It seems like everyone you talk to, has someone in their family who has a food allergy or sensitivity of some sort. In our family, we have two! Miss Sarah can’t eat most fresh fruits or vegetables because of an enzyme in them. Talk about a challenge! Most kids are taught to “eat the rainbow” each day and she can’t. I have also found out that by keeping an eye on gluten makes my fibromyalgia pain less severe. It’s so fantastic that Copps has their Health Key program to make shopping a breeze!
The Health Key consists of 18 different classifications — ranging from Gluten Free to Sodium Free. Each category has a different color and it saves you the time of picking up each package and reading over it to find the information you are looking for. I know my friends at the Wisconsin Food Allergy Association are excited about this!
- Is this package of processed meat Gluten Free?
- Is this can of beans Vegan?
- Is this juice Organic?
It’s now so easy to tell that I can even send my husband to Copps for grocery shopping! (He’s the guy I sent for Miracle Whip and he came back with Cool Whip...)
We DO love salads here, we just get creative so Miss Sarah can indulge. We used canned or dried fruits so the enzyme is destroyed and stick to her list of approved veggies. The cranberries and turkey in this Wisconsin Cobb salad make for the perfect mix!
Wisconsin Cobb Salad
- 1 bag Organic lettuce
- 1 package Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats – Turkey, chopped
- 1/2 cup Organic frozen baby peas (usually less sodium than canned and fresher)
- 4 oz Mild Cheddar, diced
- 3 Hardboiled Organic eggs, chopped or sliced
- 1/2 cup Gluten Free Craisins
Place your lettuce in the bowl.
Put your peas in a colander and rise with warm water to thaw.
Place each item on top of the bed of lettuce, but in solid rows.
I prefer to NOT dress it and let everyone do their own thing…my daughter likes it “naked”. The hubster is a Blue Cheese or Thousand Isle dressing guy. I make my own quick dressing!
Vinegar can be hard for those with Asthma, so I use lemon juice instead for the acid.
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- dash salt
- dash white pepper
That’s it! Simply whisk together and drizzle over the salad.
It is just as tasty if you toss it all together instead, it just looses some of its plate appeal.
Next time you are at Copps, take a moment to notice the Health Key tags for yourself. You might just switch a few brands and create a healthier lifestyle, in small steps.