Monday, September 30, 2013

Is that a Rabbit or Are You Just Glad to See Annie's Homegrown?

We have been long-time likers of Annie's Homegrown products so when they contacted me and asked if I would like to try out some other items, I did not hesitate to say yes. I mean, great products and they get shipped right to my home, what else could I ask for?

The process began as usual- we arrived home one day after school and there was a box at the front door. I brought it inside and I announced that Annie's Homegrown had sent us some samples. This was immediately followed by the rampaging of children, climbing over one another to see who could get what first into their mouths to taste. I abruptly stepped in front of the box, put a hand up and said "You know how this works- I have to taste, take pictures and then you guys can have some too." Oh, the look of dismay (and my secret inner smile that I get to go first).

Lunch the next day was going to be something fast and easy. I saw the perfect opportunity to dive into the samples and because I was in a sharing kind of mood, I chose the Rice Pasta & Cheddar.  Now, we have eaten this before and loved it but it has been awhile since we've had it. Nothing like a good reminder that makes you say "Why haven't we had this in awhile?" I can say that there are two things that I want to share for making this: 1) I have always used rice milk rather than regular milk and there is no taste difference, just add a small amount at a time to avoid having the cheese sauce too watery and 2) a Mom Tip- in order to sufficiently utilize all or most of the cheese packet, you must hold it upright and flick the top of the packet several times to help release the cheese to the bottom of the packet. Thus, less spoilage while opening.  The end result was a fast and easy side dish for my daughter and husband (I did weaken and help myself to a few spoonfuls as well). Creamy and delicious, just as I remembered!

While we were tackling homework, my daughter asked me for a snack. "Something crunchy and a little sweet." So, as per her request, I opened up the package of Ginger Snap Gluten Free Bunny Cookies. Before I could hand them over, she was running upstairs to be a part of the fun. And as we shared some of the cookies, my daughter proudly wore her bunny cap in honor of the product. (Who says you can't be silly?)

The Ginger Snap Cookies were tiny but flavorful and they were crispy but not hard (no soreness on the roof of your mouth from pointy cookies). They have a touch of cinnamon and a slight zing of ginger- a little less mild than your average ginger snap but I prefer not to be overwhelmed by a flavor, just to enjoy it. Another Mom Tip- eat two at a time (no reason, just because you can).

So what was next? Fruit Snacks!!! And the best thing was that I was alone when I opened them. No reason to explain why little fingers could not just hold them until I was done or why they could not have just one from the packages. Just a nice, peaceful tasting. Annie's sent me three flavors to try- Organic Pink Lemonade, Organic Berry Patch and Organic Sunny Citrus.


Each gummy packet flavor had two types of gummy- a lighter and a darker gummy. As I began to taste, I noticed they were flavored differently as well. The Pink Lemonade had one with a stronger lemon flavor paired with a more mild lemon gummy. The two together was a juicy combination. The Berry Patch gummies were juicy but not too sweet (very yummy!). I tried the lighter and I tried the darker but eating one of each gummy together was like a berry burst inside of my mouth. The Sunny Citrus had a light kind of lemony and slightly tart flavor that was pleasant as well without an overload of lemon. Warning- an overload of lemon would have been bad as it would immediately remind me of Lemon Pledge and this is definitely not what you want while eating gummies.


I also decided to try a bite of each and every gummy altogether just to see what the entire combination tasted like. Think about it- a mom alone that can eat all of the gummies that she wants and not share and not have to apologize for not sharing? No whining of "But why can't I have one too? Why do you get them all first?!" It's a silent heaven. I do admit that my eager taste-testing did result in frightening one of the bunnies away.

