By Sarah G., age 15
I was diagnosed with allergies at the age of one and today am allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, mustard and green peas. Throughout the years I’ve seen lots of cool allergy-related stuff, and I have come up with what I consider to be the top five allergy essentials for every teen:
Sarah is a sophomore in high school and member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group. Links to FARE’s teen programs can be found at www.foodallergy.org/resources/teens.
Recipe from Patricia G., Teen Advisory Group Member:
Valentine’s Day Cake Pops
Free of: Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a cake pop pan on the top and bottom parts. Beat butter until fluffy. Add cake mix and beat until crumbly. Add tofu and yogurt, beat. Spoon in about a tablespoon per hole on the bottom section of the pan. Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, combine Sugar, butter, and milk. Beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes until creamy. If desired, add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency. Then add red food coloring and mix.
Push stick into pop, ice pops, and add sprinkles. Enjoy!!
"My mom found this recipe while flipping through a magazine and thought it would be a nice festive treat. It is such a big hit at family parties with my cousins who don’t even have food allergies. The treat looks fancy, but it is very simple to make."
*Check label to ensure cake mix is also free of your allergens..
"I wish my parents knew how grateful I am for all their help in managing my food allergies, teaching me about my food allergies, and making me safe food when I was younger. Even though I am on my own in college and dealing with my food allergies I am more prepared than ever before thanks to them."
Recipe from Melissa E., Teen Advisory Group Member:
Melted Snowmen Cookies
Free of: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cream margarine and sugar. Add flour and vanilla. Stir until blended. Roll dough into balls a little smaller than a golf ball, then roll balls in sugar. Flatten with bottom of a glass and bake on ungreased cookie sheet 17-20 minutes. Cool completely.
Combine sugar and water and stir until smooth. Spread over cookies. Allow to harden.
Place marshmallows on lightly-greased microwave-safe plate. Microwave 30 seconds. Carefully place slightly-melted marshmallows onto cookies. Let cool. Add sprinkles for eyes and nose. Add arms, buttons, scarves, etc. using decorating icing and gel.
Servings: Approx 16 Cookies
My mom adapted this recipe from a photo we saw on Pinterest. We now serve them at an annual holiday get together, and they are always a big hit!