Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Soya Explained... What is Soya?

Discovering that my son is soya intolerant has made me curious about soya.  I realised that I don't really know anything about soya other than it's plant based and in a lot of foods which my son and I usually ate. I wanted to know why it is in so many food products so I decided to do some research into soya.  All of the research I have done is very informative but most websites provide endless amounts of information which can become overwhelming and exhausting to read.  I have decided to write this post to share the basics and main points with you, I have also included links for more detailed information in case you want to know more.   

Soya is a plant which has been around for a long long time, before 3000BC.  It was classified as a sacred crop in China and is a legume like peas.  About two thirds of all manufactured foods contain derivatives or ingredients made from soya.  The soya bean is made up of 20% oil, 40% protein and 40% carbohydrate and ash.  The ash is a residue that remains complete after a soya bean has been burned, this residue does not contain any water.  

Soya Lecithin - is an emulsifier which is used in some chocolates, cereals, ice creams, sweets and spreads.  This is used to stabilise processed foods. 

Soya Oil - is used in a wide variety of non food products such as soaps, biological detergents and plastics.  You can read very detailed information about soya oil here.

Soya Flours - were developed in the 1940's and are used to extend the shelf life of many food products. Soya flours are gluten free.

Soya Proteins - were developed in the 1950's and are used to improve the consistency of meat products.  Soya proteins are also used a lot in dairy free products.  

The main allergy is to the proteins found within the soya bean but humans can also react to the polyunsaturated fatty oils.  Allergens in the soya bean are very similar to a major allergen from dust mites however a link is yet to be made between the two allergens.

Soya allergy symptoms are:

  • Vomiting
  • Colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia
  • Irritability 

Soya allergy and soya intolerance are not the same - you can read an explanation of the two here.

People with soya allergy are likely to be allergic to peanuts, peas, lentils, rye or barley flour.

Soya allergy is commonly found in children with eczema. 

1 in 50 adults are soya allergic.

Soya beans are rich in iron, B vitamins, calcium and zinc.

I've read on some websites that soya can affect hormone levels and fertility especially in males, there is sufficient evidence to suggest an effect on reproductive efficiency when consumed by animals, however according to the Institute of Food Research there's not enough evidence to prove or disprove these claims in humans and work is currently under way to discover the truth.    

The information I have written above is mostly taken from:
You can visit this website for more detailed information including the effects of soya. 

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Dairy Free, Soy Free and Nut Free Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing

 Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing



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After a week of craving red velvet cake I have well and truly given in and it's safe to say my diet has flown right out of the window! I told myself i'd just have one and then my craving would be gone and i'd freeze the rest for desserts for my son but they're just too scrumptious to stop at one cupcake!! I haven't eaten all 12 though, I have shared some of them :)

I'm sure everyone will love these cupcakes and I made them dairy and soya free so had to share with you all :)

Ingredients:

140g Plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp cocoa powder
115g dairy and soya free spread
140g caster sugar
1 large egg
125ml oatly milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp red food colouring

For the icing:
140g violife creamy cheese - dairy and soya free
85g dairy and soya free spread
280g sifted icing sugar


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180c. Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a bun tray.

2. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the egg and half of the flour mixture. Beat in the oatly milk, vanilla extract and food colouring. Fold in the remaining flour mixture and spoon into cupcake cases.

Dairy Free, Soy Free and Nut Free Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing, living with cow's milk protein allergy

3. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

4. To make the icing, put the creamy cheese and butter in a bowl and blend together with a spatula. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Swirl the icing on top of the cupcakes. 


Dairy Free, Soy Free and Nut Free Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing, living with cow's milk protein allergy


Below is the Violife cheese I used, I got this in my local Tesco but other stores sell it too and you can also get it online by clicking here.





I hope you like these dairy and soya free cupcakes as much as me and my son did. Let us know by posting on our Facebook page, leave a comment below or tweet us.


