AllergyFriendly Zemas Madhouse Double Chocolate Cookies

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Attention chocolate lovers! Have you checked out Zemas’ Double Chocolate Cookies?

These mouth-watering cookies are a treat for your palette.

  • Top 8 Allergen Free
  • Rice Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility, free of the top 8 allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, & shellfish)

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Lovin’ the Zemas Cookies? You’re in luck! Zemas manufactures several other #allergysafe products like waffle and pancake mix, brownie mix, and muffin mixes! Check out where you can buy their #delicious products on their website – http://zemasfoods.com/

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Welcome our New Writer, Arul!

Hey #FAL Family!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our official new writer – Arul Nigam.

Arul is currently our Public Relations Strategist, but being the talented writer he is, he has also been a Guest Blogger on our site before. Arul is a young, enthusiastic writer, and has won awards for excellence in writing at state-level competitions.

Here are a few select posts he has written for us so far.

 

Arul’s posts have received a tremendous response – you guys LOVE what he writes!

Therefore, he will now be one of the two Official Content Producers for FAL!

Stay tuned for his upcoming posts!

Airline Travel Tips #2

Loved the tips we shared in Installment #1 of Travel Tips? Then today’s your lucky day!! Here’s installment #2 –

You’re bound to get hungry on a flight – especially if you’re going international. If your on a 14 hr flight sometimes snacks won’t suffice – thankfully there are a couple options for you to make sure you have an allergy safe meal aboard.

1. Fruit Platter: Upon special request many airlines offer a fruit platter. The fruit platter is usually great for people with food allergies because rather than the currys, noodles, and pastas it’s pretty clear what allergens the plate contains or may contain. The only thing to note about the platter is you must put in a special request before your flight otherwise they might not have it on board!

2. Cup A Noodles / Chicken Bullion Soup: For Nut-Allergic people like me these “to-go” soups/pastas are great options! All you have to do is ask a flight attendant to bring you a cup of hot water, pour it into your to-go noodles cup, and you’re ready to enjoy a nice, hot and filling meal on the flight!

3. Bread! Whether the flight attendants bring out bread in a basket or they give you a roll with your meal, bread is one of the most common food items you get on the flight! Though one should always read the label to make sure you are safe and comfortable, it’s good to know that the bread is almost always safe. Bread for flights is mass produced and airlines rarely treat their passengers to a “lap of luxury” type meal with fancy nut breads – those are more expensive. So if they label checks out well on these breads, your most likely safe to enjoy them!

Airline Travel Tips #1

Traveling this summer? No fear, FAL is here with some helpful tips to guide you 🙂

1. Personal Pillows and Blankets
People with allergies tend to be especially sensitive to different materials. As someone with allergies myself I have travelled and felt itchy and uncomfortable with the pillows and blankets the airlines provided for long flights. Non coincidentally, when I’ve used their pillows and blankets I will sneeze nonstop until I move the pillow or blanket off of me. Something in the pillow or blanket is definitely an irritant and I recommend taking your own personal pillow and blanket so you can have a more comfortable and relaxing journey!

2. Wipe the seats!
People bring all kinds of foods to snack on during flights. Though airlines usually clean the planes between flights, there isn’t time for an in depth cleaning. What does that mean? If the person on the last flight was using the remote while snacking on some cashews there is a risk for a CONTACT reaction if you are using the remote and it wasn’t wiped down. But don’t worry, there’s an easy way to eliminate this risk! Just use Wet Wipes or Clorox Wipes to wipe down your seat, tray table, remote/TV when you board the plane – then wash your hands and you should be good to go!

3. Wipe your hands before eating!
This one seems obvious, but if your relaxed in your plane seat, on a long international flight you might forget! Just make sure your hands are clean (in case you accidentally got some allergen residue on your hand unknowingly) before you start eating and your hands are in your mouth.

Stay tuned for Travel Tips installment #2 next week!

Going to College #2

Attention College Bound Students!!
Have you heard of the FARE College Food Allergy Program?

FARE started a campaign in 2014 to not only help educate college staff on how to best accommodate children with food allergies, but also compile a database so prospective students can learn how each college plans to handle food allergies.

This new database is expected to be available by late 2016/early 2017.

For more information, visit: http://www.foodallergy.org/collegeprogram

If you’re heading off to college sooner than the database release, reach out to the colleges you’re considering for more information!

Many colleges already have established programs (such as mandatory staff trainings and additional allergen-free dining facilities) to ensure that their students with allergies can have a fun and safe time on campus.

Stay tuned for next week’s post: Allergy-Safe Airlines! More Going to College posts are on the way too!

Allergy Safe Dining in College

With several of our readers heading off to college this year, we are excited to announce our college series!

Get ready for a series of blog posts, interspersed between other helpful posts, about how to manage food allergies in college!

We’re honored to share this journey with you!

 

PopChips

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Want to spice up your snacks? Tired of plain old potato chips? Check out PopChips!

These healthy, not fried, snacks are delicious and perfect for parties! With the variety of flavors, from sour cream and onion and sweet potato, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love.

Their labelling is very thorough, and clearly lists allergens. From what we can tell – the only main allergen PopChips contain is Milk. All PopChips are peanut and tree-nut free!

Find them at your grocery store today!

For more information visit: http://popchips.com

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