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.com 35 Heads up! It's not unusual for porcupines to fall out of trees. WHAT'S IN STORE When someone in your family has food allergies, it can be hard to prepare meals and snacks and know what household staples to keep in stock. If you want your kitchen to be a safe zone but aren't sure where to begin, check out The Allergy-Free Pantry. Author Collette Martin, a food allergy mom and advocate, had to fi nd a way to reinvent the way her family ate when her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Backed by a love of baking, Collette was able to transform her kitchen to accommodate the change. In The Allergy-Free Pantry, readers will learn how to make their own staples, snacks and meals by discovering what safe ingredients and substitutions will work in a safe cooking environment without sacrifi cing taste. Recipes include how to make your own non-dairy milk, baking without eggs, meatloaf and potpie with mock crust, sauces, cookies, brownies and pudding. $25.50, available where books are sold. For advice on gluten-free diets, go to ParentsCanada.com/glutenfree ›› PC Pineapple and Kale 100% Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie With four servings of fruit and veg- etables, this smoothie features a fantastic blend of pineapple and banana and the goodness of green vegetables like kale and cucumber. Great for any time of day! $4 at Loblaw banner stores across Canada. ›› PC's Not-So-Secret Sauce Just like your favourite fast food chain, this tasty condiment is a sweet and creamy blend of mayo, sweet crunchy pickle relish, yellow mustard and spices. Takes any burger to the next level. $2.50 at Loblaw banner stores across Canada ›› Pascha Chocolate This decadent dark chocolate was born from a desire to create pure, simple and delicious chocolate, free from additives and ingredients that may trigger reac- tions in people with allergies or intoler- ances. Available in bars and chocolate chips in a variety of fl avours, each Pascha product is certifi ed organic, fair trade, kosher, vegan, non-GMO verifi ed. $5 for bars and $7 for chocolate chips, at amazon.com ›› Slammers Snacks These tasty purées (think applesauce in a tetra pack) are a great way to help your school-aged kiddos get the nutrients they need while on the go. Organic fruits and vegetables come together in ultra cool packaging for a snack kids will love to eat. Available in Epic, Awesome, Chill'n and Pumped fl avours. $6 at Loblaws, Reel Canadian Superstore, Walmart and well.ca. SHELF DISCOVERY The Allergy-Free Pantry by Collette Martin (The Experiment) Celebrate salmon One of the healthiest foods in the world, salmon's versatility makes it a great addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wild salmon is packed with protein and Omega 3s. This powerhouse poisson is also low in mercury, high in omega-3 fatty acid DHA (which improves brain function) and is a source of vitamin D. Superfood: GIVE IT A TRY Tired of the same old Tuesday taco night? Looking for a way to spice up your family's fare? Not only are these food swaps quick and easy but even your pickiest eater won't know they're healthy. IF YOU LOVE: Baking with eggs, oil, butter or even sugar TRY: Applesauce Why it's good: Cookies, cakes, muffi ns or banana bread get an allergy-friendly makeover when applesauce is swapped out for the fats in recipes. Plus, a one cup serving of unsweetened applesauce can add fi bre, potassium and vitamin C to any sweet treat. IF YOU LOVE: Pasta TRY: Spaghetti squash Why it's good: The light fl avour of the squash won't take away from the taste of your favourite sauce. Spaghetti squash has fewer calories than pasta and is packed with nutri- ents like iron and vitamin B6. –AMANDA BLOYE IF YOU LOVE: Breaded chicken or fi sh TRY: Rolled oats instead of bread crumbs Why it's good: Most kids love chicken fi ngers and an easy switch adds plenty of goodness to this fan favourite without sacrifi cing fl avour. Coat chicken or fi sh with rolled oats and a bit of seasoning to add fi bre, B vitamins and iron to meals. IF YOU LOVE: Flour tortilla wraps TRY: Large lettuce leaves like Romaine Why it's good: Not only will this cut calories but it's also great for families with gluten or wheat allergies. Kids will love creating their own fajitas and you'll love that they're getting a healthy dose of Omega-3, protein, calcium, iron and vitamin K. Salmon is an excellent source of tryptophan, a natural sedative. + Shutterstock/©Lopolo/ ©ULKASTUDIO Chew on This E AT I N G

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