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Neocate Recipes - Apple Delight

Posted 2.12.10 | Mallory West

This Apple Delite is a tasty treat for your little ones on Neocate Infant.

  • 1/2 apple, peeled, diced and cooked until soft
  • 2 pitted-prunes diced and cooked (boiled in water) until soft
  • 2 fl oz water
  • 4 scoops Neocate Infant DHA/ARA powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  • Add water to apple and prunes and blend to desired consistency
  • Add the Neocate Infant DHA/ARA powder and stir
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional)
  • Serve immediately or store in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours
Makes 1 serving
Calories          Protein          Fat          Carbohydrate
156                   3 g                 4 g           30 g

Sweet Potato Casserole

Posted 12.29.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

This sweet potato casserole is the perfect side dish to make for your little ones with food allergies. Make it for your own holiday celebration or to take along to any celebrations you might be attending.


  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (pre-cooked, may boil, bake or microwave potatoes with skins on - approximately 4 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Fleischmans unsalted dairy and casein free margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup organic rice milk


Mix all ingredients together and place in 9 x13” baking dish. Preheat oven to 350°F. Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Fleischmans Unsalted Dairy and Casein Free Margarine
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix well and spread on top of casserole. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories130
  • Protein 0g
  • Carbohydrates 16g
  • Fat 8g

Makes ~12 servings

Submitted by: Katherine M. Hull

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

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Embracing Season Change

Posted 12.16.10 | Guest Blogger

Our post today is a guest blog entry from dietitian and clinical herbalist, Irene Czapary, MS, RD, LDN. Irene obtained her MS in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute, the first program in the country to provide a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine. Irene also holds a BS in Nutrition and is an RD, LD.We’d like to thank her for guest blogging for us.

During the autumn and winter seasons there are many things to look forward to: cooler weather, brilliant shades of yellow and orange leaves, cozy fireplaces and holidays spent with friends and family. But one thing that no one looks forward to is the increase of colds and flus. During the season change, many of us are more susceptible to catching colds and flus, making it a wonderful time of year to pay special attention to supporting your immune system.

For many adults and children coping with food sensitivities or allergies, this time of year can be especially challenging. Having an immune system that is already stressed by allergies makes it even harder to fight off cold and flu bugs. So, what can you do? Traditional herbal medicine has a great deal to offer in this area: herbs that can strengthen the immune system, decrease inflammation, and antimicrobial and antiviral herbs and spices are readily available in the produce department or possibly in your own kitchen cabinet!

Use this time of year as an opportunity to take special care of your body to make sure it has the tools it needs to stay strong and healthy during the colder autumn and winter months. The recipes below are a great way to get started.

This delicious earthy broth is chock full of shitake mushrooms, which contain the compound lentinan to support the immune system. Adding a handful of astragalus adds another immune boosting punch- as an immune modulator astragalus will help strengthen the immune system. Astragalus has also been traditionally used as a remedy for the respiratory system, making it a perfect addition to soups and broths when chest colds abound. Adding carrots, fennel and onions to the mix make it a flavorful and nutrient rich broth that can be used alone, as a base for other soups and stews, or used to cook rice, pasta, or other grains.

Mushroom Stock

Adapted from Dr.

2 gallons of water

10 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms, washed and sliced

2 onions

4 stalks of fennel

4 carrots

Handful astragalus root slices

Sea salt to taste

Clean and chop all vegetables. Cover with water and simmer 1.5 hours.

Strain vegetables and mushrooms and discards (or add to the compost pile!)

What if you feel a cold coming on? Try ginger cinnamon tea! Ginger and cinnamon are both anti microbial and very warming, making it a very healing drink when those cold bugs are just latching on. Ginger can be very strong, so start with a more dilute tea for you and your little ones until you find the strength that’s right for you. Adding honey not only makes it sweet but is also soothing to sore throats. This tea is also great for calming the digestive system after heavy holiday meals.

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Adapted from WebMD

1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced

6 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons honey

almond milk (optional)

In a saucepan, simmer ginger, honey, cinnamon, and water for 20 minutes. Simmer longer for stronger tea.

Add honey and strain tea through a sieve. Add almond milk, if desired.

Are your little one’s not tea drinkers? Try adding ginger powder and cinnamon to Nutricia’s Nutra cereal. This soothing, hypoallergenic cereal is a great base for mixing in powdered herbs and spices- not only will herbs and spices add a variety of flavors, but it will also make this already healing cereal even more medicinal. Enjoy!


