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V-Day Treats Allergy Friendly Gluten Free

Valentine’s Day, Food Allergies, and Special Diets

Valentine’s Day, along with every other holiday can be hard enough without food allergies or a special diet, so here are some tips to get you through.

Treat Suggestions
Shortbread Cookies: Download our free Kit Card and make shortbread cookies. Rather than use Christmas decorations (like the card) make a pink glaze instead. Use heart cookie cutters and now you have an awesome V-Day treat.

Torrie & Howard Candies: Order some of these to use as a small way to show someone you care. Be sure to get cherry or pomegranate flavors which have red wrappers.

Wholesome Sweeteners (Previously Surf Sweets) Heart Candy: These are gluten free, top 8 free, vegan, and organic. You can get these at many specialty stores, and amazon.

No Whey Chocolates: They have seasonal treats available now, and if you call, you may be able to get free shipping.

Enjoy Life Foods: Everything from enjoy life is Top 8 Free and more. You can take their soft baked cookies and use a small heart cookie cuter to turn cookie rounds into V-Day hearts.

Zego Snacks: Pick up the strawberry or raspberry Zego bars and like the tip above, use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to show some love to someone special. Vanilla heart yogurt for breakfast is sure to make someone smile.

Make These Quick Snacks:
Pictured are Made Good Crispy Rice Bars topped with Surf Sweets Heart Gummies. I made a quick Vanilla Glaze to use as glue. For the glaze, I used a few Tablespoons of Organic Powdered Sugar and added a small amount of water until it was a glue-like consistency. The kids dipped the gummies in the glue, and stuck them on to the crispy treats.

The biggest reason I shared this treat with you: we made them in FIVE minutes. I know how busy life gets, so I wanted to make something that someone short on time can enjoy.

V-Day Treats Allergy Friendly Gluten Free

Do Things Your Way
Maybe food isn’t the best option for you. There are so many other ways to show love on V-Day that don’t involve food. LEGO bricks can be formed into the shape of a heart. Paper crafts and origami are also a great option. If you live near a beach, draw hearts in the sand, take pictures, and make your own custom cards. With a little creativity, the options are limitless on how to show some care and love.

Don’t Forget the Health Factor
It’s easy to get caught up in the sweets on Valentine’s Day, but don’t forget, there are other food groups to choose from. Smoothies and juices can include beets, goji berries, raspberries, and strawberries for a pink tint. Pink lady apples also make a great pink toned applesauce. If you want a fun dinner, consider homemade pizza, and form the dough into the shape of a heart. To make this easier, Wilton sells a heart shaped cake pan you can purchase to make your shaping much easier.

No matter how you chose to spend Valentine’s Day, make sure it’s stress free and full of love.

Other bloggers who have shared great guides:

Celiac Mama’s Survival Tips

Celiac and the Beast’s Gift Guide

Krysten’s Kitchen’s Tasty Creations

Collagen Boost Cookbook

Awesome Resource: Collagen Cookbook

As some of you may know, Krysten from KrystensKitchen.com is a great family friend. This year she was featured in a cookbook sponsored by Neocell called the Collagen-Boost Cookbook. I’ve seen a rise in the use of collagen online for various health benefits, and depending on your personal health needs, you may find it to be a great addition to your supplement line up. Read More

An App To Share

This was brought to my attention on Instagram, so I want to pass it along in hopes that someone out there can use it. It’s called My Friendly Reminders https://myfriendlyreminders.com/ Essentially, it allows you to create a group of people, and manage who can’t have what. I’ve seen online lately where people without food allergies want to host their friends, but are unsure of where to start etc., and I can see this being a helpful tool. It also helps if you’re planning a larger event.

However, I will say, for those with severe food allergies, I doubt they would feel super safe allowing others to prepare their food just because of the cross contamination problems. Nonetheless, it’s little things like this that can help those with food allergies feel a little more included. Enjoy!

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 3

Is it sad that I made a part three of this series mainly so I could go on and on about the Lego Store? Probably, but! This is called Food AND LEGO 🙂 This is part three, and the final installation of the Traveling With Food Allergies series. Have you been able to travel successfully? Tell us about it. We’re always looking for new ideas.

Before I get to LEGO, here are some final thoughts about the trip overall, and some things that I would change, or can suggest, or need to over-suggest.

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Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Messing Around in the Kitchen

As you may know, in addition to all the things we do around here, we also have a Bakery (Free and Friendly Foods). There are times when I’m filling orders, or pre-filling, and I get bored making the same design over and over again. I thought it would be fun to share some of the new flavors and designs I’ve been working on over the past month, some of which is are for sale now.

For those of you who don’t know, the Bakery is gluten free, allergy friendly, vegan, with options for paleo/grain free, and diabetics. Our mission is to Change The World, One Bite At A Time.

 

Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Thou shall now be known as Chocolate Chip Edition!

 

Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Those in the Seven Realms will remember thee as Chocolate Kissed. Except for you, the ones in the middle…

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Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Traveling Series. This part will cover the night of departure, and the first full day of the trip, and a bit of what the kids did without me.
Part 1  |  Part 3

The Night of Departure
As expected, they didn’t leave on time. I was beyond exhausted, but of course, couldn’t go to sleep because I was trying to get them out of the house. As soon as they were gone I was out.

Meanwhile, in an RV far far away, well, not that far… The Papa and Grandma were driving the 4 kids to an RV park in Morgan Hill, which is south of us, by maybe a couple of hours? Maybe 90 minutes. The idea was that they would skip over all of the morning traffic, and “save” hours of travel time. It worked OK. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, Part 1

**Part one will be covering all of the planning, and things that happened before departure.
Part 2  |  Part 3

Welcome to the very long write-up about how you and your loved ones CAN go on a vacation. 10 years ago, I don’t know that this would be possible. 20 years ago, depending on the allergy, don’t even think about it. However, we live in a country that’s packed full of Whole Foods Markets, and few other big names (and little ones too) that have made it possible for people with food allergies to travel. Well, that and the internet. That last bit is important because putting in the time to research where you’re going is a big part of all of this. Traveling when you’re dealing a lot of people can be difficult. Traveling with people with multiple severe food allergies can seem near impossible. However, there’s hope. Here’s how we managed to pull it all off. Read More

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