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Nutra Banana Maple Pudding

Posted 12.22.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Need a quick afternoon snack or dessert for your little one? Here's a super quick pudding!

Ingredients:

  • 4 scoops Neocate Nutra
  • 1 fl oz water
  • 1/4 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Directions:

Mix Neocate Nutra with water. Add banana and maple syrup. Stir and serve.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories 130
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 24g
  • Fat 3.5g

Makes 15 servings

Submitted by: Katherine M. Hull

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Wheat-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Posted 11.24.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Yummy Pumpkin Muffins'Tis the season for warm pumpkin treats! Enjoy making and eating these with your children and perhaps even whip some up for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups wheat-free flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil and pumpkin, mixing well. Transfer into lined muffin tin and bake at 350°F until fork inserted in center comes out clean (about one hour).

Nutrition Information:

Makes ~ 10 muffins Per Serving:

  • Calories330
  • Protein 3g
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Fat 23g

Submitted by: Karen Mischler

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our Food Allergy Cookbook!


Macaroni and Cheese (Almost)

Posted 11.10.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Here's a mac & cheese dish that your little one might help making as well as eating!

Ingredients:

  • Pasta (Your child's favorite kid)
  • Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Slices of vegan cheese
  • A few tablespoons of soy milk or Neocate

Directions:

Cook pasta according to box instructions. Drain pasta. Add olive oil in pan and mix with pasta. Add cheese and stir over low heat until cheese is melted and mixed in. Add soy milk or Neocate to help cheese melt and give a smoother texture. Don’t forget to sprinkle on some vegan grated topping!

Nutrition Information:

*Nutritional value will depend on which ingredients you choose.

Submitted by: Michele Michnowski

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!


Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

Posted 10.13.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

With fall upon us, cinnamon breakfast bread will warm your little one right up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 3 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 fl oz rice milk (or Neocate formula)

Directions:

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar & salt. Cut in shortening with a fork until fine and mealy. Add rice milk (or Neocate formula) all at once. Pour into a greased 8” pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm for breakfast.

Nutrition Information Per Recipe*:

  • Calories 150
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 17g
  • Fat 9g

Makes about 12 servings.

* Nutrition information for recipe using rice milk.

Submitted by: Mary Blackorby

To get more food allergy recipes, be sure to download our new Food Allergy Cookbook!


Celebrate Easter and Passover with Recipes for Kids with Food Allergies

Posted 4.1.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

Easter and Passover celebrations are happening this week, and there will surely be an influx of goodies and feasts that come along with them. But if you have a little one with food allergies, this can be a tough and challenging time. We wanted to inform you about some great ideas (and where to find them) for an enjoyable and allergen-free Easter or Passover.

One place that I found lots of information was www.kidswithfoodallergies.org. There was plenty of information on Kids with Food Allergies’ (KFA) website for an allergen free Easter or Passover. They have lots of recipes for allergen-free dishes celebrating the holidays. The amount of activities and resources to choose from ensures that the whole family can get the most out of the holiday, even when food allergies are a concern. Check out the Peach Potato Puffs recipe for Passover. I thought it sounded different and delicious!

Peach Potato Puffs (from Kids With Food Allergies)

By Danielle (deestricky1)

  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt dash ginger
  • 2 tsp dairy-free, soy free, corn free margarine
  • 6 canned peach halves

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the ingredients except the peaches. Whip with whisk or mixer until nice and fluffy.

Take whipped potato mixture and pile some into each peach half. Arrange the filled peach halves in a greased or sprayed 6x10" baking pan and dot with additional margarine. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.

When celebrating Easter, if your child has an egg allergy it can be a very tricky time. But with some helpful tips and ideas, they can still take part in all of the traditions. If you are decorating eggs, instead of real eggs paint wooden versions, or use stickers to decorate plastic ones. Instead of candy, fill Easter baskets with toys and other goodies like sidewalk chalk, books and jewelry. Or you can check out allergen-free candies from companies like Divvies, Premium Chocolatier and Sweet Earth. You can also make your own candies – Go Dairy Free has some great recipes.

I found these fun tips on KFA's website. Here are links to view the booklets I found so helpful.

I have received a number of calls from parents asking if Neocate Infant DHA ARA contains certain grains which are not allowed during Passover. Neocate Infant DHA ARA formula does not have any grains (wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye) in the formula. If your little one is on an elemental diet composed of mostly formula, then this can be a unique situation. Feel free to read the Passover booklet to get more information about adhering to a restricted diet during the holidays.

I hope these ideas help make your celebrations fun for everyone! Do you have any other creative ideas for an allergy-friendly Passover or Easter? Enjoy the holidays!

