Allergy Shmallergy

Simplifying life for families with food allergies.

Okay, I Give… What is Aquafaba? October 24, 2016

Filed under: Grocery and Supermarkets — malawer @ 10:43 am
Tags: , ,

chickpeas-1218368_1920

I keep hearing about this wünder-ingredient called aquafaba.  Aquafaba is showing up everywhere these days from cooking shows to fitness magazines.  People are obsessing over it.  It’s clearly the hot new thing, the ingredient du moment … which admittedly made me want to ignore it for a little while.

 

But after all of this exposure, I’ve been worn down!  I give… What is aquafaba?

 

Aquafaba is the thick liquid that forms as a result of soaking or cooking legumes (such as beans) for a while.  You know the viscous liquid you find in canned chickpeas?  That’s aquafaba!  And to think most of us have probably just poured it right down the drain.

 

As it turns out, aquafaba is one of the best egg substitutes, swapping for eggs in everything from meringues and mayonnaise to waffles, cappuccinos and cocktails.

meringue

 

How do you use it?

If the aquafaba is already fairly thick, you can begin using it right from the can.  Otherwise, you may wish to reduce the water to thicken the liquid on the stove (by no more than 25%).

Substitute Amounts:

1 Tablespoon aquafaba = 1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp aquafaba = 1 egg white
3 Tbsp aquafaba = 1 whole egg

 

I finally understand why aquafaba is blowing up in vegan circles.  It will be fabulous as a substitute for those allergic to eggs.  Start playing with it and send me your best concoctions!  I can’t wait to hear how it’s being used!

 

Now, I’m off to make chocolate chip cookies – egg-free!  (And, I may or may not be eating the dough with a spoon…it IS worry-free, afterall!)

cookie-dough-1449454_1920

 

 

New and Safe for Your Lunchbox! Enjoy Life Mini Cookies October 8, 2016

 This is a sponsored post.

We have a hard time finding safe baked goods.  Between actual ingredients used in the items and processing issues (may contain, made on equipment with…), it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack trying to buy something off the shelf for a family managing multiple food allergies.

I often find myself baking late into the night so that my son has fun and delicious treats to eat after school or to share with a playmate. But, homemade products aren’t always a practical option and worse, they don’t last that long.

I know most of you can relate.  Well, problem solved!  Enjoy Life, who produce food always free from an amazing number of allergens, just released a line of Mini Cookies.

 

The Mini Cookies line include: Soft Baked and Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Brownie, Crunchy Double Chocolate, Crunchy Vanilla Honey Graham, Snickerdoodle, and Sugar Crisp.  They are Kosher, Halal, are non-GMO and use no artificial ingredients!  They’re better than homemade!

 

 

 

 

The Soft Baked Snickerdoodle cookies were perfect for toting along to my daughter’s playground play date.  They kept fresh in their pouches, despite the muggy weather and the kids DEVOURED them.  The parents were able to get in on the action and loved this flavor.  Bonus:  safe for every kid there despite varying food sensitivities!

 

Enjoy Life’s Mini Cookies are a lifesaver in the  morning.  I can’t tell you how happy my tired brain was when I remembered to throw in this surprise snack into my son’s lunch!  He was thrilled!



These Crunchy Sugar Crisps were an easy snack to supply for the whole flag football team. No matter the allergy or sensitivity, everyone (including siblings) could enjoy a pouch of these crispy, crunchy and satisfying cookies.


Go out and give them a shot.  I think, like me, you’ll be hooked.  The Crunchy Double Chocolate flavor is already on my grocery list for this week!

 

Always Allergy-Friendly Philly Swirl September 1, 2016

Filed under: Grocery and Supermarkets — malawer @ 12:00 pm

This is a sponsored post.

 

Summer’s not over yet!  I, for one, am riding out my free-wheeling, fun-loving summer mentality well into September.

Which is why we said “yes” to trying new PhillySwirl products that are always allergy-friendly and easy to share.

