Nutless Me in New Orleans - Day 1

Our First New Orleans Dining Experience

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New Orleans, one of the great food places on Earth. However, they really like their nuts and you see praline stores on every block seemingly. We did all of the work in advance finding the places that are supposedly kind to those of us dealing with a peanut or
tree nut allergy. Then, you get here, find out there is a cruise ship that just arrived, and are told that there is a one hour plus wait at each of the restaurants on your list. Fortunately, we had a back up plan: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. It was fast, on Canal Street so you get to watch all of the people going by, and honestly, it was better than the one at which we last ate back in Portland. So here’s to you, Popeye’s for giving us our first…um…authentic New Orleans dining experience.

Be sure to do your own research since their allergen policies can change and the peanut and tree nut allergy forums, some of which will convince you to never eat out, report differing experiences. Here is Popeye’s allergen menu.

Nutrigrain vs. Store Brands

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Nutrigrain bars are a staple in our house. Fortunately, no one is tired of them yet. I was thrilled when I went to our neighborhood Fred Meyer grocery store and found that they were nutless. Then, I notice that Kroger had their own, nearly identical bar. However, when I looked at the ingredient list, it did state that they were made in a facility that also processes food with nuts (do you hate that notice as much as me?). I’ve found that with a lot of the Kroger versions of nut-free products that I buy.

In this case, stick with the Nutrigrain bars (after you do your own research and confirm that it’s okay - see disclaimer).



A Nutless Me Thank You to Southwest Airlines

So you have a peanut allergy. So you decide to travel with the family to somewhere cool. So you sit down and the flight attendants hand out a pack of peanuts to everyone on the plane. So you grab the EpiPen and hold onto it for the duration of the flight.

Keep in mind that this is only one person’s experience, but I was amazed yesterday about the service we got from Southwest Airlines. We let them know ahead of time that one of us traveling has a severe peanut allergy. We get to the gate and they provided a really friendly staff member who would pre-board with us and help us to prepare the area. When we were up in the air, the flight attendant on the microphone announced that there were people on-board with a peanut allergy and they would therefore be serving pretzels. There was one old timer who then stood up and said, “I chose Southwest Airlines because I wanted the peanuts! I’m not even going anywhere! I just fly from place to place for the peanuts!” The flight attendant then announced that they would have packets of peanuts available in a basket as we all leave if people really wanted them. The old timer was satisfied.

I just thought that the experience was really cool. With the rising rate of peanut allergies, I can only imagine that this is going to be more common. The main reason that I am writing about this is the fact that they were all so friendly about it and didn’t at all make us feel like we were inconveniencing them. So thank you, Southwest Airlines.

On a side note, the pretzels did say that they were processed in a facility that also processes peanuts so don’t eat those.

Nutless about Southwest

Image from Flickr user Josh Hallett. Creative Common License

The Patch That Was Promised

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Please, please, please let this patch come out this year

So it’s a hot day and ye thinks to ye self, “I could really go for some fro-yo.” You walk into a shop and ask about whether it’s safe to get a cup from the machine even if you don’t add any toppings. You probably know what happens next. The person there may tell you that even though the peanut butter flavor is only ever in one machine and even though they are really careful about washing, they can’t guarantee that there won’t be any trace amounts in your delicious, frozen cup of goodness. Sad face.

2017 may give us a solution: a patch that may, at the very least, help erase the worry of exposure to trace amounts. DBV Technologies has had some really promising results with their Viaskin® Peanut patch. You wear it everyday and it may raise your threshold. It seems to have worked better for younger children, but still, wow. They’ve completed their Phase 3 clinical trials and it will, fingers crossed, be on the market soon. They’re also developing patches for milk and egg allergies.

More information is available on the DBV Technologies website:

Here’s an article about it on CNN from October 2016.

Image from Flickr user vallgall

Get Thee Some Protein

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You’re at the gym and you do a mega-hard workout. I mean, you’ve grunted away and blasted those quadristrings or whatever. Now, you need that dose of protein or your entire workout will be a waste. The clock is ticking! All of your new muscly-muscles will all melt away soon! So you go to the counter to get a protein bar and, of course, they’re all made of nuts. You have to settle for that milk-like drink that tastes like spackle.

After looking and looking and looking at the grocery store, it appears that a couple of Luna bars may be okay. I’ve read some differing opinions on forums so it’s up to you to follow up before trying it (see disclaimer above), but take a look at the lemon zest and s’mores flavors and see what you think.



Don't Go Nuts Nut-Free Organic Snack Bars

Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?

In my first post about nut-free foods, I have to sing the praises of these bars from Don’t Go Nuts. While all of their products are good and, as they promise, nut-free, the Gorilla Power Chocolate Chip Granola bars are something special in the world of nut-free products. If they weren’t a little on the pricy side, I would make an entire box a meal replacement. So give these nut-free, organic and kosher-dairy snacks a try - you’ll thank us. If not, there’s something wrong with your taste buds.



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Information for those Dealing with a Peanut or Tree Nut Allergy
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