Wednesday December 19, 2012
The About.com Health Channel is proud to have won silver in the 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Awards for Best Health/Healthcare Content. Winners were selected from over 1,100 entries and were judged by 115 industry professionals.
As part of the health channel, I can say that I am very privileged to work with such a knowledgeable and dedicated group of health writers. The doctors who make up our medical review board also play a big role in assuring that we provide medically accurate content that is written in language everyone can understand.
Sunday November 4, 2012
If you have a peanut allergy, or a school that does not allow peanuts in the lunch room, you need to think creatively about your lunch box. Here is a list of ideas to spark your lunch-packing creativity:
Tucking a small ice pack into your lunch box will keep your meat and cheese at a safe temperature until lunch time.
- Try an award-winning peanut butter substitute with your favorite jelly
- Go high tea with cream cheese and cucumber slices on crustless bread
- Wrap up hummus, veggies, lunch meat, or cheese in a tortilla wrap
- Scoop tuna, chicken, or egg salad into lettuce leaves for a gluten-free wrap
There are more and more commercial snacks being marketed as nut-free. Be sure to check the label each time you buy a product to make sure it is still safe for your allergies.
Sunday October 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is getting closer to the east coast, and experts estimate it could leave 10 million people without power. If you live in an area that may be affected, act now to prepare yourself for several days without power. In addition to bottled water, flashlights, and batteries, you will need to prepare to manage your food allergies during a natural disaster:
- Make your emergency medical kit is stocked.
- Have plenty of allergy-safe food on hand.
- Have a way to cook without power - a grill, camp stove, or fireplace.
- Be extra cautious of cross-contamination when cooking out and cleaning up with minimal water at hand.
If you are evacuated, bring as much allergy-safe food with you as you possibly can. It may be difficult to find safe food on the road or in a shelter.
Sunday October 28, 2012
Packing a lunch without dairy can be daunting, but with a little advance planning and label reading (note that milk and whey are common bread ingredients) you or your child can have a lunchbox to look forward to. Try one of these ideas:
- Pita bread stuffed with hummus and veggies
- Almond butter and marshmallow fluff for a new twist on a kid classic
- Dairy-free lunch meat and soy cheese on dairy-free bread
- Tortilla wrap with dairy-free lunch meat, tomato, and guacamole
- Soy yogurt
- Homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, safe granola, and dairy-free chocolate chips
- Dried fruit, such as raisins, dried cranberries, or apricots
- Pumpkin seeds
- Potato or tortilla chips
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Mini rice cakes (make sure they are dairy-free) with almond butter
For more dairy-free school lunch ideas, see Ashley Skabar's recipes for Dairy-Free Lunches for Kids.