-Christine


Birthdays with Food Allergies

Posted 8.23.11 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Happy Birthday without CakeAs we’ve mentioned before, mixing food allergies and birthday parties requires a bit of effort.  This includes both hosting a birthday party (with guests with food allergies) and sending your food-allergic child to a birthday party.

We wanted to round up a few recipes that could provide a potential solution. It would also be great to have an allergen-free dessert, whether you’re hosting the party or sending your little one to a party.  This way everyone can safely enjoy a treat.
 

Cakes & Baked Goods

Most cakes and baked goods call for dairy, eggs, and wheat, which are three of the top eight allergens.  In fact, fish and shellfish are the only two of the top allergens that do NOT regularly appear in baked goods! Here are a few alternatives to a traditional birthday cake that could make a great stand-in.

On page 14 of the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, there’s a great recipe for a frosted birthday cake, made with a cake mix from Cherrybrook Kitchen – free of dairy, nuts, and eggs. But don’t count out serving cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, or cobbler, all of which appear in the same great cookbook. Another great place to check is the Kids with Food Allergies website, which offers a variety of recipes.

Not interested in handling the baking yourself? There are several companies that can bake a great, safe alternative and have it shipped straight to you, candles not included. A few places whose treats are allergen-free to varying degrees are Divvie’s Bakery, Home Free, Liz Lovely, and Betsy & Claude Baking Company.  You can also check grocery stores that cater to special dietary needs, such as Whole Foods.
 

Delicious Desserts

Who says that an equally delicious dessert can’t make a stellar stand-in for cake? Not us! Here are some ideas for other great foods that most kids would never refuse.

See our Neocate Nutra Recipe Guide for allergy-friendly ice creams and puddings.  Also check back into the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook for great shake and smoothie recipes, many submitted by parents.  Top suggestions include the Banana Chocolate Shake or Chocolate Covered Strawberry Slushy.  If you really feel like going all-out, you can use one of these frozen desserts alongside a baked good, in place of the usual cake and ice cream.

Feeling REALLY adventurous? Try your hand at a homemade ice cream cake by combining recipes for an allergen-free ice cream, cookies, and frosting.

What have you used in the past when the traditional birthday cake wouldn’t do? Let us know in the Comments section below.

- Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Breakfast

Posted 2.9.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 

Empty Breakfast PlateFor the next three weeks, we’ll be posting some allergy-friendly meal ideas, starting with breakfast. While it can be difficult to come up with meal ideas for standard diets or choosy children, a diet that has allergy restrictions is even tougher! Here are some breakfast ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.


Neocate-Only Breakfast Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, it’s helpful to have ideas that add variety. For instance, mixing some of the flavors and formats that Neocate offers can help fight the formula monotony. One of our favorite ideas for children over one year is mixing Neocate Nutra with Neocate Junior Tropical, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Vanilla, or Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape. A ratio of about four scoops of Nutra powder to every one ounce of a prepared Neocate formula provides you with what we like to call “almost-yogurt.” You can of course adjust the ratio to your child’s tastes. For children older than six months but below one year, you might try mixing Neocate Nutra with a pasteurized fruit juice that they tolerate.


Top Eight Allergen-Free Breakfast Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can try mixing a Neocate product with pureed fruit. By mixing Neocate Junior with fruit you can come up with some great breakfast shakes and outstanding flavor combinations. Or by mixing Neocate Nutra with pureed fruit you can come up with a great alternative to oatmeal. If you want to serve it warm, we still recommend against using a microwave: start with warm juice instead to avoid the hot spots and lower nutrient levels microwaves can cause.


Less Restrictive Breakfast Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great breakfast suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top 5 breakfast ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in a large batch, portioned, and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Apple-Oat Muffins on page seven would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few breakfast recipes appear in blog posts, such as Banana Bread Muffins.

If your family has a favorite “standard” breakfast recipe that involves milk but is otherwise allergy-friendly, you may be able to substitute Neocate formula for the milk. While this might change the final result a little bit and may require some experimenting, it will provide the high levels of most nutrients from Neocate that other milk substitutes (such as water or rice milk) can’t provide. Just be aware that the high heat from cooking will lower some of Neocate’s nutrient levels, especially some vitamins. Again, check all recipes to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.