The final item to try was a microwavable Rice Pasta & Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. I do admit, I am not a huge fan of microwaving foods that I can make on the stove top but for times when convenience trumps your personal preferences, I do bend the rules. The cooking instructions are simple- add cold water, stir, microwave, add and stir again (no milk needed). Now this was a hard one for me to try. I will say that when you first begin to stir it, it looks very gloppy, runny and, well, not very appetizing at all. The pasta does turn into a better looking macaroni and cheese when all is said and done but I'm just not sure about this one. The taste wasn't bad but I felt it could have had a bit more flavor or salt or something. Would I use it again? If I had to but I think I will personally be sticking with the good old fashioned stove prepared macaroni and cheese option. No hard feelings towards Annie's Homegrown- obviosuly this is only my personal opinion and it won't deter me from using any of your other products at all.

All in all, I would recommend Annie's Homegrown to anyone that is looking for products that are made without artificial colors or preservatives. They also offer many gluten free options and the products that contain cheese is from cows that are not treated with rBST (a growth hormone that we are all trying to avoid). Annie's also has a great reputation of handling families healthier eating with a bunch of great causes such as Annie's Grants for Gardens, Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships  and making sure they say no to GMO's (genetically modified organisms). Our families need to eat healthier and I feel that Annie's Homegrown is doing their best to help us out with that. For more information, please visit their website at www.annies.com.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Parents Hate Allergies

I was recently reading my daughter one of her favorite books "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel and one page kind of jumped out at me (page 30, to be exact). I love this author's humor and I hope that my adaption of this page to the story makes others chuckle as well.




It's not that parents don't like allergies.




It's not that parents have a difficult relationship with allergies.




It's not that parents chose not to vote for allergies in the last election.



It's not that parents would rather choose vanilla over allergies.




It's not that parents neglect to send allergies a card on their birthdays.


It's not that parents pick allergies last when choosing sides for a kick ball game.






It's not that parents think about allergies in the same way a fire hydrant thinks about dogs.




It's not that parents look at allergies in the same way that a vegetarian looks at ten pounds of raw liver.


It's not that parents once bought allergies an awesome present that cost an entire month's allowance, and then allergies didn't even have the decency to say "thank you."

It's simply that...

          




         PARENTS HATE ALLERGIES!



Photos courtesy of 123RF.com

Friday, September 20, 2013

Still "Enjoying Life"

Our family has been using Enjoy Life Food products for several years. As a Food Allergy Consultant and blogger, I have the occasional treat of being offered another product review opportunity by this great company. I cannot complain- their foods are all tasty and I will never say no to something that my entire family can also try out with me safely. The most recent items that I was asked to try were the new and improved baked chewy bars. In case some of you were not aware, Enjoy Life Foods recently replaced some of their ingredients to include ancient grains such as quinoa and buckwheat (see info here). They may be different ingredients but the taste is still just as good.

As you can see, I was sent one box each of their Baked Chewy Bars- Cocoa Loco, Caramel Apple, Mixed Berry and SunButter Crunch.


Now, I have noticed something in the past few years from doing their product reviews and I wonder, do they put something into the ingredients to make me feel the need to come up with different ways to use their products? I mean, first I started out with Mega Chunks and granola items (read here), then it moved onto the awesome and addictive Crunchy Cookies (here), followed by No Nuts Seed & Fruit mixes (here too), the original Chewy Bars (and, here), moving onto Plentils (yup, here) and the ever so yummy Decadent Bars (here, here). I am seeing a pattern here, aren't you? But it's a wonderful pattern because this is why I do what I do- we need to learn to think outside of the box and utilize the items that we have available. I am just happy that Enjoy Life Foods items inspire me to keep on thinking!

So then what did I do this time around? Well, I pulled my apron over my head and got to work. For the Cocoa Loco bars, I decided to make an "ice cream" cake. You have to remember all of those Fudgy The Whale commercials with the chocolate crumbles in them? My son always wanted one so I made him one (sort of).

