by Silvana Nardone in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 21, 2016
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, September 13, 2015
Have you ever hosted a holiday feast and genuinely enjoyed the gathering as much as your guests did? It can be a reality — with a little help from your friends. During the holidays, many of the top food allergens — especially gluten, dairy, eggs and tree nuts — appear throughout the meal. This year, we’re turning the tables on guests and preparing them with these five easy tips to make this season’s holiday feast fun, and safe from allergies, for everyone.
1. Be prepared.
Avoid anxiety by giving the host a heads-up about any food allergies or intolerances the moment you receive the invitation. Ask if you can bring your favorite dish or dessert. It’s an opportunity to share not only the gift of food, but also your personal food memories and family traditions.
2. Be generous.
If you approach the gathering from a place of gratitude rather than just focusing on the food, your experience will shift. How often do you get the chance to be with those you love or meet charming new people? Think of everyone you get to spend time with, the laughter and the all-too-rare, real-life interactions. Invaluable. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, September 19, 2013
According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), there are more than 15 million people in the United States with food allergies. Many of these folks will be eating out in their lifetime. Dining out with a food allergy doesn’t have to be daunting if the right steps are followed. These days many restaurants are sensitive to patrons who have a food allergy, making it easier than ever to keep your allergies in check.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, May 14, 2010
Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free pasta, trying to eat more whole grains or experimenting with ancient grains, you can find all kinds of alternative pastas lining market shelves these days. Here’s a quick primer.
Quinoa is a high protein whole grain (technically, it’s a seed) that has become very popular. The grain provides hefty doses of B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc. Quinoa pasta has a nutty flavor and a dense consistency. Although quinoa is gluten-free, the pasta can be blended with other flours, including whole wheat flour, so be sure to read labels carefully.
by Dana Angelo White in Food Safety, Healthy Tips, April 30, 2009
In this week’s nutrition news: Check Twitter and Facebook before your next visit to the farmers’ market, food allergy testing to be standardized and meet the White House pastry chef.
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Nut allergies are serious business. Millions of Americans have them. Not only can reactions be life-threatening, but it’s tough even knowing which foods contain nuts these days. Even if you’re not allergic, it’s good to know the basics to keep dinner guests, kids and your co-workers safe.
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