Why does Tasterie trust Svelte’s product line for being Allergen Friendly?

I understand that Svelte’s product line is made by a family-owned company.  I’m certain the company is rich with history! What’s the backstory on how Svelte was started? What were the foundational needs this product line set out to fulfill?

Svelte® plant-based protein shakes started as part of a leading natural foods company with more than 37 years of experience in innovation and excellence. In 2009, Svelte® organic protein shakes were created under the CalNaturale brand.

Svelte® set out with the mission to improve the health and wellness of consumers by creating the best-tasting, convenient foods at a great value, without compromising on quality or the environment. Svelte® is now an independently run business under the same ownership.

 

Tasterie embraces Svelte for catering to the allergen community with such a tasty and healthy product line. Is being allergen friendly one of your core values? Can you speak to Svelte’s trials and tribulations of finding the balance between healthy, tasty and gluten / dairy free? 

Svelte®’s goal has always been to deliver healthy products with outstanding flavor. Using organic soy milk as a base, we were able to accomplish this! Soy milk has been shown in numerous studies to be beneficial to many aspects of human health.

  • Soy is better for people with lactose intolerance.
  • Unlike whey protein, soy has no cholesterol.
  • Additionally, soy protein is vegan.

Being allergen friendly is important as it makes Svelte® accessible to a majority of consumers looking for convenient and nutritious options on the go.

 

I’m amazed at your website’s vast selection of recipes incorporating Svelte products!  Which recipe(s) are the most popular for a non-dairy milk replacer (not to mention a protein boost)?

Svelte® plant-based protein shakes are a wonderful addition to recipes and a healthy way to mix things up! Fans love using Svelte® as a creamy base to boost their smoothies, as a non-dairy replacement for milk in recipes, and as a low sugar protein source.

Some of our most popular recipes include 3-ingredient protein pancakes, vegan golden milk lattes, and blender banana nice cream.

 

Is there something else that you’d like the members of our community to know about Svelte?

While Svelte® is all about nutrition and flavor, we also prioritize sustainability. Our Tetra Pak packaging is made mainly from paper, a renewable resource from responsibly managed forests. Tetra Pak cartons are BPA-free, lightweight for easy shipping, shelf stable requiring no refrigeration until opened, and can be recycled in a number of communities nationwide.

Furthermore, Svelte®’s manufacturer has a number of protocols in place to reclaim and reuse water, reduce landfill waste, increase recycling efforts, reduce timber consumption, and reduce the use of sanitizing chemicals.

Svelte, thank you for you time and dedication for making such a healthy and tasty product line. Tasterie’s allergen community has definitely appreciated Svelte’s great tasting products in our Gluten Free Dairy Free and our Gluten Free subscription boxes! In addition to finding Svelte products in our subscription boxes, you can order them from Tasterie’s very own Marketplace! With all we’ve learned from speaking with you, we look forward to enjoying your products even more.

Hankering for an allergy friendly Chocolate Banana Ice Cream recipe?

Gluten Free Ice Cream cones

Our friends over at Allergy Awesomeness have created a knockout guilt free dessert! There’s nothing like the pride of making something yourself. This recipe has very few ingredients… but each one is flavorfully and nutritiously packed gems.

This is all you’ll need to make this tasty treat. I actually made it myself…. I found it easy and extremely satisfying!

  • 1 can of coconut milk (14 oz)
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 16 pitted dates
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup vanilla or plain rice milk

Click through to Allergy Awsomeness’s blog to see how it all comes together!

These manufacturer verified gluten free ice cream cones can be found here on Tasterie’s Marketplace! Also, this month’s Gluten Free / Dairy Free and Gluten Free box subscriptions included these cones.

No Churn Vegan Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream (GF, DF, Egg, Soy, Peanut, Tree nut Free, Top 8 Free)

Allergy Friendly YUMMY Recipe – Chicken Tinga Salad

Salad Recipe

Yields 4 portions.

  • ¼ cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 corn GF tortilla (6 inch) cut into 1″ strips
  • 5 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup diced Roma tomato
  • 1 cup peeled cucumber
  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • 1 avocado; peeled, pitted, ½” diced
  • 2 cups chicken tinga (see recipe below)
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup toasted pepitos
  • 1 oz crumbled cojita cheese (optional)
  • salad dressing of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss corn with oil and pepper on treated cookie sheet. Roast until slightly browned, turning once during the cooking procedure. Cool and hold for assembly.

Place tortilla strips on a second sheet and roast until completely dried and crispy. Hold for assembly.

