Peanut Allergy

Meet Our New SunButter: Natural No Sugar Added

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We’re proud to now offer a new SunButter, Natural No Sugar Added. It’s simply specially roasted sunflower seeds and a bit of salt (just 98 mg of sodium in 2 Tbsp.)! No sweeteners or anything else.

New SunButter Natural No Sugar Added is simply roasted sunflower seeds and a hint of salt: no sweeteners!

Check out this video, too:

 

So far, we’re heard from folks like you who appreciate SunButter Natural No Sugar for reasons such as:

- The bit of salt enhances the flavor

- It’s a nice complement to sweet jams, jellies and preserves on SBJs (SunButter and Jelly Sandwiches)

- It allows you to adjust/control the sweetener in baked goods since there is no sweetener in the SunButter

- It fits paleo and clean-eating lifestyles

- Like all other SunButter varieties, it’s peanut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, tree nut-free, egg-free and kosher.

 

SunButter Natural No Sugar Added is now available online. Order SunButter Natural No Sugar Added on Amazon. If you’d like your area grocery or other stores to carry it, fill out our Merchant Request Form.

If you try new SunButter Natural No Sugar Added, please let us know what you think? Comment here or on our SunButter Facebook page or SunButter on Twitter .

How to Visit Walt Disney World with Food Allergies

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Some say a parenting right of passage is taking your kids to Walt Disney World. But, as we always do, it makes us consider parents of kids with food allergies. We turned to Sarah Norris of Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW for how to visit Disney with food allergies and dietary needs. She’s not affiliated with Disney, just a self-proclaimed Disney junkie (since age 2 1/2)! who is also a librarian (she knows how to research!), foodie and has several dietary restrictions. Here’s her insights and practical tips for planning your trip so it’s memorable in all the right ways. Thanks, Sarah!

Disney World is very accommodating to those with food allergies and sensitivities.

The Allergy Info Kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

When it comes to vacationing with special dietary needs, there is no better place than Walt Disney World. It truly is the most magical place on earth for visitors with food allergies, celiac disease and any other dietary need. Where else can you get fried chicken, beignets, and even Mickey-shaped waffles – all free of gluten and the top common allergens? Check out these Allergy Friendly Mickey Mouse Waffles from the Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort:

Allergy friendly Mickey Waffles are one of the food allergy offerings from Disney World.

Here are some fun facts and tips to help plan your next vacation to Disney World with food allergies:

Contact Disney’s Special Diets Department: Disney has an entire department dedicated to special dietary needs? How cool is that? If you contact them by email, they’ll send you all sorts of helpful information, including reference sheets showing where to get your favorite food allergy products. They will also send you a form which you will fill out with your dining reservations and will be sent to Disney restaurants & chefs. The Special Diets Department can help answer any questions that you might have before your trip.

Meet with Disney chefs and managers: When it comes to providing safe options for visitors, Disney makes sure your experience is extra magical. The Disney culinary team goes through rigorous food allergy and cross contamination training to make sure that your meals are as safe as possible. They prepare food in dedicated areas and use dedicated equipment – including fryers for their allergy friendly chicken tenders and French fries! Just let a Disney cast member know that you have a special dietary need and they will get a chef for you (at a sit-down restaurant) or a manager (at a fast-food restaurant). You’ll always talk to someone before they make you any food, such as these Chicken Tenders and Fries from the Liberty Inn at Epcot:

Disney prepares many allergy friendly foods in dedicated areas.

Bring your own snacks: Did you know that Disney policy allows visitors with special dietary needs to bring their own snacks and meals into the theme parks? When you enter theme park security, just let them know you have special dietary needs and off you go! I frequently bring SunButter On-the-Go-Snack Packs with a banana or gluten free pretzels or make a SunButter and Jelly sandwich to munch on while in the parks.

Take advantage of hotel room refrigerators: Utilizing your hotel room’s amenities can be really helpful when vacationing. Not only can you save money on groceries by preparing some items in your room, like breakfast, but you can also ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite products or food routines while you travel. If you’re like me, that means packing SunButter’s Natural No-Stir Creamy with my favorite gluten-free and dairy free bread for breakfast.

Use grocery delivery service: If you do have access to a refrigerator or even a full kitchen, you’ll want to have some groceries on hand. If you don’t have a car or rental vehicle available or you want to spend more time in the parks, you can take advantage of grocery delivery services. The Orlando area has several, and even has one that specializes in food allergy and gluten free shopping – Orlando Theme Park Shoppers. They will make sure you have the groceries you need, when you need them!