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dairy Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Sugar Free, Coconut Free - Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Dairy Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Sugar Free, Coconut Free - Chocolate Cupcakes




These are amazing!! - If I do say so myself ! You know how people say, when you are selling your house you should bake bread or make coffee before viewings, well if you want to sell your home bake these!!! Trust me they smell awesome and taste even better.  They are dairy free, soya free, wheat free, gluten free, coconut free and sugar free.

Ingredients:

145g Almond Flour
3 Tablespoons of honey
2 Eggs
3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Sprinkle of sea salt

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170c and combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

2.  In another bowl mix together wet ingredients.  Add wet ingredients to large bowl and combine with dry ingredients until all blended. 

3. separate mixture into 9 cupcake cases. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until you can poke them with a fork and the fork comes out dry.  

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Dairy and Soya Free Ginger Biscuits

Dairy and Soya Free Ginger Biscuits




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I found these dairy and soya free ginger biscuits in Morrison's so had to share. We are avoiding may contains now so stay tuned for lots of dairy and soya free finds which are not may contains!


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Dairy free Spanish Chorizo


Dairy free Spanish Chorizo 


Dairy free Spanish Chorizo, soya free, living with cow's milk protein allergy


Yay I found a dairy and soya free chorizo in Asda, i've been missing chorizo so much and my son had never tried it until yesterday. Lucky for me he likes it too :)



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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes..

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes..


I was in Morrison's today and decided to check out the birthday cakes. I was actually looking for small dairy free and soya free cakes for my son but I got distracted by Mickey Mouse. My sons birthday isn't until July but as any parent of a child with cow's milk protein allergy will understand, birthday cakes and going to other children's birthday party's is always something you have to think about to keep your child safe from dairy.  I decided to photograph the cakes and ingredients to share with my lovely readers, when I first started our dairy free journey I thought shop brought birthday cakes would be totally off the list, but they're actually not !


Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy


Unfortunately most of these dairy free birthday cakes do contain soya and are off our list now we have discovered my son is soya intolerant, but for those of you who are just dairy free these are great.

 Do check the 'may contains' though as they are always a risk!! 



Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy




Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy




Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy



Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy




Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy

Dairy Free Shop Brought Birthday Cakes, Living with cow's milk protein allergy


The princess tiara birthday cake is the only dairy and soya free one that I could find. I don't think my son will approve if I pull this out on his second birthday so looks like I'll be baking again.  If you know of any dairy and soya free birthday cakes please share by commenting below, tweet us @livingwithcmpa or post to our Facebook page. I will keep updating this page but please always check the ingredients before purchasing and consuming as manufacturers like to keep us on our toes and can change the ingredients at any given time.  


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Dairy free, Soya Free, Egg free, Wheat free, Sugar free, Gluten free Biscuit Recipe

Almond Biscuits


Dairy free, Soya Free, Egg free, Wheat free, Sugar free, Gluten free Biscuit Recipe

These are a great dairy and soya free snack idea for your little ones, and they are sugar free - Bonus! 

These dairy free biscuits are so easy to make, 10 minutes prep time and 15 minutes in the oven, that's it!

Ingredients:

165g Almond flour
25g Coconut flour
1 Teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon of vanilla essence
3 Heaped tablespoons of honey
20g Flaked almonds

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170 Celsius
2. Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl
3. Add honey and vanilla essence the stir to combine
4. Fold in the flaked almonds
5. Shape the dough into round balls then place onto baking tray and press slightly to flatten into round biscuit shapes
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden
7. Remove from oven, let them cool and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these biscuits as much as we did, let me know by commenting below or posting on our Facebook page


Dairy free, Soya Free, Egg free, Wheat free, Sugar free, Gluten free Biscuit Recipe

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Are you allergic to Barley? If you are read this!

Bisto - Gravy powder ingredients have changed !


