Adventures in Motherhood

Me, rambling about motherhood and my ridiculous life…

Dedication June 5, 2009

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Shopping at Whole Foods the other day (I might as well add them as a sponser I am there so much) looking for peanut butter substitutes.

See if you can follow my logic here. Peanut-butter substitutes are mostly for people who are allergic to peanuts. Correct? Or for people who have wide and adventurous palates… perhaps?

OK, so lets say we swing with the allergy folks, we know there are lots of you out there. If you are like me, you read the ingredients because just saying that it’s peanut-free on the label is not enough for me. I need to check and see for myself. When I see things like…. oh…. I don’t know, perhaps an addition-slash-warning on a label that says something like “Made in a facility that uses machinery that also processes peanut products“….

DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!!

Seriously…. I am disappointed in you. Why would I let my child eat a product that quite potentially has come in contact with something he is really allergic to? Do you think I am stupid? Or perhaps you think I don’t read?

This was what I noticed as I carefully perused the ‘nutbutter’ selection at Whole Foods. I know there are sunflower butters and soy nut butters. Yes, yes… I know all about these…. but what I am looking for is something that actually tastes good.

A few months ago I bought soynut butter. The first few tastes were pretty good. V even liked it!

It makes me gag. For real. There is an awful after-taste of soynuts that, it turns out, make me heave even thinking about it. AND I like roasted soynuts. Just something about the butter, I guess. And looking at the sunflower butter made me think similar things. I like sunflower seeds. I don’t want them to be ruined for me too.

And that is when I started thinking about hazelnuts, almonds and other yummy nuts. Especially hazelnuts. Hazelnut butter sounds divine.

Guess what? All the brands that Whole Foods stocked were all processed in plants that also process peanuts. So thats the end of that.

I left sooooo mad. Not at Whole Foods, but at the brands out there that aren’t looking at the whole picture. You can take the step to branch out to an area that you will have success in, but are incapable of seeing beyond that little area.

Dedicated factories man…. now thats what I am talking about. Come on, be ballsy…… take that next step….

To read about a family being nut-free (and egg-free), check this out. It certainly is interesting to read about what a family with a pretty serious situation does. My kudos to them for find new and interesting ways to make it work with little kids…

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Charles Schultz May 9, 2009

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This morning I took a trip to Whole Foods. Have I mentioned before that it’s my favorite place ever? Well, if you didn’t know that, you do know.

I love Whole Foods. I would move in there and set up a tent in the produce section. I went there this morning without makeup and also pre-shower and not only that but my hair was barely brushed. V, of course, looked immaculate and flirted with all of the ladies.

And of course in the state I was in, I randomly ran into an old co-worker I hadn’t seen in a year and a half. That is just the way that Life throws it these days. Good times.

So as you may know from previous posts, V has some allergy issues. Wheat and peanuts. They are sort of mid-range in strength. According to my pediatrician the peanut allergy is ‘partially my fault’ as I ate too many peanut m&m’s post-preggo. I 50-50 believe this. I did eat a lot of peanut m&m’s. A LOT. But whether it’s totally my fault or whether he would have had allergies anyways? Who knows.

Anyways, it was easy-peasey to deal with when he was young, but as he gets older it gets trickier. Toast, sandwiches, cookies, cake, pizza, chips, sauces, fast-food etc etc. Wheat is my enemy. Sometimes it’s hard not to get frustrated with it all. A few weeks ago, one of the girls at daycare wanted to share her cookie with V and did it behind Ginette’s back. A few hours later, his face broke out in an awful rash. *Sigh*

Anyways, Whole Food’s has a Gluten Free section that I am all over. Today I found cookies, cookies kinda like Oreos, but gluten-free. Awesome. And cereal, sadly though it was made in a factory that also processed peanuts so that’s a no-go as far as I am concerned. Dedicated factories are the way to go baby!

When I find things like this, it makes me feel like I can bring some kind of normalcy to V’s diet. Make it less of a ‘big deal’ to feed him a meal or organize lunches for him. I totally high-five myself (mentally) and am pretty sure that no-one is as excited as I am to find gluten-free mac and cheese and tapioca bread. But I expect you to be. Just so you know.

With his 1st birthday on my mind, birthday parties weigh heavily on me.  I keep thinking about the years to come, his little friends and the dietary issues that will arise at sleep-overs, sports events, parties etc etc.

Challenging is not even the right word to describe it. Even more so with his Italian background. How will he enjoy Great-Grandma’s lasagna or eggplant parm? Or even Gramma’s? I have a feeling that rice-lasagna noodles either don’t exist or aren’t as good. Man.

So anyways, from time to time there will be more allergy related posts. I am fascinated by wheat and peanut allergies, dedicated factories and gluten free products. It’s quite interesting.

Anyone with interesting tips on sites with products that are wheat and peanut free, or allergy info in general…. I am looking for more sites, info, blogs, anything…. please email me with any info.

 

Licked clean May 3, 2009

Imagine me with tapioca bread, soy-nut butter and grape jely.... yum!

Imagine me with tapioca bread, soy-nut butter and grape jelly.... yum!

So as V gets older, and as we get closer to his first birthday I am increasingly challenged by what to feed him. And this is complicated by his wheat and peanut allergies and my determination to not let him eat any baby ‘meat’ product (disgusting). And to add to the whole mess, I work full time, my husband works 2 jobs and finding time to make homemade food is tricky.

So this last week V had been eating a lot of ‘broccoli, cheese and carrots’ Gerber stage 3 jarred food at daycare. Pretty much it’s that or ‘green beans and rice’, or ‘green beans, corn and rice’. Those are the only stage 3 foods that do not contain wheat, wheat pasta or some kind of meat. Limited, eh?

The wheat allergy is challenging. There is a very limited selection of snacks that are wheat free and I pretty much have found all of them. But the few that that he likes are getting tired, and I am looking for new things.

And that is why Whole Foods and I are best friends. Huge selection of wheat free breads and other things (pasta etc). I found soy-nut butter which tastes pretty good. A little soy aftertaste, but yummy. The website is awesome and has some interesting info on allergies and other products. Check it out…

Today we tried tater-tots and ground beef. Hilarious. M came to me in the bathroom, while I was giving V his evening bath and showed me the dinner preparations.

“Never has a tater-tot been cooked with such skill and tenderness. I treated it like it was a T-Bone”, he proudly told me as he carried it back into the kitchen.

Clean and pj-clad we returned to the kitchen for dinner.

It was the quietest meal that he has ever eaten. We put it all on his high-chair and let him feed himself and didn’t hear a peep. Well, I heard a few “Mmmmmmmmmmm’s “, but that was all. And the tray was practically licked clean. Tater-tots and ground beef were a hit.

Tomorrow we are hitting some tapioca toast with soy-nut butter. Ener-G is the best brand that I have found so far for yummy tasting bread-substitutes,

Any thoughts from other mums out there on good, easy meal ideas? I am really on the look-out for easy meal and treat ideas…