 

First, we shared PhillySwirl’s Lemonade Swirls with my kids and their playdates.  I’m a sucker for lemonade flavors.  My particular favorite was the Pomegranate pop, which offset the tartness of the lemonade with the gentle sweetness of pomegranate.  There are a few clever pairings, like Blueberry and Watermelon Lemonade pops.  But if you’re a classic combo person, you’ll be happy to know these come in Classic Lemonade, Strawberry and Lime.

Next, we handed out PhillySwirl’s Icee Mix It Up pops at our barbeque.  My daughter loved the Green Apple & Watermelon both for the flavor combination and the colors (she’s going through a pink thing!).  The Strawberry & Kiwi got rave reviews.  And the Red & White Cherry and Blue Raspberry & White Cherry flavors would have been perfect for our 4th of July party!

Finally, we sampled the Organic Jungle Swirls.  The interesting flavor combinations got my children’s attention.  But the organic and always allergy-free ingredients got mine!  These would be great for a post-game or a back-to-school classroom snack.  My son even wants me to bring these into school for his birthday treat – what a great, easy idea!

Gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, and containing no high fructose corn syrup, it’s easy to say yes to PhillySwirl.

 

 

 

 

Dairy-free Frozen Dessert! Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Peach Pie August 17, 2016

Filed under: Grocery and Supermarkets,Recipes & Cooking — malawer @ 12:00 pm

This is an Evite® and So Delicious® Dairy Free sponsored post.

Evite Peach Pie-30

 

If your family is balancing multiple food allergies, you already know how hard it is

to find recipes that are safe for everyone. I think most of us would agree that if dairy

and gluten are two of the allergens you are avoiding, dessert is the hardest.

Beyond the obvious foods, allergens sneak their way into so many items: dairy is in

chocolate, eggs are in custard, gluten can be found in frozen treats. For some, safe

dessert feels like a lost cause.

 

 

But don’t despair! Just check out this delicious looking Gluten-Free, Vegan Peach Pie

featured on Evite’s Party Ideas page. With a short list of basic ingredients, you could

feed a whole crowd – including those with gluten, dairy and egg allergies! Make it the

day before serving and you have a ready-to- go dessert for your next barbeque. Plus,

it’s peak peach season. So, now you have something you can make from all the ripe,

mouth-watering peaches you picked up from the farmers market.

 

 

And what could make this recipe better? A scoop of creamy, dairy-free frozen

dessert, of course! Enter: So Delicious® Dairy Free Frozen Desserts. To me, vanilla

is the perfect pairing for peach pie. So Delicious Dairy Free makes not one, but two

vanillas using the dairy-free base of your choice. And, their coconut flavor is making

my mouth water as I type this!

 

So Delicious® Dairy Free Soymilk Frozen Dessert in Creamy Vanilla

So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert in Coconut

And their new line, So Delicious® Cashewmilk Frozen Dessert in Very Vanilla

 

 

For the full recipe, check out the original post on Evite’s Party Ideas Page: Ditch the

Dairy and Make This Vegan Peach Pie for Your Next Party.

 

 

So Delicious® Dairy Free is an allergy-aware company. Please read their Allergen

Information statement to see what lengths they go to keep their customers safe.

And, as always, be sure to check the ingredient list.

 

 

Now let’s get baking!

 

Giveaway! August 2, 2016

Filed under: Grocery and Supermarkets — malawer @ 3:58 pm

 

 

Woohoo! It’s a GIVEAWAY!

As you know, Snyder’s of Hanover, long known for their fabulous pretzels, has converted their main factory to a PEANUT-FREE facility! Gotta love a company that is forward thinking and inclusive!

 

Now Snyder’s is offering a chance to win a sample package of their peanut-free pretzel line as well as a $25 Visa gift card!

 

To enter:

  1. Like Allergy Shmallergy’s Facebook page; and
  2. Share it with a food allergy friend/parent.
  3. Leave us a comment or photo with the hashtag “‪#‎PretzelsBaby‬” here or on one of Allergy Shmallergy’s social media pages!

Facebook: facebook.com/shmallergy

Twitter: @shmallergy

Instagram: shmallergy

It’s so easy!

