Saturday, January 30, 2010

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes


It's a snowy day here in the Carolina's, expecting a lot of sleet this afternoon. A perfect day for hanging out in our pj's and for some hot Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, yummm! I usually start these out from my basic pancake recipe and adapt it to taste. Here is the basic pancake recipe with adaptations following it:

Combine
1 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Then combine
1 c. milk (or water)
2 teaspoons oil

Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Makes about 8 pancakes.


Here is the Apple Cinnamon version

Combine
1 1/4 c. buckwheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Then combine
1 c. of rice milk
1/2 c. of applesauce

Mix wet and dry ingredients, add several liberal shakes of cinnamon and a dash
of vanilla. Makes about 8 pancakes.

P.S. I like to add a little bit more rice milk to this recipe to "thin" these out some, the buckwheat flour makes for a very thick batter. Delicious!

Friday, January 22, 2010

How do I know if my FA child is at a Healthy Weight?

From the time I found out my son had problems with dairy, one of my fears was that he would be malnourished and not gain the proper amount of weight. If you've read our bio. on how we got started, then you'd know our trip to the nutritionist was not very helpful. I'm not knocking nutritionists, just the one we went to was not up to speed on food allergies and provided little information on how to increase his body weight without dairy products. Since then I've learned a lot and am still learning everyday. Just the other day I came across a fellow blogger who uses avacado oil in a lot of her FA child's food. I had never heard of using this particular oil, but apparently it is a good one to "sneak" into their smoothies, etc. as it doesn't have any noticeable flavor. I've yet to try this, but plan to, on my next trip to the health food store.

Anyway, I thought I'd include a link here to a BMI calculator I found at About.com:Pediatrics. BMI stands for Body mass index and if you know your childs height and weight, you can plug them into their program and they will be able to tell you if your child's weight falls in the under, over, or healthy weight range. BMI is calculated by taking a person's weight and multiplying it by 703, you then divide by the person's height in inches and get a percentile. Anything between 5 and 85% is healthy, above 85% and they may be overweight, below 5% and they may be underweight. Check them out here.

As always, if you have any concerns check in with your child's doctor.

In health,

Jennifer

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Great Dairy and Egg free Recipes

I was cruising other food allergy blogs today, diligently doing research, :), and came across a blog called http://www.speedbumpkitchen.com/. It had some great dairy, egg, and nut free recipes I plan on trying out really soon. One of them is for brownies, which is a big thing in our home, it was tried out by another food allergy mom and she highly reccomends it! I can't wait. An interesting ingredient that kept popping up in a lot of the recipes is avacado oil. I had never heard of this oil and am intrigued to know if it leaves any aftertaste like cooking with coconut oil sometimes does!? Does anyone out there have any experience in cooking with avacado oil? I'd love to hear more about it! Leave your comments here!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dairy Free, Egg Free, Kid friendly Supplements

O.k. when I first started this journey 6 years ago I really stressed over my son getting the right amount of nutrients. What mother doesn't? With a child that has multiple food allergies, one of them being dairy, this can be a real challenge. While there are many ways to get the right amount of calcium and fat that you need, I've found that supplementing my son's diet with vitamins and other supplements a neccesity and stress reliever, for me. While, I feel, you shouldn't rely on these wholly for all your nutrition, it can take the pressure off of you to always be producing well rounded meals and snacks. Here is what we are currently supplementing with; a great multivitamin by Rainbow Light called Just Once Kid's One Multistars, and a liquid calcium/magnesium supplement called Bone Ami by a company called Beeyoutiful. In the past I have also used Carlson Cod liver oil for Kids with great results. All of these products can be found on the web at reasonable prices and all are, currently, dairy, egg, gluten, and shellfish free! (please check all labels as ingredients can change). I'll be adding links for these supplements soon!

In health,

Jennifer

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What to do when your Food Allergic child has a party at School?

O.k. this is my son's first year of school and so far it has been great! We were, definitely, blessed with an awesome teacher for him. She is so understanding and helpful when it comes to his needs as a food allergic child. One of the things I had stressed about before he started school is what do you do when someone is having a birthday and the mom wants to bring cupcakes or some other special treat for the child to celebrate their birthday? My son's teacher has been so gracious to keep me informed whenever that occurs and lets me know well ahead of time, so I can be prepared.

This is what I've come up with so far. Usually I keep a batch of cupcakes on hand in the freezer for him and icing in the fridge or pantry. So, all I have to do is defrost one or two the night before and frost it in the morning before school. I pop it in some tupperware and send it off with his lunch. They usually have birthday celebrations at snack time and this way my son can be included in the celebration. If we have time I let him frost the cupcake(s) and add sprinkles, if I have any around!He loves it!

He had a birthday celebration today and I had discovered yesterday we were out of cupcakes! Of all horrors! Anyway, I made some yesterday and was going to show some pictures of them but I made a small error and they flopped. I managed to salvage enough he could still have some today but, alas, I forgot to adjust the water amount when I added my substitution for eggs and it took them forever to get done! When they were finished they were crispy on top and easily fell apart. Oh well, he still ate them up and loves the special treat. I will have to make some more soon, so I can restock the freezer, I don't want to be caught off guard for a last minute party!

Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm back!

Well, just wanted to say Happy 2010 to everyone! If you've been wandering what happened to me, I took a little hiatus. Over the Christmas holidays we moved houses. What a chore, but now I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and figured I'd better get back to my blog! I would've have been back a week sooner too, only the stomach flu hit our household pretty hard. My husband and I had it at the same time, which never happens! Really lousy, but thanks to my daughter, who took care of us, we survived! Well, thanks for stopping by and check back soon, as I will be adding more!