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Back to School Snacking

We recently stopped at our local HyVee Fitchburg to check out the back to school snacks. We consider HyVee to be a leader in new snack offerings. If there is a cool, new snack on the market, our HyVee is the first to stock it. And that holds true for these amazing nut free finds by Hostess and Entenmanns.

Check out the photos below for some fast BTS snacks that are nut free for your classroom. We will share some gluten free snacks later this week as we build out our BTS safe snacking box.

Mom Things, Snacking

Nut Free Ice Cream

Today I contacted Breyers, my go-to safe ice cream, regarding the only flavor we allow at our house, Natural Vanilla & Gluten Free flavor.  I called 1-800-931-2826 and spoke with Peter to confirm there was no cross contact risk.

Breyers  Ice Cream Natural Vanilla 48 oz

To summarize, Breyers has strict processes in place to keep common allergens away from non-allergen flavors. There are dedicated, separate lines. If the manufacturing lines are shared at any time, a stringent cleaning process (with sampling) will happen before any new products are created. It will be noted on the carton with “may contain” if the lines are ever shared in the flavor you choose.

If there is no “may contain” statement, then no cross contact is happening on that line of ice cream.

It is true that multiple flavors of ice cream are all made in the same facility. They are on different lines, however.

Gluten Free flavors under-go a specialty cleaning process to certify gluten free status. There is segregation in the facility so these flavors are made on different days (which I LOVE because technically the gluten free flavors, which are all nut free, have the entire building to themselves), with an even deeper cleaning procedure. No information is available about whether or not this is a separate building or shared, or if they can 100% confirm that absolutely no other flavors are being made on another side of the facility. If I could tour this facility, I WOULD! Actually, I’d love that. Since my Dad works in food production, I can sort of picture how this would look, and I’m OK with it.

I hope this helps. Breyers has been the most cooperative and open about sharing this type of information. I’m obsessed with the cleaning process and that is why we only buy the gluten free vanilla. There are other nut-free ice creams for sale, and they are available on the SPOKIN website for you to find where they are.

Snacking, Travel

2018 Wisconsin State Fair Update

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It’s that time ALREADY!!!! The end of summer is winding down quickly. We had a nice summer vacation, and we’re hitting the ground hard with planning our back to school functions and events. A few more fun activities before we hit the books.

State Fair is a favorite of ours and we just called the cream puff hotline to confirm that the cream puffs are still made in a 100% nut free facility and safe for our nut allergic kiddo. So YES, they are SAFE for your PN / TN allergies at the Wisconsin State Fair. This is not for all fairs, so please check in with your own fair.

Just a warning though. They are generally sold int he same building as the candied pecans + walnuts, so make sure you take your cream puff to go and eat outside (After you wash your hands really good!). We found a picnic table last year and set up our cream puff camp there.

Other treats we love include the pork on a stick, corn on the cob and poutine.

One item we haven’t been able to confirm, ever, is the cotton candy. The cotton candy trucks are 100% unreliable when I start talking allergy talk, and I get frustrated and walk away. If you have an experience regarding cotton candy, please share. My daughter really wants to try it!

Enjoy the fair + the last 20 days of SUMMER!!!!

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Nut free on Delta

Just a quick shout out to Delta Airlines today for their expert service and their professionalism in handling today’s in-flight allergies.

There is a family with allergies and the announcement was made at the gate prior to boarding to refrain from eating all nuts. There were also 2 announcements when we boarded about the nut policy and that they wouldn’t be serving any nuts.

Nut free items would be available for snacks. Some snacks do say they are made in a facility with nuts, so still check those labels!!

Have a great Thursday. I’ll be blogging about Girlfriends Guide to Seattle this weekend as I help my good friend celebrate her 40th in style, as well as my brothers 33rd birthday on Sunday!

What is your favorite Seattle activity?

🤗🤗🤗

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Back to School Allergy Check List

It’s hard to believe that it is August and school is starting in just 26 days! As a food allergy family, we have a lot to get ready:

  1. Epi Pen renewals; keeping one on Chloe + in the nurses office at all times.
  2. New rescue inhaler for asthma
  3. Packing a new allergy friendly snack box for treats in the classroom (our policy is always no sharing, unless we have discussed it prior to the event and have approved the snack.)
  4. Talking with the teachers about classroom snacks and food allergies.
  5. Confirming lunch time routine
  6. And new for this year, talking with our new lunch program coordinator

After stopping by the FARE website to get some helpful tips, I came across this check sheet for classrooms that I thought was helpful. Even though I am not a teacher, this gave me some good ideas for every day use + reminders.  Have fun gearing up for school this year!

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The checklist below provides a list of 10 measures teachers can implement to help keep students with food allergies safe and included in their classrooms.

✓ Work with parents, the school nurse, and other appropriate school personnel to determine if any classroom modifications are needed to make sure that students with food allergies can participate fully in class activities.

✓ Avoid the use of identified allergens in class projects, parties, holidays and celebrations, arts, crafts, science experiments, cooking, snacks, or rewards. Modify class materials as needed.

✓ Use non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, and awards.

✓ Consider designated allergy-friendly seating arrangements in the cafeteria.

✓ Include information about children with special needs, including those with known food allergies, in instructions to substitute teachers.

✓ Encourage children to wash hands before and after handling or consuming food.

✓ Determine if the intended location for a field trip is safe for students with food allergies. If it is not safe, the trip might have to be changed or cancelled if accommodations cannot be made. Students cannot be excluded from field trips because of food allergies.

✓ Avoid ordering food from restaurants because food allergens may be present, but unrecognized.

✓ Have rapid access to epinephrine auto-injectors. If you suspect a severe food allergy reaction or anaphylaxis, take immediate action, consistent with your school’s food allergy management emergency response protocol.

✓ Be a role model by respecting the needs of students with food allergies and reinforcing the school’s rules against discrimination and bullying.

Download the checklist as a printable one-page PDF

For more helpful resources like this one, visit FARE’s Back to School Headquarters.