(Winners will be chosen by August 7th, 2016.)

 

IMG_2537

And, for more information on Snyder’s of Hanover‘s transition as well as a review of their pretzel line, please see A Company Who Cares: Snyder’s of Hanover.

 

**An insightful reader reminded me that some old products remain on shelves.  Please be sure to read ingredient lists, as always.  Most of Snyder’s pretzels are already produced in their peanut-free facility (and the rest of the pretzel line will be produced there before the end of the year), so be sure to look for Snyder’s Peanut Free label before purchasing.**

IMG_2535

 

Can’t wait to see your entries!  Good luck!

 

Updated (July 12, 2016)! – Peanut Residue in Flour: Growing List of Product Recalls June 15, 2016

Filed under: Grocery and Supermarkets,School — malawer @ 9:30 am

Slide1

Updated (7/12/16):

 

I just wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the products recalls underway.  Grain Craft, a wholesale supplier of flour to manufacturers, found peanut residue in its soft red winter flour.  It has notified the FDA and many companies who use that flour are issuing voluntary recalls.

 

 

Read:

FDA’s Investigation of Low-Level Peanut Residue Found in Limited Flour and Flour Products

 

Grain Craft Recall Response

 

FARE Alerts page information.

 

 

Products currently recalled – click on link for complete list and details:

Honey Maid Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs Graham Snacks (sold in Foodservice channels)

 

Snyder-Lance Lance brand Oyster Crackers

 

Spartan Fresh Selection Cheesecakes (select varieties using Kellogg’s graham cracker crust)

 

Tippin’s Gourmet Pies 8-inch Key Lime pies

 

Garnder Pie Company Cheesecake and Key Lime Pies

 

Armour Snackmakers Keebler Animal Crackers

 

Mars Chocolate – select varieties and runs of COMBOS snacks

 

Kellogg’s (Kellogg’s, Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother’s, Murray – mostly select cookies, brownies, and crumbs)

Rold Gold Pretzel – select varieties

Hostess Snack Cakes and Donuts

Cinnabon Stix   

Chick Fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookies   

Acme 12″ Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookies   

Jewel 12″ Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookies

Safeway 8″ Single Layer Red Velvet Cake

 

 

Hostess has reported two allergic reactions following consumption of their products.  Please check your pantry and contact the manufacturers directly with any questions.

 

FYI:  You can sign up to receive food allergy alerts via FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) here or register to receive FDA alerts here.

 

 

FDA Safety Recall information page: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm

FARE Food Allergy Alerts information page: https://www.foodallergy.org/alerts

Save

Save

 

Allergy-Friendly Bakeries in the Metro DC Area May 31, 2016

Read below for our continually updated list of allergy-friendly bakeries in the DC metro area.

————————————-

 

With all the end-of-school, summer birthday, last sports game, graduation parties to be had, there’s no time to bake your own free-from desserts.  Let’s support these fabulous businesses who are trying to make life a little easier for families living with food allergies.

 

When you’re looking to buy baked goods for someone with food allergies, it’s feels almost impossible to find a safe option.  Here’s a list of some Nut-free, Gluten-free, and/or Vegan (read: Dairy and Egg-free) bakeries in the DC metro area to satisfy your sweet tooth.  (I’m salivating as I research these great places and now dying to go to each and every one!)

 

Cole’s Moveable Feast Picture
http://www.colesmoveablefeast.com/
Led by a former attorney turned home baker, Cole’s Moveable Feast serves the Northern Virginia area.  They offer custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, seasonal breads, pastries, and pies baked to order without dairy, egg, nuts, gluten and/or any other allergens you specify.  Using custom gluten-free flour lends and egg substitutes, their biggest sellers are cakes and cupcakes made without gluten, nuts, dairy or egg, but they can accommodate nearly any allergen (including soy and corn).   NOTE:  they even have a weekly snack delivery option!
Free from:  Nuts, gluten, dairy, egg; can customize to exclude other allergens.
Phone/online orders only.