Bisto gravy powder contains barely and is now a may contain milk and soya


This week my son has been reacting so I am racking my brain to figure out what it is, so far I think he could be starting to react to oatly milk (please let it not be that).  When I was cooking yesterday and opened my spice cupboard and something made the ingredients section on the side of the gravy powder box jump out at me! I have always used this gravy powder in my cooking and of course I checked the ingredients before first giving it to my son as he was diagnosed with cow's milk protein allergy at five weeks old, so I check everything before feeding it to him.  I noticed it said 'produced in a factory which handles milk'. 

This last week we have had a lot of stews, mash, veg and gravy, hotpots and a roast dinner. As I use this powder in my stews and hotpots for flavour, when I think about it my son has had this gravy powder nearly every day this week. He is usually ok with may contains now and then, I know they are always a risk though. Anyway I also have an unopened box in my cupboard and I don't know why but something made me read the ingredients list on that one too and to my shock it is different!! So Bisto gravy powder now contains barley and states that it may contain milk and soya, see pics below..


Bisto gravy powder contains barely and is now a may contain milk and soya


So where has the soya and barley come from??? Well it says the barely is in the yeast powder.  I think its great that they have updated their ingredient list if it now reflects the true ingredients. I am guessing it's the new allergy law which has prompted this change.  I can't help but worry though , it's just scary to think these manufactures can leave such allergens off the list in the first place? I don't believe that they have recently changed the yeast powder that they use, however I am going to email them to clarify this - before I judge! I will update this post with their response once I have it.

Bisto gravy powder contains barely and is now a may contain milk and soya

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Natural Remedy For GERD - Reflux

Slippery elm, GERD - Reflux remedy living with cow's milk protein allergy


After months and months of my son suffering with GERD someone told me about slippery elm.  I had never heard of it before but after trying cranial osteopath, various medications such as omeprozole, gaviscon and ratidine and feed thickeners like carobel which didn't work, we were desperate.  I was told slippery elm is a natural product from a tree in North America and it lines the oesophagus, stomach and gut so it can relieve heart burn and help with other reflux symptoms.  

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I did some research into slippery elm before deciding to use it as my son was only 8 months old at the time and my sons GP and pediatrician had never heard of it.  After spending hours and hours googling and reading everything I could, I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.  I brought a box of the powder form from Holland & Barrett for around £5 and I added a small amount to my sons bottle before bed.  My son was on Neocate LCP at the time and hated it but he drank more than usual with the slippery elm in it, I am not sure if this was due to the thickness or the taste but either way I was grateful and hoping for more sleep that night.  It actually took around a week to see a massive improvement but after that first week my son stopped being sick after feeds, stopped screaming in pain after feeds, no more back arching and fussing over the bottle, he was overall a happier baby and slept better - not through the night but a considerable improvement and any night time improvements are greatly appreciated when you haven’t slept properly since.... ? I can’t even remember any more !!  

Slippery elm, GERD - Reflux remedy living with cow's milk protein allergy


I want to share my experience of slippery elm because it really did change our lives and if it helps one other baby then it was worth me sitting here and typing all this out.  I am not professionally qualified to recommend slippery elm, I can only share my own experience and you should do your own research and consult with your child’s doctor.  The slippery elm powder I brought from Holland & Barrett does contain wheat and gluten.

Below is some information taken from The University Of Maryland Medical Center wbsite about slippery elm.  

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach problems.

Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.

There has been little scientific research on slippery elm, but it is often suggested for the following conditions:

  •  Sore throat
  •  Cough
  •  Gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD)
  •  Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrom (IBS)
  •  Diarrhea
  •  Wounds, burns, boils, psoriasis, and other skin conditions (external)


University of Maryland Medical Center 



There is a great support group on Facebook for reflux, if you check out cow’s milk protein allergy support page it will lead you to the reflux group.

Disclaimer: I am not professionally qualified to recommend slippery elm, I can only share my own experience and you should do your own research and consult with your child’s doctor before consuming slippery elm.  

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