Red, White & Blue Frozen Cake
You will need a 9-inch spring form pan for this recipe.
4 pints strawberry non-dairy frozen dessert of your
   choice (
or) Vanilla with 10-12 pureed strawberries
   mixed in
I box Enjoy Life Foods Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars
+4 pints of vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert of your choice
white frosting of your choice
strawberries or red berries for decoration
Take the pints of non-dairy frozen dessert out and let them warm up for about 5-10 minutes on the counter.
In a large bowl, empty (either) 2 pints of the strawberry frozen dessert of your choice or vanilla with 10-12 pureed strawberries mixed in. Mix the frozen dessert well in a bowl- doing this prior to adding it to the spring form pan will make it easier to spread smoothly in the pan. Spread in the bottom of the pan, making a level surface. Place the spring form pan into the freezer with some waxed paper underneath in case it starts to drip.
Using a food processor, add the entire box of Cocoa Loco bars and chop until only slightly bumpy. (This will be your chocolate middle.) Remove the spring form pan from the freezer. Gently add the chopped cocoa loco bars, starting with the edges of the pan first, and then filling in the center. Place back into the freezer.
In the large bowl, mix the next 2 pints of plain vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert. Once it is soft enough to spread, remove the pan from the freezer and gently spread the vanilla on top of the chocolate, starting around the edges. You will have to be gentle and slow so as not to mix the chocolate too much. Place the pan back into the freezer.
Prepare a small icing bag with your choice of white frosting. Remove the spring form pan from freezer. Using the frosting bag, decorate the top of the cake but try not to push along the edges of the pan.  (This will make it easier to remove when it's frozen). Cover with plastic wrap, freeze for 2-3 hours.
When completely frozen, gently open the side of the spring form pan to release the cake. If the frosting is sticking, gently use a thin knife to separate the frosting, going around the top of the cake. Decorate with strawberries or other red berries of your choice.

And the Caramel Apple bars? Glad you asked. I decided to try out a main dish using them as a stuffing.

Caramel Apple & Quinoa Stuffed Pork Chops
sunflower baking spray
1 stalk of celery (cleaned, peeled and finely chopped )
2 Enjoy Life Foods Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars (crumbled into small pieces)
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon EACH rosemary, parsley and minced onion
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 pork chops

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a medium sized casserole dish by spraying it with baking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the all of the ingredients except for the olive oil and pork chops. Preheat a medium frying pan on medium heat, add the olive oil and heat all of the ingredients from the bowl. Stir often to ensure even cooking and no burning of ingredients. 
Place the pork chops into the casserole dish and slice open the middle area to stuff with the mixture. Gently fill the pork chops and spoon remaining stuffing on top of the chops. Cook until no pink remains. 
Next was a snacking recipe...hmmm, what to make. How about something using the Mixed Berry bars? Something bite-sized, something for on-the-go, something like a granola bite with a twist.
Mixed Berry & Bacon Bites
1/2 cup SunButter
5 Enjoy Life Foods Mixed Berry Baked Chewy Bars
1 tablespoon raw honey
5 pieces of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
2/3 cup of gluten free cereal of your choice

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Scoop out ball shapes using a melon baller and drop onto the prepared sheet. Place in the fridge to form. Refrigerate and keep in an airtight container. 

Makes approximately 24 1-inch bites

The last item were the SunButter Crunch bars. Yes, these are good as they are but why should I leave them out of the game? Can't leave them high and dry....I will make two recipes with them! I mean, can you feel the love? 

SunButter Crunch Chocolate Pops
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Enjoy Life Foods Sunbutter Crunch Chew Bar (crumbled)
Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

In a small pot on low heat, melt the chocolate chips. 

Using a heart-shaped lollipop mold, fill them with the melted chocolate and place a pretzel stick in place as a handle. Top with Sunbutter Crunch crumbles and let cool completely.

Sizes may vary 

And these....my son thought they were ice cream bon bons. Mwa-ha-ha! (that was my evil laugh)

Chocolate SunButter Crunch Bon Bons
Banana slices (1/2 inch thick)
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Enjoy Life Foods SunButter Crunch Baked Chewy Bars (crumbled)

Taking the slices of banana, cut them again into quarter bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.