Braun, L., Cohen, M. (2007) Herbs and natural supplements (2nd ed.).

Australia: Churchill Livingston.

Romm, A. (2003). Naturally healthy babies and children. Berkeley: Celestial Arts.

Cranberry Apple Cobbler

Posted 12.15.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

This cranberry apple cobbler makes a nice treat for your little ones on a cold December day!


  • 5 cups apples peeled and pared
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix ingredients together in a sauce pan and let sit for 5 minutes, then cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a full boil, then pour into an ungreased 9 x 13” pan. For topping:
  • 1/4 cup Fleischmans unsalted dairy, casein free margarine
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn-free baking powder (found at health food market)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp organic rice milk
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and cut in the dairy free margarine until the mixture crumbs. Stir in rice milk until the dough is soft (may need to use more or less milk until the dough is soft and spoonable). Drop dough by spoon onto hot cranberry apple mixture and bake 30 minutes or until browned.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories140
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrates 27g
  • Fat 5g

Makes 15 servings

Submitted by: Katherine M. Hull

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

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Gingerbread Cookies

Posted 12.8.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

December is a month of holidays! These gingerbread cookies are easy and fun to make and customizable...just select the cookie-cutter that best represents the holidays you celebrate.


  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger


Over medium heat combine molasses, oil and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Set aside. Combine flour and other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add molasses, sugar and oil and pour into mixing bowl and then add egg and blend together to form a thick dough ball. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour (if dough is too dry, add drops of canola oil, if too sticky to roll out, add flour). Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half and roll out on floured surface. Use cookie cutters and place cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes and let cool.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories190
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Fat 7g

Makes ~2 dozen cookies

Submitted by: Marie Bedard

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

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Allergy-Friendly Banana Bread Muffins

Posted 4.11.11 | Food Allergy Recipes

These tasty muffins make a great breakfast or snack for your little ones with milk allergies!

  • 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!

Makes 15 muffins

Submitted by: Laura LaMotte

Per Muffin:

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

Tailgates, Fantasy and the Big Game – Enjoying Football Season with Food Allergies

Posted 11.2.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

Now that football season is in full swing, there are lots of fantasy football and tailgate parties going on. I am a huge football fan (go Miami Dolphins!) and love the great food associated with football-watching. But when you have family members with food allergies, finding delicious and allergy-friendly foods at these fun parties can be a challenge.

It’s always a good idea to bring your own dish that you know is safe for your child to enjoy at the party. I wanted to share with you some allergy-friendly recipes from Kids With Food Allergies that would be perfect for a football or tailgate party.

Allergy-Friendly Recipes for Football Season:

As always, please look at the ingredients in each recipe to ensure it is appropriate for your family. I hope you can use these for your next football party. You can find more great appetizers in the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook. And after eating these great dishes, you can run it off by tossing the football around with your friends and family.

- Christine

Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

Posted 10.13.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

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


  • 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.

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!

Food Allergy-Friendly Sweet Treats

Posted 10.12.10 | Sarah O'Brien

With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to share some allergy-friendly Halloween candy that you can make and buy for your little ones. A few years ago there were limited options for children with food allergies. Now there are hundreds of different companies that make sweets that are both safe and delicious.

Candies and Chocolates

  • Amanda’s Own Confections. Great chocolates that are all natural and completely dairy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free and gluten-free!
  • Divvies. Cookies, popcorn, cupcakes, candies and more that are dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free. Check out these cute ghost-shaped chocolates!
  • Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates. These delicious chocolates are nut-free. The company was founded by the mother of a child with a severe peanut allergy.
  • Whey Out Chocolates. These diary-free, soy-free and peanut-free chocolates are made by another mother of a child with severe milk and nut allergies.

Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Safely

What sweet treats does your family love?

- Sarah

Banana Chocolate Shake

Posted 10.6.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

This refreshing shake is fun to make for an afternoon treat!


  • 5 scoops of Neocate Junior, chocolate powder
  • 3 fl oz water or rice milk
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes


In a blender, combine water or rice milk, vanilla extract, and banana. Blend well. Pour contents into a separate shaker cup, add the Neocate powder and shake well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Nutrition Information Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 304
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fat: 9g

Submitted by: Mallory West, Nutrition Specialist

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

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Allergy-Friendly Fall Snacks For Your Little Pumpkin

Posted 9.27.16 | Neocate Admin

The fall harvest yields all sorts of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Particularly popular are root vegetables and varieties of squash, making for some hearty after-school snack options. For growing toddlers, tweens and teens alike, snacking is a great way to meet daily nutritional needs. With the cold weather setting in, why not try some warming soups to feed your little one?

