SunButter Balls Recipe – A healthy and allergen-free snack

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Food Ideas, Peanuts/Nuts Allergy, Recipes & Cooking Tips | Read 4 Comments - Add Your Own »

These SunButter Balls are much better than Schweddy Balls 😉 and they are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut and peanut-free, and soy-free! The credit for this recipe goes to my sister, Leslie, who lovingly adapted it so that my daughter could eat it too. She also used healthy ingredients to give these little snacks a nutritional punch!

This is a great recipe to make with kids. They love to make the balls and roll them in the cereal! Once coated, keep them (the balls, not the kids) in the refrigerator to have as a healthy snack, to pack in lunches, or for protein on the go. The cereal on the outside, in addition to providing a little crunch, prevents them from being sticky.

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Happy Birthday to my girls and a surprise allergen-free dessert

Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Babies & Kids, Food Ideas, Holidays/Special Events, Products | Read 6 Comments - Add Your Own »

My girls turned 7 and 5 this month, and for their birthday celebration, I decided to have something other than cake (see their past birthday cakes: Butterfly cakes, Fish cakes, Mermaid cakes, Aloha cakes).

The dessert was a surprise up until the moment it was ready, and it was a hit! Can you guess from the picture of my happy 7 year old what it was?

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A chocolate fountain! With stuff to dip — all gluten-free and free of the top 8 allergens.

I purchased a mini chocolate fountain on Amazon for $28. It worked great, but I think in the future I would rather have the larger size. For the chocolate I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks with organic canola oil (you have to add oil to the chocolate to thin it for the fountain). The chocolate flowed perfectly and was delicious. People couldn’t believe it was dairy-free.

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For the dipping I used marshmallows, pineapple (canned), strawberries, mandarin oranges (canned), Glutino pretzel sticks, Kinnikinnick animal cookies, vanilla cake cut into chunks, and more marshmallows (the most popular item), which I also put candles in for my girls to blow out during the Happy Birthday song.

For dipping and eating, I had skewers, plates, and NAPKINS! And a hose. 🙂 Yes, it was messy, but the smiles were worth it. I recommend doing it outside (even though the instructions say not to), and getting a plastic tablecloth.

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The chocolate fountain may just become their birthday tradition!


Healthy (and food allergy friendly) snack options for kids

Posted on August 18th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Babies & Kids, Food Ideas, Healthy Living | Read 5 Comments - Add Your Own »

I love to snack and I guess I’m pretty good at making healthy snack choices for myself. Kids, on the other hand, require a bit of coaching as to what constitutes a healthy snack. Pre-dinner time is the worst, when kids turn into beggars looking for handouts! So, to stave them off before they reach for the chips and treats, I try to put a variety of snacks out before kids ask for them — you know what they say: be one step ahead of your kid. Sometimes I set them out in a high-traffic area and don’t say a word. They discover them and sure enough, they are eating the healthy snacks and not rifling through the pantry.

Coconut Yogurt and CerealNeed kid-friendly snack ideas? All of the snacks on my list are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free and nut-free… also minimally processed and healthy! Even kids with food allergies can overload on packaged carb-heavy snacks and sugary treats, so it’s important to not fall into the deprivation syndrome (letting them have as much as they want of the allergen-free treats because you feel they are deprived enough already).

These are snacks that my kids, ages 5 and 7, will actually eat, plus they double as great lunch box items!

  • Coconut yogurt sprinkled with gluten-free cereal, like Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal or Erewhon Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal for a special treat
  • Homemade granola
  • Snap peas – blanch and then serve or refrigerate and save for later
  • Carrots and hummus or rice crackers and hummus
  • Olives – who can resist putting them on fingers?
  • Sliced cucumbers or cucumbers sliced into sticks – it’s good to change it up with kids
  • Pickles
  • Garbanzo beans, or roasted garbanzo beans — take a can of beans, rinse, pat dry, toss with olive oil, salt, and other spices if desired, and roast in oven at 350 or 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes until crunchy
  • Kale chips
  • Homemade sweet potato chips – peel and slice sweet potato into rounds, toss with olive oil, salt and other spices if desired and bake in 400 degree oven, flipping them once.
  • Fruit – this is an easy one, but don’t forget to try new ones!
  • Avocado sprinkled with salt or guacamole with organic tortilla chips
  • “Cheese” crackers – rice crackers topped with Daiya non-dairy cheese o other non-dairy cheese toasted in toaster oven or oven
  • Rice cakes with melted non-dairy “cheese” – toaster oven or microwave
  • Organic popcorn tossed with oil and salt
  • Healthy muffins, or better yet, mini-muffins – next time you make a batch, double it and freeze. Pull one out and thaw or microwave.
  • Chunks of turkey or salami (make sure it doesn’t contain milk) with rice crackers to make mini-sandwiches
  • “Turkey rolls” – just rolled up slices of turkey!
  • Apples slices spread with Sunbutter
  • Leftover pancakes
  • Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Smoothies with spinach
  • Smoothie pops – take your leftover smoothie and put it in a popsicle mold. Now your kids are eating frozen spinach!

Happy and Healthy Snacking!


What’s for gluten-free breakfast?

Posted on July 21st, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Food Ideas, Gluten Intolerance, Products | Comments Off on What’s for gluten-free breakfast?

Did you know that breakfast cereal was invented only a little over 100 years ago? What was intended as a health food has become, for most Americans, a meal of sugary processed grains devoid of real nutrition. Bright unnatural colors, marshmallow or chocolate bits and prizes are Happy Breakfastwhat define our boxed cereals of today. Even choosing healthy, natural cereals can mean a lot of gluten, as most cereals are made from wheat, and if you are one of the 7% of Americans who have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant (some doctors suspect the number is closer to 30%!), this big dose of gluten at the beginning of the day can really affect the rest of your day.

So, what are your breakfast options if you need to be on a gluten-free diet? Don’t worry – there are many! Head over to Attune Foods, the makers of Erewhon cereal, to read my list of gluten-free breakfast ideas, and add your own in the comments!