What allergy-friendly breakfast ideas have helped your family in the morning?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Lunch

Posted 2.16.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

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The topic for today’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is lunch! Just like with breakfast, a lot of the go-to lunch options for most children aren’t suitable for children on a diet that has allergy restrictions. Here are some lunch ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Lunch Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula one lunch after another can become very routine. One great option Nutricia offers is the multiple flavors of Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children find restrictive diets less of a struggle if they have a say in the flavor. On top of this, Splash is packaged in kid-friendly drink boxes so that nobody knows their drinking a special medical formula. Another option is to send your little one to school with a great Neocate-only pudding recipe such as Chocolaty Nutra Pudding. But why stop with chocolate pudding? Experiment with mixing the different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors. My favorites are Grape Splash with Junior Chocolate (“chocolate covered raisin”) and Tropical Fruit Splash with Junior Vanilla (“Dreamsicle”).
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Lunch Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. It may seem difficult at first, but you can still put together a lunch that looks pretty normal, even without the top 8 allergens. A few months ago we posted a week’s worth of ideas for allergen free lunches. Bear in mind that while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items. Even though we first shared a lunch post from Allergy Moms in 2008, it’s still relevant and has some great ideas!


Less Restrictive Lunch Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great lunch suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five lunch ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Turkey Meatloaf on page twelve would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few lunch recipes appear in blog posts, such as Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Chicken Pasta Salad.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly lunches that have helped you that you’d like to share with other families?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Dinner

Posted 2.23.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Waiter with trayToday’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is the final topic: dinner! While breakfast and lunch may tend to be rushed or eaten out of the house, a lot of families still prefer to have dinner together at home. On top of this, the restrictions and rules that come with food allergies can make dining out very difficult.  Here are some dinner ideas that might help you add variety to the evening meal. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Dinner Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula breakfast, lunch and dinner can be difficult for some children, especially older children. As we’ve mentioned in the previous two posts in this series, Nutricia offers multiple flavors in both Neocate Junior and Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children have an easier time with restrictive diets when they have some input. Keeping a few flavors on hand can help kids to stay satisfied with an elemental diet. Try letting them chose their dinner flavor. Just like with breakfast and lunch, experiment with mixing different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors and textures. One of the easiest ways to offer variety is to use a blender. Mix one part Neocate formula with one part ice, blend well, pour into a fancy container or dish, add a straw or spoon, and enjoy! Neocate Junior Vanilla lends itself especially well to this shake format, and can be mixed with the other flavors or even with a fruit juice your child tolerates.
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Dinner Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. For younger toddlers, you can mix unflavored Neocate Junior with pureed foods that they tolerate. Vegetables and citrus flavors blend especially well with unflavored Neocate. If you’re putting together a full meal for the family, it may not be as difficult as you think to avoid the top 8 allergens and come up with something everyone can enjoy. You can easily build off of our ideas for allergen free lunches. Remember, while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find family-sized convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items.


Less Restrictive Dinner Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great dinner suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five dinner ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. If you decide to dine out, it’s a good idea to do some planning ahead with these tips we shared in a previous blog post.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly dinner ideas that have helped you that you’d like to share with other Neocate families?

Rob

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Neocate Junior-Only Recipes

Posted 4.8.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 
When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, the diet can become very boring, very fast. We offer multiple flavors of Neocate products, but even those can be routine sometimes. We talk to families and parents every day for whom Neocate is the sole or primary source of nutrition for a loved one, and many of you are looking for more options! 
 
Today, we're going to share a few recipes that combine two Neocate Junior products to change things up. We hope that these can help break the routine if you're stuck in a flavor rut!
 
Where did these recipe ideas come from?
 
I went back to school to study nutrition and dietetics and - surprise - I didn't love every class I took. Most were great, a few were good, and some were excellent. But by far my favorite classes had to do with cooking and recipes. Put me in the kitchen with ingredients, a concept, and some time to experiment and I am one happy guy!
 
I'm lucky to work in a role where I get to develop recipes, which I love. It can be a fun challenge tinkering with recipes that exclude major allergens. It's like a science experiment! Families who manage food allergies and related conditions know: this can be a challenge! Substitutes for dairy, eggs, or wheat don't always work well in recipes.
 
So what to do when even those recipes aren't an option and you're sticking to the Neocate family of products? It's time to mix things up and get a little crazy! For each of these recipes I started with a basic 1:1 ratio of two Neocate Junior products. Each recipe uses our newest strawberry flavor. (If you have a few cans on hand, now might be the time to start getting excited!) 
 
As with any recipe though, the first try usually isn't the best, and I never settle when it comes to recipes. Read on for the ultimate, optimal ratios, at least according to our taste buds. And of course, any good recipe has to have a fun name, right? 
 
Who are these recipes for?
 
These recipes are great for anyone who drinks Neocate Junior products. In particular though, they're perfect for folks who have to follow a strict amino acid-based diet. We're talking about conditions like eosinophilic esophagitis, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, multiple food allergies, Crohn's disease, and related conditions. These recipes combine Neocate Junior flavors for exciting new combinations, so are great for a change of pace.
 