Here are three delicious recipes that are perfect for an after-school snack.

Neocate Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut squash is delicious, in season, and can be found at your local farmer’s market or grocery store!

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomatoes harvested from the summer are ripe for making a healthy and flavorful soup. Warm up with our tasty recipe.

Nutra Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes of all different shapes, sizes and colors can also be found at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Mashed potatoes make for a perfect meal for babies who are still transitioning to solid foods.

For additional snack ideas or to print your own recipe cards, download our Neocate Footsteps Recipes. Share your favorite snacks with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

5 DIY Allergy-Friendly Play-Doh Recipes for National Play-Doh Day

Posted 9.16.16 | Nutrition Specialist

September 16th is National Play-Doh* Day! Did you know that Play-Doh was originally a wallpaper paste that became popular due to its ability to be molded into a variety of shapes? It originally came in 3 colors – red, yellow and blue – from which many other colors could be formed. Now Play-Doh is available in over 50 different colors!

National Play-Doh Day was started in 2006 and has been celebrated every year since! But, for children with food allergies (including wheat), Play-Doh may not be a suitable option for a modeling compound. Don’t despair; our team took on a challenge of compiling allergy-friendly recipes you can make at home with your family.

Gluten-Free Baking Soda Play Dough

This recipe is an adaption of the Arm & Hammer Play Clay recipe


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Mix ingredients together in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. If you have older kids, they may get a kick out of doing this part.  During the heating process, baking soda makes the mixture fizz for quite a while before it starts to thicken. When it starts to thicken, beware! It goes really fast.
  2. Take the mixture off the heat as soon as it’s thick enough to start wanting to stick together. Let cool, partially covered until it can be handled.
  3. Next comes the fun mixing part. If you want your mixture to come in different colors, separate into balls and start adding your favorite food grade colors. I used Wilton®** icing gel colors left over from my cake decorating days and really loved the results. Beware – the icing colors may stain your hands but can be easily removed with a baby wipe.

2-Ingredient Silky-Smooth Play Dough By Our Best Bites

This silky-smooth 2-ingredient play dough can be made in just a few minutes with stuff you already have in your house--hair conditioner (or lotion) and cornstarch!


  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup hair conditioner or lotion (don't use the expensive stuff, but I recommend something that is either scent-free or a scent that you/your kids like)


  1. Place the cornstarch in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the beauty product of your choice with your hands--it will just start coming together and it will be pliable and very, very smooth.
  3. You may need to add more conditioner/shaving cream/lotion as you go. Use food coloring to color as desired. Keep covered when not in use.

Some tips from our mixing experiments:

For this recipe, don't use the expensive hair condition or lotion. Additionally, we recommend something that is either scent-free or a scent that you/your kids like. Bonus, if you decide to use a lotion for this mixture, you might notice very soft hands!

Gluten & Corn Free Play Dough Recipe


  • 1 firmly packed cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring as desired


  1. Place all ingredients into a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Stir continuously over a medium heat until the mixture congeals and forms a ball, approximately 3-5 minutes. Continue to turn the ball over on the heat for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and turn dough out onto a board or bench top.
  4. Allow to cool completely and then knead until the dough is smooth. Sprinkle with a little rice flour as you knead if the dough feels at all sticky but be sure to only add a little at a time to prevent your dough drying out.

Hints & tips:

Although it can be difficult to wait, I find so often when cooking with alternative flours it’s best to let the mixture cool before handling. Waiting allows the ingredients to bind fully.  One way you can speed up the cooling process is by breaking the mixture into smaller pieces.

Liquid food coloring can be added to the pot or kneaded into the cooled dough. It’s best to add your coloring one drop at a time. Doing so will help you achieve the desired color and may help to keep the dough from getting too sticky. If you find yourself in the situation where your dough did become sticker than anticipated, adding a bit more rice flour may help.

Store play dough in an air tight container or wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.

No Allergy Edible Play Dough

This recipe might be a better alternative for younger children who may want to eat the play dough! Added bonus, it’s super easy to make.


  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (Sun Butter Spread)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  •  2/3 cup arrowroot powder ( or organic corn starch)


Mix all ingredients together and play!

Rice Flour Play Dough


  • 1 1/4 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • food coloring or sparkles (optional)


  1. Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large pot. Add water and oil.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly.
  3. Add vanilla extract (for smell, not taste). Mix thoroughly. Put play dough on a clean surface. When cool enough to handle, knead lightly.
  4. Store in airtight container.
  5. Add food coloring to the water to make colored play dough. Add sparkles during the hand-mixing time for sparkly play dough.

