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Recipes: Allergy Friendly Granola Bars and Chocolate Candy
February 11, 2013
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Did you know January 21st is (was) Granola Bar Day? In the spirit of honoring the versatile granola bar, I spent some time in January testing granola bar recipes. I had good intentions to share my recipe with you in time to celebrate Granola Bar Day but instead, I'm sharing it plenty early for next year's celebration! :) Go to the recipe for nut free granola bars.
Now that I've gotten January's Recipe of the Month out of the way, we can move onto February. Of course, the big holiday in February is Valentine's Day. This year, I decided to try making my own chocolate candies that were free of the top 8 allergens. Not only is the ingredient list for this recipe short (only 2 ingredients!) but they're really easy to make, too. Go to the recipe for allergy free chocolate candy.
When my son was first diagnosed with food allergies, RAST testing was done resulting in a diagnosis of allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts and soy. He was nine months old, an age when introducing new foods is supposed to be a fun experience for parent and child. For me, it was terrifying. We left the clinic that day with five sheets of paper, one for each allergen we were to avoid, and told to follow up with an allergist.
I get a lot of e-mails and Facebook comments from people who are newly diagnosed and utterly overwhelmed. As a result, I am offering a new service to people in the Twin Cities Metro Area called Food Allergies 101. It is a 1 hour session that starts with a sit down education session on label reading, avoiding cross contamination and finding substitutes for your allergens. During the second half, we take a stroll around a grocery store of your choice (preferably where you would normally shop) and put what you've learned into practice. It is something I wish would have been available to me when we were just starting out on our food allergy journey.
If you're interested in learning more, e-mail me or give me a call at 651-249-9004. Also, as part of the launch of this new service, I will be donating 20% of my earnings from this service to the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) through March. You can help yourself while helping others with food allergies - a win-win! I hope to hear from you soon!
Eating With Food Allergies.com and the Eating With Food Allergies newsletter is written by Kristi Winkels, Registered Dietitian and mom to two kids with food allergies.
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