Book Review: HumFree the Bee has a Food Allergy

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We love books in this house!  I read to my kids every day, and they love new stories.  Superman is 6 now, but when he was even 4 months I began reading him books.  Little did I know that books would become such an important and useful part of our food allergy journey.  For kids, books are a fun way to educate, encourage, and even share with friends.  We started with books like The Bugabees and the No Biggie Bunch, but now there’s a new character on the block and his name is HumFree!

HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy:  Book Review~Mom Vs. Food Allergy

Here’s what I love about HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy:

  1.  It teaches kids they aren’t alone.  HumFree can’t land on flowers that are yellow or blue, but once he learns how his cousin avoids certain flowers, he gains his confidence back!
  2. The illustrations.  The artwork in this book is fabulous!  The illustrations are both whimsical and cartoon-like at the same time, making HumFree come alive.  The pages look like they came straight out of a movie!
  3. The rhyming phrases.  Kids love rhyming books!  Rhymes are great for teaching because the phrases are easy to remember.  The catchy phrases stick in your memory and make it fun to read over and over.
  4. The storyline and message.  I love that this story is all about teaching kids that it’s important and easy to avoid their allergens, and how to be confident while doing so. The message of inclusion is a sweet, added bonus. There are great Q&A starters in the back of the book to continue the conversation about food allergies.  Alison, the author, did a fabulous job putting this whole book together.

If you’re looking to add a book to your home collection, this is the book for you.  I promise this cute story is worth it!  Get your copy here!

(*I was not paid to write this review, but I did receive one book for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.)

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How To Make Dairy-Free Go-Gurts

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We recently went to Panera for lunch where Tinker Bell (no food allergies) had a kids meal of Mac-n-Cheese.  Tinker Bell chose a Go-Gurt to go with her pasta (dairy overload for sure!).  Superman is 5 and wanted a Go-Gurt, too.  I was saddened to tell him that it was dairy based yogurt, and he promptly asked, “Can you make me a safe Go-Gurt?”  Without a plan I said, “Of course!”.  Thankfully, I already knew about Zipsicles!  Zipsicles are plastic “ziploc” bags made for homemade freezer pops….or Go-Gurts!

How To Make Dairy-Free Go-Gurts

Here’s how I make my homemade Dairy-Free Go-Gurts, including real fruit flavoring.  You could easily just use already flavored, allergy-safe (for your needs) yogurt, but my kids just don’t like them.  Superman and Tinker Bell love Silk Vanilla Soy milk yogurt.

Here’s how I make these Go-Gurts in just 4 easy steps.  It takes me about 15 minutes start to finish.

How To Make Dairy-Free Go-Gurts

1.  Puree 1/2 cup fruit of your choice.  I chose blueberries this time, but strawberry(our favorite so far), raspberry, or cherry would all be delicious.

2.  Drain the juice in a colander with small holes if you want it to be free of seeds and pulp (my kids really dislike the chunks of fruit in yogurt).

3.  Stir blended fruit with the 2 single serving containers of dairy-free yogurt, or put it all back in your food processor to mix it really fast.

4.  Using a tall glass for support,  pour the flavored yogurt into the ZIPSICLE using a funnel.  YOU’RE DONE!

I snip the corners of the ZIPSICLE to make it easier for little mouths to eat.

Enjoy your yogurt on-the-go!

I hope your kids enjoy these as much as my kids do!

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