- Ellen

*Play-Doh is a registered trademark of Hasbro™ and not affiliated with Nutricia North America

**Wilton is a registered trademark of Wilton Products Inc. and is not affiliated with Nutricia North America.



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 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!


Calling all Cooks: Share your allergy-friendly recipes!

Posted 3.4.10 | Sarah O'Brien

We know how difficult mealtime can be for kids whose food choices are restricted by food allergies. So, we thought it might be helpful to put together a Food Allergy Cookbook. But we need help from families like you who have worked through trial and error to develop yummy recipes that your kids with food allergies can enjoy.

We’re asking you to share with us your favorite “safe food” recipes so we can compile them into a collaborative cookbook and share with food allergy families. We’ll say “thanks” with a $5 gift card to Target!*

We want everyone – from the overwhelmed parent with a newly diagnosed child with food allergies to the veteran allergy-free cook – to learn something from others who have faced similar challenges. This is an excellent opportunity to share your delicious creations, lend a hand to other members of the allergy community and maybe discover something new for your own family. Each selected recipe will be credited to you and printed alongside a photo of the dish and/or your family enjoying it.

Submission requirements:

  • Please send recipe submissions by April 1, 2010.
  • The only requirement is that the recipe must omit at least one of the top eight allergens. But of course we’d love to see the creative ways you’ve found to use the Neocate product range – including Neocate Junior,Neocate Nutra and E028 Splash!
  • If possible, please send photos of the dish and/or of your little ones enjoying your recipe.

Once we receive everyone’s submissions, we’ll compile our favorites into an online cookbook that you can download and share with your friends, families and support groups. Of course we can’t pick every entry, but everyone who submits a recipe will receive the $5 gift card to Target.

Here at Nutricia, we’re all really excited about this idea and we can’t wait to see what recipes you all submit. So, thanks in advance!

- Sarah

* Recipes must be your own. A maximum of five $5 gift cards will be sent to each household (one for each recipe submitted).

Share Your Recipes, Photos & Stories with Us on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter

Posted 2.23.10 | Sarah O'Brien

Through our 1-800-Neocate information line we get a lot of questions but we also hear a lot of great stories from parents who deal with the effects of their child having a milk allergy every day. We love hearing those stories and we love to share them with other food allergy parents who are coping with the same situations.

With that in mind the old way of sharing your stories, recipes and photos – via snail mail - is slow, cumbersome and just a little tough for most busy parents to put together, pack it up and send into us. So our team of nutritionists has worked diligently to provide all of you with easier ways to share what you love to share the most.

If you have an account on Facebook, feel free to become a fan of our Neocate Fanpage where you can:

  • Post questions, comments, suggestions, recipes & stories
  • Add your photos (parents love to share their before & after photos of their children)
  • Add videos
  • Start discussions about relevant topics like the new Texas State Insurance Reimbursement Laws

And for those avid Twitter users out there, we didn’t forget you either. We’ve got our own Neocate Twitter account where we tweet out links to our latest blog posts, answer questions about Neocate and give suggestions where we can. We’re also looking into hosting some Tweetchats in the future about dealing with food & milk allergies, so keep your eyes open for that! We recognize that in today’s busy world sometimes it’s just easier to connect with us through the places where you are already actively participate and we wanted to make it easier for all of you to do so. So come on over and join the discussions, we’d love to hear what you have to say!

- Sarah

Great Kid Treats & Snacks for an Allergy-Safe Valentines Day!

Posted 2.11.10 | Mallory West

Valentines Day is a fun holiday for kids and most schools have some kind of celebration, where students share valentines, candy and other treats. For a child with food allergies (and their parents), this day can be stressful. You want to ensure your child stays safe from potential allergens while making sure they get to enjoy all of the fun. Here are some ideas for a safe and fun Valentine’s Day celebration!

First and foremost, you want to make sure your child stays safe during any classroom valentine exchanges. Kids with Food Allergies compiled a list of 7 tips to follow in order to keep your child safe at school on Valentines Day:

You may want to bring in some allergy-free treats for your child so he/she doesn’t feel left out.

Here are some allergy-friendly* treat ideas:

If you are looking for an alternative to candy and sweets, your child can bring valentine-themed stickers, pencils, etc. Another idea is to talk with your child’s teacher about making a valentine-themed craft that everyone can participate in and enjoy. This way, the celebration isn’t totally focused on candy and treats.