Neocate Junior “Strawberries & Crème”

We like this recipe for the light strawberry taste combined with the pleasant background vanilla flavor. Don't let the name fool you: there's no cream in this dream of a recipe! We tried different ratios of strawberry-to-vanilla, and found that in a 1:1 ratio the vanilla was overpowering. We finally settled on a 2:1 ratio. However, if the ratio below doesn’t seem quite right to you, feel free to experiment to find a best-fit for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add water to a container, preferably one with a lid.
  2. Add the scoops of both Neocate Junior powders. (Or add the powders first, if you prefer, then water)
  3. If the container can be sealed: Cover and shake until the powder has dissolved, about 15 to 20 seconds. If the container is open, stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until the powder has dissolved, about 30 seconds.
  4. Enjoy!


Neocate Junior “Chocolate-covered Strawberries”

Who doesn’t love chocolate-covered strawberries? Anyone with a milk, strawberry, and/or chocolate allergy, that's who! I think this is the next best thing. We tried different ratios and felt the below ratio worked best for us. (A 5:2 ratio of Strawberry:Chocolate was a close second!) If the ratio below doesn’t seem quite right to you, feel free to experiment to find a best-fit for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add water to a container, preferably one with a lid.
  2. Add the scoops of both Neocate Junior powders. (Or add the powders first, if you prefer, then water)
  3. If the container can be sealed: Cover and shake until the powder has dissolved, about 15 to 20 seconds. If the container is open, stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until the powder has dissolved, about 30 seconds. 
  4. Enjoy!
But wait, there's more!
 
As always, don’t forget about the other resources we have for elimination diets that you can use when adding foods gradually back in to your diet to compliment amino acid-based nutrition. For example, the recipe guides and cookbooks we offer bring together ideas from many parents and families who manage allergies like experts. They’ve come up with great dishes that have helped many other families in their allergy journey!
 
If you've tried one or both of these recipes, what did you think?

-Rob

Read more about Rob's background and love for creating recipes in our interview with him - and ask your own questions - here!

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Frozen Neocate Pops

Posted 6.8.15 | Nutrition Specialist


Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat on a hot day? Finding a frozen allergen-free treat can be a challenge. However, we’ve created a delicious allergen-free frozen treat for you or your little one to enjoy…frozen Neocate pops! We found a fabulous ice cream mold to use with our liquid Neocate products. The result...frozen Neocate in the shape of an ice cream cone! This can be done in just a few simple steps:

1)      Shake and open your Neocate drink box. Separate the two pieces of the ice cream mold. Flip the clear piece of the ice cream mold upside down, and pour Neocate into the clear piece.
2)      Place the bottom piece of the ice cream mold (the cone) on top of the clear ice cream mold. Keep the ice cream mold upside down.

3)      Place ice cream mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

 

 
4)      Remove frozen ice cream molds from the freezer and allow frozen Neocate pops to sit for 1-2 minutes (this will make the removal of the clear piece a little easier).
5)      Remove the clear piece of the ice cream mold and enjoy!

There are many ice cream molds available however the one we used is from a company called Tovolo.

You can even take these pops to the next level and add some color by rolling them in colored powdered sugar! Or add a “safe food” to Neocate before freezing. For some this may be fruit juice or chopped up fruit such as strawberries or mango. This would be a great opportunity to get your little ones involved!

Frozen Neocate that thaws may discolor and/or separate therefore we recommend you enjoy your frozen pop shortly after removing from the freezer.

It is important to note that freezing Neocate products can affect some nutrient levels: The nutrition information on Neocate packaging reflects the nutrient levels when prepared as directed on the packaging. Healthcare teams may allow some Neocate servings to be frozen to help meet a Neocate goal for certain patients, but this is a case-by-case decision. Ask your healthcare team for advice before you prepare Neocate any way other than as directed on the packaging. Your healthcare team should advise you how to store and how long to keep frozen Neocate products.

Have you tried this before or done anything similar with your Neocate products? We’d love to hear from you!

Kendra Valle, RDN


Neocate Blueberry Scones

Posted 9.29.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Looking for an allergy-friendly brunch recipe? Our Blueberry Scones are perfect for the whole family. Made with our Neocate® EO28 Splash, Tropical Fruit, these scones are delicious and easy to make.

This recipe, developed by a professional chef who also happens to be a Registered Dietitian, is one of our favorites!

As always, please check all ingredients to ensure suitability, and consult your doctor or dietitian with questions or for advice before you bake with Neocate, as cooking can affect some nutrient levels.

What is EO28 Splash?

