The awesome team at My Food Allergy Friends have come out with another book in the ‘Thai’ series…if you haven’t come across these before, they are brilliant books about a lovely boy Thai who manages his allergies in preschool. My kids absolutely love them and proudly take them to preschool or school occasionally.
Sujon Product Review
I’ve been enjoying Sujon berries for a number of years now, and had tried their blackcurrant powder a few years back, so I was pretty excited to be given some to try out and see how it might work with allergies. Although lots of people take this powder for health reasons: supporting muscle performance, reducing fatigue and supporting the cardiovascular system (see Sujon’s website for more information about this), I was interested to see how the powder would work in baking, and everyday allergy-friendly recipes.
A May Contain Goodness subscription box review and giveaway
We were lucky enough to receive some boxes of the new allergy-friendly subscription box by May Contain Goodness which was pretty much like Christmas for my girls! I’ve also got two boxes to giveaway so keep reading for details on how to win this awesome prize 🙂
After reviewing other boxes for My Food Bag, I was really interested to hear about the new Bargain Box so I was excited to do this Bargain Box Review to see what the meals were like and how they would fit with an allergy family 🙂 I hope it’s helpful for you all too!
A Just Organic Review for all those lovely readers who love organic fruit and vegetables but also may be interested in a bunch of other really cool allergy-friendly products. For those outside NZ, I’ve included in some really yummy recipes as well!
*I was given these products by Just Organic to review, but I have a personal policy to only write about products I think work with allergy families and are of good quality 🙂
Hubbards New Muesli and Porridge Review
I was lucky enough to be asked to review Hubbards new Muesli’s and Porridges….what a crazy tough job haha. I was given 4 new yummy ones to try:
*Blueberry and Apple Creamy Porridge
*Coconut Currants and Cinnamon Creamy Porridge
*No Added Sugar Fig and Apple Muesli
*No Added Sugar Date and Almond Muesli
If you don’t want to read the whole review….basically they were so yummy I went out and bought a new flavour today: Pecan, Date and Maple and I’m excited to try that one too 🙂
Obviously, my one-year-old thought they were pretty yum too:
I was lucky enough to receive some snacks and chutney from Tambura Foods (https://www.tamburafoods.com) to review…sometimes this really is the best job in the world!
I was given 3 different types of crunchy snacks to try: original, lemon and spicy and an Indian style Chutney. These snacks are gluten and dairy free which is pretty awesome, and they just happen to be pretty delicious too! Two of my children (ages 1 and 8) were able to eat them and both happily munched away on the original flavour, which has a taste of Indian spice without much heat at all. Incidentally, they are VERY crunchy 🙂 My 8 year old really loved the lemon flavoured ones. She had some friends over one day and they had a great time daring each other to try the spicy ones which was hilarious to watch. They were a bit too spicy for my relatively tame daughter, her Japanese friend ate a whole mouthful and came running out for a glass of milk and her Thai friend couldn’t even detect any spiciness and hoovered back half the packet! As for me, I loved the original and spicy ones…the spicy ones have definitely got a kick but not enough to cause any distress and I think they would make a perfect adult party snack. For kids parties, I’d definitely go with the original or lemon. The cumin infused chutney is lovely too..it does have quite a strong cumin flavour which is fine for me. I have found it a great meat accompaniment and been serving it with chicken and venison, but I think it would be lovely in vegetarian dishes too. I think the spicy snacks would also be great mixed into a salad for an interesting texture. An added bonus is they come in resealable pouches and I found they kept really well.
I’ve been super duper lucky of late and been given some extremely yummy things to try out for this blog! Little Island Coconut Drinking Milk is absolutely one of these and now the kids are hooked I can see it costing me a lot of money haha. Secretly, or actually not-so-secretly I am also completely hooked on the chocolate milk, it is absolutely delicious!
I’ve been super lucky this week getting to review some yummy things, and a week of gluten-free meals from My Food Bag is no exception!
Just in case you don’t want to read through the entire post, here are my thoughts about the My Food Bag Gluten-Free Bag (www.myfoodbag.co.nz) and how it might fit with allergies. Before I say anything else, I should mention that the bag is not marketed at allergy families, just those on gluten-free diets, but I was interested to see how it would fit with a variety of allergies.
1. The whole operation is very, very professional and runs very smoothly. The delivery arrived at the start of the window specified and everything was in perfect condition.
2. Everything that would be at risk for contamination was labelled gluten-free and sealed. A big plus.
3. The portions are generous.
4. There was a good variety of food, and a different protein for each of the five nights.
5. In terms of allergies, I had to make some alterations each night, but we have an unusually large amount and variety of allergies in our household. Generally it was easy to make it fit for the whole family.
6. The recipes are very easy to follow; my 8 year old cooked some of the meals essentially by herself without any problems.
I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of books featuring allergies to review by Jackie at My Food Allergy Friends (https://www.facebook.com/Myfoodallergyfriends/). It was pretty awesome timing actually because my 3 year old is really into books and reading at the moment, but has also recently started preschool after me keeping her home primarily because of her allergies. I think the move to preschool has probably been more anxiety-provoking for me than her (and she has been blessing me with bouts of sobbing at drop-off, so not a walk in the park!), just because I worry that she’ll get into something like egg that is really dangerous for her. We don’t actually talk about allergies a lot, she just knows that she can’t eat most foods and she can reel off the few foods that are ok for her. If you asked her why, she would probably just tell you she gets very itchy, I haven’t really gone into a big conversation about the really scary side of allergies.