Tag: food safety

A cooler cooler

I still use the soft cooler that I bought 10 years ago to lug around bottles and baby food for things like fruit, yogurt and juice pouches. But there is no doubt that if I were buying one now I would look no further than the Cooler Bags by SoYoung. I love the neutral linen exterior which is coated so it’s easy to wipe off. The retro designs on the front are a refreshing alternative to all the character-inspired bags I see out there, while the fully insulated interior works great, and isn’t made from the stuff that you...

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Rolling out the big American welcome mat for Tommee Tippee

Expat mums in the US or those just enamored (or enamoured?) of European baby products will be delighted to know that Tommee Tippee, Britain’s #1 megabrand of sippies and bottles is about to flood American malls – or at least those with a Toys R Us in them. It’s nice to have yet another choice of phthalate- and BPA-free bottles and feeding products widely available, especially now that the FDA has gotten their act together and decided that the chemical company-funded studies that “proved” BPA safe miiiight not be all that reliable after all. Products like the Tommee Tippee...

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How my daughter’s food allergy made me a FAAN

Having a kid with a food allergy may be more common these days, but that still doesn’t mean it’s super easy to navigate the supermarket, a classmate’s birthday party or even a simple school lunch. That’s why when my oldest was diagnosed with an allergy to milk, I looked for support from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network which thankfully shortens to FAAN. FAAN was started by Ann Munoz-Furlong back when it was even harder to navigate the supermarket aisles. They even helped with the passage of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2006, for which...

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Time for Lunch to slow down and get real

Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...

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Christmas cookie decorating, hold the artificial colors

Well, it’s officially Christmas cookie baking season. And while I now know to look out for things like peanuts and eggs, I was surprised to learn recently just how many kids have sensitivities to artificial colors and food dyes. Then I thought of India Tree, a company we discovered last year that makes utterly gorgeous decorative sugars, sprinkles, and other fancy things all using natural vegetable colors, The natural colors are all spectacular – vibrant and bold. And this year they’ve got a new item, a peppermint crunch that gets its color from beets. (And no, it doesn’t taste...

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clinQs – I’ll drink to that!

Yes, I know that you can use a Sharpie to scribble kids’ names on their drink cups at birthday parties. But for a more stylish option, consider the reusable drink stickers from clinQs. My favorites for kids are the colorful Happy Birthday stickers that can keep up to 25 guests from sharing germs in style. But the kids themselves would probably prefer the fun Peter’s alphabet stickers or the Mr. Potato-head style (although a little more deranged) Mr. clinQy face stickers which let them turn their cups into characters. This smart little Brooklyn company has made sure their decals...

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Parents of kids with food allergies: Your digital savior is here

Food Content Alerts may have a dry name but it’s not at all a dry idea — a website and mobile app that helps you navigate the difficult and sometimes scary world of “no, he can’t eat that either but thanks.”  I’m lucky that my kids are (knock wood) thus far, allergy free, but seeing the challenges friends have gone through to avoid eggs or peanuts or gluten, I know this is a much needed service. Basically you enter a food profile, add the food sensitivities, and then from there you can create things like shopping lists, recipe boxes,...

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The trick to finding allergen-free Halloween treats

When my son comes back with his Halloween haul I scour the bag for candy that I don’t approve of (and want to swipe for myself). For me it’s a matter of avoiding high-impact sugar infusions, but for parents of children with food allergies, finding candy with traces of peanuts or eggs can be seriously scary. Which is why Divvies‘ nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free Gourmet Chocolate Ghosts and Halloween Jelly Beans make the perfect addition to a kid’s candy stash. We’re huge fans of Divvies’ other treats already, but what we especially love about these two-packs of yummy chocolate ghosts...

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Classic food storage containers, hold the classic BPA

A handful of readers have written to us asking for BPA-free food storage options, and I think it’s so great that there’s such heightened awareness of safety issues surrounding some plastics that manufacturers are responding. Case in point: The new BPA-free food storage containers from Pyrex. I’ve always had a thing for US-made Pyrex ever since my culinarily-obsessed dad lectured me about its virtues back in college, and I’m glad to see they’re keeping what works, and evolving what doesn’t. When you look at the lines, the shapes of these oven-safe glass storage containers are actually really clean and...

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Hello Earthlust, helloooooo beautiful stainless steel bottles

Since the recent revelation that SIGG bottle liners contain BPA, we’ve been on the look out for more alternatives made of stainless steel and not aluminum, which requires a liner in the first place. There’s the Safe Sporter which we’ve featured on site, and several options in our Back to School Shopping Guide. But we hadn’t found anything with designs as beautiful as some of the SIGG offerings until we found the awesome stainless steel bottles from Earthlust. Created by an earth conscious San Francisco mom, the bottles are made from food grade stainless steel with a carabiner for...

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