88 Acres Craft Seed Bars A Treat For The Food Allergy Community

I was blessed to be sought out by Amanda at 88 Acres, a company that “creates healthy snacks, free of the most common food allergens, that are crafted with simple ingredients and designed for every body to enjoy.”  She asked if I’d be willing to taste their craft seed bars and do an honest review and after reading more about the company, I was happy to oblige.

88 Acres was co-founded by a woman who truly gets it.

photo courtesy of 88 Acres

Nicole Ledoux grew up on an 88 acre organic farm that inspired her love for food.  She had no way of knowing how instrumental that connection to food would be later in life.  When the love of her life, Rob, nearly died after consuming a dinner that was cross contaminated with nuts, she became inspired to create healthy, convenient, allergy-friendly snacks they could eat together.  This is where 88 Acres’ story begins.

Keep reading to find out how you can get 15% off your first order from 88 Acres…

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Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods: A Company Review

When attending the 2016 Austin Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in April, I was fortunate to meet Josh, a sales manager at Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods.


Before I even review the product/company, I have to say that I loved the fact that Josh seemed genuinely excited about his product and the company’s vision.  He was there because he cares, not to meet a bottom line on product sales.  He took quite a bit of time to speak with me and I was impressed by his candidness and knowledge of both his product and how it more than meets the needs of the gluten-free community.

Josh was kind enough to send me home with a couple of Aleia’s products to taste test.  I have to say, the Coconut Macaroons were delicious and not all that hard on the waistline compared to some gluten-free cookie calorie and fat gram counts.  I shared them with some gals at work who are not gluten-free and they also loved them.  I also tried the croutons and liked them.  They are the perfect crunch to make a boring salad interesting.

Josh was clear that Aleia’s puts a lot of love in their products.  And they have a lot of products!  Here are just a few:  cookies (almond horns, chocolate chip, chocolate chunk, chocolate macaroons, ginger snaps, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, snickerdoodle and vanilla bean sugar), croutons (classic and parmesan), bread crumbs (Italian and plain), panko crumbs, and a variety of stuffing mixes.

*It is worth noting for my food allergy followers that at this time, the company’s products are only gluten-free.  Many of their products do contain nuts or peanut ingredients.  Please read the ingredient label and speak with the company directly to inquire about cross contamination to decide if it is safe for you to consume.*

You can buy these products online at Aleia’s website or possibly even find them at your local grocery store.  I was recently shopping at my local H-E-B and was excited to come across several Aleia’s products on their shelves.

My thanks to Josh and the crew at Aleia’s for taking the time to speak with me and for creating top notch food for the gluten-free community!

The Warm Kitchen by Amy Fothergill: A Cookbook Review

I had the pleasure of meeting cookbook author Amy Fothergill at the 2016 Austin Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAF) in April.  We actually shared the GFFAF blogger and author booth where I loved getting to meet so many new faces from Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get to know Amy and bring her beautiful cookbook, The Warm Kitchen, home to cook with.

The Warm Kitchen Cookbook

Aside from the delicious sounding gluten-free recipes that make the mouth water, of my favorite things about this cookbook is the amazing photography.  (Fun fact is that not all the photos are professional- some were actually taken by her kids and family!)

Although the cookbook primarily features gluten-free recipes, many of the recipes can be tweaked to make them more allergen-friendly.  In fact, more than 150 of the recipes offer dairy and egg substitutions.

Looking for a way to step-up your gluten-free cooking and baking this summer?  The Warm Kitchen might be just the thing you are looking for.


Show-and-tell Scout: A Book Review

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a champion of Mylan and Disney.  (Just find the search box on my blog and use the keywords “Mylan” and “Disney” to see why.)  In full disclosure, my family does own EpiPens and loves to visit Disney World.  Possibly my favorite things about both of these companies is the doors they open for the food allergy community AND the way they give back.  Now Mylan and Disney have formed an alliance to create a whole new experience for food allergy families.

Mylan and Disney Publishing Worldwide are collaborating on books for families living with severe allergies, including a children’s storybook and a cookbook.

Show-and-tell Scout Storybook

photo courtesy of Mylan

photo courtesy of Mylan

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Gives Back

Are you new to the world of asthma and food allergies?  Not sure where to turn for credible and reliable information?  Maybe I can help.

There are several organizations I follow faithfully online and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is one of them.  This is an organization that offers so much to the asthma and allergy communities, that I want to give you a quick snapshot of the organization so you can check them out on your own and decide if the organization is one you would like to connect with.  Continue reading