Melt the chocolate chips. Gently place the banana pieces into the chocolate and place onto the lined baking sheet. Top with SunButter Crunch crumbles. Place into the freezer to harden. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Sizes may vary.

As always, I want to thank Enjoy Life Foods for including me in their product taste-testing. I love doing it and I am happy to help spread the word about such a great company. After all, aren't we all supposed to enjoy life?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Popcorn, Caja Style

Popcorn- the ultimate treat for any occasion. Think about it- snacks, family movie time, a quick snack or even a way to create other great snacks. But what happens when you have a nut allergy and cannot find a brand of popcorn that doesn't have some speck of nut oil somewhere along the processing? For people with nut allergies, it's not only annoying and frustrating but it's upsetting. Why should nut allergic people NOT have popcorn in yummy flavors? That question has now been answered by Caja Popcorn.

I am excited to say that I was given the opportunity to both share their product in my Celiac Awareness Giveaway and have a taste testing of my very own. And they even sent me some packages of Plackers- they thought of everything!

They were generous enough to send me six flavors- Classic Butter, Spicy BBQ, Pimento Cheese, Kettle Corn, Caramel Sea Salt and Peaches and Cream. These little silver packets taunted me...which one should I taste first? Is there one that's more of a morning flavor and others that are afternoon snackers? Oh, who cares- I'm digging in! And so, I began with Classic Butter.

Classic Butter tastes just like movie-popped popcorn. Those light, fluffy, bigger sized popcorn puffs that you don't seem to get when you pop at home. The flavoring was perfect- not too strong or salty, just a scrumptious combination that made me wish I had a movie to sit down and watch while I munched on it. Alas, the pressures of getting the job done, right? (What a delicious assignment but someone has to do it)


Spicy BBQ Now I don't know about anyone else but I have found
that most bbq flavored snacks tend to have a ton of spices- to the point that it it just overpowering. The tricky taste of Caja's bbq looks sweet and innocent when you see it, right? Looks spiced but you are probably thinking "Doesn't look barbequey". I can state that I was pleasantly surprised myself. At first, the taste is a bit on the mild side. But then-pow! You get the barbecue flavor along with a slight kick of hotness. Very nice flavor! I also want to personally thank Caja Popcorn for not including yeast in their flavoring as many snacks are off-limits for me due to that ingredient.

Pimento Cheese If you have ever craved a cheesy popcorn, this is the end all be all of cheesy corn. It's got a creamy, buttery cheesy flavor that melts in your mouth. Of all of the flavors, this is the one that went the fastest when I offered bites to my family- I should know better than to share. If you are wondering if it tastes like pimento, I personally found it to be less pimentoey and more like a white cheddar taste (No offense Caja, this is meant as a compliment). Definitely munchable!


Kettle Corn I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of your typical kettle corn. However, this kettle corn was more of a caramel corn to me. Lightly flavored, candy-like caramel corn. It was delicious. I murmured to my husband about not eating kettle corn and I would save it for him to try but then where was my hand going for another piece? Right back into the bag. Nom, nom, nom.


Caramel Sea Salt This flavor was another great combination of flavors. It was almost like Cracker Jacks meets Fiddle Faddle
(please, someone tell me they know what Fiddle Faddle is!) It was caramel but is it was butter and salt as well. The whole while, it wasn't too sweet or too sticky, just a perfect poofy popcorn snack. If you don't believe me, just check out the gobs of goodness in the picture.

Peaches and Cream Yes, you read that correctly- peaches and cream. I mean, how unique and cool! I am an outside-of-the-box thinker so I appreciate a flavor that is not the norm. The peaches and cream was like a light and tasty piece of peach pie. This flavor also had a kind of sneak up on you taste. It starts out a bit like a sweet popcorn but then you get the taste sensation of a creamy treat. Now, I know this may sound kind of corny (no pun intended) but I think this would be a great topping for ice cream. Ice cream and popcorn? Yup, I said it.

