The Eating With Food Allergies Newsletter

Compliments of

March 2008

In this issue...
  • Eggless Easter Crafts
  • Food Find of the Month
  • Recipe of the Month

March is a busy month this year! Not only do St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring and National Nutrition Month take place this month but Easter is in March as well.

Easter Egg
When I was growing up, one of my favorite traditions was decorating eggs for Easter. It was a tradition that I insisted on doing every year, even as an adult. Of course, that all changed when we found out that my son had a severe egg allergy. I'm not sure if my son would have a reaction just from touching an eggshell while decorating eggs but we won't be finding out in the near future. While holiday traditions hold a special place in our hearts, new traditions can be made. When my sons are grown up, I hope they insist on carrying on our new family Easter tradition - decorating plastic Easter eggs and filling them with "safe" goodies!

Looking for a new tradition that you and your family can look forward to each year? Here are some egg decorating ideas that don't require help from a chicken:

Thread Easter Eggs
Living Easter Baskets
Quilted Easter Eggs
Paper Mâché Eggs
Eggs-traordinary Decoration
Nest Egg

The Food Finds of the Month

  • A Healthful Snack
    Cocoa Loco Bars
    New snacks are always exciting in our house - especially those that my son actually enjoys. One day on a trip to our local specialty food store, we spotted Enjoy Life's Cocoa Loco snack bars and just had to give them a try. While they are free of the top 8 most common allergens, they are not free of flavor. The name of these bars says it all. On our way home from the store my son would've eaten the entire box if I let him. I even considered it since these bars are a relatively guilt-less treat with only 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein (better than candy anyway!) The Easter Bunny would be wise to put some of these in the baskets this year!

  • Hot Off the Presses!
    A brand new cookbook called 8 Degrees of Ingredients is now available! This cookbook eliminates all of the top 8 allergens from over 250 recipes, including coconut which was recently classified by the FDA as a tree nut. It is also 100% gluten-free, and none of the recipes include oat flour.

    The author of the book, Melisa K. Priem, wrote it not only to share her love of cooking and the discoveries that she has made while cooking for her daughter with food allergies. She also wrote it to help others realize that food allergies do not have to be so paralyzing - a feeling that she had in the early stages of her food allergy experience and that many of us have also shared. This is the philosophy that is the basis of Eating With Food Allergies as well. I think this book will be empowering for people with food allergies (and the people who cook for them)!

You can purchase Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Snack Bars and the 8 Degrees of Ingredients cookbook in the Food Allergy Store through's secure server. All purchases made from through the Food Allergy Store help to support Eating With Food Allergies. Your support is much appreciated!

The Recipes of the Month

Thanks to Melisa Priem, author of 8 Degrees of Ingredients, for generously sharing a few of the recipes from her book. You can find them in the Eating With Food Allergies Recipe Index by clicking on the links below:

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Beef Stroganoff
Veal Marsala
Swedish Meatballs

Looking for a St. Patrick's Day treat that your kiddies will love?
For a fun and festive treat, try these Spritz Cookies. Add a few drops of green food coloring and use the four-squared cookie press disc to create a four-leaf clover.

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