Hi again, it’s me, Wanda. Today’s “PEANUT FREE ZONE” blog is geared towards going to the Minnesota State Fair (or some place similar).
It can be really scary to take a child with nut allergies to the State Fair. We shied away from it at first because we were overwhelmed. It felt like there was danger around each and every corner, and every hand could be contaminated, and every inch of the ground could have a peanut shells. At the same time I felt like we were keeping him from activities that kids would remember their entire life. One summer we decided to pack up our fears and make the trek to the “Minnesota State Fair”. It set a lot of our fears at ease even though we were definitely tense at first. Now, our family really enjoys going to fairs and theme parks. We know we have to be EXTRA careful and think about so many things that most people take for granted. Even though the Minnesota State Fair is an outdoor extravaganza for the most part, we still take a lot of precautions. The first thing we do is research. For our upcoming trip I went online and used the word “nut” in the search bar and a list came up with all the vendors that sell nut products. The next thing we do is we map out where those places are so we can avoid them easier and be more aware when we are in that area.
Knowing how much emphasis is on food at the State Fair, we like to get our son special snacks and make some of his favorite things for him to eat while we are there. Some of the things we make are the energy bars from the last blog, corn dog muffins, vegan cheese chunks, and of course we pack fruit and a couple sandwiches (that we cut into fun shapes). We also make sure we bring a couple beverages for him along with the couple we buy there for him.
Once all that is done, we pack the medicine bag. We make sure we have insurance cards, Epi-Pens, Benadryl Fast Melts, Benadryl Cream, Inhaler, Expansion chamber, and Ibuprophen or Tylenol. So far, we have never had to use any of the medicine while at the State Fair.
Finally, we have used a stroller in the past but the kids are a little older now so this year we may try a wagon so they can rest if they need to (and we don’t have to have backpacks on constantly). We also pay to park by the Grand Stand so it is easier if we have to leave in a hurry or if we need something else from the car.
Remember, when it comes to food and food allergies, if you don’t know where it is made or what is processed in that facility, don’t risk it. It could be a dangerous combination. This is why we choose to make our own Corn Dog Muffins (on a stick).
As I promised before, I would provide a tip and a recipe.
TIP: Most oils are nut free, but some make your food taste even better. My old go to oil was Extra Virgin Olive Oil…that was until I found Smude’s Sunflower Seed Oil! It has a buttery taste without the butter and it has a lot of the good fats and 0 trans fat. It is a high-oleic oil.
- ½ Cup Cornmeal
- ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ tsp. Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- ½ Cup Soy Milk
- 2 T. Smude’s Sunflower Seed Oil
- ¼ Cup Agave Nectar
- 2 Hot Dogs, cut into thirds
- Preheat oven to 325°F
- Add paper cups to muffin pan.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add Applesauce, Milk and Agave Nectar and stir.
- Slowly add Smude’s Sunflower Seed Oil to mixture and stir.
- Pour into muffin cups about ½-3/4 full.
- Place cut Hot Dog in the center standing up.
- Insert stick into center.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Set aside to cool.
- Then take off paper cups and wrap in cling wrap when completely cool.
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