I love May. It’s the month where I finally feel like Spring is no longer playing mind games – the snow is gone, the trees and flowers have blossomed, the grass is greener (literally and figuratively), there’s sooo much rain – April showers bring May flowers is partially a lie…it rains in May too – a lot. And you know that Summer is just around the corner – which means school is almost out, too!
I think I may be the only parent who’s excited about her kids’ school year coming to an end….
May also happens to be Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada.
You may have noticed more posts popping up on social media about food allergies, issues that arise from said allergies, coping techniques, and lots and lots of discussion around this matter. And this is great because there are many people, young and old, who aren’t aware of or even realize that food allergies do indeed exist.
Here are some eye-opening facts about food allergies:
- A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response, ie an allergic reaction.*
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction ranges from mild (hives), to severe (difficulty breathing).*
- Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that may be sudden in onset (but not always) and may become fatal* (God forbid).
- Food allergies are on the rise.*
- The top 10 most common food allergens in Canada are: dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, mustard, and sesame.
- An Epi Pen is the first and only line of defence against a severe allergic reaction.
- Kids who have a food allergy are more likely to also have eczema and/or asthma.
- There is no cure for food allergies. The only prevention is to avoid the trigger foods and be vigilant when eating out.
Having witnessed first hand both Munsur and Sofia experience an anaphylactic reaction, it’s something I pray my kids never face again, and an event I hope never to experience again as a mother. I know my hopes and prayers are shared with all parents of allergic children. Food allergies are very real and in many cases, severe and life-threatening.
But. Like with anything in life, you have to make the best of what you’ve been dealt. Despite our dietary limitations to dairy, cashews, pistachio, beef, and eggs, we’re managing greatly without them.
In fact, and you’ll hear me constantly say this, I believe that our food allergies are a blessing in disguise. Because of what we aren’t able to eat, we’ve become a much healthier food consuming family.
That’s something to be thankful for :)
So you can imagine that with so many dietary limitations, it can be tough to think of healthy treats and snacks for you and your family to enjoy.
You’re in luck though, because Enjoy Life Foods came up with an indulgent snack, that’s healthier, simple to make, and of course, free from the priority food allergens. I tasted the sample that was sent to me, and liked it so much, I made a batch for my family.
Get the recipe for this Rocky Road Snack Mix here.
The only thing extra that I did to this recipe – which isn’t much of an extra, was add some sea salt to my popped corn, because I like the flavor contrast of salty and sweet. I also stored the bark in the freezer to help preserve freshness and crispness.
I know you’ll enjoy making this snack – it’s simple, takes little time, and your kids can help out too – with both the prep and the eating ;)
To help you make this snack and other goodies, and in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Month, No Dairy No Cry teamed up with Enjoy Life Foods to offer you, our amazing readers, this giveaway.
***This contest is open to Canadian residents only***
3 5 lucky readers will win a prize that includes these baking essentials:
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Mega Chunks
- Dark Chocolate Morsels (my fave!)
- Muffin Mix
- Pancake and Waffle Mix
Total value = $40!
I know. This stuff isn’t cheap.
To enter, simply leave a comment below and describe your favorite food(s) to make, and follow No Dairy No Cry on Instagram and/or Facebook to be eligible to win. Contest closes May 31, 2017. Winners will be announced first week of June 2017. So be sure to sign up to this blog to stay in touch and never miss a thing!
But Canadian or not, I’d still love to hear from all of you about your favorite things to make/bake/ and even no-bake!
Good luck guys!! Can’t wait to hear from you :)