Place 1½ cups mixed greens in each salad bowl (4 total). For each bowl, evenly distribute ¼ cup cabbage, ¼ cup tomato, ¼ cucumber, 2 tablespoons roasted corn and ¼ cup avocado.

Portion ½ cup drained chicken tinga (recipe below), 1 tablespoon cojita, 5-6 tortilla strips, 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1 tablespoon pepitos. Add salad dressing to taste.

 

Chicken Tinga Recipe

  • 3 ½ lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • ¾ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 oz diced onion
  • 2 ½ cups diced tomato with juice
  • ½ cup chopped chipotle peppers in adobo
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 8 oz chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon salt

The chicken tinga portion of this recipe is very versatile. Adaptable for tacos, burritos, etc.

Place chicken thighs and water into an appropriately sized roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and roast at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (internal temperature of 165 degrees).

In a large skillet, cook the onion in the oil over medium heat until transparent and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, the vinegar and the chipotle. Simmer, stirring regularly for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken meat, cooking liquid from the chicken and chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until chicken shreds easily. Cool, then taste and season with salt as needed.

Find more delicious allergy friendly recipes in Tasterie’s cookbook section within the Marketplace!

 

Real life Tasterie product review & contest giveaway!

Tasterie OMG box product review

Do you agree that the best reviews are written by people that you can relate to? Here’s a successful food story from someone that also struggles with food intolerances. Read Tasterie’s product review and enter to win the contest giveaway. We call that a win / win!

Thank you Lakota Fradette from Emily Reviews for providing your thoughtful feedback of Tasterie’s OMG box! We are thrilled to hear that the box brought you and broadening your friend’s daughter’s food options. The OMG box is perfect fit for someone that has been newly diagnosed with one or multiple food allergies. Tasterie’s curated selection of products is designed to take the worry out of what to safely eat. This anxiety ridden experience provides room for excitement and pleasure to eat food.

Tasterie would like to thank the food manufacturers that Tasterie has come to know and love. We maintain quality and taste but also commitment to safety for the allergen community. The box Lakota Fradette at Emily Reviews contained products from these trusted Tasterie manufacturers: 88 Acres, Allergy-Free Pantry, Backyard Safari CompanyBanzaBellaViva Orchards, Better Batter, Coutts Specialty Foods, Brothers All Naturals, Hodgson Mill, HomefreeLibre NaturalsNuttee Bean Co.Think Fruit, Really Great Food, Sensible FoodsSkinny PopVeggie Go’s, and Wild Zora.

The OMG box makes for a great gift for yourself or anyone that has newly been diagnosed with food allergies. Take a look to see more details about the OMG box. Read through Emily Review’s product review, and YES, we encourage you to enter & win!

Allergy Friendly Snacking with Tasterie ~ Review and Giveaway (6/8)

Tasterie Subscription Box Opening & Coupon Code!

Tasterie’s allergen friendly subscription boxes allow Peace of Mind and Pizazz to become an intertwined experience for people with severe food allergies! Watch the video below to see all the fun and tasty products that come in a Top 8 box.

What are your favorite Tasterie products? We have a total of 5 box subscriptions available. Plus, we have the new Marketplace available, where you can curate your own box! Take a look to see which subscription box best fits your needs.

This guacamole recipe makes a tasty Allergen Friendly dip / condiment!

Allergen Friendly Guacamole

Guacamole is a solid solution whether you want a dip to pair with veggies or a creamy style condiment. Check out the tasty recipe from GoDairyFree‘s blog.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 juice lemon
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • big pinch kosher salt
  • small green pepper (jalapeño, anaheim, etc.)
  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Mash / blend together.
  • Optional – 1 chopped tomato

Try this tasty guacamole dip recipe with these Tasterie Marketplace items you can order directly from these links;

Sweet Plantain Chips

Falafel Chips

Dried Beet Chips

Plentils Chips – 3 flavors

All product manufacturers in the Tasterie Marketplace are required to fill out a rigorous Allergen Statement confirming their latest manufacturing practices. Allergen Statements are regularly updated as manufacturing accommodations frequently change.

Please let us know what you like to eat with this Allergen friendly guacamole recipe!

What happens when chefs have food allergies?

The allergen community is in the midst of exciting times. The spread of food allergies has encroached on a new boundary which is certain to turn up the heat. What better way to improve our food choices than through chefs?  

