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If you’re trying to cut processed food out of your diet, two of the most common challenges are drinks and condiments. Fortunately, people have been using fermentation to make delicious drinks, such as kombucha, and much more since before recorded history.
Until I had kids in school I never realized how many holidays and special occasions could be celebrated. Aside from the standard ones like Halloween and Valentine’s Day there’s also the 100th Day of School, President’s Day, and Football Fridays. And apparently tomorrow is Dr. Seuss’s birthda
These days so many schools have nut-free tables or classrooms, and some are even entirely nut free! I know when I was first required to pack nut-free lunches for my daughters, I was pretty worried about this uncharted territory. I really had to focus on every. little. thing. I was packing to make sure there was no cross contamination or broken rules.
I eventually got used to it of course, but for all those who are still figuring out how to pack allergy-friendly lunches this year or are even looking for ideas for a kid of your own that has a nut allergy, then this is for you!
Also be sure to check out our list of Favorite School Lunch Supplies and School Lunch FAQs!
I'm always on the lookout for solid protein sources. As a mom, I also value recipes that pack a nutritional punch and that my kids get excited about. This recipe for Breakfast Cookies checks all of those boxes and, bonus, it's super easy to make!
Today Vani (aka Food Babe) and I are appearing on the Dr. Oz Show - be sure to tune in!
It's been a little over one week since we started a petition to remove artificial food dyes from Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. We have over 228,000 signatures and, while we heard from Kraft right after the petition launched, it was not the response we were hoping for.
We thought it would be important to share their response and exact letter with you, so you can understand exactly what we are up against.
Below you'll see Kraft's letter to us along with our specific response and reaction in bold.
From Kraft: Hi Lisa and Vani,
Thanks for contacting us. The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority and we take consumer concerns very seriously. We carefully follow the laws and regulations in the countries where our products are sold. So in the U.S., we only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the Food and Drug Administration.
Our Response: When Kraft found out the safety of artificial food dyes was in question in Europe - why didn't they make the "safety" of U.S. citizens their highest priority, too? Food is food - whether in our country or someone else’s - why not make all Kraft products standardized to the highest safety regulation across the board? Kraft was able to reformulate their products without artificial dyes in the U.K. without noticeably changing the color or taste - we even taste tested it ourselves just to prove this point. We know it can be done; Kraft doesn't have to reinvent the wheel.
To further prove this point - Kraft stated this fact themselves by reformulating Lunchables in the UK without "compromising quality, taste and food safety."
“Kraft Foods UK has no products aimed at children that contain the ingredients highlighted in the FSA [Southampton] study. . . . [W]ith our recent Lunchables reformulation in the UK, we reduced fat and salt, as well as removed artificial colours and flavours. Without compromising quality, taste and food safety, we will continue to see where we can make changes and still meet consumer expectations.”—Kraft Foods UK (Quote Taken from AllergyKids Foundation)
Because Kraft has not willingly and proactively reformulated their products in the US, it's obvious to us that Kraft’s highest priority is their bottom line. We are asking Kraft, a multi-billion dollar company, to be the leader in the US Food Industry by voluntarily removing artificial dyes and owning up to the statements they make about safety and quality of their products.
While we can argue that it's less expensive to cook a meal at home, the reality is that sometimes you just can't (or don't want to!), and fast food feels like the only option. Here's a list of decent meals you can find at four popular fast food chains.
This is another dish that's easy enough to throw together for a busy weeknight meal, yet pretty enough to make for dinner guests as well! I recently made this recipe when my parents were in town (with a big salad on the side), and the serving platter was completely empty by the end of dinner. I absolutely love meals that are so much easier to make than they appear. :)
If you even remotely like banana bread then you will absolutely love these pancakes. And if you don’t like bananas then you can substitute another fruit (like blueberries or raspberries), but I think the banana is the secret ingredient that adds the right amount of sweetness to balance out the who
To help ring in the New Year, we invited our (mostly Charlotte-based) blog team and their spouses over for a pot luck dinner on Saturday. Oddly enough though, the fun began weeks before anyone even arrived. As we started talking food details for our get together we quickly realized, in total, our group deals with quite a list of food allergies and aversions. And if we wanted a meal that everyone could eat we would have to adhere to the following list of (combined) constraints:
No pork, beef, or lamb (only chicken or turkey)
No seafood other than shrimp
Now it's not very holiday-esque, but I have learned from cooking for another friend with gluten and dairy allergies...Asian cuisine is totally the way to go. Between the coconut-milk based sauces and dishes served over rice, the options are almost endless. So since I offered to provide the main course (and the alcohol!) I ended up settling on the below Green Curry Shrimp dish served over brown rice and topped with steamed sugar snap peas.
Get ready to add a new favorite dinner to your weekly rotation…whole-wheat pizza pockets! These are sure to please eaters of all ages and the best part is you can use up food or leftovers from your fridge for the fillings. Little ones might especially enjoy making their own pizza pocket so don’t