Who are you little Valentines this year? If you are a mom, you probably started to think about how to treat your children and their classmates on this sweet holiday. The good old days of bake-up-something-and-wrap-cutely-with-a-heart-note are over. Food allergies and strengthening school regulations are more preventive than ever in bringing homemade treats to school. As a precaution, many schools are ‘NUT-FREE’ and they only accept items for parties that are store purchased. My youngest son has severe food allergies and as a teacher, I constantly have to look out for one of my students as well before giving him anything other students bring to share. Today’s common allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy and gluten. If you are unfortunate, your child with allergies has more than one of these, which makes it hardly impossible to buy treats that are safe. Dr. Lucy has a solution for you. As an M.D. and a mother of a child with severe allergies, she is passionate about providing tasty, high-quality, and safe treats for children with allergies. Her line of Lucy’s Cookies include seven amazing flavors: Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Thin, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cookie, and her three new flavors: Ginger Snap, Maple Bliss, and Chocolate. I received samples from the three brand new flavors to the joy of my little man. These little sweet morsels are quite yummy. Firstly, they are just the right size (about 2 inches diameter) so you can give one for each hand. All seven flavors are peanut, tree nut, milk, egg and gluten free. They are crispy and tasty, packed with just the best ingredients. Lucy developed her special blend of flour – a combination of gluten free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours – and blended them with non-GMO oils and flavors, making these treats both cholesterol and trans fat free. Wow … best of both worlds, I am telling you! You cannot tell that they are unconventional cookies. My son absolutely loves the Chocolate ones and by far those are his favorites now. My daughter is a ginger fan so the Ginger Snaps are her special treats. Lucy’s Ginger Snaps have a touch of lemon and chipotle spice that gives them some extra special kick. My personal favorite is the Maple Bliss … oh, with a cup of hot tea or coffee they bring major bliss into my day.
Lucy is deeply committed to provide resources and help people with food allergies and Celiac Disease. Check out her website www.drlucys.com for useful links and ways to find support groups for helping parents and individuals navigate through the challenges of food allergies and Celiac Disease.
Orshi is a teacher at UCIC where she works daily with children. She shows a great love for children as she has three of her own. She also loves Facebook, gardening and baking. She was born and grew up in Hungary and now lives across the street.