Friday, September 25, 2009
We've realized that she is very sensitive to corn and any derivatives so I've been extra careful lately on what we both eat. I would safely say that if a label says natural flavors, there is a 99% chance that there is corn in the food.
What prompted me to write this post is that we've recently night weaned our daughter and she has been sleeping great. Except a couple nights ago she was up all night, couldn't settle herself and my husband got very little sleep. The next day I tried to figure out what was going on and realized we had been giving her the little juice boxes that we purchased awhile back. Just about everything in my house is "safe" for all of us to eat. I guess this one slipped by because what do you know, natural flavors were listed on the box. And these are organic, no sugar added, real juice drinks. So, I called the company and they said that yes, the natural flavors were in a base of corn (or wheat) alcohol but since "alcohol is a distilled product, there are no proteins from wheat or corn left". I am 100% positive that my daughter reacted to the juice because she hasn't had anything else that could have caused a reaction, isn't sick and had been sleeping fine. Once we stopped the juice, she slept fine again.
So, I've learned my lesson. I don't plan on buying anything else with natural flavors unless I have confirmed that it is corn free. There are some natural flavors that are not corn derived, but be careful if you are corn or wheat sensitive to always confirm the ingredients with the company!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- 1 large egg yolk*
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
- 3/4 cup canola oil, divided
Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Whisk until blended and bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
Using 1/4 teaspoon measure and whisking constantly, add 1/4 cup oil to yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, about 4 minutes. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup oil in very slow thin stream, whisking constantly, until mayonnaise is thick, about 8 minutes (mayonnaise will be lighter in color). Cover and chill. do ahead Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.
* Raw egg is not recommended for infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. To avoid the risk of salmonella infection, you can use pasteurized egg yolk instead.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream
3 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (about two cans)
2/3 cup of cocoa powder
6 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk cocoa powder in a small amount of coconut milk, until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until well combined. Or dump all ingredients together and blend with a stick blender. Make according to your machines instructions.
Friday, June 26, 2009
To make a donation online or join our team, visit my personal fundraising Web page.
To send a donation, make all checks payable to FAAN and mail to:
The Food Allergy & Anaphlaxis Network (FAAN)
Walk for Food Allergy
11781 Lee Jackson Hwy, Suite 160
Fairfax, VA 22033-3309
If mailing in a donation, please include a note indicating the walker and location to which the money should be credited.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today, Healthy Times products are made from organically grown ingredients, no preservatives or artificial additives. Healthy Times is the only exclusive organic baby food company providing mothers with products that are USDA certified organic, certified kosher by OU, and addresses baby’s allergies by offering wheat free, dairy free, soy free products for sensitive babies. The products are also supplemented for baby’s healthy growth and development, and recommended by pediatricians and hospitals.
My daughter loves the Maple Arrowroot cookies and they are perfect for an older infant or toddler. The maple flavor is soy, dairy and wheat free. The vanilla flavor is soy and wheat free. No palm shortening is added and they use only organic safflower/sunflower oils. I love these cookies also and since I am on the same diet as my daughter, I eat these cookies right along with her! I love that they are organic and are free from refined sugars, added salt and preservatives.
Healthy Times products are available to discerning parents throughout the United States and internationally in both Natural Food Stores and Conventional Super Markets.
INGREDIENTS: Organic Whole Oat Flour, Organic Barley Flour, Organic Evaporated Unrefined Cane Juice, Organic Cold Pressed Safflower Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Unsulphured Molasses, Arrowroot Flour, Baking Soda, Natural Flavors, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E). VITAMINS AND MINERALS: Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A (Palmitate), Niacin (B3), Electrolytic Iron, Zinc, Riboflavin (B2)
My daughter just recently celebrated her 1st Birthday. Rather than make everyone eat a gluten and dairy free cake, I ordered a regular cake for everyone else and made some cupcakes for her and I to eat. The bakery even gave me a few extra flowers to put on top of the cupcakes so that they matched the cake!
I've had Pamela's Classic Vanilla Cake Mix before and decided to use it for the cupcakes rather than risk making it from scratch. As far as cake mixes go, I have to say Pamela's is pretty good! The cupcakes were not quite as fluffy as I like them to be, but they were tasty. The mix does call for eggs and does not list any substitutions. Since we do not have eggs issues here, I did use them and I think that this mix needs the eggs to work. I frosted them with a homemade frosting made from powdered sugar and palm oil shortening. I have to say that I was pleased with the cupcakes and would use this mix again if I needed to make a cake. Pamela's Products are available in natural food stores such as PCC Natural Markets, Sprouts, Wegman's, Whole Foods, and more, as well as many grocery stores such as Fred Meyer, Kroger, Publix, Safeway and Winn Dixie, throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. You can find out more information on their website
Ingredients: Organic Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Tapioca Starch, White Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Chicory Root, Sea Salt, Grainless & Aluminum Free Baking Powder (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Potato Starch), Organic Vanilla Powder (contains corn derivative), Rice Bran, Gluten-free Natural Vanilla Powder (contains corn derivative), Xanthan Gum.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I miss pizza. Terribly. But when you are dairy, soy and tomato free it's a little difficult. There just isn't a good substitute for real cheese on a pizza. If you know of one, please let me know! I actually use this mix to make rosemary rolls. I make the mix according to the instructions and add in fresh chopped rosemary. Then I drop the dough onto the cookie sheet (it's a little sticky) I drizzle olive oil on top of them before baking. And if I do say so myself, they are pretty darn good. My husband loves them. He can eat gluten but prefers these little rolls to anything else. I would imagine the pizza crust would be great from this mix. I paid $3.99 for it at Whole Foods. It is well worth it if you are looking for a great gluten free crust or roll mix. It does call for 2 eggs, but if you are egg free there are instructions for using flax seed meal instead. You can find Bob's Red Mill at most grocery stores (my local Kroger sells it) or order it online at http://www.bobsredmill.com/
Ingredients: whole grain brown rice flour, potato starch, whole grain millet, whole grain sorghum flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, evaporated cane juice, xanthan gum, active dry yeast, sea salt, guar gum.