For example, the class could make these valentine-themed crafts:

  • Valentine mobiles
  • Valentine wreaths
  • Friendship boxes

What allergy-friendly Valentines Day ideas/tips do you have to share?


*These allergy-friendly recipes are free of the most common allergens but as always, double check to make sure all of the ingredients are safe for your child.

Milk Free Recipes for the Holidays!

Posted 12.24.09 | Mallory West

On behalf of all of us here at Nutricia North America, we want to wish you and your families a very happy, healthy holiday season! We’ll return January 5th with another year of blogging! Until then, we’ll leave you with some festive recipes and a toast to 2010!

“May this year be without reflux and gas, Let colic and eczema be things of the past! Allergy relief and GI health await, Cheers to 2010 from your friends at Neocate!”

Milk-Free Hot Chocolate

Heat water on the stove or in the microwave. Remove from heat, allow to cool and add Neocate powder and sugar. Stir well. Top with marshmallows (check the label to be sure the brand is appropriate for your child’s dietary restrictions).

Calories: 170
Protein: 5.2g Fat: 7g
Carbohydrate: 22.5g
Calcium: 183mg
Vitamin D: 1.8mcg

Milk-free Peppermint Shake:

Add all ingredients except Neocate powder into the blender and mix until smooth. Next, add Neocate powder and mix on low setting until blended. Pour and serve. Makes 1-2 servings. If your child drinks smaller servings, pour half and store the remaining shake in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Tip: Remember using the Old-fashioned peppermint sticks as a straw? Try using it with this shake! Check ingredients because brands will vary. Alternatively, you could use candy-striped straws, which you can find at most party stores!

Calories: 409
Protein: 8g
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrate: 54g
Calcium: 295mg
Vitamin D: 206mcg

See you next year!!!

- Mallory

Safe and Spooky Halloween Tips

Posted 10.13.09 | Mallory West

Halloween With Halloween just a few weeks away, your little ones are probably getting excited about their costumes, class parties and trick-or-treating. And while these can be fun experiences for children, they can be potentially dangerous for those with food allergies.

Fortunately, with a little advance planning, you and your little ones can have a safe and spooky Halloween without the risk of an allergic reaction. Here are some tips and safe treats to help you prepare:

Halloween Parties

For Halloween parties (especially at school), it always helps to be involved in the planning process and to attend. You can also volunteer to bring your child’s favorite sweet treat for everyone to try. Some safe options include this recipe for Dairy Free Caramel Apples or these delicious dairy and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Most important when trick-or-treating is to examine your children’s candy before they eat any of it. Depending on the severity of their allergy, you may want to have them avoid putting their hands into candy bowls (since candy wrappers could be contaminated with allergens like nuts or dairy). Have neighbors drop the candies into their bags directly, or incorporate gloves into their costume design.

Consider creating a “swap-out” bag of allergy-safe treats, DVDs or books that they can enjoy at home. Divvies Chocolate Ghosts and Bats are delicious gluten, dairy, nut and egg-free treats. If there are other children in your neighborhood with food allergies, you can set an example by handing out non-food goodies like stickers.

What tips do you follow for a safe Halloween?


After School Special: Milk-Free Shakes

Posted 9.17.09 | Mallory West

With the school year back in full swing, we wanted to share with you a tasty, healthy and safe after-school snack. This “Milk-Free Shake” is made with Neocate Nutra, a hypoallergenic, amino acid-based semi-solid medical food that is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D. You can also vary the recipe by substituting other tolerated fruits for the banana in this shake. Enjoy!

Milk-Free Banana Shake

8 scoops (37 g) Neocate Nutra powder

2 fl oz water

½ cup banana, sliced

2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into container and enjoy.

Yields 1 serving.

Calories 240
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fat 7 g
Calcium 254 mg
Vitamin D 2mcg

For other snack ideas, check out the Neocate Nutra Recipe Guide.



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A Summer Treat: Dairy Free Ice Cream

Posted 8.26.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

With the heat and humidity reaching their peaks this month, we wanted to share with you a recipe for dairy-free ice cream that is both nutritious and delicious for your little ones.

Nutra Apple Milk-Free Ice Cream


8 scoops (37 g) Neocate Nutra powder
3 Tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
2 fl oz water ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp sugar (optional)

Blend ingredients. Place in a container and freeze for approximately 3 hours. Serve and enjoy.

Yields one serving.

Nutritional Information:

Calories - 200
Protein - 3 g
Carbohydrate - 32 g
Fat - 7 g Calcium - 257 mg
Vitamin D - 2 mcg

For some other ideas, including a recipe for mashed potatoes and applesauce oatmeal, check out Neocate’s Nutra Recipe Guide.

