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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mexican Salad Bar

When the weather starts warming up I like to lighten up our dinner fare. Tonight at our house was "Mexican Night". Everything was super easy, delicious, fun, and of course allergy friendly. This meal is perfect for people with egg and nut allergies and is gluten friendly as well. Here are some ideas to get you started on your own Mexican Fiesta!
start with: wraps, tacos, or brown rice with taco seasonings
add: shredded salad, avocado, seasoned black beans, soy crumbles (check ingredients for wheat),
shredded cheese (dairy or soy) (ground beef when not using dairy ingredients)
toppings: diced chili peppers, black olives, salsa, etc...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Are Seasonal and Food Allergies Related?

If you're suffering from seasonal allergies you're not alone. 1 in 5 adults has seasonal allergies.You may be surprised to learn that there's a link between pollen sensitivity and oral allergy syndrome. When an allergic attack is triggered by pollen in grass,weeds, or trees, the immune system overproduces histamines. Fruits and vegetables that contain the same proteins as these plants(called profilins) can cause a similar localized reaction called oral allergy syndrome (different from a true food allergy). The body's immune system thinks you're eating pollen! (source:NBC News: "Hayfever? Don't forget to check your plate")

To learn more about Oral Allergy Syndrome: read Dr. Robert Cohen's interview on the topic