E028 Splash is a hypoallergenic amino acid-based liquid formula for individuals one year of age and older. It is available in a convenient, ready-to-drink form for individuals on the go. It provides all essential nutrients to promote balanced nutrition and can be used to supplement individuals on elimination diets. E028 Splash is available in three great-tasting flavors: grape, tropical fruit and orange-pineapple.

E028 Splash is for the dietary management of cow and soy milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI), eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), short bowel syndrome (SBS), and other conditions of gastrointestinal tract impairment and malabsorption requiring an elemental diet. E028 Splash is gluten- and casein-free.

What You Need:

  • 1 ¾ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour substitute
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • ¾ cup non-dairy margarine (or allowable fat substitute), cold and cut into pieces
  • ¾ cup blueberries, fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon of egg replacer
  • ½ cup E028 Splash Tropical Fruit
  • 2 teaspoons imitation vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment.
  • Whisk together the flour substitute, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Work in the cold margarine till the mixture is crumbly with a pastry cutter or fork.
  • Stir in the blueberries.
  • Whisk together the E028 Splash Tropical Fruit, egg substitute, and vanilla till frothy.
  • Add to the dry ingredients, stirring till well blended. The dough should be cohesive and very sticky.
  • Drop dough by using rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheet. Let the scones rest for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes or so before serving.

Quick Tip:

If you prefer drier scones, use less of the E028 Splash mixture. Looking to add a little pazzaz to your scones? Sprinkle the scones with sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size: 1 Scone
  • Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Energy 136 kcal
  • Protein 1.2 g
  • Fat 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates 16.1 g
  • Fiber 0.9 g
  • Vitamin D 1.5 IU
  • Calcium 45.2 mg
  • Iron 2.2 mg
  • Zinc 0.2 mg

Allergy-Friendly Ideas for Easter Baskets

Posted 4.14.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Easter is days away and if this is a holiday you celebrate, we want to ensure you have plenty of allergy-friendly holiday ideas! When dealing with food allergies, the Easter bunny has to be especially careful to bring safe, fun treats.

With a bit of creativity, it’s possible to have an exciting holiday for all to enjoy. Here are several ideas for how you can fill an allergy-friendly Easter basket for your little one. Several of these treats can even be done as a fun Easter crafts.

Milk-Free and Egg-Free Treats

If you do decide to include candy in your Easter baskets, we recommend referring to Kids With Food Allergies’updated list of allergy-safe candies.

Just because your little one has dietary restrictions, doesn’t mean they can’t indulge!

Allergen-Free Cupcakes

Gluten-free, allergen-free AND vegan cupcake recipe from cookbook author, mom and food-allergic person, Cybele Pascal.

Egg-Free Decorating

Traditions are part of what make holidays so exciting, and we know how much kids can enjoy arts and crafts. If you live in an egg-free home, there are alternatives for egg decorating that you can explore to make sure that your children have the full “holiday experience.”

Several families use plastic Easter eggs for decoration, while others may defer to ceramic options. With these faux-egg choices, you can ensure that your children get to safely enjoy the little traditions, without feeling left out.

Easter Crafts

Another fun way to have the whole family involved in Easter activities is to encourage craft making! By keeping little ones busy with some of these artsy options, you can establish new customs for your family to follow each year.

If you’re interested in a chick-themed Easter, you can craft hatching chicks with some egg cartons, or reuse wine corks to make chick designs on paper!

Paper Bunny

For many children, the Easter Bunny is the most popular figure of the holiday. Why not create your own Easter bunny with kids using a bit of paper and  glue? Check out this super adorable craft idea from Andreja from Easy Peasy and Fun.

http://www.easypeasyandfun.com/easy-paper-bunny-craft/

Funny Bunnies

How adorable are these little guys!? We can’t stand the cuteness. If you have a bit more time this weekend and are looking for ways to use a brand new cutter/stamper, this might be the perfect project for you.

Easy Bunny Treat Cups

Don’t have a lot of free time for a craft project but still want to do something? Check this fun cup decorating idea from Keri. It’s sure to make any snack ready for your festivities.

Bunny Mask

It wouldn’t be Easter without a cute bunny! Create an easy bunny mask that the kids will love to make and play with.

Easter Chick Craft

A fun handprint craft idea from a stay-at-home mom that your whole family will enjoy. You can even give these out as a party gift!

Easter Mason Jars

What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include at least one Mason jar project?! 

For more fun Easter basket ideas, check out our Neocate Pinterest page. We have an entire board dedicated to Spring/Easter where you will find more crafts and allergy-friendly recipes.

BONUS!

If you are looking for a fun allergy-friendly activity you can do this weekend, check out 6 Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt ideas.

Regardless of your preferences, there are plenty of options for crafts for families to enjoy. We would love to see what you and your family come up with. Don't forget to share your holiday traditions with us on our Facebook page

 


Neocate Footsteps – Support Along Your Food Allergy Journey!