There is a positive perspective to consider for the growing population of people affected by food allergies. Influential culinary professionals have the ability to make substantial lifestyle improvements for us. Having chefs and restaurant owners with personal food allergy concerns is a sound road map to;  

  • Increase public’s allergen awareness and understanding for potential severity
  • Develop standard processes for restaurants to reduce cross contamination
  • Improve customer inclusiveness & dining experience for those affected by food allergies
  • Expand allergen friendly menu options with innovative recipes

The concept of businesses and the general public awakening to concerns of the food allergy community is a growing trend. Please take a look at our article about schools that are making allergen friendly accommodations; alleviating cross contamination and making the dining experience more inclusive for everyone.

Tasterie goes the extra mile to give the allergen community peace of mind with a healthy dose of excitement in a variety of foods. Take a look at our process for screening the products that go into our marketplace & subscription boxes.  

We are anticipating great lifestyle improvements and allergy acceptance due to chefs with food allergies.

Gluten Free Easter Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Flour, Allergen Friendly food products

This month’s Tasterie Gluten Free and Gluten Free / Dairy Free subscription boxes included a number of tasty products! One of which was Chebe’s All-Purpose Bread Mix. Their gluten bread mix makes a number of delicious baked goods. With the Easter holiday upon us, please take a gander at this sugar cookie recipe which uses their flour. No worries if you missed the delivery of this month’s box, you can find Chebe’s gluten free flour here on our Marketplace.

Easter Sugar Cookies

  • 1 package Chebe All-Purpose Bread Mix
  • 1 egg or 1 egg alternative*
  • 8 T butter or dairy free equivalent – room temp
  • 1 C sugar or coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Using an electric beater, blend the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and egg; beat until creamy. Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough on wax paper to 1/8″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Put shapes on a parchment lined cookie sheet (1″ apart). Bake for 12-15 minutes or till lightly browed. Remove, let cook and decorate as desired. Enjoy!

We have more information here about concerns of living with a Gluten Free allergy and Celiac disease.

Nickel; a partial cost and cause of eczema

Fun Illustration of canned foods

Reading through some interesting articles about metal allergies, one stood out… nickel allergy. Ruth Holroyd’s article highlights  nickel’s potential to be one of the root causes of eczema; itchiness and sensitivity of the skin.

Nickel, the most common metal allergy, is naturally found in many foods (eg. dried legumes, kale, chocolate, etc) and is an essential element in our diet. However, for some people, excessive exposure and/or digestion of nickel can trigger allergic reactions. It’s also frequently found in costume jewelry and various metal objects i.e. canned foods, etc. Inquire with your medical professional to see if the following points of interest could improve your situation. A general rule of thumb is to avoid eating specific high nickel content foods, canned foods and using certain types of cookware.

 

The eczema and nickel connection is not a clear line. Metal allergies can also cause other symptoms such as rashes and swelling. And to complicate the matter, eczema is also said to have a number of other potential triggers. Other sources for causing eczema have been directed towards genetics, environment or abnormal function of the immune system. Ruling out nickel as a potential cause of eczema could reap lucrative health benefits.

Do you have nickel sensitivity? Please leave a comment below to share what remedies you’ve found alleviate your eczema discomfort. For more allergy information, check out our Food Allergy Fact section. 

Allergen Superheroes; Educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns

Allergen Superheroes; Educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns

Good news–Moving Forward! Allergy concerns are being recognized more and more by institutions. Progress is real. Real life accommodations are expanding the allergen-friendly food options beyond the traditionally limited foods for allergen students. Educational institutions’ efforts are making their environment inclusive for their entire student body. Awareness and severity of food allergens has been recognized for quite some time. However, it is exhilarating to see educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns at a higher level.  Now, having an enjoyable meal out with friends can be much more relaxing in a more aware allergen zone.

Many educational institutions, childcare facilities to colleges, are driving the bat-mobile towards progressive allergen-friendly policies. Stephanie Daetwyler, director of Primrose School of Solon told Cleveland Jewish News “…we don’t even use them (allergens) in our art projects”.

Whereas, for college students, Assumption College’s 2016 renovations built in a ‘Simple Servings’ program­­—specific allergen-free food stations and designated safe-seating. While the kitchen staff at Clark University received special training in food allergies, intolerances and celiac disease.

Pow Wow Batman! Whether you are young or older, these kinds  of superhero actions are what we want to celebrate! Yes, avoiding the top 8 allergen foods alleviates fears of cross-contact. Why not make that an inclusive experience while we eat our “super” foods?  

Do you have a superhero success story that you’d like to share with us? Can you think of other ways that educational institutions can accommodate allergy concerns? We can’t wait to read your comments below.

Take a look at this related article about what happens when chefs have food allergies!