Remember, only use recipes that have ingredients that are easily tolerated by your baby or child.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you use? We encourage you to share it with us. And let us know what you think of the Nutra Apple Milk-Free Ice Cream recipe above.


Stuck in a Recipe Rut?

Posted 7.28.09 | Sarah O'Brien

If you are looking to expand your dairy-free recipe repertoire, check out Alisa Marie Fleming’s book, Go Dairy Free – The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free Living.  In addition to serving up delicious recipes that are indexed by allergy type, the book also provides tips for eating out, grocery shopping and additional resources. Fleming does a great job explaining milk allergies and providing resources for people who are living dairy free. You can also, visit her website,, or her Facebook page for more recipes and tips.

Below is one of my favorite recipes from the book, which sneaks in some healthy spinach for added nutrition.

True Blue Smoothie
Yields 1 to 2 Servings

Recipe from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, by Alisa Fleming
This is my go-to smoothie, and trust me on this one … don’t omit the spinach. I don’t care who you are serving it to, they will never know it is in there. The blueberries mask the green color, resulting in a beautiful purple beverage. As for the flavor … even the most adamant non-believers come back to me with surprise comments of delight. I never add sweetener, but feel free to add a bit if your fruit isn’t very sweet.

1 Medium Very Ripe Banana, Broken into Chunks
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries (wild blueberries if possible)
1/2 to 1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Milk Alternative of Choice
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (optional)
1 Tablespoon Whole Flax Seeds (optional)
1/2 Cup Packed Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
Sweetener, to Taste (optional)
1/2 Cup Ice (optional)

Toss the banana, blueberries, and 1/2 cup of the milk alternative into your blender, and process until smooth. Add the cinnamon (if using), flax seeds, and spinach, and blend until those little green specks vanish. Blend in more milk alternative until it reaches your desired consistency. If desired, blend in a handful of ice for a frostier treat.

Have a Happy Allergy-Free Easter!

Posted 3.26.09 | Nutrition Specialist

The weather is getting warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s Spring time. I’m sure you are ready for the warm weather, but are you ready for an allergy-free Easter? Often, holidays like this one are hard for allergy parents. It’s tough to tell your little one that they can’t have the chocolate bunnies like the other children. However, by doing a few fun Easter activities, your child will have just as much fun as the rest of the children!

As we’ve said before, allergy parents should focus on the fun - not the food - during holidays. I was flipping through Parents magazine the other day, and came across a great idea for safely celebrating Easter. Have a tea party! While this might not sound like the traditional Easter celebration, it’s a great way to create a fun and exciting day for your little one.

Spend the day making decorations for the party. You can create name tags, invitations and fake flower bouquets. And of course, you can use plastic teacups for the drinks. For the food, focus on allergy-free treats. You can make your own sandwiches or cookies with allergen free ingredients. Check out this Web site for allergy-free recipes.

The traditional Easter egg hunt is another great way to get your children involved in the celebration. However, instead of filling the eggs with candy that could trigger a reaction, use stickers, bouncy balls or other fun toys.

For other great allergy-free Easter ideas, click here.

How are you having an allergy-free Easter? I’d love to hear your ideas.

- Nita

Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day!

Posted 2.12.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Happy early Valentine’s Day to all the allergy parents out there. As we’ve discussed before holiday that revolves around food can be tough for children with food allergies. However, you can show your allergy prone little one just how much you love them even without the chocolate hearts and other edible treats.

Here are a few suggestions to have a fun and relaxing Valentine’s Day:
- Create homemade valentines out of paper. Children love arts and crafts. Use this special day as an excuse to create fun notes for classmates, friends and family members.

- Take a family outing to the park or museum. It’s a great way to celebrate the day without focusing on food.

- Cook your own allergy-free treats for your little one. Visit Recipe Zaar for some ideas. This Web site has hundreds of allergy friendly recipes and you can search by typing what food you would like to avoid.

For 10 other ways to have a food allergy safe Valentine’s Day, click here.

How are you having an allergy-free Valentine’s weekend?

- Christine

Chocolaty Nutra Pudding

Posted 1.30.11 | Nutrition Specialist

This allergy-friendly treat is great for Valentine’s Day!



Mix until smooth, add water as necessary. Should be consistency of thin paste.Refrigerate 30-45 minutes.