Posted 5.10.16 | Nutrition Specialist

When your child was diagnosed with a food allergy or related condition, you probably had loads of questions. Many questions are best answered by members of your healthcare team – they are the medical experts! But for everyday answers you can turn to our Neocate Footsteps program.

But what, exactly, is Neocate Footsteps?

First, Neocate already offers the broadest line of hypoallergenic products to safely nourish your child from birth through school age. But Neocate is about more than just nutrition. We’re also here to help support you in ways you might not expect.

Neocate Footsteps is our comprehensive program to support you with practical information and inspiration at every step of your food allergy journey. After speaking with families like yours, we wanted to provide a program that supports patients and their families through the various milestones of the food allergy journey. Whether you are new to food allergies and want an introduction to our products, need help with the lifestyle change, or are a trooper who is looking for new ideas to change your routine, we are here for you.

You’ve probably already seen some of the great resources we provide, but watch below all of the ways we hope to help families like yours.

 

 

As you can see, with Neocate Footsteps, we’re with you at every step of your food allergy journey.

Let us know in the comments section: Which of the many Neocate Footsteps resources have you found helpful?

-Yanit Belachew
  Associate Brand Manager, Neocate

Neocate is meant for use under medical supervision, so ask your child’s healthcare team about Neocate before use.


Food Allergies and Birthdays. 9 Creative Birthday Celebration Ideas

Posted 5.26.16 | Nutrition Specialist


Your child’s birthday is a fun and exciting day for the whole family!  There are many things to consider when planning a celebration for your Little One, whether you’re having a small family party or a huge birthday bash. And planning can be a little more challenging when food allergies are involved; but we are here to help with a fun roundup of some of our community’s best birthday cake recipes and ideas!

Cakes:

For allergy-friendly cake recipes, check out our “Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook” for several different recipes. Here are just a few to get you started!

1. Yellow Cake with Frosting (Submitted by: Jessica Snell)

Cake:

  • 1 box suitable yellow cake mix (e.g. Cherrybrook Kitchen)
  • 1/3 cup melted “tolerated” butter or margarine (e.g. Earth’s Balance dairy/soy free butter)
  • 3/4 cup water

Follow baking directions on cake package.

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup “tolerated” butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp water
  • Add powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency
  • 1/4 tsp almond flavoring, optional
  • 3 drops pink food coloring, optional

Melt butter, mix in powdered sugar to make clumpy. Add water to smooth it out. For thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar. Once desired consistency is reached, add almond flavoring and 3 drops of pink food coloring, if using.

This recipe makes ~12 servings

2. Eggless, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake (Submitted by: Daphna Finn)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients together. Combine all wet ingredients together in another bowl. Pour the liquid ingredients all at once into the dry ingredients, and beat just until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13” pan. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool in pan. When cool sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

This recipe makes about 15 pieces of cake.

3. Banana Cake (Submitted by: Anne Medsker)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick suitable unsalted margarine
  • 2 eggs, or suitable substitute
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup organic rice beverage or other milk substitute
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl add sugar and margarine and beat with mixer until blended. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Mix in rice beverage, vanilla and banana. In a separate bowl combine baking soda, powder, salt and flour and whisk together. Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet and beat 1 minute, just until combined. Grease a 9 x 13” baking pan with canola oil or baking spray. Pour in batter. Bake approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

And Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) also has a good variety of cake and icing recipes to try. Here's a recipe from their website:

Basic Buttercream Icing (Created by Laurie Carson)

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp water
Beat all ingredients together thoroughly. To make it thinner, add a little light corn syrup. 
 
You could add cocoa or carob powder to the icing to make it chocolate, if desired. I also added a drop or two of almond extract to take away some of the sweetness, but it's fine without it, too. Please note that margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available. Corn Substitutions: Corn is a common ingredient in products. Starch, modified food starch, dextrin and maltodextrin can be from corn. Consult with your physician to find out which corn derivatives you need to avoid. Many corn-free options are available in the US. Find out more about corn substitutions in this KFA article.
 

Cake Alternatives:

Sometimes a traditional “cake” isn’t the best option for your child. That’s ok!  Let’s face it, it's not about the cake anyway. Our team came up with a few alternatives to that traditional cake in this blog post:

Delicious Trifle “Cake”

“Non-Cake Cake”

Cake Decorations:

Once you’ve decided on your cake, get creative and have fun decorating! We found some fun ideas to help you get started:

Better Homes and Gardens: Creative Birthday Cakes for Kids

 

Unique Birthday Cakes Gallery (from Parenting.com)

 
You can even use Neocate cans to decorate creatively like @senstivemommy!
 