Indulge in treats: When it comes to food and special diets, Disney can’t be beat! You’ll find all sorts of delicious food offerings available in the parks and resorts. If your kiddos crave chicken tenders, you can find gluten free and food allergy chicken tenders available at lots of locations. Looking for a pizza party? Lots of locations carry custom options and some locations carry up to four types of non-dairy cheese! And of course, who could miss the famous Mickey-shaped waffles? Disney makes a version that is gluten free and free of the top common allergens. Disney also carries treats from Babycakes NYC, the dedicated gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, and vegan bakery – donuts, cupcakes, and cookies are always on the menu! And check out this Allergy Friendly Fried Chicken from Disney World’s 50′s Prime Time Cafe.

Allergy Friendly Fried Chicken from Disney World's 50's Prime Time Cafe.

As you can see, Disney World truly is a magical place for visitors with special dietary needs. And this is just a small portion of the magic! You can find lots of information about visiting Disney with dietary needs on their website, as well as sites like mine: Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW. Some of my other favorite sites include: Gluten Free in Orlando and Allergy Free Mouse.

Will you be at Disney World this fall? You’ll want to check out the first Food Allergy & Celiac Convention held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center. Designed for those with food allergies and celiac disease, this event is set to highlight and celebrate awareness while providing samples, demos, workshops, information, and more! You can find out more information about the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention at http://celebrateawareness.com/.

Disney's Epcot is filled with more allergy-friendly restaurants and "countries" all the time.

Disney’s Epcot is full of more food allergy-friendly offerings all the time.

 

 

The Sun’s Energy Bars: Nut-Free Power!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Save time and money but burn up some energy making these Homemade SunButter Nut-Free Energy Bars. It’s alright, you’ll replenish your energy with just the right blend of protein, good carbs and of course the great taste of SunButter! These are great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, as a nut-free school lunch addition, post workout recovery snack and to stash in sports and workout bags for quick re-fueling!

 SunButter Nut-Free Energy Bars fuel you through your days!

The Sun’s Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1 c. quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 c. raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 c. toasted wheat germ
1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. pitted dates (fresh or dried)
1/2 c. powdered nonfat dry milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
3 – 4 Tbsp. SunButter (depending on the consistency you’d like)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray. Place all ingredients except the syrup and SunButter in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the syrup and 2 Tbsp. SunButter and pulse until the mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste. Add more SunButter if you like softer energy bars. Press evenly into pan. Score into bars, depending on the size you prefer.

Bake until just done and a bit brown, about 15 minutes. Cut along scored lines. Cool. Keeps in refrigerator for up to one week, but they never last that long here!

 

How to Travel with Food Allergies (advice from a mom & flight attendant)

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Traveling for spring break? Or looking ahead to summer trips? If you or someone in your family has food allergies, you can have a safe trip. It just takes a little forethought and preparation.

That’s the advice of Official SunButter Blogger Daniella Knell, owner of Smart Allergy~Friendly Education. She’s a mom to two kids who have six of the top eight food allergens plus a few extras. Daniella is also an airline flight attendant, so she knows the “other” side of travel with food allergies. She presents food allergy education in local schools and hospitals, offering one-on-one consulting and blogs regularly. Thanks for the guidance, Daniella! 

The BEST Tips for Traveling With Food Allergies

 #1 priority: Pack an awesome snack bag

Whether traveling by car, plane or train, do not leave home without a snack bag. You may look and feel like a pack mule, but you’ll be glad you have your own allergy-friendly snacks right by your side. (And other travelers may even ask to share your tasty snacks!) Our supply generally consists of fruits, veggies, and our favorite egg-free, dairy-free, tree-nut free and peanut-free snacks.  As we head out on any longer trip, I have SunButter On-The-Go Snack Packs and my own homemade SunButter Protein Bars in easy reach!

SunButter Snack Packs and Daniella's Homemade Nut-Free SunButter Protein Bars make travel with food allergies smoother.

Get Daniella’s SunButter Protein Bars recipe.

Remember, you are not imposing

My main advice if you’re traveling by airplane with nut or other food allergies is to not worry about being an imposition. Only you are responsible for your safety. A few other helpful suggestions:

  1. Bring your epinephrine and Benadryl with you — and keep it with you. It won’t do you any good in the belly of the plane in your checked luggage if you have a reaction during flight.
  2. Research your particular airline’s peanut policy. Make a copy of it and carry it with you. Knowledge is power and sometimes even employees are unaware of their company’s policies.  In my 24th year of being a flight attendant, I’m well aware that we are not always on the same page.
  3. Ask the reservation agents if your peanut allergy can be added to your reservation.
  4. Double-check with the gate agents when boarding.  Ensure your ‘peanut allergy’ information is in your reservation.  If traveling with young kids, ask if it’s possible to board early so you can wipe down your seating area.  Bring your own blanket to place over the seat, if this makes you feel safer.
  5. Remind the flight attendants about your peanut allergy when you board. Remember, they have many people to take care of and your particular needs may slip their focus.  Most flight attendants are well aware of their policies, and if they’re not, you can share it with them.

