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 Post subject: Amy's Organics
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:00 pm 
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Dustytiger pointed out amys organics in another thread. I found some of their products over the weekend. The frozen foods I saw were labeled well for possible may contains, making them not a good choice for us...but their soups look good (with the exception of one).

http://amys.com/special_diets/index.php

i see they are in the works on a page about dairy allergy. For now most of their soups were vegan (hooray no chicken, milk, eggs). I will wait for a response before feeding them to my kids...hopefully the response if favorable...then I just have to convince the kids to try a new food.

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DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:44 pm 
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I emailed Amy's in the winter and received a clear, positive response about their labelling practises. Unfortunately, my children did not like the soups. I liked the alphabet one but the others were not that great compared to homemade. Good luck!

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13 year old daughter -- lives with life-threatening allergies to milk, tree nuts and peanuts; seasonal allergies (birch, maple, ragweed); pet allergies; asthma; and eczema
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:20 pm 
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Unfortunately, my children did not like the soups. I liked the alphabet one but the others were not that great compared to homemade.


So true that we go to all the work of finding new foods that they are not allergic to and then they either don't like it or won't even try it! *Luckily* my kids have never had homemade soup, they have shot down the ones I have made...and the one time my youngest tried a homemade soup it just happened to be chicken broth based and thats when we found out about the chicken allergy. Even if the soup does not go over well with the kids it is really just mommy that needs a quick easy in a minute meal when she can no longer stomach plain rice with soya sauce, pancakes, muffins, bread or cereal with fruit or veggies. I know how to make much better meals but I am the only one who will eat it, so it seems like a lot of work for just me. Picky, picky kids. I don't really care if it does not taste as good as homemade...once in a while I just do not feel like making everything from scratch. :D

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DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:23 pm 
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec
My kids are the same - we make great home made soups that they won't touch with a 10-foot spoon. It's a bit frustrating at times, because soups can be so healthy!

The only soup that they will eat is tinned tomato soup, so that's what they get. We add in cooked rice or noodles to make it seem a bit heartier. And we have safe freshly baked baguette bread (which I buy frozen) on the side so it's a nice quick meal. That's our "fast food". :)

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:47 am 
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I feel so bad for you guys! I remember those "picky" days! It was hard enough without allergies, I can't imagine how it would be in your situations! It must be very frustrating.

Keep offering them different meals however from time to time, and insist that they try a mouthful. If they don't like it, at least they tried. Try again in a year or so and say, "Try it. You never know, maybe today is the day you start liking (fill in the blanks)."

Don't despair, trust me, it gets easier. My kids will try all sorts of new dishes and vegetables now. We took my pickiest (who doesn't have any food allergies) to the Mandarine (my allergic daughter was at a friend's house that night) and she even tried sushi, with the spicy mustard no less (I forget the name). So you see, it gets better! :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:20 am 
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Thanks for the pep talk Nicole. :)

I have to admit, I do go through phases of almost complete despair (tears included) at what to feed my oldest. My husband (who is a great cook) and I often asked each other "Do you think he'll like this?" and then the other will just look at the one who asked the question as if to say ... of course he won't like it.

But then there are the very odd days of amazement when he wants to try things that we are eating (like a bizarre but tasty salad with bok choy, cold soba noodles, veggies and a spicy vinaigrette that has wasabi in it) and declares that it's delicious. Now he will eat the soba noodles with the vinaigrette (no veggies), so that's a start.

I take a bit of consolation in the fact that my husband was a very picky eater as a child (basically lived on milk), and skinny skinny skinny, and now he is a fantastic cook who eats almost anything, and definitely not skinny. :lol: I hope that my oldest turns out like him...

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:31 am 
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Karen - canned tomato soup is a huge staple in our diet! Saskmommy- we also tried "Imagine" soups this winter. My kids didn't try them and I forget what the company response was but the ingredients listed were all milk and egg free and also organic. I bought them at Shoppers drug mart, A&P and our local health food store. There was a great milk free corn soup and a squash soup that they made. Imagine also makes an organic no-chicken broth that was well reviewed by Nutrition Action, a health magazine that we subscribe to. Their phone number is 800 434 4246.

I found some good soup recipes in the March Canadian Living. They are all broth based and sounded good. There was broccoli, tomato and roasted pepper and a general recipe of how to make a variety of vegetable soups. My youngest, who has no food allergies, is very picky and getting any vegetables into him is difficult. So I have tried many soups to try to get more vegetables into him.
Kate

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:55 am 
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All this talk about soups has reminded me of a kid-friendly soup recipe I have -- I'll post it over in "recipes".


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:23 pm 
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since you're on the topic of thier soups their chillis are realy spicey i got the mild one and it good but i needed a buttload of soy milk to tame the spice!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:50 pm 
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Can you tell me what a "buttload" is in metric? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks for the laugh - I've never heard soy milk referred to quite like that. ;)

I used to love Imagine tomato soup when we were avoiding wheat, but now that my youngest can have wheat, we go for the cheaper stuff. Their broths aren't bad either, although the veggie one is a pretty strong flavour. The chicken broth makes a pretty quick and easy chicken soup if you add some noodles or rice and chicken and maybe some carrots or something.

I guess we're moving into Recipe territory....

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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*laugh* woops i guess i shouldn't start with the dustyisms when i'm still so new it's just one of those strange words that i picked up in high schoo and never really stopped usingl buttload = lots fubared = it's really messed up .. i've got a few

i'll have to look for that i've found that most of the veggie broths are not strong enough for my liking cause i use broths instead of water for rice to add some flavour to it so it needs to be pretty potent to actually make the rice taste yummy!!


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