 
When feeding your guests be sure to pick allergy-friendly foods and snacks, or have a separate area designated for “safe” treats to avoid any possible cross contamination with allergens. Think about providing the kids with goody bags that do not contain food items. Some creative goody bag ideas could include crayons, stickers, pencils, erasers, and other age-appropriate toys. And finally, have fun celebrating your child’s birthday!
 
Share with us: What you did to make it the best birthday party ever?

 


Introducing Your Neocate Baby to Solids - Summer Treat

Posted 7.26.16 | Irina Kabigting

Whether you are introducing your baby to solid food or are just looking for a refreshing summer treat, the following recipe is perfect for a hot day. This recipe is especially refreshing if you cool it in the refrigerator before serving.

Click on the image below to download a printable recipe card.

If you need additional information for introducing solid food to your Neocate baby, here are three resources that might be handy:

Additional Recipes

Our Neocate YouTube channel is full of additional recipes you can try today (don’t forget to subscribe as additional videos are added on a regular basis).

Do you have a Neocate recipe you created? We would love to hear all about it. Make sure to comment below with your recipe name and what inspired your crea


Strawberries And Creme Dairy-Free Recipe

Posted 8.4.16 | Nutrition Specialist

We have been gettting a lot of positive feedback on our latests posts showcasing various Neocate recipes. Today, we are sharing a fun drink that is  a great dairy-free alternative for every Neocate toddler and child to enjoy. This recipe is super simple and quick to make.

Click on the image below to download a printable recipe card.

If you would like, you can download our latest printable book of recipes. This book provides a set of delicious allergy-friendly recipes you can make to enjoy with the whole family. Recipes including Neocate Infant, Neocate Nutra, Neocate Junior and Splash products.

Download Neocate Footsteps Printable Recipes Today!

 


Keep Cool and Beat the Heat with Neocate

Posted 8.16.16 | Nutrition Specialist

We’re not sure about the weather where you are, but we’ve been facing some extreme heat lately! We wanted to take the time before the dog days of summer to answer your common questions about freezing Neocate and share one of our favorite warm-weather recipes.

My child LOVES freezer pops – Can I freeze Neocate?

We don’t recommend freezing Neocate. (Notice I didn’t say “no”…) Why not? It’s cold, it’s delicious, it keeps well. The short answer to this question is that temperatures below freezing can affect Neocate’s quality in ways we can’t perfectly predict. Let’s see if we can explain what we mean by that.

Freezing temperatures (below 32° F, or 0° C) can affect some nutrient levels. Some vitamins can break down in really cold temperatures, and home freezers can get really freezing cold! Also, frozen Neocate that thaws can change color. Also, melted Neocate that was previously frozen can separate into different layers. Gray Neocate in separate layers may taste okay, but is not appealing to us! So the main message is that we can’t guarantee the nutrient content or quality of Neocate products when frozen, or thawed, which is why we don’t recommend freezing Neocate products.

That said, some recipes that we or other families have developed for Neocate products are frozen, and we get it: frozen treats can be delicious. Especially in the heat! Ask your healthcare team for their guidance BEFORE you use Neocate in these recipes: make sure they’re okay with this, and ask if they want you to limit the number of frozen Neocate servings they’re comfortable with. You can find more information about cooking with Neocate.

Before we get to a brand NEW recipe(!), here are a few others that we love:

And last but not least, here’s one of our newest recipes: it quickly became one of our favorites!

Pumped Up Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

We just don’t think it gets much better than a frozen treat that combines some of the best, all-American flavors of summer. We’re talking about peaches and strawberries, of course! Our Pumped Up Peach and Strawberry Smoothie is a quick way to combine 3 ingredients. In no time, you’ll have a frozen treat that beats the heat, and then some. Not sure you believe that a recipe that’s that great can be so easy? Watch this short video to see just how quickly this tasty treat comes together.

Want to print or save this recipe? Click the image below for your own recipe card:

Tell us - What treats are you using to keep cool this summer?

Rob


6 Allergy-Friendly Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Posted 8.25.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Neocate Fruity Tutti Pancakes

Doesn't this name just makes you want to try some! This is a great recipe if you are looking for a nice, hot breakfast option. Pefect if the rest of your family is eating pancakes and your are looking to make allergy-friendly option.  Pancakes also make a good finger-food option for weaning toddlers.

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Baked Oatmeal

(Submitted by: Kristy Harbaugh)
  • 1 cup oil (can sub. applesauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (can reduce)
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 cups oats (not the quick-cook kind)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in order listed.  Pour into a greased 9 x13” pan.  Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.  Serve with fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries).