You can now relax and enjoy your vacation with some calmness and confidence. And you may even chuckle a bit as your fellow passengers ask to share your traveling goodies!

Follow Daniella’s product reviews and resource ideas on  Smart Allergy~Friendly Education, Facebook, Linked In , Twitter or Pinterest.

SunButter For All: Show Us How You Use SunButter & Win!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

You inspire us with all the creative ways you use SunButter – in savory dinners, sweet desserts, and (our favorite) by the spoon! Now we want to see your favorite way to enjoy SunButter. Everyone who enters gets a free jar, and one lucky person will win a $500 Amazon gift card!

SunButter For All Facebook Contest - Win a $500 Amazon gift card!

Enter by posting your video or photo on our Facebook pageHere are some ideas to get you started:

Vegetarian Mama uses SunButter in her cookies!

Vegetarian Mama uses SunButter in her cookies!

SunButter on a spoon + nut-free chocolate chips!

 

View the official rules on our Facebook page.

 

Four SunButter Recipes on TV News Show!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The morning crew at Fox TV in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota, recently had Chef Ross Sveback share four recipes where he simply substituted peanut butter with SunButter. Watch for yourself:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25014678/4-recipes-using-sun-butter-instead-of-peanut-butter
We especially enjoyed Ross’ recipes:

SunButter Bread to spread with more SunButter

Ross Sveback's SunButter Quick Bread.

photo credit: RossSveback.com

Rolo-stuffed SunButter Cookies

Ross’ Grandma’s Special K Bars with SunButter

Savory SunButter Peanut Sauce 

Spicy "peanut" sauce, made nut-free with SunButter for delicious Thai dishes!

photo credit: RossSveback.com

We savored Ross’ explanation of SunButter; As he says, “The first time I heard of it, I thought, ’Well this just sounds kind of odd’…but it’s absolutely delicious!” Plus, the Fox TV news crew members reacting to their first spoonfuls of SunButter made us smile. Thanks for helping spread the sunshine, gentlemen!

Nut-Free St. Patrick’s Day (Naturally!) Green Treats

Friday, March 14th, 2014

On March 17, we’re all Irish, so why not celebrate with nut-free goodies that show your Irish side?

Naturally Green

In some baked goods, SunButter actually creates a green color. Here’s the scoop:

Sunflower seeds have chlorophyll, which can interact with baking soda and/or baking powder to create a green hue in cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods. It’s not harmful, and the rest of the year, you can avoid the green by adding a bit of lemon juice to recipes that call for SunButter and cut the amount of baking powder or soda.

See the whole green baked goods explanation.

SunButter Greenies

Allergy Friendly Cook Cybele Pascal created SunButter Greenies for her little leprechauns.

#SunButter Nut-free GREEN cookies! Just for your lil' leprechauns!

Get Cybele’s SunButter Greenies recipe.

Emily at Daily Garnish whipped up these muffins that took on a green tinge.

 

#Sunbutter Nut-free GREEN muffins! PERFECT for St.Patty's Day!

Get Emily’s SunButter Muffins recipe.

Irish Soda Bread

We couldn’t develop a tasty version of this with SunButter, and even spreading SunButter on it just wasn’t right, but we know lots of you are gluten-free, so we’re sharing this gluten-free, dairy-free Irish Soda Bread recipe from Living Without:

Irish Soda Bread

Get the Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Scoop up pub fare

This SunButter Hummus from Karen at KitchenTreaty goes well with pita chips, crackers, carrots, celery and, of course, green beer.

#SunButter Hummus! So GOOD and so HEALTHY!

Get this SunButter Hummus recipe.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let us know your favorite seasonal recipes in the comment here, too, aye?

Nut-Free SunButter Tart (Two Variations!)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Nut-free, sugar-free and gluten-free? As Bethany, who Instagrams as @lilsipper, says: “Yup! It’s real life!” So we’re sharing recipes for her version, and a version of our own Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

Nut-Free SunButter Tart

Nut-Free SunButter Tart is quick and easy to make!

