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Dec/Jan 2013 Issue
Gluten and Allergy Apps
For those looking for help preparing their own meals, there are apps for that. People can use their smartphones to scan product barcodes and maintain lists at the grocery store or to find recipes and ingredient substitutions when it’s time to cook.
When shopping for ingredients and convenience foods, Adams and her husband, Brandon, use the Grocery iQ app to keep track of safe brands they’ve purchased. When Brooke Adams finds a brand of cookies that she can safely feed her son, she scans it into her phone and puts the product into her list of favorites on the app. She and her husband sync their lists so that he can quickly find that specific brand the next time he’s at the store, without wasting time searching the cookie aisle to jog his memory.
Brandon Adams is always looking for a way to whip up something other than plain chicken breasts for dinner. He often consults Cook IT Allergy Free, an app that provides customized recipes based on his son’s allergies. The app substitutes the allergen in each recipe with a safe option and calculates the right amount of the replacement ingredient that’s needed. If the recipe is a success, Brandon Adams saves the customized recipe to his recipe box in the app for future use.
“We’re always looking for something different,” Brooke Adams says. “Give us something that tastes good!”
Kim Maes of Scottsdale, Arizona, created Cook It Allergy Free website in February 2010 and launched the app a few months later to help people like the Adams. Over 17,000 people use the app today.
“I wanted to share the knowledge I’d gained through my studies and out of my own family experiences and give others the confidence to know that they can still eat amazingly well—even after being diagnosed with celiac disease or food allergies,” says Maes, a certified nutrition and wellness consultant and allergy-free food coach. More than six years ago, after experiencing numerous health issues, Maes’ son Connor was diagnosed with celiac disease. Connor, now 8, also is allergic to dairy. Her husband, who’d been plagued with stomach complaints throughout his life, discovered he had celiac disease after his son’s diagnosis.
Maes serves her family whole, unprocessed, organic and local foods whenever possible. The recipes she includes in her app and blog are based on her clean food philosophy.
“I show people that a recipe doesn’t have to be off limits, that it’s possible to customize a recipe to work with their food allergies,” Maes says.