Yield: 1 serving

Contributed by: Teresa Fristoe

Tip: For variety you can add 1 dropper Wisdom Natural Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia Vanilla Creme (in health food aisle) or addscant 1/16th teaspoon of a Neocate Cherry Vanilla flavor packet.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

  • Calories 370
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrates 50g
  • Fat 16g

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

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

Posted 12.6.10 | Food Allergy Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint SmoothieYour little ones will love this festive smoothie this holiday season! It is free from the top 8 allergens.

  • 4 scoops of Neocate Junior, chocolate powder
  • 2 fl oz water
  • ¼ tsp Peppermint extract
  • 8 ice cubes

In a blender, combine the water, ice and peppermint extract. Blend well. Pour contents into a separate shaker cup. Add Neocate powder and shake well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Tip: Remember using the old-fashioned peppermint sticks as a straw? Try using it with this shake! Check ingredients because brands will vary. Alternatively, you could use candy-striped straws, which you can find at most party stores!

Nutrition Information:

Calories - 161 Protein - 5.25 g

Carbohydrate - 16.8 g

Fat - 7 g

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

Nutra Butternut Squash Soup

Posted 10.2.10 | Mallory West

Warm up with this delicious fall soup!

Directions for cooking:

- Mix chicken broth (or water) and squash into medium saucepan & bring to rolling boil.

- Reduce heat & add seasonings, salt & pepper & simmer for about 10 minutes covered.

- After simmer, remove from heat & allow to cool for 5 minutes.

- Add Neocate Nutra to mixture 1 Tbsp at a time to prevent clumping.

Important Preparation Notes:

*Do not directly heat the Neocate Nutra; add Nutra to the soup AFTER it has been removed from heat. *Small amounts of hot water can be added to the soup to adjust the temperature and/or consistency.

Nutrition Information:

Calories - 210 Protein - 7 g

Carbohydrate - 31 g

Fat - 4 g

Calcium - 265 mg (53% daily value for kids 1-3, 33% daily value for kids 4-8)

Picnics with Food Allergies

Posted 4.26.11 | Christine Graham-Garo

old fashioned picnic pasketSpring is finally here! It is exciting to see all the fresh flowers coming out and bringing new color all around. A great activity to do on these Spring days is to go on a picnic with your family. Even if you don’t live near a park, you can still enjoy eating out in the sun even if its in your back yard!

As you may know, living with food allergies can create challenges for any social activity that involves food. So we wanted to share some picnic ideas to help you and your family have a safe and fun filled time.

  • Bring your own condiments in individual-sized packs. That will help prevent cross-contamination when people share large containers of condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup.
  • Use a plastic tablecloth on public picnic tables so food particles left by previous picnickers won't cause allergic reactions once your family sits down.
  • Bring separate spoons and other utensils for food items that are shared to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Grill foods for guests with allergies first or cook the items on a fresh piece of aluminum foil or iron skillet to avoid cross contamination.
  • Bring anti-bacterial wipes and gels for easy cleaning.
  • Inform all those in the picnic party not to share food. If the party is larger, well-meaning friends could offer the wrong foods to your little ones. Food allergy awareness clothing works well in these scenarios.
  • Allow guests with allergies to dig into the food first, before cross-contamination of the items can occur.
  • Make sure you have emergency phone numbers handy. If you are in a state park, jot down the rangers station or visitor centers number before starting your fun day.
  • As always, bring emergency medication and keep it safely stored while you are outside.

What is a picnic without delicious foods? Here are a few picnic allergy-friendly recipes to get some meal ideas going!

As always ensure each ingredient is tolerated by your child before serving.

Allergy-Safe Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 C water or vegetable broth
  • 1 C quinoa (you may also substitute with rice)
  • salt
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 small or 1 large cucumber
  • 1 T fresh parsley
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 T raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water or vegetable broth to a boil. While liquid is heating, rinse quinoa in a mesh strainer or chinois several times to remove any traces of saponin. (If you don't have a fine strainer to rinse your quinoa, use a coffee filter.)
  2. When liquid has come to a boil, add quinoa, stirring constantly. Immediately reduce to a bare simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and almost all the liquid is absorbed. Remove quinoa from heat, stir, and let quinoa or rice sit, uncovered, for about five minutes.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, peel and finely mince the shallots. If cucumbers are covered with wax, peel; if not, you may peel or not as you prefer. Seed and dice cucumbers. Finely mince parsley or cilantro.
  4. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, and mustard, stirring rapidly until dressing is blended. Combine quinoa or rice, vegetables, and dressing. Chill all ingredients in refrigerator for at least one hour (overnight is ideal). Serve cold.