 

Ingredients:

(All amounts depend on the size of your tart pan)

Ground raisins

Raw gluten-free oats

Greek yogurt

Unflavored gelatin (powder)

Coconut oil

SunButter

Raw cacao powder

Directions:

Stir raisins and oats together, press into bottom of pan or glass. Combine yogurt and gelatin, pour onto crust. Freeze. In bowl or saucepan, melt together SunButter and a bit of coconut oil. Pour over frozen yogurt mixture. Freeze again. Melt coconut oil and add cacao powder to taste, pour over frozen tart. Sauce freezes automatically. Enjoy!

SunButter SunButter Tart

SunButter Tart with strawberry filling and layers of delicious nut-free toppings.

For our version, we used SunButter in the crust (instead of raisins) and strawberry yogurt.

Same ingredients as Bethany’s recipe, above.

Directions:

Combine SunButter and oats.

SunButter and oats combine for a nice crust in this Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

 

Press into bottom of pan or dish.

Crust for Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

Freeze at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine yogurt and gelatin.

Yogurt and gelatin combine for the filling to this Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

Layer into pan or bowl.

SunButter Nut-Free Tart with Strawberry Yogurt filling.

Freeze for another 15 minutes or so. Meanwhile, melt coconut oil and add just enough to SunButter to thin it a bit. Pour over yogurt mixture and return to freezer for at least 10 minutes.

Melted Coconut Oil and SunButter and the third layer in this Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

Combine more melted coconut oil with cacao powder.

Cacao Powder and Coconut Oil are the final topping for this Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

Pour over tart, it will freeze immediately. Enjoy!

Refreshing yet decadent Nut-Free SunButter Tart.

 

 

National Pack Your Lunch Day Nut-Free Ideas

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Who says kids get all the lunch fun? We’ve noticed more adults packing up lunches so they get exactly what fuels them through their afternoons at offices, schools and other work and play places. In honor of Pack Your Lunch Day, March 10, here are three fresh (most literally!) ideas for you and your kids:

1. Checklist of good stuff and goodies

Check out the many lunches that Kendra, who blogs at BitingTheHandThatFeedsYou, packs up for herself (no boring lettuce salads here!):

Delicious lunch for school -- or for work!

Like this one, each lunch has protein, grain(s), fruits, veggies and of course a treat!

Protein – SunButter (for dipping my crackers, apples, and veggies)
Grain - Black rice crackers
Fruits - Organic raspberries
Veggies - Organic carrots and sugar snap peas
Treat! - Homemade gluten-free sandwich cookies (we recommend these MOREOs sandwich cookies)

See all Kendra’s lunches.

2. Kids, then parents

Our friend Keeley McGuire started packing lunches for her lucky daughter. That has now evolved into also packing lunches for working parents like herself! So as you pack up a lunch for your son or daughter, also pack one for you. Benefit: Smoother mornings! See all Keeley’s parent lunch ideas like these yummy winners:

Pack lunches for the kids -- then a healthy lunch for yourself!

Keeley McGuire also packes lunches for busy working parents (like herself!).

3. Take your pick from this list

Pick out your lunch from this list of nut-free lunch items by Amanda of Mommy of Two Little Monkeys.

Amanda's list of nut-free lunch items. Take your pick and pack it up!See Amanda’s whole list. 

Whatever you pack for lunch, let us know what fuels you through your afternoons! We’re always looking for new allergy friendly lunch ideas.

Giant SunButter Nut-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

When a food blogger tweets that her Giant SunButter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are “the best cookies I’ve ever made,” we just must make them, too! These are gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo. We adapted the recipe so it’s nut-free, too! Thanks, Gina, of SoLetsHangOut.com.

Giant Nut-Free SunButter Chocolate Cookies.

Photo from Gina at SoLetsHangOut.com

Giant SunButter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Adapted from Gina at SoLetsHangOut.com, who adapted the recipe from Jui at PaleOMG .

Ingredients:

1 c. SunButter (we used Natural)

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 c. maple syrup

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt (more to sprinkle on top if desired)

1 c. Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place SunButter in a large mixing bowl.

SunButter is the tasty, nut-free start to these giant cookies.

Add all ingredients except the chocolate chunks. Mix.

Just a few simple ingredients and few easy steps create these SunButter Giant Cookies.

Once the batter comes together, fold in chocolate chunks. Scoop batter onto the baking sheet to form six cookies.

Giant SunButter and Chocolate Chunk Cookies, all ready for baking!

If desired, sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top of cookies. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then enjoy cookie-monster style!

Are these the best cookies we’ve ever made? Let us just have another bite, and we’ll let you know…

SunButter and Chocolate Chunk Cookies: Nut-free, gluten-free and paleo too!