Is your mouth watering? Are you hungry now? For more information, please visit their website at www.cajapopcorn.com and tell them that Nutrimom sent you.* Happy snacking!



* I was not compensated in any way for my review other than the products themselves. 










Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Final Winner of the Celiac Awareness Giveaway is.....

This is it, today is the final day. I want to thank all of you who participated in this giveaway. I am grateful that so many are a part of this. I hope all of the winners will enjoy the packages that they receive. Most of all, I hope you all continue to expand your knowledge of so many great products that are available now.

Today's winner will be getting a package of $40 worth of items straight from Annie's (thanks Annie's!).  And who will be that lucky person?
Julie Meyer!


Just a reminder that these products may not be specifically allergy-friendly so I recommend that you check the product ingredients once received to be safe.

Best wishes to all of you and, as always, thank you for being a part of what I do!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday's Winner

The Celiac Awareness Giveaway is winding down.... tomorrow will be the last day (sniffing, patting on back). But the good news it that I will always have another giveaway. I'm good like that.

And without further interruption, I would like to announce that the winner for today is

Nicole Hightower
Nicole will be getting a box of three LUNA Bars and three Enjoy Life Foods Baked Chewy Bars. Please be advised that these items are not allergy specific and may contain allergens in the ingredients. I recommend that you check the labels accordingly.
For the rest of you, there is still one more chance to win. If you have not entered yet, please make sure you get an email to me at Nutrimom@yahoo.com with your name and address. The final winner will be announced tomorrow.
Good luck and thank you for participating. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday's Winner

Originally, I had announced that my Celiac Awareness Giveaway would end as of today, Monday. But I have had a change of heart and decided to extend it to Wednesday...are you doing the happy dance? That means that there is still a chance for you to win super secret goodies. If you have not already entered, make sure you do because now we are at the countdown to the end. Can't win it unless you are in it, right?

Today's winner is
Annemarie Hocking!


Annemarie will receive a package that will include the latest issue of Living Without magazine and three packets of Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread (3, third day, get it?).

And for the rest of you- hold tight, make sure that you enter by emailing me your name and address
to Nutrimom@yahoo.com. I hope all of you are enjoying this as much as I am. Thank you for being a part of it with me.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday's Winner

In case you have forgotten, today is day 3 of my Celiac Awareness Giveaway. Giving back to others is my way of raising awareness that there are lots of great gluten free products on the market, even if they are not in your immediate area.

I am proud to announce today's winner is
Courtney Beerman!



Courtney will be receiving a 1 gallon tin from Caja Popcorn. She has a choice of three flavors from the selection of Caramel Sea Salt, Spicy BBQ, Pimento Cheese, Classic Butter, Kettle Corn, Smoked Salt & Vinegar and Peaches and Cream. Please be advised that although this is a gluten free food, it may not be free of other allergens and I recommend that you check the ingredients to stay safe.

Are you wondering what I thought of Caja Popcorn? I will be sharing my product review in the next few days so hold tight.

You haven't won yet? Don't fret- there is still one more day! Please make sure you get your entry in by emailing your name and address to Nutrimom@yahoo.com.

Thank you to all that are participating and good luck.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday's Winners

I decided to put a twist on my Celiac Awareness Giveaway- since it's the second day, I decided to choose not one but two winners. I bet you didn't see that coming!

And without further adieu, today's winners are -
Sarah Shope & Molly Troop


Sarah and Molly will each get 2 Enjoy Life Foods Not Nuts Seed & Fruit Mountain Mambo Mixs, 2 Enjoy Life Foods Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars, 2 packets of Sunbutter and 2 Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies.

There are STILL two more days for the giveaway so if you have already entered, you still have a chance to win. If you have not entered, well, what are you waiting for?! Simply email your name and address to Nutrimom@yahoo.com.

Good luck to everyone and please remember to share this giveaway information- sharing is caring.



Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday's Winner

I am so thrilled that so many people have responded to my Celiac Awareness Giveaway! As I mentioned, the contest will be running through Monday so make sure you enter to win. Simply email your name and address to Nutrimom@yahoo.com. I am happy to give back to others that have been a part of what I do.
Today's winner for Friday, September 13th is........

KIM CRAIG!
  
Kim will receive a package from LUNA bar.
To all that have entered already, don't give up hope yet. There are still 3 more days of giveaway chances so keep your fingers crossed!
Best of luck to all of you

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Celiac Awareness Giveaway

How many of you know that Friday, September 13th is 
National Celiac Awareness Day? 

I do, I do! Last year, LUNA Bar was kind enough to send me some helpful tips (previous post) but this year, they did one even better. They sent out some of their awesome bars for me to sample AND they will be sending one of my lucky giveaway winners a package of their very own! A win-win situation, right? I'm happy, someone else out there will be happy, all is good in the world again. Look at the trio of gluten free happiness, who says eating gluten free is boring?!


Until recently, I have never been a huge fan of protein bars but LUNA Bars seem to have changed my mind. I tried them last year for the first time in May and I have been hooked ever since. The first time I did a product review (click here), I was apprehensive but pleasantly surprised. I even had to fight with my daughter over who would get the rest of the bars. This time when they arrived, I did the smart thing and hid them all...mine, mine, mine. (I am picturing the seagulls from Finding Nemo, are you?) There is no after-taste, no dry, chalky texture- just a treat-like satisfying bar. Yum! I was given Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter (no booing or hissing, only my son is peanut-allergic!) but there are other varieties to try out too. Not nut free but certainly a good snack for those who are gluten free. I would also like to send a big thank you out to LUNA Bar for sending me samples for my FARE Food Allergy Walk-they were very well enjoyed.**

SO, What About the Giveaway Already?!!!!

I was just getting to that. Here is the easy info-
I like to share, I like to give back to those who have been a part of what I do, I just like to be a part spreading awareness. What does this mean for you? FREE STUFF!!!! Just for being awesome, for helping me feel that what I do is the right thing and for being a part of my extended family.

The Rules
This giveaway is open to ALL (just please understand that some products may not be allergy specific for you therefore I recommend that you always check the ingredients and labeling to play it safe).

To enter, simply send an email with your name and mailing information to Nutrimom@yahoo.com (yup, that's it!). The giveaway will run from Friday September 13th through Monday September 16th. Each day, I will choose a winner and announce it on my blog and Facebook page. I encourage you to share because, as I mentioned, the contest is open to everyone (even if you are not a page member). Please note that all personal information is kept confidential and I will never share or sell your information to anyone.

What Kinds of Goodies Do We Get? 
Well, THAT will be my little secret. Obviously, I mentioned LUNA Bars and I also mentioned a great new product Caja Popcorn (product review to follow shortly) but I have a multitude of items so it could be anything. You won't know unless you enter to win so get to it! Good luck to all of you~


**I would also like to say that the LUNA Bar product was sent free of charge and that the opinions I have expressed are mine and mine alone




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Walking in Our Shoes at Winston- Salem FARE Food Allergy Walk

I have to say that when I returned from the first Mylan Bloggers Summit back in January with the thought of setting up a local FARE Food Allergy Walk for Winston-Salem, it seemed like a fleeting moment for me. I remember telling my husband and my mother that I wanted to do this and they both had the same response "You are insane." But I already knew that so it didn't stop me. I have always been someone who decides to do something and then I just do. I  ignore all of the people who are asking me "How will you get people there? When will you find the time? Do you know how much work that is? You can't do this alone." But guess what- I did just that. All of it. I did not have a committee, I did not have people signing up to make calls or pass out flyers, it was just me. And I know, at the end of the day, I am thankful that I was motivated to get it done.  There is no better feeling than knowing that I helped others.