Notes: Do not use cooking sprays as all of them contain soy.  I used olive oil.

Serving Size: 8

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 650
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 79g
  • Fat: 6g

French Toast

(Submitted by: Katherine Kennedy)
  • 2 Pieces of spelt bread
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk
  • Dash of cinnamon

Combine milk and cinnamon. Dip and coat the bread lightly in the soy milk mixture. Place on preheated skillet on low-med heat. You will have to cook it longer to ensure the soy milk dries and the toast isn’t mushy.

Serving Size: 2 pieces

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fat: 5g

Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

(Submitted by: Mary Blackorby)

With fall just around the corner, this is a fun option to warm up on a cool morning.

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 3 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 fl oz rice milk (or Neocate formula)

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar & salt. Cut in shortening with a fork until fine and mealy. Add rice milk (or Neocate formula) all at once. Pour into a greased 8” pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm for breakfast.

Serving Size: About 12 servings

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fat: 9g

Nutrition information for cinnamon bread recipe above calculated using rice milk.

Banana Bead Muffins

(Submitted by: Laura LaMotte)
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown rice or oat flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, blend bananas, sugar, margarine and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Pour into muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or if using a bread loaf tin, for 60 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Serving Size: 15 muffins

Per Muffin:

  • Calories: 230
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fat: 7g

Wheat-Free Pumpkin Muffins

(Submitted by:Karen Mischler)
  • 3 cups wheat-free flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin

In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil and pumpkin, mixing well. Transfer into lined muffin tin and bake at 350°F until fork inserted in center comes out clean (about one hour).

Serving Size: 10 muffins

Per Muffin:

  • Calories: 330
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fat: 23g

For additional Neocate recipe ideas, make sure to download Neocate Footsteps Recipes Guide.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share with the Neocate community? Post below, we would love to hear about your favorites.


Allergy-Friendly Soup Recipes for National Sandwich Day

Posted 11.3.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Happy National Sandwich Day!  Make the day special by reading a great book about crazy sandwiches, Spider Sandwiches by Clare Freedman and make your own special sandwich. Pair your sandwich with soup for a classic autumn meal that is easy to adapt to feed the whole family, those with allergies and those without.  The secret to success for this warm and filling supper is to pair the soup and sandwich flavors and individualize for everyone’s needs, without a lot of extra work.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is the old favorite for a soup and sandwich combination.  While some family members can have the traditional soup and grilled cheese sandwich, your child with allergies can also join in with their own sandwich on allergen free bread and non-dairy cheese. Remember to check the label of the non-dairy cheese as some have casein, which is the protein found in milk. Others are made from nuts or soy, also potential allergens.  Only buy non-dairy cheese made from rice or tapioca starch. While these cheeses work well in a sandwich, they are not nutritionally equal to cheese. To make sure your child gets the protein and fat they need from the meal, add some Neocate Splash to the soup as shown in this recipe:

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You can make butternut squash soup in a similar fashion, cook up the cubed butternut squash or frozen butternut squash (sold either in the refrigerated or frozen section of the market) and use instead of canned tomatoes.  Add a little extra water if too thick.

Here are some other ideas for soon-to-be family favorites that the whole family can eat together:

  • Chicken Zoodle soup sounds fun! Instead of adding noodles to chicken noodle soup add zoodles- zucchini noodles.  Use a vegetable peeler or vegetable spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini.  Add the zucchini noodles to the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes before serving.
  • Try riced cauliflower instead of barley in beef and barley soup.
  • Top allergen free crackers or breads with flavored vegan mayonnaise or dairy free cream cheese. Make sure to check labels, if it says “vegan” if it is free of egg and dairy but may contain pea protein.  Flavor with chopped basil, parsley, chives or chopped dried cranberries ( or other dried fruit).
  • Avocado makes a great substitute for mayonnaise, butter or cream cheese in a sandwich while adding healthy fats.

Love soups and are looking for additional receipes? Here are a few of the recipes previous blog posts:

If soup is a new food for your child, increase interest by reading a book about soup before cooking together,  Stone Soup by Jon Much.

Remember to make a little extra soup and freeze individual portions so you have soup at the ready for a quick meal.

-Patricia Novak MPH RD CLE LD

Today's guest blog post is by Patricia Novack. Patricia has 30 years experience working with children and adolescents with autism, developmental disabilities, food allergies and chronic illness.  Her work includes clinical practice in both hospital and community based programs, professional training and curriculum development.  The common thread throughout has been addressing feeding issues in children from infancy through adolescence.



About Us

Food Allergy Living is a resource for parents of children with food allergies, brought to you by Nutricia, the makers of Neocate. For more in-depth information about our purpose & authors, see our About Food Allergy Living page.