hope that my campaign will keep your fire lit as well.

My daily feature posts will be available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (because some of us prefer one social media platform and some of us choose others) so be sure to follow me. I encourage comments because MORE sharing is caring! If you have a recommendation, please comment so others will be able to check into it too. I also invite all of you to view my updated website at AllergyPhoods where I have added a Phood Store, one-stop shopping area for various food allergy needs including my new Mini Books of Knowledge ebooks. Please note that some items may or may not be available from the other vendors due to COVID19, please check with them for details.

Stay safe, stay healthy, eat well and send everyone a virtual hug to let them know our village always has enough room for more family members ~





Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You CAN Hang Out During COVID19

Yes, you can.
But there are rules for safety reasons.
Luckily, my rules are super simple.

The CDC is stressing a minimum of six feet apart as well as staying home as much as possible to avoid the possibility of contracting the virus. During this time, it is even more important to stay connected, be able to talk to others and even seek out advice if needed. If anything, to keep your soul calm and to remind yourself that we are all going through this together. I am excited to share two ways to stay safe and visit.

Let's Chat!
In light of continuing to support the food allergy community, I am offering discounted food allergy consultations. These can be done in the comfort of your own home via telephone, Skype or other video chat options. The consultation is $50 and lasts for one hour. Contact me to schedule your appointment by email at Nutrimom@yahoo.com or (336) 486-1905. If you know of anyone that can also benefit from this offer, feel free to share this with them as well. I am here to help!

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April 13th- Let's Hang Out! 
This first ever Meet & Eat created by Dee Dee of AllerCuisine will be the place to be! Join Dee Dee, Chef Martha Morgan of Allergy Dragon and Me. We will test recipes created by our favorite gluten free and allergen-friendly bloggers, gab a little, laugh A LOT and answer questions that you may have.

Monday, April 13th
10AM PT / 11AM MT/ 12PM CT/ 1PM EST
Zoom or Facebook Live
Zoom Registration Here: https://bit.ly/2x9tBBC
Facebook Live: https://bit.ly/2UxfS25

Food Allergies Recipes Questions Live
We are ALL excited to see you soon!


Just a click away!
I am always on social media or an email away if you want to reach out. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. Stay safe, healthy & well ~