Serves four as a main dish, or eight as an appetizer salad.

Fruit Salad with Allergy-Safe Champagne-Lime Dressing

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced in rounds
  • 3 apples, cored and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 2 mangoes, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small bunch seedless grapes (about 1 pound), stems removed
  • 1/2 C champagne (you can also use sparkling apple cider or any non-alcoholic sparkling beverage)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 C sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg


  1. Mix all fruit in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix champagne, limes, sugar, and nutmeg. Taste, then increase sugar as necessary until dressing is only slightly tart.
  3. Toss dressing with fruit and refrigerate until serving.

Serves 4 to 6 as a centerpiece dish of a breakfast or brunch, or up to 12 as one of many party snacks. Will keep for about one week in sealed containers in the refrigerator.

Hopefully these tips and recipe ideas will help by making picnics less worrisome and more relaxing and fun. It’s always great to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air and get some sun (not to mention free Vitamin D to help your bones)! Don’t forget to bring some fun games to play while you are out or take an adventurous hike and enjoy the outdoors.

Have you had a picnic with a person with food allergies before? How did it go? What picnic tips could you share? What foods were a hit?


Frozen Neocate Treats

Posted 6.18.11 | Nutrition Specialist

The weather is heating up, and we have just the thing to help cool your little ones down. Try out one of the recipes below (originally seen in the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook) on the next hot summer day!

(Keep in mind that some of the nutrients in Neocate don’t withstand the freezing process, so these treats should be in addition to your child’s normal diet to ensure they are getting all the nutrition they need)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Slushy

1 ½ tsp imitation strawberry extract

1 Tbsp Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup

4 scoops Neocate Junior, chocolate powder

2 fl oz water

8 ice cubes

In a blender combine extract, syrup and ice. Blend until it makes a slushy consistency. Pour contents into separate shaker cup, add Neocate powder and shake well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Sips great through a straw!

Per Recipe:   

Calories – 198

Protein – 5 g 

Carbohydrates – 29 g         

Fat – 7 g

Strawberry Nutra Popsicle 

4 ripe strawberries

4 oz water

4 ice cubes

4 scoop of Neocate Nutra

Sugar or honey

Mix strawberries, ice cubes and water using a blender.  Add Neocate Nutra.  Add some liquid cane sugar or honey.  Stir the mixture.  Put the mixture into small shaped containers.  Freeze about 30 minutes.  Add sticks and freeze again.  Ready to serve!

Per Recipe:   

Calories – 190

Protein – 2 g 

Carbohydrates – 38 g         

Fat – 4 g

Nutra Apple Popsicle

1.5 Tbsp applesauce

4 scoops Neocate Nutra

1/4 tsp Sugar

1 oz water

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine ingredients and place in freezer in popsicle tray. Leave overnight and serve.

Per Recipe:   

Calories – 100

Protein – 2 g 

Carbohydrates – 16 g         

Fat – 3.5 g  


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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

Restaurants and Food Allergies

Posted 9.6.11 | Christine Graham-Garo

In a recent study done in the UK, researchers surveyed restaurants about food allergies and found that most were misinformed.

To give some background, according to the study, deaths caused by food-induced anaphylactic reactions are increasing with most deaths being caused by food purchased outside of the home.

Allergen avoidance is always the most desirable form of prevention. and this is often easily accomplished in the comfort of your home. However, a late soccer practice, or meeting, or simply just wanting to enjoy the cuisine of a favorite local restaurant can make avoidance difficult.  This is because when choosing to eat out the responsibility of allergen avoidance is shared by the diner and the restaurant staff.

The researchers surveyed various restaurants and found that:

·        1 out of 3 kitchens, common food allergens like wheat, nuts, dairy, fish were not separated from other foods.

·        About 20% thought it was safe for an allergic customer to consume only a little of the allergen – and to pick the offending food out of the dish.

Probably the most concerning finding to come out of the research is that 81% of the restaurants reported they could provide a safe meal for allergic customers!

Keep in mind this study was conducted in the UK so similar findings in the US may not be as drastic. But in the world of food allergies, you can never be too careful! So when you eat out always remember it is your responsibility to be proactive and speak up about your allergies.

Also, If you’re looking for more information on dining out with food allergies, you can view our other posts on the topic here: Dining out with Food Allergies. These posts will help you and your family prepare for an allergy friendly dining experience.

- Christine

Study Reference:  Bailey et al. Restaurant staff's knowledge of anaphylaxis and dietary care of people with allergies. Clinical & Experimental Allergy.2010.41(5):713-717

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