 So what exactly is a FARE Food Allergy Walk anyway? FARE stands for Food Allergy Research & Education. The FARE Walks bring together thousands of Americans seeking a safe world for those living with food allergies. The Walk is a family-friendly event that takes place in communities nationwide to fund food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. I can personally say that we came together to celebrate our food allergies, not dwell on them. The energy from all of our participants, sponsors and visitors was just one of happiness and community. Hearing so many children say "Mommy, I can eat that!" and seeing them just having a great day without worries puts everything into perspective.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to Mayor Allen Joines for coming out to join us as well as to our local sponsors for their generous support and for wanting to be a part of this day with us: Truliant Federal Credit Union, Optimal Health Chiropractic,  Allergy Partners of the Piedmont, Whole Foods (Winston-Salem), LeBauer Medical Center, Shugart Enterprises and Robinhood Integrative Health,. I would also like to thank our other local businesses for helping out for the Walk: our live musicians Mike, Tom & Robin, Triad Fitness & Health Magazine, Natural Triad Magazine, Sam's Club, Goodwill Industries, Lowes Home Improvement, Robinhood Road Family YMCA, Windsor Jewelers, Trader Joe's , The Fresh Market and Family Video (Reynolda Road)

Are you wondering what was there and what we did (besides walk)? We had a giant slide provided by Bouncing Bonanza, we had Mister Mike twisting up some great balloons for us, we had face painting provided by Sea Shel, Monkey Hooper keeping us fit and active, live music, Melissa from Studio ZT to get us motivated to walk and Lewisville Fire Department as well as local EMS to show the kids how they are there to help, not to scare them during an emergency situation. There were so many great allergy-friendly samples for everyone such as Wink Frozen Desserts for a cool and allergy-friendly treat as well as sponsors who had items to give out. We even had EpiPen and Sanofi there to explain their testers and to answer questions for everyone. 

And now all is said and done....what now? Believe it or not, I am already making mental notes on how to have an even bigger and better FARE Walk next year (because I am insane, remember?) Was it a lot of work- yes. Did I get paid for it- nope, not a dime. I donated all of my time and energy because it was necessary. I welcome comments and suggestions from those of you who were able to be there with us to make next year's event even more welcoming. I appreciate each and every person that was with us, I loved meeting everyone in person to put a name with a face and I am just grateful to have been a part of it myself. 

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say "Watch Me." - Unknown

       
 (A complete album of the Walk's pictures can be seen on my Facebook page at facebook.com/NutrimomFALhttps://www.facebook.com/NutrimomFAL

Just a reminder that donations for the FARE Food Allergy Walk end with the calendar year, not with the end of our walk. If you were unable to be there but would still like to donate, please visit www.foodallergywalk.org/winstonsalem or contact me for details on how you can help. 

















Friday, September 6, 2013

Winston-Salem, NC FARE Food Allergy Walk


You are invited to Winston-Salem's FIRST Food Allergy Walk!

When:      Sunday, September 8, 2013
Where:     Forsyth Country Day School
Time:        1 PM - 5 PM (Rain or shine)

We have so many wonderful things planned. As of today, we have 124 registered Walkers and have raised $7,331! So what is in it for you and why should you be there?

- Registration and walking is free! All registered children walkers get a free t-shirt and adult walkers who donate $100+ get a t-shirt as well
- This event will be family-oriented (family is very important!)
- We will have great things including live music, a giant slide, a balloon artist, a face painter, Monkey Hooper and many other surprises for all of you.
- Most importantly, you can be a part of a wonderful community event

Ready to register? 
Simply go to www.foodallergywalk.org/winstonsalem 
(or) 
sign up in person at the Walk.

We also have our wonderful local sponsors- Truliant Federal Credit Union, Optimal Health Chiropractic, LeBauer Allergy & Asthma, Allergy Partners of the Piedmont, Whole Foods, Shugart Enterprises and Robinhood Integrative Health.

And, of course, I will be there with NutriFamily. I can't wait to see everyone there~

Tracy