Exploring a Unique Perspective: Non-Allergic Siblings

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a non-allergic sibling? We teamed up with Allergy Girl Eats to explore this perspective!

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Happy #FoodAllergyAwareness Month #FAL Family! We’ve got a BIG surprise for you!

We’ve got you covered as you get ready to embark on your adventures and explore the world this summer!

AllergySmartz has just been updated to include 4 New Languages: Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, and Turkish, and 1 New Allergen: Corn!

Usable without Internet connection, and equipped with 20 Spoken Languages and the Top 13 Allergens, AllergySmartz is the perfect tool to communicate your allergies to restaurant staff while dining abroad!

Be sure to download AllergySmartz and share it with your friends who want to travel this year! Happy Travels 🙂

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Travel Turbulence: Food Ideas + Pro-Tips for Long Haul Flights

Being cooped up in an airborne metal chute on long haul flights can be nerve-wracking. Having experienced the trepidations as you board to “Fly the Allergy Unfriendly Skies,” galvanized us to compile this list.

NOTE: This list is loosely classified by mealtimes, but travelling often interferes with your body clock, so you may find yourself eating bagels at 10 pm. 🙂


  1. Bring bagels and single-serve jams/jellies. Assemble a delicious breakfast item on the flight!
  2. Bring small boxes of cereal. Ask the flight attendants for milk. They should have some when coming around with coffee, but will bring it separately if requested.

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  3. Pack some instant oatmeal. Just add hot water! You can get it by asking the flight attendants.

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  4. Enjoy hard-boiled eggs. Pack them in a CLEAR baggie, so they can be inspected at Security.
  5. Carry homemade muffins. They’re delicious and high in fiber.QHADHSSH


  1. Bring a cup of noodles. Low sodium is preferable. Just add some hot water (available onboard) and you’re good to go!QAILNOODLES.png
  2. Pack soup. Most companies make individual sized bowls that can be made by just adding hot water.QANSOUP
  3. Make a tuna sandwich. Make sure to buy “no drain” tuna, and make sure it has a pullback tab.

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  1. Order a fruit platter ahead of time. Most airlines offer some version of this, often with yogurt. It can be ordered at ticket purchase, or usually up to 48 hours before your flight.
  2. Create your own fresh fruit/veggie baggies. Place some carrot sticks, celery sticks, grapes, cherries, oranges, etc., in a baggie. You CANNOT take it through Security in a foreign country, even if it is only a layover. Of course, it is not allowed through Immigration.
  3. Sun Maid Raisins are a healthy and delicious snack. They’re small and easily portable, and will keep you satisfied while also providing energy.QARAISINS
  4. Bring along snack bars. Fiber One, Nutri-grain, and Enjoy Life are all very well-labeled, so check for your allergy needs.

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  5. Bake brownies/cookies. Many allergy-friendly mixes are available.
  6. Pack tortilla chips and single-serve packs of salsa. You may have to put the chips in your own plastic bag (due to size issues).

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  7. Take pudding. Hunt’s Snack Pack makes delicious puddings of various flavors. No refrigeration required.SNACKPACK.png
  8. Bring along some crackers. There’s a wide variety of allergy-safe crackers, and many delicious flavors!

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BRING ALONG AllergySmartz! On your travels, AllergySmartz can assist you in communicating the severity of food allergies, and the necessary precautions, to restaurant staff around the world!

To download from the Android Store, CLICK HERE. To download from the Apple Store, CLICK HERE.

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Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to have a note from your allergist that your Epi-Pen and food are necessary to bring along, and do not pose a threat to anyone.

Now, you can truly fly the friendly skies!


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Hey #FAL Family!!

We are so excited to share with you that we have been working on a HUGE, secret project! We’ve been working tremendously hard over the past several months to make this surprise amazing, and incredibly useful for you all, our wonderful followers.

We cannot wait to hear your reactions – make sure you follow us on all our social media (links below) so you will be the first to know when we announce the news!
~ The AllergySmartz Team

p.s. NEW blog post coming later today – stay tuned chocolate lovers! 😉

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Summer Break!

Hey FALowers!

We hope you are enjoying your summer travels and are finding the update to AllergySmartz useful in conveying your food allergies abroad.

Just as you have all embarked on your vacations, FAL will be going on a Summer Break as well. Therefore, there will not be new posts for awhile, but when we return expect all-new content and some surprises too!

If you want to see something in particular when FAL returns: a certain language added to AllergySmartz, or a blog post on a specific topic, let us know! Email us at allergysmartz@gmail.com. We love hearing from you!

Safe travels FAL Family 🙂


AllergySmartz App Update

It’s Summer! All set for your next vacation? The AllergySmartz App is all ready for your use – with four new languages just added: Chinese, Bahasa Malay, Filipino, & Romanian!

AllergySmartz is a mobile app that overcomes language barriers to communicate food allergies and safety precautions for safe food preparation to chefs, in a variety of languages.

AllergySmartz currently features the top allergens (milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts, legumes/pulses, tree nuts, fish, shellfish [mollusks/crustaceans], mustard, and sesame) and 16 languages to translate the allergy warning statements both to and from (English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Filipino, Hungarian, Bahasa Indonesian, & Bahasa Malay)

AllergySmartz allows users to delve into any culture, sampling various international cuisines while still feeling comfortable.

AllergySmartz can be used anywhere on the globe – it requires NO internet access!

Download AllergySmartz on the iTunes or Google Play Store TODAY!

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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!