For MOMS, MOMS-TO-BE, & BABIES 7 MONTHS+*
Dealing with food allergies can be tough, especially when you are trying to navigate what your baby may or may-not be allergic to, and whether or not he is going to follow in your allergenic footsteps. Should you wait to introduce certain foods until he’s older, or is it best to expose him when he’s young so he doesn’t develop an allergy for them later in life?
While this can be a loaded question depending on you and your child’s specific circumstances, many of the “rules” have changed and it is now advised (more often than not) to introduce possibly allergenic foods (including eggs and nuts) at a younger age so your child won’t develop allergies to them later. With that said, there are still certain foods that I personally believe are best to avoid with little ones, and even adults for that matter. Or, if nothing else, limit their intake as much as possible (ie, gluten and dairy).
That is why I have come to love companies and product lines like Living NOW from NOW Real Foods. With their allergen-free/allergen-friendly foods, you can be sure that you are getting – and giving – the safest and healthiest foods to both you and your family.
THE PRODUCT: As part of the NOW Real Foods brand of products, Living NOW has made it their mission to make “coping” with food allergies a thing of the past. They believe that foods should be nourishing, not treacherous, and that living allergy free should be easy. To the NOW family, health and nutrition are of the utmost importance and through their line of foods, they want to make this kind of healthy lifestyle accessible to everybody.
With gluten-free grains like amaranth and quinoa, and baking mixes with gluten-free flours, Living NOW gives you delicious, nutritious allergen-free/allergen-friendly options you and your whole family can enjoy. Wholesome and natural, Living NOW foods are ALL free of the eight most common allergens – dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish and shellfish. Plus, to give you even more peace of mind, these allergen-free foods are produced in a Kosher and certified gluten-free, allergy-friendly facility.
NUTRITION-WISE: As previously mentioned, all of Living NOW foods – and their facilities – are free of the eight major allergens: wheat, peanuts, nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish and fish. They are also Certified Kosher and many are non-GMO Project Verified.
Focusing on wholesome, healthy, natural and organic foods (all of which are excellent substitutes for highly-processed flours and grains), incorporating Living NOW products into your family’s existing diet is just as easy as sticking with your current ingredients and is a great way to “healthify” your every day meals. From whole grains to wholesome dessert mixes, there truly is something everyone in your family can enjoy.
*Since all of Living NOW foods are free from the 8 top most allergenic foods, these products really are safe for kids and adults of all ages. However, please be advised that the Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies do have quite a bit of sugar in them, so I wouldn’t encourage giving them to small children.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Whether or not you have to deal with food allergies in your home, it’s inevitable that you and/or your children have friends that do. For this reason alone it is nice to be able to have foods on-hand that everyone can enjoy. Plus, limiting dairy, gluten and other top allergenic food isn’t going to do any harm and is actually a good idea to do on a fairly regular basis anyway, since it is possible to develop allergies to these foods as you age.
Living NOW is well aware of these issues and is the reason they have created their delicious line of non-allergenic foods. Although a fairly small line, they are continuing to expand and will definitely help make your life that much easier when trying to consider others’ health needs and concerns when preparing foods.
From every day use to party-time favorites, Living NOW products are just as great for dinner tonight as they are as a substitute to bring for your kids birthday class celebrations tomorrow [so they can finally feel like part of something they hadn’t before thanks to allergies, etc.].
Try any or all of Living NOW Foods today and see for yourself how great allergen-friendly foods can be!
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