 

Baked by Yael
https://bakedbyyael.com/
A tree nut-free and peanut-free bakery in D.C.  Among their many products, they offer gluten-free chocolate cakepops as well as dairy-free gingersnaps and egg-free raspberry bars.  A great stop after a day at the National Zoo.
Free from: Tree nuts, Peanuts.  Some goods: Dairy, Egg, Gluten.

 
Dog Tag Bakery
dogtagbakery.com
A nut-free bakery and cafe with a mission to support veterans.  They serve everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to muffins, croissants, quick breads and desserts.
Located in Georgetown.
Free from: Nuts
 
 
 
Happy Tart BakeryÉclair
happytartbakery.com
We are a 100% gluten free French patisserie!  We do bread, cupcakes, tarts and other wondrous goodies! 
Located in Del Ray, Alexandria.
Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Nuts
 
 

Out of the Bubble Bakery
www.obubblebakery.com
Based in VA
We specialize in cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for those with food restrictions.
Phone/online orders only.
Free from: Dairy, Nuts, Eggs, Soy, Dye, Gluten and made without GMOs.  Vegan and organic.

Sweet Serenity Bakery
www.sweetserenitybakery.com
Based in VA
Every ingredient is meticulously checked and manufacturers are contacted for anything questionable.  We also do not use any artificial flavorings, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corn syrup.
Phone/online orders only.
Free from:  Eggs, Peanuts, and Tree Nuts

 
 
 

Cookies/Scooby.jpgThe Lemonade Bakery
A dedicated Egg-free, Peanut-free, and Tree Nut-free bakery.
Delivery of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, scones, and breads to the metro-DC area.
Phone/online orders only. Delivery optional.

 
 
 
Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut-free bakery  and can also make Gluten-free, Vegan, or Custom Allergy-free cupcakes.
See Allergy Shmallergy’s Happy Birthday post from December 2010.
Phone/online orders only.
 
 
   
  
 
  
 
 
 
 

Hello Cupcake in Dupont and Capital Hill, although not a nut-free facility, offers Gluten-Free and Vegan options.

1361 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Just south of Dupont Circle, across from the Metro

705 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
3 blocks south of Eastern Market Metro

 
  
 
 
 
 

Fancy Cakes by Leslie, in Bethesda, offers some Gluten-free selections including cupcakes, cookies, and marzipan.

4939 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD  20814

  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

 Sweetz Bakery, located in a kiosk at the Dulles Town Center mall (near the food court), is a custom bakery that makes Gluten and Dairy-free cakes as well as Vegan flavors.

Dulles Town Center Mall

21100 Dulles Town Center Circle

Sterling, VA 20165

 
 
  
 
   
  
   
 
 
  
 
 

Sticky Fingers

An award-winning Vegan Bakery, also available at many retail locations including select Whole Foods in the mid-Atlantic and DC-metro area.  Everything they make is Dairy and Egg-free, and they also offer a few Nut-free and Gluten-free desserts (but are not a nut and wheat-free facility).

1370 Park Rd NW

Washington, DC  20010

   
  
 
 
 
 
 

 Sweet and Natural

An all-Vegan restaurant, also offers a selection of Vegan desserts – some of which are also available in local health food stores.

4009 34th St
Mt Rainier, MD 20712

 
 
  
 
 

Cake Love

Offers Vegan and Gluten-Free products.

Locations throughout the metro DC area including:

DC; Arlington, Tysons Corner, & Fairfax, VA;

Silver Spring, National Harbor, MD

  
 
 
 
  
 
  
 

Dama Bakery

Serves Ethiopian and French pastries in Vegan and Gluten-free varieties.

1505 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA

  
 
 
 
  
 
 

 

Whole Foods sells “Safe For School” Nut-free cookies in their bakery section.

  
 
  
 
 
 
  

The Westbard Giant in Bethesda sells Nut-free cupcakes. According to one shopper, you can usually find them in the freezer located in the bakery (not the regular freezer section), but they are sometimes displayed in the bakery section. They carry a label stating that they were made in a nut free facility.  Convenient!

  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

 For even more Vegan bakeries located in and around DC, check out the list at VegDC.com and Urbanspoon.com.