Food Allergy Awareness Week & a Recipe Revamp

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, I re-vamped one of my favorite previous blog recipes to be free-from not only my allergens, but also the top 8 allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish).

IMG_3934Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but these 8 foods account for 90% of food allergic reactions in the US. I think that this subject is super fascinating, and made it a point to learn a lot about it while I was working for NC State to help develop their food allergy protocol policies.

So what are food allergies? A food allergy is an immune-mediated reaction to a particular food substance. These reactions are caused by the proteins in food, and even a trace amount of these allergens can cause an anaphylactic reaction. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is non-immune mediated. People often confuse the two, because many of the symptoms overlap, but the cause or mechanism of the reactions are what distinguish the two. Celiac Disease is different, and you can learn more about that here.

FARE symptomsSince today also happens to be Anaphylaxis Awareness Day, I wanted to take the time to highlight the severity of anaphylactic reactions. These are severe, life-threatening reactions that can occur within seconds to two hours of consuming an allergen. Hive are often the first indication of a reaction in 80-90% of people. Epinephrine is the only way to treat an anaphylactic reaction, BUT this is not a cure…only a temporary fix that needs to be followed up with by a physician. FARE is a great resource for learning more about epinephrine auto-injection and which symptoms to look for.

This is such an important issue and it’s important to be educated, not just for this designated awareness week/month, but always! A big THANK YOU to the organizations and individuals who are doing so much to promote awareness this month and beyond.


Grown-Up “PB&J” Pancakes – Recipe Revamp

Makes 2-3 servings


2/3 cup Enjoy Life Foods Pancake & Waffle Mix

2/3 cup water or non-dairy milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup sunflower seed butter

Pinch of sea salt

Strawberry Balsamic Sauce – I used a berry mixture instead of strawberries

  1. Prepare the mix according to the instructions on the Pancake & Waffle Mix box, adding in vanilla, cinnamon, sunflower seed butter, and salt, and mix until evenly combined.
  2. Grease a skillet or griddle over medium heat and spoon/pour batter onto heated surface. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side then serve with sauce.



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