More in the Store – Allergen Friendly and Gluten Free
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, CDN Senior Nutritionist
The annual Capital Region Allergen and Gluten Free Expo (http://www.allergenexpo.com/) will take place on October 21st
, on the first floor at Crossgates Mall, from 10 AM to 3 PM, with 50 exhibits and educators sharing their expertise and products. This is a great annual event, and Price Chopper/Market 32 is proud to be a major sponsor. Part of our commitment to support health and wellness, we
also sponsor the FARE (Food and Allergy Research and Education, https://www.foodallergy.org/) walk each year at the Crossings in Albany, which just took place in September. We know how challenging navigating allergies and gluten issues can be, so we strive to make it easier to locate those items that will meet your needs in our stores.
Twenty-two Capital Region Price Chopper/Market 32 stores, listed below, have a special Allergen Friendly section, typically near the Gluten Free section, bringing solutions together, saving you time and stress. All stores have a Gluten Free aisle and freezer sections, and shelf tags – gluten free options have outgrown the small section of old and are found throughout the stores. Store teammates also want to help you locate items – just ask! Enjoy a great day of education and community at the Expo!
Allergy Friendly product sections can be found at these stores:
||Eastern Parkway – Schenectady, NY
||Market Bistro – Latham, NY
||Brunswick – Troy, NY
||Glenville – Scotia, NY
||Wilton Mall – Saratoga, NY
||Park Avenue – Worcester, MA
||Glen Street – Queensbury, NY
||Route 50/Ballston Ave – Saratoga, NY
||Bethlehem – Slingerlands, NY
||East Greenbush, NY
||Altamont Ave – Rotterdam, NY
||Shopper’s World Plaza – Clifton Park, NY
||Albany-Shaker Rd – Loudonville, NY
||Balltown Rd – Niskayuna, NY
||Westgate Plaza – Albany, NY
Setting off for school with food allergies can be daunting, but we’re here to help make the transition easy and worry-free! We’d like to share these back to school resources to help you and your student enjoy the school year to the fullest.
- Safety Tips
The most important part of sending a food-allergic kid to school – whether for the first time, or the 12th time – is making sure they are equipped with the resources to stay safe:
medication and safe food. Before the school year starts, make teachers, administration, student health and kitchen staff aware of your student’s needs and inquire about any food allergy policies they have in place. In case of an emergency, it’s best to have an action plan prepared so your child will be taken care of.
- Lunchbox Ideas
Packing a nutritious, allergy-friendly lunch for your child is an important part of his or her school day. Make your little one’s lunchbox fillers stand out with these helpful tips, tricks and recipes. Check out Enjoy Life Food’s Recipe Page
for tons of yummy recipes – both sweet and savory – that will be sure to put a smile on your kid’s face. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Plentils Pizza Crust: Turn your child’s favorite Plentils flavor into a savory pizza crust and top with his or her favorite allergy-friendly toppings!
- Chicken Nuggets on a Stick: Garlic & Parmesan Plentils make a perfect allergy-friendly “breading” for chicken nuggets. Pack this kid-friendly favorite for a lunchbox win.
- Applewiches: This gluten-free twist on a sandwich is a fun, yummy way to switch things up and add some flare to your kid’s lunchbox
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles: Breakfast for lunch? Yes, please! This recipe is another fun and delicious sandwich alternative for a back-to-school lunch.
Need help figuring out the best way to “build” your student’s lunchbox? Check out Enjoy Life’s Lunchbox Inspiration Guide
Use Enjoy Life’s Lunch-Libs template to create a customized message that will be sure to brighten your child’s day. Click here
for a downloadable version!
With these tips, you’ll be parent-of-the-year for sure.
Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs
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