food and cooking

mom and toddler offering samples during one of their food allergy awareness events

This was my first year actively involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week. Last year, I shared posts on my personal Facebook page but did not partake in any food allergy awareness events. It was an eye-opening, heartwarming, and slightly exhausting week. My brain is already going on how to make next year even better! rollercoaster rides Much like a food allergy parent experiences highs and lows handling day-to-day life with allergies, I found planning for the week and the actual food allergy awareness events a bit of a rollercoaster ride as well. I am a perfectionist. I tend to dream big, perhaps bigger than my

food from allergy-friendly grocery shopping at Healthy Living

Disclaimer: I partnered with Healthy Living to bring you this information. However, all opinions are my own. A huge thank you to Healthy Living for supporting food allergy families like my own through this, the products they carry every day, and their involvement in Food Allergy Awareness Week this year! All prices mentioned are at the time of this posting and subject to change. We shop at Healthy Living every week. It’s part of our core, four store repertoire. Until recently, it was known as “the little cart store,” thanks to their kid-sized, basket-holding carts. Ollie’s graduated to calling it Healthy Living and a small

a spread of food for everyone to prepare their own wrap at the table: independence is ollergy's first dinner table trick

Food allergies make meal preparation complicated. Throw in a picky eater and I know it can be really stressful and overwhelming to get dinner in everyone’s belly. I will preface this post with the admission that Ollie is, for the most part, a great eater. He always eats at least some of what we give him and honestly likes more vegetables than I do. Even so, we have our moments. I’ve found two ways to help the dinner process so at least some of the food we spend hours preparing (and far too much on) actually makes it to our toddler’s mouth. Here are my

toddler eating a blueberry muffin during a baked egg food challenge

I wish this post existed two years ago when we were considering our first food challenge. I found plenty of medical information on food challenges, but not a lot of personal experience. Being from a state where our main hospital doesn’t administer food challenges, there were no local food allergy parents to connect with on this topic.   what’s the first thing I wish I knew? Food challenges take a long time to schedule. All of our challenges are in the Center for Ambulatory Treatment and Clinical Research (CAT/CR) instead of Allergy and Immunology. This started with baked egg because there was uncertainty if Ollie’s

reading labels is the only way to know where you'll find allergen surprises

When I first set out to write this post, I had a few allergen surprises in mind. I thought I would share five or ten ways I’ve learned allergens hide. As I began to write, I realized it was impossible to limit the list to just five or ten. Every bit of research I did revealed new allergen surprises. Ultimately, I decided to go one of my favorite sources, other food allergy parents. I posted a question about places where parents were surprised to encounter food allergies at 11 PM on a weeknight and within minutes the responses were pouring in. The post ended up