Friday, January 30, 2015

Chick fil A®'s - Allergen Information

I found some information in Chick-fil-A's website that I found interesting.....
Chick-fil-A’s Quick Reference Guide for individuals with food allergies lists each menu item as it relates to the FDA’s top eight allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
For those who are allergic to foods other than the top eight listed allergens, this guide also includes the complete ingredient list for each menu item. Note that we prepare our foods following procedures to prevent allergen cross-contamination, but our products containing wheat, egg, soy and dairy are made in the same kitchen. If you have an allergy, we recommend that you consult with your physician prior to making a decision about whether or not to eat any Chick-fil-A® product.
Chick-fil-A uses 100% refined peanut oil for all of our breaded chicken. According to the FDA, highly refined oils such as soybean and peanut oil are not considered allergenic, and therefore are not labeled as such. For gluten-sensitive individuals, the Gluten Information section includes a list of Chick-fil-A menu items that may fit your gluten-free diet.
I have always been told that if you have a peanut allergy that you should not eat anything cooked in peanut oil so we have avoided it. 
My question is.....if you have a peanut allergy do you eat foods cooked in peanut oil?



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ingredients in McDonalds Fries

There are allergens in McDonalds French Fries. Be Aware....

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Puppy Chow ~ Peanut Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free and Gluten Free

Nathan has a limited snack choice with all of his food allergies and he takes a snack to school everyday, so I came up with this recipe for Puppy Chow!

The best part is you can't taste the difference between using real Peanut butter or using the Soy Butter, so it is a great safe snack even for those not allergic to peanuts. Great for a Peanut Free classroom.

"Specialty" Ingredients I use
Ingredients

9 cups Corn Chex™, Rice Chex™, Wheat Chex™ or Chocolate Chex™ cereal (or combination)
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips 
1/2 cup SunButter or WOW Butter
1/4 cup UNSALTED Fleischmann's margarine (it is dairy free) 
1 teaspoon vanilla (gluten free) 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 

Directions 

In a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
In a 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave Enjoy Life chocolate chips, Soy butter and margarine uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. 

Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared. ®

LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared. ®  is a patient/caregiver video series. We invite you to view the videos at EpiPen.com

Through this unique series, we bring to life seven patient/caregiver stories that emphasize key aspects of managing potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies and a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), such as preparedness and avoidance. Each story is educational, helping the broader community understand that whether school, work, travel or life happens, those at risk for anaphylaxis must always be prepared.


The videos reinforce that being prepared means having an anaphylaxis action plan to:
·         Avoid known allergens
·         Know what symptoms to watch for
·         Use an EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector if anaphylaxis occurs
·         Get emergency medical help right away

As you know, the risk of anaphylaxis can be scary, but it is our hope that this collection of videos can help support those managing severe allergies in a meaningful way.

We hope you will find these videos valuable.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#Teal Pumpkin Project






We are participated in the #TealPumpkinProject and I wanted to share some photos on a teal pumpkin I made.



I didn't want to use a real pumpkin because I wanted to be able to use this pumpkin every year so I bought a white craft pumpkin at Target ($13) and  acrylic paint from Walmart  (.50 a bottle). I painted the pumpkin a Tuscan Teal color.


Pictured below is my finished teal pumpkin and in the middle picture is the blue pumpkin I used to hold all my non-candy treats for the little Trick-or-Treaters. The non-candy treats included: erasers, eyeball bounce balls, rubber bracelets, beaded necklaces, army men and spider rings. I posted this sign on our front door.  We had Trick or Treat last weekend and kids loved the non-candy treats.






Monday, October 6, 2014

eBook: An Overview of Food Allergies for Parents in Need of Answers


Are you new to food allergies or do you have questions about food allergies that you would like answers to? Well, there is a very resourceful eBook titled: An Overview of Food Allergies for Parents in Need of Answers by Kathy Penrod and Mary Ellen Ellis. 

I read this book and found it a very helpful resource. The book has many different topics from what is a food allergy, to dealing with everyday life and food allergies.  There are food allergy myths,  graphs and even statistics. We have been living with food allergies for almost 8 years and there was so much more I learned about allergies after reading this very informative eBook. I recommend this book to all my readers.

You can download the FREE book here.

I  did not receive any compensation for this review.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Food Allergy Conference Wisconsin

Registration is now open for the 2014 Food Allergy Conference Wisconsin being held Saturday, November 15th.
Please go to the link below to see more details and to register.
Please share with anyone you think may be interested. Registration is required and seats are limited.
This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and through the generous donation of venue and resources at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. being held Saturday, November 15th.
Please go to the link below to see more details and to register.
Please share with anyone you think may be interested. Registration is required and seats are limited.
This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and through the generous donation of venue and resources at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.